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Portico Restaurant - Richmond

4.5
1452 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
  • Worth the Drive
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 1452 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.3
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
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Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

The evening was very special. The food was great, the atmosphere was perfect, and the pricing was appropriate for the quality and quantity served. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Our visit was lovely! The food is exceptional and the service Adrian provided was outstanding.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

It was my wife’s birthday and our first visit for dinner. Have enjoyed brunch many times. Overall was a good evening and excellent meal. We love the quaintness of the restaurant, and all tables were full when we arrived. Being our first visit I expected a little more engagement from our server, and he seemed a little miffed that we only had waters, a glass of wine and a beer and no appetizers. Also when taking our order, he basically recited the specials, but made no first time suggestions for us.

The food was excellent. We had seafood crepes, salmon, and pizzas

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The quiche we ordered was cold and like rubber and not fresh. This was certainly not what we have experienced in the past, and it was a disappointment. It will not keep us from coming back as it is still a favorite lunch spot.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Portico never disappoints. Wonderful specials. Attentive service. We were lucky to have had perfect weather to dine outside. During our short wait (we were early), we walked up to the herb garden, sipped wine, and enjoyed the signs of spring. Portico is, by far, our family’s favorite restaurant in Richmond. When we crave their menu but are too late to make reservations, we often call for takeout.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Overall another wonderful experience. We sat outside on a beautiful night. Food was delicious especially the special appetizer. My only negative is service was a bit slow and the food runners were a bit curt. Not rude and clearly busy but would ask them not to forget to smile!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Had reservations for a birthday dinner. We were fortunate to have a beautiful evening to enjoy dinner outside. Our waiter Manny was fabulous. The appetizer and wine were enjoyed without feeling rushed. Dinner portions were enough to take home to enjoy the next day.
We will be back!

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Way over priced. Food and drinks were ok but not amazing for those prices. Waiter was ok but I expected someone more personable for the setting. Lovely outdoor patio but street traffic is moderately loud.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Would prefer more vegetarian salad options.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We have been to your restaurant several times. While we love the atmosphere of your restaurant the food was very much a disappointment this time. I was very, very disappointed that you discontinued your shrimp scampi. I ordered the Baked Spaghetti and it really, really was not good. It reminded me of a glob of spaghetti put on a dish and then a mound of melted cheese. There was no sauce so it was soooo dry. Should have shared my disappointment while there but did not. You definitely need to add some sauce so the dish is not so dry. It truly was a mound of baked cheese on top of a plate full of spaghetti. My husband's steak was good but my dish was truly a disappointment.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

This restaurant is amazing! I would recommend Portico to ANY & EVERY one who asks where to go in Richmond! Food is incredible, the outdoor seating is awesome, super cozy & loved the atmosphere. The waitstaff was polite, kind, and food came in a timely manner. MY ONLY SUGGESTION: add a dairy-free option for dessert! Other than that, I'd give this place 10 stars if I could! Will definitely be coming again!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great restaurant. The noise (people) was a bit loud but not enough to bother. Will definitely return.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Beautiful venue with delicious food.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Excellent location, service and meal. My only complaint would be a request that the chef use less sauce to flavor his/her servings. It’s not always needed. Otherwise excellent meal.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Dinner with father, who was visiting from out of town. Outstanding meal and very good service. What a great place!!

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We love Portico but this experience wasn’t as good as normal. Our waiter was absent most of the meal. We also had brought a dessert for the occasion and they said it would be 2.50 a person to have it there.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We have been to Portico more than a dozen times and it never disappoints. We went for Easter Brunch this time (our first non-dinner visit) and it was great. We will continue to return. Porticat always adds to the ambiance as well. :)

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2018

I've been to Portico on multiple occasions and my last visit did not meet my expectations. Service was quite slow and food only average.

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

It is a great space for alfresco dining but the food quality has diminished. I had the veal and it was below average. I’ll go back but probably not for fine dining.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Our group got the hamburger, caprese salad and one got club sandwich - everything was very good. I asked to change up the bun for an extra piece of lettuce for my diet restrictions and asked for the fries to substitute for a vegetable. At first the waiter acted like he couldn't do it or it was a problem, but he did do it. I would suggest, with a lot of people doing keto, paleo, etc., you may want to think about options on the menu like that. Love the outside patio!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Second time coming here; wonderful place to dine and a very relaxing atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Loved it and we will be back!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Food & service were very good, the outdoor area looked to be rater nice but it was cold out so we were inside. The valet parking was free but didn't make sense as the lot seemed more than adequate to accommodate the seatings. I'd go back and try a few different things on the menu.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Portico was great as always!

