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Portola Kitchen

4.4
4.4
807 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Portola Kitchen is a place to gather with family and friends to enjoy the simplicity of rustic Italian-American cooking. Bringing you authentic cuisine, we use locally grown ingredients whenever possible, make our pasta in-house, and give our support to near-by wineries.

We believe the purity of our concept lies in the quality of our ingredients and the simplicity of our dishes. We are dedicated to bringing simple yet refined Italian-American cooking to our neighborhood and look forward to serving you and our community.

Along with our seasonal menu, we offer a full bar and a unique selection of California and Italian wines. Our menus are constantly changing, so the options for Dinner, Lunch and Brunch are endless. We also have a menu just for the kids.

Please join us and enjoy the rustic ambiance of Portola Kitchen. Whether it’s inside or out on our patio, we’d love to see you!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Californian, American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (650) 851-6453

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Juan Valencia

  • Neighborhood

    Portola Valley

  • Cross street

    280 Freeway

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 807 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Peninsula

    Kid Friendly

  • Peninsula

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. HD

    HappyDiner

    San Francisco

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful night for outdoor dining. Food was delicious and portions very generous! Service was outstanding. Our server had a great sense of humor. Definitely will return!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and food. Try the pizza!
  3. T

    kellyT

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous local experience that's always consistently excellent!
  4. BB

    BobB

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Neighborhood gem
  5. SR

    SusanR

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a birthday celebration. Food was delicious and service were great.
  6. JS

    JanetS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The outdoor seating is wonderful during the summer. Kids can run outside, people can talk and laugh without interrupting other tables. Food comes out hot and you jut sit back and enjoy. The servers are the best!
  7. N

    Nico

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Portola Kitchen is a great place for a nice evening or afternoon dining. The menu is very eclectic. Anywhere from Pizzas and Pastas to full dinner Entrees.
  8. r

    rayc

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    1st time to eat lunch in this restaurant. very impressive place. plenty of outdoor tables below the shade of covered patio, each at least 4ft apart. overhead fans are there, but not needed. menu is full of choices. we ordered 3 dishes and requested to be served separately 1 followed the another after it was done. we got new plates and utensils each time. very pleased about such grand style of service. the food came out the kitchen pronto, still hot (meatball pasta) & crispy (pizza). somewhat surprised that the eggplant lasagna has more cheese than eggplant. but the oven-browned cheese tasted fantastic. cappuccino was strong and milk cake was delightful. this joint is an oasis at the foothill of santa cruz mts, away from the city. it is not easy to find spacious, secluded and serene place for a leisurely meal of high quality. bravo!
  9. SO

    SeanO

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every part of our experience here for Father's Day was fantastic, they had reservations available, we were seated quickly, order was taken and food was delivered in a reasonable amount of time. The food itself was delicious and we look forward to the next time we can come back here.
  10. m

    mamclaug

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect pre-fathers day meal. Everything we ordered was great
  11. G

    Gmom

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family went to celebrate college graduation. Food was delicious. Staff was professional and friendly.
  12. I

    Ithy

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Reliable excellent service and cheerful neighborly ambiance outside. Food always a treat. Try the Belgium waffle topped with strawberries. Delish!
  13. B

    Bill

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent Food, service was attentive and not intrusive.it’s in a strip mall between a grocery store and the indoor restaurant, filled with locals. Easy to pick again
  14. C

    Chararch

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Meh salads. Ignored us after being seated.
  15. c

    carlick

    San Francisco

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are regulars at Portola Kitchen, because the restaurant is consistently enjoyable, the service is attentive, the food is well prepared from quality ingredients, and the outside dining is as good as you will find. Highly recommended.
  16. LA

    LindaA

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If I could give the food ten stars, I would.
  17. D

    Discrimanating

    San Francisco

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Portola Kitchen is a great neighborhood restaurant. The quality of the food is excellent, prices moderate, and environment relaxing. A real neighborhood gem!
  18. JM

    JohnM

    Dallas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Service was uncharacteristically slow.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    The service was terrible. We had to ask for a waiter after 15 min, had to ask them to bring our drinks after 15 min, received our appetizer after 30 min, and dinner 30 min after that. We had to ask for refill and bussed our own plates. We had to ask for the bill. AWFUL service.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Great way to celebrate Mother’s Day!
  21. BJ

    BubbaJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Antipasto appetizer was quite good. The pizzas were just okay. Likely wouldn't order them again. We arrived early given another commitment. Our server was inattentive and we were waiting quite some time before the pizzas arrived. Had to ask our busboy for a soda refill. The poor service in particular is why we are infrequent customers of Portola Kitchen.
  22. T

