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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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....
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..
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.
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.
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.
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