Portico Restaurant - Richmond

4.5
1621 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Italian inspired Cuisine in a charming and beautiful country setting with outdoor dining. Stone terrace with large fireplace nestled between aromatic herb and flower gardens.
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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Lunch : Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Brunch: Sunday : 11:00 am -2:30pm

Reservations:
Lunch: For Parties of Six Guests or more only.
Dinner : Two or more Guests
All Reservations are confirmed for inside dining only.
Patio seating is not reserved but first available when your party arrives.
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Phone number
(804) 784-4800
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet Parking offered on Friday and Saturday Nights.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1621 People Are Saying
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Richmond
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love going to Portico for Sunday Brunch.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, as always!

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WR
Richmond
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service/ambiance and food

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y
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

we were offered a table outside, declined because we thought it would be too cold....wish we would have taken the outside....when we moved inside it was very loud and not much warmer than outside....but still had a great outing

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NT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place. Will definitely be back! Sat outside and loved every minute.

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j
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

This was our first time @ this restaurant. We made last minute reservations on our way home from a memorial service. It was nice to sit outside and unwind. It was a little cool outside but, we asked our waiter to put the outdoor heater on and he had someone come over and light it for us. The owner of the restaurant came over to our table and talked to us for a little while which was nice. He told us the history of the place which was also nice. We started off with drinks and Calamari. The Calamari was very flavorful. I ordered a cucumber gin and tonic which was mostly ice. That was disappointing for $12. For my 2nd drink i asked for it not to have as much and they obliged. The bread and dipping sauce that they served was very yummy. My husband ordered the hangar steak , which he enjoyed. I ordered the special which was red snapper but, they were already out of it so i ordered the rosemary chicken. It was just okay. It had a thick sauce on it which just reminded me of something you would get at an inexpensive Italian restaurant. It came with broccoli, which reminded me of frozen and whipped potatoes which i didn't eat. After dinner, we went and sat by the amazing fireplace and ordered coffee and baileys which was very enjoyable. All in all it was a great experience and i would go back again. It was definitely what i needed after an emotional day @ my friend's service.

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AS
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always! The pasta special with lamb and rigatoni was amazing!

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F
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, service was outstanding, ambiance was perfect.

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P
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This is a beautiful spot. We enjoyed lunch on the patio.....loved the cat....and the hostess was very friendly and welcoming. The beauty of the restaurant and grounds actually made the entire experience.
The food was good ( except for the house baked potato chips, which had no flavor).

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EO
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Feels like Europe. I love this family owned gem. Sit outside if it’s nice out. They have a lovely fireplace and great outdoor heaters!

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RL
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was absolutely delicious, my steak was so tender that I cut it with a fork! Definitely would recommend to family and friends.... Until next time💖

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SL
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have now been to Portico Restaurant three times and when we visit family in Richmond this is our favorite restaurant! We love the great wait staff, the wonderful daily specials and the ambiance. I particularly love the unique location on West River Road.
You can bet that my next trip to Richmond will include a evening at Portico!

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BF
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

WE WERE CELEBRATING 2 BIRTHDAYS. OUTSIDE SEATING IS VERY BEAUTIFUL AND RELAXING. EXCELLENCE FOOD. SERVER SEEMED ANNOYED WHEN WE DIDN'T ORDER COCKTAILS. OVERALL A WONDERFUL EVENING. PARKING WAS LIMITED AND VALET SERVICE WAS NOT AVAILABLE.

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j
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great meal and service . We sat outside on the patio and with the heaters running, fe felt very comfortable. The metal chairs could have used cushions for better comfort and the service charge of $2.50 per person to serve a Publics Birthday cake we bought seemed a bit much. Won't do that again, ... but for other occasions, it is in out top list.

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Denver
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did a girls night dinner and everything was perfect!

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It was a nice experiance food was great the setting was too dime but overall pleasant.

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Dublin
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing! It was perfect.

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Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love portico! Food is always great and service is too

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PP
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

the food was excellent as always. Our wait staff was not as great as usual; I think we were forgotten at times. However, this is the only time we have had an issue and are going to right that off!

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CK
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Overrated
No corkage allowed
Service slow
Only 1 out if 3 meals worth $$

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J
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Always great food great atmosphere great service.

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KH
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was wonderful and the service was great.

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HS
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Food was nothing special. We waited 10 minutes for one of our entrees to arrive after serving all the others, and sat waiting while all our other entrees got cold. Cold eggs and waffles are not good. Had to flag waiter down for coffee refill, water never offered, service felt rushed and we felt unwelcome and unappreciated.

