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Portofino Restaurant

526 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202-2518
+1 703-979-8200
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good28%
  • Average15%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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“veal” (25 reviews)
“bread” (27 reviews)
“scaloppini” (5 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
526 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202-2518
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 17 April 2018

Highly recommend Portofino Restaurant. The food is excellent and fresh with the right balance of options for all your Italian tastes. The restaurant is in an old home so it is cozy yet not too noisy. Definitely a must-go destination.

Thank JDL808
Reviewed 15 April 2018

A great location for an authentic Italian meal. The food was very well prepared and the service was excellent. Good salads and a long list of entrees for any taste plus a nice wine list. Portions are generous and reasonably priced. They have no problem...More

Thank Sail2Maine
Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

The restaurant is spacious and the host and servers are friendly and welcoming. The food is good but not great. We ordered from the set menu which provided sufficient options at a good price.

Thank Elaine M
Reviewed 10 April 2018

A friend and I came here today for lunch. The food was excellent and the service was superb! There is nothing that goes wrong here for lunch or dinner. There is free parking in the rear of the restaurant . Today I had a scallopini...More

Thank VAChuck
Reviewed 6 April 2018

This place is absolutely lovely. It has a charm and ambiance that you wouldn’t expect y looking at it from outside. The food, drinks and service are all amazing. We have gone many times. We’ve even brought visiting family. It’s a bit on the pricey...More

Thank Stacy H
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Friendly and competent staff, and a reasonably varied, well-executed menu. Good wine list appropriate to the restaurant. I had the beet salad and cioppino; my colleagues had other starters and entrees, many of which featured veal. No one had any complaints. The wait staff was...More

Thank charleswitek
Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

I’d give this place zero stars if I could. My husband and I saw this place and thought we’d give it a try. We were seated and our drink orders taken. After our drinks were brought to us, we weren’t acknowledged for a while, aside...More

Thank willrun4cupcakes8412
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17 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
Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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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