Portofino

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Portofino features an inventive menu of Italian and American cuisine. Located in a beautifully renovated building on Main Street in downtown Lexington, KY, Portofino has an elegant interior design, a menu with the highest quality ingredients, and an extensive wine list. The menu offers fresh food from local producers as well as the best ingredients from around the world. Portofino has earned the Wine Spectator Award seven years in row, from 2003 through 2009 and is proud to offer such a rich and varied selection. The staff at Portofino is committed to providing their guests with the finest dining experience possible.
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Louisville
60 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A nice evening out on the patio, salad through dessert was good as usual and of course the owner was there checking on each table as we have grown accustomed. Thanks Wayne

BS
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Just ok. Fish special was pretty tasteless. Past dish was very good. Service was excellent, but hard to pay the prices for food that’s not great.

OT
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner with family! Good food. I had the risotto and it was fabulous

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was great and the food was delicious especially the bruschetta!

S
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a nice mellow dinner on the patio. Server was outstanding and music was low and very pleasant. Thank you for a great evening.

M
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in Lexington

DL
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful salmon, tender, lightly crispy. The Tuscan bean soup was delicious

B
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extra value when a couple in our party chose their summer 3for$33 Summer Special

EC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place, great dinner. Bourbon manhattans were outstanding.

GW
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner with a dear old friend. We were hoping for ossa bouco, but it was not on the current menu. The food we did order was great.

l
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The veal meatballs dish was delicious and, with a salad and tiramisu, made a perfect meal. We enjoyed sitting outside on the patio and our server was excellent. Would definitely go back!

BB
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual

JM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, great hospitality! It was an outstanding meal.

GM
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had an excellent experience at Portofino. Our server, Bry, answered any questions we had and helped with recommendations when asked. Good food and a good experience.

M
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's great to have a restaurant like this in Lexington. We come often and even when we stop in just "to grab a bite", within a few minutes of being seated, we are reminded that we are about "to dine" by the ambience, the precision of the staff, the level of cuisine, the wine list; you can't ask more of a restaurateur. As always thanks for yet another delightful evening.

OT
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Always love this place. We enjoyed cocktails before ordering appetizers, salads, and entree. The waitress sat the first two courses on the table simultaneously. We had not finished our appetizers when the entree arrived (much less enjoyed our salads. We ended up leaving our salads untouched in order to have our main courses while they were hot. It definitely ruined the tone of the evening.

SV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the patio dining experience and we could take our time because the service was excellent! Not rushed and the food was delicious!

SS
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Portofino is always outstanding. Jay provided excellent service and the entire meal was delicious.

D
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful location and service. But for an upscale and somewhat expensive restaurant, the food itself was pretty mediocre. Three people in our party of four ordered pasta dishes. Two of those dishes, the ravioli and the lasagna, seemed to be reheated and the pasta was extremely rubbery. The lasagna was so dry that it was not edible. The restaurant did not charge us for it, which was the right thing to do. Overall, the quality of the food was not commensurate with the price.

g
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. New menu items were wonderful

GV
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The food and ambiance were great but the service was sketchy at best . We got our drinks and the waiter did not come back until we flagged him down. The promised bread never appeared. Salads came before our appetizers. It was really a disappointment.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Dined here during a road trip from the southeast back home to Chicago. Nice menu though I felt a little pricey for Lexington, KY. Food was very good. Bartender a little cranky - didn't seem like she wanted to be there. Will visit again.

OT
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was excellent. However the server was not so great. She lacked speed and motivation. The majority of her time was spent on a much larger table and not our small party of two. We were constantly waiting for water and for our orders to be taken.

t
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was the best, took care of our gluten free needs.

DW
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

great wine selection, fresh food, good service, some of the best italian in eh city

S
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Disappointed with service and food portions. Wasn't crowded less then 10 tables occupied, but service was slow and at times not responsive. Food portion were small for an Italian restaurant, bread was good.

m
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Portofino is our favorite special occasion restaurant, so we went for my husband's birthday and weren't disappointed. The patio is lovely, the service is great, and the food is reliably delicious. And they make the best martini in town. After a visit or two, they recognize you and welcome you. A wonderful restaurant.

M
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we dine here it is a pleasure. Lexington is lucky to have a place like this

OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful dinner. Disappointed that a desired menu item (Lobster ravioli) was not available, but the Grouper Special and Veal meatballs were exceptionally good. Nice service.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Lobster ravioli was great!

ES
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love coming here. Probably the best patio in Lexington. The food, wine and service are always top notch. We will continue to make this a part of our regular locations to dine at.

SW
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in Lexington. Delicious food, beautiful atmosphere. A special place!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great patio

BW
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food ! Service was great too! Perfect for date night.

JB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great!! Always the best.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were top notch.

CP
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The atmosphere was wonderful. The food was great. The server was a bit slow. She tended to the larger crowd and so we had to wait for refills of drinks.

SC
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Great ambiance and a spectacular bourbon list. The appetizer we ordered was great but the sea scallops dish was pretty underwhelming for the price. The scallops were tiny and rubbery. Next time, sticking with pasta.

L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food!

f
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great birthday celebration dinner! Thanks for the dessert! Food, service and atmosphere were exceptional.

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