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Portofino Restaurant

526 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202-2518
+1 703-979-8200
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good26%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travelers talk about
“veal” (30 reviews)
“scallopini” (7 reviews)
“bread” (30 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM Hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
526 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202-2518
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was there with a friend and we both enjoyed our meals. I had the pasta special of the day and it was a good choice. We had confusion with who are server was since someone different stopped by every few minutes, but at least...More

Thank 5280nikki
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved it. Quaint cozy quiet. Friendly staff. Friendly guests. Wonderful food from appetizers to main course. Reasonable priced. Will be back next year for sure

Thank Jeffery M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First of all, we walked through a very nice part of the restaurant with white tablecloths to be seated in the tacky part with green tablecloths, perhaps because we did not have reservation. However the nice area was mostly empty. We started with sharing a...More

Thank 423macs
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a romantic meal reminiscent of our recent visit to northern Italy. The veal was melt in your mouth awesome and the orange bourbon creme brulee for dessert was the best I've ever had. Waiter was very attentive and friendly. We'll be back!

Thank Barb J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent quality Tuscan fare served in an intimate, relaxed and quiet dining room by fully professional waitstaff. Dozens of Italian wines on offer.

Thank Silas T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I hadn't been here in quite a few years but remembered it as good. Organizing a dinner party in connection with a conference, I chose Portofino, and I'm glad I did. The food was very good, it was quiet enough that we could converse, the...More

Thank Doug S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Portofino's has it all with great food and service. The lower level large room has recently been set up beautifully. We were seated in the upstairs room which is also very attractive. The chef and owner Richard has everyone well trained and he is an...More

Thank VAChuck
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is that quiet intimate Italian restaurant that we all like and often can't find.The food was delicious. Nice selection of wines and reasonably priced for what you get. The service and ambiance were excellent.

Thank Bill H
Reviewed September 20, 2018 via mobile

The front door was closed and blocked and a sign directing people to enter from the back. I was on foot and climbed a short hill. No handicapped accessibility! Back door had a huge staircase to climb. I took my time and made it to...More

Thank luvs2travelRVer
Reviewed September 12, 2018

Four of us came here yesterday for lunch and all of the food was appreciated! Richard, owner and chef, comes to the table to explain the daily specials . The food is prepared to your specifications which is appreciated! I particularly enjoyed the Scalloppini wiih...More

Thank VAChuck
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June 16, 2016|
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Response from AircrewGuy | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about that, can just say food was so so, not worth the price.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$15 - $35
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children, Business meetings, Large groups
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 526 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202-2518
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: +1 703-979-8200
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
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