Portico Restaurant - Richmond

4.7
2402 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
WELCOME to Portico Restaurant & Bar
Our Tented and Heated Patio is open for Lunch Daily 11:30 to 2:00 and Dinner 4:30pm-9:00pm
For your safety and the safety of others face MASKS are required upon Entry, Restroom use, visiting guests, walking and Exiting the grounds. Upon arrival we will greet you on the Front Porch for check in.
Take-Out from 4:30pm to 8pm Daily.
Online Ordering at porticorichmond.com
Lunch is served daily and Brunch on Sunday Only

Italian inspired Cuisine in a charming and beautiful country setting with outdoor dining Covered Heated Tent with open sides . Stone terrace with large fireplace nestled between aromatic herb and flower gardens.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2402 people are saying
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HenlyD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Hostess staff gave us a hard time about having 2 tables of 4 reserved under 2 different names and made us wait 10 minutes when we were on time for our reservation. They must not need our business.

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Meegs
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love our experience here. Beautiful atmosphere, fabulous food, and excellent service.

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ginterparkdj
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have had drinks at the bar several times and eaten here on a few previous occasions. This night we were celebrating our anniversary. We were seated on the patio which is just as polished, if not even more so, than inside - very charming. My special request of a special bottle of champagne was properly chilled and waiting at the table as requested. The food all around was outstanding - the soup du jour, a white bean and sausage soup, was outstanding; entrees varied from the rosemary chicken to eggplant putanesca to grilled swordfish to the veal chop were all exceptional; we split two desserts and both were the perfect ending to a great meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, GREAT outdoor space, felt very safe!

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ScottG
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food and atmosphere were amazing. Our server had indoor and outdoor tables, so we didn’t feel he gave us the service we expected. When he was at our table, he did a good job.

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Catherine
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have dined at many locations in Richmond and Portico is my new favorite. Wonderful food, enchanting atmosphere; I can't recommend enough!

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PeggyR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very good but inside dining was very noisy

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Beth
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very enjoyable.

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SheilaG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food delivered by friendly and helpful staff.
A very relaxing evening.

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vipwineman
Richmond
230 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

If someone wants to know where the best food is located, follow the people.
PORTICO is always busy. Make reservation in advance. You will be need to in order to get in.

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food4thought
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

All good except I was disappointed in my Shrimp Scampi dish. Just not a good meal.

Service was OK. A bit below usual

Ambience and noise level were terrific

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Sally
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We (party of 6) had a great outdoor table in an alcove by ourselves. Brendan was a very efficient and personable server. Food was very good. All got different dishes and they quite good.

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NancyBVA
Savannah
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of six and all ordered different entrees. Especially high praise for the vodka sauce pasta, lasagna, and ravioli! Cocktails were also excellent. Portico is definitely one of our favorite places to dine.

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Bradley
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I enjoy this venue. Although my recent experience was less than desirable. While the food was great - the service was subpar. We were seated promptly upon arrival; unfortunately, after 15 minutes I had to request service.

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MichelleB
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outside seating is lovely!! The cocktail and wine selections are wonderful. Everything we ate was very good. Our server was the best!!

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GaryO
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food. Attentive waitstaff. Ambience is the best in Richmond's west end. A gem in Goochland County!

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KathyD
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting inside and out, great food, great service

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CarltonW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portico’s is a hidden gem and our new favorite place to dine! Our son brought us here the first time and we loved it! We’ve only eaten outside and found it peaceful & scenic. Service, food, drinks, employees and atmosphere are exceptional. Highly recommend.

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vipJohE
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We have eaten here many times. The entrees for 3 of the 4 diners was excellent. The salmon roulade that I ordered was very dry and had little of the sauce as advertised. I feel every restaurant has its bad days. I definitely would not order the dish again.

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BradR
Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Just not a fan of restaurants that are Italian and they don’t make there pasta. I rather have a smaller portion and higher quality. That’s just me. Nice place but food was just average.

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JoJoBean
Richmond
93 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We loved our dinner on the beautiful covered patio! The service was outstanding - very attentive, and the food was very good. My husband absolutely loved the seafood crepes and wants to go back immediately to have them again. The shrimp appetizer was perfect for our friend, as was the hamburger. My only complaint was that the delicious veal piccata sauce completely overwhelmed the vegetables and fries, making them soggy. If I ordered it again, I would ask for them on a separate plate. It's great that the menu includes casual items like pizza and hamburgers, as well as more sophisticated dishes. We'll be back!

