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“Overrated and Overpriced”
Review of Portofino

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Ranked #69 of 901 Restaurants in Lexington
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Quality
Description: 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.
Chania Town, Greece
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Overrated and Overpriced”
Reviewed November 21, 2007

My husband and I choose this restaurant to celebrate our anniversary based on the reviews on this website, and it was no where near as great as the other reviewers stated. When I made the reservation I asked for a quiet table and said that it was our anniversary and we wanted a romantic dinner. When we arrived (on a Tuesday night at 6:45) there didn't seem to be any one else in the restaurant, and the hostess seated us at the very first booth as you walk in. It was right next to the bar, which had a huge television tuned to Headline News, not what you would expect from an upscale restaurant. We thought it would be okay since it was not busy, but soon the place filled up and my husband and I had to lean over the oversized booth just to hear each other talk. I would never suggest this place for a quiet or romantic dinner.

Our waiter was friendly, but as far as service a little less than average. The food was Italian in name only, instead of a crusty Italian bread we were served a side plate with four small slices of stale chewy bread with an unimaginative plate of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The salads were very good, even though I was served a black cherry tomato. I enjoyed my ravioli with sage butter, but I thought the portions were a little meager. Probably the worst thing was the overpriced wine, about the cheapest crap I've ever had.

Overall, quite a disappointment. The food was pretty good, nothing outstanding and not authentic Italian though. Definately not worth $80+ for a dinner for two.

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“nice ambiance. minestrone soup a disappointment”
Reviewed November 16, 2007

nice ambiance. minestrone soup a disappointment

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Lexington, Kentucky
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“One of my favorite places”
Reviewed June 27, 2007

Portofino's has the most absolutely amazing Italian food, and incomparable service. My husband and I come here whenever we have something big to celebrate, and Portofino's chefs almost always have something new on the menu, which is nice -- for example, for graduation, they had a special dish just for the weekend.

The last time we were there, there was a miniscule error with something, and the management went out of their way to please us, including a personal letter from the manager and a gift certificate for next time. You can bet we'll be returning -- it's a fantastic place.

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Plainville, MA
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A Definite A List Establishment!”
Reviewed March 11, 2006

A hidden gem in Lexington. Nice ambience, awesome bruschetta! Excllent food and service. Highly recommend.

Thank GenaS
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“Happy Hour”
Reviewed May 28, 2005

Eat here and enjoy a meal of a life time. The chef here realy nows his stuff. Each dish was more mouth watering then the one before. Try the portobello mushurooms they were outstanding. The fish was excellent. Three cheers for this place.

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