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249 E Main St, Lexington, KY 40507-1330 (Quality)
+1 859-253-9300
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
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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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Greenwood, South Carolina
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109 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2015

Ours was a group with a limited menu to choose from, but it was all very good and served in a timely manner. I had the salmon, which was cooked perfectly.

Thank marfita
Lexington, Kentucky
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2015

This was a dinner for a group of about 40 and the service was fast, efficient and very pleasant. Despite the size of the group, the food was excellent. I had the tenderloin and it was perfectly cooked, tender and delicious.

Thank GoingToAll1000
Lexington, Kentucky
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939 reviews
631 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 277 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2015 via mobile

I hosted a business dinner last night at Portofino and had a great experience from beginning to end. Our server was engaged with us and made the meal special. I had the special, the halibut, which was spectacular, as well as the key lime pie, which was the perfect topping to the evening.

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Addison, Illinois
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43 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2015

My kids and I went here for a late lunch, early dinner before hitting the road back to Chicago. We were the only 3 in the restaurant at the time. The atmosphere was great. Our server greeted us and answered our questions. We had Cesar salad, a mixed salad, penne pasta with Alfredo sauce with added grilled shrimp, and a... More 

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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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119 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2015 via mobile

We are in Lexington on a tour of bourbon distilleries in the area and found this wonderful Italian restaurant. Everything was perfect. I loved the atmosphere, the staff and the soft '60's rock in the background. I had the duck and my wife the ravioli. Both were presented colorfully and were delicious. We enjoyed creme brûlée for desert. Wayne Masterman,... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2015

It had been a while since I had dined at Portofino's. As always ... a nice contemporary decor with seating spaced appropriately. They have a good selection of wine & bourbon to choose from. There is a selection of different items from the menu that should satisfy most with some original items created by the chef. Although the season wasn't... More 

Thank makingtrails101
Corinth, Kentucky
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41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2015 via mobile

We dined with close friends and were not disappointed. The owner came to our table to welcome our return and we were seated on time at a very comfortable table. The wine list was superb and the bar was well stocked for any taste. We dined on goat cheese salad, tuna appetizers, and bruschetta. We delighted on lamb shank, porschetta,... More 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2015

We met as a group of about 35. The restaurant has individual rooms for groups and they are separated enough that you have the feel of being totally private and tended to. The wait staff were very friendly and offered suggestions. I took up the suggestion of salmon, and asked to have blackened which was not on the menu. The... More 

Thank lkmeador
Midway, Kentucky
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2015

My sweetie and I enjoyed a romantic New Year's Eve dinner with delicious food, friendly service, and a lovely atmosphere.

Thank Joan A
Waller, Texas, United States
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2014

I waited a long while for my appetizer and then waited more for my chicken dish. If you are not in a hurry, feel free. It was a Wednesday and it was packed and noisy. I sat at the bar and 1 bartender. Not sure if they were just over extended. The brushetta was amazing! Highly recommend it. The chicken... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 30
American, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
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
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?