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vipJessie
Richmond
38 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Ambiance and service were great!!!! The shrimp appetizer was to die for but the main course was just average. Dessert was fabulous too..

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RobinS
London
12 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

We have gone to Portico many times and always have liked it. This time, we were treated rudely by the hostess. The couple we were meeting were a very few minutes late and the hostess refused to seat us without them even though we asked to be seated and there were many open tables. We looked annoyed but said nothing. It seemed so unreasonable since they had tons of space and no one else waiting to be seated. Then, when our friends arrived, the hostess acted like she was angry with us and seated us at a table way off to the side and right next to the kitchen door when were many other available tables. She said something to us like, "I hope you won't mind sitting here" and walked off. From then on the meal was fine and the waiter was quite nice but the experience with the hostess left a bad taste in our mouths.

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DavidBeau
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Portico was the perfect spot for celebrating my wife's birthday with a special dinner.

David Beauregard

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jpbronco2
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about our experience. We sat outside on the patio. Our server was excellent and made a couple of great recommendations. She allowed me to sample one of the wines before I ordered a glass. All of the food that we ordered, from the salads to the dessert, was incredible. We can't wait to go back.

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vipNancyL
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful dining experience, as usual.

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Nora
Richmond
52 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were pleased with our meal and service but surprised that staff didn’t wear masks.

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LizMO
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This small restaurant provides an excellent dinner and a great wait staff. Everyone is super helpful and well versed in the menu and specials. The garden outback is beautiful and provides the kitchen with fresh herbs and garnishes for the dishes. The new tent out back is super cool!!! I tried one mixed drink and it was very good. Keep up the great work!

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MichaelL
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit to Portico and definitely won’t be the last. Everything was spectacular. Reasonable pricing as well.
It you haven’t been, you’re missing out.

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RosieTech
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best place I have been to in a long while. The service was excellent. Our table was moved quickly when mentioned the noise was loud and some of my party did have hearing issues. The food was excellent . We started with the Grilled Artichokes and Crab. It hit the spot for an appetizer. I really enjoyed the veal chop that was one of the specials for the evening. I was told by others in my party that the Lamb with Risotto was excellent.

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BethK
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Observations not criticisms: Sitting indoors on a busy Sunday night from 4:30-7pm was delightful bit a tad bit loud. Outside seating should be better suited for quiet intimacy. Due to beautiful grounds and patio interior doors that remain open this will allow for an occasional fly to make the rounds. Service while wonderful is less than attentive due
I suspect in needing more help. Their attitude and desire to please especially Justin our server was spot on. The short rib ravioli and lamb shank risotto was delicious and very filling. I might suggest sharing an appetizer or dessert. Our bulging eyes on the menu were certainly greater than our ability to to consume. We had a portabella with prosciutto & a garlic bruschetta crostini appetizers and two desserts. Luckily enough I chose a human bag for my meal again today. The cocktail, and beer menu was well selected as was the wine list. The peach cocktail was a hit. Plenty of easy walking gravel parking. This will allow you to leave your stilettoes at home.

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portico might be one of my new favorite Richmond Restaurants! Food was outstanding & so was the ambiance. It was great for celebrating both my mom & dads birthdays!

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AndrewH
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food there is always beyond amazing and the staff is friendly and attentive.

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Kakki
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

We had the veal special and it was over- cooked and tough and inedible. Two of our diners had that

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner as always

SL
vipStephenL
Charlotte
31 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite Richmond restaurant! Whenever we come to town to visit our Richmond family we like to dine at Portico! It has a warm vibe, wonderful service and the menu is wonderful.
The patio and surrounding grounds are the best.

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Scooter
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

To be fair the location was lovely the weather could not have been better, the food on the other hand was below par. The pasta I ate was very overcooked the whole dish was just a mess after reading reviews I was very expecting a bit more maybe I should have gone with a more American option. If you just want to go out for drinks its beautiful the food is lacking.

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, Portico delivers. Excellent food. Excellent service. Nice atmosphere. Dining outside is a must.

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TeresaM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate outside the garden was lovely, food delicious and large portions! Enough for lunch the next day. Our waitress was prompt and very attentive!

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MHBar
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great fun! Suggestion, line the tent outside with lights ( the festive strings) add a few cooling fans somewhere… otherwise fun night!!

FAQs

Portico Restaurant - Richmond offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (804) 784-4800.

Portico Restaurant - Richmond is rated 4.7 stars by 2402 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.