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249 E Main St, Lexington, KY 40507-1330
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Ranked #19 of 756 Restaurants in Lexington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Quality
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96 reviews from our community

82% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Japanese first
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English first
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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213 reviews 213 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
230 helpful votes 230 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 reviews 4 reviews
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
44 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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
29 helpful votes 29 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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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Wonderful menu. A bread basket with warm bread and delicious butter that was presented so quickly. Order a large salad that two can actually share. Comfort food (pot pie) to the unusual fare (veal shank). Yum!

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Powell, Ohio
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Our family ate at Portofino on Mother's Day. There were four of us in our party, and I have to say each of us raved about our food. I shared the mussels appetizer which was outstanding. There were enough mussels that it could have served as the whole meal. For my main course I had the veal Marsala meat balls.... More

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