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“Service was great, food was poor for the price” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Portalli's

Portalli's
Ranked #54 of 165 Restaurants in Ellicott City
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: Italian, American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: This is a new Italian restaurant that opened in the former Jordan's Steakhouse. I believe it's been open since December or so. I dined there last night and it was wonderful. This is a fine-dining restaurant.
Ellicott City, Maryland
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“Service was great, food was poor for the price”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2014

Our waiter/bartender was great with his service, but the kitchen idea of great food is missing. The fried oyster’s appetizer was poor, so they made another order but they still missed. The oysters were very small and some lack favor. We also order the appetizer of the day and it was also poor. Why does ham have to be in our seafood dishes? The main courses were better but the whole meal lacked value for our pricing. I do not think I will be back to your restaurant in the future as there are better values in Ellicott City.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Ralph G
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English first
Catonsville, Maryland
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful, (but Expensive) Italian Cuisine”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2014

Portalli's has a lovely ambiance, very good service, and a delicious selection of Italian specialties, as well as excellent steaks. It was a bit pricier than expected, but the overall experience was worth it!

Visited December 2013
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Thank Lisa O
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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39 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A great find”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

Since it was so cold, we cancelled plans to dine downtown and went 'down the hill' to Portalli's to celebrate my birthday. We've always found their food to be well prepared and the atmosphere very relaxing. Although it was HC Restaurant Week, we opted to select off their regular menu and weren't disappointed. The bruschetta (w/o the beans) is always a great way to start followed by crisp, fresh Caesar salads. My husband enjoyed the Rockfish while I devoured the Veal Brasciole - both were delicious. We didn't have room for dessert but decided to take a piece of chocolate ganache cake home with us to enjoy later. Drew, our server, was very attentive but we realized he never told us the specials of the evening. We will definitely return.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Shopper21043
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Western NY
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130 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Good menu”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

Dinner with friends and husband was pleasant in a strangely configured restaurant in a historic area. The menu offered a well balanced selection of appetizers, salads, and main courses. I enjoyed the crab cake appetizers and bruschetta. Generally, we do not order an appetizer because the main course is too large. The short ribs were well cooked and presented. The side of Brussel Sprouts was delicious and the Portalli Salad was a tasty combination of flavors. The two pasta dishes were fine but not spectacular. My husband and I liked the portion size-not huge but satisfying. With the appetizers it was the right amount of food for us. We did not have the salad but our friend gave it high praise. If we had had the salad, and appetizers and main course, it would have been too much for us. Our waitress, Valerie, was personable. It was a good meal, but not at all spectacular. I think if I were to visit Ellicott City again I would explore another restaurant. The prices were typical for a more up scale place.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Susan&David
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Maryland
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59 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014

We'd been meaning to try out Portalli's since they opened, so finally made same day reservations on a Thursday night. They were one of the only restaurants with openings at the time we wanted, which should have been an omen. We had been to the steakhouse that was in this spot previously so knew about the awkward interior - up and down narrow stairs. The restaurant was not busy at all when we arrived. We ordered, and after about 15 minutes, someone from the kitchen came out to say that they had run out of my husband's choice so he had to re-order. This must have thrown off our order schedule, as it took another 15 minutes for our appetizers to come out (so waited 30 minutes), and then our main course. The food was fine - not bad, not great. Same with the service, polite. The atmosphere was pleasant but again not outstanding. Unfortunately there was just nothing that would have made us want to come back again - not the food, service or atmosphere.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Eliza50
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