Portico Restaurant - Richmond

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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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K
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Horrible Experience. The service was horrible. Super disappointed. It is such a beautiful place. Too bad the staff is so non customer centric. Will never give them my money or business again.

DM
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, wonderful ambiance, great service, and the patio is just lovely.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Anniversary-we sat outside on the beautiful patio.

OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had wonderful food and especially enjoyed the ambience of the patio. A perfect way to spend a beautiful evening!

JK
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous place to dine with your romantic partner or with a large group of friends. They can accommodate all sorts of tastes and needs. The menu is fantastic- we’ve never been disappointed.

ST
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance @ Portico is always so special, we had lovely evening! When we arrived the parking lot and the restaurant were both jammed, but they handled it so well. They explained that it would be a few minutes before we were seated so we went outside and had a glass of wine while we waited and the wait was not too long.
So glad we made our reservation thru OpenTable, it so easy to do and helps plan ahead for what probably would have been a long wait for a table.

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

So happy to enjoy a beautiful outdoor dining experience. Big bonus - The Last Word is on the cocktail menu!

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice garden area, fantastic food, attentive service

JH
Richmond
34 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It has been several years since our last visit. This visit was excellent and the food outstanding. This restaurant has beautiful outdoor garden seating and quaint inside dining. Go visit and eat!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate on the patio, definitely louder inside so was glad for the nice weather

AP
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I initially tried Portico when it first opened in 2009 (I think) and thought it was just okay. A friend recently told me it is his favorite restaurant so I tried it again and I'm glad I did. The food was excellent, the wine was excellent, the service was excellent & the patio/ambiance is beautiful. I will be back again soon.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 1ambience 3

They were able to accommodate our parties specific needs for seating very comfortably.

DK
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was delicious! The meatballs were really good. Service was great.

JE
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere and wonderful food! The best meatballs in Richmond area! Service was excellent and thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Portico!

M
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our go-to spots, especially when it’s nice enough weather to eat in the awesome garden. It’s definitely worth the extra wait for outdoor seating. Couple of nice benches and couches to enjoy a drink or two if you need to wait. Really great food too!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The food was excellent! The setting is wonderful. It was a perfect night for sitting outside, and we were more than happy to wait for a bit to get a table outside. Our waiter was friendly and attentive. Really, it was all good except for the service at the bar. He was the grumpiest bartender I’ve ever encountered. He seemed to be completely annoyed that we ordered drinks. And my husband had the audacity to ask about the wines. That was the one bad note for a nice evening. Hope it was just a bad night for the grumpy bartender.

K
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Portico was recommended to me by a coworker. She said if I wanted a great little restaurant for a nice date night, this was a great place to go.
I made dinner reservations for a Friday night at 6:30. We asked for outside seating which was perfect for a summer evening. Our server Jamie was great! The food was excellent and the atmosphere was perfect. Jason and I agreed that we are looking forward to returning. The summer evening was great but I’m looking forward to a little cooler weather so we can sit near a nice outdoor fireplace!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding! Ambiance was excellent! Waitress was wonderful! Awesome experience!

B
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always nice to sit in the garden on a nice afternoon or evening, or for brunch on Sundays.

LS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing! Celebrated our first anniversary

OT
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had driven past this restaurant many times and had been meaning to try it so when our wedding anniversary came around it was the perfect spot! We sat outside on the patio which was beautiful and although they were busy we weren’t crowded or rushed. Everything we had on the menu was absolutely wonderful - including the cocktails - and we were thrilled with the evening start to finish.

MB
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was great as always. I have never ordered from the menu because the specials are always great. It’s the first time we have been there that the service was slow but again the food was worth the wait.

SW
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sitting outside at Portico was a lovely experience . The gardener is gifted! The food was stellar. Grilled artichoke and crab on crostini was a marvelous appetizer. Jamie, our waiter, was superb. I would love to go back!

SM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is lovely. The service was fabulous. I recommend the lamb risotto! I think I will be dreaming of it for weeks.

LM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Pleasant grounds and excellent, attentive service.

JK
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambience! Love this place.

V
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 5

Sunday brunch was a disappointment in every way. I have been to Portico probably 25 times over the years and couldn’t believe how awful the experience was.
Expensive for what was on the plate. Very slow service. Food took 45 minutes to come out. (Burger and some eggs and bacon with toast)
We were there for a special occasion. I wish we had picked somewhere else.
I would come back for a cocktail or glass of wine at the bar, but never again for food.

TC
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat outside. Very good food. And great service.

D
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

ambiance - to be outside is why we go ...and the food is very good ...but maybe a little pre-prepared as their limited menu and thus our orders, especially the small plate apps came out very fast.

Our particular waiter was not overly helpful with the wine selection ... and overall was accommodating but lacked some enthusiasm and personality..

R
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

If you are going to Portico for a terrific entree or appetizer in a lovely atmosphere, GO. But be selective stay with specials or recommended entrees. We had a Cesar salad that was not the freshest of lettuce. The pizza was bland despite the number of ingredients. With that said the seared scallop appetizer served over risotto was outstanding, and the gardens are beautiful.

OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal at one of our favorite spots. Food was great as was the service. Only downer was we could not get a tabke outaide on a beautiful evening.

M
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our most favorite place to dine when we wish to especially treat ourselves. Amazing Italian cuisine, and a quiet beautiful patio. Reminds me of a piece of Italy.

DS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We enjoyed the daily pasta special and the daily fish special. The best value for the money was the salad topped by salmon. The greens were bright and fresh and it had the best looking tomatoes I have seen in a restaurant all year.

The coffee was fresh and hot and the server brought us spoons! This is getting so rare it is worth mentioning.

Our waiter was meh. He was okay, he messed up three of the five checks - but he was pleasant.

KM
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Disappointing. Extremely noisy. Tables crowded together. Food was good but nothing special

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seriously the best meal and great atmosphere!!! We will definitely be back!!!

J
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

My scallops appetizer was fabulous. My seafood crepe was also great. My wife's veal. was awful. Very chewy. Left most of it on the plate We ate inside because it was so hot and humid outside. Big mistake. Very, very, very noisy. Could not carry on a conversation with my wife. Would not allow me to leave the tip on the gift card. Very tacky. An Italian restaurant should do a an exceptional job with veal. They did not. It was well short of tender.

g
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delightful ambiance, but a bit noisy. Good service and delicious food. Would have liked fresh-grated Parmesan offered for my dish versus grated in a shaker...to match the quality of the food.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall excellent experience! Food was great. Service was amazing.

C
Richmond
41 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The entree portion size was

h
Richmond
19 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely environment, whether inside or outdoors on the patio. The service and food never disappoint. We go back again and again for delicious meals professionally and beautifully executed.

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