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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/the-kitchen/

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

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
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Special Occasion (10)
Great for Lunch (9)
Comfort Food (9)
Bar Seating (7)
Fun (7)
Good for a Date (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Business Meals (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Cozy (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Healthy (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Romantic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Authentic (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Scenic View (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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 22, 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 21, 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 11, 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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·Dined on September 24, 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 24, 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 24, 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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vip
 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Wow! This was such a good restaurant. The menu was a bit overwhelming, with lots of choices and variety. We settled on sharing the burrata cheese, which was delicious but a bit pricey. Dinner was the spaghetti with salmon and my companion had the bolognese with pasta. Personally, the salmon was not my taste, mostly because it was wild salmon, a huge portion and flavored the whole pasta dish. If you love salmon, this is your dish. The bolognese was one of the best I have ever had and would go back again for this dish. So many dishes looked and sounded delicious. A definite thumbs up!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 18, 2017

We had a nice dinner for 7 on a Sunday night. We had a slight misunderstanding of the corkage fee, and at the end of the meal the service was spotty, but the food was good and the Portola Valley ambiance refreshing.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great pasta. Nice neighborhood place to get a good meal.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Great lunch or dinner spot in an out of the way location with easy parking. Excellent food and a really good bar. The cappuccino was terrific, too!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We have eaten at the Portola Kitchen a few times and it has always been a pleasant experience whether you are inside or outside. The waiters are friendly and their service is always attentive. The food has always been great. I especially like the Mediterranean Sea Bass.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Salad was expensive and not fresh. Pasta tasted like dough and broth had no flavor. Bread was good. Seating not comfortable. Service good.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

This place is always solid. I haven't been here for dinner, but the lunch is reasonably priced, and the food is good if not great.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Very accommodating for allergies especially gluten free and lactose intolerant options. They had delicious gluten-free pasta with marinara sauce. The other party with a regular diet at the eggplant Parmesan and the caprese salad which are both excellent. Superb service. The owner came buy to make sure that the food was fine especially with the allergies.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Food was great; service okay. Long delays between courses. We went on a Sunday and it was crowded. The tables were so close together you couldn't move your chair and people had a hard time walking between tables. There was a lot of bumping into chairs which became annoying and distracting. It was too loud to hold a conversation at our table. Lots of families and kids. I would insist on a booth the next time or sit outside with the hope that you could hold a conversation. Our special occasion wasn't as special as we'd hoped given these issues.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Came for brunch and sat outside. We started with cocktails which were both excellent. Our entrees took a long time to come out and when they did one entree had a hair on it, the server actually saw it as he laid the plate down so he took it back immediately, but then took a long time for a replacement dish. I had the special crab cake and lobster Benedict. The poached egg was cooked through and something tasted fishy. If you ate the sauce or the crab cake separately they were ok, but the dish all mixed up was weirdly fishy. My husband got an egg croissant which was standard, not bad but nothing outstanding. Finally to pay >70 for this seemed a bit too much. Won't be back for brunch again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 31, 2017

The Petrale Sole on the special with a light sauce and fingerling potatoes was great. We had Justin Cabernet with it. Even though a red wine it was very good. A little pricey at $15/glass.

The bread was high quality -- always nice.

The only knock is that parking is very difficult to find in the mall parking lot at lunch time.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Sadly disappointed :( Lovely location and ambiance. It was not busy 5:15 on a Sunday evening and our waiter was surley, must have been having a bad day. He seemed terribly inconvienced to be waiting our table of three! Ordered the special pizza of the day and granted we "left off" the proscuitto as we are vegetarians and the crust was dry cardboard, minimal sauce and minimal mozzerella which was tasteless. and an odd, melted consistency. I had heard so many good things about this place, a former High School Classmate created it, and I was excited to try it. The salads were very good and our guest did enjoy her Brussel Sprout preparation. They did not have the Rose available as listed and did not have a back-up choice to offer so I opted for a Pinot Grigio. Every restaurant has it's off days as does every employee. When in the area again I would like to give it another try as the location is great and I will order another entree. Thanks!

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

We had the prawns and the lamb chops and they were both great. The mai tai was really impressive too. Wonderful dinner. We will be back!

