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Portola Kitchen

4.5
445 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Californian, American
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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
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Phone number
(650) 851-6453
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Guillaume Bienaime
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
280 Freeway
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 445 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.1
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

We hadn't been to Portola Kitchen in over a year and were very impressed with the new menu and wine list. Both were extensive and delicious with a wide variety of daily specials and wines by the glass. We also forgot how close they are to downtown Palo Alto and most of Silicon Valley. Our new favorite place is only minutes from 280. We also learned that Mike (owner guy) is about to reopen his Midtown Palo Alto restaurant on Middlefied Rd. very soon with more space, opulence, and the same great cuisine prepared by the same staff as Portola Kitchen. Everything is great, but someone has to try the prawns!

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

The hostess was vert accommodating for us and gave a quiet booth so we could have conversations more privately. Meals are always good here.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Be warned- they have a separate booking process for their booths, which we didn’t know, so even though we had reservations and there were two booths open, they were reluctant to seat us. We had to complain twice before they made an exception. Still, the food and atmosphere is excellent, as was the service once we sat down.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

fast becoming a regular haunt with good wines, great food and manageable noise levels. Good choir 2 to 10 people.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We’ve been going for years, often 2-3 times per week. great food, great service. However the prices have gone out of control. Waaaayyy too expensive for a trattoria. Four of us the other night. 1 cocktail, 4 glasses of wine, 3 pastas, 2 scaloppine. No dessert. Total? $280.00. Too much. Down to once every two weeks

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Great farm to table menu. Fish was delicious

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food is always great. Service outdoors, not so great. Little pricey but worth it. The Short Ribs and the Mediterranean Sea Bass is terrific. Usually we buy a bottle of wine but this time decided to bring a nice bottle that the restaurant doesn’t carry. We were surprised by the corkage fee of 25.00 a bottle.
Would we go back? Definitely.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Was excited to dine at PK but was greatly disappointed --

Waited extraordinarily long time for food and the waiter
never noticed. In fact he often disappeared.

Had to ask 3x for water.

Asked twice where our food was.

Caesar salad had little flavor and the lettuce was soggy.

4 people, $400 check that left us feeling taken advantage of.

Didn't seem like anyone cared ....and didn't appear anyone
was in charge of the restaurant.

Premium prices for an Olive Garden experience.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Wonderful food. Several mistakes with our order that were eventually rectified. Nice staff

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

This is my third time at Portola Kitchen for lunch with a friend. They have great service and a nice menu for lunch. Love that that they have outdoor seating option.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Awesome wholesome food!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Good food - but prices are somewhat high.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

We enjoyed our experience there, but the service was a little too speedy/abrupt, eg. salad plate removed before we were quite finished without a question if we were finished. Main course brought before first course finished. Etc. BUT--food was delicious and ambiance perfect for a lunch.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Nice decor, food and staff. We hadn't been to Portola Kitchen for a few years and very glad we tried it again. The food was the right level of quality, quantity and flavor. Not over done, but not simplistic either. Will definitely be back soon!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Consistent service and great menu options

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3.0Dined on March 12, 2018

This is usually a very dependable place for us to get excellent food and friendly service. Nothing worked well tonight. Service was very slow and with zero personality even though it was not at all crowded. My salmon was over cooked and below par. Plus I indicated a special birthday for someone in our party but there was zero recognition of that. Just a dud. Wondering where management was on a Sunday night.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Excellent food here! I have been here a few times and sat outside but this time ate inside. The ambiance is quite lovely and cozy. Will certainly be back!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Very good food with some unique variations on traditional dishes. There pizza and calzone are excellent. I enjoyed their pear salad. They have a nice selection of wines by the glass or by the bottle, or you can bring a bottle of your own for a very reasonable corkage fee. There is bar seating with two television sets for sports viewing. There is also ample seating outdoors with overhead heaters as necessary.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Terrific options for healthy, filling and delicious entree salads. ! got the ahi salad - my friend got the salmon spinach salad. Both were great!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I loved everything about this place! Great food, fab service, I would recommend.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

This is a hidden gem in a shopping center. The food is incredible. They make their own bread and pasta on site. Have been there three times now and it is always Devine.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

The food and service is great! The desserts are delicious! Will come again and tell friends.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Warmly welcomed by attentive waitstaff. Great cocktails and entres. Good value.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Had a great business meeting great food and value

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Great food, service and ambience!

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent scampi, excellent service

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Beautiful day with good food outside in the sunshine

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Good as usual

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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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