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249 E Main St, Lexington, KY 40507-1330
+1 859-253-9300
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good26%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
249 E Main St, Lexington, KY 40507-1330
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

The inside is decorated beautifully, and the staff was very helpful and friendly. They made great suggestions for what to order, and our food came quickly and tasted great! The wine was also really good, and served in an ice bucket. It was a little...More

Thank caseyv51
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

We went here because we could make reservations and not have to wait on a Friday night. However we waited 105 minutes for our food. When it did come though it was the best I have eaten in weeks. I had a scallop shrimp dish...More

Thank shandaoakley
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Many times my husband and I have had a wonderful meal at Portofino's. Unfortunately, this was not one of them. The pork was dry, the seafood was overcooked, and the service was mediocre. I was saddened. Definitely not worth the $150 check for two. And...More

Thank LadyCritic
Reviewed 28 November 2016

I eat here frequently. Wayne Masterman has done an excellent job providing slightly haute but mainly accessible cuisine to working guys like me. I usually order the Tuscan bean soup and the goat cheese and apple salad, but when I depart from the my normal...More

Thank Tom D
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Excellent steak, delicious sides, all-round high quality food and service. Our sever was attentive without being intrusive, helpful with allergy information. The ambience is warm and calm; would be a good place for a business dinner.

Thank splashcat
Reviewed 17 November 2016

Food, drinks and service were all outstanding but prices were very high. I would go back for special occasion but not regularly.

Thank Carolyn W
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

I am happy to pay a little extra here, as I have never had a less-than-perfect meal at portofino's. Excellent service, great selection of wine, and a well-curated and -executed menu. One of downtown lexington's treasures.

Thank Elizabeth B
Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

In fact, this could be a very very good restaurant, but it just falls short. Ambience is great, wine list terrific, service surprisingly slow with a light crowd. But it's mainly the food that disappoints. Caesar salad tasteless. Pasta with scallops and shrimp over salted...More

Thank silverstreak1
Reviewed 13 September 2016

The lunch menu includes a wide range of excellent choices. I had the Italian version of a Kentucky Hot Brown. It was absolutely mouth watering from beginning to end. One of my guests enjoyed ravioli, while the other had spaghetti and meatballs. Both complemented their...More

Thank Stack3
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

My wife and I had a craving for good Italian on our last night in Lexington. We canceled our reservation at Azure in favor of the convenience of Portofino and in hopes of some great Italian fare. While the ambiance and decor are comfortable, the...More

Thank CraigFloyd
Robert C, Guest Relations Manager at Portofino, responded to this review

Although we're terribly disappointed to read about your recent experience, Craig, we thank you for taking the time out of your day to share your candid feedback with us. We strive to impress all of our guests with a wide variety of great tasting food,...More

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Where do you park?
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, 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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
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
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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.