Portico Restaurant - Richmond

4.6
1671 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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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal choices for lunch and excellent service from Manny!

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PH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy this place, reliable, consistent. "Welcomed back" by the host, nice touch! Good food and good bar too!

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PS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was so nice. We loved sitting outside with the heating lamps. The service was great and the food was amazing!

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

Nice evening to enjoy the patio.

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T
Richmond
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Location and atmosphere are great. We dined on the patio for the first time this visit and recommend it for a change of pace and less noisy experience. The veal piccata and seafood crepes are great, and their pizzas and apps are always excellent choices.

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J
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous dinner!

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L
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Still great food, but apathetic service on this visit + table next to bar with little ambiance and wait staff constantly bumping my chair.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants I've been to! Have heard great things, now I know why! Great brunch. BEST TIRIMUSU EVER!!!

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TG
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The only negative about Portico is the loudness when busy. We were in a back corner and had a very difficult time hearing each other talk.

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H
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing. Beautiful, comfortable, and home-y feeling. Food is so delicious. Wish the waiter had been honest with how big the appetizers actually were (we ordered way too much food because of it). Still the food was made to perfection and overall experience was amazing.

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LH
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire experience was delightful. Great atmosphere, friendly service and the food was delicious! Thank you Portico for such a unique dining experience ... we had out of town guests, and they LOVED it too.

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MJ
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful brunch!! Waiter was friendly, as they always are at Portico; we didn’t feel rushed; the food was delicious, as always; and prices reasonable for the quality of the dishes.

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B
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went for our anniversary and everything was great, the service, the food but very noisy. I had to ask my wife to repeat things several times.

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OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While the food Ann’s ambiance is wonderful, the tables may be a bit close together inside as it was quite noisy. We felt
Ourselves having to shout due to two larger parties on either side of our twosome table.

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SE
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always live Portico... friendly, good food, love the styling and atmosphere.

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m
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food but very loud at Portico. Hard to hear the person across the table.

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R
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always excellent as is the service , very loud inside the restaurant, I prefer dining here when weather is nice & can be seated outside where it’s not so loud , even if it’s not crowded , it’s loud

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PJ
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always great food excellent waitstaff father-in-law had 90th birthday great experience One of our favorites in west end

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VA
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group of 7 people thoroughly enjoyed dinner here. Pastas were outstanding. Wide variety of specials that appealed to everyone. We had one guest who was running late and the waitstaff didn't seem phased - they were very flexible. Our family has enjoyed special dinners here on other occasions are we've always had a great time.

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B
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and ambience. The experience was well worth the drive and I would highly recommend this restaurant especially for aspecial occasion

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W
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group thoroughly enjoyed Portico on our 30th anniversary. The cocktails and wine were excellent, and the dishes were superb. Our large group enjoyed the vegetarian selections as well as the wonderful seafood dishes. Among several dishes offered, all were beautifully presented. The restaurant was casual and had a country feel that was cozy and fun... It was a nice get-a-away that was close to home. There was no wait and the restaurant was not crowded.

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L
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Looking for a quiet dinner on New Year’s Eve & was seated next to a party of 12 (that should have had their own room) where we couldn’t hear each other talking. Normally a wonderful dining experience that we can count on but this night felt rushed....in & out in one hour! Will definitely take a break from Portico.

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OT
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

NYE! Great food!

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w
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

As always, the ambiance was excellent (beautiful holiday lights) but the wait staff has absolutely no personality & sets a negative tone immediately.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Having been to Portico’s many times, this time
was disappointing. The restaurant was not busy,
however, our waiter rushed our experience ...he was
not friendly or accommodating. Other staff was not
welcoming or friendly.

The lunch food was just ‘ok’ at best.

This was a special occasion with special friends ... I felt as thought I needed to apologize for the experience not fulfilling
expectations.

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E
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 1

We love the food at Portico. We usually try to make our reservations late so the noise level is better. The two of us actually have had to practically yell at each other to be heard. Apparently, to be a waiter there you have to pass a test showing you have absolutely NO personality. My husband and I actually bet when we go there that the waiters don’t interact ( guess we are the dummies because we still tip at least 20%).We did have a waitress one time that was engaging. She must have gotten fired as we haven’t seen her again. Last weekend actually took the cake. Our waiter never brought our bill. We had to get it from another server. When we left he was talking to the bartender and never acknowledged us. We go out about six nights a week and I can assure you these waiters are the worse we have come across. Not sure how much longer the good food can attract us with the poor service.

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B
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

While the food and service was excellent, the noise level was unbelievable. Loud, loud, loud!!!

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AF
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!!

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RR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

The appetizers are by far the best selection ! As well as some of the main dishes ! Not much fare is done for a celebration, as a matter of fact it seamed to be a chore for our main waiter to address a dessert with a candle ! I must say wore his attitude with pride ! His helpers, however were quite friendly !

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EM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious !

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OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous. On my fave list!

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MH
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never been disappointed at Portico. The service is attentive and professional and the food is delicious. I had their swordfish special and it was one of the best swordfish that I have ever eaten. The homemade mushroom ravioli were also outstanding.

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T
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Love the location and food but service was very poor and this was not my first visit there. Many employees have been there for a while and they should know better what they are doing. One is downright rude. Food was very slow coming, soup came out with main meal, coffee came out cold, ( or for some of my guests not at all.), etc. I was very disappointed.

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S
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the restaurant. Only criticism is that it is loud. Outdoor fireplace was set up with blankets and heaters making it very inviting. Good value from appetizer to dessert.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Portico’s is such a cute and romantic restaurant with great food! I recommend having a reservation because it is a small restaurant and fills up quickly. It is a little noisy, but it is a small restaurant and did not bother us. After dinner, we went outside to the patio and sat by the fireplace...it was amazing! We just moved to the area and will definitely be back!!!

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FB
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Valet was excellent too!

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CR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time and the food was awesome! I hope to return soon!

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LL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Overall, food was very good. Not impressed with seating by the front door. I would never return if I have to sit at the door (too noisy, headlights in the face). Entrees were delicious. Garden salad - eh.

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w
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

My daughter was celebrating her birthday with 3 friends. They were seated at 5pm so as not to interrupt prime dinner hour. The waiter was unfriendly, indifferent and at the end asked them if they were ready to leave and took the tip money (over 20% tip) off the table & walked away without so much as a thank you.

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LM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This restaurant was fancier than anticipated but perfect in the end. It was a little noisy because of the larger party we were seated next to, but they thankfully left shortly after we arrived. The food was AMAZING! Unfortunately, we think the waiter forgot about us because we were never asked if we wanted more wine and our water glasses were empty for while, but the taste of the food made up for it. We will definitely be back and can't wait to see their outdoor seating when it's warmer!

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