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Portofino Grille - 29 Reviews - 1162 1st Ave, New York, NY - Italian Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 832-4141

Portofino Grille

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1162 1st Ave
New York, NY 10021
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(212) 832-4141
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Best

Great lasagna! This the real homemade goodness we all dream of and never seem to get. This is a homey, comfortable restaurant with friendly staff. It's nicely priced. It's so nice...

Worst

I took my boyfriend to Portofino Grille on a Friday night and had a pleasant but cliched experience. The interior of the restaurant is meant to reflect an Italian outdoor dining a...

out of the way, but worth checking out 6/27/2008

I was there only for lunch, but I imagine the place does make for a romantic evening spot. It is a ""faux trattoria,"" but well done (and with real Italian music in the background). The food was good and the price hard to complain about. If it's warm, sit by the window and enjoy people watching. more

mmmmmm...lasagna 3/16/2008

Great lasagna! This the real homemade goodness we all dream of and never seem to get. This is a homey, comfortable restaurant with friendly staff. It's nicely priced. It's so nice to be welcomed graciously for a change. Pros: food staff service Cons: nope more

Portofino Grille - Great food and excellent service. 8/5/2007

I just wrote a bad review on another restaurant and am glad to write a great review on this one. My husband and I went last week, and we ate dinner at the bar. I wish I remembered the bartender's name, he was wonderful. The food was terrific, and the service was even better. He automatically split the two appetizers that we ordered onto two plates for us, he heard us talking about sharing. He also split the one main course we ordered, which was very nice. He was quite busy, both with other diners at the bar and with preparing drinks for the restaurant, but he handled everything, and every single spare second he had he used - either to fill our water glass, wipe the counter, polish a glass, etc. We asked him about a drink he was mixing for someone else, and he gave us a taste of it. It was a delicious white sangria that I'd order next time. We'll definitely go back here, and we'll sit at bar again. The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. Pros: Ambience, service, food more

Best Seafood Lasagna 7/29/2007

Great place to celebrate a special occasion, the wait staff is friendly and attentive. The food is prepared to order so be patient it?s worth it. My wife makes fun at me because I often order the same thing every time I go to a restaurant, so I did enjoy a wonderful veal chop on my last visit but my favorite is still the seafood lasagna. I have never had any come close to this specialty dish. Great place for a special quiet evening dining experience. Pros: Not very expensive but expensive feel and taste more

The best Italian Restaurant in NYC 1/27/2007

I go to Portofino every other week.It`s so romandtic.The staff is very friendly and the service is great.The food is so delicios.I always try different dishes and I`m so happy.I would highly reccomend this place.Go and try it I`m sure You woun`t be dissapointed. more

A Bit of a Cliche 10/13/2005

I took my boyfriend to Portofino Grille on a Friday night and had a pleasant but cliched experience. The interior of the restaurant is meant to reflect an Italian outdoor dining area and the cheesy lamps and ""starlit"" ceiling reminded me of a Disney World restaurant...sweet but a bit too idealized. Our waitress did not take our drink order until I finally flagged her down and even then she seemed disinterested in our meal. Two plates of antipasti and bread were placed before us which was a nice touch. Our appetizer of roasted peppers and mozzarella was below average. I ordered a simple baked ziti which was medicore; my boyfriend raved about his seafood ravioli. If you're craving any sort of Italian, Portofino will do. However, if you're looking for truly fabulous food, I wouldn't recommend. more

Beautiful Ambience, but Not the Best in NYC 8/2/2005

I recently went to Portofino and was completely taken aback by how beautiful and cozy the restaurant is. The wine list and bread were excellent, but I was not overly impressed with my meal (and neither was my boyfriend). As someone who has tasted true Italian food in Italy, I would say that Portofinos take is below average, especially to some other Italian restaurants in NYC. I had a chicken dish and my boyfriend had the vealmaybe the pasta is better? Go for the ambience, but steer clear of the complicated looking dishes. Pros: Ambience, Service, Wine List Cons: Food more

