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Portofino

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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
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17:00 - 23:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Lexington, Kentucky
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I eat here frequently. Wayne Masterman has done an excellent job providing slightly haute but mainly accessible cuisine to working guys like me. I usually order the Tuscan bean soup and the goat cheese and apple salad, but when I depart from the my normal pattern, I'm always pleased. This is the mark of a good restaurant; that despite not... More 

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Thank Tom D
New Milton, United Kingdom
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252 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent steak, delicious sides, all-round high quality food and service. Our sever was attentive without being intrusive, helpful with allergy information. The ambience is warm and calm; would be a good place for a business dinner.

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Thank splashcat
Lexington, Kentucky
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109 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food, drinks and service were all outstanding but prices were very high. I would go back for special occasion but not regularly.

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Thank Carolyn W
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50 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am happy to pay a little extra here, as I have never had a less-than-perfect meal at portofino's. Excellent service, great selection of wine, and a well-curated and -executed menu. One of downtown lexington's treasures.

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Thank Elizabeth B
Lexington KY
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In fact, this could be a very very good restaurant, but it just falls short. Ambience is great, wine list terrific, service surprisingly slow with a light crowd. But it's mainly the food that disappoints. Caesar salad tasteless. Pasta with scallops and shrimp over salted and gritty. My wife's veal chop described as "okay". This is a very pleasant place... More 

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Thank silverstreak1
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 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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Thank Stack3
Roanoke, VA
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143 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 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 

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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 

Asheville, North Carolina
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223 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 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.

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

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

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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 2 August 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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Thank kcooper539

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Cuisine
American, Italian, Wine Bar
Meals
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
Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
Saturday
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 249 E Main St, Lexington, KY 40507-1330
    (Quality)
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: +1 859-253-9300
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.

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