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8085 Main St, Ellicott City, MD 21043-4649
410-720-2330
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11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: This is a new Italian restaurant that opened in the former Jordan's...
This is a new Italian restaurant that opened in the former Jordan's Steakhouse. I believe it's been open since December or so. I dined there last night and it was wonderful. This is a fine-dining restaurant.
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Visitor rating
  • 18
    Excellent
  • 45
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 21
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good but could be better

Very nice location (both the vicinity and the building itself) and the food was good. I simply feel that for the price and location, it could be a little better. The server was very friendly and professional. I probably would not return based on the quality of the food in comparison to the price.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2013
Chris A
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Pensacola, Florida
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Woodstock, MD
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68 reviews 68 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Here is a Restaurant with tremendous potential. Atmosphere, Location & Menu was very inviting. However, after arriving with reservations we were told they could not serve us in the main dining room due to an office party? We sat in the bar which was quite comfortable. Ordering & drinks were timely. Food did not appear until 20 minutes later. we... More 

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ellicott city
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Went to dinner, 5/16/13, wanted to try again after a disappointing meal a year ago. Never again. The menu items sound wonderful, ambitious and promising, but all is executed poorly. A patron walked by our table saying he had the best spaghetti he's ever eaten. Boy, does he have horrendous taste, or more likely an employee or friend. First, the... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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149 reviews 149 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Very nice location (both the vicinity and the building itself) and the food was good. I simply feel that for the price and location, it could be a little better. The server was very friendly and professional. I probably would not return based on the quality of the food in comparison to the price.

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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119 reviews 119 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

Third time was not the charm...we had had some issues with a visit here and had returned after discussing this with one of the owners-and that 2nd time was very good-as my last review stated. So-we decided to give it another shot. For starters, on a rainy chilly Saturday at 5:45, for a pre-Mother's day outing, we were seated in... More 

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Maryland
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

My wife and I visited Portalli's on a busy Saturday night. We had a reservation for 7:00 and we were seated right away. The wait service was good and our waitress was friendly and attentive. Drinks were served promptly and our dinner order was taken without the feeling that we were being rushed (restaurants rushing diners in order to turn... More 

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Bucks County, PA
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65 reviews 65 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013 via mobile

Calamari appetizer and Caesar salad were the highlights in an otherwise disappointing meal. Ordered 3 pasta dishes and a risotto. Pasta was overcooked and badly sauced. The marinara was very sweet with no hint of being prepared on site. The carbonara was drowning in a white cream like a jarred Alfredo sauce. Service was slow from the kitchen, portions not... More 

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Catonsville
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Well got gift certificates from boss for xmas.. decided to go yesterday..beautiful day, out taking in all the shopping and decided to get some dinner. Ambiance (nothing to write home about..cob webs right above our table..started with cocktails..no Budweiser (oh no fiance's fav) settled for a Yeungling.. order appetizer crab/corn soup was excellent..Arancini was cold in the middle..not supposed to... More 

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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44 reviews 44 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

We decided to try out Portalli's for the first time for Easter Brunch. Overall things were pretty good. The service was great. The bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas were nice (for about $5 extra.) The only complaints we hard were that the main buffet is on the bottom level so you have to go up and down a narrow set... More 

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Baltimore MD
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

We had dinner here last night and have been many times before. They have great salads and reasonably priced entrees for nice upscale restaurant. Service was also very attentive. It was around 6:30 on Saturday night, a little more than half full. We had spinach salads with a glass of wine each, followed by Ciopinno past dish for me and... More 

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Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

The appetizers and entrees were delicious! I highly recommend the ravioli with blue cheese sauce. The appetizers were also very fresh and well prepared. The service was okay. Although it was a Sunday and not busy, the server rushed us and kept taking away our plates or attempted to take our plates before we were done eating. The food made... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8085 Main St, Ellicott City, MD 21043-4649
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Ellicott City
  • Phone Number: 410-720-2330

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

Description

This is a new Italian restaurant that opened in the former Jordan's Steakhouse. I believe it's been open since December or so. I dined there last night and it was wonderful. This is a fine-dining restaurant.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 12:00 am

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