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Portofino Cucina Italiana
Portofino Cucina Italiana

Portofino Cucina Italiana Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Phone: (213) 239-9019
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday -Friday: 11:30am - 2pm;
    Dinner: Monday -Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Sicilian, Organic
  • Executive Chef: Diego Ortoli
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Portofino Cucina Italiana
Portofino Cucina Italiana brings the spirit of Italian gourmet culture to Los Angeles. Just like the city it is named after, Portofino blends tradition and simplicity to make you feel at home the second you walk through our door.

Inside you’ll find a selection of Italian dishes and amazing Italian wines, some of which are difficult to find in the U.S. For me the spirit of Italian hospitality means taking the invaluable traditions and taste of my hometown and sharing them with you through elegance and authenticity.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "They had yummy gluten free pasta as well as other gluten free options! Great menu, wonderful server. Very accommodating to my other food sensitivities. Great wine reasonably priced. "
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Went to this restaurant on a Saturday night (4/12/2014) and according to the waiter filling in as host, the restaurant was only missing one server which should never severely impact any establishment. This restaurant is small and on this particular night, relatively empty, so the lack of service was unreasonable. It took 10 min to get water and a menu, 12 min to place our order and a long wait for our dinner. The food was well below expectations for an OpenTable referral. The pasta was undercooked! Not al dente, UNDERCOOKED!! The sauce was bland. The waiter/host explained the food is prepared by the chef/owner which was more disappointing because I would expect him to take more pride in his business and product. WILL NEVER EAT HERE AGAIN!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The 6 course offering was very nice and a good way to experience the different dishes. The food was well prepared and delicious."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We enjoyed our evening here. A quiet Monday early evening so we were the only couple besides one other gentleman. The service was excellent and the food was great. the bruschetta was awesome..... I could have had that with the yummy caesar salad a glass of wine and done. The steak was huge and just a little under cooked but that was a thick piece of beef! The truffle fries were tasty. A little less cooked would have been my preference but they were very nice. The desert was de-lish along with a glass of champagne. Over all it was a very pleasant nice. We would definitely go back maybe on a Friday or Saturday night with more people."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Portofino has a 3 course dinner special for $19.95 that includes a starter, main course and dessert...almost too much food! The staff could not be nicer. They do need to refresh the look. It is old-fashioned, not "hip"."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Sunday Early Evening Dinner Was Very Relaxing At Portofino Kitchen Plenty Of Parking In The Surrounding Area. Food Was Amazing Service Outstanding We Shared The Tasting Menu Plus We Were Able To Bring Some Food Home. Manager Was On Site To Be Sure The Food Was Properly Served With Us And Our Surrounding Guest. This Is A Added Plus. Thank You For Our Relaxing Sunday Retreat We Shall Return"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We tried this downtown L.A. restaurant because of a Groupon. Overall, the food was of a very high quality and well-prepared. The beet salad was fresh and dressed perfectly, and the fillet carpaccio flavorful. A standout was the penne alla Genovese. The sauce was so savory, we would have licked the plate if we'd been in private, and the pasta was perfectly al dente. The only disappointment was the NY steak. While very flavorful, part of the cut was so gristly as to be inedible. The meal finished off with a wonderful trio of crispy, creamy cannoli. We look forward to returning and ordering off the regular menu."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We had a great time! It was quiet, probably because we went on a wednesday, but the ambience was nice. They even offered a child portion for my son!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Everything was good except the dessert was horrible. Tasted like they were pre made frozen possibly?"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We ate here because we had a Groupon for the Chef's tasting menu. It sounded great, but totally wasn't. The food was so-so. Certain things were hard to chew, didn't taste right, or too cold. Plus the "champagne" was a sweet prosecco. Further, each course came out when we were still eating the one that came before it, after we had specifically asked them twice to wait a while before bringing the next course out. Very disorganized, and food wasn't good. DEFINITELY NOT GOING BACK THERE, EVER."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "We found the restaurant through Groupon and enjoyed the food and waitstaff very much. We were close to a rather noisy group but we managed to still have a good dinner and conversation between ourselves, The food itself was a very nice surprise all of courses were prepared very well and delicious. We will be back."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Due to some online review, I didn't expect much service wise. However, the service (including the hostess, waiter, server, and bus boys) all provide very attentive service. In addition, the food was excellent and are very authentic Italian home cooking. Worth the drive to downtown LA. Just park nearby, the area is not the most desirable."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Nice people in charge, excellent food, professional waiter and a comfortable environment. We enjoyed the evening."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Service was attentive (let me go home w/ a fresh piece of bread).Salad was slightly overdressed and chicken was slightly overdone, but nothing that I would put up a fight over. Get a window seat to watch all the local hipsters walking their dogs."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Unfortunately, this place sits on the corner of a block downtown that goes dark at night and can be a little intimidating for those not comfortable with the area. Plus, the windows are primarily frosted over, so it can be difficult to see inside. But the place was terrific for a date night dinner. Extremely warm, welcoming, helpful staff and very good food. We had the carpaccio (lovely), split the spinach salad (excellent dressing with the just the right amount of goodies), and the NY steak (perfectly prepared) and brand-new-on-the-menu cod fillet (very light, well prepared). Definitely recommended for a great dinner out with friends and/or loved ones."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "The food was good and the drinks were as they are suppoed to be, but overall, nothing to write home about. The biggest negative was that the place had an underlying unpleasant odor that almost caused us to leave when we walked in."
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "The food WAS pretty good. It is a shame the waiter was no where to be found all evening. Our reservation was at 7:00 and we were not able to leave until 10:00. When we walked it it smelt weird. After waiting with water and bread (no butter for 15 min), we finally had to ask the bus boy to get us a waiter. The waiter finally came and took the order, he never showed up without us having to ask for him again. Even the bill we has to ask for. We will not be going back even though the food was very good."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "The food was good, but there was a lack a lack in the service which was very slow even if they were nice. Didn't like the ambiance of the restaurant."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "My family and I tried a chef's tasting. We tried several different dishes. They were all delicious. I will definitely come back."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Mains were good, though I could tell my broccoli was obviously microwaved as it had warm and old spots."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "The service here was, hands down, the best. Because we used a Living Social deal, our dinner was family style. However, the servers brought each course and plated our food for us at the table. The food was good. The only less desirable aspect was the location at night-- that part of downtown is pretty empty. However, it was worth the trip."
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "Love their pastas. We did a family tasting menu, and there was plenty to share."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "It was exactly what I was looking for, really a fine place for a date. The only thing that I didn't like was simply the area that the place was in; it was a little off color. Still, I enjoyed, my date enjoyed it, and I'm pretty sure we'll go there again sometime."
    Dined on 10/14/2013
  • "Need I say more? Our dog child sits it out in a gated patio while we dine with candle light. Love their Caesar salad and mushroom risotto- my husband enjoys their speghetti and meat balls. They are nice people."
    Dined on 9/8/2013