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8085 Main St, Ellicott City, MD 21043-4649
+1 410-720-2330
11:30 - 22:30
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Sun 10:00 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:30
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 00:00
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95 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Our server, Sam, led us through a maze and long stairway to the back terrace, as the inside dining room was very busy. We ordered 3 entrees, appetizers, and drinks. Unfortunately, although our server was doing his best to keep up with the 4-5 tables of guests on the terrace, he didn't have much help from others, and made a... More 

Thank rmesoo
Pikesville, Maryland
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

My wife & I have been here several times, different dishes & servers each time. Without exception the food has been excellent and the service great.

Thank F21208
Baltimore, Maryland
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93 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

We stopped here for dinner while visiting main street. This was our third choice after ruling out surrounding restaurants on main street. From the outside, the restaurant looks upscale with a valet parking attendant and an distinguished black awning. We could also see tables set with tablecloths from the windows. However, when we walked into the restaurant, there no greeter... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

I was at Portalli's with a group of 12 for an annual get-together. The restaurant was reasonably attractive, though not special. The waitress was a bit flurried, though she did get the orders straight. The crab chowder was okay, but the sherry had either turned or was a cheap brand, as the chowder was vinegary. The Portalli salad was quite... More 

1 Thank cadbar
Columbia, Maryland
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154 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016

Hard to park. No railing on entrance stairs. General appearance shows need for some repairs. Dim lighting. Things look worn. Salad was tired, but not cold from out of the fridge. Gnocchi was over cooked and just warm. Chicken marsala was also overcooked and chicken was stringy. Lemon tart could have had more bite to it. Generally, they charge for... More 

Thank leon l
Baltimore, United States
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194 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016

Portalli's is located in a historic building along the Main Street in Ellicott City...there is a piece of an old bridge for example that at one time was used by the people in the community...the food has been good in all of my visits...seating on three levels, including an outside upstairs deck...Sunday brunch is popular...after a meal take a stroll... More 

Catonsville, Maryland
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681 reviews
373 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016

This was our 5th trip for Sunday brunch at Portalli's over the last 2-3 years and again proved to be an enjoyable morning.It has that elegant yet causal atmosphere that we like. One thing we do is get reservations between 10 and 10:30 because it can get crowded later and we like the downstairs seating area best for brunch. We... More 

1 Thank Mark G
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016

We received a gift certificate for the restaurant. We were coming back from Baltimore and decided to stop in. It was after lunch so it was almost empty. However we were made welcome with a friendly smile and wonderful service. Jessica was our server and she did a wonderful job. The crab cakes appertizer were truly delicious no filing. Our... More 

Thank ewhite610
Elkridge, Maryland
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89 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016

Our neighbors had a gift certificate, so wanted to go for dinner. 3 couples went last night (fri) we had a 7 pm reservation for the 6 of us. We were seated at a large round table in the corner on the first floor. Drink service was very slow but it seems they only had one bar tender for bar... More 

3 Thank atrin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016 via mobile

$100 for a family of four isn't something we do lightly, so we expect something worthwhile for that price. This was not it. No complaint with the service, but the restaurant had that smell--too much cleaning product mixed with old walls and old food smells, and the food was nothing I couldn't have made at home. Only one of the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Italian, American
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8085 Main St, Ellicott City, MD 21043-4649
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Ellicott City
  • Phone Number: +1 410-720-2330
This is a new Italian restaurant that opened in the former Jordan's Steakhouse. I believe it's been open since December or so. I dined there last night and it was wonderful. This is a fine-dining restaurant.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?