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Portofino

4.4
778 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(859) 253-9300
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Nat Tate, Rob Nathanson & Jordan Noel
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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.
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Private party contact
Private Event Coordinator: (855) 399-5327
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Cross street
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Bar Dining, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 778 People Are Saying
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Chunky (Louisville)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

We had an excellent meal at Portofinos in Lexington, KY. The food was excellent and service was outstanding. Highly recommended for white tablecloth dining.

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BrettC 
3.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

This was a Valentine's day dinner for my wife and me. It was our first time at Portofino's. After an hour-and-a-half, we still had not received our entrees. We left, making sure to pay for the appetizers and drinks we had. I asked the hostess what the reason was that things were so long in coming, and she said that their had been an unusually large crowd and that the kitchen staff had had trouble keeping up. She did offer to give us the drinks and appetizers for free, but that is against my principles. Still, it was a tremendously disappointing experience. My wife and I aren't able to get out for dinner often. It makes us feel very reluctant to ever return to Portofino's.

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cookingRC 
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Our dinner was amazing! We had the Veal Marsala Meatballs and the Tiger Shrimp and Scallops Buccatini. Only complaint is how small amount of meat and cheese on the ham and cheese plate. Wasn't worth the price.

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Great Food Rib eye and Chicken were remarkable

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MIkeLewisMusic (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Made a reservation to celebrate Valentine's day weekend with my very special lady. Wonderful ambiance, great table... although there is not a bad one in the house. Expansive wine list, terrific menu. We opted to start with a nice cheeses and meats offering with a tasty white wine to start. We shared a rib eye special and the Atlantic salmon dishes for dinner. Everything was exceptional. Our waiter was perfect, the meal wonderful. Definite repeat.

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CodyG (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

My girlfriend and I went to Portifino for our Valentines Day dinner. The ambiance was perfect. Our server Dean went out of his way to make our first Valentines Date together extremely memorable and personal. The service was outstanding although the food pricing was a bit high for the quality we received. Overall, I would certainly recommend this to a friend looking to celebrate a special occasion.

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zksald (Louisville)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Would not recommend. Have tried Portofino twice now and had terrible experiences both times. The first time my partner and I felt like we were rushed from beginning to end. Our last reservation was at 8:15 and we had serious concerns that we would be rushed again seeing as the kitchen closed at 10.

First, we had to wait 15 minutes to be seated in an outside area. Then we were seated in a room downstairs that is clearly what they use for private parties. We were the first ones in there until 3 other couples joined us. My first two options for a meal weren’t available, and my partner and I went 15 minutes 3 separate times waiting for our waitress to fill our empty wine glasses!! A pretty simple task...

The biggest issue was that it took 1 hour and 30 minutes for our main meal to reach us. I would be more forgiving if it was 6:30/7, and peak dining time. However, it was nearing 10pm. I went upstairs from our dungeon to find someone to complain to and couldn’t find anyone!! Not a server, manager, hostess, no one. Also, my partner ordered rare steak and I had ravioli, things which should NOT take 1 hr and 30 mins to get to the table after 8:40pm. When our meal finally came, we told the waitress we wanted our check as by now we realized it would take her 15-20 minutes to complete any regular task.

The best part was that all 3 couples who arrived up to 20 minutes after us, were served food before us. They had different servers, and that seemed to be why. Our waitress seemed to just not be with it, or it was her first day waitressing ever. She never apologized for her awful service, or picked up on the fact that maybe we might be ticked off that this was the third time we had to wait for her for 15 minutes to refill our glasses. Occasionally she would come down into this room and we would try to get her attention, only for her to evade eye contact and rush out the room.

Terrible experience on so many fronts. Don’t waste your money here. The food isn’t even worth it

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OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

One of my favorites in Lexington. Great food and great service in an upscale atmosphere.

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wineanddine (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Our favorite place. Staff and service beyond professional. They go above and beyond. Food is outstanding. 5 star

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OpenTable Diner (Oklahoma City)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Food was amazing! The veal meatballs are a must! Service was some of the best I've had since moving to Lexington over a year ago. Perfect atmosphere for a date as it is quite and elegant.

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OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Long waits for drinks, food, etc. Not a criticism as it was nice to have a long, relaxed 2 hour meal. Just an observation. No quick dining. Great food and atmosphere, though.

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vipKARENANN (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

SO NICE TO BE BACK AT PORTOFINO'S....FORGOT HOW REALLY GREAT IT IS!!!
PORTOFINOS WILL SEE US BACK AGAIN, SOON!!!!

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

My husband and I had a very nice meal. Portions were large and food was very good. Definitely get the brushetta as an appetizer, it was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

You all treated us great! Thanks for making everything o smoothly and cutting up food.

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OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was great, the service was outstanding and it is just a wonderful place to dine.

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Connie (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

The evening was perfect. I think we got the best table in the house. The waitress was excellent! The food was outstanding. My husband and I both ordered fish and both were cooked to perfection. The ambiance was also perfect. It turned out to be the perfect place to celebrate a birthday.

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Noelsw (Louisville)
4.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Mistake made in two orders, but corrected, plus dessert given by waiter because of error. Food was good, drink prices steep.

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OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
1.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was bland, severely overpriced for what was plated, and the service was really slow. We were there nearly two hours and the restaurant wasn’t even busy. We will definitely not be back.

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Foodies (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

I believe that i had the best lasagna ever!! It was delish, we had a party of 4 and everyone loved it

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OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

We were seated in a very nice quiet area and could actually have a conversation without the music blaring! Our waiter Tom was excellent and took very good care of us.

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