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About Portola Kitchen
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!
Portola Valley, CA 94028
Italian, Californian, American
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sat-Sun 10:00am-2:00pm
Lunch: Daily 11:30am-2:00pm
Dinner: Su-Th 5:00pm-9:00pm
Dinner: F-Sa 5:00pm-10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Portola Kitchen Ratings and Reviews
It is our go to spot for anytime meals, special occasions, romantic evenings, long lunches with friends, and brunch with out of town guests. The freshwater prawns in butter & garlic, and the lumacche with kale pesto & spicy Italian sausage are so exceptional that it's a challenge to try the other wonderful dishes (but we do). Rose, the hostess, is ever welcoming, and the staff is always attentive, never intrusive.
Portola Kitchen is our go-to spot for delicious, healthy, well-prepared dinners. Our favorite is the pesto lumache, a unique pasta dish with kale. Everyone likes the pizza and my husband likes the veal scallopine. Good menu, friendly servers. One of the best local spots!
This place is always a good choice. Very busy for dinners on Friday night. Make sure to make reservations between 5:30 and 7:30. Can be loud and hard to hold conversation but energetic and fun too. Great bar drinks and service. Wish they would bring back the stuffed mushroom appetizers! All in all we had a terrific dinner. Make sure to try the Vodka penne pasta. Delicious.
we have been going to this restaurant for years since before it became "italian"...the food is great and, until fairly recently, would eat here at lease twice a week. unfortunately, the owner has seen fit to use the popularity as a reason to raise prices dramatically, so much so that we will cut back on eating here as often....this is not a matter of being cheap as we live not he peninsula and re used to high costs of everything...wr just don't appreciate what they have done here....
Our server, Luis, was terrific. He was patient when we needed time to read the extensive menu and he was very funny. The restaurant felt warm and friendly.
For appetizers we had the crab cakes in a delicious lobster sauce, the polenta (the sausage was the best!) and the halloumi with arugula. Chef Luis came to the table to explain the cheese to us. It was the most delicious cheese I've ever eaten, and I'm not a goat cheese fan at all. This changed my mind.
For our entrées, we ordered the lobster ravioli, the prawns, and a vegetarian pasta dish. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals, the wine, the staff and the holiday atmosphere.
For dessert we shared the bread pudding. This dessert and coffee was perfect way to end a wonderful meal.
4th time was a bust. After 3 - 5 star experiences over the last 3 months, this time the food was just off. The pastas all had a smoky flavor, not a welcome addition to a tomato cream sauce. The baked rigatoni was gummy and mushy. I hope it was an anomaly, and we will try it again.
We ventured to this restaurant following good online reviews.
Was very surprised once looking at the menu, that this was a copy of the Il Fornaio menu! Even to the extent of the list sequence of the dishes! Prices are similar to Il Fornaio but quality isn’t. Dishes were far oilier and it took about 40min to get our meals.
Will not be returning, and next time will opt out for the real deal, Il Fornaio
Overall, a good place. I really liked their special- lobster soup! My main dish was spinach pasta with seafood. Unfortunately, it happened to be too spicy - it was not indicated as such on the menu. I had to leave most of it untouched. I let my waiter know, and she was very nice not to charge us for it.
Good friends getting together over a casual yet quality meal all within a 10 minute drive. We all had different meals. And we each enjoyed our choices. The prices were reasonable and for four people the tab with tip was $120. We agreed that we would be back.
I was looking for a place to take our out-of-town son for a nice meal. We'd already
taken him with us to Portola Kitchen a number of times. Couldn't fine one any better than this special, local place. It's always good. Saturday night the food was terrific, including my spinach and asparagus soup which was outstanding.
I've come here many times and usually dine at the bar with my wife. The bartenders are fun to banter with as is the owner who is always there. This last time, I brought my entire family for my son's birthday so we reserved a table. I was a little disappointed that even with a reservation they stuck us at a table in the back. We made the best of it and enjoyed the amazing food. Certainly not a value restaurant but quality food at reasonable prices.
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