Portola Kitchen

4.5
603 reviews
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$30 and under
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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!
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San Francisco
97 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The pasta with eggplant was delicious and cooked to perfection. The squash soup was outstanding - needs to be on the menu more often - maybe a regular item in season. The espresso and ice cream was fine too - I appreciated the two chocolates on top.

It was lovely to sit outside, but we missed the musicians that occasionally play.

We were served by a delightful waitress who really helped make the evening more enjoyable than usual.

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JW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

From Grandma to little kids, it was something for everyone.

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DD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a casual dining experience with upscale food and service! Definitely a gem in the MidPeninsula!

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CG
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place - our neighborhood gem! Food is great, service is friendly, outdoor seating is lovely :)

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been there many times. We chose outside dinning And the outdoor live music was too loud for conversation.

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t
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very pleasant outdoors. Excellent service. Good food.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose the Portola Kitchen, from Yelp, to have lunch with our friends mid way through a drive in our Corvettes.
Glad we did!
Everything aspect was excellent. Food, service, selection, everything.
Can wait to return.

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PP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The lasagna special is perhaps the best lasagna I have ever had. Yum!

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

First time diners here. Debated over a long period of time because of the mixed reviews, but, we thoroughly enjoyed everything. Husband had skirt steak (would have preferred it with a teriyaki sauce but it still was good). I had a filet, cooked perfectly medium rare with a sweet burgundy sauce. Have to say the drinks were the best! Highly recommend the Mai Tai and the Italian Mule was the best mule I’ve ever tasted! The PK sundae with vanilla gelato and chocolate sauce was delicious. We also had coffee and a glass of wine and felt the cost was reasonable for all that we had. We will be back soon!

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GJ
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The waiter was very pleasant but he brought the wrong dish for each of our entrees. Comped my wife a glass of wine since she wanted the correct dish.

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JQ
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Service was a little slow. My salad was good but the casa sandwich seemed dry

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love PK!

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BM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Always fun!

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JB
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food and service. The sugo (meat tomato sauce) rivals Nona and Godmothers.....superb! Polpette sammich, Pear salad, and Rigatoni al Forni are topnotch!

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KM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and lots of choices. Also a nice wine list. Tried the gnocchi with beef sauce and it was decadent. Would not recommend the ice cream chocolate sundae with strawberries.

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KD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great ambiance, friendly and helpful waitstaff, gluten free pasta!

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OT
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I wasn't crazy about the pizza this time. Too much pesto and the sausage was dried out.

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AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

I ordered a BLT toasted
They grilled it instead so lettuce was wilted. Very tiny portion of bacon. Server never returned to ask how everything was or to ask if we needed our drinks refreshened.

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S
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 5

For the first time in many visits I was disappointed in my food selection. I had the chicken mattone and it was so spicy I couldn't enjoy it. My Caprese first course was lovely so didn't complain and decided to take the chicken home for my husband to enjoy as he loves spicy foods. It was even too spicy for him!!! A note in the menu about which entrees are spicy would be helpful.

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CW
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Expensive, high noise level, pasta dishes ordinary, meat dishes tasty but expensive

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JB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food, friendly service and wonderful atmosphere.

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SM
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Took a while to get a server to our table. Very noisy family that let their kids run around their table, scream/laugh loudly to the point we couldn’t not hear each other at all until they left. Would’ve appreciated staff nicely asking the adults at the table to intervene or take kids outside.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Ridiculously overpriced food ($19 for a tiny chicken Caesar salad or $12 for a side of Brussels sprouts or $9 for a small bowl of soup) and a Waiter who could not remember the order in which we wanted our dishes.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

The food quality has steadily gotten worse ever since the new menu with hundreds of options was introduced. Even the wine from the reserve list last night was of poor quality.

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AC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Menu not vegetarian friendly but can ask for anything to be modified. Pasta dishes on salty side but homemade pasta well made. Omelette dishes value not better than diner quality. Friendly wait staff once we ordered but initially impatient. Mother’s Day brunch we sat outside view is of the market across the way.

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S
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find! Excellent food! (the bolognaise sauce is the best I have had in years)
Pastas cooked perfectly.
Nice sitting outside with the beautiful view of the colorful produce across the way.
Can't wait to return!

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C
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual, great menu and superb service. Love the gluten-free choices especially.

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t
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have gone there many times and the food and whole experience is always great.

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LB
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in the Bay Area. I best food and service in a very pleasant atmosphere

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KD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Casual restaurant with 5 star food. Above average prices but well worth it.

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F
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice place to go on a Saturday night. Staff was very accommodating and service was excellent. A little disappointed with the food. Pasta was slightly under cooked so it was tough. Pizza crust was dry, sauce and toppings very good! Desert was very good also.

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RS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

RIGATONI ALLA VODKA & LUMACHE CON PESTO E SALSICCIA are amazing. Highly recommend these items.

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MS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The Food and the service are both very good. Drawback is that the noise level is high ...too high to be ideal. Also, while the food is very well prepared, I consider the prices set at the top...it's pricey. Nonetheless a great place to eat, but only if noise level and cost is not a top priority.

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MB
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

lovely food, staff and other patrons... welcoming, all types of people come.. families, couples, work collegues just wonderful

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D
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I have dined at PK several times with a friend for lunch. It has been about six months since our last visit. We split the PK Cobb salad and two bowls of soup which is what we have done in the past. The soup was delicious and the salad was also good, but we both agreed that the salad was different from what we had received in the past. It seemed a lot smaller with less chicken. I would have thought it was just me, but when my friend said the same thing I figured I must not be imagining this.

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MW
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved this restaurant. I met my friend for lunch to celebrate her birthday. It was the perfect spot. Definitely recommend this restaurant and plan to come again!

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Good. Waiting experience average. Lamb was delicious but over cooked and one order was wrong. I love this place but tonight was not its finest

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MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great spot... loved it.. family friendly but business casual. Wide range of foods and the pizza and caprese salad was amazing.

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LA
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always delicious at Portola Kitchen. We were a little late for our reservation, but they were really nice about that. Noise level was a little much, but the quality of the food makes up for the noise level.

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KO
San Francisco
133 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 3

This is a good Italian restaurant for a very casual meal. The noise level is unpleasant and the
small tables for two are clumsy. Our antipasti calamari was inedible; like chewing rubber.
The Caesar salad was quite remote from anything resembling the flavor and freshness we are
used to.
The Entre Pasta was fantastic. Service outstanding.

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