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Portola Kitchen
Portola Kitchen

Portola Kitchen Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://portolakitchen.com/the-kitchen/
  • Email: info@portolakitchen.com
  • Phone: (650) 851-6453
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Daily 11:30am-2:00pm

    Dinner: Su-Th 5:00pm-9:00pm

    Dinner: F-Sa 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Californian, American
  • Executive Chef: Guillaume Bienaime
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 280 Freeway
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Portola Kitchen
Portola Kitchen is a place to gather with family and friends to enjoy the simplicity of rustic Italian-American cooking. Bringing you authentic cuisine, we use locally grown ingredients whenever possible, make our pasta in-house, and give our support to near-by wineries.

We believe the purity of our concept lies in the quality of our ingredients and the simplicity of our dishes. We are dedicated to bringing simple yet refined Italian-American cooking to our neighborhood and look forward to serving you and our community.

Along with our seasonal menu, we offer a full bar and a unique selection of California and Italian wines. Our menus are constantly changing, so the options for Dinner, Lunch and Brunch are endless. We also have a menu just for the kids.

Please join us and enjoy the rustic ambiance of Portola Kitchen. Whether it’s inside or out on our patio, we’d love to see you!
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Diner Reviews
  • "Fine food at wallet friendly prices. Enthusiastic service. Tidy and well selected wine list. The specials on our recent visit included a tasty house made sopressa. Casual dining at a high level."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Great service and fabulous white bean and kale soup- a complete meal."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We enjoyed another great meal in this special find in Portola Valley. Unique preparations and complex flavors. Service is very friendly too."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Nice lunch menu with appealing salad, sandwich and other entree choices. I enjoyed the eggplant sandwich. The noise level ( background music ) and moving adjacent tables in the bar area was a bit loud for conversation since I am more attuned to my mother's hearing issues."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Dinner was really very good. The pasta with kale pesto was outstanding, as was the osso-buco and the duck sausage. Appetizers were good too. Service seemed frantic and yet it was very hard to catch the attention of the waiters, so service was spotty. At times really attentive and excellent, and at times frustrating (e.g., trying to get more water). And as with so many places lately, some sound buffering would be a great idea. In general, I'd like to go back. The food is worth the return visit. And of note, the manager was very nice, coming around at the end of dinner, making sure there was fresh coffee and asking how our evening went. That gains plusses in my book as well."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Greeted immediately upon arrival. Super friendly. Seated immediately. Waitress gave great recommendations. Service was a little slow but that mazeltovy have been by design. Brought us a free desert as it was our first time. Only charged one corkage fee. Never rushed us. We will be back. Keep.up.the good work"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Understated elegance and style. Great food, great service, great casusal atmosphere with an air of sophistication. Perfect place to impress your foodie friends. Probably a little too lively for a business dinner but perhaps lunch. I can't say enough about this place!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We were satisfied with the food served. On a very busy weekend, our orders were taken in a reasonable time. The only problem encountered was that the bill was very slow in coming at the end of the meal. As people were waiting for a table, we were surprised that the staff didn't seem to be in any hurry to turn our table around. Our server more or less disappeared for about 25 minutes. I finally had to take our bill and credit card to the cashier myself. Nonetheless, we would return in the future."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Food was great! Service was great! Atmosphere was great; warm ambiance, not too loud, not too quiet. Great dinner experience overall."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I have had lunch there twice. It was recommended to me as a "foodie" place. The food was either pedestrian or delicious/original. The shrimp louie salad and the cobb salad were simple, nothing remarkable. You can get similar anywhere, and I have had better. On the other hand, the Lamache gnocchi were incredible and the poached pear appetizer with bur rata was delicious and original. The chocolate boudin cake was wonderful also. One bad note, I was told that the brussels sprouts side was wonderful. It was awful, tasted of horseradish, inedible, and was served without the lemon and ricotta that the menu promised. I will go back and take friends, because of the wonderful items we had."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Love this place for lunch. Service was way off for brunch: husband's drink was late, food was super slow and the side we ordered didn't come as listed. Willing to take a risk on Brussels sprouts eggs Benedict even though it ended up weird. Announced our Open Table reservation but it didn't get recorded so I got the stupid email from open table."