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KR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fabulous and someone from Virginia Lottery sent us 2 complimentary glasses of champagne!

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JL
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Portico has been recommended particularly for the nice outdoor patio/ambience. It's kind of hard to enjoy it though when mosquitos are chewing you alive. The menu is ok, but not any one item knocked my socks off. The food was prepared and served quickly; and the order was accurate. Prices are not the cheapest, but in line with other West-End restaurants. The staff is business-like, not rude, but not overly friendly either. Valet parking is quick and efficient. I'm probably not going to be a regular customer, but I think it's worth a shot for someone to give it a go.

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w
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wine and service. Have never had anything I didn’t love from their kitchen!

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We loved crossing paths with Porticat, the ambiance and food. Portico is our favorite place to go for dinner, especially if we’re celebrating something. We took two family members who had never been. They both agree it was the best evening and food they’ve had in a long, long time. Recommend 100%.

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CK
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 2

Food was super delicious!
Came out in timely manner and plated lovely.
Nice selection of daily specials.
Wine list does not show vintage years, but price?


Waiter, Adrian, was not very pleasant.
Very short and curt with responses and made us feel quite frankly a little uncomfortable.

Extremely loud! Be prepared to yell to your dinner guest.

Will go again because of delicious food, but not at peak dinner hour.
Probably bring my own wine and pay corkage fee, to know what I’m drinking is priced correctly.

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D
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Portico!! Great service, great food.

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H
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

This was my second visit to this restaurant, and quite a different experience from the first. The service was terrible - the food came very, very slowly - we did not get our appetizer until our salads were served - and even then not until reminding the waiter that we had not received it. When reminded, the waiter did not apologize or comment, other than to simply say he would check on it. About 20 minutes went by and then he came back with our salads and our appetizer (just a garlic baguette with olive oil and herbs). I ordered one of the specials, a Ribeye Marsala, medium rare. When the steak arrived it was not medium rare, but well done instead. When I showed it to the waiter he said that he would take it back. When the next steak arrived it was much closer to medium rare and I was happy to have something to eat since the rest of our table had already been eating their food for some time. Unfortunately, even though the steak was cooked better, it was filled with gristle. I did not wish to send it back again, so I sliced around the gristle the best that I could. The flavor was fine and the mushrooms that came with it were quite good. The other meals that I sampled were good and the desserts were very good as well. The ambiance outside at night with the candles was very nice. Since we had a very nice experience the first time we tried this restaurant, we will give it another try and see if we just ran into a poor waiter and an off night for the rest of the staff. However, I would suggest that the owner and/or manager that were walking around pay a little more attention to the tables so that they may attempt to assist/rescue when things have gone awry.

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Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A great get-a-way for a late Saturday evening in the country. The view of the gardens from the window was beautiful. We had the Amberjack(fish) and the grilled shrimp dishes both accompanied by whipped potatoes and grilled squash, zucchini and onions. Great opportunity to try Amberjack which isn't often offered. The wine selection was expansive although we chose different wines by the glass. Our server was pleasant and very knowledgeable of the menu. His recommendation of the almond amaretto gelato was on point and delicious. We were most appreciative of the valet parking. We've been to Portico on several occasions. The food and service is consistently very good. We will return and will recommend to friends.

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R
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. Delicious food and friendly professional service.

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S
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good food and nice atmosphere--pleasant staff. Outdoor options on nicely landscaped patio. Some herbs and vegetables are grown on property

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OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent cocktails. Wonderful artichoke appetizer. Mains fine, but not spectacular.

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JM
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptionally good food, paired with uncompromising service, delivered on the patio to create an incredibly memorable experience.

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AF
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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R
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the setting, courteous & prompt service, and the quality & tastiness of menu items.

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D
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

I feel like Portico is hit or miss. Both couples asked to split a salad with our entree yet the waiter did not give us extra plates. My entree was a pork chop which was way over cooked. That being said, I have been to Potico when everything was outstanding. Friday night was not their best moment.

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D
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The service was good, ambience was great, but the food was tasteless and mediocre. Also, a cat came indoors at close to closing, and an employee picked the cat up and said it’s not time for you to come in yet, which leads me to believe that they let animals in after hours. That’s unsanitary!

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JA
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our family here with grandparents and kids and everyone loved every part of it. The outside ambience is pretty and quaint, inside is cozy and lively. All of the food and desserts were amazing and the cocktails and wine did not disappoint. We can’t wait to go back, this is definitely our new favorite special occasion spot.

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