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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
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (17)
Casual (15)
Comfort Food (14)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Bar Seating (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Fun (8)
Business Meals (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Cozy (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Healthy (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Authentic (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Great Beer (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Organic (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Seasonal (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Live Sports (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Romantic (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

This place is always a good choice. Very busy for dinners on Friday night. Make sure to make reservations between 5:30 and 7:30. Can be loud and hard to hold conversation but energetic and fun too. Great bar drinks and service. Wish they would bring back the stuffed mushroom appetizers! All in all we had a terrific dinner. Make sure to try the Vodka penne pasta. Delicious.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

It was great as always. Have been there many times and will continue going.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Just one of those feel good places to meet up with friends.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great place. Have been there multiple times. Service great each time.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

we have been going to this restaurant for years since before it became "italian"...the food is great and, until fairly recently, would eat here at lease twice a week. unfortunately, the owner has seen fit to use the popularity as a reason to raise prices dramatically, so much so that we will cut back on eating here as often....this is not a matter of being cheap as we live not he peninsula and re used to high costs of everything...wr just don't appreciate what they have done here....

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Hidden gem. Love the food, service and atmosphere. New go-to place in my book. Great gluten free options.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Had the PK Cobb Salad for lunch. It was totally over priced for what was serviced. Now, I remember why I don’t go.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Awsome food and service. Special pasta of the night with eggplant was out of this world. Great pizza for kids too. We’ll be back!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Would definitely go back. Excellent sea food , pasta and deserts

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

This is a fun restaurant. The interior is charming. Service is very good. Pasta with kale pesto is AMAZING. You can sit outside (they have heat lamps) which is very fun to people watch.

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

We eat here often, usually for brunch. Slthough there was a full house, the service was timely and
courteous. The food was excellent. The hostess was especially gracious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Good service. Nice people. It’s an easy place to grab a quick lunch.

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Quick Bite
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Our server, Luis, was terrific. He was patient when we needed time to read the extensive menu and he was very funny. The restaurant felt warm and friendly.
For appetizers we had the crab cakes in a delicious lobster sauce, the polenta (the sausage was the best!) and the halloumi with arugula. Chef Luis came to the table to explain the cheese to us. It was the most delicious cheese I've ever eaten, and I'm not a goat cheese fan at all. This changed my mind.
For our entrées, we ordered the lobster ravioli, the prawns, and a vegetarian pasta dish. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals, the wine, the staff and the holiday atmosphere.
For dessert we shared the bread pudding. This dessert and coffee was perfect way to end a wonderful meal.

Tags: Cozy, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Always excellent service and quality !! Thank you.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food and the service were superb. A nice place to celebrate a special occasion.




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Tags: Organic, Live Sports, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We were there early so it was nicely quiet...food and service we great. I love their beet salad...it's the best.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Fresh ingredients, homemade pastas, cooking by a chef who knows what he’s doing in the kitchen...all this describes our meal tonight. We really enjoyed every course and we enjoy the well-trained, friendly staff. This is a great neighborhood spot..

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

4th time was a bust. After 3 - 5 star experiences over the last 3 months, this time the food was just off. The pastas all had a smoky flavor, not a welcome addition to a tomato cream sauce. The baked rigatoni was gummy and mushy. I hope it was an anomaly, and we will try it again.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Excellent as always -- great food and great service.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

I had the soup, it was awesome. My husband had the skirt steak which was wonderful too. Kids had pizza (one with a special request that was granted without a problem).

Tags: Healthy, Disabled Access, People Watching, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Nine of us went here for brunch and all had excellent meals including various omelettes, fruit platter, French toast. Service was excellent and couldn’t ask for a better place.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great server! Was really accommodating with our special order and had a fun personality!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 18, 2017

We had a nice dinner for 7 on a Sunday night. We had a slight misunderstanding of the corkage fee, and at the end of the meal the service was spotty, but the food was good and the Portola Valley ambiance refreshing.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Great pasta. Nice neighborhood place to get a good meal.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Great lunch or dinner spot in an out of the way location with easy parking. Excellent food and a really good bar. The cappuccino was terrific, too!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Salad was expensive and not fresh. Pasta tasted like dough and broth had no flavor. Bread was good. Seating not comfortable. Service good.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

This place is always solid. I haven't been here for dinner, but the lunch is reasonably priced, and the food is good if not great.

Tags: Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 28, 2017

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!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 21, 2017

We had the prawns and the lamb chops and they were both great. The mai tai was really impressive too. Wonderful dinner. We will be back!

Tags: Quick Bite, Cozy, Comfort Food
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