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Portofino Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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 WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "Great location Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. I really like the interior of the rest."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "From reviews here, I expected upscale outdoor dining. Not at all what we found. Still, a fine discovery. Toddlers, teens, families, all having fun. Very casual, adults in shorts, metal tables and chairs, wait staff in jeans. Menu was geared to adult tastes and food was good but 3 rather than 5 in taste and presentation. Service fast enough, chatty and pleasant, appropriate for a family-friendly restaurant. I wasn't asked about a second glass of wine or coffee with dessert. Arugula salad was almost unwieldy with giant arugula leaves. Flounder special was okay but not outstanding. Dessert was best of all---blueberry bread pudding with lemon sauce and husband had a berry crisp. We'll go back, maybe take the grandchildren next time."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "From the moment Chris sat us at our table to the last glass of water after our check, the whole experience at Portofino was great. Terrific preparations, outstanding attentive unrushed service, to the thank you salutation as we departed.....all outstanding qualities of a well run establishment carried out by committed employees."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Good location in Buckhead, but on a side street, so noise level was low. Good food, our server, Lisa did a good job of explaining each dish that we asked about, and seemed to appear just at the right time through out our time at Portofino. I will return for lots of reasons, but only if Lisa is our server."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Found out you are in Open Table so we decided to come back after a long absence. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We went with a small group last weekend and the food was fantastic. Service was very prompt. Highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We were there at 5:30 in order to catch a7:15 movie! It was perfect!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "For some reason, we hadn't been to Portofino in a long time. So glad we came back! Lovely patio and great menu. Everything was delicious."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We wanted a special place for your 1 year anniversary celebration. It was perfect. Low key; comforting and just enough sparkle! Thanks for the champagne to toast."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Had a lovely lunch on the patio. We had the Trio and the CHicken Club Salad. Very nice and service was great."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "As usual, the food was very good and the service great. They handled gluten allergy of one in our party very well!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Some highlites from the menu: fried artichoke hearts, scallops, veal ricotta meatballs, squid ink pasta with clams The service was amazing!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "great food and ambience. enjoyed the service and the wait staff was very knowledgeable and made great recommendations."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This place is a quiet nice Buckhead restaurant. The staff is very friendly and always willing to accommodate your requests. The food is great, although I think the plating could be a little better. Great wine list and everything flows beautifully. I do think the interior could be updated some and the table lighting needs a little more work. I would go back there often!!!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I have never been disappointed in Portofino's restaurant. Every experience has been a five star experience on all dimensions."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Lovely spot to meet friends. Never had a bad meal."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Menu is outstanding, can't wait to go back. Mussels were perfect, watermelon/mint/burrata appetizer was light, incredible flavor, perfectly balanced. The creativity w/ the pastas is wonderful--sauces, ingredients, etc. The green olives were served hot--a bit strange, prefer room temp. Only complaint is the very dark dining room. Some like that, I don't. Front room is lighter but was full, even early. Too hot to sit outside, but in better weather, looks like it would be charming. Most definitely worth a trip back!!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "An interesting and varied menu including regional food and wine from Sicily. Our server was great - she had good recommendations and took very good care of us."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Never had a bad experience in Portofino. Great food and always great service - one of my most favorite spots!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The meal was outstanding. Soup of the day and red wine recommended by our waitperson were terrific."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "My husband is a foodie; I am not. Our server overheard me me comment that I was having a difficult time finding anything on the menu that I liked, and he volunteered that the chef was willing to cook more traditional fare to order. So that's what we did... swapped the sauce on a pasta menu item for a more traditional alfredo sauce, and my tummy was happy. Although it was a warm evening, we opted to dine on their outdoor patio. We enjoyed a cool breeze, and the mosquitoes enjoyed my husband. Spotted some 'Off' spray at the server station as we left. Could have used some ourselves. Oh well, we still enjoyed the meal."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Food and service was exquisite with unique dishes and wonderful atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This was our third visit to Portofino. This time we brought along friends. As before, our high expectations were met or exceeded. Ashleigh is a solid server, and she handles my "old-guy" sense of humor gracefully. My black fettuccini vongole was excellent indeed, and my wife's grilled trout was just right. Spaghetti squash was a nice seasonal side."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I was disappointed with the quality of the food at Portofino. My artichoke appetizer was very good, but I found the food presentation average for the price and the quality of the food. I think it is important for restaurants to use local items and when I asked the server where the trout is from he shared it was from Panama. For a GA restaurant to serve trout from Panama when our rivers and lakes are plentiful of trout is shocking. I can only imagine where this restaurant may cut back more. The restaurant's decor is a nice, neighborhoody feel to it and I love the outdoor patio, but food quality is very important to me and I was very disappointed to pay $23 for trout from Panama in Georgia. Our server, Kent, was friendly and professional."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We had great service from Amber, and the food was fantastic"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Really good food at reasonable prices, just far enough away from the hustle and bustle. Great apps to share worth a group over drinks. We will be back! "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Had another delicious dinner and evening with friends. Service was attentive but not intruisive. I had the wonderful "Black pasta with clams" and it was excellent!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Food and service was good, I thought to be a little pricey"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "One of the most appealing restaurants in Buckhead with an attentive and very friendly team of servers. Mike know his clients well and treats them all with care."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "This restaurant has gone downhill. to begin with, compared to the in-restaurant menu, their website dinner menu has approximately twice as many entrees listed and twice as many pastas. The pasta I had--prima vera--wasn't on the online menu and was the worst restaurant dish I can ever recall. Totally tasteless and almost no vegetables. Shocking. I assure you I'll never go back. the service was only o.k. Importantly, the server did not notice that I left virtually my entire dish uneaten."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "All 5 of us were very disapointed with our dinner . Not worth the price . They really need to work on their menu and quality ."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Our dinner was, once again, just as we have come to expect. The menu choices accommodated various appetites, large and small, and the food was as good as ever. The wine choices were splendid as well. Portofino is one of a very small group of favorites in Atlanta; we'll be back for sure."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Portofino handles gluten free cuisine well for those who require GF. They had a great trout special! As always, the lamb pasta was great!"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "I thought my trout was was excellent but didn't care much for the spaghetti squash. I wish there had been some better sides on the fixed menu. I did end up ordering off tyne fixed menu because of the price, but had a hard time finding something on there that I wanted."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Loved everything about the dining experience. The food was great, service was excellent. Could not have asked for more. After dinner we were allowed to sit in the outside patio and enjoy that experience. The service was great."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Love the food. Love the outdoor dining. Love the service. The waiters (at least the one we had) are knowledgeable of the wine and walked us through variations/options based on what we liked. Never disappointed with our experience at Portofino."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Portofino is one of those Atlanta restaurants that you can always count on for a delicious meal, from appetizers to salads to antipasti to pasta to entrees to dessert. If it's a nice night and you can snag a table on the covered patio, you're in for an additional treat. In a city that's full of great restaurants to try out, Portofino is one we keep coming back to."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant after reading about it on Open Table and because of the proximity to our hotel. It was a delightful surprise. Lovely setting, attentive service and, above all, wonderful food. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The service was notable, but was pretty noisy. My husband had the hangar steak and he raved about it. I had the trout and it was over cooked. That was a disappointment. Next time I go, I would not order any fish dish. Their appetizers and desserts were outstanding."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Always a great meal.....especially on a beautiful day on the patio "
    Dined on 5/23/2014