Porcini

4.7
1019 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
Established in 1992, Porcini is an independent, award-winning restaurant located in the Historic Crescent Hill neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky. We specialize in Northern Italian cuisine, excellent service, and offer an extensive selection of fine wines, bourbons, and signature cocktails.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Steak
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5;30pm - CLOSE, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - CLOSE
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Phone number
(502) 894-8686
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef John Plymale
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Private party facilities
From annual meetings and product launches to milestone celebrations and holiday parties, Porcini has the experience and success record to assure that every Special Event in our restaurant is flawless.
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Private party contact
Jim Murphy: (502) 894-8686
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Cross street
N. Bayly Ave
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Parking details
Street parking and adjacent parking lot at Louisville library available as well as Valet.
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Public transit
Public transit is directly across the street
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1019 People Are Saying
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T
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Very poor service and they were out of every wine we asked for in the menu. Needs updating , server was not in top of it
Shame

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K
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic and the service was very good! Fun night to catch up with a friend.

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BM
Louisville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Porcini had a high energy feel when we arrived and it remained that way throughout our meal. Service was very good and the food was very good as well. We had eight in our group and everyone found something on the menu that was interesting and met their personal taste. This restaurant consistently has all components for a great evening out; food, service, ambiance all at an affordable price point.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 2

Got stuck in a hallway on fold out metal chairs. Had to remind server after 25 minutes that I had ordered another glass of wine. Appetizers and entrees were great.

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TS
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Not the usual service we receive. Probably the speediest in and out meal I’ve ever had At Porcini’s. Did not meet normal expectations.

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CM
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Revisited Porcini's on a whim after not visiting for several years (embarrassingly more of a scheduling issue, no fault of theirs). Our return visit met and surpassed expectations. Porcini's is back on our routine 'go-to' list. Very well done - we had a great time.

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OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date with my 12 year old daughter. Special because I rarely get to spend time with her one on one. It was her first time to Porcini. Everything was great, and we had a very enjoyable time.

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JS
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The food was good but not spectacular. My wife’s steak was tremendously over cooked. Service was excellent. Good overall experience just would not spend that much money for food that was mediocre.

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DS
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of our favorite places. Always terrific and very tasty.

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BB
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Always a great place to eat. The only reason the rice was not 5 stars we had a new server that was slow but all good.

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K
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very pleasant experience, food was excellent as well as the service. A special shout out to the Valet, who worked on a miserable evening of pouring rain and provided a valuable service.

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p
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Porcini is always been our go to a restaurant for special occasions. So for our 27th wedding anniversary we were looking forward to a nice dinner. The service was excellent as always. After a very good salads we ordered two appetizers of the tortellini and a pizza to split for dinner. The tortellini were ice cold as if they had been played it well in advance before the pizza was ready. We asked the server to replace them and they were clearly taken back to the kitchen and reheated. The pasta was very over cooked and in edible. The pizza however was delicious. For dessert we decided to splurge on the servers recommendation for crème brûlée. The top was not caramelized but very grainy and the custard was basically scrambled eggs. This is very disappointing and I am sorry that such a long standing high-quality restaurant is not being supervised as it should be.

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MM
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall great night. Only note was service was a tad slow. Especially getting cocktails. Food was outstanding and service was very pleasant & engaging. Toward the end of the meal it took a long time to see our waiter.

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DD
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was a bit slow on the patio, but food was good.

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F
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal and wonderful
Service. It was a busy Friday
Night but everything was great!

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d
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome and priced as you would expect for fine dining - I had the Agnello Alla Griglia -
grilled lamb chops, rosemary madeira sauce, sheltowee farms wild mushroom and caramelized shallot risotto, fresh vegetable - never had lamb chops before but they reminded of two perfect little filet mignon "with handles" and I didn't waste one bit. My wife had Gamberi E Risotto -
grilled jumbo shrimp, spring vegetable risotto, lemon garlic sauce - this is where the term "Jumbo shrimp" came from...nice portion sizes and plenty to share with each other as we always do.
We were here for a special birthday celebration and it was worth every penny...not that we could afford it every day but wish we could. They do all the little things right so I am sure they rarely disappoint.

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LB
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Actually if the noise level was down a bit , it would have been perfect!

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S
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went for a birthday celebration and the staff and food were impeccable and made to order. The dessert selection was excellent. They also have a nice and reasonably priced wine list.

