Portico Restaurant - Richmond

4.5
1541 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
What 1541 People Are Saying
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4.5
food
4.2
service
4.7
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4.2
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SB
2.0Dined 3 days ago

I made a reservation but when we arrived we were told tables outside were a half hour wait. I thought a reservation was for a scheduled time

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SC
5.0Dined 5 days ago

We were seated at the best table outside and enjoyed our meal tremendously. Both my friend and I can't eat very much so we both ordered appetizers as our entree (and still both had leftovers), but our server didn't seem to mind. I hope I made up for it in the tip I left.

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EB
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

My husband and I took my mom and sister to Portico for dinner the day after my birthday. We sat outside in the shade with views of flowers and trees. We all ordered the burger and fries all of which were perfectly cooked and delicious. We had a bottle of Acrobat Pinot Gris while enjoying the outdoor surroundings. We were even visited by Porticat, a tabby who has lived at Portico for 3 years. Great overall experience!

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RV
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Outside in a relatively cooler Sunday evening, despite seating next to kitchen food delivery door, the ambiance made for a delightful evening. Can't say the hamburger was anything extraordinary, yet adequate. Server was efficient if not overly enthusiastic.

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VP
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

The food was interesting without being pretentious and it was delicious.

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KS
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Absolutely delicious food! I highly recommend the lamb. If it is a beautiful day out, make sure to sit out on the patio.

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p
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Always a nice relaxed atmosphere with well prepared dishes. A table on the patio and some Peach Blossoms are just icing on the cake.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

As always it was fabulous! Never a disappointment. Jason the manager even came to check on us to make sure everything was perfect.

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OT
4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

As always food was great but the patio was closed and the inside dining room was so loud we couldnt hear our server or each other.

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JC
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Never disappoints. We have been here several times and always leave saying we have to come back.

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SH
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Portico is one of my favorite restaurants in Richmond. The food and service are amazing. If weather permits, the outdoor dining experience is the absolute best!

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GY
2.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Food was just ok- had the grilled artichoke and crab. Not good. Just a mess of a dip that was too salty. I had the Gnocchi Alla Norma for an entree. The gnocchi itself was good, nice and fluffy, but the sauce was just an average red sauce with lots of capers and eggplant. My beef would have to be with the service. Our server, (I think his name was Manny?) could not be less interested in what he was doing. While we were trying to make a decision about wine, he kept tapping his pen against his leg as if to say "hurry up!!" He took our order and checked back once or twice. We had everything we needed so not a big issue but we felt like the staff in general could not be bothered to provide a great dining experience. Maybe it was because we were 2 girlfriends catching up and they figured we wouldn't tip well. Too bad, as we are both in the business and if our service had been stellar so would our tip to our waiter! At the end of the evening as we were leaving, all of the staff were sitting around the bar and gossiping about the night. As someone who has always worked in the restaurant industry, I feel that this is inappropriate for guests to see. Might want to rethink this one! We sat outside on the patio and the atmosphere was good and the patio is really lovely. Just don't think the surroundings can make up for the shortcomings of the service and lackluster food.

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BM
3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

The waiter was way beyond par. It was my Meetup group of 8 people. I had to ask other waiters 3 times for something. You could see him standing around a lot when we had needs. The food took a really long time to come although we liked our food. I think this is an example of service sometimes when a 20% tip is added on automatically for certain size groups.

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l
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Everything was excellent. The service was over the top. The food was impeccable and desserts were amazing. The perfect spot to celebrate a birthday.

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CM
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Always a great time! Thank you Reagan for our evening! Thank Paulo for such a great place!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Lovely as always!

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JA
4.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Lovely dining...marvelous food. However, On Open Table I requested outside dining at Portico; and when we got there, they said they couldn't seat 10 people outside. This was never relayed to me through Open Table nor Portico. It is very noisy inside, and I wouldn't have chosen it. Must not be total communication through Open Table and restaurant.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Love the Sunday brunch!

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S
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

My brunch, the ahi tuna on bed of greens, was outstanding. Great strawberry caper something sauce on it, with an equally yummy oil dressing also. Has to be one of the best tuna dishes I've ever had. The tiramisu was also extremely delicious. My (greatly overpriced) craft cocktail was very unusual and refreshing. I really enjoyed the whole meal, and felt like a lot of thought and effort went into all aspects of it. W

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OT
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Due to the chance of rain we were seated inside by the windows. Still a lovely view. It's very cozy inside which contributes to the noise level but it was still a very pleasant dinner. The food was outstanding and portions were big. Wine list has great options and by the glass wines run around $9. Our server was nice but a little slow to come check on us. It never rained and turned into a very nice night so after dinner my group of four took a drink outside and sat on the patio. It's a gorgeous dreamy set up that makes you truly feel away from the bustle of everything. There was a cat that came up to say hello to us and we got some beautiful pictures. Highly recommend this restaurant and cannot wait to go back.

