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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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4.5

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 (53)
Special Occasion (38)
Romantic (35)
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Good for Anniversaries (31)
Cozy (28)
Good for a Date (27)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
Worth the Drive (27)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Casual (17)
Authentic (16)
Scenic View (15)
Comfort Food (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Business Meals (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Fun (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Seasonal (9)
Great for Brunch (7)
Bar Seating (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Organic (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (Richmond)·Dined 5 days ago

Overall: Very good food and very good service during the meal. It would have been a really nice dining experience if we hadn't been asked to surrender our table about 15-20 minutes after finishing our main meal and clearing our tabs. We were told there were people at the bar waiting for a table, so we did leave even though we would have been heading out within 5 minutes or so anyway. I was embarrassed to feel we had overstayed.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I would recommend first time diners enjoy Portico in the spring/summer as their patio seating really sets them apart. The winter ambiance isn’t as spectacular but is cozy and quaint. I like that it is off the beaten path a bit. Food is not out of this world but I enjoyed the lamb risotto which was recommended by our server.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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food3
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Fried artichokes awesome
Pasta with seafood special was flavorful and scratch made

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Very nice evening.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great place, we really enjoyed the food ! Nice quaint restaurant out of the way.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We love the menu at Portico, always enjoy our meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The restaurant was a bit loud and crowded, but I assume it was due to the holiday season. The food is always excellent and the cocktail drinks were so unique and delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The restaurant was decorated for the holiday and was just beautiful. The meals we ordered were cooked just right and nice portions. Our waiter could have been a little more friendly. He seemed like he really didn’t want to be there. I would like to say the young gal with the blonde hair ran her butt off bringing food in from the kitchen. She was definitely the hardest worker this night!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Romantic, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Great atmosphere and very accommodating for our group of 10 that the day before grew to 12 with no problem. Seated immediately and greeted and served with great care. Everyone loved their drinks and the entrees were excellent. They brought a candle out on the birthday girl's cake (tiramisu). A good time with parking no issue - this is a plus anymore in the west end, especially over the Holidays. We'll be back to enjoy the patio in the warmer weather!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on December 18, 2017

We had a late reservation. Felt a little rushed during the dessert....they sat out vacuum waiting for us to leave

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Wonderfully flavorful dining; excellent value. We definitely will return.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

We have been to Portico many times. We have never been disappointed. The patio with the fireplace is an excellent area to wait for your table, or just enjoy a few drinks. The food is amazing!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

One of my favorite place so to eat! I always love the atmosphere and the food. The staff is very knowledgeable and accommodating.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Service was good, however food is was over priced for what you get. The dishes we had were good, just not 30.00 a plate good. Both me and my wife left feeling a bit underwhelmed having spent 100.00 on a meal that should have cost closer to 50.00. Drinks were good too.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Had a wonderful meal with friends. It is one of my favorite places. The food is amazing with a wonderful setting.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Organic, Local Ingredients
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 11, 2017

We held our year end board meeting here over diner. The food was fabulous, the service could have been better, but it was holiday season and the place was packed.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Authentic
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food & value were good
Server needed to have a little more personality

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

All four meals at our table were excellent. Service is always good. A lovely spot to get together with friends or just go and sit at bar for light dinner. Never had a bad meal at Portico.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Special Occasion, Authentic
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

We love outdoor dining and this is our favorite! The patio is beautiful, and warmed by a beautiful stone fireplace and really cool heaters in the winter. The setting is magical and the food delicious!

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Sunday Lunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Really enjoyed the Rockfish special! Great pizzas too.

We have always found the are very accommodating for food allergies.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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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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vip
 (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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