Portofino Caffe Italiano

★★★★★
  • 8075 SE 13th Ave

    Portland, OR 97202

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  • 503-234-8259

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Sun 4:30am-9pm, Mon-Thu 4:30am-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 4:30am-10pm

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I've been to just about every Italian joint between the Pearl and the East side, and finally I found a place that serves real Italian comfort food. We had the wild mushroom fettucine, the seafood risotto and the linguini and clams, plus a

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★★★★★

I've been to just about every Italian joint between the Pearl and the East side, and finally I found a place that serves real Italian comfort food. We had the wild mushroom fettucine, the seafood risotto and the linguini and clams, plus a

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I've been going to this place for years, and they have never disappointed me. It's always my go to place for a special occasion or when I have family and friends in town. And it's also where I go when I want a really solid meal. I could

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★★★★★

I've been going to this place for years, and they have never disappointed me. It's always my go to place for a special occasion or when I have family and friends in town. And it's also where I go when I want a really solid meal. I could

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I dont usually write restaurant reviews but in this case I feel compelled. I have heard that Porto Fino was excellent so I took the hook. \r
Now it is easy to compose a good review when you go with a small group (no more than 4

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★★★★★

I dont usually write restaurant reviews but in this case I feel compelled. I have heard that Porto Fino was excellent so I took the hook. \r
Now it is easy to compose a good review when you go with a small group (no more than 4

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We've eaten here three times. The first 2 were good experiences, but then there is last night. The first two times we were a party of 4, seated in the window with great service and food. Last night we were a party of 8 seated smack in

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★★★★★

We've eaten here three times. The first 2 were good experiences, but then there is last night. The first two times we were a party of 4, seated in the window with great service and food. Last night we were a party of 8 seated smack in

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We went to Portofino lastnight for my birthday with another couple and were thrilled! The food was amazing from beginning to end. The gnochi and calamari appetizers were incredible. I had the scallops special and the rest of our group had

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★★★★★

We went to Portofino lastnight for my birthday with another couple and were thrilled! The food was amazing from beginning to end. The gnochi and calamari appetizers were incredible. I had the scallops special and the rest of our group had

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Recently met my family at Portofino for dinner and we enjoyed the atmosphere. The waiter was very personable. We ordered the family sized Caesar salad and found it to be a surprising disappointment. Lettuce was chopped into very small pieces, like the kind that comes in a bag at the grocery store. The dressing was flavorless-- not what one would expect for a Caesar salad in an Italian restaurant. There were a very few croutons, but nothing else. Very blah. The main course was better-- the porkchop with the fondue cheese was very good, and the creme brulee for dessert was also good. But the salad... needs work!

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★★★☆☆

Recently met my family at Portofino for dinner and we enjoyed the atmosphere. The waiter was very personable. We ordered the family sized Caesar salad and found it to be a surprising disappointment. Lettuce was chopped into very small pieces, like the kind that comes in a bag at the grocery store. The dressing was flavorless-- not what one would expect for a Caesar salad in an Italian restaurant. There were a very few croutons, but nothing else. Very blah. The main course was better-- the porkchop with the fondue cheese was very good, and the creme brulee for dessert was also good. But the salad... needs work!

Pros: friendly waiter, nice atmosphere

Cons: Disappointing Caesar Salad!

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Love it!

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★★★★★

Love it!

Pros: Fresh pasta

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Ate here tonight with some friends. It was absolutely wonderful. We were waited on by Seth, the owner. He is really pleasant and obviously takes a tremendous amount of pride in the place. The calamari was not the best I have had...sort of bland, but all else was wonderful. Nice wine list, yummy pastas and risottos. I had the sausage and pasta with vodka sauce, awesome! The desserts are also delish! Highly recommend! Can't wait to go back and try some more yummies.

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★★★★★

Ate here tonight with some friends. It was absolutely wonderful. We were waited on by Seth, the owner. He is really pleasant and obviously takes a tremendous amount of pride in the place. The calamari was not the best I have had...sort of bland, but all else was wonderful. Nice wine list, yummy pastas and risottos. I had the sausage and pasta with vodka sauce, awesome! The desserts are also delish! Highly recommend! Can't wait to go back and try some more yummies.

Pros: great food, great service and lovely atmosphere

Cons: too far from my home to eat there every day!!

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The pasta is absolutely the best in Portland. Wine list is reasonable, and the server recomended the perfect wine for our specifications.
Wild mushroom fettuccine is a must have - tons of mushroom flavor without being too earthy or looking like a brown mush mess. The scallops with cream sauce was too lite on the basil, which is a very minor complaint due to the absolute perfection of the scallops. I would have just a plate of those scallops anytime!
Service was wonderful. Laid back and knowledgeable without a hint of snootiness that usually comes in portland 's smaller fine dining places.
This is definetly a date place, or if you just want a great intimate dinner experience. The food is so good I would go back by myself with a really good book.
In reading the other negative reviews, I would have to note that this is not a place for large groups or for children. The restaurant is very small, yet intimate - which is part of the charm. If there had been any larger groups or children there while I was eating, the atmosphere would not be as intimate. It's a Grown-Up restaurant, please leave the kids at home.

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★★★★☆

The pasta is absolutely the best in Portland. Wine list is reasonable, and the server recomended the perfect wine for our specifications.
Wild mushroom fettuccine is a must have - tons of mushroom flavor without being too earthy or looking like a brown mush mess. The scallops with cream sauce was too lite on the basil, which is a very minor complaint due to the absolute perfection of the scallops. I would have just a plate of those scallops anytime!
Service was wonderful. Laid back and knowledgeable without a hint of snootiness that usually comes in portland 's smaller fine dining places.
This is definetly a date place, or if you just want a great intimate dinner experience. The food is so good I would go back by myself with a really good book.
In reading the other negative reviews, I would have to note that this is not a place for large groups or for children. The restaurant is very small, yet intimate - which is part of the charm. If there had been any larger groups or children there while I was eating, the atmosphere would not be as intimate. It's a Grown-Up restaurant, please leave the kids at home.

Pros: service, food, wine

Cons: nothing that isn't nitpicking

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Great Local Authentic Date Restaurant

The owner/host/waiter of portofino is one of the perks of the dining experience. He makes us feel like we're the only ones in the restaurant, and is incredibly knowledgeable about pairings. Never a bad meal--everything on the menu is amazing, and the seasonal specials are worth checking out. The revolving appetizers are a treat, and the wine selection is great if you want a nice bottle with your meal without spending a million dollars.

It's located in cute sellwood, and definitely has a neighborhoody vibe. We've yet to try their brunch, but I've heard it's killer.

