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Portofino Restaurant

526 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202-2518
+1 703-979-8200
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good28%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“veal” (25 reviews)
“scallopini” (6 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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Reviewed 3 days ago

We had a large group of 10 so service was a little slower than what might be typical but we were in no hurry and I don't like to be rushed through a meal. Everything was exceptional from beginning to end. The bread was amazing...More

Thank nyagnandagn
Reviewed 5 days ago

Wandered in from a nearby hotel to warm and friendly staff and yummy food. Bonus point for vegan friendly.

Thank MHN
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Very nice old looking restaurant with excellent food and very good service. My food was very good. I had the family chicken recipe with pasta. I am garlic sensitive and they did the sauce without garlic. I strongly recommend this REAL ITALIAN food.

Thank Jafmd
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was with family for a sad occasion and this place definitely cheered me up with its great pasta and special short rib orzo soup and very friendly proprietor.

Thank purefunkmd
Reviewed 1 week ago

As always, Portofino's delivered dependable high quality of food and service yesterday. The scaloppini was delicious along with a great salad, chardonnay and sorbet. My friend enjoyed the salmon special. We both liked the café latte for coffee. There is free parking in the back....More

Thank VAChuck
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came for weekend dinner. Somewhat confusing as you have to use the entrance from the car park in the back and not one on the Main Street. The seafood livonese and carbonara was good but the veal was tough and their soft shell crab special...More

Thank Wrx8
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love finding an Italian restaurant that has a menu beyond the ordinary and that's what we found at Portofino's. My veal marsala was tender and perfectly cooked. The portion size was generous, but I didn't leave anything on my plate. Portofino's has a small...More

Thank Maddy V
Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

If you are in Crystal City, this is a must visit for dinner. Very welcoming and great service staff. I had the tenderlion in gorgonzola sauce. Perfectly cook, great portion size and good vegetable mix. The setting is formal but visitors very from in shorts...More

Thank Bobcat006
Reviewed 13 May 2018

I returned to Portofino on a business trip and very much enjoyed the experience. The meal was delicious and attractively presented. I had the "sole suprema", which was sole topped with spinach and a white wine sauce. For dessert, I ordered gelato and was able...More

Thank DonH
Reviewed 23 April 2018

I have been visiting Portofino for a few years and my last two visits have been disappointing. The first change I noticed was the dressing for the Spinach Salad. It used to be outstanding, now is disappointing. Several other dishes have also changed their taste....More

Thank Jorge C
Rich M, Owner at Portofino Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2018

Hi Jorge, Thank you for your continued support. I will take a look at the issues that you posted, ie. dressing, and overall taste. As you noted, we are celebrating 48 years of ownership through the Micheli family. We are the original owners. I know...More

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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
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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
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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