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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
My husband and I went for a date and had a wonderful time. A big part of what made our experience great was our waiter Nathan. He was attentive, fun/funny and helped with recommendations. The restaurant decor is rustic and it have a very inviting and community feel to it. They have a full bar and great wine list.
My friend rides her horse nearby, so we thought this would be a convenient spot to meet up for lunch. We were really delighted with our lunch experience. She felt comfortable showing up in riding clothes. The dining room is casually elegant. We had terrific service and the food for all three of us was delicious.
We eat her often, and the food is always good. However, this was our first dinner (usually lunch or Sunday brunch). The menu is largely Italian, and we had 2 pasta dishes and a chicken salad. Everything was good. It has always been a noisy spot, but it's convenient to our neighborhood and has good food.
Sat in the bar for dinner. Great advise on the menu from the bartender. We have driven by this place and so happy we went in. The food is great, and really good value. We ordered soup and salad appetisers. That was followed by Ossobuco and my wife the lamb shank. Next time I will ordered that lamb! Both tasted great and were very generous portions.
They have really good gluten free options, even for pasta and pizza.
Food was good and arrived promptly. But the servers were generally inattentive even though the restaurant was half empty. Just getting refills of water or iced tea required waving a glass in the air for over a minute as the servers chatted with each other near the bar.
Food was good but not extraordinary. Service was good, but server put a second bottle of wine on the bill that was never ordered. He corrected it when we brought it to his attention. Our party of four agreed that the prices were not in line with other dining choices - probably about 30 percent too high. Wine list was limited and over priced. All in all, a decent experience, but with all of the choices available, a repeat visit is unlikely.
I take my friends and clients to Portola Kitchen because it offers great food, a fantastic ambiance, and wonderful helpful staff. It is a cool place to go, and if you want relaxing outside dining -- it has it! the food is awesome (appetizers, entrees, desserts, and beverages). Chef Luis will visit tables and actually listen to what you have to say. He is very creative and makes fun and satisfying food. I love it!
Been here quite a few times, and it's always the same issue: the timing of food delivery is awful. One person receives his/her entree, then 5 minutes later, two other people get theirs, then a few minutes later, the last person got theirs. It's very awkward and unprofessional. Of note: Good news! ...the brussel sprouts we ordered finally arrived...after we got the bill.
My pasta and meatballs were weak and insipid. The pasta was starchy. The meatballs tasted hardly that, in fact more like paste-induced garbage.
I am a competitive athlete,my system is tuned to providing feedback on good food. And yours did not make the cut by a long few miles.
I will not be returning.
fantastic food (authentic Italian cuisine) a great ambiance and great service and vibe. Portola Kitchen is the complete package -- and it has a great bar too. covered outside seating is reminiscent of an outdoor market (thanks neighborhood grocery store right next door). great place to just relax with comfort food or to try something new and flavorful. a definite go to place.
There are few options in Portola Valley. In the Ladera shopper, this is the best option of all of them. But, it's not necessarily a great value. They take advantage of the fact that locally, there are a lot of new venture and private equity firms, and so they've adjusted their prices for that clientele, without really improving the quality.
So, it's fine, and Rusty's and the Lobster Shack are both dreadful. So if you must....
We were seated outdoors, which was ok, but not what I had hoped for given several of our party did not bring a jacket. They also crammed 7 of us into a 6 person table. The food was fantastic as expected based on my last two experiences! Unfortunately, the service was not so great. Towards the end of our meal, the majority of the patrons were gone which would logically mean they had more time for us, but our waiter seemed to disappear. I had to go ask for the bill and then again to ask them process our credit cards.
This was my first time at Portola Kitchen. It's tucked inside a one-story mini-mall, albeit in a very nice part of the peninsula. The food was good. I had a simple mixed salad and a house made pasta with kale pesto. Both were tasty. Not exactly what you'd expect from either, but not odd either. Pesto was a bit salty. The best thing about the experience, however, which stands out in my mind above everything else, was our server. He was FANTASTIC—everything you want a waiter to be: attentive without being overbearing, knowledgeable without being verbose, and impeccable in his timing. We were probably there for 2.5 hours, and we wanted for nothing. He made great wine recommendations, he served out our courses at a perfect pace, and his manner was friendly, genuine and reserved. Honestly, he was the best waiter I've had in a long time. A bad server doesn't necessarily ruin a meal, but a good server shows you the meaningful difference between an A- and an A+ experience. I wish I could remember his name so I could give him a shout out.
Food is much improved, but service is lacking, typically understaffed.
We watched are soup cool in the kitchen, it was good when it finally came, but I was about to get it myself!
One entrees came out 8 minutes after the other two and it was salad.
Could be much better if staffing is sorted out and better supervised.
Everything was smooth and good at the Portola Kitchen. Great food surrounded by friendly smiling servers . Mike the owner was there to make you feel like you are at home dining with friends . Can't wait to go back to try the new special of the day .
Great job guys and thank you !!!
Unfortunately, this restaurant has gone downhill of late. The food isn't prepared as well as it used to be and service is uneven. I hate to write this review because it's been a great neighborhood place for so long but recently with the change in menu, and it seems management too, all it's best qualities have suffered.
Enjoyed the dinner, but the pizza was not that great. It was supposed to be mozzarella, proscuitto, and arugula---but it was just a pile of the latter with hardly any of the former. It could be great if they tweaked it. Our waitress was terrific, but the bartender must have been having a bad hair day. He acted like it was almost too much trouble to serve us, as well as the other patrons.
Food was not bad, but my golden beet salad had little in it other than lettuce. I did add salmon to the salad and it was a nice piece of fish, well prepared. Most disappointing was the kids meal, which was only shells and cheese - no additional veggies. Ridiculously overpriced for what we got.
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