The desserts can't be missed--their pots de creme are possibly the best desserts in town.

Skip Gino's, go to Portifino

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★★★★★

Great Local Authentic Date Restaurant

The owner/host/waiter of portofino is one of the perks of the dining experience. He makes us feel like we're the only ones in the restaurant, and is incredibly knowledgeable about pairings. Never a bad meal--everything on the menu is amazing, and the seasonal specials are worth checking out. The revolving appetizers are a treat, and the wine selection is great if you want a nice bottle with your meal without spending a million dollars.

It's located in cute sellwood, and definitely has a neighborhoody vibe. We've yet to try their brunch, but I've heard it's killer.

The desserts can't be missed--their pots de creme are possibly the best desserts in town.

Skip Gino's, go to Portifino

Pros: Cozy, amazing service, signature dishes, parking, patio

Cons: Somewhat limited menu

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I met a girlfriend at Portofino the other night to catch up on wedding plans. I was astounded by the food and service! Incredible! I live in John's Landing, she lives in Woodstock so Sellwood seemed like the perfect place to meet. Having not been in years, we both thought of the place as simply serviceable. What an amazing surprise! Apparently there are new owners, chef and staff over the last two years. Our server, Lisa, guided us through the menu and wine list expertly. Our salads were so fresh and full of flavor, I wasn't sure the entrees stood a chance. However, both the Red Snapper and Veal Marsala lived up. They were both just as tasty as she described them. All the flavors popped without being overbearing. Our wine was sumptious, food equal. On top of the best food and service I've had in Portland, the place is just so adorable. Can't wait for date night there. Even though they were busy on a Wednesday night, Lisa was very accomodating. The owner even stopped by just to make sure everything was perfect. And it was! Believe me, it was!

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★★★★★

I met a girlfriend at Portofino the other night to catch up on wedding plans. I was astounded by the food and service! Incredible! I live in John's Landing, she lives in Woodstock so Sellwood seemed like the perfect place to meet. Having not been in years, we both thought of the place as simply serviceable. What an amazing surprise! Apparently there are new owners, chef and staff over the last two years. Our server, Lisa, guided us through the menu and wine list expertly. Our salads were so fresh and full of flavor, I wasn't sure the entrees stood a chance. However, both the Red Snapper and Veal Marsala lived up. They were both just as tasty as she described them. All the flavors popped without being overbearing. Our wine was sumptious, food equal. On top of the best food and service I've had in Portland, the place is just so adorable. Can't wait for date night there. Even though they were busy on a Wednesday night, Lisa was very accomodating. The owner even stopped by just to make sure everything was perfect. And it was! Believe me, it was!

Pros: Service, food, parking, value!

Cons: Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

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I loved this restaurant. My husband and I went for a special evening. Ambience was lovely and the food was divine. My wild mushroom fettucine with truffles was so good I wanted to roll around in it. Bruschetta with beef tips and peppers was outstanding. Even the house salad stood out. Service was attentive, but not overly so. We will be making this our new go-to place for date nights. I would not recommend it for young children.

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★★★★☆

I loved this restaurant. My husband and I went for a special evening. Ambience was lovely and the food was divine. My wild mushroom fettucine with truffles was so good I wanted to roll around in it. Bruschetta with beef tips and peppers was outstanding. Even the house salad stood out. Service was attentive, but not overly so. We will be making this our new go-to place for date nights. I would not recommend it for young children.

Pros: menu selections, food, service, parking

Cons: none

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THE FOOD IS AMAZING AND THE SERVICE WAS GREAT. MOST OF THE BAD REVIEWS ARE NON SENSE. I HAVE 2 KIDS AND I WOULD NOT TAKE THEM THERE, ITS JUST NOT THE RIGHT PLACE FOR SMALL CHILDREN. ITS ROMANTIC AND QUITE AND IM SURE THE 2 YEAR OLDS MADE A LOT OF NOISE. AND AS A COSTUMER I WOULD NOT WANT TO SIT NEXT TO BUNCH OF LITTLE KIDS SCREAMING. IT WAS GREAT. WILL RECOMMEND AND WILL GO BACK.

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★★★★★

THE FOOD IS AMAZING AND THE SERVICE WAS GREAT. MOST OF THE BAD REVIEWS ARE NON SENSE. I HAVE 2 KIDS AND I WOULD NOT TAKE THEM THERE, ITS JUST NOT THE RIGHT PLACE FOR SMALL CHILDREN. ITS ROMANTIC AND QUITE AND IM SURE THE 2 YEAR OLDS MADE A LOT OF NOISE. AND AS A COSTUMER I WOULD NOT WANT TO SIT NEXT TO BUNCH OF LITTLE KIDS SCREAMING. IT WAS GREAT. WILL RECOMMEND AND WILL GO BACK.

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I'm baffled by some of the negative comments. I wasn't going to review this place (its busy enough as it is, so I wanted to keep it as "secret" as possible), but now I feel compelled to do so. THIS PLACE IS FANTASTIC! I don't go often, as its a little above my budget, but I try to go at least once every month or two because the food is incredible. The gnocci is to die for (nothing close to a 'donut'--come on for real?!) The chicken is so tasty and falls off the bone. We've ordered every special they've offered - loved them all. The various bruschettas are mouth watering. And Seth knows his wine! I really like Seth and Chantal - they are very nice, very real people. Chantal is not as engaging as Seth, but still friendly in a quieter way. And they are definitely NOT pretentious. I have to admit, on my first visit there, the place was busy and the service wasn't uber attentive or outwardly friendly. But I came back for the food and so glad I did, because the service only improved. Hey, people have bad days, but at Portofino's the food is always AMAZING.

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★★★★★

I'm baffled by some of the negative comments. I wasn't going to review this place (its busy enough as it is, so I wanted to keep it as "secret" as possible), but now I feel compelled to do so. THIS PLACE IS FANTASTIC! I don't go often, as its a little above my budget, but I try to go at least once every month or two because the food is incredible. The gnocci is to die for (nothing close to a 'donut'--come on for real?!) The chicken is so tasty and falls off the bone. We've ordered every special they've offered - loved them all. The various bruschettas are mouth watering. And Seth knows his wine! I really like Seth and Chantal - they are very nice, very real people. Chantal is not as engaging as Seth, but still friendly in a quieter way. And they are definitely NOT pretentious. I have to admit, on my first visit there, the place was busy and the service wasn't uber attentive or outwardly friendly. But I came back for the food and so glad I did, because the service only improved. Hey, people have bad days, but at Portofino's the food is always AMAZING.

