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American, Italian, Seafood, Wine Bar
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249 E Main St, Lexington, KY 40507-1330 (Quality)
+1 859-253-9300
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having just moved to the Lexington area we are always on the look out for great restaurants (of which there are many in Lexington). Portofino is consistently fabulous! The prices are reasonable (for an upscale restaurant) and cocktails are delicious the staff is wonderful and most evenings you'll see the owner Wayne mingling with guests. Portofino is a must when... More 

Thank LaurenMTulsa
Santa Fe
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84 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very good food, excellent service, reasonable prices and a nice venue. Just what I wanted. Joined friends for dinner and had great cocktails and wines.

Thank girardot
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went there for our anniversary. We enjoyed a couple of fine martinis The cheese plate and bruschetta were fabulous. Wish they had more vegetarian options on the menu. I chose the only option, a mushroom ravioli. It was very good and very rich, glad we shared it.

Thank Dls1099
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50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our first night in Lexington, my party of three enjoyed the bar offerings and a meal. Must have a top 3 bourbon list in town, which was a delight to this connoisseur. I saw over 40 on the menu that I already knew, and sampled two that were new to me. The dinner menu is very nicely varied. The short... More 

Thank 1991_Longhorn
Indianapolis, Indiana
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Portofino is a delightful restaurant. The food is delicious and the wine list is extensive and well priced (it has a wine spectator award). The bruschetta was amazing! The atmosphere is small and intimate, with indoor and outdoor dining. We were very pleased by our experience here and highly recommend it.

Thank indytravelor2016
Robert C, Guest Relations Manager at Portofino, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the great review! We truly appreciate your feedback and are pleased to hear you enjoyed all we have to offer, especially our bruschetta - great choice! We look forward to having you back again soon. More 

Louisville, Kentucky
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269 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

We had a group of 20+ for dinner, and the side room (just inside the patio) where we were served was set up well. The hors d'oeuvres were hot and tasty, and they accommodated our need for a "cash bar". Our 2 servers were excellent and attentive, although our table of 6 was only offered one of their VERY extensive... More 

Thank LouisvilleQuest
Lexington, Kentucky
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016 via mobile

My girlfriends and I came for lunch on Monday may 16th. It was not crowded. We waited a long time to be seated, not even a hello we'll be right with you. Then we waited 20 mins to be asked what we wanted to drink. I asked for a house Chardonnay. Our waitress Sara didn't bring us a wine list,... More 

Thank Heather I
Robert C, Manager at Portofino, responded to this review

Heather, I am so sorry to hear about your recent experience with us. Maintaining excellent customer service is an important aspect of our business, and to be informed that our staff wasn’t performing as they should is very troublesome. I thank you personally for the review, because it will serve as a reminder to our team to outperform themselves every... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

Went to Portofino with friends before the James Taylor concert. Took a while, but was able to order drinks and an appetizer. Very good. Took a while but ordered entree. Waited. Waited. Waiter came out and said that they were understaffed but it would be 5-10 minutes. 15 minutes later he came out and said that food was still not... More 

1 Thank Douglas D
Robert C, Guest Relations Manager at Portofino, responded to this review

Hi Douglas. Thank you for taking the time to write a review and provide us with feedback. We're extremely sorry for the way that this situation was handled, as we strive to provide each of our guests with outstanding service at all times. We apologize for this frustrating experience and realize there is no excuse for the mismanagement of our... More 

New Haven, Connecticut
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54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

Bruschetta was good, and easy to share. Tuna was cooked at the ideal temperature; however, the food was barely memorable because of the poor service. Drink order forgotten, bread brought to table after the appetizer, three hours for a dinner with no dessert!

1 Thank M L
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

We were in town to go to Keeneland and ate at Portofino's on a Saturday night. We had reservations and were seated promptly. Our waiter was friendly and helpful with suggestions. The bruschetta was amazing. I had the goat cheese, Apple and pecan salad and it was wonderful. My entry was the shrimp & scallop pasta. Great! Our cocktails were... More 

Thank Heidi A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $30
American, Italian, Seafood, Wine Bar
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 249 E Main St, Lexington, KY 40507-1330
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: +1 859-253-9300
Portofino features an inventive menu of Italian and American cuisine. Located in a beautifully renovated building on Main Street in downtown Lexington, KY, Portofino has an elegant interior design, a menu with the highest quality ingredients, and an extensive wine list.

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