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249 E Main St, Lexington, KY 40507-1330
+1 859-253-9300
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good26%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“bruschetta” (22 reviews)
“scallops” (16 reviews)
Closes in 3 min
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM Hours
American, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
249 E Main St, Lexington, KY 40507-1330
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Reviewed 11 November 2015

we love italian food and we took a shot based on trip advisor rec. and availability. It was breeders cup weekend and tough to get into many places. this appears to be an under the radar place that is an old local fav. not sure...More

Thank gerry h
Robert C, Manager at Portofino, responded to this reviewResponded 28 November 2015

Gerry H, we can't thank you enough for taking the time to share your kind compliments with us! We take great pride in serving flavorful food, and are so pleased to hear you enjoyed everything. We look forward to serving you again soon!

Reviewed 11 November 2015

Portifino serves great food and our server was excellent, however, since they were busy we placed in overflow room away from the main dining, a disappointment! When asked why they said we need to ask for our preference when making the reservation. That seems wrong...More

Thank jilek5niles
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Reviewed 24 October 2015 via mobile

The patio is a little oasis The food is excellent The wine list is very good The owner Wayne is super nice The service is good Salads are ok Apps are very good-meat and cheese or bruschetta Pasta dishes are very good. Just wonderful place...More

Thank Foodisfun77
Robert C, Manager at Portofino, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2015

Thank you for taking the time to write your review! We're so glad you had an opportunity to dine with us, and received great service. We hope you'll join us again on your next visit to Lexington!

Reviewed 15 October 2015

The food was delicious and we loved eating outside on the patio. The service was wonderful. I would definitely go there again when I next visit Lexington.

Thank MissDaisyNJ
Reviewed 30 September 2015

Visited Portofino for a business dinner with about 15 colleagues. First, the service. They were well prepared and provided a team approach. The primary server was well versed in the menu and wines, prompt and courteous. This is huge in the scheme of restaurant reviews....More

Thank Andrew H
Robert C, Manager at Portofino, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2015

Andrew, thanks so much for taking the time to write your review! We're so glad you had an opportunity to dine with us and received great service. We hope you'll join us again on your next visit to Lexington!

Reviewed 10 September 2015 via mobile

This spot doesn't come up in the top rankings for TA and I don't know why. We visited when everyone else was closed so there was no choice. Lasagna ragu oh my the best we've ever had. Don't miss and split as there is plenty...More

1  Thank Ask2416
Reviewed 8 September 2015

We had the pleasure of dining at this wonderful restaurant and enjoyed every bite. The atmosphere were excellent, beautiful surroundings and the food was delicious. My husband had the tiger shrimp and scallops and I selected the veal meatballs. Our taste buds were happy!! My...More

1  Thank Valari J
Reviewed 1 September 2015

We sat on the patio and had (several) cocktails. We also had a couple of appetizers, however to be very honest we have eaten here before and find the food to be uninspired, so we chose not to eat dinner. We love the patio ,...More

1  Thank jetlife2
Reviewed 12 August 2015

I first visited this restaurant nearly four years ago. At the time it was sort of romantic and upscale. This spring my husband and I thought it would be a great place to bring my parents because they had just bought a second home in...More

3  Thank Belann
Reviewed 29 July 2015

A good friend took me to Portofino's for a belated birthday dinner. We didn't have reservations but it was a Wednesday so we figured we were okay. Actually, we started out for a different restaurant, but after driving around with no parking in sight, we...More

1  Thank Susan D
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13 May 2015|
Response from GoingToAll1000 | Reviewed this property |
There is parking on either side of the building and if that is full, it is possible to park on the street just behind the building.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 30
Drinks, Dinner, Lunch
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 249 E Main St, Lexington, KY 40507-1330
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Lexington
  • Phone Number: +1 859-253-9300
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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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