Pros: Delicious foods, plenty of wine, comfortable ambience, good service (and food/wine knowledge).

Cons: Usually a wait during peak times if you don't have reservations; too small a place for large groups/small children.

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We live in Sellwood and have been going to Gino's for years, and everything has always been good. But the other night I decided to try Portofino out, again. We had been there a few years ago, and it wasn't very good, but I heard it had new owners and had gotten much better. Wow, was that an understatement. The food is fantastic. The homemade gnocchi and cavatelli (I think it was called?) that I got were unbelieveable. My wife had the fish and the bruschetta and they were equally fantastic. Decadent without being too rich, and filling without being stuffed. The dining room feels like a true trattoria, cozy and comfortable. And the bill was smaller than I thought it would be considering the experience. I can't believe this place hasn't gotten any press, it was definitely a surprise. But they were mostly full so somebody must be getting the word out. Can't wait to go back.

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★★★★★

We live in Sellwood and have been going to Gino's for years, and everything has always been good. But the other night I decided to try Portofino out, again. We had been there a few years ago, and it wasn't very good, but I heard it had new owners and had gotten much better. Wow, was that an understatement. The food is fantastic. The homemade gnocchi and cavatelli (I think it was called?) that I got were unbelieveable. My wife had the fish and the bruschetta and they were equally fantastic. Decadent without being too rich, and filling without being stuffed. The dining room feels like a true trattoria, cozy and comfortable. And the bill was smaller than I thought it would be considering the experience. I can't believe this place hasn't gotten any press, it was definitely a surprise. But they were mostly full so somebody must be getting the word out. Can't wait to go back.

Pros: food, service, ambience, price and they even have parking

Cons: none I can think of

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Seth and Chantal have brought us out of the Olive Garden doldrums into the up and coming explosion that is the Portland food scene. You do not have to be 'trendy' or expensive to be good. The entrees are infused with rich, creamy, decadent flavors. Servings not as large as Ginos but more intense and inventive. Chantal's deserts rival the best in town. The wine menu is affordable and the waitstaff are great at pairing them with your meal. Try the Homemade Limoncello after dinner and the gnocci as an appetizer. The place is small and cozy, great for dates or 2 couples. Yes, there are better options then Portofino for large parties, children and vegans. If you want a nice meal by friendly, knowledable people then come to Sellwood.

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★★★★★

Seth and Chantal have brought us out of the Olive Garden doldrums into the up and coming explosion that is the Portland food scene. You do not have to be 'trendy' or expensive to be good. The entrees are infused with rich, creamy, decadent flavors. Servings not as large as Ginos but more intense and inventive. Chantal's deserts rival the best in town. The wine menu is affordable and the waitstaff are great at pairing them with your meal. Try the Homemade Limoncello after dinner and the gnocci as an appetizer. The place is small and cozy, great for dates or 2 couples. Yes, there are better options then Portofino for large parties, children and vegans. If you want a nice meal by friendly, knowledable people then come to Sellwood.

Pros: Gnocci, Daily Specials, Affordable Wine, Deserts

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One of the most uncomfortable and disappointing dining experiences I've ever had. Our friend having dined here, with her toddler son before, was ecstatic to have found a restaurant that presented a quality product and didn't seem to mind the presence of a child. This was not the case however when my wife and toddler son and I met our friend, her husband and son for dinner one evening. It was very obvious the children were not welcomed, which is very strange since a reservation was made for four adults and the necessity of two highchairs to accommodate the toddlers ( both are roughly 2 1/2). The children were typical for there age not excessively loud and used to dining out. The pretentious tone and nature of our waiter, whom I believe was also the owner, made it very obvious he felt the children were out of place. What did you expect when you took the reservation? A simple we do not accommodate children would have sufficed during the reservation call. This wasn't our first time out, we would have understood.
The level of pretension was not warranted by the quality of food either. The gnocchi appetizer was the saving grace of the experience, my pasta special seemed undercooked and bland save the bit of Italian parsley that would wiggle its way onto my fork and the rest of our party seemed equally impressed. So I fail to see the appeal of this restaurant and I definitely don't understand the attitude, there is a very successful and accommodating restaurant two doors down that serves food not too regionally different from Portofino with the exception that it is flavorful.
If you don't accommodate families fine but you better make up for it with your product and service, this restaurant failed on both accounts. It is unfortunate, I was hoping to add this to our queue of local eateries but I am afraid I would have to discourage just about anyone from patronizing this establishment except for gnocchi takeout.

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★☆☆☆☆

One of the most uncomfortable and disappointing dining experiences I've ever had. Our friend having dined here, with her toddler son before, was ecstatic to have found a restaurant that presented a quality product and didn't seem to mind the presence of a child. This was not the case however when my wife and toddler son and I met our friend, her husband and son for dinner one evening. It was very obvious the children were not welcomed, which is very strange since a reservation was made for four adults and the necessity of two highchairs to accommodate the toddlers ( both are roughly 2 1/2). The children were typical for there age not excessively loud and used to dining out. The pretentious tone and nature of our waiter, whom I believe was also the owner, made it very obvious he felt the children were out of place. What did you expect when you took the reservation? A simple we do not accommodate children would have sufficed during the reservation call. This wasn't our first time out, we would have understood.
The level of pretension was not warranted by the quality of food either. The gnocchi appetizer was the saving grace of the experience, my pasta special seemed undercooked and bland save the bit of Italian parsley that would wiggle its way onto my fork and the rest of our party seemed equally impressed. So I fail to see the appeal of this restaurant and I definitely don't understand the attitude, there is a very successful and accommodating restaurant two doors down that serves food not too regionally different from Portofino with the exception that it is flavorful.
If you don't accommodate families fine but you better make up for it with your product and service, this restaurant failed on both accounts. It is unfortunate, I was hoping to add this to our queue of local eateries but I am afraid I would have to discourage just about anyone from patronizing this establishment except for gnocchi takeout.

