This is a very special place, especially in the spring-fall months when we can dine outside in a very pretty setting and enjoy a very original, well presented, and tasty brunch or dinner. Great Italian and seafood selections. Good wines for pairing. The best.
The evening was very special. The food was great, the atmosphere was perfect, and the pricing was appropriate for the quality and quantity served. We will definitely be back.
Our visit was lovely! The food is exceptional and the service Adrian provided was outstanding.
It was my wife’s birthday and our first visit for dinner. Have enjoyed brunch many times. Overall was a good evening and excellent meal. We love the quaintness of the restaurant, and all tables were full when we arrived. Being our first visit I expected a little more engagement from our server, and he seemed a little miffed that we only had waters, a glass of wine and a beer and no appetizers. Also when taking our order, he basically recited the specials, but made no first time suggestions for us.
The food was excellent. We had seafood crepes, salmon, and pizzas
The quiche we ordered was cold and like rubber and not fresh. This was certainly not what we have experienced in the past, and it was a disappointment. It will not keep us from coming back as it is still a favorite lunch spot.
Portico never disappoints. Wonderful specials. Attentive service. We were lucky to have had perfect weather to dine outside. During our short wait (we were early), we walked up to the herb garden, sipped wine, and enjoyed the signs of spring. Portico is, by far, our family’s favorite restaurant in Richmond. When we crave their menu but are too late to make reservations, we often call for takeout.
Overall another wonderful experience. We sat outside on a beautiful night. Food was delicious especially the special appetizer. My only negative is service was a bit slow and the food runners were a bit curt. Not rude and clearly busy but would ask them not to forget to smile!
Had reservations for a birthday dinner. We were fortunate to have a beautiful evening to enjoy dinner outside. Our waiter Manny was fabulous. The appetizer and wine were enjoyed without feeling rushed. Dinner portions were enough to take home to enjoy the next day.
We will be back!
Way over priced. Food and drinks were ok but not amazing for those prices. Waiter was ok but I expected someone more personable for the setting. Lovely outdoor patio but street traffic is moderately loud.
Would prefer more vegetarian salad options.
We have been to your restaurant several times. While we love the atmosphere of your restaurant the food was very much a disappointment this time. I was very, very disappointed that you discontinued your shrimp scampi. I ordered the Baked Spaghetti and it really, really was not good. It reminded me of a glob of spaghetti put on a dish and then a mound of melted cheese. There was no sauce so it was soooo dry. Should have shared my disappointment while there but did not. You definitely need to add some sauce so the dish is not so dry. It truly was a mound of baked cheese on top of a plate full of spaghetti. My husband's steak was good but my dish was truly a disappointment.
This restaurant is amazing! I would recommend Portico to ANY & EVERY one who asks where to go in Richmond! Food is incredible, the outdoor seating is awesome, super cozy & loved the atmosphere. The waitstaff was polite, kind, and food came in a timely manner. MY ONLY SUGGESTION: add a dairy-free option for dessert! Other than that, I'd give this place 10 stars if I could! Will definitely be coming again!
Great restaurant. The noise (people) was a bit loud but not enough to bother. Will definitely return.
Beautiful venue with delicious food.
Excellent location, service and meal. My only complaint would be a request that the chef use less sauce to flavor his/her servings. It’s not always needed. Otherwise excellent meal.
Dinner with father, who was visiting from out of town. Outstanding meal and very good service. What a great place!!
We love Portico but this experience wasn’t as good as normal. Our waiter was absent most of the meal. We also had brought a dessert for the occasion and they said it would be 2.50 a person to have it there.
We have been to Portico more than a dozen times and it never disappoints. We went for Easter Brunch this time (our first non-dinner visit) and it was great. We will continue to return. Porticat always adds to the ambiance as well. :)
I've been to Portico on multiple occasions and my last visit did not meet my expectations. Service was quite slow and food only average.