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Had a great meal with outstanding service by our waiter Nick. The only drawback was the noise level when a party of 8 arrived.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Fabulous restaurant!! Well priced. Quality of food is superb. Love the atmosphere. Still talking about the oysters and portobello with prosciutto we got for appetizers..yum yum!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Great little spot. Menu has an Italian lean, but they have other options too. I had a nightly special and it was outstanding. Portico has a wonderful outside patio that is perfect for a pretty day. They don't have draft beer, but an ample bottle selection.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

This was my first visit and all of the recommendations from friends who love Portico were spot on! It is truly a perfect place for a date and the restaurant even remembered the comments on the reservation that it was my date's birthday! The ambiance was perfect and the food and service were outstanding.

I can't wait to return when it's warmer to enjoy the gorgeous patio area!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Had to wait over 30 mins for our table even with a reservation. Food was wonderful and waitress was very good.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Ok but not outstanding; noisy and very small table for four; server was very rushed

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Service was slow and staff was not polite. Overall, not impressed.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Birthday the only reservation available was 5:15. I was hesitant to go that early but it filled up and I never felt rushed to leave to open up the table. Everyone enjoyed their dinner

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Always an amazing dining experience at this isolated River Road gem. Dining is cozy and quiet. Menu selections and specials are diverse and prepared exquisitely. If you’re not local, it would be worth a drive to experience it.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

It was a cold windy night, we're in our 70's and we were seated about 25-30" from a side door where people kept entering and leaving. The traffic around kept the dining experience from being intimate and the constant opening of the door kept us uncomfortably cold. As soon as my guest arrived, we requested a different table as there were 4 or 5 that were vacant but our server asked the hostess and she told him "no " as they were all under reservation but not immediate reservation. My suggestion is: Don't place your customers so close to a door.
Waiter was fine --he just couldn't solve our situation.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Portico has a varied menu suitable for affairs from the casual to the sophisticated. We were there on a Friday night, when it was humming and the noise level was very high. We started with a bottle of wine at the bar, a $51 Corvina which I found, when researching later, was only $13 at retail - a pretty obnoxious mark-up for an 85-rated wine. But our dinners were reasonably priced and excellently prepared: my wife had veal scallopini, and I had veal piccata. My starter, tuna crudo, wasn't any fancier than a few slices of yellowtail over pickled cabbage accompanied by a smear of soy and a smear of wasabi, but it was good. My wife's wedge salad was everything one would expect. We'll definitely return but do a little research on the wine list before we go.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Been twice, good food, atmosphere, service. I'll go back!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Portico was recommended by some friends. Our dinner was a combination celebration for a son's birthday and an award that was received by our other son that night. Our original reservation was for 8:30 and we did not arrive until almost 10 pm. The food and service were both amazing. I highly recommend this restaurant for dining.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Delightful atmosphere and outstanding food and service. Couldn’t have asked for more!

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Dinner for my wife’s birthday with a close family friend. My wife, as always, had the hamburger. I had the penne a la vodka with sausage, and our friend had the ravioli. We were all pleased.

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2.0Dined on February 20, 2018

This is the THIRD time a waiter has blown off my request to check with or note to the chef that I have a gluten ALLERGY! It was an early dinner (5pm) so not very busy but the wait between our salads and our meals took exceptionally long... then my chicken came out covered in a thick sauce when I made sure to ask the sweet girl who brought it out if they were SURE this was GF she sweetly said she would go ask (she was not our waiter who was awful) She quickly returned and was profusely apologetic as she scooped up my plate. My daughter finished her entire pizza before my new chicken came out (drenched in oil) - we love Portico For it’s location and atmosphere. But it’s embarrassing and sad for me when I can’t trust the food I’m eating - simple education and courtesy are all I ask. The waiter never apologized or even checked on us until it was time for the bill. Very disappointing. And I have reached out to the management twice for the exact reason previously so I definitely don’t feel heard.

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