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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
PRICE RANGE
$15 - $35
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Italian, Seafood, Northern-Italian
FEATURES
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 1 week ago

Had a family dinner there recently and everyone of us felt the food had really no flavor. The Staff was very friendly and helpful but for the price the food was not good

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed October 20, 2022

We had a great dinner at Portofino's. Food was great, the wine special before 6:00 PM is awesome, and the wait staff was attentive and entertaining.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 16, 2022 via mobile

Excellent food. I had the stuffed chicken breast and my spouse had the pasta with mushrooms in a cream sauce. Service was prompt. Prices were moderate. Wine by the glass was too expensive but the beers were reasonably priced.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 8, 2022 via mobile

Wonderful food, friendly staff. High quality family owned business. The handed a large group like they do it every day!

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 7, 2022

We were looking for a nice place for dinner and we found it! My husband had the Caesar salad and the soft shell crab special. I got the ahi tuna appetizer and the stuffed chicken dinner with a delicious light sauce. Both meals were incredible....The waiter recommended a bottle of wine that was a perfect accompaniment. Coffees and desserts of tres leche cake and a caramel filled donut. Not overfilled but a plethora of wonderful flavors. Thanks for such a lovely evening!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed August 24, 2022

After a long day of sightseeing in DC we were looking forward to a nice relaxing, no rush sit-down dinner, and that's just what we had at Portofino. Just a short walk from our hotel (the Hampton Inn, see my review) We were seated right...away and there were some open tables but they filled up pretty quickly. We did make a reservation the day before for 6pm and by the time we left the place was full, so plan accordingly. The dinner menu had plenty of choices and there was also a daily specials menu. I read the reviews, both the good ones and the bad ones and I'm not too sure why the bad ones were bad. There were 3 of us for dinner. Myself, my wife and our daughter. We all ordered different dishes. I had the Cioppino, a seafood dish that was very good. My wife had Pollo Portofino, a chicken dish and according to her was delicious, and my daughter had the Linguine Monte e Mare, which she said was very good. The portion sizes were just right for us, not too big or too small. It left us room for desserts which were also very good. Pricewise, it might be a tad high but not unreasonable. However, the wine and drink prices did seem a lot higher then expected. The restaurant itself is not very fancy and may be a little dated but it is nice enough and the wait staff were fine and friendly enough. I would definitely eat here again.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 6, 2022 via mobile

My wife and I dined here this evening (Saturday August 06) and loved our experience! The food was delicious, the service was impeccable, and the owner was engaging…we LOVED IT ALL! We have been on the road for the past three weeks and have enjoyed...many nice meals…but this was the best by far! We would highly recommend The Portofino!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 22, 2022 via mobile

We were a group of 6 here for the National EMS Memorial Service. We arrived and met by great staff, who seated us and the completely exceeded all of our expectations from beginning to end. Wonderful service, amazing food. Highly recommend!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 1, 2022

Great Italian restaraunt in the heart of crystal city. Excellent food and good portion size. Definitely closer to higher end in terms of ambiance and prices. Would go again, especially if staying in Crystal City

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed April 3, 2022 via mobile

Had a nice time at Portofino Restaurant. One of the nicer places to eat on 23rd St. Typical Italian menu, with great ambiance and service. Julio is a riot and we love to see him.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 27, 2022 via mobile

This was a wonderful find! After a long Saturday we called and were able to be accommodated for dinner. It is family owned (two generations) and you can tell. The food was amazing! We had minestrone soup and Caprese salads to start. Classic fettuccine Alfredo,...a gnocchi dish, a ravioli dish in sage butter sauce, and a seafood dish. Two of our party are gluten free and that was accommodated! For dessert we had pistachio crème brûlée, a lemon gelato/limoncello dish and a spumoni bomba. Oh my. SO good. We were almost the last to leave and staff were so friendly. They have their own parking in back which is a bonus.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 25, 2022 via mobile

Absolutely amazing food! Went 3/24/2022 without reservation (would suggest getting one though) and seated within 15/20 minutes. Tried the “Italian Margarita” because it sounded interesting substituting amaretto for triple sec and it was wonderful! Husband had Caesar salad and lasagna and thoroughly enjoyed. I opted...to try 2 appetizer size pasta dishes (generous portions) because I couldn’t decide. Settled on eggplant and second dish was fettuccini Alfredo with scallops. OMG …. Eggplant was a spin off of the lasagna / not heavily fried like you usually have / and the fettuccini Alfredo was one of the best I’ve ever had. The sauce was a true Alfredo - very creamy, but light and not overwhelming. I refused to leave until I could finish every bite! Wish I’d had room for dessert because what I saw looked so yummy, but maybe next time. Would DEFINITELY recommend your trying this!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed October 19, 2021

This lunch was a treat for our 50th reunion and the setting was perfect. The variety of the dishes were good and the food delicious. The waiter was very attentive to our needs and I would highly recommend this cute Italian restaurant.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed October 19, 2021

My sister and I came to Portofino based on a suggestion from the Marriott. Arrived at opening, 5 p.m. without a reservation. We were promptly seated by the owner/manager and throughout the meal the staff was very attentive. My sister said the pasta with clams...was the best she'd had in over 30 years and my meal was excellent as well. It is definitely on the list to return when we are in the area again.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed October 14, 2021

Portofino is a casual restaurant that serves Northern Italian cuisine. The menu offers traditional dishes; the food is reasonably tasty and the prices are reasonable. The service is a bit slow but staff is friendly and the service ultimately lives up to expectations. I cannot...recommend this place for "inspired" dishes but I find it to be tasty and predictable. I recommend it strongly for casual dining.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Not sure about that, can just say food was so so, not worth the price.
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Yes, Portofino Restaurant offers takeout services.

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