Pros: can't think of any

Cons: service, food

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O.k. where to start? First off I should mention that I have never been so moved by the quality of my dining experience as to seek a public forum to promulgate what i have had the misfortune of experiencing. It may be worth mentioning that two "Seconds" also occurred this evening beyond the First of writing this review - Those Seconds would be - the second time i wished to not tip a waiter and the second time i would not pick up every scrap of food my son dropped on the floor (he is 2 1/2). My wife picked up the floor - albeit in her own way - and four adults with two two and a half year olds have an 18 percent gratuity applied to the bill - So we just left feeling ill - Basically we were made to feel uncomfortable as soon as we were seated for having a child in the restaurant on a dead sunday evening - if we were not waiting for our friends we would have walked out soon after our arrival - after our friends with their toddler arrived the rude treatment escalated - i wish that when we made our reservations that they had mentioned that our kids were not welcome - they have one high chair and one booster - go figure - I will never go back - I do not mind spending a couple hundred dollars on a dinner - and i can usually put up with too cool for school posers - but i expect attitude problems to be created by a juvenile belief that their food is so good that they can act however they please - not so in this case - yes the gnocchi is good ( tastes to me like doughnut batter that is lightly fried) but all of our dinners were insipid. The Italian restaurant next door is so much better. Children are not treated as plague ridden vermin and the food and service are always very good - oh i gotta mention this - the Ueber pretentious waiter corrected my pronunciation of Pyrat Rum - oh "PeRaht" he says - look it up my friend - it is pronounced Pirate - no opportunity was lost at trying to make us feel unwelcome - anyways - go elsewhere and enjoy yourselves - Anywhere!

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★☆☆☆☆

O.k. where to start? First off I should mention that I have never been so moved by the quality of my dining experience as to seek a public forum to promulgate what i have had the misfortune of experiencing. It may be worth mentioning that two "Seconds" also occurred this evening beyond the First of writing this review - Those Seconds would be - the second time i wished to not tip a waiter and the second time i would not pick up every scrap of food my son dropped on the floor (he is 2 1/2). My wife picked up the floor - albeit in her own way - and four adults with two two and a half year olds have an 18 percent gratuity applied to the bill - So we just left feeling ill - Basically we were made to feel uncomfortable as soon as we were seated for having a child in the restaurant on a dead sunday evening - if we were not waiting for our friends we would have walked out soon after our arrival - after our friends with their toddler arrived the rude treatment escalated - i wish that when we made our reservations that they had mentioned that our kids were not welcome - they have one high chair and one booster - go figure - I will never go back - I do not mind spending a couple hundred dollars on a dinner - and i can usually put up with too cool for school posers - but i expect attitude problems to be created by a juvenile belief that their food is so good that they can act however they please - not so in this case - yes the gnocchi is good ( tastes to me like doughnut batter that is lightly fried) but all of our dinners were insipid. The Italian restaurant next door is so much better. Children are not treated as plague ridden vermin and the food and service are always very good - oh i gotta mention this - the Ueber pretentious waiter corrected my pronunciation of Pyrat Rum - oh "PeRaht" he says - look it up my friend - it is pronounced Pirate - no opportunity was lost at trying to make us feel unwelcome - anyways - go elsewhere and enjoy yourselves - Anywhere!

Pros: Very close to better restaurants.

Cons: Service - Food

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My boyfriend and I went here for a special dinner and proceeded to have a FABULOUS meal. We first had the special bruschetta (there were artichoke hearts and sundried tomatoes involved.) We also were pleased to see Prosecco on the menu as it is our favorite wine. Turned out our waiter was the owner. He was very friendly and comfortable to talk to, and knew when to let us have "us" time. I had the chicken catchatori over a marscapone polenta. AMAZING. The owner (Seth?) told me that they cooked it all day on the bone and that was why the sauce was so dark and rich. (It was almost purple, it was delicious!) can't remember what kind of ravioli my boyfriend had, but he was very happy with it. Then we had the tiramisu and the chocolate creme for dessert. All the desserts are made by the owner's wife. He told us that all of the food is made on site except for the bread and gelato, because their kitchen isn't quite big enough. When all was said and done we spent around $100 for our meal and don't regret one cent. We can't wait to go back to celebrate our engagement!

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★★★★★

My boyfriend and I went here for a special dinner and proceeded to have a FABULOUS meal. We first had the special bruschetta (there were artichoke hearts and sundried tomatoes involved.) We also were pleased to see Prosecco on the menu as it is our favorite wine. Turned out our waiter was the owner. He was very friendly and comfortable to talk to, and knew when to let us have "us" time. I had the chicken catchatori over a marscapone polenta. AMAZING. The owner (Seth?) told me that they cooked it all day on the bone and that was why the sauce was so dark and rich. (It was almost purple, it was delicious!) can't remember what kind of ravioli my boyfriend had, but he was very happy with it. Then we had the tiramisu and the chocolate creme for dessert. All the desserts are made by the owner's wife. He told us that all of the food is made on site except for the bread and gelato, because their kitchen isn't quite big enough. When all was said and done we spent around $100 for our meal and don't regret one cent. We can't wait to go back to celebrate our engagement!

Pros: excellent food, romantic, friendly service, great wine list

Cons: can be spendy

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I've been to this restaurant many times with friends and it's always been wonderful. The people are friendly and attentive in a very genuine way, I never feel like they're being nice just to get a good tip. The food is absolutely heavenly as well. Anything with Italian sausage is highly recommended. As for the person who had a bad birthday experience there, stop complaining...The restaurant is small and very busy most of the time and I take it you didn't even have a reservation so to expect to be treated like a princess is pretty ridiculous. Of course they sat you in the middle, there's no where else to seat you! I take it you've never worked in the food service industry because then you would know how inconvenient it is to deal with people like you. Switching chairs when the place is in the middle of a dinner rush? How silly and unnecessary! This place is fantastic, don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

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★★★★★

I've been to this restaurant many times with friends and it's always been wonderful. The people are friendly and attentive in a very genuine way, I never feel like they're being nice just to get a good tip. The food is absolutely heavenly as well. Anything with Italian sausage is highly recommended. As for the person who had a bad birthday experience there, stop complaining...The restaurant is small and very busy most of the time and I take it you didn't even have a reservation so to expect to be treated like a princess is pretty ridiculous. Of course they sat you in the middle, there's no where else to seat you! I take it you've never worked in the food service industry because then you would know how inconvenient it is to deal with people like you. Switching chairs when the place is in the middle of a dinner rush? How silly and unnecessary! This place is fantastic, don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Pros: Excellent food and service

Cons: It's hard to get a table when they're very busy, not good for really large parties or kids

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Funny how all the bad ratings showed up at once. I thought the service was was terrific. They were considerate
and attentive. The penne with wild mushrooms and shrimp were properly cooked al dente. Squash soup
was delicious. I will go back.

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★★★★☆

Funny how all the bad ratings showed up at once. I thought the service was was terrific. They were considerate
and attentive. The penne with wild mushrooms and shrimp were properly cooked al dente. Squash soup
was delicious. I will go back.

