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Portofino Restaurant

4.4
334 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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About

This family-run Italian eatery on Crystal City’s busy restaurant row, a.k.a. 23rd Street, has been dishing up plates of pasta for three generations. Adelmo Micheli and his son, Sergio, opened the place in 1970, later Sergio and his wife Pilar ran it, and recently their son Richard, a Culinary Institute of America grad, has taken the torch. The old world feel -- think dark wood, gilded mirrors, and brocade boudoir chairs -- strikes a nostalgic chord with older couples and extended families with children who frequent the place and become regulars. They come for classic Italian fare -- many of the plates are from longtime family recipes. Pastas include lasagna bolognese, and linguine with Ligurian pesto. More substantial plates range from dishes like veal marsala, with wine and mushrooms, or chicken piccata with lemon and capers, to rosemary-crusted lamb chops with black olive sauce. There’s also an extensive list of daily specials.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday- Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(703) 979-8200
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Rich Micheli
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Private party facilities
We have two (2) rooms available for groups up to 65 people. Private dining rooms require group menu and a minimum of 20 people. Also, we have semi-private areas available for non-group menu groups. No setup charge for bar in private dining area.
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Private party contact
Rich Micheli: (855) 676-0640
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
526 23rd St S and S Eads St
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Parking details
We have our own parking lot in the rear of the restaurant, and the entrance to the restaurant is also in the rear. The parking lot is accessed by the driveway along the west side of the building next to the awning, off of 23rd street.
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Public transit
The Crystal City Metro station is located at 1750 Bell St, off of 18th Street. We are a short 5 blocks walk to the south along S. Eads St.
Metro bus runs along both 23rd St, and Route 1, Jefferson Davis Hwy.
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Special events & promotions
Happy hour pricing, nightly 5-6pm, half price on full bottles of wine under $100.00, $50 off bottles of wine over $100.00.

Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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4.4
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4.5
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
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sirius (Salt Lake City)
5.0
Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

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vipPriscilla (Orlando)
4.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

Service was very uneven. Food was excellent but I think we will avoid this place on New Years Eve in the future.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0
Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

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vipgobucks77 (Richmond)
5.0
Dined on December 6, 2017

Great food and service as always.

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vipgobucks77 (Richmond)
5.0
Dined on December 1, 2017

Great food and personal experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0
Dined on November 18, 2017

Loved our meal!! Great bread and olive oil served. Loved our waiter. Would definitely recommend.

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DBergstrom (Austin)
5.0
Dined on November 16, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0
Dined on November 14, 2017

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!

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Gingerbee (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on November 11, 2017

Exactly what we were looking for! Very cozy and romantic! Great food and delicious desserts!

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