Portico Restaurant - Richmond

4.6
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$30 and under
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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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M
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was seriously lacking. There appeared to be enough servers but a very lackadaisical attitude.

JS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Lovely ambiance; ok food; our server, Adrian was surly and rude. I guess he was not concerned as he was guaranteed at 20% tip. We won't return.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Great ambiance and I’m sure it would have been nice outside on the patio in warmer weather. $24 for baked spaghetti with chicken that was only ok was way overpriced. Waiter seemed distracted but was ok. Wife had the fish special which had a heavy cream sauce. Good but too much sauce. Will we go back? Probably when weather is nicer.

EB
Richmond
27 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cozy, outdoor seating had fireplaces. Romantic!

e
Richmond
32 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night. Service,management, drinks, food all spot on. Prices are reasonable. Always special.

CH
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Everything was worthy of a 4 rating UNTIL I got my credit card slip and my server had to tell me that a 20% gratuity was automatically added. The reason was because we were a party of six, and a 20%
gratuity was automatic. I found this very offensive for the following reasons. Had I been advised of this policy upon arrival along with a reasonable explanation, I would not have been offended. However, sneaking it in at the end of the meal seems underhanded. I usually tip 20% or more depending on my assessment of the server's performance (which was very good) but because you denied me that right, I chose not to add any additional tip. If you need the revenue, just raise your prices. Don't insult your customers by telling them how much to tip, and even worse at the end of the meal. By the way, I think our server was uncomfortable in having to handle it in this fashion.

J
Richmond
27 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my wife’s all time favorites. Sitting outside by the fireplace on a cool fall nite sets the perfect ambiance for a date night. Then to top it off, the meals were spectacular. We have been here many times and we have never had a bad meal. 👍🏼

c
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always our evening at Portico was outstanding! Our group of 13 was well taken care of. The food was delicious and we enjoyed our time together!

SJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. If the weather is nice then sit on the patio.

MM
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My husband and I came to this restaurant for our 6th anniversary. It was a chilly night, but we really wanted to sit outside. The staff happily obliged with our request and even lit the heaters, just for us. The food was amazing and the staff were very nice and professional. The only downside was my husband wanted to order a whisky after dinner, but before our dessert even arrived, the waitress brought our check. We just felt a bit rushed at the end of our meal. Other than that, I would recommend this restaurant to anyone! Amazingly good!

C
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

They need dairy free options for coffee & such. Seevicewas good. Menu is lacking for brunch.

p
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The environment with pleasant indoor and outdoor seating, the freshness of the ingredients, especially herbs from their garden, the menu variety make this a delightful place for celebrating special occasions or visiting with close friends. Staff was gracious and accommodating to our special needs with an elderly family member. Highly recommend this restaurant.

JB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We love Portico and hope to visit again soon. Its a lovely restaurant.

BY
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food we've had in a long time. Will be back!

LF
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took family to Portico when they came to town, and weren’t sure what to expect. Every person raved about their food being perfect. The server was friendly and attentive but not overwhelming. Service was casual and we didn’t feel rushed. Atmosphere is great. Loved it.

v
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a beautiful place to dine on a gorgeous fall evening
Our evening was perfect
Plenty of great food to even have a takeaway

OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great cocktails and a beautiful night for dinner on the outdoor patio - heaters are comfortable levels made the chilly evening very enjoyable.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was lovely. We sat outside And it was warm enough with the heaters they have. They also had the outdoor fireplace going. It was gorgeous and romantic. Our waitress was great! Will for sure be going back to Portico.

SS
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It has such a lovely patio that outside is half the joy. It is a little pricey but we all enjoyed it

j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Their food and mabiance is always nice, but the service (bar tenders, waiters, hosts) are so rude.

HM
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Never had a truly great meal there. Got the pasta special and it wasn't at all good.

J
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good! Always a great meal and great service.
Tremendous atmosphere!

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there to celebrate my daughter’s and her friend’s Senior Convocation. We had a wonderful time.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Second time visiting, not as warm and welcoming as the first. The waiter seemed annoyed from the beginning. It was a birthday celebration. They definitely weren’t trying to make anything special. Far from it , almost like we we were intruding. A couple of friends went to smoke on the patio , which we’ve done before, mind you , no one else is out there. A lady comes and tells us 3 times in a row no smoking!! We got it!!! So unfortunately never again will we go here . Rude , pretentious staff . Subpar everything else

OT
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My wife and I enjoyed Portico immensely!

w
Richmond
188 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Sit outside and one would think you were in Napa Valley dining. Comfort food is the main item. However, it is all good.

c
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes I would. Love going here, especially when we can sit outside. Love the outdoor patio.

B
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portico is our go-to place for special occasions and days that end in "y".

NJ
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was a Birthday celebration. Perfect weather for outdoor dinning. Service was good, Had the grilled artichokes & crab appetizer, was yummy. Little more crab in it, it would have been excellent. We ordered the fish special, veal piccata , & pasta. The fish was cooked right, was a whitefish I hadn’t had before, it was served with a light sauce,overall fresh & a lot like Chilian Sea bass! The veal was tender & Pasta was yummy. This was our second time dinning here. We will come back on a night the outside fireplace is burning, that would have made it perfect outdoor dinning. Great place for any special Occasion or just a Great Dinning out night. A Birthday candle on dessert would have been good, but waitress didn’t seem that was something they care about or do there. But overall great dinner.

DA
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a great anniversary dinner there. Hubby and I had dinner specials, so no comments on the standard menu. But we did split the meatball appetizer and they were great. Loved the red sauce.

OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot

J
Richmond
35 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the most perfect meals that we have had in a long time. The weather outside was perfect, we had a quiet table, and our food and our service were spectacular. We will definitely be back soon.

p
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the food was fantastic and it was a perfect night to sit on the patio and enjoy a romantic meal.
The creamy pesto is to die for and the shrimp was cooked to perfection, succulent and tender.
We'll be back soon!!

JM
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Portico is so beautiful! I’ll be back soon.

RS
Richmond
24 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Another top notch dining experience at Portico. Outside seating was nice, and the unexpected warm spell in early October was a treat, too! The food was fabulous, with generous portions, well seasoned and piping hot. We experienced a bit of a wait between appetizer and main course, and had to ask for the second wine bottle twice in order to have that delivered, but otherwise the service was very attentive. we could have used just a bit more light as the night progressed to fully appreciate the visuals of the plates. We will be back!

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The environment on the Portico patio was perfect. As the sun sets they came around and lit candles on our tables which was absolutely beautiful. The service was excellent and the food was hot and delicious, as always. My husband and I had the tarfato for dessert and it was amazing!

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time. Menu was limited to brunch, yet nice offerings. Homemade scrumptious.
Had the crab quiche, Bloody Mary and soup.

Lovely place and would love to enjoy the quaint outdoor seating next time. Well done.

LN
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mother's 80th birthday and everything was perfect. Thanks to our server Don! Will definitely recommend and be back.

AM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

RT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience from the beginning to the end. Had a reservation and was seated immediately to a nice table. Outside area is by far the best choice even though the inside was well-appointed. Server was very knowledgeable and the food was brought out in intervals that allowed us to enjoy the ambiance. Food was great from appetizers to dessert. Celebrated our anniversary and was well worth it.