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This place seemed like it would be good from the outside but inside, it was a totally different story. My family and I went there for a birthday dinner and we were sat in the most awkward place. Seven of us were sat in the middle of the dining room during the dinner rush, it didn't seem right. Our server wasn't very pleasant either. My sister had wanted to switch her chair with another and the waiter acted as if we had just slapped him in his face. Everything we did that evening seemed to bother him or to be a total inconvenience. I had also brought a cake in to be cut, regardless of where it was from, they acted rude when I asked them if they could just SET IT IN THE BACK for me. All 4 waiters look at another and finally one said "Did you make reservations to cut that here? I don't think we can do that". First of all, I am coming to your establishment and it is not in your job requirement to tell me what I can and can't do. And second of all, if you did end up cutting it, charge $2 to each plate, charge up your bill and stop complaining. The food was alright, nothing too spectacular. I felt like they didn't really have a lot of options or a very wide variety. I can get past the food, however, when I go to a place to celebrate a family birthday and went to splurge on a couple hundred dollar dinner, I want to feel taken care of. This is where I think they could strengthen themselves.

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★★☆☆☆

This place seemed like it would be good from the outside but inside, it was a totally different story. My family and I went there for a birthday dinner and we were sat in the most awkward place. Seven of us were sat in the middle of the dining room during the dinner rush, it didn't seem right. Our server wasn't very pleasant either. My sister had wanted to switch her chair with another and the waiter acted as if we had just slapped him in his face. Everything we did that evening seemed to bother him or to be a total inconvenience. I had also brought a cake in to be cut, regardless of where it was from, they acted rude when I asked them if they could just SET IT IN THE BACK for me. All 4 waiters look at another and finally one said "Did you make reservations to cut that here? I don't think we can do that". First of all, I am coming to your establishment and it is not in your job requirement to tell me what I can and can't do. And second of all, if you did end up cutting it, charge $2 to each plate, charge up your bill and stop complaining. The food was alright, nothing too spectacular. I felt like they didn't really have a lot of options or a very wide variety. I can get past the food, however, when I go to a place to celebrate a family birthday and went to splurge on a couple hundred dollar dinner, I want to feel taken care of. This is where I think they could strengthen themselves.

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My mom, sister & I stopped in here last Saturday before 6pm. We had no reservations but were given a table with a reservation on it for much later so all was well. The gentleman was very pleasant, trying to accomodate our dietary needs in the beginning (my mom & sister are vegan). When it was determined that my mom wasn't comfortable with not enough vegan options, we decided to finish our drinks and go elsewhere for dinner. The minute we did, our waiter literally whisked us up to the bar which seemed odd since he said no one had the table until much later. Then we asked for bread to go with our drinks (we were going to pay for it as an appetizer-type idea) & he said the restaurant expected to be quite busy that night & only had enough bread for people ordering dinner. I have been going to nice restaurants in Portland for 22 years & never had a response like that from anyone. We were all quite embarrassed & uncomfortable which made finishing what we paid for quite difficult. As soon as our mom walked away, he became friendly again, asking why we were leaving which we explained due to the dietary constraints but the damage was done. Over the years, I've heard very nice things about this establishment & the food probably is lovely but the way we were treated was so shocking & confusing that I doubt my sister or I would come back to find out.

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★★☆☆☆

My mom, sister & I stopped in here last Saturday before 6pm. We had no reservations but were given a table with a reservation on it for much later so all was well. The gentleman was very pleasant, trying to accomodate our dietary needs in the beginning (my mom & sister are vegan). When it was determined that my mom wasn't comfortable with not enough vegan options, we decided to finish our drinks and go elsewhere for dinner. The minute we did, our waiter literally whisked us up to the bar which seemed odd since he said no one had the table until much later. Then we asked for bread to go with our drinks (we were going to pay for it as an appetizer-type idea) & he said the restaurant expected to be quite busy that night & only had enough bread for people ordering dinner. I have been going to nice restaurants in Portland for 22 years & never had a response like that from anyone. We were all quite embarrassed & uncomfortable which made finishing what we paid for quite difficult. As soon as our mom walked away, he became friendly again, asking why we were leaving which we explained due to the dietary constraints but the damage was done. Over the years, I've heard very nice things about this establishment & the food probably is lovely but the way we were treated was so shocking & confusing that I doubt my sister or I would come back to find out.

Pros: intimate dining, inspired menu options

Cons: disappointing service, no vegan options

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A regular since the new ownership took over a year ago, Portofino is definitely hitting its stride with Jorge, the new chef. Daily pasta specials trade on fresh ingredients. One recent Friday night featured spinach lasagne noodles surrounding veal and pork with a tangy tomato sauce mingling with a sweet bechamel sauce. App. specials are equally wonderful, like a recent bruschetta with carmelized onions and sauted chicken liver. The lamb shank, roasted chicken and vodka sauce gemelli are great staples.
Highly recommend. And for what it's worth, Baggins26 couldn't be more wrong. I happened to be there that night and it looked like he brought the cake in without checking with ownership. And the cake was from Safeway. Are you kidding me?

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★★★★☆

A regular since the new ownership took over a year ago, Portofino is definitely hitting its stride with Jorge, the new chef. Daily pasta specials trade on fresh ingredients. One recent Friday night featured spinach lasagne noodles surrounding veal and pork with a tangy tomato sauce mingling with a sweet bechamel sauce. App. specials are equally wonderful, like a recent bruschetta with carmelized onions and sauted chicken liver. The lamb shank, roasted chicken and vodka sauce gemelli are great staples.
Highly recommend. And for what it's worth, Baggins26 couldn't be more wrong. I happened to be there that night and it looked like he brought the cake in without checking with ownership. And the cake was from Safeway. Are you kidding me?

Pros: Great owners, wonderful food and great wines, especially if you let server guide you

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I brought the whole family (7 of us) there to celebrate 2 of the kids birthdays (BTW the kids are all in their 20's). The food was very disappointing--just a step up from the local pizza/italian restaurant but priced much, much higher. And, as we've done on other occasions, we brought a birthday cake with us to celebrate the birthdays. You would have thought we were asking them to give up their first born child! They were very unpleasant and unhelpful and finally only agreed to let us use the cake if they charged us a $2 plate charge!! I was already spending hundreds of dollars for 7 people including wine and drinks and so I thought this was both mean spirited and downright nasty. Suffice it to say, I'd give this place a pass.

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★☆☆☆☆

I brought the whole family (7 of us) there to celebrate 2 of the kids birthdays (BTW the kids are all in their 20's). The food was very disappointing--just a step up from the local pizza/italian restaurant but priced much, much higher. And, as we've done on other occasions, we brought a birthday cake with us to celebrate the birthdays. You would have thought we were asking them to give up their first born child! They were very unpleasant and unhelpful and finally only agreed to let us use the cake if they charged us a $2 plate charge!! I was already spending hundreds of dollars for 7 people including wine and drinks and so I thought this was both mean spirited and downright nasty. Suffice it to say, I'd give this place a pass.

