I have frequented Portofino over the years since 1970 even though I have lived in Rockville for years. A great special place. Friendly staff, great food and service. It was the new "in" place to go back in the 70's and has withstood the test of time.
Service was very uneven. Food was excellent but I think we will avoid this place on New Years Eve in the future.
Food and service were outstanding. We were visiting from out of state and wanted something close to the hotel. This was walking distance and did not disappoint! They have a great wine selection. But the deserts are amazing. One of the best canolis I have ever eaten.
We flew in to visit our dad's grave in Arlington on th second anniversary of his passing, and paticipate in the Wreaths Across America event. Despite our party of 7 arriving 5 minutes before the restaurant closed, we were accommodated and served a fantastic meal. The staff was very attentive, considerate, and patient with us as we took our time ordering. Thank you for allowing us to dine with you at the last second, and helping you close the restaurant! We'll be back, for sure, but, hopefully, well before closing time, next time.
Great food and service as always.
Great food and personal experience.
Loved our meal!! Great bread and olive oil served. Loved our waiter. Would definitely recommend.
This is a unique and rare find for the Crystal City/Arlington area. This place will remind you of home and going out dinner with the family. Great food from a by gone era. Uber friendly service, from a wonderful staff from around the world. They so friendly. This place is such a gathering place, full tables, full of good food, good wines and beer and good conversation. Step out of DC and into the world of Portofino. You'll enjoy your trip.
It has been too long since my last visit. The food is wonderful under the leadership of Ricardo who has not missed a step since taking over for his parents. In fact, it is getting better!
Exactly what we were looking for! Very cozy and romantic! Great food and delicious desserts!
The food is always great. The service was a little slower and less attentive than normal it could have been because we were there right when it opened and not during the normal rush when we’ve always had great service.
As usual, outstanding personalized service in a family-run restaurant for about 50 years. In a highly competitive zone where restaurants come and go, this restaurant has consistently offered first class food at a reasonable price, ideal for a special occasion, business dinner, or romantic evening. It is my favorite restaurant in the Northern Virginia/DC Metropolitan area.
Exceptional restaurant, service, food, and perdonalized treatment, which has remained consistent throughout its many years. This is a family-owned genuine Italian restaurant.
Classic Italian menu well prepared. Place feels very 'old school' needs a freshening up of decor (worn out wood on chairs and carpet a bit worn. That said, food solid. Particularly liked the Italian Wedding Soup. Calimari undercooked. shrimp in pasta dish small and not flavorful. Servers pleasant, attentive. Adequate but wouldn't rush to go back.
We were celebrating the family patriarch's (me) 85th birthday and couldn't have been more pleased with the treatment we received and the food we were served.
Loved the warm welcome by the hostess, followed by our waiter. The ambiance was nice and cozy. The wine by the bottle special from 5pm-6pm is great. The menu included classics and specialty items at fair prices. We enjoyed our meals and look forward to returning.
‘White Tablecloth’ Italian food. Unfortunately the food was not seasoned at all. Either they ran or of salt that night, or they don’t ever season their food. Unfortunately it was bad. Don’t waste your time or money.
The venue gives you that homey feel, the manager is ever present without being overbearing, the waiters are top notch, and the food is fabulous!
On par ( and maybe even better than!) restaurants in New York's Little Italy!
Great Italian restaurant We brought friends to DC first visit Hunting quiet restaurant is hard and has good food this was a great find.
Is there a restaurant in the DC area that doesn't overcook the pasta?
Overall Portofino's is a pretty decent place. The menu is varied, they had several specials to offer and the food tasted good. My friend had stuffed veal and I had tortellini with sausage in tomato sauce. I grew up in NY eating Italian food, so I can't rave about it, but it was good. The appetizers were tasty and they serve some nice bread too. But ... the tortellini was overcooked :(
Service was excellent, our waiter Julio was very knowledgeable about the menu, pleasant and attentive without being too intrusive.
The ambience isn't great, tables are close together and small. With an antipasto and our fruiti de mar appetizer there was hardly room on our table for two. It is a bit noisy. You can chalk it up to the charm of the place, though. It is in an old building on 23rd.
They do have an excellent deal on wine during happy hour 5-6.
While the food was good, I thought the noise level -- even on a Wednesday evening -- was excessively loud. Service seemed slow. Took nearly one hour to receive our entrees.
Having lived here for two decades, there's little new under the sun when it comes to dining. We have our limits like most people, so we also have our favorites. We now have a new favorite in Portofino. There are three Italian restaurants in our neighborhood (Fairfax City) we love, but we'll take the drive to come back here any time.
We happened to book an early dinner after work. We had no idea bottles of wine were half-price before 6 pm! (Good wine list; we had the Jordan chardonnay. Small bar for cocktails, too.)
