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Portofino Restaurant

526 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202-2518
+1 703-979-8200
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good30%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“veal” (24 reviews)
“scallopini” (10 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
526 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202-2518
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Reviewed yesterday

Having been in Arlington VA over the years, Portofino is a special restaurant. We had many special events here. Returning for dinner whenever we return, Portofino remains superior with service and food. The owner greats us as we have special memories of Portofino over the...More

Thank mar w
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The apps, entrees, desserts, wine and service were all excellent. Veal Saltimboca, veal piccata and lasagna each drew raves.

Thank JohnVance
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As always, for a very special occasion we selected Portafino's....and as usual, the atmosphere, service and food was superb....Richard and his team ALWAYS place a personal touch during a tremendous showcasing of an intimate dining experience...this establishment is easily our #1 choice for ourselves and...More

Thank James C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Having read many reviews about Portofino's I was excited to try it out. However, I quickly learned that the majority of the meals were made with veal. Now for most people this would be fine, but for me I don't eat veal. I ended up...More

Thank Vicki H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Made a res but didn’t need one even at 7:30 on a Saturday night – not a good sign. We were greeted warmly. Our waited read off a printed card the specials, we could barely understand him Salads were fine, a little too much dressing....More

Thank Andrew C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Looked small and dated but once inside it was big. No crowded tables. Decor Italian. Service great. Parking right there. One of the best meals I remember.

Thank Rob S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate here at the end of April on a Saturday night. Made reservation earlier in the day. Restaurant was busy although had a few empty tables. It was quiet although fairly crowded. The restaurants has two different rooms and the room we were in...More

Thank Traveler0922
Reviewed 12 April 2017

We arrived late in the evening and were seated immediately. The food options were spectacular and the suggested wine pairing was excellent and reasonably priced. Shared our main course without any complaints from staff. Would highly recommend for outstanding Italian food.

Thank flynnpj
Reviewed 12 April 2017

I enjoyed dinner at Portofino. The ambiance is very pleasant and the service is attentive but not intrusive. I had a shrimp dish which was delicious. With that and a tangerine sorbetto (an unusual flavor and quite delicious) my bill was $30. Recommended!

Thank DonH
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

We had a large family gathering at Portofino's (30 plus people). The restaurant was very accommodating with a special room, menu and bar service. The food choices were great Salmon, chicken or beef. Nice ensalada and a great lemon sorbet for dessert. Staff was attentive...More

Thank fsb3ski
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Gluten free options??
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
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, 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
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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
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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