Cons: blah food, bad bread, unpleasant house staff.

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I planned a dinner at Portofino as a triple family birthday celebration on a recent Sunday night, and I couldn't have been happier with the entire experience. First of all, we had my 89 year old Grandmother with us, who walks with a cane and is not steady on her feet - one of our group went in first to tell the host that the rest of the group would be in soon and we were just walking slowly to accomodate my Grandmother, when the owner of the restaurant came out to the parking lot in back of the building and walked us in the back door through the kitchen, so we wouldn't have the longer walk around the building. It was so kind of him - we were all very impressed.
Then, the owner took our orders, made thoughtful recommendations, and was generally very personable and accomodating.
The food was fabulous - everyone enjoyed their dinners without exception. The wine was great and they had a nice mix of european and local wines available. And the atmosphere was friendly and relaxed.
All in all, it was a great evening and we will return to Portofino soon. I would highly reccomend this restaurant for any occaision.

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★★★★★

I planned a dinner at Portofino as a triple family birthday celebration on a recent Sunday night, and I couldn't have been happier with the entire experience. First of all, we had my 89 year old Grandmother with us, who walks with a cane and is not steady on her feet - one of our group went in first to tell the host that the rest of the group would be in soon and we were just walking slowly to accomodate my Grandmother, when the owner of the restaurant came out to the parking lot in back of the building and walked us in the back door through the kitchen, so we wouldn't have the longer walk around the building. It was so kind of him - we were all very impressed.
Then, the owner took our orders, made thoughtful recommendations, and was generally very personable and accomodating.
The food was fabulous - everyone enjoyed their dinners without exception. The wine was great and they had a nice mix of european and local wines available. And the atmosphere was friendly and relaxed.
All in all, it was a great evening and we will return to Portofino soon. I would highly reccomend this restaurant for any occaision.

Pros: Great food, reasonable prices, good wine selection. Also, free parking in lot behind the restaurant.

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Portofino came under new ownership in late 2007 and the new owners brought their chef with them from Colorado. Since then, Portofino has been returned to its former glory as a neighborhood treasure. My husband and I are regulars on our Sunday date nights, and every meal has been delicious. The service is attentive, they are rarely out of anything on the menu even on a Sunday night, and the daily specials are always intriguing. The desserts are always yummy too?I can't wait for summer when I hope they will have the blueberry sorbet again.

They have a nice long wine list, and not exactly a full bar but close enough. There are a few stools at the bar if you just want to go in for a drink. The owners and staff are all very friendly and we enjoy our visits there tremendously.

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★★★★★

Portofino came under new ownership in late 2007 and the new owners brought their chef with them from Colorado. Since then, Portofino has been returned to its former glory as a neighborhood treasure. My husband and I are regulars on our Sunday date nights, and every meal has been delicious. The service is attentive, they are rarely out of anything on the menu even on a Sunday night, and the daily specials are always intriguing. The desserts are always yummy too?I can't wait for summer when I hope they will have the blueberry sorbet again.

They have a nice long wine list, and not exactly a full bar but close enough. There are a few stools at the bar if you just want to go in for a drink. The owners and staff are all very friendly and we enjoy our visits there tremendously.

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Went to Portofino on a Friday night, around 815. Was a cozy little place inside, not crowded at all though.

Great service, great food. We both loved our dishes, I went with the seafood fra diavolo and my date had the sausage & gemelli a la vodka.

Definitely worth a try..

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★★★★★

Went to Portofino on a Friday night, around 815. Was a cozy little place inside, not crowded at all though.

Great service, great food. We both loved our dishes, I went with the seafood fra diavolo and my date had the sausage & gemelli a la vodka.

Definitely worth a try..

Pros: food, service

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My wife and I went there for the first time the day before Valentines Day. All I can say is this place was great! Great food great service and atmosphere. Everyone is made to feel like a regular and nothing goes undone. The garlic chicken though they explained took a little longer to prepare was worth the wait which really was not long at all. The garlic was infused throughout the chicken which incidently was very moist. This is a true garlic lovers delight. the desserts were equally as good A+ all around

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★★★★★

My wife and I went there for the first time the day before Valentines Day. All I can say is this place was great! Great food great service and atmosphere. Everyone is made to feel like a regular and nothing goes undone. The garlic chicken though they explained took a little longer to prepare was worth the wait which really was not long at all. The garlic was infused throughout the chicken which incidently was very moist. This is a true garlic lovers delight. the desserts were equally as good A+ all around

Pros: great food, great service and atmosphere

Cons: none

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Excellent - great food, fantastic service, great, quiet atmosphere. Had a wonderful time - out new favorite restaurant!!

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★★★★★

Excellent - great food, fantastic service, great, quiet atmosphere. Had a wonderful time - out new favorite restaurant!!

Pros: food, atmosphere, service

Cons: none!

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This was our second visit to Portofino. We visit Portofino when we want a five star meal in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. I have read several of the negative reviews about Portofino and I just don't understand what these people found wrong with this delightful restaurant. Is it a place to bring your young children? NO. Is it cavernous and able to swallow your enormous group? No. Is it a fine dining experience that will leave you feeling pampered? Yes. The ambience is relaxed. The food is wonderful. My wife had the flatbread of the day. Delicious warm mozzarella, sausage and basil. I again loved the gnocchi. Hot. light pillows drencjed in truffle oil. I also had the frito misto starter. A seafood mix of squid, scallop and shrimp. For entrees I had the filet mignon and my wife had the veal. Both expertly prepared and delicious. The wait staff is knowledgeable, friendly and ready to make your visit memorable. Seth, the owner, visits each table. Portofino has just recently begun a weekend brunch. We looked over the menu and it looked fantastic. We will definitely try it soon. This is a great neighborhood restaurant where you are made to feel welcome. Whether for a special occassion or just a night out you can't go wrong visiting Portofino.

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★★★★★

This was our second visit to Portofino. We visit Portofino when we want a five star meal in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. I have read several of the negative reviews about Portofino and I just don't understand what these people found wrong with this delightful restaurant. Is it a place to bring your young children? NO. Is it cavernous and able to swallow your enormous group? No. Is it a fine dining experience that will leave you feeling pampered? Yes. The ambience is relaxed. The food is wonderful. My wife had the flatbread of the day. Delicious warm mozzarella, sausage and basil. I again loved the gnocchi. Hot. light pillows drencjed in truffle oil. I also had the frito misto starter. A seafood mix of squid, scallop and shrimp. For entrees I had the filet mignon and my wife had the veal. Both expertly prepared and delicious. The wait staff is knowledgeable, friendly and ready to make your visit memorable. Seth, the owner, visits each table. Portofino has just recently begun a weekend brunch. We looked over the menu and it looked fantastic. We will definitely try it soon. This is a great neighborhood restaurant where you are made to feel welcome. Whether for a special occassion or just a night out you can't go wrong visiting Portofino.

