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Portofino Restaurant

105 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Portofino has been serving fine Italian cuisine for over two decades. One of the most important aspects of the restaurant is its dedication to getting top-quality ingredients from local sources whenever possible. The chefs go out to local markets daily to select the best possible items to go into their dishes that day. The quiet and cozy setting makes Portofino and ideal spot for a business dinner or a romantic evening out.

The Portofino menu is mostly full of traditional Italian menu items. These include veal marsala, chicken francese, beef carpaccio and calamari to name a few. There are also several sweet authentic desserts as well including a ricotta cheesecake, chocolate truffle mousse and the signature coppa stracciatella. Portofiino also keeps an extensive Italian wine selection so guests can select an appropriate drink to pair with their meal.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Italian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 2:30pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(718) 885-1220
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Formal Attire
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Parking details
We are sharing parking with harbor.
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Live music on Fridays and Saturdays.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access
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3.8  based on all time ratings
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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sweetss (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 8, 2014

This place is very nice and romantic. My husband and I spent a lovily evening togetber and tbe staff was very attentive and polite. The service was great and fast. There was no ither place that helped make a date night romantic.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on March 1, 2014

My wife and I had to wait for what it seem like 45min for a waiter to place our order. Eventually she showed up and quickly disappeared. We both ordered steak medium rare and both got well done. Other than that the live performance and seafood was great.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2014

Great food and service.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2014

Took some friends to join me in celebrating my girlfriend birthday and had a blast!

Waiters were very friendly and attentive.

Andicroton (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 1, 2014

We picked this restaurant to meet family. It was noisy. But the wait staff were attentive Portions were huge, displayed nicely.
Dessert was a Flambe`. Nice touch.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 1, 2014

We were a group of 10 at Portofino for a birthday celebration on a Saturday night. We all had a great time because we are an easy going group but... Service was awful. We were seated and not given menus, no drink order was taken, and no specials offered. Once we did order, the food came out one dish at a time. My fish was delivered and no one else got their meal for a full five minutes! Then the birthday girl did not get what she ordered. Most people did enjoy their food once they got it. They did offer us after dinner drinks and dessert to make up for all the snafus but it was all really disappointing. Portofino is not inexpensive so we expected much better service. Hope it was just an off night but there is really no excuse.

FoodWisdom (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2014

We made early Sunday reservations thinking they offered Brunch. Was a bit surprised that a restaurant open at 12:00 on Sunday doesn't offer Brunch. I should have checked the menu more closely. Only one other couple in the place and we were seated right next to them. It was so cold that we appreciated the body heat. Asked them to raise heat. Granted it was during a cold wave.

Ordered a Mimosa (still thinking Brunch) and had to tell the server the recipe. Bad sign By the way they charged $9.95 for each.

We ordered a mix of menu and special dishes. Very fresh seafood and delicious pastas. Italian Food is their strong point

Had dessert and lots of Home Made Sambuca (Free !!!)

All in all a decent experience

BronxBorn (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2013

Scenic view of river. Wait staff are friendly and attentive. Food is good and reasonably priced. One of the few Italian restaurants open on Christmas Day.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on December 13, 2013

I enjoyed my time here. Was wonderful for anniversay. The staff was amazing. The food was delicious. I would definetly come back here again.

Tash (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 30, 2013

My experience at Portofino was remarkable. Been to City Island before but this made me feel like i was in a romantic dream!
From the waitstaff to the food, perfection all around. It truly brought a spark back into my relationship and the quuet ambiance helped us to really connect.

vipCathyHill (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 17, 2013

Wish we would have had an earlier reservation so we could have appreciated the sunset because the views are awesome. Next time. Food was very good. I had the surf & turf which was yummy. Potato croquette needs work though. Hubby had a chicken dish that he loved and our two friends both had the lobster fra diablo which they agreed was amazing. We shared NY cheesecake and Italian cheesecake which were very good and as an extra nice surprise the restaurant provided grappa or lemoncello. I didn't get our waiter's name but he was great...seemed to function as the maitre d too.

vipMikeM (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 2, 2013

Romantic throw-back to the days of the old dinner/dance clubs!!! No hip-hop... Just soft music & live singers!!! Awesome experience!!!

mzcountry (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 24, 2013

Love this spot. The food was hot and omg you get so much of it. The service was excellent. Will dine again here!

Greatfd4me (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on October 19, 2013

Food, Service, and ambiance were all excellent! Thank you....

Luis (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 5, 2013

I had the surf and turf (lobster tail and steak) The lobster tail was delicious but the staek was too dry and lacked juices. I ordered mine with some red and my date ordered hers medium well. Both hers and mine were dry.
For the price it should have been perfect.
Everything else was great