Portola Kitchen

4.7
720 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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!
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love this place. Great menu, and just a fun place to be. We especially like eating outdoors. They have live music every other Friday, weather permitting.

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JeffH
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Don’t be left disappointed, choose another restaurant. For the cost, you would expect a standalone fine dining experience, but the reality is a strip mall basic cafe.
The decor reminded us of a Hobees, and the only view was of the grocery store across the alley. Service was slow and lackluster, and the food lacked seasoning and presentation.
Skip this and head straight for The Village Pub, where for the same expense, you’ll have an extraordinary experience. We wished we’d just turned on our heels and left. Utterly disappointing.

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MABrooklyn
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place for a couple or family night out.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!

JN
JNCO14618
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portola Kitchen is one of our favorite restaurants in the area. I enjoyed the grilled pork tenderloin special while my wife enjoyed a chicken pasta dish. The service was attentive. We look forward to returning next time we travel this way.

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MartinH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful meal with friends at Portola Kitchen!

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MackenzieF
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for two couples to get together for dinner and catch up over a great meal. We were pleasantly surprised to be seated outdoors with a great live band nearby... food was excellent! We will be back!

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PaigeC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, food was a slightly overpriced, but still a good experience. Service was excellent. Would return if in the area again.

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Palazio
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice cafe vibe, great food, great service. Always a pleasant stop.

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Kare
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Nice place and service, but food is so so. Not bad, but not as good as I expected.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for Fathers Day Dinner and first post -lockdown restaurant outing with family.

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vipSFFood4Me
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant - amazing food and staff!

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vipamhey
San Francisco
107 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

It was a very busy night - so glad the restaurant was able to expand under the sheltered patio - so service was slower than usual. The breads were fresh and tasty. The desserts were delicious. The Devil's Chicken was OK. In general, the food was great - although the vegetables were a little charred and overdone - I prefer them steamed rather than roasted.

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vipHungrryGrrl
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Warm and tasty rolls, main entrees of pasta special and tasty braised rib special, dessert was very tasty tiramisu. New chef did a fine job.

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RichardE
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As always, a great place to eat. Waiting for lunch to open again. This time the short ribs were good but my pizza had areas off burnt crust. Will I go back? Definitely.

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vipLindaA
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Love Portola Kitchen, however, the music was far too loud. Not conducive to visiting with whomever you’re having dinner with.

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vipChaiTime
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The menu has changed so that was a bit disappointing as we were looking forward to our favorite dishes from pre-covid. Also the service was off as we had different waiters come to us for different things or wrong dishes. The main server was extremely nice and pleasant.

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vipRafe
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outdoor dining with an excellent staff. Service was good and food enjoyable. Well worth the visit.

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Gwyatt
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

homemade pasta was delicious, great cocktails (on the strong side), and fun atmosphere

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RichardE
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Finally able to get out to eat again and Portola Kitchen still is tops for food and beverage. They are only open for dinner right now, but hopefully for lunch again soon.

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vipamhey
San Francisco
107 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice to be back. The fresh pasta is great.

MH
MarshaH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good quality food and pleasant dining room. Good neighborhood restaurant.

PA
PariaA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was close!

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vipcarlick
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are locals and this is one of our all time favorites.

Patio dining is comfortable, COVID-precaution friendly.

The staff are fabulous, all, led by Rose, their star manager.

Food is always beautifully prepared from quality ingredients.

Highly recommended.

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chrisr
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Pizza, specials, and wonderful wine by the glass list

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vipKendraG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service is always fantastic! The Eggplant Parmesan dish was wonderful! The live music was the best part!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great dinner. The food was fabulous. Any of the pastas are to die for. The halibut was delicious and the tuna tower should not be missed

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vipRSonoko
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Rene, our wait staff was excellent. Food was very good.

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vipNeilT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service,food and vibe. Thanks for a great night

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific dinner celebrating our son’s 13th birthday! The dinner and service were top notch. Very comfortable outdoor table and everything was very COVID-19 compliant, but the staff made it all look easy.
Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Consistently good.

MS
MonteSereno
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is always a favorite spot for brunch. The atmosphere is perfect to enjoy ones company and dining. The food is always good. The service is always good and people are very friendly.

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DennisG
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The outside seating was great, felt safe enough separation. Server was very friendly, helpful. The paste came piping hot and the sauce was excellent.

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vipBriano52
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good. Not haute cuisine but nice. The outdoor covid setup for dining was very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining with live music that wasn’t loud. The food was great and the presentation was beautiful.
Reservations necessary!

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vipFamilyDining
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice and safe outdoor setting! I’ll go back for another Sunday Brunch!

MS
MonteSereno
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is always good and the staff is friendly and competent.

MM
MamaMia
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Moving outdoors for the pandemic means diners sit in the outdoor part of the busy market next door. It’s not a relaxing environment and the clattering of shopping carts was loud and disruptive. We left without ordering.

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vipValmaster
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun pizzas and entrees that are good for the price. I will definitely go back.

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vipRafe
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good service and nice menu. Staff is friendly and great place to sit outside and enjoy a meal with your friends and family.

FAQs

Portola Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (650) 851-6453.

Portola Kitchen is rated 4.7 stars by 720 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.