Tags: Quick Bite, Cozy, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 9, 2017

we have been going here for years, going back to when it had a "regular " menu. then it converted to italian with the best italian food on the peninsula and we know italian food because for 30 years we have been spending from 3-4 months per year in italy.the only problem is that they have continued to raid the prices dramatically so that, instead of going every week we are now going every other week..VERY expensive....

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 8, 2017

so glad they switched to Italian! We had gone three or four times and then given up. This week due to absentmindedly taking a wrong freeway entrance we decided what the heck try it again. I was surprised to see Italian on Open table.. It was very tasty. Not over the top..but great for a visit. We love it since its local and you can usually get in right away midweek . We had one pasta, one special kebab.. something fish. my hubby.. and an unfortunately over dressed Cesar salad.. next time I would ask for light dressing. but it was good. We will come back..

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 7, 2017

A bit noisy on the patio with kids running about 6-7pm, but the good food, excellent service, and warm summer weather made for a very enjoyable experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2017

The food was good to very good. The service was attentive and friendly. The place is noisy, yet we had a good time eating close to home.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

We love Rose. She takes time to say "hello" and checks on us to make sure our dining experience is doing well!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

The food is consistently good here no matter what we order. I had the Eggs Benedict yesterday, that was the best EB I can remember eating in a long time. My husband always ends up ordering the gluten-free pizza, he especially likes their unique breakfast pizza. I have had the waffles and pancakes, also very delicious. We actually like to come her for lunch or dinner before or after going to the Theatre in San Francisco, everyone in our group enjoys the food. It also looks out at a cute market with beautiful seasonal fruits on display. It
feels like a mini-vacation to eat here.

Tags: Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Casual, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on July 27, 2017

I have been to Portola Kitchen w/ friends many times.

It has always been enjoyable.

Wait staff very attentive. Water, coffee maintained.

A good time.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 24, 2017

The food is good, but the service is outstanding. I was dining alone with a toddler, and they were super nice and courteous to me and my child!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 20, 2017

This is a great "go to" to meet friends for lunch and shop at the Ladera Nursery and Gifts.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Portola Kitchen is a great spot for lunch meeting, dinner date or family meal. Casual but upscale. Food is good across the board.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Food was good but service extremely slow from start to finish.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2017

meh ok, considering the limited choices on the peninsula

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Always dependable good food and good service ! Portola Kitchen is a go-to place for those of us who work at Woodland School. I enjoy taking my family there as well.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fun, Authentic, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Food was a little bland and the service was slow. But the outdoor seating was a nice and it allowed for the kids to play around when finished eating. Great place to bring kids.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Super accommodating for me and my toddler. The outdoor seating was really nice for people watching too!

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We were there on Father's Day. Very crowded, very hot, very noisy and very slow service. So best to go on a non-holiday evening. The food was excellent, however. The Branzino was amazing, the halibut was very good and the spaghetti with salmon was wonderful.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Delicious and generous servings of delectable Italian cuisine. Interesting seafood options. Friendly and efficient service.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 15, 2017

I love this pace! We live nearby and often walk there, then enjoy outside so as not to feel confined in any way. It is unusual, as so much of California dining is, in that when you are outside you are next to one of the great grocery/produce places of the area, so your sights include rows of beautiful fruits and veggies.
I am a foodie, and i know fine food. I am not sure I would call this a fine food restaurant only because of the environment ... small strip mall, etc. Also, the service and restaurant are a little more rustic than what one might cal l'fine'. BUT, the food is really great. creatively prepared with fine, local, often organic ingredients. I would say I have eaten here25 or 30 times and i have not had a bad meal. Often I have soup and salad (last one was a mixed mushroom soup that I MUST get the recipe for!) which are superb. Try the pear salad and enjoy! Very unusual and well done soups which is not easy to do.
Their fish dinners have been superb to the last meal of linguine and salmon.
The service is almost always very friendly and efficient; not rushed but there when you need them.
I give this place a 10 for what it is trying to be.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Our dinners were very good- one was ordered from the daily specials menu and one was ordered from the regular menu- both very nice. Ordering wine by the glass can be a bit pricey however.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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