It is a great space for alfresco dining but the food quality has diminished. I had the veal and it was below average. I’ll go back but probably not for fine dining.
Our group got the hamburger, caprese salad and one got club sandwich - everything was very good. I asked to change up the bun for an extra piece of lettuce for my diet restrictions and asked for the fries to substitute for a vegetable. At first the waiter acted like he couldn't do it or it was a problem, but he did do it. I would suggest, with a lot of people doing keto, paleo, etc., you may want to think about options on the menu like that. Love the outside patio!
Second time coming here; wonderful place to dine and a very relaxing atmosphere!
Loved it and we will be back!
Food & service were very good, the outdoor area looked to be rater nice but it was cold out so we were inside. The valet parking was free but didn't make sense as the lot seemed more than adequate to accommodate the seatings. I'd go back and try a few different things on the menu.
Portico was great as always!
Had a great meal with outstanding service by our waiter Nick. The only drawback was the noise level when a party of 8 arrived.
Fabulous restaurant!! Well priced. Quality of food is superb. Love the atmosphere. Still talking about the oysters and portobello with prosciutto we got for appetizers..yum yum!
Great little spot. Menu has an Italian lean, but they have other options too. I had a nightly special and it was outstanding. Portico has a wonderful outside patio that is perfect for a pretty day. They don't have draft beer, but an ample bottle selection.
This was my first visit and all of the recommendations from friends who love Portico were spot on! It is truly a perfect place for a date and the restaurant even remembered the comments on the reservation that it was my date's birthday! The ambiance was perfect and the food and service were outstanding.
I can't wait to return when it's warmer to enjoy the gorgeous patio area!
Had to wait over 30 mins for our table even with a reservation. Food was wonderful and waitress was very good.
Ok but not outstanding; noisy and very small table for four; server was very rushed
Service was slow and staff was not polite. Overall, not impressed.
Birthday the only reservation available was 5:15. I was hesitant to go that early but it filled up and I never felt rushed to leave to open up the table. Everyone enjoyed their dinner
Always an amazing dining experience at this isolated River Road gem. Dining is cozy and quiet. Menu selections and specials are diverse and prepared exquisitely. If you’re not local, it would be worth a drive to experience it.
It was a cold windy night, we're in our 70's and we were seated about 25-30" from a side door where people kept entering and leaving. The traffic around kept the dining experience from being intimate and the constant opening of the door kept us uncomfortably cold. As soon as my guest arrived, we requested a different table as there were 4 or 5 that were vacant but our server asked the hostess and she told him "no " as they were all under reservation but not immediate reservation. My suggestion is: Don't place your customers so close to a door.
Waiter was fine --he just couldn't solve our situation.
Portico has a varied menu suitable for affairs from the casual to the sophisticated. We were there on a Friday night, when it was humming and the noise level was very high. We started with a bottle of wine at the bar, a $51 Corvina which I found, when researching later, was only $13 at retail - a pretty obnoxious mark-up for an 85-rated wine. But our dinners were reasonably priced and excellently prepared: my wife had veal scallopini, and I had veal piccata. My starter, tuna crudo, wasn't any fancier than a few slices of yellowtail over pickled cabbage accompanied by a smear of soy and a smear of wasabi, but it was good. My wife's wedge salad was everything one would expect. We'll definitely return but do a little research on the wine list before we go.
Been twice, good food, atmosphere, service. I'll go back!
Portico was recommended by some friends. Our dinner was a combination celebration for a son's birthday and an award that was received by our other son that night. Our original reservation was for 8:30 and we did not arrive until almost 10 pm. The food and service were both amazing. I highly recommend this restaurant for dining.
Delightful atmosphere and outstanding food and service. Couldn’t have asked for more!
Dinner for my wife’s birthday with a close family friend. My wife, as always, had the hamburger. I had the penne a la vodka with sausage, and our friend had the ravioli. We were all pleased.