Portofino Cafe Italiano

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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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TU
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have always found the food at this Italian restaurant to be outstanding. My only complaint was that my wife ordered a cup of soup that the waiter failed to bring. Other than that, the meal was great.

A
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

As long time fans of Portofino, sadly, this time our dining experience fell short. Although the front of the house appeared to be fully staffed compared with past levels, the service at our table was barely attentive, despite their availability with many open tables.

Whereas in past visits we looked forward to professional, well paced and friendly table service, this time service was uncoordinated, slow, negligent, and un-engaged. All of that might be overlooked if the food met the previous high bar, but sadly, a meal we had so looked forward to, paled in comparison to the past 12 years of dining here. What was a go-to special meals might only make the cut if we're feeling nostalgic for the location.

CP
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love the food and service. Lovely “date night” spot.

T
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Service started out well and then went down hill. Took an hour and a half from our order to get bn our meal. Food was like warm and not great. Waiter did not apologize for the late meal. Very disappointing as the reviews were very positive. I would not go back.

JH
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meals immensely. The food was excellent, our waiter was very nice and helpful and the atmosphere was quiet and friendly.

ML
Portland
32 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food, and friendly service. The price has gone up, but still worth it.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They seated us right away for our reservation. Device was attentive and not rushed. The food was excellent, and we all enjoyed the overall experience. Would dine here again when in town.

D
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

For years, I have scorned folks who think Olive Garden is the summit of Italian cuisine. There are just too many fine Italian restaurants in Portland that put Olive Garden to shame. Unfortunately, Portofino is NOT one. Four of us dined and not one of the courses was better than nearly edible. The lasagna was burnt and tasteless, the gnocchi was heavy doughy and rubbery. The ravioli with shrimp was more like cardboard than a dinner dish. The best part of the meal was the bread, even without the non-offered butter. While the wait staff was helpful and non-intrusive, the dinner was a great disappointment.

O
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy ambiance, great service and delicious food couldn’t have been better.

D
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, wonderful food and excellent service - thank you!

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal at Portofino. We plan to go back again soon!

R
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Small intimate place that had outstanding and reasonable priced entrees. The service and wine selection were both excellent.

JW
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday and going away

PM
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff is friendly and attentive. Food is delicious, well prepared and seasoned. One of our favorite places to go!

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portofino has been a Sellwood staple for over 25 years. A great neighborhood restaurant that we have enjoyed for years.

L
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

First time for us to Portofino. Got a great wine recommendation from our waiter in the price range we were looking for. Wife had the braised rib, which was tender, and tasty, but not distinctive. It came over a squash filled ravioli with seasonal vegetables. I chose the Provencal sole served with chantrelles over smashed potatoes(read, chunky). The fish was excellent and the flavors blended very well. It was also accompanied by seasonal vegetables.
Atmosphere was quiet and peaceful, overall, a very pleasant experience.

KE
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Portofino's before but this was the best. Our server was excellent. ( and he makes a wonderful Limoncello!)

It was a very pleasant experience and we will certainly return when next in Sellwood. Food was beautifully prepared.

RF
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful Italian wine list plus many others to choose from.

G
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portofino is an Italian restaurant with real Italian dishes. Excellent value. It's better than going to the Spaghetti Factory, and better prices.

SW
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Haven't been in a couple years, was surprised to learn of new owners and even more surprised about the wonderful food and service! We will be making more visits to this wonderful restaurant.

SP
Portland
35 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant with good service and delicious food. It’s a cozy atmosphere.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I go here frequently. The food is always delicious. I try to order something different every time I come! The service is always great we really like their selection of food and desserts. Their dessert wine isn’t to be missed!

AE
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and appreciated the recommendation on wine. Food was well prepared and delicious. We’ll be back! I

SM
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was terrific as usual. Service and ambiance wonderful. Gave 4/5 simply bec I am begging you to PLEASE BRING BACK MUSHROOM RISOTTO!

