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About Portofino

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.

249 East Main Street
Lexington, KY 40507
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Quality

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(859) 253-9300

Website:
http://portofinolexington.com/

Entertainment:
Check web site.

Executive Chef:
Nat Tate, Rob Nathanson & Jordan Noel

Private Party Facilities:
Thank you for considering Portofino for your function. Business luncheons and dinners, rehearsal dinners, special events or celebrations, weddings, receptions, corporate outings, lectures, demonstrations, cocktail parties and holiday parties can all be accommodated.

Private Party Contact:
Private Event Coordinator: (855) 399-5327

Additional:
Bar Dining, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Portofino Ratings and Reviews

5
4
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

85% would recommend it to a friend

Quiet Conversation (19)
Romantic (19)
Special Occasion (18)
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Good for a Date (17)
Notable Wine List (16)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Business Meals (13)
Cozy (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Authentic (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Casual (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Vegan (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Organic (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
People Watching (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (Louisville)·Dined 2 days ago

Very nice, high quality restaurant for an excellent meal, especially for a special occasion.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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·Dined 2 days ago

Made reservation thru open table, wasn't really needed and was seated early. When making the reservations noted it was for an anniversary dinner. No mention of it from the restaurant and nobody seemed to care. Just another customer paying for over priced food. This is the kind of place people go to eat to feel like they are special within society, like a first class passenger on an airplane when in reality you're not royalty.

Tags: Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

A special place. Food was good but the bourbon list and service was amazing. For the wine list I expected more weird and wonderful options from Italy by the glass.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 6, 2018

An excellent experience from start to finish, beginning with a great appetizer, followed by entree and dessert. Appreciated the wine recommendation, too. Super ambience. Great service.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great hospitality, excellent food and service. Will definitely return. Wonderful to see owner's presence.

Tags: Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Fun, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Portofino never disappoints. Wonderful ambience, quality food, great service. It remains my favorite restaurant for a special evening.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I like the Resturant however we went on New Years Eve. It wasn’t crowded and we sat in a new area and it was so cold I couldn’t enjoy my dinner. The food was ok. I’ve had better there. Just wasn’t a fine dining experience. Thank you

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 31, 2017

It was a perfect place to spend New Years Eve. They had party hats and a festive atmosphere. The appetizers were great and most of the meals were great. I had the fish special and it was dry, but the accompaniments were good. Great wine and service. Overall and excellent evening

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 29, 2017

It was not busy, but it took way too long to even get a glass of water, let alone our bottle of wine. The waitress had no explantation,and was very inattentive. Then another long wait before our salads arrived, and then almost immediately, our entrees were served. My filet was done to order, but it was tough and stringy. There were very few, if any, Italian specialties like we saw on (an apparently outdated) menu online - too bad. It has taken me years of living in Lexington to finally try Portofiino, but I won't be back. Our waitress was pleasant enough but showed little concern for us, as did the rest of the personnel there- our greeting was curt, and no one thanked us as we left. Too bad.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Fabulous dinner with great service.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 7, 2017

My husband and I had veal marsala meatballs. This used to be my favorite meal at Portofina's. The entrée was what I will describe as "tired." It tasted like it had been previously cooked, and was warmed up for us. It was not up to my expectations.

We had not been to Portofino's for a couple of years. A friend of a friend just moved to Lexington, and wanted to have lunch. I recommended Portofino's. She had soup and quiche. She did not finish the soup, and she was not impressed with the quiche.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Great food and service tonight!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Wonderful food, service and atmosphere! If you like tuna, theirs is delicious and cooked perfectly rare.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great food. Unrushed service. We will go again.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great service and ambiance. Scallops were a little overcooked and small. Swordfish was prepared much like sashimi tuna, but was a little thick and not as flavorful as the lightly grilled version of this in Tuna.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Service and food quality were above average but not outstanding. At this price point, I expected more. I will continue to visit this establishment for lunch but may look elsewhere for dinner.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was wonderful. Server very knowledgeable but had too many patrons. I put that on management and not him. All food came out together. Generous portions. Not inexpensive but worth what we paid.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Romantic, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Amazing! The food was delicious and it was the perfect date night spot

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great service, great food, will go back.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We typically have liked Portofino's but this was one of the worst experiences we have had. Service was very slow and poor. The waitress did not know what Spaghetti was and even after the second try did not bring spaghetti out to our kids. Imagine an Italian restaurant that has no clue what spaghetti is. The kids are young and they waited very patiently. It took us over 30 minutes to get our appetizer and over an hour after that to get our meals - again which were wrong for the kids.

