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Portofino

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249 E Main St, Lexington, KY 40507-1330 (Quality)
+1 859-253-9300
Today
17:00 - 23:00
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Hours:
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
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My wife and I visited Portofino for the first time this past weekend to celebrate Valentine's Day. The first thing we loved about the restaurant was the parking adjacent to the building! We had a reservation and were seated immediately.The restaurant was beautifully decorated and felt very cozy as we were seated close to the fireplace. The wine selection was... More 

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Thank ashtong21
Florence, Italy
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

The inside is decorated beautifully, and the staff was very helpful and friendly. They made great suggestions for what to order, and our food came quickly and tasted great! The wine was also really good, and served in an ice bucket. It was a little too expensive for my liking, but the food was cooked perfectly!

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Thank caseyv51
Lexington, Kentucky
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22 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

We went here because we could make reservations and not have to wait on a Friday night. However we waited 105 minutes for our food. When it did come though it was the best I have eaten in weeks. I had a scallop shrimp dish that had a kick to it and was to die for. The prices were high... More 

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Lexington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Many times my husband and I have had a wonderful meal at Portofino's. Unfortunately, this was not one of them. The pork was dry, the seafood was overcooked, and the service was mediocre. I was saddened. Definitely not worth the $150 check for two. And that was with only one $7 glass of wine.

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Thank LadyCritic
Lexington, Kentucky
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

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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New Milton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 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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Lexington, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 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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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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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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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
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
Romantic, Groups, 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?