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Porto-bello Restaurant

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208 Thompson St, New York City, NY 10012-1372 (Bleecker Street)
A, C, D, E, F, & V trains to West 4th Street.
(212) 473-7794
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Casual Dining

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Not bad.. not great

went here after seeing a show at NYU. Quaint northern Italian restaurant with really nice ambience. Friendly staff.. All men... And were attentive to our needs. The food was good... But did not wow us. Prices were moderate. Probably would not return here for another meal.

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 7, 2014
FrankFineVineWine
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Queens, NY
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  • Casual Dining
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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Queens, NY
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57 reviews 57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014 via mobile

went here after seeing a show at NYU. Quaint northern Italian restaurant with really nice ambience. Friendly staff.. All men... And were attentive to our needs. The food was good... But did not wow us. Prices were moderate. Probably would not return here for another meal.

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New Jersey
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This New York classic has been in the Village for over 30 years. Yet this was our first visit! Located very close to NYU's Skirball Center where we were attending a Sunday matinee. We ordered fettucini with meatballs and eggplant parmesan accompanied by a half bottle of the house chianti riserva. Outstanding food, service and reasonable prices.

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San Francisco, California
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112 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Porto Bello is a charming little restaurant that serves good authentic Italian cuisine. We started our meal, with some delicious grilled calamari, cooked perfectly. Oh a tip, be sure to ask for their balsamic and oil to dip bread in. Oh so so good. For entrees we had two eggplant parmigiano, one gnocchi pesto and one pene. The eggplant was... More 

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36 reviews 36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Service was fantastic. Excellent wine - we ate outside on a beautiful fall night !! I had delish penne ala vodka. We had the clams oreganata as an appetizer. Portions are a little small - but delicious. We will definitely come back !!!

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Sao Paulo, SP
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Nice place, wine was good, food very weak : the owner suggested wonders, and presented a pale sauce with some savourless penne floating

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Aubrey, Texas
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7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Small place. Cozy. Views outside to a busy street but quiet and intimate inside. Staff wonderful and helpful. Price good. Food Outstanding! I couldn't decide what to get because every single thing on the menu sounded amazing. I finally settled on the Homemade Meat Ravioli with mushroom garlic butter cream sauce. I don't know if I could have been happier!... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Service was implacable. Food outstanding. Restaurant felt very peaceful although located in a busy pedestrian traffic street. Staff eager to help me navigate thru their property since I use a cane to walk. Greatly appreciated.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We absolutely loved this restaurant. One of the best Italian food restaurants we ever ate in. Everything was so delicious. We can't wait to go back.

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Columbia, Maryland
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62 reviews 62 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

My boyfriend has dined here since 2000, so I was eager to see and experience this rare gem! He orders the same thing every time; a tomato and onion appetizer with fettuccine Bolognese. I quickly found out why! Our dinner was simply delicious and delightful. The staff was attentive and friendly, which enhanced this intimate atmosphere. I would recommend it... More 

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Wurtsboro, New York
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

The location was fun - we sat on the street and enjoyed the Saturday evening passerby's. However, I don't think I have ever been given so little food in an Italian restaurant. I ordered Linguini with Clams and Shrimp at $16.95. It was tasty, but there was much less than a single of serving of pasta in it, very few... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 208 Thompson St, New York City, NY 10012-1372
    (Bleecker Street)
  • Public Transportation: A, C, D, E, F, & V trains to West 4th Street.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Greenwich Village
  • Neighborhood: Greenwich Village
  • Phone Number: (212) 473-7794

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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