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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)
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm Hours
American, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
249 E Main St, Lexington, KY 40507-1330
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

The food is always good, and the service is excellent. The atmosphere is intriguing with at least three areas to choose from. The main dining area is perfect for a meal with a friend or significant other. When the weather is nice the patio is...More

Thank Joe C
Reviewed 5 February 2018

This is a restaurant for special occasions or expense accounts. The speciality is Italian food. There is a full bar. The atmosphere is good with a fireplace for winter. The restrooms are outside the main eating area. The service is good.

Thank Elaine M
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Our visit had many negative aspects. First, the scallops didn’t have a sear, tasted bland, and wasn’t seasoned properly. It was also 35% overpriced compared to diver scallops in similar restaurants. The special of the night was risotto with sausage and shrimp. It was half...More

1  Thank Josh B
Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

Food was outstanding and the service was attentive and professional. A table in the back room near the fireplace topped off the perfect evening.

Thank GBU-RoadWarrior
Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

Once you manage to overlook the surly Hostess (who apparently took it personally that we did it have a reservation) the balance of the evening was absolutely incredible. Appetizer of Calamari & Shrimp was delicate and delightful. Our pasta entrees were perfectly cooked. Mine, with...More

1  Thank Doug M
Reviewed 2 December 2017

Just that simple, well - 2 things actually. First of all, we had a large group downstairs one night and our server, Jesus - began flirting with one of our female business dinner guests, she took offense and instead of him recoiling, he began to...More

2  Thank Jimbouiiy
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

Loved this classic restaurant in Lexington, KY. It’s decor subdued elegance, the food is traditionally excellent and the service is Southern amazing. So, be sure to visit ...We were 5 people - we enjoyed the calamari and a great tomato bruschetta as our starter. Our...More

Thank EmilyMarquez
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

We had a nice meal at Portofino. The service and atmosphere are outstanding. With outdoor seating as an option. The salmon entree was really good. However, the beef medallions were nothing special. Parking is available next to the restaurant.

Thank GLtripp
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

My husband and I had a very nice and quiet dinner out on the patio on Sunday evening. I had the chicken marsala and my husband had the field me all marsala. Very flavorful! We had a version of Manhattan's to drink and they were...More

Thank acino1
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

We had a great dinner here on our last night in Kentucky. The ravioli was delicious, as well as the fettuccini alfredo and veal meatballs over pasta. We all shared a really good cheesecake for dessert.

Thank BJRaz
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14 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
USD 10 - USD 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
Business meetings, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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
  • E-mail
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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