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Portofino Restaurant

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526 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202-2518
+1 703-979-8200
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
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Alexandria, VA
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1,262 reviews
589 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 501 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

The lunch I had recently was excellent and the service was outstanding. This restaurant is my favorite in Northern Virginia. The food is always dependably great and the owner, Richard, does all that is possible to make your experience here enjoyable. I had one fo the veal dishes today and my friend had the tuna special. The complimentary salad that... More 

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Medina, Ohio, United States
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300 reviews
209 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My husband and I came into VA to visit my mom as an early Mother's Day present. We wanted to take her some place special for dinner and I remembered when my family lived in VA as we were growing up, my parents went Portofino for special occasions. So I reserved it via Open Table. Didn't tell her where we... More 

Thank Judi C
Columbus, Ohio
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63 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We are a late dinner here. Everyone was very nice. The staff was extremely attentive. We had traveled and were super hungry. Enter from back of building. Hey they had trip advisor sign hanging by the front, always a good sign. Multi level building with stairs..heads up. It is an older building but white tablecloths on all tables. Our waiter... More 

Thank Vondere
Pensacola, Florida
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212 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Having been in Arlington VA over the years, Portofino is a special restaurant. We had many special events here. Returning for dinner whenever we return, Portofino remains superior with service and food. The owner greats us as we have special memories of Portofino over the years. The ambiance is classic and relaxing. Our meals are always good especially the consistent... More 

Thank mar w
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The apps, entrees, desserts, wine and service were all excellent. Veal Saltimboca, veal piccata and lasagna each drew raves.

Thank JohnVance
Fort Myer, VA
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As always, for a very special occasion we selected Portafino's....and as usual, the atmosphere, service and food was superb....Richard and his team ALWAYS place a personal touch during a tremendous showcasing of an intimate dining experience...this establishment is easily our #1 choice for ourselves and any family or friends that are visiting.....you MUST try this restaurant, you WIL NOT be... More 

Thank James C
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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114 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having read many reviews about Portofino's I was excited to try it out. However, I quickly learned that the majority of the meals were made with veal. Now for most people this would be fine, but for me I don't eat veal. I ended up with the chicken alfredo, which wasn't very good. It had no taste, I had to... More 

Thank Vicki H
New York City, New York
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Made a res but didn’t need one even at 7:30 on a Saturday night – not a good sign. We were greeted warmly. Our waited read off a printed card the specials, we could barely understand him Salads were fine, a little too much dressing. I had high hopes with a CIA chef in charge. Dinner was fine. Veggies had... More 

Thank Andrew C
Jacksonville, Florida
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63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Looked small and dated but once inside it was big. No crowded tables. Decor Italian. Service great. Parking right there. One of the best meals I remember.

Thank Rob S
Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
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125 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate here at the end of April on a Saturday night. Made reservation earlier in the day. Restaurant was busy although had a few empty tables. It was quiet although fairly crowded. The restaurants has two different rooms and the room we were in seem to have ceiling tiles installd to keep the noise down. Atmosphere was find. We... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$35
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
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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Gatlinburg, Tennessee
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?