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Portofino

4.4
817 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
Closed for Lunch
Sunday-Thursday 5:00 - 10:00
Friday - Saturday 5:00 - 11:00
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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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Additional
Bar Dining, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 817 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The food, as always, was amazing and flavorful - Trevor made our experience even better with -his positive attitude and wonderful personality. It was our anniversary and it was a treat driving from Louisville for a nice dinner and an overnight. We are never disappointed with Portofino's.

Barb

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3.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Caesar salad did not have enough dressing. Mussels did not have enough flavor. Lasagna with meat sauce was creamy and the portion was decent. Grilled bread was semi carbon on one side with no toasting on the other. Service was a bit slow. Dining on the patio was very nice. The planters and flower boxes were a nice touch.

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2.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Brought a candidate for a prestigious position with the University there after a full day of interviews on campus. Our waiter was barely present at all, didn't ask about dessert or coffee until he asked to bag our food and bring our check. Very off putting and disappointing

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Great food and service!! One of our favorite places in Lexington

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

It’s a fine place with good food.

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4.0Dined on June 5, 2018

We love this place, we always after a movie or to celebrate one of my friends birthday.

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2018

We were celebrating our 49th wedding anniversary, and had enjoyed a nice lunch at Portofino a few months ago, so we decided to have a go at dinner. We are glad we did! Ambience, food and service were excellent. We’ll be back!

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Portofino is always in our conversation about where to dine. Food always good and interesting specials and we always leave room to split a dessert. You can’t go wrong there.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

We had a family dinner, my daughter was home from college. The food was terrific. Trevor was our waiter. Good kid and very attentive. Loved it.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

As always, Wayne Masterman and his crew do a great job.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Quality of food was very good, though the portion size of the appetizer was disappointing for the cost. Entree portion sizes were reasonable. Our waitress was somewhat attentive. We waited quite a long time for everything. I realize their food is prepared fresh, but thought the entrees in particular took way too long to arrrive (and no, the restaurant wasn’t overly busy.) Am not sure I would be anxious to return.

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1.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We had a horrible experience at Portofino. They asked if we would be willing to move outside and we did. They placed in a table in the back in direct sunlight. Of course they had no umbrellas to block the blazing sun. Our server took her time and many times would disappear for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. Our food took way to long to be served. I ordered the tuna (rare). After waiting over 45 minutes between our salads and dinner; my tuna was served over cooked. When I showed it to the server, she was anything but understanding. After taking my plate back to the kitchen she returned 1 minute later with a new plate and well over cooked tuna. When she finally returned over 15 minutes later and saw my plate with most of the tuna on it; she never asked how it was. I don't think she really cared. Nor did a manager ever come over to our table. I've been to Portofino before and really liked it. Was this a one-time bad experience? I don't know. Be careful; if you go there.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Portofino’s is always a treat, but this night, particularly so! We sat in the bar area by the doors to the beautiful patio, where it was sunny and warm. The seafood special, grouper over a lobster pasta was AMAZING!!! Wow! One of my favorite meals ever! Thank you!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Celebrating sons graduation for U.K. we all loved the atmosphere and the food was very good. Our waitress was excellent from the wine recommendation, to her knowledge of the menu items.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Awesome food, service as always. Never disappoints. One of our very favorites in Lexington!

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Great table location. It was a rather high amount of noise.

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Had to wait forever for entree.
Too cold in restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

The meal was excellent. Our server was one of the best we've ever had anywhere.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Perfect for our anniversary

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Love Portofino’s for excellent food, great wine list and had the usual great service! Our favorite Lexyington restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The food was outstanding. Finer dining without all the arrogance. Service was very friendly, but on a fine dining timeline. Had to rush eating for a show even though we explained our timing up front. But the server was very friendly and knowledgeable. Can not recommend enough.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Waitress failed to understand that my friends and I wanted to pay for our food individual on the check. She instead divided the total by the number of people within the group.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Food was amazing and loved the ambience.

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1.0Dined on April 27, 2018

ate there a few years ago and had a good experience, in town for last day of keeneland meet and went for dinner after races. wait staff was slow at all points of the dinner, and kitchen even slower, including a wait of about 45 minutes between salad and entree. low point of dinner was when waiter, after dishes were cleared from table, bringing out the side dish of brussel sprouts which had been forgotten. Quality of food was subpar. At no point did anyone stop over to check in recognizing the in-process poor experience....as we left, I shared my disappointment with the manager of both the experience and the lack of any awareness by the staff or management.....the manager appeared only mildly interested and offered a half-hearted apology. I will not be back....

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

We were in Lexington for a girls trip staying at the Griffin Gate. We had reservations at Portofino's and it was great. Our table was ready and the food and drinks were excellent. I highly recommend it.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Excellent service! Always enjoy our dates there! The bruchetta is wonderful, can't be beat. The service is always just attentive enough without being bothersome and the food is very good.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Great place for a romantic dinner with nice atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great dinner. Always consistently delightful food and experience. Will continue to return next time in Lexington.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Portofino's is one restaurant in Lexington that can be counted on for consistently good food and service. My visit this past Saturday evening was no exception.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

One of our favorite go-to places. We can always count on a friendly welcome, excellent food and service, and great parking (a real plus).

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Excelente’ Food was great and atmosphere was nice. Friendly and helpful staff!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Wonderful Easter luncheon

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Food and service was very good. I suggest you go with servers reccomendations.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great food, service, and environment.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

This restaurant has been operating in Lexington in the same location for a good number of years and is viewed very positively by the locals, including me. The food leans toward Italian, but there are also other good continental options on the menu. The chefs are very good about keeping popular items on the menu, but also frequently add new items, so that there's always a good range of choices.

The wait staff is very knowledgeable and will go over the dishes in great detail after delivering the menus. They can also answer most every question about the food, and if they don't know the answer, they'll seek it out from someone that knows.

For Lexington, it's a little pricey, but you can get some good mains for around $20, with more elaborate dishes costing well into the $30 range. The setting is very nice with art filled walls from some of the Bluegrass area's finest. It's also one of the better restaurants downtown if you want to be able to hear the people you're dining with. Additionally, they have a nice outdoor patio, one of the best in the downtown area in the spring - fall months.

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1.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Food was cold unseasoned n we were very unhappy not the portifino I remember bummer

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Another outstanding meal and experience at Portofinos! Food and service was outstanding! We entertained family from out of town and they couldn’t say enough about how they enjoyed the evening!!

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2.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Food and drink service from the beginning delivered slow. Food cold and had to be sent back. Has to ask twice for appetizer. Wait staff disappeared for long periods of time. Offered free dessert because of issues in food delivery but ask for coffee and never delivered. Always some issue at this restaurant. Last straw and will not return again with all the other great options in Lexington.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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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3.0Dined 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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