Portola Kitchen

4.5
584 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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JB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food, friendly service and wonderful atmosphere.

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SM
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Took a while to get a server to our table. Very noisy family that let their kids run around their table, scream/laugh loudly to the point we couldn’t not hear each other at all until they left. Would’ve appreciated staff nicely asking the adults at the table to intervene or take kids outside.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Ridiculously overpriced food ($19 for a tiny chicken Caesar salad or $12 for a side of Brussels sprouts or $9 for a small bowl of soup) and a Waiter who could not remember the order in which we wanted our dishes.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

The food quality has steadily gotten worse ever since the new menu with hundreds of options was introduced. Even the wine from the reserve list last night was of poor quality.

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AC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Menu not vegetarian friendly but can ask for anything to be modified. Pasta dishes on salty side but homemade pasta well made. Omelette dishes value not better than diner quality. Friendly wait staff once we ordered but initially impatient. Mother’s Day brunch we sat outside view is of the market across the way.

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S
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find! Excellent food! (the bolognaise sauce is the best I have had in years)
Pastas cooked perfectly.
Nice sitting outside with the beautiful view of the colorful produce across the way.
Can't wait to return!

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C
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual, great menu and superb service. Love the gluten-free choices especially.

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t
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have gone there many times and the food and whole experience is always great.

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LB
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in the Bay Area. I best food and service in a very pleasant atmosphere

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KD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Casual restaurant with 5 star food. Above average prices but well worth it.

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F
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice place to go on a Saturday night. Staff was very accommodating and service was excellent. A little disappointed with the food. Pasta was slightly under cooked so it was tough. Pizza crust was dry, sauce and toppings very good! Desert was very good also.

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RS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

RIGATONI ALLA VODKA & LUMACHE CON PESTO E SALSICCIA are amazing. Highly recommend these items.

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MS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The Food and the service are both very good. Drawback is that the noise level is high ...too high to be ideal. Also, while the food is very well prepared, I consider the prices set at the top...it's pricey. Nonetheless a great place to eat, but only if noise level and cost is not a top priority.

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MB
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

lovely food, staff and other patrons... welcoming, all types of people come.. families, couples, work collegues just wonderful

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D
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I have dined at PK several times with a friend for lunch. It has been about six months since our last visit. We split the PK Cobb salad and two bowls of soup which is what we have done in the past. The soup was delicious and the salad was also good, but we both agreed that the salad was different from what we had received in the past. It seemed a lot smaller with less chicken. I would have thought it was just me, but when my friend said the same thing I figured I must not be imagining this.

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MW
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved this restaurant. I met my friend for lunch to celebrate her birthday. It was the perfect spot. Definitely recommend this restaurant and plan to come again!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Good. Waiting experience average. Lamb was delicious but over cooked and one order was wrong. I love this place but tonight was not its finest

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MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great spot... loved it.. family friendly but business casual. Wide range of foods and the pizza and caprese salad was amazing.

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LA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always delicious at Portola Kitchen. We were a little late for our reservation, but they were really nice about that. Noise level was a little much, but the quality of the food makes up for the noise level.

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KO
San Francisco
132 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 3

This is a good Italian restaurant for a very casual meal. The noise level is unpleasant and the
small tables for two are clumsy. Our antipasti calamari was inedible; like chewing rubber.
The Caesar salad was quite remote from anything resembling the flavor and freshness we are
used to.
The Entre Pasta was fantastic. Service outstanding.

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FM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

We have been here several times and I think this dinner was our last. The waiter was unfriendly, to say the least. I'm certain he never spoke more than a few words and never once did he smile. The food was just ok, that is if lukewarm Gnocchi is ok. In addition, the table for 5 was really barely big enough for 4, with the "leaf" on the end extended. You had to be careful if you leaned on it to avoid tipping the entire table over. I noted on my open table reservation that we were celebrating a birthday, but no one at the restaurant even acknowledged it! We won't be going back

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DB
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love the food at this restaurant! Their homemade gnocchi is delicious and I also really liked my chicken Diavalo. They have a solid wine list and really nice selection of wines by the glass. Our server was also super friendly and attentive.

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AB
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good Italian cuisine and carefully prepared. Ingredients were fresh and the menu had plenty of choices for everyone. It is a bit crowded and very noisy which is not a problem if you're looking for a vibrant and energetic restaurant with fairly closely spaced tables.

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n
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazingly delicious and the service was great!

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EC
Cincinnati
30 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Italian food and wine, outstanding service....looking forward to dining at Portola Kitchen again the next time we visit Portola Valley!

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a
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a nice outside table available. Great menus selections and in general the food is quite good. Service is attentive. Indoors very noisy, outdoors always delightful. Prices are on the high side, but this is Portola Valley, and one has to expect to pay more in this high rent area. Have eaten here many times and have never had a bad meal.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great all around! Food was excellent! Server was excellent! Staff exceptional!

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KA
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Parking is tricky but worth it for this restaurant that's tucked away in Portola Valley. Food is always excellent.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great menu, service and neighborly atmosphere. Enjoyed!

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JR
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly, pleasant environment. Fairly quiet. Tasty food and great service. Good menu for all ages. Will return.

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SH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was fantastic! Everyone was happy with what they ordered. I will be going back.

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AW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Certain items on the menu at protolo kitchen are amazing! Osso bucco and other entree items are out of this world good!
Pastas left the pallet with a bit to be desired. Service actually had some negative things to say about his own menu items which was, odd.
Handcrafted custom drinks are phenomenal.

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KB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Portola Kitchen is casual and comfortable. If you sit outside, even in cold weather, sitting outside under the heat lamps is a charming and quiet environment.

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ME
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place just outside the super crowded Palo Alto. Cozy, good wine list, very good Italian food.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with the whole family, very child friendlyC and my 84 yr old Dad said it was the best veal scallopini he’s ever had! Expensive but delicious.

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C
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service as usual. Good for gluten free.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Went either the family. Service was prompt and good.

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F
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to Portola Kitchen and the food was delicious. The service is always great and the atmosphere is lovely. The only complaint I have is that the ingredients in a pasta dish were not plentiful- it was basically a dish full of pasta, but I asked them to add more and they did.

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S
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was ok the staff were friendly

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MM
San Francisco
98 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice menu selection and great service. Reasonable prices and corkage.

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