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Each time I go to Portola Kitchen, I find lots of interesting things on the menu. And each time, go away slightly disappointed. I had the Veal Parm this time and there was inexplicably a very spicy addition to (I think) the farro. My wife had a kale pasta that looked good, but the sausage was painfully spicy. We like spicy food, but this was spice in completely the wrong places. Like line cooks randomly adding things to dishes."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "I loved the ambience in the restaurant. It felt warm and welcoming, with delicious flavorful food. The staff was excellent, personable and attentive. I enjoyed the seating, it was comfortable and private, allowing us to chat at ease. The unique thing about this restaurant is that it had a cool, relaxed atmosphere with caring staff and great food!! I ordered the Kale & Shelling Bean Minestra soup, which was fresh and flavorful with the right balance of tomato, bean and kale and the pecorino romano cheese brought out the flavors very well. The fries had a wonderful tomato aioli dip that I loved and the pizza base was very tasteful and crisp. The dessert, which was the Valrhona Chocolate “Budino” was simply delicious and decadent."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "Our party of 4 all ordered veal piccata. The veal slices were all overcooked and burned on one side. Each plate had varying amounts of both a red sauce and a brown sauce. Both sauces were overpowering and completely disguised whatever taste remained with the veal which could have been cardboard for all we could tell. Pickled cauliflower and tasteless runny polenta accompanied the veal. I have been served much more appealing food in institutional cafeterias. This was our third and last try our local neighborhood restaurant. Our other two meals were spaced 3 to 6 months apart and were also disappointing. They were not as bad as this last one, however."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We ordered cocktails which were good. That was it for almost an hour. The wine we ordered was out, so we selected another. But the second course didn't come for an hour. I was able to catch the waiter once, and he apologized, saying that 4 people were out and he would make sure to comp us for our inconvenience. When it finally came, it was a plain pizza and then dumped spinach leaves and prosciutto on it. It was the blandest pizza we ever had. About 15 minutes later our main courses came and we were again told we'd be compensated The bill included the wine which they were out of, as well as its replacement. By that time we just wanted to leave, and did not remind them of the promised compensation. We won't be back."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The atmosphere is rustic contemporary, a little noisy but a fun spot for a date night. We were excited to find a spot like this on the peninsula because the options do seem sort of limited given the proximity to Silicon Valley. The food was very good except for our Skirt Steak. We specifically asked the waiter about the texture of it to which he replied "It's much better than our older version." That should've been a red flag and dragged down the overall impression of the food. Don't serve a main entree that is notoriously a challenging piece of meat unless you plan to master the preparation!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Love this restaurant but it does need a little tweaking in terms of seasoning on some of their dishes. Love the healthy options!"
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "The food here is great. It is casually upscale with a full bar. It feels like a neighborhood spot. A couple of times the service wasnt fabulous....but I appreciate that they employee some younger and/or less tenured servers. This is no big deal... go"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Since the founding Chef left we've dined twice at Portola Kitchen and both time have been less than satisfied. This last time I had the Torchio pasta with slow cooked beef and horseradish cream. No horseradish flavor as far as I could tell and the meat was under salted and lacking flavor not to mention the dish was poorly plated. My wife's roast chicken breast had been cooked over long, timing is the key to a chicken breast and somebody in the kitchen missed on this one. My Caesar Salad with extra Anchovies was quite good. Mike needs to get the kitchen working at the same level as it was under the original Chef if he wants the current concept to work, otherwise it's easy to drive to Mayfield, Parkside grill or eat at Los Amigos."
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "How nice to finally have an excuse to visit beautiful Portola Valley. Visiting a friend in Portola Valley we stumbled on this neighborhood mall and this delightful restaurant. We would have driven right by and down the hill, back to all of the places we already know in Palo Atlo, but for it being on Open Table. Lucky us! We had a great lunch and a peek into this rarely visited (by us) area. We were intrigued and satiated, and will return just for a meal, despite not needing to be in the area. A meal here and you'll be looking for a home nearby. This is clearly where neighbors come to celebrate, visit and just have a nice meal. We're looking forward to trying more of the meals on their interesting menu."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Everything about PK is a real treat! Don't change a thing."