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NH
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are from Central Indiana and have driven to Louisville twice to dine at this great restaurant. The food and service have been great and Porcini will continue to be one of our favorite restaurants. To enjoy the atmosphere, we prefer to be seated away from the windows.

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L
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love Porcini’s. The only issue I had during this last dining experience is that the hostess seated three adults at a table that only really seated two people. There was no room for bread and an appetizer at the same time on the table. The waitress graciously moved us to a larger more suitable table. The hostess should have been a little more intuitive with seating. The food is always consistent and delicious! Will make a specific table request next time.

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C
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved celebrating our anniversary there with friends. Everything was great. Service was really good. Loved our complimentary tiramisu Will definitely be back

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C
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Excellent location. Personable servers.

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EC
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and attentative staff. The facility with exposed brick walls and good street side windows. The outside patio seating looked very attractive and inviting. On a more temperate evening it could be a fun and interesting alternative.

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K
Louisville
55 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Porcini continues to be our celebration spot -- this time it was my brother's birthday. We had a great evening. Salads ordered included, spinach, Caesar, caprese and the one with warm apple dressing - all we're wonderful. For entrees there were 2 filets with gnocchi which were a wonderful cut of meat and prepared perfectly. There was a carne pizza that was excellent. We also had 2 pastas - linguini gamberi (absolutely outstanding) and another that my sister said was fabulous! Porcini never disappoints - thank you!

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T
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a regular at Porcini's and dine there on an average once to twice a month. The food is always excellent and the service is always attentive. Their artichoke antipasto is exception as well as the calamari and the mushroom bruschetta.

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J
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

My party was seated in a breezeway of sorts due to there being limited seating in the restaurant. When we were offered the table the hostess said it was a nice quiet spot however it was anything but quiet!! In fact the noise level was so bad we could not carry on casual conversation.
Our meal left a lot to be desired! My dish was chicken, mashed potatoes, & asparagus in a brown sauce. It was an ok dish - the mashed potatoes were an off color and had no real flavor. The other members of my party had fettuccini Alfredo with shrimp. There was too much parmasean cheese on the pasta which gave it a very salty flavor and took away from the Alfredo. Neither members of my party felt it was palatable.
We brought it to the attention of our waiter who just smiled and said he as sorry. I thought for certain the dishes would be taken off our bill but alas that wasn’t so which meant I had to track down our waiter (as he had quickly moved on) & ask him to take off at lest one of the pastaa dishes, which he did. Ive eaten at porcinis numerous times and alll the experiences have been mediocre but this was the most disappointing. I will not be returning.

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MR
Louisville
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit . It met and exceeded expectations. We will definitely return and will highly recommend it.

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KB
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner and wonderful service for our waiter and support staff!!

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r
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been dating there ever since my daughter went to University of Louisville 1999 we love now we stop by once a year on the way back from air venture

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PP
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful menu selection using a wide variety of interesting ingredients.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding experience on 30th anniversary dinner!

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MM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The restaurant was very busy and service a little slow. However, we were patient. I looked around and saw that most tables had table cloths, but ours and two or three others did not. I ask the waiter why the difference and he explained that the other tables were occasions like birthdays or anniversarys. I was offended by this and thought that was really not a good idea. If the propriety want to honor those people a complimentary appetizer or dessert is more appropriate. The table cloth idea gives the appearance that only people who have an occasion are welcome and those others are less than welcome.

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C
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were here for derby week and liked the food and wanted to return when there weren’t as many crowds. We had friends in from Chicago and easily booked a reservation. The meal and service was excellent, I wish the weather was better but the valet took care of our car so no worries. We will definitely be back again next chance we get. One of the best Italian restaurants in Louisville!

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SG
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a delicious meal and Kelsey was wonderful.

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PC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a romantic setting. We had a date night and it was perfect for that. I had the veal scallopini and it was delicious. Can't go wrong.

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C
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was excellent and the service was impeccable. We have been going to Porcini's for 20 years and have never been disappointed. It is definitely one of our favorite places to go in a city full of good food options.

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MM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We love Porcini! The service was a little slow but the delishious meal more than made up for empty drinks. Will definitely come again

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OT
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven’t been back with my wife for over 10 yrs. since we’d moved. We had two dishes that were still on the menu from 10 yrs ago —and, are still fantastic. Congrats on your A+ consistency!

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p
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent dinner with dessert! All was so fresh and the appearance of the food was outstanding!

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CJ
Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have never had a more enjoyable dinner with friends than the evenings out at Porcini!

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