Portola Kitchen
Portola Kitchen

Portola Kitchen

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://portolakitchen.com/the-kitchen/
  • Phone: 6508516453
  • 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: American, Italian, Californian
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Portola Kitchen reviews from OpenTable diners
66 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
71% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (44)great for outdoor dining (37)great for lunch (27)kid-friendly (17)fit for foodies (17)great for brunch (16)good for groups (13)special occasion (7)hot spot (6)vibrant bar scene (6)romantic (4)notable wine list (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • We were satisfied with the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Great!
    Food4Thought
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Food was great! Service was great! Atmosphere was great; warm ambiance, not too loud, not too quiet. Great dinner experience overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite restaurant!
    guitgeekVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brunch not so much
    chicklynicklyVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Menu sounds better than it is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    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.
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  • Portola Kitchen at lunch
    foodloverVIP
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Portola's Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, scenic view, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing food
    Pembly
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We give it a B.
    JenJen
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lack of Service
    Chris
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid but needs some fine tuning
    gcdinerVIP
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    Love this restaurant but it does need a little tweaking in terms of seasoning on some of their dishes. Love the healthy options!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neighborhood gem & worth the drive!
    amoebaVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasing to the eye and the palate
    foodfanatic
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun and friendly with great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Everything about PK is a real treat! Don't change a thing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed it
    JaLa
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Entree's were very weak. Small
    saratoga
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Entree's were very weak. Small portions with ok preparation, certainly nothing special.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    God food, helpful and accommodating staff, interesting wines. All we've recommended the place to have returned!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Neighborhood Spot
    KonzaPacific
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • problem this time
    GeorgeVIP
    Dined on 12/2/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • In love...
    ChicadeCA
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tough veal
    titan001
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    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.
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  • PV Kitchen 11/2713...
    CraigDixonVIP
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect date spot
    GafEats
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    Was a great blend of casual and classy with a superb menu and delicious dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a change
    crit
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    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.
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  • Enjoyable meal
    GeorgeVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    The greeter let us change tables to a warmer and quieter location.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • P.V. Kitchen
    greatVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • brunch in the fall
    npiroska
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Country cooking
    greatVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    This is a restaurant worth going to. Food is good and the staff attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Keep Going Back
    JulieA
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • slow service
    LaderaB
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Our waiter was very nice, but it took too long to get our food (for party of 3). We ordered pizza and pasta.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great service
    Axel
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    Great service, great food. Even kids menu food was good. I will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • I was a little disappointed
    Kate
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    I was a little disappointed in the food although I would try it again but for dinner. I had brunch and it was just "okay". The service was good however and the staff extremely pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local restaurant
    KidDynamoVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Food is really good. Environment is kid-friendly and bright.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great addition to the area!
    MgrilesVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    We had a delicious dinner - excellent service and great food made it a perfect night. The restaurant is so easy to get too off the 280 and has a cozy, warm neighborhood feeling. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Strong
    CGMPCA
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    We've gone a number of times over the past year and it's so nice to have a place that is consistently good. There are always a few seasonal changes on the menu which hold their own against the favorites I've come to love.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual But Gormet
    TheresaD
    Dined on 9/23/2013
    Went with my boyfriend to celebrate our one-year anniversary. Loved every second of it. Was casual enough to have show up in jeans, but the food is spectacular. Unique dishes ranging from chicken to lamb. Everything is homemade including the sausage and the pasta. And our server was awesome. Once he found out we had not been there before, he gave us the perfect recommendations. Highly recommended for anyone who just wants a good, moderately priced meal.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef Guillaume Bienaime has
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/5/2013
    Chef Guillaume Bienaime has created a great menu; food and service are excellent; wine list is noteworthy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.