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Portofino Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.portofinobistro.com
  • Email: mike@portofinobistro.com
  • Phone: (404) 231-1136
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Paul Sidener
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Available Sun-Thur For parties up to 30.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Anderson (404) 231-1136

Getting there

  • Cross Street: West Paces Ferry
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Portofino
Portofino is an unassuming neighborhood bistro located on a quiet side street in Buckhead. From the street, you can see the beautiful stone and brick patio that offers the most enjoyable outdoor seating in town, The patio spills into a delightful dining room with vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors and bright, energetic artwork. The cuisine at Portofino is American-Italian offering a selection of simple pastas, innovative bistro-style appetizers and entrees. The menu and award winning wine list are constantly changing, the atmosphere is charged, and good times prevail.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "We brought friends and they were delighted with the restaurant, the food and the service. We always enjoy ourselves at Portofino. It's great to share such a great experience with friends who enjoy their experience also."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I went with a friend I had not seen in over 20 years who was in town and was waited on by a social friend, Kelly. She was awesome- gave us wines to sample before deciding on one. The dish I saw online was no longer on the menu but as I was disapointed and had my sights set on it, Kelly convinced the wonderful chefs to make me something comparable and it was delightful. I highly recommend this restaurant for a quiet, quaint spot to reconnect and relax and enjoy good wine, great food and excellent attentive service. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Portofino is always delicious and the service is great. There was a huge party there but they were very accommodating and did all they could to tie us an enjoyable and quiet evening."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Fresh, flavorful, delicate, relaxing, inspiring! We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Portofino has become my favorite restaurant. The menu is extensive and everything I have tried is outstanding. We managed to get a table out on the patio for the first time and it was very comfortable. I would recommend this place to anyone who is wanting a great meal and nice atmosphere without the hefty price tag that comes with some of the other restaurants in town."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Food, service plus we dined on what I think is the most beautiful outside dining spot in Atlanta. It was wonderful!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Huge outdoor patio makes for good weather dining. Food and service are excellent. Many GF options including Quinoa pasta. Wonderful place to go if on date night or with a group of friends."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We enjoyed a wonderful meal. The pecan and date salad for starters is great. Then, the mussles were some of the best that we have every had. Be sure and save room for the lemoncello cheescake a fabulous finshish for the meal. Our server Katie was always there for us and made met our every need. We highly reccomend Portifino!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "it ia always fun to eat on the deck at Portofino. Our waiter was wonderful. There was a service glitch but he donated some wine to make us feel better. I have several apps instead of an entree to be able to enjoy more interesting choices. I will always go back to Portofino."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "What can I say, it is hard to imagine a restaurant with such charm right in the heart of Buckhead. Portofino has a great menu and wine list, the food was excellent and the service was great, too. If it is warm out, you have to sit out on the patio. The restaurant was a gem and getaway right in the middle of a bustling city. FYI, your meal can get a little pricey, especially with wine and dessert, but it is absolutely worth it."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Everything was perfect. Great menu and lovely wait staff. Perfect."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "IT as a beautiful 80 degree day only made better by having lunch sitting out on your patio with fabulous food and great service. We could have sat their for hours!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "This restaurant was great!. We were in the mood for Italian and Portofino really hit the spot. I had the Lamb Bolognese and I loved it. The menu as well as the wine list was extensive with many great choices. We will be back to try more. Alvin was our server and he did a great job of explaining the entrees and specials... We left happy."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Visited with a large groups, including several Italians who were visiting. Entrees were a mixed bag and the pasta was slightly overdone and over seasoned. Service was wonderfully attentive and the room itself was delightful. Too bad the food was not quite up to these standards."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Face it...it's the U.S., and not just the U.S., but the South. It's hard to find food and atmosphere that remind you of the authentic Italian experience. And though the quiet, thoughtful ambiance of Portofino isn't exactly like the sidewalk restaurants of Rome, Venice, or Florence, it does encourage either an intimate meal or a place for a group of friends to get together over great food and drinks. The service is spot on impeccable with the wait staff neither hovering nor ignoring but often anticipating. The food is what brings Italy to our Atlantan door with offerings embellished with prosciutto, soppressata, eggplant, Calabrese peppers, pancetta, parmesan polenta, and Gorgonzola butter. Those are only a few tidbits of temptation. A++"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the service and food at Portofino. I regret not trying it sooner. We will be back."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I had my first date with Andrew at Portifino in March 2013. This weekend, March 2014, we had dinner exactly a year later at Portifino again. There's only one difference: He was my boyfriend before. Now, he's my fiancé. We plan on making it an annual tradition!! Great food, excellent service!!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Portofino is the epitome of the Buckhead neighborhood restaurant: food quality, service, charm, prices - all are delivered in a consistent and appropriate manner. I go there nearly every week, and have never had a bad experience of any kind. And, their gellato is - to quote the Michelin Guide- "worth a detour."!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Celebrated two birthdays that night and the food and wine was very good. The service was good but we had a large crowd. The waiter was very accommodating with his recommendations on the wine pairing. The price was very reasonable for the quality of the dishes and served and the super Tuscan wine that he recommended ! I will be back hopefully soon!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Portofino was the perfect destination for a lunch I hosted to celebrate a family occasion. The food was delicious, served with perfect timing in a beautiful setting."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Great food in a great setting; the only downside is that you have to select less than all the offerings available."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We dined here for the first time Ssturday night after reading its a neighborhood gem but we were disappointed in the food. My pasta was undercooked, tough and lacked flavor."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Enjoyed the meal very much. Always great! Attentive service. Handle gluten food allergy well!"