A Taste of Italy in NYC 6/26/2005

Portofino Grille is quite possibly my favorite Italian restaurant. The atmosphere is charming and brings back memories of dining in Venice. The food is incredible and the selection is unbeatable. Service deserves high marks and the prices are below what one would expect to pay for perfection. If you are looking for an excellent Italian dinner in NYC, look no further than Portofino Grille. Pros: Food Quality, Atmosphere, Service Cons: Too far from Hoboken more

Great Upper East Side Italian 6/19/2005

Despite the Disney-esque decor, this restaurant has consistently pleased my husband and I with delicious pasta and fast, attentive service. They have an outstanding bread basket complete with two special olive oils and we especially like the four cheese tortellini. This is also a nice choice for bigger parties because of their extensive menu choices. Pros: Good Food, Good Service, Menu Variety Cons: Garish Decor more

Mother's Day Under the Stars 6/17/2005

Our family had a lovely Mother's Day dinner at Portofino. Even though the restaurant was crowded we were not squished in. Service and food both delightful. more

Lucky to have this in the neighborhood! 6/16/2005

We always take guests to Portofino and go often on our own. They have a good wine selection, consistently good food and the service is great. Pros: Great food, Great service , Good value more

Fun Place 6/15/2005

A delightfully romantic restaurant that makes one feel at home. Pros: mod price, good food, pleasant ambience Cons: service may be slow more

Good Food, Wonderful Service, Great Atmosphere 6/15/2005

Ever since the very first time I had lunch at Portofino, that was about 4 years ago, I fell in love with the place. Coming to Portofino is like coming home, friendly staff, good quality kitchen, great bar. The staff is like a family, they know me, I know them. Menu offering is diverse, reasonably priced and well prepared. The servise is probably the most friendly and courteous I have experienced in the city, that is on a consistent basis, mind you, I know what I am talking about because I have been dining at Portifino 1-2 times a month for the past 4 vyears or so. It is a great to have a romantic dinner for 2 by the fireplace or to have a larger gathering for up to 15 people, I have brought a number of parties to Portofino and they have always been a success. Pros: Friendly, Reasonably priced, Great Bar Cons: Gets noisy at times more

Feel Like Visiting Italy? 6/15/2005

The ambience and beauty of the star-filled skies and varied decorated rooms brings a peace & serenity that is much needed in our changing world! Larry is professional, warm, & gracious giving personal attention to his customers which is much appreciated. The staff accommodates for special needs or changes on the menu; the food is delicious; the prices are reasonable. It is a quality restaurant! And I love getting a free dinner in my birthday month! Pros: Warm, Accomadating, Reasonable more

User review by lillianc 6/15/2005

We celebrated my December birthday here. The astmosphere made us feel like it was Spring/Summer in Italy. This is a challenge for any restaurant especially in the Winter. It was more than delightful!! Pros: food, service, atmosphere Cons: can't think of one more

OUTSTANDING 6/15/2005

A rare gem on the upper east side. From the friendly greeting upon entering, the attentive bartender and the great wait staff you feel like you've stepped into Italy. The menu is varied and even the pickiest diner can find something to suit their taste that is well prepared and will have your tastebuds working overtime. Don't think I have ever left there without a ""doggie bag."" Pros: atmosphere, friendly staff, food more

A consistent pleasure 6/15/2005

It is always a lovely evening at the Portofino Grille, the food, and the ambience take us back to romantic evenings in Italy. Pros: Delicious food, charming setting, attentive staff Cons: not cheap more

User review by carolinee 6/15/2005

Staff is consistently very friendly and this even makes the food taste that much better Pros: charming nooks, great ambiance more

Brunch Too! 6/15/2005

In addition to fab evening dining, the weekend brunch is wonderful. Great fresh food, entertainment and excellent service more

A great restaurant in great neighborhood 6/14/2005

From the lovely Italian decor, to the great Italian food. Eating at Portofino is always a great experience. The Sunday brunches are superb. Go there hungry because the food is always great. more
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  • Hours:

    noon-11 pm
  • Neighborhoods:

    Upper East Side, Midtown, Lenox Hill
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