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249 E Main St, Lexington, KY 40507-1330
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Ranked #40 of 772 Restaurants in Lexington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Sat - Sun 5:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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English first
Waller, Texas, United States
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I waited a long while for my appetizer and then waited more for my chicken dish. If you are not in a hurry, feel free. It was a Wednesday and it was packed and noisy. I sat at the bar and 1 bartender. Not sure if they were just over extended. The brushetta was amazing! Highly recommend it. The chicken... More 

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

My husband and I went here for our anniversary dinner on 10-18. We were seated by what turned out to be a server's station, so there was constantly someone walking by or standing by out table. My husband had mentioned when he made reservations that it was our anniversary, so it would have been nice to be seated somewhere more... More 

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Hendersonville, Tennessee, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Four of us had dinner here and we all ordered different meals and ended up sharing all 4 meals. A great menu at a reasonable price for the quality of food and atmosphere you experience. We couldn't believe the quantity of bottles the bar displayed and I believe they could mix any drink imaginable and do it well. The salads... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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101 reviews 101 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This is a nice restaurant. However with a reservation made well in advance, we were disappointed to sit in the bar for a nice dinner.

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Lexington, Kentucky
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I enjoyed a lovely lunch with a client on Portofino's outdoor terrace. The weather was perfect, and the service was very good. We had a lot to discuss, and the server was good about checking on us without interrupting our conversation. We both had the quiche, fruit salad and shrimp bisque. Everything was tasty, and the portions were just right... More 

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Pratt, KS
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We ate here with a large group so we had a set price for our meal and only three entrees to choose from. We all enjoyed our meals, though and appreciated them accommodating our large group. The service was excellent and the wine was amazing!

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Tallahassee, Florida
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Additional Information about Portofino

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

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