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Portofino Restaurant

526 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202-2518
+1 703-979-8200
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good30%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“veal” (26 reviews)
“scallopini” (10 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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526 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202-2518
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Reviews (243)
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Portofino is a family-owned classic Northern Italian restaurant in the 23rd Street Neighborhood in Crystal City. The environment is both classy and homey, the service is superbly attentive yet not intrusive, and the menu offers a diverse and excellent array of various Italian specialties,...More

Thank Brendan R
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Came after reading great reviews, but was disappointed. Upon entering, we noticed a need to renovate ( salmon colored table cloths....). The bread was stale. The wine list was limited. The restaurant was not that busy for a Friday night, but we didn't get our...More

1  Thank cindypicard
Reviewed 3 days ago

This might just be the best Italian food I've eaten. It was nothing short of fantastic. All homemade pasta and some delightful sauces. We had some picky eaters with us, and everyone loved it. With so many delicious choices, it was hard to decide what...More

Thank grandma80401
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is a very quaint atmosphere inside and service was good, but the portions were very small and the food was not that great. My husband ordered lasagna and it came out in a small dish. I had tortellini and the portion was small, but...More

Thank Trisha W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a long day of touring D.C. Portofino was a refreshing place to dine. Our waiter was friendly and lighthearted. The food was excellent and in our group of 5 everyone enjoyed their meal. My 10 year old son who is very picky was nervous...More

Thank GibsonMe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an outstanding meal at Portofino's! The service was fantastic and the Veal dishes were amazing. I highly recommend this restaurant if you are in the Crystal City area.

Thank Kshimits
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I first found Portofino after we moved to the area and wanted a nice place nearby to celebrate a birthday. We fell in love with the place immediately and just recently returned to celebrate our anniversary. My husband and I have traveled...More

Thank breakfastroadtripper
Rich M, Owner at Portofino Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the kind words. It feels great for the whole staff that our hard work is appreciated by you and your husband. Arrivederci

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good service, great food and really strong cocktails. I got the manicotti and it was delicious. Would go back.

Thank Kary90
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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...More

Thank VAChuck
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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...More

Thank Judi C
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Gluten free options??
16 June 2016|
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Response from AircrewGuy | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about that, can just say food was so so, not worth the price.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 35
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Kids
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
  • E-mail
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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