Portofino

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1135 Reviews
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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 seventeen years in row, from 2003 through 2020 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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vipBoomer
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently very good. It has a nice atmosphere and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rusty was clearly a victim of the restaurant being forced to run on a skeleton crew, despite that he was attentive, kind, and informative. Top notch service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food and service as always. Could have used some better ambience lighting or brighter table top candle would be my only suggestion.

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RobertP
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks. Patio was great and wait staff was awesome

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DanaH
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was outstanding. The patio is lovely and the social distance was great. All servers wore masks.

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RoryM
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine, dinner, service, and environment! Had a great time.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and experience! Thank you!

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FranciscoS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

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vipBrock
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pricey but incredibly good food and perfect ambience. Will be going back!

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JennyO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good place for date night. The snapper special was delicious. The serrano watermelon margarita was fabulous!!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Overall we had a good experience. Three of us had great food however my salmon was dry and overcooked. In addition, one of the servers was very unpleasant when I accidentally started to walk to the restroom without my mask. Eat here if you want to be watched like a hawk regarding proper mask wearing! They are faithfully obedient to Andy!

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vipTimL
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food , Excellent Service, A Lexington Gem

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vipBrendablanc
Louisville
19 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints !

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vipRuthS
Louisville
34 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely patio! The lobster ravioli and shrimp & scallops were both delicious. Good service rounded out a nice evening.

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vipItchymd
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

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vipSusan
Louisville
79 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious although a little pricey. Social distancing was observed and our waiter was helpful. I would recommend Portofino's!

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JulianG
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If u love great Italian food with great ambiance but still casual Portofino is it!
Everything thing we ordered was fantastic and I’ve eaten at Italian restaurants in many cities. This place is a hidden gem in Lexington.

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vipDonW
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service - love the outdoor patio!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from Tom. The distancing was perfect. Very hospitable staff. You pored a good drink. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a friends anniversary here. We had a nice table on the patio, in shade too! They were practicing social distancing. All servers had mask and gloves and we visibly saw them sanitizing and cleaning all the time. Service was wonderful, very attentive. The drinks made by Kristen were fabulous. Food was superb. Surf and turf was cooked perfectly and they even threw a free tiramisu for the special occasion. On a scale of 1-10 I would rate it a 12. I would highly recommend Portofino for anyone who wants the perfect dining experience.

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Joanj
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we loved it, food and service was great. I had the halibut special and it was very good. My husband had meatballs and he loved them

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kens
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff, food and service was amazing as always.

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aaronm
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great

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vipJb4p
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and beautiful patio! Perfect for a birthday dinner

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Mathom502
Kyoto
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food, exceptional service. I would suggest a better Sirius XM radio station. The 80s and 90s kind of killed the ambiance of the restaurant. The commercials were very confusing to the price point of the food and exceptional service.

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CarrollD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portofino's is my family's favorite place to eat dinner for any special occasion. They always have excellent service, outstanding food and great cocktails. Every dish is really spectacular! The outside patio is lovely, so don't hesitate to try out this Lexington gem!

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Lainie
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a birthday dinner for my husband with our best friends and
enjoyed very much. The food was so good, as always!

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CBJoff
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Portofino, and it was wonderful. We sat in the courtyard because we are not comfortable with indoor dining due to the pandemic, and the staff has taken all necessary precautions to ensure health and safety. Everyone had on a mask. Tables were distances by well more than 6 feet. The courtyard is beautiful. We started with the grilled brie with strawberry preservers, yum! I would go back again just to have this. I had the whole Bronzino which was cooked to perfection. I wasn't a huge fan and a farro slaw served with the fish, but that's probably because I'm not really a fan of farro or slaw in general. If you like farro, I'm sure you'll love it. My partner has a vegetarian pasta which was also delicious. We were celebrating my birthday, so they provided a free tiramisu for dessert. Also, yummy! Our server was great. We never wanted for anything. We will definitely be going back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The courtyard seating is beautiful and relaxing.

The food was delicious. We had the scallop and spring pasta. The linguine was perfect! The seafood cooked just right, and the sauce gave off a richness without becoming heavy

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vipFrankM
Louisville
29 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Patio. Great food. A number of entrees to choose from

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vipBCMMR
Cincinnati
16 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

consistently delicious every time we dine here

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AndyOR
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our dinners. Our waiter wore a mask and gloves and we were on the patio so felt very safe.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food in a wonderful atmosphere full of character and delicious smells. Will go back SO many times!

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GrahamP
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful evening in Portofino’s outdoor space, made extra special by Wayne’s visit to our table. What a treat!

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Bucky
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out for dinner!! Portofino was excellent. Food and service were perfect. Highly recommended. We felt very safe despite COVID. All restrictions and mask wearing were strictly followed by Portofino staff. We will definitely be back.

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Bucky
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We braved the COVID shut down to go to Portofino for dinner. We felt very safe there. The waiters were all masked and the tables a good six feet apart from each other. The food and service was as good as ever. We had the cheese and fruit plate appetizer [it's called "Artisan Cheese & Charcuterie" - excellent! Don't ask me to pronounce it. Then we split the Veal Meatballs and Posta main course. Also excellent. Traditional Tiramisu for desert with cappachino. Overall a perfect evening out from top to bottom!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dinner at Portofino is always a great experience. The staff read my notes in OpenTable and sat my newly wed husband and I in a romantic spot on the patio. We ordered the meats and cheese appetizer which is the only place I was not as satisfied as usual. The ham was sliced incredibly thick and with heavy fat, resembled raw bacon. I was able to pick a few thinner slices but my husband thought it was perfect. Grilled ceasar was zesty and followed with the classic house made cheese ravioli in sage butter sauce (this recipe had changed but still delicious). We added Italian sausage and ate every morsel. To celebrate our nuptials, complementary Tirimisu was the perfect not to sweet ending to a beautiful night. If you haven't been in it s nearly 25 years in Lexington, remedy.

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BetsyT
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Very pleasant out on the patio. Pleasantly cool even though it was hot day, because of its shading. Very tasty food. If you need low sodium, make sure to mention that to the server. Overall, a lovely evening!

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PerryB
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place for a special occasion. Patio is great to stay safe in these Covid 19 days.

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johnson4
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Of course, we did basically "open" the restaurant because we went so early, but their outside patio was like a little oasis in downtown Lexington. Loved the food, loved the service and during this time, they were well prepared to meet all the Covid restrictions. Kudos. Can't wait to go back.

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