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About Portico Restaurant - Richmond

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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12506 River Road
Richmond, VA 23238
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

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.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(804) 784-4800

Website:
http://porticorichmond.com/

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

Portico Restaurant - Richmond Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (76)
Special Occasion (54)
Good for a Date (53)
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Romantic (51)
Good for Anniversaries (48)
Cozy (41)
Worth the Drive (37)
Neighborhood Gem (36)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Scenic View (25)
Casual (22)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Notable Wine List (15)
Authentic (14)
Comfort Food (14)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Good for Groups (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Business Meals (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Great for Brunch (11)
Bar Seating (9)
Fun (9)
Healthy (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Seasonal (8)
Hot Spot (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Happy Hour (3)
People Watching (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The outdoor seating provides a wonderful setting. Service is friendly and attentive. The menu is varied and provides a whole range of good choices. This is my favorite restaurant in the Greater Richmond Area.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent, as always! Love it, w
whenever we go! Always recommend to friends and family.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Fun
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 1, 2017

In spite of reservation, there would be a wait for an indoor table,so the hostess offered outdoor seating. It was a lovely evening and the outdoor heaters took care of any chill. It was quieter than inside, and we were happy to be outside and enjoying attentive service. We shared an excellent calamari appetizer. The entrees were beautiful in presentation and delicious. We tried different desserts, which were both beautiful and scrumptious. We lingered at the table after our meal, and savored a most enjoyable evening. We will be back!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The best patio outdoor dining in Richmond. Food is delish and atmosphere is just amazing

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Hands down one of the best in Richmond! 3rd time visiting and every time its been amazing. Love to know who did the patio setup out back as it is a perfect setting!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I took my wife here for our 27th wedding anniversary. The food and the atmosphere was perfect. We ate outside near the fire and that really added a special element to the evening.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 26, 2017

What a gem, Portico is. With its hidden garden and divine food, it’s a must visit when in town.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 21, 2017

This was our best visit at Portico... the owner was great to seat us outside on the deck on a clear cool nice got with the heaters working. The waiter was friendly, engaging and great sense of humor. Food was very good....almost standard Italian far..but well done. The outside patio is the winner..inside can get VERY noisy. Another benefit outside was from the Portico concierge....there very cool emissary “Porti-cat”.....the tabby that clearly runs the place. All told..a. Rey nice evening.... my wife and I both enjoyed the dinner, the staff , the location and the special visitor.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 20, 2017

It was a great evening, we thoroughly enjoyed the meal and wonderful atmosphere. The outdoor patio space with the gardens are spectacular, my teenage daughters could not get enough pictures of themselves in the garden.

The Pene Vodka, Bolanese and the broiled seafood were outstanding.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Portico never fails to impress. We had six in our party and everyone agreed that their meal were outstanding. The only suggestion that I have for this restaurant is that I wish they would hire wait staff that had a personality. In my dozen or so trips here I have never had a waiter that was engaging on any level.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great food drinks and dessert. Luv the atmosphere. The outdoor tables and fireplace looked so warm and fun. Will seat there next time

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Excellent! We have never been disappointed with Portico, the staff, food and atmosphere are consistently top notch.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

I had family visiting and had chosen Portico because I had gone there once before and thought they would enjoy it. They said if they come back to Richmond they want to eat there again. Our meal was fabulous, had it been warmer we would have eaten outside but we were seated right by the window so could enjoy looking at the gardens.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We went here to celebrate a wedding anniversary. Right from the start, Adrian, our waiter seemed disinterested and almost disappointed to wait on us. After an hour on waiting for our entree, I noticed both the manager and our waiter going in and out of the kitchen area. The manager told us our food would be out soon and nothing else. Adrian may have come to our table but never offered additional bread or anything else while we waited. Our meal was fair but nothing special but not at any time did anyone come to apologize for the long delay in getting our food or offer anything to make up for the poor service. On top of that, one of the members of our party ordered the cheesecake to go. Several days later, we were told that when the person went to eat the cheesecake it looked like it came off of someone else’s plate.

