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American, Italian, Wine Bar
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249 E Main St, Lexington, KY 40507-1330 (Quality)
+1 859-253-9300
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Open 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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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

The lunch menu includes a wide range of excellent choices. I had the Italian version of a Kentucky Hot Brown. It was absolutely mouth watering from beginning to end. One of my guests enjoyed ravioli, while the other had spaghetti and meatballs. Both complemented their meals as authentic down to the fresh ingredients. The meal is served with warm bread.... More 

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Roanoke, VA
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143 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I had a craving for good Italian on our last night in Lexington. We canceled our reservation at Azure in favor of the convenience of Portofino and in hopes of some great Italian fare. While the ambiance and decor are comfortable, the overall experience was just not good. Our server was far too casual, didn't recommend the... More 

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

Although we're terribly disappointed to read about your recent experience, Craig, we thank you for taking the time out of your day to share your candid feedback with us. We strive to impress all of our guests with a wide variety of great tasting food, and are very sorry to hear that we didn't meet your expectations. We'll be sure... More 

Lausanne, Switzerland
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205 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Good service, great cocktails. The meal was fine, but nothing special. The starters (fried squid and shrimp) was much better than the mains. However, the staff was friendly, the place comfortable.

Thank Kevin C
Lexington, Kentucky
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70 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

Bruschetta, salad and then ravioli - tasty, authentic flavor. Nice atmosphere and good selection of wine

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

Thank you for taking the time to write such an excellent review for Portofino! We’re so glad that you enjoyed the bruschetta, salad and ravioli when dining with us! We can’t wait to have you visit again soon! More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

This is my favorite restaurant in central Kentucky. Delicious, local food; amazing wine; beautiful building and amazing patio. Perfect for couples, business groups or special occasions for families.

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Carrboro, North Carolina
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

Food was not hot upon arrival. Menu varied. Service O.K, not spectacular or even legendary. Location off street so for cab or ride share you must walk down to the street.

Tulsa, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016 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 

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Santa Fe
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86 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2016

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
Lexington, Kentucky
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $30
American, Italian, 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
Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, 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?