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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Comfort Food (11)
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Casual (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Special Occasion (10)
Good for Groups (8)
Local Ingredients (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Business Meals (7)
Cozy (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Healthy (6)
Fun (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Authentic (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
People Watching (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Organic (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great Beer (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Sports (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Always fun and upbeat. Very creative twist on many standard items. Their scampi is served most like in Italy.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Loved it! Super yummy, great service.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2017

Nice Ladera neighborhood place for casual weeknight dining. Pizza and pasta items are good but entrees are pricey and nothing special.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Good, local restaurant but had to wait 30mn+ for our table even though we had a reservation. Not impressed!

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Excellent food, environment, tasty.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 21, 2017

This was my second visit in less than a week. Food is outstanding!! I have the baked rigatoni al forno, excellent sausage and the sauce is outstanding too. Waitstaff was exceptional, fun, knowledgeable and professional. I highly recommend!

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2017

We have enjoyed Portola Kitchen consistently ever since it opened.

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Casual, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2017

We've gone here several times and never disappointed.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2016

For Wednesday lunch, we chose Potola Kitchen. Very limited parking space and inside the restaurant was so noisy for our reunion.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2016

Briana was an excellent server and her busser was also on point. We liked the Caesar salad with house made dressing and hard boiled egg. The pizza Cristina with white truffle oil, prosciutto, and arugula was also very good. We will be back.

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 (Portland)·Dined on November 14, 2016

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2016

Food just OK, service was spotty, and price was high for what we had. In addition, the place had a lot of flies flying around. Not to healthy of surroundings.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2016

It's okay - service can be spotty, kitchen does a lot of volume.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2016

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!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2016

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2016

The pasta pompodoro is to die for! The service is quick and polite. The atmosphere is between casual and formal, so is comfortable in many situations. Very nice restaurant without being pretentious.

Tags: People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Live Sports, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2016

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2016

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, People Watching, Authentic, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2016

Waiter was a little off his game

Wrong drinks. Appeared to be distracted.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 18, 2016

Really yummy. Who knew the shopping center had such charm. The food was so good. Everything came out as expected if not better. We will be going there again

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2016

Always my go-to spot mid-Peninsula. Great food, fabulous service, neighborhood vibe.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2016

Portola Kitchen is perfect for a business lunch. We arrived at 11:45AM, got great service and never felt rushed. I have been here many time for business and after work get-together. A great spot.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Austin)·Dined on September 10, 2016

Wonderful ambiance. Good was excellent. A neighborhood gem. Will definitely return!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2016

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....

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 5, 2016

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2016

Such a wonderful atmosphere -- and such great food served by wonderfully attentive servers. The ahi tuna w/mango salsa appetizer was a great start and the freshwater shrimp entre was fabulous. Then the desserts -- too good to pass up!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Hot Spot, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2016

Expensive for sitting outside next to a market - food should have been fine dining for the price -$30 entree-14$ drinks- while outside

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 14, 2016

Wonderful meal, great food and service. Prices are a little on the high side, but food quality is excellent, and you are paying for the neighborhood as well. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly and will be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2016

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 11, 2016

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 8, 2016

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 !!!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Afternoon Coffee, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 7, 2016

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2016

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 3, 2016

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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Outstanding!

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