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“A Nice Meal...but make reservations”
Review of Portico Restaurant

Portico Restaurant
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Ranked #45 of 1,719 Restaurants in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Chef Paolo Randazzo, former owner of Franco's Ristorante and current owner of Sensi, both in Richmond, VA 804-784-4800
Reviewed 26 July 2014

We chose Portico for our Friday night meal this week, as it came up when I searched for top restaurants in Richmond. Since we don't usually decide if or where we want to go until we're heading out the door, we didn't make reservations. However, this usually isn't a problem for us, because we go as early as we can, when the restaurant first opens. We arrived at 4:55, five minutes before the restaurant opened. They had valet parking out front, and as my husband prefers to park his truck himself, he drove around to the back, thinking he could do so. The valet attendants quickly informed him that it was valet only, and that they would have to park for him. They then asked if we had reservations. We told them "no", and they acted a bit alarmed, informing us that we should always make reservations if we want to eat there on the weekend. One attendant made a point to go to the door and check and see if it was possible for us to eat there, but we'd have to wait outside. We were told it would be a 5-10 minute wait while they checked. Soon, the host came out and said he was ready, asked if we had reservations, and then seated us. Wow. Not exactly the warmest welcome! I'm happy to say it got better from there! The interior decor is appealing, and the outside patio area is quite beautiful. We chose to sit inside which was comfortable. Our waiter was pleasant and the food was good. We both agreed that the portobello mushroom appetizer was especially delicious. We were pleased that Gelati Celesti ice cream was a dessert option-yum! Overall, we enjoyed our meal here, and will probably return, but with reservations next time. (We did note that the entire time we were there, 5-6:25, one other table inside the restaurant was used, so we're not sure what all the fuss was about.)

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Thank cdmanti
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

We visited in late May after church. We'd been there for lunch and dinner previously, but brunch in the garden is not to be missed!! Bellini cocktails, marvelously spicy Bloody Marys, awesome artichoke appetizer, delectable entrees-and all surrounded by one of Richmond's most gorgeous gardens! I didn't want to leave...

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Thank KristinB843
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

My wife and I went to Portico a few weeks ago and had an absolutely wonderful and romantic date night. The outdoor dining area and fireplace area are amazing. The flowering gardens and surrounding herb garden are beautiful and set the scene for an truly out-of-the-way wine country setting. Excellent service and wonderful food in a terrific environment. You'll NEVER find it unless you search it out at the west end of River Road, but weel worth the trip.

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Thank Tom G
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

We had a wonderful experience at Portico, a restaurant with an intimate cottage feel. While we were hoping to dine outside - the garden is beautiful, best al fresco dining in Richmond! - it was too hot. Inside was a bit loud, but the gracious service and tasty food more than made up for the noise level. We shared the seared tuna appetizer and then had a pasta dish and a special that was a salad. . . . . Everything was perfect! As was the dessert! We had a very leisurely meal and enjoyed linger over our coffee.

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Thank Kathy W
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

We were celebrating a wedding anniversary, and this is as good as it gets. We've dined al fresco in many fine places in Europe and the US and it doesn't get any finer than in our own backyard at Portico. Enjoyed a very reasonably priced French rose on the patio during the brief wait for our table, and started with a crab and roasted artichoke bruschetta that could have been a nice lunch in itself. She had the stuffed shrimp and I had the sea bass special, and both were outstanding. I can't name the Italian pudding we had for dessert (similar to creme brulee, but denser) but it was a perfect end to a perfect meal. Appetizer, two glasses of wine each, two entrees and a shared dessert for $100 on a beautiful patio and professional and friendly service? That's now just a value, it's a bargain. If you catch a beautiful day and want to dine outside, then Portico should be your first choice.

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Thank Brock58
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