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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

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (23)
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Notable Wine List (18)
Romantic (17)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Cozy (13)
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Creative Cuisine (12)
Business Meals (11)
Authentic (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Casual (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Healthy (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
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Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (Louisville)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Louisville)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 11, 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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Cincinnati)·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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 (Charleston)·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!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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 (Louisville)·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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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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 (Louisville)·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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Louisville)·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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 (Louisville)·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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 (Louisville)·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.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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 14, 2018

Made a reservation for a birthday dinner. Was given a booth near entrance. Once seated, the hostess dropped a glass from our table. Oops. Server came,but didn't seem to pay attention to what we ordered. Appetizer never came and when asked, response was simply, "Well, I guess it never made it to my ears." Food was very greasy and presentation was not impressive. For the price charged, expectation was higher in terms of quality.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 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 4, 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 December 31, 2017

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 28, 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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vip
 (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 1, 2017

Great food. Unrushed service. The owner made an effort to get to many of the tables to say hello. Quiet when we arrived but was soon bustling. Great service, great meal. We'll be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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

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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 24, 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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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 17, 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 8, 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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 (Louisville)·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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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 28, 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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vip
 (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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