Portofino Cafe Italiano

4.4
32 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Italian
Established in 1990, Portofino is SE Portland’s longest standing Italian Dining institution, never resting on its laurels and constantly striving to be it’s best. It is a cozy neighborhood ristorante in the heart of Sellwood that utilizes fresh, local ingredients to create Italian-inspired dishes.

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

The tables are turning this Mother's Day—in the most delicious way! Before you kick off the rest of the Mother's Day activities, treat Mom to a wonderful brunch spread filled with her favorite dishes. Because after all, time spent with her children is the best Mother's Day gift of all.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

What 32 People Are Saying
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BT
Portland
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is no actual check in for reservations, small entrance and someone greets you at door, a bit small though so as you walk in your right next to other guests tables and that would be distracting for me if I was already sitting nearby. The service was great very friendly and helpful. The food was fabulous, great taste and presentation. Some light music would drain out the discussions since a small venue you can hear conversations and not have a private one. Love this place and would definitely come back for more great food.

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RW
Portland
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the relaxed service, and they were accommodating of delay caused by Portland traffic. Delicious food, which was delivered very quickly. Great experience.

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T
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service is amazing! This is one of our favorite restaurants!

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HH
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal! Great caesar salad and rack of lamb special.

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l
Portland
48 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Was a past diner and loved the food flavors. This visit the quality seemed good but the flavors of all the 3 meals and ceasar salad was not there. Too bad as we would go here for special occasions.

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A
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent Food & Cozy Atmosphere

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t
Portland
64 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

JUST ONE OF THOSE MEALS THAT AS OFF ALL AROUND. MUCH TO MUCH SALT. THE MANAGER HANDLED IT VERY PROFESSIONALLY.

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MP
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Italian food, great pasta, nice wines to pair with the food. Great place for a date night!

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KP
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just a great Restaurant to frequent. Love the food and atmosphere.

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CT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I haven’t been there for several years and I have to say the service was much better this time than last time. The waitress was very attentive and the lasagna was amazing!

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I
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The neighborhood is cute, street parking was easy, the decor was delightfully old world without being cheesy.
The food was delicious!! I can't wait to go back and eat more!
This is not a place for a fast meal - be prepared to relax, sip your wine, and wait for your food.

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!

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AB
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Nice place. Big on wine. Comfortable venue. Good food but not blown away.

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NC
London
11 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Have made several visits to this restaurant and have to say this was not up to standard. If you actually want to close your kitchen at 9 don’t take an 8.45 booking. Rushed to order and rushed in service. Too keen to get the meal out and get home Lasagne was half cold and potatoes with or chop served on a cold plate were congealed. Had this been a first visit would never return. Out of stock of my chosen wine not the first time this has happened here. Needs attention!

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JK
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and wine!!! Our server was a great asset in wine and food selection. A nice small family restaurant.

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H
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 5

I hate to write this since I have been going to Portfino for several years- but this time was POOR. Lasanga was cold and the pork chop was RAW. When informed of this, the wait staff didn't seem to care. They did offer an insincere appology, but some relief with the bill or dessert would have been appreciated. Unfortunately, I will have to find another place for my Italian fix in PDX.

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JV
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Friendly atmosphere, easily accessible with good parking and food reasonably priced.

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JR
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Service is way too slow and not very personal. Food is amazing for the most part. Definitely will be back but hoping some things get better

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BM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very intimate and romantic. Staff is very knowledgeable and polite.

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w
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were having our 51st wedding anniversary dinner here and as always were not disappointed. Everything was perfect. Thanks to all at Portofino.

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JK
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Was there for a birthday dinner. Food was good. They had quite an extensive wine list.

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t
Portland
65 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

glad you are on open table. seems a change of ownership and happier staff. oh! the food was great!

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JK
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 2

Great osoba bucco with great food. Fun new years eve dinner.

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JL
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I love Portofino, the gnocchi appetizer is absolutely wonderful. We had a great dinner, took a friend out for his birthday dinner. I think the wine by the glass is pretty high compared to similar restaurants. Great food, service was a bit slow but it was New Year's Eve and it seemed they may have been a little short handed. Our entrees were very good.

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OT
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a beautiful evening.....the food was great. We’ll be back!

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OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration

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C
Portland
29 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Our first time back to Portofino for many years. As always the ambiance is wonderful. The food was tasty, but not particularly special. However, the service was incredibly slow. Not well paced, just slow. We'll probably go back at some point, but we won't rush to return.

Portofino Cafe Italiano
Responded on December 18, 2018

HI Cheryl, Glad to hear you like the ambiance but sorry to hear we missed the mark with the speed of service. We pride ourselves with meeting each customers needs and sorry we didn't meet your expectations this time. Hopefully we will see you in the future. Thanks Matt

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TH
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never have had anything but good food and experience at this location.

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TB
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We shared the farm salad and the Caesar salad, which were delicious. All 6 of us had a different entree and we loved them all! The absolute only downside was that all our feet got really cold as its a bit drafty in the restaurant. That would not stop me from coming back, I will just wear warmer clothing. Looking forward to my next visit.

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WC
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My first visit - server was very hospitable - food was very flavorful - I will be bak.

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DH
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great first visit.

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v
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, particularly the shrimp pasta dish. Nice wines to accompany the meal.

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