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Portofino Restaurant

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555 City Island Ave, Bronx, NY 10464-1104
+1 718-885-1220
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Boston, Massachusetts
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56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017 via mobile

I went there to celebrate my birthday and found it cosy without a sole except us. I had a Groupon deal which was quite a good deal in the end with appetizers, two bottles of wine, and steak and lobster tail. The food and service was amazing! The wait staff was quite friendly. There's parking on the side which they... More 

Thank Madhawa P
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

We bought the $99 Surf and Turf dinner for two to try this place. I will give it four stars for ambience and five stars for exceptional service (Douglas and Anthony). The groupon deal included a bottle of wine, one appetizer each, surf and turf (you can substitute the lobster tail for fish or chicken), and dessert. At the Groupon... More 

Thank Geezmom1
New York City
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231 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

Went to Portofino to celebrate our anniversary. The ambiance was perfect. The singer was great- first class all the way. Our waiter and bus boy were on top of their game. The hot antipasto was amazing - the calamari perfection. The food and wine were great. Not a bad thing to say. Will definitely go back!

Thank PrincessVahineMaui
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

I couldn't believe how bad the food was for the price of $40 a dish. The place was empty and cook was probably not there. I think the waiter must have cooked it from some frozen dinners.

Thank Len Y
New York, New York, United States
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67 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

Took my wife and son here for dinner on a very rainy Tuesday night. My wife had never been to City Island before, and after researching options for someone who is allergic to fish I settled on Portofino as the best bet. The place is easy to find, but parking is a bit confusing as their lot is share by... More 

Thank Peter C
New Hyde Park, New York
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194 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

Large restaurant with a varied meal and pleasant staff. Very relaxed atmosphere. We at outside and watch as the sun went down. The food was good

Thank PGIT
New York City, New York
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106 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

This is not the biggest bargain on city Island, but it is an excellent Italian Restaurant with a beautiful waterfront deck. If you are going by boat, call them and they will direct you to a place to dock. When you arrive, call them again to open the gate and escort you to the building. The tables ae set far... More 

Thank Donald S
New York City, New York
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74 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2016 via mobile

Pro: pasta perfectly al dente, nice outdoor dining space available, parking lot (necessity for City Island), good selection of standard Italian menu. Con: over abundance of salt in the food, cavernous dark interior hasn't been updated since 1960. Bottom line: if you come hungry, none of the cons will matter much.

Thank GSharpMajor
White Plains, New York
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498 reviews
398 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

We went with friends on a Groupon. We had the hot appetizer which was the best part of the meal. 2 had lobster tails which were very small and tasteless. One had surf and turf and one just steak. After being told the steak was a great cut, we found it to be totally inedible. There were 4 of us... More 

Thank paul1009
New York City, New York
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149 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2015

What a mistake! We got a Groupon and thought that we will give this place a try. Previously we used Groupon at a few places and were very pleased. It seemed to be a good method for good restaurants to get repeated customers. Wow, was that wrong in this instance! We felt that we were totally ignored. We also arrived... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $30
Italian, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 555 City Island Ave, Bronx, NY 10464-1104
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Bronx
  • Phone Number: +1 718-885-1220

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