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Portofino Restaurant

526 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202-2518
+1 703-979-8200
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good31%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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“veal” (27 reviews)
“scallopini” (7 reviews)
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17:00 - 22:00All hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
526 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202-2518
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife discovered Portofino by accident on a previous business trip. She enjoyed it so much she really wanted to take me there last week while in the D.C. area. We had dinner one evening and it was fabulous! We enjoyed the evening so much...More

Thank Jim N
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

My wife and I had dinner here for our wedding anniversary while visiting D.C.. Aside from missing the parking lot entrance twice the food and service was above and beyond what I was expecting. The menu is extensive as well as the specials. Prices were...More

1  Thank Nick M
Reviewed 19 September 2017

Some of the best Italian food I have had in a while (the desserts still have me full), great service and nice, quiet atmosphere. A real gem outside D.C.

Thank mmwebsurf
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Visited the Portofino restaurant for the first time yesterday. The food was excellent and the service outstanding. The manager would stop by on a regular basis to check if things were alright. They have a great selection of wines and during the happy hour bottles...More

Thank Allyala N
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Two of us came here today for lunch and all I can say is that the food was excellent and the service was too! The scaloppini was excellent and the rest of the accompaniments of salads and wine course were very satisfying. This is an...More

Thank VAChuck
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

My husband and I are From NY and are snobs when it comes to what is good Italian food. The manicotti and chicken piccata were fabulous. We also love love the 1/2 price wine between 5 and 6!

1  Thank tcr6
Reviewed 27 August 2017

Went to this restaurant with business colleagues because it was near the hotel. Tried the potato gnocchi because it sounded somewhat healthier than most. To my disappointment and surprise, the dish tasted as if someone accidentally dumped the entire salt container into the dish. It...More

Thank 244noelh
Rich M, Owner at Portofino Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2017

Thank you for joining us recently. I have to apologize for the saltiness of the gnocchi. We did have a batch of our gnocchi which were made too salty. It was in the making of the gnocchi and not in the sauce. We did remove...More

Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

Had an early dinner here after a business meeting with a couple of colleagues. Entry to the restaurant is through the back door then you walk up stairs only to be in a dining room that is in dire need of renovation. Our waiter was...More

Thank Anthony K
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Bad. Just bad. We had a large family dinner there. We had to go in the back door and up stairs only to get in and be taken back downstairs???? There were a lot of waiters, not sure who did what. Salad was bad. Lettuce...More

Thank Coachf72
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

Having read the reviews we were all underwhelmed. Incredibly stale bread was replaced eventually & slightly reluctantly by something slightly less so but clearly microwaved. Service was ok, all six of us felt the food was nothing to write home about (and slow when it...More

Thank hayend89
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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
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Kids, 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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