Pros: food, service, ambience and cost

Cons: none

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My girlfriend and I decided to go to Portofino for my birthday dinner, and I have to say that this is one of the best kept Italian secrets in Portland. Not only was the service the best I have had in some time, but the dinner was over the top. We shared two entrees: the New York Strip Steak with the sun-dried tomato butter, the seafood pasta, and chianti. What you get here is what most places don't normally offer: delicious, unique food selections, fresh ingredients, PLUS great service. Add in the quaint atmosphere and gracious owners (they checked with everyone to make sure how their experience was going) and you'll be glad you went to Portofino.

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★★★★★

My girlfriend and I decided to go to Portofino for my birthday dinner, and I have to say that this is one of the best kept Italian secrets in Portland. Not only was the service the best I have had in some time, but the dinner was over the top. We shared two entrees: the New York Strip Steak with the sun-dried tomato butter, the seafood pasta, and chianti. What you get here is what most places don't normally offer: delicious, unique food selections, fresh ingredients, PLUS great service. Add in the quaint atmosphere and gracious owners (they checked with everyone to make sure how their experience was going) and you'll be glad you went to Portofino.

Pros: Food/Service/Atmosphere

Cons: That I didn't go sooner

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Portofino, in my opinion, is the perfect neighborhood restaurant. It's warm and cozy with excellent food, wine, and service, all at amazing prices. The owners, Seth and Chantal, serve you themselves and are very knowledgeable about everything on the menu. In fact, Seth is a professional sommalier, and he can expertly pair wine with your meal.

For starters, try the portobello carpaccio - a fresh, vegetarian take on carpaccio. The gnocchi is a must, as is the daily bruschetta. The wild mushroom risotto was made with local mushrooms harvested that week. The Seafood Fra Diavolo is my idea of comfort food - spicy, brothy, and full of scallops, shrimp, and calamari. And don't forget to save room for dessert. The tiramisu is so light and lovely, and the bread pudding with pine nuts and currants was the best I've ever had. I can't wait to go back!

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★★★★★

Portofino, in my opinion, is the perfect neighborhood restaurant. It's warm and cozy with excellent food, wine, and service, all at amazing prices. The owners, Seth and Chantal, serve you themselves and are very knowledgeable about everything on the menu. In fact, Seth is a professional sommalier, and he can expertly pair wine with your meal.

For starters, try the portobello carpaccio - a fresh, vegetarian take on carpaccio. The gnocchi is a must, as is the daily bruschetta. The wild mushroom risotto was made with local mushrooms harvested that week. The Seafood Fra Diavolo is my idea of comfort food - spicy, brothy, and full of scallops, shrimp, and calamari. And don't forget to save room for dessert. The tiramisu is so light and lovely, and the bread pudding with pine nuts and currants was the best I've ever had. I can't wait to go back!

Pros: Ample parking, excellent food, inexpensive bottles of wine, personal service

Cons: none

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My husband and I love this place!!! The food is fantastic, we have been here several times and never had a bad experience. We usually go alone since it is kind of cozy inside. It can be hard to get into on Friday or Saturday but it is worth it. Good portions, good choices on the menu... all around GREAT place to eat! I think I will have my husband take me here tonight!

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★★★★★

My husband and I love this place!!! The food is fantastic, we have been here several times and never had a bad experience. We usually go alone since it is kind of cozy inside. It can be hard to get into on Friday or Saturday but it is worth it. Good portions, good choices on the menu... all around GREAT place to eat! I think I will have my husband take me here tonight!

Pros: The food!!!!

Cons: The parking is street only, not good for large groups.

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A friend and I stopped in for drinks in August after working a catering gig that evening. We finally returned last evening for dinner. The staff are friendly, the food is excellent and the service is great. You must have the Caesar salad!

Thank you Seth, Chantal, Lisa, and Scott, for a great dinner!

2
★★★★★

A friend and I stopped in for drinks in August after working a catering gig that evening. We finally returned last evening for dinner. The staff are friendly, the food is excellent and the service is great. You must have the Caesar salad!

Thank you Seth, Chantal, Lisa, and Scott, for a great dinner!

Pros: Food, Service, Parking, Staff

Cons: None

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This is the best little romantic hideaway in Sellwood. We try and go for our anniversary without kids. There is a little Italian man who plays his violin and then stops and rings a little bell and says " It's a kissina time" then you kiss whoever you are with. The food is WONDERFUL also !

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★★★★★

This is the best little romantic hideaway in Sellwood. We try and go for our anniversary without kids. There is a little Italian man who plays his violin and then stops and rings a little bell and says " It's a kissina time" then you kiss whoever you are with. The food is WONDERFUL also !

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I love the cozy, romantic atmosphere. The food and service were awsome and I can't wait to go back.

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★★★★★

I love the cozy, romantic atmosphere. The food and service were awsome and I can't wait to go back.

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I would highly recommend this restaurant to all my friends. The service is top notch and the atmosphere very charming. I eat here almost every week and the staff treats me like family. The husband and wife couple who run Portofino?s have an impressive knowledge of all things pertaining to fine food and wine in addition to being some of the friendliest people around. They even added my favorite beverage to the bar selection! I?m a big fan of ?Seth?s marinara? that you will find on the menu and the flaming creme brulee is to die for! One more thing, free parking in the back of the building, a big plus. A+.

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★★★★★

I would highly recommend this restaurant to all my friends. The service is top notch and the atmosphere very charming. I eat here almost every week and the staff treats me like family. The husband and wife couple who run Portofino?s have an impressive knowledge of all things pertaining to fine food and wine in addition to being some of the friendliest people around. They even added my favorite beverage to the bar selection! I?m a big fan of ?Seth?s marinara? that you will find on the menu and the flaming creme brulee is to die for! One more thing, free parking in the back of the building, a big plus. A+.

