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249 E Main St, Lexington, KY 40507-1330
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Ranked #30 of 757 Restaurants in Lexington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Quality
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Tallahassee, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

My husband and I tried Portofino for a Friday evening dinner, and we agreed that it was a great meal. I especially enjoyed the risotto special topped with steak (not a light meal!). The ambiance of the restaurant was nice. Although we enjoyed the area of the restaurant that we sat in (the back room), I noticed a few tables... More

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greenville, United States
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

There for dinner 09/11/14 The duck comfit flatbread was very "ducky" - returned it -inedible. ragu was just spiced meat - no sauce - asked for some marinara - very plain - no real flavors there - veal marsala meatballs had no marsala taste - small and bland - mussels tiny but sauce good. Overall was very very overrated and... More

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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I was part of a group of a dozen people who went for dinner this past Friday evening. Even though we were a large group, we had spot-on service and attention. My wife has several food allergies and they were wonderful working with her to insure she could enjoy the dinner too. The food was simply amazing, start to finish.... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I work downtown and this restaurant is a very nice and classy place to eat. They are open for lunch and dinner. I have went on my lunch break and was surrounded by a lot of business people but that is expected in a downtown location mid-day. I love the food and the servers are very professional.

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richmond va
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We just finished a lovely dinner: salads were excellent (arugula w/watermelon was terrific, and DH's Granny Smith apple w/goat cheese looked very good). Awfully nice & capable server, but I am taking one star off: I hate it when salads are brought while someone (DH) is still working on his soup. You end up juggling what plate/bowl goes where, and... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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218 reviews 218 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
231 helpful votes 231 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I recently had dinner here with nine colleagues. I arrived fifteen minutes early and was pleased to see that the table for 10 was ready. Service was great. The drinks, appetizers, and food came promptly. The bruschetta was tasty. I had the bourbon-glazed salmon with the orzo for my meal and it was delicious. There is ample parking on either... More

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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

The Osso Buco was tender and had an excellent flavor. Veal meatballs Marsala was also very enjoyable. Accompanied by a nice Malbec created an excellent meal. Nice atmosphere and friendly staff. This is a great choice if you are in Lexington.

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New York City, New York
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97 reviews 97 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We had visited a couple of bourbon distilleries and were heading back to Versailles. My husband was very eager to try a particular bourbon which is VERY difficult to get (Pappy VanWinkle). We were told the bar at Portofino might have it. We stopped into the visitors' center in Lexington and one of the workers there called Portofino to ask.... More

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Williamstown, Kentucky
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72 reviews 72 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I stopped here for dinner on a weekend out of town and we love good Italian food - Portofino did not disappoint. The restaurant is located on Main St. in downtown and is situated in the first floor of a renovated building. The layout is a bit quirky as the restaurant has several connected rooms but the... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
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41 reviews 41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

I took my mother to Portofino for a late lunch. Parking is conveniently located next to the building, which allows for the avoidance of downtown parking garages. The ambience is fabulous and includes exposed brick walls and soft music playing in the background. The restaurant staff was pleasant and professional -- definitely not the indifferent college kids that work in... More

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