    Takeusout

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a wonderful dinner last night with new waiter Jeremy!! Wonderful conversation and the halibut was incredible!! Love our local spot!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    This was our second poor experience in a row. We had to continue to flag waitstaff down for water, condiments, Togo boxes and check. We were basically ignored. The pizza is pretty good both flavor and value. The specials and mains we tried were very bland. Descriptions are good but all the dishes we have tried were so bland we didn’t want to take leftovers only the pizza went home. This coupled with absentee service has taken PK off our date night list.
  24. I

    Irishlassie

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our family loves Portola Kitchen. It is a homey environment with delicious food. The wait staff is always attentive and pleasant.
  25. o

    oliver

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    owner getting greedy to make up for covid. too many people and too expensive for a pita dinner
  26. t

    tastygirl

    San Francisco

    120 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    120 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We had a nice time outside the other night. Our server was overwhelmed with too many tables but he and the others servers did their best. The pizza was very good. I have written to Open Table and asked that they add a maybe to the yes or no recommend.. We will try it again in midweek.
  27. G

    Gordon

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The Portola Kitchen was a delightful place to have a lunch for a group of six friends. The service was excellent -- friendly and efficient with good follow-up. All our group enjoyed the sandwiches and salads we ordered. On other occasions, I have also enjoyed the pastas (the two rigatoni dishes are great) and personal-sized pizzas. By Bay Area standards, the prices at Portola Kitchen are very fair.
  28. F

    Foodie

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall3food2service1ambience2
    We really like this place but last night was not great The big crowd with the live music resulted in very poor service and the food was just okay We will try again and hopefully they will do better
  29. D

    Deedee

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Outdoor dining during Friday night music.
  30. w

    winendine

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    The restaurant was not busy when we arrived for an early dinner. Our server took our drink orders promptly but seemed quite anxious for us to order. We started with Caesar salads, which were very good. When ordering we asked our server to please allow some time between courses so we could visit. However, before we finished our salads, she placed our entrees in the table. We commented it was a bit too soon, but she just walked away. The butternut squash ravioli special was excellent and a perfect portion. Our other pasta was also delicious. Our server brought our check immediately after clearing our entree plates. After we placed our credit card in the glass, she ran by and grabbed it off the table so fast it startled us. It seemed she might be new or simply not experienced, but the service definitely detracted from the meal. We were finished entirely in less than 45 minutes. Not exactly how we had expected the evening to go. We have loved the food and ambiance at Portola Kitchen for many years, so will return, but will request another server.
  31. f

    foodfanatic

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were so happy to find Portola Kitchen has reopened for Brunch and Lunch. I am always looking for a fun, comfortable beautiful place to meet friends and take my family and this has always been my favorite place to go. Today when I was meeting my dear friend going to Portola Kitchen just made my day. The mimosas and coffee were perfect, her omlette and pancakes were delicious and my eggs benedict were divine. Our server was friendly, prompt and attentive. We could not have asked for a better experience.
  32. MH

    MonikaH

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Decent food & service. It was delicious, but a bit on the fatty side.
  33. j

    jose

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    2.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    We got there right on time (7PM) and were seated within minutes. The place was hoping and seemed rather lively, a bit loud. It took over 20 minutes of waiting time after we were seated before I asked a passing waiter if he knew who our server was. It took at least 15 more minutes before our waiter arrived. We ordered drinks and at the same time (given how long we had already waited) ordered our dinner. The first course arrived about 20 minutes later, the drinks had not yet arrived, even though we could see them seated in the bar section. At one point I stopped our waiter and asked for our drinks, which came to the table about 5 minutes later - already warm. The food was good, not great - but the service was dreadful.
  34. F

    Fletch

    Austin

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Pasta dishes were perfect!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The service was very slow, not a lot of options on the menu. Additionally the place was very understaffed. The server did not even know the menu! Don’t recommend this place.
  36. M

    Mark

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fine food in a pleasant atmosphere. Reminiscent of life pre-pandemic.
  37. d

    deborahgordon

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful home cooking with style. My mother (87) enjoyed the food and drinks ,servers were vey accommodating to my mothers needs and I was grateful. Thank you
  38. b

    babs

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We always love it here. They had a few issues with multiple bottles of wine and beer being out of stock. It is just a sign of the times and I am sure the service will recovery. The atmosphere is wonderful and the food is always good. They have created a cozy outside space with heaters!
  39. LR

    LondonReviews2013

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place all around.
  40. l

    lizzo

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Hate to say this but the food was not good. Drinks, ambience and service were great though!

FAQs

Portola Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 851-6453.

Portola Kitchen is rated 4.4 stars by 807 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Google Map for Portola Kitchen

3130 Alpine Road, Portola Valley, CA 94028

Additional information

  • Cross street

    280 Freeway

  • Neighborhood

    Portola Valley

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Californian, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Juan Valencia

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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