Pros: Service, Food, Ambience, Cleanliness, Parking

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Believe it or not, I had never heard of this place and just happened to be walking by and decided to call some others to meet me for some dinner. To say that we were pleased would be a massive understatement. I found it extremely refreshing that the new owner, Seth, was out on the front lines as a waiter. All of our questions (and believe me there were quite a few with such an extensive wine selection) were answered completely and not in a rushed feeling despite the numerous other filled tables. The restaurant itself is small but I would not have liked it any other way. Well done interior design but only would have suggested a more true Italian music song list but it wasn't loud enough to matter much anyways, I just always look at that when assessing an Italian restaurant. Now onto the food. The bruschetta was awesome as an appetizer but I could not help but notice how great the caprese looked as other ordered it so I will be getting that next time. I got the roasted garlic chicken. The meat was soooo moist and the crusted garlic layer on top was so flavorful. My sister's salmon was almost as good as mine and I tried some of the paneed pork served with fettuccine alfredo and I think it was the best alfredo sauce I have had since returning from my time living over in Italy. Thanks again Seth and next time I will be bringing a lot of friends!

2
★★★★★

Believe it or not, I had never heard of this place and just happened to be walking by and decided to call some others to meet me for some dinner. To say that we were pleased would be a massive understatement. I found it extremely refreshing that the new owner, Seth, was out on the front lines as a waiter. All of our questions (and believe me there were quite a few with such an extensive wine selection) were answered completely and not in a rushed feeling despite the numerous other filled tables. The restaurant itself is small but I would not have liked it any other way. Well done interior design but only would have suggested a more true Italian music song list but it wasn't loud enough to matter much anyways, I just always look at that when assessing an Italian restaurant. Now onto the food. The bruschetta was awesome as an appetizer but I could not help but notice how great the caprese looked as other ordered it so I will be getting that next time. I got the roasted garlic chicken. The meat was soooo moist and the crusted garlic layer on top was so flavorful. My sister's salmon was almost as good as mine and I tried some of the paneed pork served with fettuccine alfredo and I think it was the best alfredo sauce I have had since returning from my time living over in Italy. Thanks again Seth and next time I will be bringing a lot of friends!

Pros: Food, Wine List, Service

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We noticed that this place had changed hands, and we have not really gone much since the original owner sold it years ago. Glad to see the new owners and the chef they brought in from Vail, CO, making it more casual, lower prices, and better food. This place now reminds me, both in food and decor, of 3 Doors Down before they expanded and went upscale. Everything was excellent, well everything except the bread they serve (however I'm sure with all the bakeries in town they will find something better). We have found a new favorite for Italian food.

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★★★★★

We noticed that this place had changed hands, and we have not really gone much since the original owner sold it years ago. Glad to see the new owners and the chef they brought in from Vail, CO, making it more casual, lower prices, and better food. This place now reminds me, both in food and decor, of 3 Doors Down before they expanded and went upscale. Everything was excellent, well everything except the bread they serve (however I'm sure with all the bakeries in town they will find something better). We have found a new favorite for Italian food.

Pros: Great sauces, nice owners, comfortable atmosphere.

Cons: The bread, cocktail prices are steep.

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My favorite neighborhood trattoria. I visit here at least weekly and often bring friends. A small opening at the rear of the restaurant shows chef Scott preparing the evening's repast. Seth and Chantal (new owners) always have a friendly greeting. The menu contains some great standbys, and the chef usually has a few seasonal fresh suprises. There is always a very decent selection of wines by the glass and they change frequently enough that one can taste something new. The deserts always look yummy, and I am always rewarded when I indulge in one of these special treats.
Last week, I was treated to the finest gazpacho that I have ever experienced. Chef Scott added a few secret ingredients (including watermelon!) to this traditional summertime soup. It was to die for!
Now if only I can get them to bring back that tasty salmon sambuca salad.

2
★★★★★

My favorite neighborhood trattoria. I visit here at least weekly and often bring friends. A small opening at the rear of the restaurant shows chef Scott preparing the evening's repast. Seth and Chantal (new owners) always have a friendly greeting. The menu contains some great standbys, and the chef usually has a few seasonal fresh suprises. There is always a very decent selection of wines by the glass and they change frequently enough that one can taste something new. The deserts always look yummy, and I am always rewarded when I indulge in one of these special treats.
Last week, I was treated to the finest gazpacho that I have ever experienced. Chef Scott added a few secret ingredients (including watermelon!) to this traditional summertime soup. It was to die for!
Now if only I can get them to bring back that tasty salmon sambuca salad.

Pros: Friendly and attentive staff, experimental chef

Cons: Not much that i don't like

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On the way home we decided to stop in Sellwood for dinner. What a treat! I had the Chicken cacciatore. The chicken was so tender it melted in my mouth. The vegetables were locally grown and purchased at the local farmer's market. As if it could not get any better. Topping off the dinner was the best Tiramisu that I have ever tasted. I order Tiramisu whenever I find a restaurant that serves it. This was the tops of the top. The new owners were warm and friendly. I am sure that is what gives the restaurant its intimate old world ambiance. Next time in Portland we will be stopping at Portofino's for dinner.

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★★★★★

On the way home we decided to stop in Sellwood for dinner. What a treat! I had the Chicken cacciatore. The chicken was so tender it melted in my mouth. The vegetables were locally grown and purchased at the local farmer's market. As if it could not get any better. Topping off the dinner was the best Tiramisu that I have ever tasted. I order Tiramisu whenever I find a restaurant that serves it. This was the tops of the top. The new owners were warm and friendly. I am sure that is what gives the restaurant its intimate old world ambiance. Next time in Portland we will be stopping at Portofino's for dinner.

Pros: ambience, great place to impress on a first date

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My family and I hadn't been to Portofino in a number of years. We heard it changed hands recently and decided to give it another try. Everything from the tomatoes on our caprese, gnocchi in truffle butter, homemade marinara and too many others to name were simply incredible! My daughter is somewhat of a wine snob(she admits it), so I almost fell over when she announced she found the perfect bottle of wine for under $40. My husband's wallet was so relieved! The new owners seemed genuinely pleased to meet and serve us. We couldn't resist finishing off dinner with flaming creme brulee and homemade Limoncello. We're all so excited to have such a fabulous new/old restaurant in Sellwood!

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★★★★★

My family and I hadn't been to Portofino in a number of years. We heard it changed hands recently and decided to give it another try. Everything from the tomatoes on our caprese, gnocchi in truffle butter, homemade marinara and too many others to name were simply incredible! My daughter is somewhat of a wine snob(she admits it), so I almost fell over when she announced she found the perfect bottle of wine for under $40. My husband's wallet was so relieved! The new owners seemed genuinely pleased to meet and serve us. We couldn't resist finishing off dinner with flaming creme brulee and homemade Limoncello. We're all so excited to have such a fabulous new/old restaurant in Sellwood!

 

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