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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CD
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Best cioppino I’ve had since leaving the coast!!! Excellent martini, wine by the glass option; great dining experience and did not break the bank !

SR
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was lovely! Such an intimate cozy atmosphere. This was our second visit and we will definitely be back.

LD
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server,Lauren, was AMAZING! We continue to come back for the excellent food and service. This time we were seated in front of the fireplace and it was so cozy and relaxing.
There were also two,very large, holiday parties being held there during our meal. You would never even know it.That being said, all the servers we spot on. None of them seemed rushed and each one was extremely polite.
Keep up the good work !

OT
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This is one of our favorite places...consistently good food and service. I don’t think you can ever go wrong by coming to Portofino’s!

RB
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Parking was convenient and abundant. Inside had comfortable seating and a quiet atmosphere.

The food came out quick and service was on point. Portions were appropriate and cooked correctly. My wife ordered the risotto which was quite flavorful and perfectly cooked, which can be difficult to accomplish. I ordered the swordfish, which was aggressively seasoned and delicious, but perhaps a tad undercooked for my liking.

However, one of our starters was over seasoned with garlic and arugula to the point that our pallet was tainted the rest of the evening. The menu is simple and has few choices but offers some basic variety.

Their wine / bourbon lists are comprehensive and should satisfy most. I didn't see a menu for specialty cocktails, but perhaps I missed it. This would have added to the experience.

Overall, for the cost, I do feel that more was expected but it was an enjoyable experience.

LP
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambiance! We most appreciated the attention of our server. She was particularly helpful in answering questions about cocktails.

D
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a bad meal! I had friends from NYC in town and they absolutely raved.

BL
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rare dinner out with my husband. The cioppino was excellent. House wine was great and well-priced.

RW
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I must say this was a wonderful meal with incredible service. The atmosphere was great. The outside lights came on midway through dinner and made it even better (must go again in the summer and eat outside). I would highly recommend a romantic meal here or just a casual one.

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bourbon selection and prices

LO
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service poor, food ok nothing special, atmosphere nice

DC
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

There was an extremely loud table of 8 patrons right next to us that was quite frankly out of line. Too much time at the track I suppose. Our server did not acknowledge us until after quite a few minutes. In her defense the loud group as mentioned before were taxing her time, however someone else could have come and welcomed us and got our drink order. The food quality and taste brought up the entire experience. The server ended up being very good after all but I had to go to the hostess first to say that we had not been talked to for about 7 minutes before all that changed. Our compliments to the chef!

BC
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wish to praise our server Lauran who was very professional, efficient and personable. We are both in our early 70's and were celebrating our anniversary. She added so much to our celebration.

RG
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s hard to beat the wonderful ambience and the service couldn’t be any better. Our waiter anticipated all our needs without hovering or being a nuisance. Our food was wonderful. I had muscles and my wife had lobster Ravioli. Both were excellent. This is our second time back and won’t be our last. Always love a restaurant with cloth tablecloth and napkins!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great restaurant. Consistently good.

F
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Portofino’s. The good is always good and I love the little twists on tradition!

S
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was slow. Glass of Chianti had turned

CB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner in a very nice location downtown Lexington. Very flexible with reservation time. Good parking. Food was very well prepared, good sized portions and well described by our waiter. Will return on next visit to Lexington.

OT
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! We loved the bruschetta!

AT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were very nice and helpful! Very willing to help with food allergies, too!

MR
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience, great service, food and ambiance

b
Louisville
70 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We enjoyed a nice Malbec, warm bread, great food, and wonderful friends at this consistently good restaurant.

DW
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful patio,great cocktails, wine list and delicious food! Definitely going back!

LD
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoy going to Portofinos. Our server Bree was wonderful. We really like the fact that the food is not over seasoned. They always offer a great selection of entree's but we prefer the seafood and it has never disappointed us. We highly recommend Portofino's for any special occasion.

CF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The pasta was overcooked, sauce was bland, and I asked for rigatoni and they gave me linguini which did not go with the bolognese sauce at all. I've eaten there before and had a better experience so maybe it was an off day. The brie and bread appetizer was good and the decor is very nice.

CL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Wonderful patio and my husbands’s fish was amazing but my risotto was without salt, at all!
The appetizer, oysters, were so tasty! Delicious!
I totally recommend the place !

MC
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have had recently and I eat out every night.

LD
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic meal. Our server was wonderful. We highly recommend this place!

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

The restaurant looks very nice. The service was good. The food tasted terrible. My chicken tasted like it was microwaved. The pasta bolognese was watery and tasteless. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

SC
Louisville
64 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

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 on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

S
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in Lexington

DL
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

B
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great place, great dinner. Bourbon manhattans were outstanding.

GW
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!