Next time we are going to Guiseppe's

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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We had the scallops and filet with tiramisu for dessert. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was perfect for us to sit and chat. Our server was attentive, but not intrusive. In all i would rate our experience as a 10 out of 10 . Thank you to Portofino. I would highly recommend Portofino if you are in Lexington.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Portofino is ALWAYS excellent! I've never had a meal that was less than wonderful.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I am the guy that OpenTable hates. I rarely write reviews particularly for highly rated establishments because I typically can't add anything new and the last thing I need to read is another ditto to already posted reviews. However, when I encounter an experience like ours at Portofino on Saturday night I feel I should add something to try and prevent others from the same outcome. We were seated directly upon our arrival and after a few minutes our server arrived to take our drink order. I selected a bottle of wine and then....we waited. I could see the bottle sitting at the bar and in her defense she was busy serving food and taking orders at other tables. I finally went to the bar to get the bottle (15 minutes since we ordered it) and what appeared to be the manager was a little snippy the bartender graciously agreed to open and let us taste. When the server arrived several minutes later we apologized for being impatient and simply said we wanted to toast our anniversary. She smiled and then walked us through their featured entries for the evening. We both ordered based on her input and recommendations. The soup was supposed to be Tuscan bean...it lacked flavor and was more of a vegetable soup with a few beans but nothing that suggested anything as described. Our entries were also a disappointment. It seems as though they were going for complexity rather than actual flavors. Strange combinations of ingredients in both dishes. Neither of us finished our entries and were significantly disappointed. I'll end this with my feeling is sometime the food is so overwhelming that it covers for difficulties in the service. Sometimes one of us simply orders the wrong dish and but the other is pleased with their choice so it was a selection issue. This was none of the above. I write this because Portofino was rated highly and we were visiting Lexington to enjoy a nice dinner. Based on our experience...be careful here.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Terrific evening. Great food. A very impressive red wine list and the pricing is very reasonable. Will be back next time in town.

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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 23, 2017

I am a regular and Prtofinos Continues to deliver great quality and service.

Tags: Organic, Healthy, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Service was exceptionally slow
I think the staff were short handed
For the prices charged that should not happen.
We then had to wait another long period of time to get our credit card picked up to check out.
This was a bad experience for my guest visiting from Atlanta.
She is used to top dining experiences

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 21, 2017

A very inviting restaurant with nice outdoor dining that is done nicely with lighting and flowers/plants. The service was good and meals were well prepared. Everything tasted freshly made and served at the right temperatures. It is definitely a return restaurant and I would recommend to others.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We traveled in from Chattanooga TN to watch the horse races at Keeneland and this was the perfect meal to end a great day. The egg rolls were phenomenal and I highly recommend the Chicken Marsala. Food was superb and ambiance was great. We sat on the patio under the bistro lights.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Portifino's is one of my favorite restaurants in the area. The food is always good and they have a wide selection of entrees to suit different tastes. Generally we have great service, but this time I was quite disappointed in our server. She was lax in getting to us, we waited quite a while for her to take our order and then to bring our food. She failed to bring a glass of water that was requested and never even acknowledged it later. By the time she finally offered coffee or dessert we were tired of waiting and said no thank you even though we would have ordered both if she would have been more timely. I will go back here for dinner, but I hope I have better service that I have come to expect there from past experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Had a lovely lunch with co-workers the other day. Seafood Chowder was to die for and the rest of our food was very good as well. Great service and it was easy to converse since it wasn't crazy-loud like some places are. Surprisingly reasonable prices at lunch time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Overpriced, no atmosphere, food was simple with no taste.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

outdoor dining is great. Food was very unremarkable and left a lot on the plate. Calamari was lukewarm and rubbery flatbread was burned and dry. Wine list is good tho

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent food. Great wine list; better bourbon list. Sat outside, very comfortab le and well setup space. Solid service. Overall excellent experience.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Absolutely fantastic!! Portofino never lets us down. You can count on a delicious meal and great service every time!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Romantic
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Perfect in every possible way!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We had several people from out of town and a few from in town with us. Everyone said they had great meals. The service was and is always GREAT. Thank you for a great night with friends and family!

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

8:45 PM reservation on Friday evening.

Service: This was the big disappointment. Apps took 15 minutes and then dinner took another 1 hour and 45 minutes. While we waited for dinner, the waiter was more or less MIA. Seemed they were lightly staffed but when you charge these prices, that's the restaurant's problem, not ours. Our waiter was nice when he was there, but he never really came back to check on us or offer more drinks (they missed a sales opportunity there!). To his credit, he did give us an extra calamari and rock shrimp appetizer for waiting but became MIA after that and for the better part of the 1 hour and 45 minutes we waited for dinner. We had other plans that night after dinner that weren't to be because of the excessive wait. We were given a decent discount on our bill and were offered free dessert so, kudos to management there. But service was so bad, we will not likely be back.

Food: Rock shrimp and calamari app was good. Muscle app, not so good; muscles were very dry and in need of being coated in the sauce. What little sauce was there was forgettable as it was watered down without much flavor; no bread dipping there. Entrees were good on average. Marinara and cream sauce on the seafood was excellent. Short ribs were forgettable and not very good. Prepared more like a stew with the gravy on it. Better with a wine reduction sauce around the edge allowing one to apply the sauce themselves. Brazed kale did not seem to be cooked to order. No dessert even though it was offered free of charge due to the excessive wait for dinner; we just didn't want to wait any longer for anything.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Service was excellent! Food was amazing

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 3, 2017

My wife and I dine at Portofino every time we visit Lexington. The menu is diverse and the food is always reliably good. We sat outside in the back courtyard on a beautiful evening and enjoyed the quiet very much. Service was very good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Outstanding food. Courteous and attentive service. Owner stopped by to chat. Things are well-run and it shows. Parking easy.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Vegan, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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