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Portofino

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American, Wine Bar, Italian, Seafood
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249 E Main St, Lexington, KY 40507-1330 (Quality)
+1 859-253-9300
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Portofino features an inventive menu of Italian and American cuisine...
Portofino features an inventive menu of Italian and American cuisine. Located in a beautifully renovated building on Main Street in downtown Lexington, KY, Portofino has an elegant interior design, a menu with the highest quality ingredients, and an extensive wine list.
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    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
WOW! Best dinner yet in Lexington!

What a fabulous surprise! Had the shrimp and scallops pasta with homemade noodles....amazing! It was the tastiest pasta that I have had in as long as I can remember, mixed with a cream based sauce that was perfect! Will definitely be back with my husband! They have quail as well, which looked... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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57 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

What a fabulous surprise! Had the shrimp and scallops pasta with homemade noodles....amazing! It was the tastiest pasta that I have had in as long as I can remember, mixed with a cream based sauce that was perfect! Will definitely be back with my husband! They have quail as well, which looked delicious, The apple and goat cheese salad was... More 

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed Portofino's. Had been recommended by someone on our BlueGrass Tour so we decided to try it and definitely not disappointed. Had the Seafood Buccatini and the Lasagna. Buccatini was great!! Nice classy place,

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Lexington, Kentucky
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Portofino's is a great restaurant that my wife and I frequent on special occasions. The food is consistently good, but a bit pricey. Their bruschetta appetizer is wonderful and we have never been disappointed with any of their dinner entrees.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Portofino is probably my favorite restaurant in town. I go there frequently for business (once a month) and leisure. I went twice this past week; once with a party of 6 for dinner - food was very good; service was fine. The next day, two of us went for lunch. The troubles started at the door: the hostess was on... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

The food was excellent.We had our daughters graduation dinner there and the staff and management went above and beyond to meet our request to make this a very special occasion for our daughters graduation. Truly suggest to try this restaurant while in Lexington Kentucky.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I met a friend of mine for lunch. She ordered a salad and I ordered ravioli. I am a small women; I frequently take half of my entree home to have leftovers the next day. Not at Portifino's! The portion was so small I left hungry after eating everything on my plate. For a $14 lunch I was expecting to... More 

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Greenwood, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Ours was a group with a limited menu to choose from, but it was all very good and served in a timely manner. I had the salmon, which was cooked perfectly.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This was a dinner for a group of about 40 and the service was fast, efficient and very pleasant. Despite the size of the group, the food was excellent. I had the tenderloin and it was perfectly cooked, tender and delicious.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I hosted a business dinner last night at Portofino and had a great experience from beginning to end. Our server was engaged with us and made the meal special. I had the special, the halibut, which was spectacular, as well as the key lime pie, which was the perfect topping to the evening.

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Addison, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

My kids and I went here for a late lunch, early dinner before hitting the road back to Chicago. We were the only 3 in the restaurant at the time. The atmosphere was great. Our server greeted us and answered our questions. We had Cesar salad, a mixed salad, penne pasta with Alfredo sauce with added grilled shrimp, and a... More 

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Additional Information about Portofino

Address: 249 E Main St, Lexington, KY 40507-1330
Phone Number: +1 859-253-9300
Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Lexington
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 2:30 pm  5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
Cuisine: American, Wine Bar, Italian, Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 249 E Main St, Lexington, KY 40507-1330
    (Quality)
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: +1 859-253-9300

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Wine Bar, Italian, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business

Description

Portofino features an inventive menu of Italian and American cuisine. Located in a beautifully renovated building on Main Street in downtown Lexington, KY, Portofino has an elegant interior design, a menu with the highest quality ingredients, and an extensive wine list.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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