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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!

3130 Alpine Road
Portola Valley, CA 94028
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
280 Freeway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 851-6453

Website:
http://portolakitchen.com/

Executive Chef:
Guillaume Bienaime

Additional:
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

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4
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (17)
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Fit for Foodies (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Kid-friendly (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Cozy (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Fun (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Business Meals (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Healthy (4)
Organic (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Seasonal (4)
Authentic (3)
Great Beer (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Live Sports (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Romantic (1)
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 4 days ago

Had a great business meeting great food and value

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Food is vastly improved. Service was good. My only complaint was that I had a branzino which was butterflied and cornered with a sauce but was not boned. With the sauce it was impossible to see the bones.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Great Valentines night with wonderful food, great service and good service by a very personable woman.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

So so yummy! So much made in-house and lots of vegetarian options!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great food, service and ambience!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent scampi, excellent service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Beautiful day with good food outside in the sunshine

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My wife and I loved the atmosphere and service of Portola Kitchen, but the food was underwhelming for the price. We were extremely disappointed and will not return unless a new chef takes over.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We had an excellent dinner with fantastic service. Will definitely go back for more :)

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Good as usual

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Food is good, but sometimes a miss. One time Calzone was so good , another time really bland. The service can be very very slow, specially on busy Fri evening.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

It was great as always. Have been there many times and will continue going.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Just one of those feel good places to meet up with friends.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great place. Have been there multiple times. Service great each time.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

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....

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Hidden gem. Love the food, service and atmosphere. New go-to place in my book. Great gluten free options.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Had the PK Cobb Salad for lunch. It was totally over priced for what was serviced. Now, I remember why I don’t go.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Awsome food and service. Special pasta of the night with eggplant was out of this world. Great pizza for kids too. We’ll be back!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Would definitely go back. Excellent sea food , pasta and deserts

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

This is a fun restaurant. The interior is charming. Service is very good. Pasta with kale pesto is AMAZING. You can sit outside (they have heat lamps) which is very fun to people watch.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We eat here often, usually for brunch. Slthough there was a full house, the service was timely and
courteous. The food was excellent. The hostess was especially gracious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Good service. Nice people. It’s an easy place to grab a quick lunch.

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Always excellent service and quality !! Thank you.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food and the service were superb. A nice place to celebrate a special occasion.




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Tags: Organic, Live Sports, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We were there early so it was nicely quiet...food and service we great. I love their beet salad...it's the best.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Fresh ingredients, homemade pastas, cooking by a chef who knows what he’s doing in the kitchen...all this describes our meal tonight. We really enjoyed every course and we enjoy the well-trained, friendly staff. This is a great neighborhood spot..

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Excellent as always -- great food and great service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 10, 2017

I had the soup, it was awesome. My husband had the skirt steak which was wonderful too. Kids had pizza (one with a special request that was granted without a problem).

Tags: Healthy, Disabled Access, People Watching, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Nine of us went here for brunch and all had excellent meals including various omelettes, fruit platter, French toast. Service was excellent and couldn’t ask for a better place.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great server! Was really accommodating with our special order and had a fun personality!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual
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