Portico Restaurant - Richmond

4.5
1595 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
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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
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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined a day ago
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
17 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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f
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
10 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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t
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Made a reservation to sit outside and got seated very quickly, which was nice. The patio is beautiful and worth the wait. The overall service was fine. Our server was not especially friendly but other servers were very attentive picking up empty plates and filling our waters. The wait time for the food was reasonable and the presentation was nice. The meals were good but not excellent. I have definitely had better Italian others places around Richmond, but the outdoor dining is the best here. We would definitely come back if some of our friends wanted to go but I would not tell them that they had to come here for the food. It is a solid 4 star rating.

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SS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

5:00 reservation on a Saturday night, a date night for us. First time visiting Portico, first impression good. Quaint, intimate atmosphere, lovely patio seating and landscaping. I ordered one of the 3 specials our waiter recited, and my husband selected an entree from the menu. When food arrived at our table, our waiter informed me that the kitchen had changed the special, and there had been miscommunication between chef, management, and wait staff. He attempted to present a substitute (already dished) which was not even similar to what I originally ordered (rigatoni with sausage in red sauce vs. steak ravioli with mushroom demiglace.) I declined the substitute dish, placed a new order, and had to wait for my food to arrive, while my husband ate his dinner alone. He enjoyed his veal, and I enjoyed my shrimp, but we both felt our sauces were lacking ingredients they were described as containing. After expressing disappointment about the way they handled not having the ravioli dish available (and not telling me, just bringing me an alternative), our waiter brought us delicious tiramisu for dessert, and two glasses of Prosecco, both compliments of the owner, who then also stopped by our table to apologize. Good recovery! We'll most likely give Portico another try.

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SF
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The patio seating on a good weather day is fantastic. The location is a nice drive out of the city. The valet parking is a bit much since the lot is right in front of the entrance. The food is pretty bland and unimaginative but is fresh. Go for the atmosphere but don't expect gourmet food.

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J
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great couples night out! Each couple drove there motorcycles to the restaurant! We had a great ride then a great meal! Beautiful outdoor setting! Can’t wait to return!

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OT
Richmond
59 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We have been many times and have discovered that the quality of food continues to go down.
Also the wait staff tries to push you through your dinner so that they can turn the table again.
While it’s a beautiful setting for alfresco dining, I have become disenchanted

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SD
Richmond
23 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a true gem in Richmond—outstanding food and wonderful service, and set in complete bliss of the quiet country. Extremely confident!

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CK
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were great.
Very noisy.
Plan on yelling at your date if sat inside.
Outside with good weather would make your experience soooooo much better!

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MB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, great service, beautiful and pleasant ambient

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such great food and wonderful atmosphere on a beautiful evening

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m
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Server was fair - seemed impatient to get order done and moving; food was less than spectacular - salmon was plain on a salad and the pasta seafood special tasted like bad clams...been there several other times with better results but it’ll be a while before I go back - too many other places in Richmond to eat.

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LM
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

We were very excited to try out Portico for a birthday, but sadly our expectations were too high. We were a group of 4 Italians and knew it was going to go downhill when the gnocchi was cooked well past al dente! The veal piccata had no flavor and the lemon wine sauce had so much cornstarch, that it was the only ingredient you could identify. The lamb risotto seemed promising, but while the lamb was tasty, the risotto was nothing to write home about. The only, somewhat, decent dish was the baked spaghetti with meatballs but there was so much cheese (never thought that could be an issue!) on the dish it was like the chef was trying to hide something. For the price, the quality of food, and the okay service I would not recommend. There are so many great restaurants in Richmond for Italian food, I suggest you try one of them instead!

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LM
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite restaurant -- reservations are definitely a must! A bit on the pricey side but as the saying goes "You get want you pay for..."

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SM
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

This place is a favorite for our family. We went to celebrate my mom's birthday and they again did not dissapoint! The owner/manager is always nice, welcoming and will go out of his way to make your experience one of a kind! The food is authentic Italian, and delicious. Their tiramisu is the best in Richmond! Service is normally great, however I have to say that this time around our server seemed like he was rushing us, and was not amicable. He brought our check before we even asked for it, and when we told him we were going to order coffee, he seemed perturbed. He turned around and left, a few minutes later (while we were waiting for the coffee menu) he comes with 4 regular American coffees which we had not ordered. We apologized and said that we thought he was getting a coffee menu for us, but we wanted espresso coffee and cappuccinos. He again walked away unhappy, had someone else being us the coffee's, and provided us with sugar but no spoon! So in short, dinner was great and delicious, but I would have appreciated a friendlier and less moody server, especially since it was a special night for my mom.

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SS
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We ordered Fried Calamari which I would argue was the best item we ate on the menu. I ordered Pizza Portico, the Gorgonzola cheese was overpowering, I only ate a slice of the pizza. It would have been better with less cheese and more sauce. We also ordered Baked Spaghetti and the moment we bit into it it reminded us of Chef Boyardee because of the consistency but especially the flavor. This restaurant had great reviews which is why we gave it a shot but we probably won't go back unless there is a change in menu items to give it another try.

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LF
Cincinnati
14 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outside dining was excellent! The food was incredible from the appetizer to dessert.

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A
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Unfortunately, we had bad service. From when we walked in the door (with a reservation) we were treated like a bother - asked to wait 20 minutes for a table. The bartender hardly looked at us once while we ordered a drink waiting on our table. The waitress was short and rude. Other than the owner and bus boy, we were not impressed with anyone we encountered. Per usual, the food was amazing and the scenery is gorgeous, it was just not the total package it generally is.

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DS
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was a lovely evening to enjoy outdoor dining, but the server was stretched to her limits-perhaps additional staff were on vacation, but that did not hurt our enjoyment of evening. The food was wonderful - I could not choose which one of us had the best meal, both were excellent!! We look forward to returning sooner rather than later.

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ES
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining outside at Portico is a beautiful experience. The food and service are amazing and the atmosphere is so perfect I could be happy with a pb&j sandwich just to be there. I had the grilled shrimp with lobster sauce/pancetta and it was perfection. I highly recommend Portico!

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JB
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. The indoor is noise but outdoor quiet and lovely/

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MJ
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy the food and the experience! Sunday brunch is especially enjoyable.

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MH
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Beautiful patio in the summer. I go for the atmosphere. Very quaint. Cozy inside in the winter. The food is good. The service is pretty bad. Very slow. Even if you note you want to sit on the patio when you reserve via Open Table, you have to wait quite a while to sit outside.

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AC
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Restaurant with an amazing outdoor sitting. Definitely come back soon.

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

Portico has never disappointed! Their outdoor dining is absolutely beautiful. I am not sure how they do it, but I have never even seen a bug while dining outside there. Their cocktails are incredible and all of the meals I have tried have been very good.

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e
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

really good food served well. Sitting outside really made it special and service was great.

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CT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service is wonderful but the noise level is horrible. We couldn’t hear each other talk. I had wanted to sit outside but it was raining.

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KM
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Well prepared meals, but Etremely loud, could not hear normal conversation with my wife across the table.

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