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Portofino Restaurant

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 09/04/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Food and ambience

Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings
Welcome to fine dining in Crystal City! The Portofino Restaurant was opened in 1970 as a family owned and operated Italian restaurant. They brought to Crystal City, fine Northern Italian Cuisine. Through the next three decades, Sergio and his wife Pilar welcomed thousands of guests to their award-winning restaurant. In 1993, three generations of Micheli chefs joined forces as their son Richard, a recent graduate of the famed Culinary Institute of America, began his work at the Portofino
$15 - $35
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Gift Cards Available, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed December 13, 2020

The Portofino Restaurant provided my parents, spouse, and me a reason to celebrate during this time that often feels isolating. I had called the day before our dinner to see if I could pick up four Portofino pollos and desserts to bring to Mom and...Dads’. I wanted to pick up as soon as the restaurant opened. When I arrived, I was greeted by name as my order was being boxed. My parents were early patrons, probably first visiting Portofino the year it opened. My father cannot leave home due to long-term illness. As soon as we told him what we were having for dinner, his smile made his feelings clear. We enjoyed a delicious dinner, and a bit of nostalgia. Grateful.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed October 18, 2020

Sat outside on a beautiful evening. Greeted warmly by the owner and had a great dinner (Chicken Pillar and Carbnara). The staff was attentive and appreciative and we were very comfortable in the environment. They have heaters and blankets for when the weather gets cooler...- and we will certainly go back. Please support our local restaurants and business.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed July 25, 2020

We dined outside in their makeshift outdoor dining area and it was perfectly fine. Did take a look at the inside and it is very cute place inside also. The food was very good and the service was over the top friendly and they were...on top of things. Would definitely recommend.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed May 31, 2020 via mobile

Outdoor seating! We so enjoyed our visit to Portofino. We couldn’t have felt more welcome at such an odd time to find full service dining. The patio was lovely, service impeccable, wine was lush, and my soft shell crab entree was the best I’ve had...in years! My husband had the lamb chops and the sauce was amazing. We shared a salad and cream of crab soup, also so tasty. Ended up meeting Chef/owner. You can tell he misses serving up great food in person. Wow. When we are in town that’s where we are dining. Oh and tonight was half price bottle night, bonus!More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed February 28, 2020 via mobile

This is an upscale restaurant with excellent Italian food. The food is authentic Northern Italy, not just spaghetti and lasagna. There are many choices to suite your likes. The wait staff is excellent, and they take a team approach. For example, our water glasses were...kept full by three different staff. We ate early, about 6PM, so the restaurant wasn’t crowded. It was by the time we left. If you are driving, there is a small parking area behind the restaurant.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 15, 2020 via mobile

What an amazing place to have authentic Italian food! Amazing service, delicious food... so many options! The Portofino Martini was divine

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed January 12, 2020

Had a salad and a chicken dish at Portofino. The chicken was quite tender and tasty. The prices at Portofino might be slightly high compared to the other restaurants in the neighborhood.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed December 3, 2019 via mobile

Went here on a recommendation. The atmosphere was very nice. Almost like a trattoria in Italy. Not crazy expensive either.

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed October 30, 2019

You definitely need to have reservations. Great food and service. Open from 11:00 Am until 10:00 PM. Small parking lot behind restaurant . The menu has fantastic selections. We had the chicken parmesan . It was a good sized portion and delicious. The ambiance is...romantic and quiet. There is a larger room in the front for large parties of people. There are special dishes served every night. The service was personal and catered to your fine dining needs and wants. Good selection of wines bottle or glass. The pricing is reasonable for fine dining. Highly recommend. Manager came around to our table to make sure we enjoyed our meal and asked if there was anything else needed. Well appreciatedMore

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 26, 2019

Great food, service and wine. Would definitely come here again when in the area. Friendly staff, fresh pasta and a large menu to choose from.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Not sure about that, can just say food was so so, not worth the price.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Portofino Restaurant

Yes, Portofino Restaurant offers takeout services.

Yes, Portofino Restaurant offers delivery services.

Yes, Portofino Restaurant is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Portofino Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4