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Just finished another great meal at Portola Kitchen. This is the fourth time and each time has been such a treat. The Tangerine and dandelion salad with ricotta salata was out of this world. A taste combination that I have never had before but thoroughly enjoyed. My daughter enjoyed the pumpkin and pear agnolotti which far exceeded her expectations for a vegetarian offering. The appetizers were so tasty we had to restrain ourselves. My entree was very good. Our server provided just the right mix of attention and service. The ambiance at PK is warm and inviting and the noise level was not bad at all, quite intimate. Strong wine list and fun beautiful and vibrant bar."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We enjoyed our New Year's Eve dinner with friends at Portola Kitchen. We liked it that it wasn't crazy busy and wasn't too loud. Booths were a little small and will get a table next time. Shanna, the server, did a great job."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Entree's were very weak. Small portions with ok preparation, certainly nothing special."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Mike's Cafe has become Portola Kitchen and while it is nice to see the spot stay in business, we were not convinced the change justifies the increase in prices. Will we go again? Maybe."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "God food, helpful and accommodating staff, interesting wines. All we've recommended the place to have returned!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "The food was good. But the wrong order was received and when asked about the waitress had no clue that the dish served was different than what was ordered. The manager made it right by dropping the charge. This is the first time we have had a problem at this restaurant."
    Dined on 12/2/2013
  • "Great local place my friend has raved about for months now. His reasons - neighborhood, comfortable, creative, friendly, charming - I understand all of them now. I finally went and enjoyed every interaction with their staff and morsel of my meal. The seasonal fruit plate is not only beautiful but full of unexpected flavors and experiences - chocolate persimmon, finger limes and pomegranate - YUM! My dining companions started with a simple and lovely salad. For dinner they dined on Osso Buco and a burger, and finished both! I can't say enough good things about my duck sausage with fig, the combination of those flavors was perfection for me. The service was attentive and friendly, without being overbearing. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "This restaurant acquired a new chef which I'm open to, however, if you're a risk taken go for it; otherwise, turn around and walk-out. For examples, the pork osso bocco was very good the veal scaloppini was tough and had a gamey taste it was terrible. I can't remember when I've had such a awful entrée."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "PV Kitchen is a good local spot. We both had the beet & arugula salad and the veal scaloppine as an entree. We ordered small salads that to us we're actually larges but no complaint there. The veal, served with grilled veggies and polenta was flat on taste but a little salt brought out the flavors we were looking for. Service was a little on the slow side but the wait staff was very attentive as well as apologetic, and that goes a long way with us. We're looking forward to going back."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "Was a great blend of casual and classy with a superb menu and delicious dishes."
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "When the first course arrived: tuna crudo, we knew something was amiss. Presentation just wasn't what it usually was. No subteley. Salad was much the same. The always wonderful sole had a new preparation which was dry and uninteresting. The problem: the wonderful chef, Guillone, who put the place on the map has left. We won't return and we be many others won't either."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "We had an enjoyable meal and time. The fries were just right. The hamburger was tasty. Good wine and beer! And the waiter was most pleasant. This is a casual and local place for us and the food is always good."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "The greeter let us change tables to a warmer and quieter location."
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "My wife and I have eaten at the Portola Kitchen on numerous occasions. Always, great ambience, food and service. Ran into many friends whom we haven't seen in a few months. Had dinner with my former boss. It was great. Thank you."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Portola Kitchen is a little apart from town, but worth the time and effort to go there. The meatball sandwitch is wonderful and the soup is generous."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "I have eaten here twice for brunch with a group of friends before. It has good food, but nothing fancy. its perfect for a get together in the neighborhood and the servers are very good, polite and u can just stay and talk even after eating with just a cup of coffee if you wish."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Food is really good. Environment is kid-friendly and bright."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "This is a restaurant worth going to. Food is good and the staff attentive."
    Dined on 10/14/2013
  • "We love to introduce friends to this Portola Valley gem. The ambiance has good energy, yet is very warm inside, and the food is excellent. Seasonal, fresh ingredients, and the serving staff are always willing to share their recommendations. We will keep going back."
    Dined on 10/12/2013