The service was friendly and unpretentious, yet very respectful. Our appetizer--the antipasto--was a delicious adventure, and the salads were great. But the entrees! Yay! My shrimp fra diavolo was in a very light tomato broth, filled with peppers, shrimp, and pasta. Her seafood selection was scrumptious. We passed on dessert, but took a tiramisu to our coffee-loving neighbor watching our dog that evening--a big hit.
This was slightly upscale dining--entrees were $20-29 at its best. The owner came out to greet us and couldn't be more welcoming. I can't wait to return and further explore the menu.
Great food, Richard is an excellent chef and owner. Great wine selection
This was the second time my wife and I went there. The service, again, was below par. It took a while for us to be seated, even though we had reservations. A host lady kept coming back and forth, without telling us what was going on. Finally, we got seated, and the waiters come asking what we wanted, without providing us with a menu! Very awkward. The food is good, and the price reasonable. But the service could be improved.
Great service. We had a good time. Portions were a little small
A small group enjoyed a quiet dinner on a weeknight. Very good service from the friendly waiter. We were all satisfied with our food choices. Salads were fresh, butternut squash ravioli special was delicious. We were too full for dessert.
Good ambience; great parking (plenty of space in lot behind the restaurant, accessible down narrow driveways on each side of the stand-along restaurant).
We were celebrating a family get together with members coming in from all over the country. The restaurant was easy to find and the menu selections provided something for everyone. All were extremely pleased with their selections. The wait staff was attentive without being annoying and let us enjoy the delicious meal and conversation without interruption. The noise level was a little high when all the tables were in use, but as the evening wore on and some of the tables emptied, it became more tolerable. Loved the bread!! Would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone. Thanks for a very enjoyable evening.
Chose this restaurant based on 4-start Yelp rating. Service and atmosphere was great, but the food was very disappointing. Had the Veal Marsalla, which was mediocre at best. Took a piece of Ricotta Cheesecake back to my hotel, but after just a few bites flushed it down the toilet.
Portofino is an old-time family Northern Italian restaurant. The service is very gracious and attentive and adaptable. The food was delicious and ample, with many choices, some more traditional "Italian restaurant" dishes and some more spruced up or modernized. It's not cheap but worth paying a little extra for quality. Gluten-free pasta was available with a number of dishes, and I think they would substitute it in others if asked.
Our umpteenth time at Portofino, and once again, everything from the service to the wine to the food to the ambiance pleased everyone. Our guests especially were taken by the entire setting. They are locals (we weren't) and had never been there despite living nearby, but promised to return when they had some special occasion to celebrate. Or even just for a great Italian dinner, no special occasion required.
This is my favorite restaurant in the DC area. Once again our meals were great and we were treated extremely well.
Not happy at all. Worst meal weve had. Probably ever. This place makes fast food Italian restaurants seem like 5 star. And those are not good.
The food is consistently good and they usually have a great specials list. Don't hesitate to ask the waitstaff for recommendations. Let them know what you like and they'll be happy to recommend something.
Had a wonderful time. Wait staff was attentive and the food was amazing.
The food was good; however, the restaurant has a musty and old smell. It is not easily handicapped accessible and we had to enter through an exit door with a very ugly exterior and it was difficult to maneuver the wheel chair on the outdoor stones. This restaurant needs an overhaul! Don't plan to return.
The entire staff is lovely, the chef that night was outstanding and the atmosphere was wonderful. In a time where everything is a little too loud and a little too fast, my team loved relaxing in your space. We felt very at-home. Will return again!
Very dirty. Food was NOT what we expected especially for the price! Marinara was very watery and flavorless.. veal was tough...... service was fair. House wine was terrible. Tasted like it was right out of the box.... will not go back. Food appearances were nice but NO taste!
My family was staying at one of the hotels close to the airport and wanted to have dinner at a non-chain restaurant. We found Portofino, read the reviews and decided to give it a try. The food was very good and reasonably priced.
Very entertaining (and polite) wait staff. Good (though not great) food. Excellent beet and avocado salad and a decent wine list.
So I hate to be a complainer so I'll start off with the positive. We were seated. Server was very enthusiastic. Served our bottle of wine (Chardonnay a bit warm) bread & olive oil. Told us specials and note-we had 3 children with us, 8, 11 & 15. He shared that he would be able to serve kids 1/2 orders of pasta or chicken fingers.
Ok, we ordered...and let the kids order themselves. They ordered pasta, 2 penne w/butter and meatballs, 1 penne with red sauce and meatballs.
Rolled eggplant app came out--DELISH!
Calamari--yum, small but good.
Caesar w anchovies--good!
Minestrone--so so. Mushroom soup--so so.
Dinners, sole was good, chicken dishes good
Kids meals come out, FULL giant plates of pasta for $20 a piece. We mentioned this to the server who did not seem to think it was crazy that he brought, at least the little 2 hear giant plates of pasta. Really disappointing. Clearly left a bad taste in our mouth. We won't be back. No remorse.
Desert sounded good but at this point we were full and annoyed.