    Dined on 9/5/2013
  • "Portofino is absolutely always excellent. They accommodate well gluten allergy. Great choice."
    Dined on 6/24/2013
  • "I sat outside, it was so quiet and relaxing! The food was really good too!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Food and service were very good, a delightful experience."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "One of my favorite gems in Atlanta. Mike and George are impeccable hosts. Thus hire the most personable team to take care of us. I can always count on making a great impression on friends and clients when I introduce them to Portofino. It is a favorite on my list for one on one meetings, date night with hubby, girls night out and special celebrations."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Always too crowded and noisy, usual group of older guys and gals looking for each other, food ok not exceptional, fun neighborhood establishment, everyone needs a Hal's fix occasionally!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I was meeting my 3 girls from high school and I wanted to take then somewhere that would have great food and a relaxing environment. I have been several times before with my husband and other couples as well as our teen kids. We have always had a wonderful experience. The evening with my girlfriends was so much fun and our waiter was funny and encouraged us to take our time..which we did because we spent several hours laughing and catching up. Thanks Portofino! Looking forward to the porch opening soon!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Great as always and I've not been in six years having moved away and have now returned to Atlanta."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "My wife and I first dined at Portofino 13 years ago and we still love going back! The mussels are as good or better than anywhere and the wine list never disappoints!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "It was a wonderful dinner at Portofino for our anniversary meal and my sister who lives in LA and also loves to eat like me! The complimentary champagne started the evening nicely! Ashley our waitperson was spot on! The food is amazing and delicious. The BEST plate is the black grouper grilled that my husband ordered with fava beans and risotto..I can still recall the sweetness and the buttery texture of the dish. We will be back soon and this time, I will order the grouper! Thank you for such a wonderful meal. The Jerrels"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Service beyond compare and food to delight the finest dining wishes."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Our first lunch at Portofino. As great as always. Love their consistency in all they do."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Very good overall Noise level was fine this time. But there weren't many people there at the time we ate. However at dinner it is so loud it is hard To hear those at your table"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Enjoyed everything about Portofino. It was my third visit and haven't been disappointed yet."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I love Portofino and have eaten there now three times. This past weekend was my first time being seated outside of the main dining areas and in the area that held approximately eight tables (by the front windows past the hostess/host desk). Everything was exceptional except the lighting. I could barely read my menu or see my food. The group next to my table used the flashlights on their phones to read the menus. PLEASE get some track lighting above the tables that are closest to the windows. It really made for an unpleasant experience. In the future I will request NOT to be seated in this area."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We celebrated our engagement with our families at our favorite Atlanta restaurant. The night was perfect- thanks again for a wonderful meal!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Hey, i don't normally plan well so my wife was able to secure a last minute table on Valentines.... Food was great, Service was good and everything functioned as it should. Wasn't really expecting too much however this restaurant delivered a great meal and total service with a bang. Hats off to doing things great and making it look easy. Bob"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We visited Portofino for Valentine's Day as we do every year. This year was especially good. Our waitress, Kelly, helped us with our choice of appetisers and entrées. We are not into fried food but she highly recommended the fried artichoke appetizer. She said they were lightly breaded and fried like calamari. She was right. They were the best appetizer we have ever had! Kelly also helped us decide between the two fish entrées. Her recommendation of the tuna was right on. Kelly was an energetic person and was like our new best friend."
    Dined on 2/14/2014