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“Good sauces, overdone seafood, indifferent service.” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Portofino Family Restaurant

Portofino Family Restaurant
5129 Berkshire Valley Rd, Oak Ridge, NJ 07438-9703
973-208-1818
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Ranked #1 of 20 Restaurants in Oak Ridge
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Oak Ridge, New Jersey
1 review
“Good sauces, overdone seafood, indifferent service.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

Went here to celebrate my wife's and mine 55th B-day. We ordered the special Appetizers. Mine was Crab Cakes (ended up being 1) and shrimp with cream sauce. Wife got fresh Mozz w/prosciutto and tomato. It was huge, enough for two. Mine was miniscule. Two large shrimp, one 4" thin crab cake, but the sauce was outstanding. We ordered the dinner specials. Mine Mahi-Mahi with shrimp in lemon picatta sauce, she fettuccine with prosciutto. I don't know what was special about her's; there was little prosciutto and little else. The past was done perfectly and the sauce was again excellent. Mine was a different story; it was a small portion of fish (4-6 oz) and two or three shrimp, as well as a red potato cut in half. But the worse was that all the seafood was overdone. Like it had been reheated in the microwave. I would have told the waitress but she was busy with friends at the table behind us. The busboy asked if we wanted dessert but the display tray he brought over looked picked-over. We told him just the check. Our waitress sailed by long enough to drop it on the table. The worst part was the Crab Cake and shrimp was $16 and the seafood special was $25. I think the $8 tip was still too much.

I have been here in the past and the food was good, but the dining room is very noisy when it's busy.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Oak Ridge, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Cozy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

Excellent Italian food, and a very friendly atmosphere. We bring our own bottles of wine, and never leave a drop. A bit noisy at times, but the food more then outweighs the noise.

Visited July 2012
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Newfoundland, New Jersey
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34 reviews 34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Always enjoyable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

I've eaten at Portofino's many times, and never had a bad meal. I've also been there for special celebrations in the private room that were very enjoyable. Would definitely recommend it for the food, service, and value.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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51 reviews 51 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Terrific!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

Great food, excellent prices, great service, nice atmosphere. Only complaint...they don't take reservations for parties of less than 6. Its BYOB, so no bar tab!

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“The best.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

The food an service are always the best.. The owner and staff make you feel at home

Visited June 2012
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