A
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night in Selwood. Very romantic spot with lovely pasta (GF options!!) and delicious main courses.

SA
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The server was just OK this time,not the quality we are used to. We have a large reservation on Saturday for a 30th bday party,hope it will be better

VR
London
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were a group of three with each of us ordering a different entree. We were all very pleased and shared bites around. We also ordered a bottle of white wine (the verdicchio) which was different and delicious. Finally, we each ordered different desserts which we also shared around; these were delicious as well. One quibble was that the risotto that accompanied one of the dishes was not really a risotto -- flavorful and creamy -- but more like a bed of rice. This should be addressed.

I would call the cuisine inspired Italian -- what one might find in a high end restaurant in Italy (we were just there). Our waiter was not terribly knowledgeable but cheerfully sought answers to all our questions. And, gratefully, it was quiet enough to have normal conversation! Be aware that, like other Italian restaurants that avoid Americanized Italian, the servings are not huge (which I very much prefer), but it would qualify as overpriced but for the fact that the food was so good.

v
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Portofino is one of our favorite places to dine - a great wine list and a wonderful constantly changing menu. It is one of the few restaurants in Portland where the noise level actually allows conversation. We've had it with the off the charts noisy hipster spots. Give us prompt service, a good bar and terrific food anytime.

LF
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been there before for birthdays, never a disappointment!

OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything on the menu looked so good that it was hard to decide. Both entrees were great. Caesar salad was wonderful.

SA
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always fantastic and so is the service! They have a wonderful wine selection and they really know about their wines.

SM
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was exceptional as always and service even better. I only wish you would bring back mushroom risotto!

M
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

This was a bust for Mother's Day...had not been to this restaurant before and would certainly not go back. Everything from the Bloody Mary to the soggy crab benedict was sub-par for Portland's restaurants.

3
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious!!!! Been there before - will return - It's nice to have a quiet conversation and be heard.

S
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a delightful time at Porto Fino. Andrew, our waiter, was polite, attentive, knowledgable
and a true believer in the talents of the chef. The wines (by the glass) were of good quality and fairly priced. The calamari (gluten free) appetizer we shared was the best I had ever had...light, tender, with just the right amount of crunch. My dinner consisted of the spring salad topped with grilled shrimp, and I can comfortably say that, in my experience, it was one of the best of its kind. The greens were fresh, varied and beautifully dressed, while the shrimp were perfectly grilled...flavorful and moist. The only negative comment came from my husband who mentioned that his food was over salted, and we both figured that was likely a random occurrence. Finally, the setting is intimate, comfortable, unpretentious and warm. We would gladly recommend Porto Fino to a friend.

S
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience5

I feel like the service was very slow. However the food was pretty good not as good as it has been when we have beeb th Er in the past.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The new menu brought significant price increases and fewer options.

C
Portland
82 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We started with the soup of the day, a cream of onion with fried shallots, chives,and creme fraiche. It was tasty though a little under seasoned. I had the lasagne bolognese, which was very meat-heavy and without much flavor. He had the sausage in vodka sauce, and liked the sausage and sauce but did not care for the ricotta-infused pasta, texture was soft and the cheese didn’t really add anything. The cappuccinos were good. Service was a bit slow, fairly average. Corkage fee is $25, a bit high by Portland standards, and prices were high for the quality of the food. This is a very small place, fairly cramped, but the decor is nice. They do have a parking lot, a bonus for Sellwood district.

B
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I had the most delischous ravioli and scampi with a sauce to die for! Wish there was maybe a little larger portion of the pasta as I could have eaten more of it. Yum!

I didn't like not getting points for eating here when I picked it thru OpenTable. why no points here?

B
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food never disappoints! They have a lovely menu and they are very aware specific dietary needs. The use fresh local ingredients prepared to perfection. They offer a lovely wine selection and one of the best limoncellos!