All in all we will probably not return again.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The food is superb & the outdoor seating is loaded with ambiance. :)

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 11, 2017

While the meal and restaurant were excellent, as usual, our server was gruff and left all of us with the impression that we were a nuisance.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Excellent food, especially the appetizers. Very good pizza and ravioli. Service was very good, friendly and all drinks, food and check were delivered promptly (and we had a party of 7). Restaurant is decorated very nicely - good ambience. Definitely will go again!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Excellent as always. We have eaten there 3 times and loved it each time.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Always a consistent experience. Al fresco dining is recommended when weather permits, as it tends to get very noisy inside. However, that is not enough to prevent me from frequently dining there. Seasonal menus. Great neighborhood gem!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

We loved dinner on the patio. The food was delicious and definitely worth another visit.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 7, 2017

It was delicious and the waitress was wonderful! I believe her name was Brooke. She really knew what she was doing!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The ambience is wonderful but food quality is lacking and in particular the reservation and seating service was terrible. Very disappointing.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great dining experience, my husband and I have already recommended to several friends!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Delicious food and an unbeatable patio and fireplace!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Friendly, neighborhood casual-style dining...with outdoor seating (weather permitting). Very good selection of high-quality, tasty food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We loved the fabulous atmosphere and delicious food.

Tags: Great Beer, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Awesome atmosphere! Not any place like it in Richmond! And the food is always great very consistent would highly recommend for many different occasions

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Beautiful evening on the patio. Simple pasta dishes were perfect . Also had enough for a take home for lunch the next day. The restaurant is always my favorite date night

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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Great outdoor evening - service was little slow - food was good - will go again.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 5, 2017

The fabulous fall evening in this glorious outdoor venue was probably the highlight and it was made even more special by a 99 year-old-man celebrating his birthday with an elegant crowd. The entire restaurant cheered when his double-double chocolate cake was presented with glow in the dark candles. The food was more than acceptable but they need to up their game with the wine offerings.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Friend in town

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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Loved it. The outdoor area was beautiful and relaxing. Wish I'd gotten the filet my husband and daughter got because it was yummy, but that was my fault, not the restaurant's!
The bread "sauce" is to die for, and the dessert we ordered (chocolate custard, started with a B) was awesome as well.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Food was good but not hot, more like warm. That's kind of a big deal for me no matter what the price point. Server was not very attentive for an expensive restaurant. I will go back to see if this was a one time thing or status quo.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 28, 2017

The food was fabulous. Perfect portion sizes. Nice wine selection. The very inviting outdoor patio was the ideal spot to enjoy the fall evening.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 28, 2017

I made the reservations via OpenTable and clearly stated it was our first visit and the occasion was for a birthday. Rather than accommodate our request for a better table than a two top by the kitchen they stuck us at a table adjacent to the window by the kitchen. We had the pleasure of seeing the wait staff rush a medical kit to the kitchen to stitch up one of the cooks, who by the way kept cooking with a make shift bandage on his hand. The poor table, when we were one of 6 tables occupied at 6 pm, and the unsanitary conditions we watched made a tough thing to over come.
The food was ok, my pizza was not thin crust oven neopolitan pizza as I was told. My wife got the pasta bolognese which was tasty enough to take home and reheat. I imagine I might have rated them higher had the hostess been accommodating and the waiter not have acted like we were inconveniencing him or even bothered to just tell us his name. With all the better Italian places I doubt we will go back.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Excellent!!!!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Unique restaurant, good food and service, enjoyed my meal.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Great ambiance with the outdoor seating, though indoors can get quite loud as it's very small. They have an unnecessary valet parking attendant as the lot is tiny, and he literally drove our car 20 feet to an open spot, then after dinner offers to "pull the car around" when it's only a few steps away from us.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 25, 2017

There are good restaurants in this "foody" town where the food is fabulous or the ambience excellent or the service marvelous some or most of the time; however, Portico delivers all these all of the time. Can't beat it...

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We were out on the patio so a little loud ... much quieter inside but the place to be was outside because the weather was nice

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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