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SK
3.0Dined on June 21, 2018

I've always loved this restaurant, but unfortunately had a really bad experience last week. The service was sub par to say the least. The waiter would only take a drink order fro 3/4 of us, never came to check on us and had the personality of a doorknob. Rude is an understatement. Bad service is a pet peeve of mine, but then our food was WAY overcooked and over seasoned b/c it was so dry. The "rare" steak that was ordered, was almost charred. My salmon was so dry and bland, that no dressing or marinade added flavor. Overall, very disappointed and won't be going back anytime soon. I used to LOVE this place, but am very turned off.

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JP
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

An excellent selection of Italian dishes each with rich flavor and unique variations. The braised lamb over spinach risotto was excellent, as was the gnocchi and the penne pesto. A good selection of wines, cocktails, and stellar espresso and deserts. It was busy, but not loud. We were well taken care of and had a delightful and leisurely meal.

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LM
5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Everything about Portico’s is nice. It has a beautiful setting, inside and out. Nice service (not invasive, very knowledgeable, perfect timing) and good food, well prepared, delivered hot. It’s quiet and elegant, but in a casual way.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The food was fantastic.... except for the fact we ended up eating our ravioli cold. Our waiter was not the one to bring our food. So the young man that did simply served us the food, not bothering to take our appetizer dishes or ask if we needed anything else. I tried to get our waiters attention, but he was talking to a couple at a table that was to far to call to him. My husband and I were wanting a glass of wine to compliment the pasta, and I ended up having to go into the bar and ordering it myself. And still the appetizer dishes sat.
The food and the patio was wonderful way to celebrate Father's Day. I wish the staff had been more attentive.

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B
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

This has been a birthday tradition for us for several years. The staff is friendly and efficient and the food is out of this world.

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p
2.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Our waiter could care less if he waited on us. His eyes were wandering, even when he was telling us the specail of the day. It would have been nice, if the waiters would come to our level so that we could hear, since the restaruant is rather noisy.

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TH
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

From the Manhattan to the desert , it was a great time. They grow there own herbs in the garden, the outside patio is incredible and the fireplace is amazing. Service was spot on, couldn't have asked for anything better!!!!

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LG
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

As akways, Portico has fabulous food and great service! One of our go-to places for a special night out and they haven't disappointed us yet!

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WD
4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Outside dining ambiance is outstanding. This was a casual dinner with friends, but we have been for special occasions as well. Food is excellent. Inside dining is a little compact and I think the noise level can get a little high, judging from just passing through to sit out in the courtyard / garden. Excellent selection of wine and cocktails, but only bottled beers. Did I say food was amazing?

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KB
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The setting was beautiful! The restaurant is tucked away but conveniently located. The indoor and outdoor seating choices are lovely, with lush plantings, tasteful décor, and open windows with simultaneous air conditioning!
The food was as memorable as the setting. We had the lamb, which was delicately seasoned and delectable. Everything about our visit was outstanding.

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AC
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Portico was once again wonderful! It was a beautiful day, so they had The windows and doors open to the patio, but we were able to stay inside where it was still very cool and comfortable. The food was outstanding! We make it a habit to go with whatever specials they have for that day, and following the recommendation of our server, we went with the beef tenderloin special which was amazing. Their seafood crepes were delicious as well as their fried artichoke appetizer. Really outstanding place with great food!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Outside dining was perfect. Inside can be loud and crowded. Server was attentive but not hovering. Great evening.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Everything from the bar for a pre dinner drink and appetizer to dinner outside on the patio was excellent! Service food and ambiance made my birthday celebration perfect!
We will definitely be back!!

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E
5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Always awesome! The valet guys are friendly and very careful with parking!

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CW
3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

my rare steak came out well done....owner went back into kitchen and brought me a rare one...my wife sea food Crete’s tasted fishy and not in a good way

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b
4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

First time to Portico. Loved the ambiance but was disappointed by the food. Undercooked pasta and bad cut of veal. Service was attentive and engaging yet screwed up my order twice. Go for drinks and sit outside, skip the rest

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OT
2.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Nice ambiance, but truthfully, the food was not good. The appetizers were not bad, but the entrees lacked flavor and imagination. Our server, Christina, was great. I really wanted this restaurant to be good because the setting is so pretty, but they need a new chef who knows about flavor profiles. Too bad.

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NM
5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Excellent food and service. Beautiful setting to enjoy my birthday.

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N
3.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Average food, average service, great love cation but without the last cation, this restaurant would not last.

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LB
5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

I enjoyed my entire evening at portico. Even the weather was perfect.

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