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Portofino Ristorante
Italian Restaurant$$$
Today 12:00 – 10:30 pm
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555 City Island Ave New York, NY 10464
555 City Island AveUSNYNew York10464
$$$Italian Restaurant, European RestaurantToday 12:00 – 10:30 pm
Monday 12:00 – 10:30 pmTuesday 12:00 – 10:30 pmWednesday 12:00 – 10:30 pmThursday 12:00 – 10:30 pmFriday 12:00 pm – 12:00 amSaturday 12:00 pm – 12:00 amSunday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
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Old-school seafood-focused Italian cooking in a longtime spot with outdoor seating & views.- Google
People talk about surf and turf, wait staff, waiters, lobster tail and outdoor deck
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Nika c
reviewed a month ago
I find it a bit off-putting when you walk into a restaurant and the first thing the host asks is which voucher you'll be using. Checking in on yelp, I realized their check-in special offered the same benefits as the groupon we used at dinner. Food was okay (no big whoop) but dessert was delicious (more on this below) and our waiter was attentive. The weather was nice so we opted to sit on the deck, where 95% of the other patrons were as well. Even so, the restaurant was not crowded. Big space, love their design & red booths indoors. Food- Shared hot antipasti for two- consisted of everything fried & stuffed, including fried cheese, stuffed clams & mushrooms, shrimp, calamari. Both got the surf & turf with steak. Be warned, never trust a restaurant where the menu lists steak as "steak." No cut, no ounces, nothing. Opted for my usual rare, came out more medium rare and quality is probably what you'd get at Sizzler. I did enjoy the lobster tail with stuffed crab meat, although the stuffing tasted like it was from a box. I left the majority of the steak on my plate, as it was too awful for consumption. The only highlight of last night was our dessert. SO and I got their tiramisu which was delicious! Sweet but not overpowering, soft, flavorful! We devoured this in no time! Wine- Our choice was "red" or "white." Opted for white, which was semi-sweet and a bit tart. Not the best, but have had worse. Right after the waiter served dessert, he dropped off the check and came by a few times afterwards to see if we paid. A bit strange, but okay. Despite the other yelpers warning us, it was still surprising to see the value listed as $300+ for our table of 4. No matter, it was an experience, one that I will not be repeating. While it was nice to check out Portofino and see City Island, this is not a restaurant I will be revisiting.
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Mirsad Rugova
reviewed 9 months ago
Everything from the wait-staff to the food to the atmosphere is TERRIFIC! Love, love, loveeeee coming here. I wish i could rate it #1 in City Island. This is a must if you're in the City Island area!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!
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Tom Bresnahan
reviewed 2 years ago
I couldn't say more good things about this restaurant. I've been there a few times, it's definitely high end and the prices match that, but really, it's worth every penny. The food is AMAZING, the decor is fancy, clean, and the service has always been great for us. Not sure why "wil" had a bad experience, but it's been the kind of restaurant that always gets the entire group talking about how fantastic it is for the rest of the night. I'd absolutely take a girl here if I wanted to impress her, or old friends you wanted to treat to a great experience. It won't become a frequent visit purely based on the cost, but when we can afford to splurge, we now have a favorite place to do it. Edit: I'm not sure why others are saying this place is "cheap", I got the veal cutlet parmesean, it cost $19.95... Glass of wine $8.50, dessert $7.50, appetizers range $15-20 each... Maybe I'm just not at their income level, but I don't consider it cheap. Again, totally worth it though!
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Liked: Food, Service, Atmosphere, Value, Decor
Elle Choi
reviewed 3 months ago
bought a groupon for 4 for $149 valued at $400+ ... ordered Lobster w/ linguini...drenched with salty sauce.. Lobster was not fresh at all.. the host was bz chatting with other tables, it took him about 20 min to take orders from our table. was shocked when I got the check.. we were charged with tax based on the regular price.. not on $149.. food was horrible... do not understand people who gave anything more than 3 stars.... ..do not recommend at all!!!!
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Randal Shasta
reviewed 9 months ago
Excellent food, great service and live music. Ample shady outdoor seating was a big plus on a hot summer day.
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Jack Gostl
reviewed 2 years ago
This is an amazing place. Meat, fish, pasta, doesn't matter, all great. Worth the trip from the city proper. And the huge parking lot doesn't exactly hurt.

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