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249 E Main St, Lexington, KY 40507-1330
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Ranked #18 of 749 restaurants in Lexington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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94 reviews from our community

81% Recommend
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English first
richmond va
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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209 reviews 209 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
222 helpful votes 222 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
1 review
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

They never cleared our appetizers from the table until our meals were served..... an hour and half later. Other tables were served before us and it wasn't that busy. Food was just Ok as well

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Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

What a great place to dine. We had a memorial service dinner for our friend who passed away last month in the private dining room in the basement. Very cool location. Excellent staff. Even the manager(maybe owner?) helped out with our large group. Food was wonderful. The bruschetta has this warm gorgonzola sauce under the grilled bread-wonderful! My osso buco... More

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