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Portofino Restaurant
Portofino Restaurant

Portofino Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theportofinorestaurant.com
  • Phone: (703) 979-8200
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday- Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Rich Micheli
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We have two (2) rooms available for groups up to 65 people. Private dining rooms require group menus and a minimum of 20 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Rich Micheli (703) 979-8200

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 526 23rd St S and S Eads St
  • Public Transit: The Crystal City Metro station is located at 1750 Bell St, off of 18th Street. We are a short 5 blocks walk to the south along S. Eads St.
    Metro bus runs along both 23rd St, and Route 1, Jefferson Davis Hwy.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have our own parking lot in the rear of the restaurant, and the entrance to the restaurant is also in the rear. The parking lot is accessed by the driveway along the west side of the building next to the awning, off of 23rd street.
A word from Portofino Restaurant
This family-run Italian eatery on Crystal City’s busy restaurant row, a.k.a. 23rd Street, has been dishing up plates of pasta for three generations. Adelmo Micheli and his son, Sergio, opened the place in 1970, later Sergio and his wife Pilar ran it, and recently their son Richard, a Culinary Institute of America grad, has taken the torch. The old world feel -- think dark wood, gilded mirrors, and brocade boudoir chairs -- strikes a nostalgic chord with older couples and extended families with children who frequent the place and become regulars. They come for classic Italian fare -- many of the plates are from longtime family recipes. Pastas include lasagna bolognese, and linguine with Ligurian pesto. More substantial plates range from dishes like veal marsala, with wine and mushrooms, or chicken piccata with lemon and capers, to rosemary-crusted lamb chops with black olive sauce. There’s also an extensive list of daily specials.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "A terrific Italian restaurant in the food poor Crystal City. The gracious welcome and service is a reminder of Old Europe at it's best. The food and wine selections are terrific. And, this is the only place with its own parking lot!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I had not been to Portofino's in many years. I had sort of forgotten about it. A friend suggested it as she needs gluten free and they offer gluten free pasta. It was wonderful. 1/2 price bottle of wine was a good start and both of our salads and entrees were delicious. I appreciate they offer a half portion of pasta dishes, it was a perfect amount."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We went at a very quiet hour (6 o'clock on a Monday) and it was actually a little too quiet. I felt like the two or three other people could hear everything my friend and I were saying. The staff was nice and knowledgeable. The food was honestly a little disappointing. I got beef ravioli in a clear broth for an appetizer, and it was just meh. The ravioli didn't have much flavor. Same goes for the bread that was served at every table. I got an appetizer portion of the lasagna, and it was just okay. Not great, not bad. I thought it would have more flavor but it was just meh. I LOVE that you can get any pasta dish served in an appetizer portion. Decent prices on most things too!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I have a meeting in DC every year and always try and eat at least one meal here. Excellent food, good service, great wine list."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Excellent service. The restaurant feels roomy despite its small size. Food was also fantastic."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We've been patronizing this family owned place for two years and have found ourselves there almost as our default meal for dinner with friends, romantic occasions and more. The new chef came out to greet us and the waiting staff has always accommodated our preferences. Will be back again soon."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Excellent food prepared Italian style (no meatballs and spaghetti here). I go to Portofino every time that I am in the Washington DC area. It is worth the trip."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food was outstanding my wife and I have dined at Portofinos twice and both times have been an exciting and delicious experience."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Fantastic 23rd Street gem! Great food, good selection of wine, excellent service. We've been dining at Portofino for many years and have never been disappointed!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We've been to Portofino a couple of times in the past few years for a decent Italian meal - nothing too special. This time we especially enjoyed our dinners - excellent baked melanzane and manicotti. We'll be quicker to go back now."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We enjoyed a wonderful family birthday at Portofino's. Great food, wonderful & friendly service, free parking at the rear of the restaurant. Everybody enjoyed their meal. Also enjoyed the half price wine (ordered before 6:00pm). Overall, a great birthday celebration"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "If you are looking for a romantic place to take your date, look no further. If you are looking for a place who treats you like family, look no further. If you are looking for top of the line meals at great prices, look no further. Portofino's is by far my favorite place to dine. They really do treat you like family and make you feel so very welcome and relaxed. Do yourself a favor and have a night out there."
    Dined on 6/11/2014