Welcome to fine dining in Crystal City!

Portofino a family owned and operated Italian restaurant established in 1970 offering the finest in cuisine and atmosphere.


Our Menu

Our Concept

Northern Italian Cuisine

The Portofino Restaurant was opened in 1970 by Chef Sergio Micheli alone with his father Adelmo. They brought to Crystal City, for the first time, Fine Northern Italian Cuisine. Through the next three decades, Sergio and his wife Pilar welcomed thousands and thousands of guests to their award-winning restaurant.

Half Price on Bottles of Wine between 5pm-6pm

The Chef

Richard Micheli

The Micheli family is from the province of Massa and Carrara, in Tuscany. Chef Sergio Micheli was raised in Genoa and the surrounding Italian Riviera region. Portofino, within Liguria, is a picturesque Italian fishing village and resort. It is famous for its narrow harbour and historical association with celebrity visitors. The extended Micheli family still resides in northern Italy.

In 1993, three generations of Micheli chefs joined forces as their son Richard, a graduate of the famed Culinary Institute of America, began his work at the Portofino. He has combined his skills from Culinary School with his father’s expertise to bring to Portofino’s patrons a unique dining experience.


Tue-Sun 5pm-10pm

CLOSED Mondays

Wednesdays 11am-2pm

Lunch Groups also welcome

American Express, Cash, Diners Club, Gift Certificates, Mastercard, Money Orders, Visa



“I love this place!!!”

“On my first experiance of being in Washington my wife was excited to take me to Portofino Restaurant. To start the waiter was attentive and friendly, our selection of wine was perfect, the calamari was perfect, the salads and meals were well worth the wait. Loved it!”

JM – Local Guide

“Quaint and cozy”

“We really enjoyed eating here for my birthday. The staff was very friendly and responsive. The restaurant was quaint and cozy. The sauces were very rich and complex. I would recommend Portofino to friends and family!  A little taste of Italy in the US”

DM – Local Guide

“I loved everything”

“My husband and I went there during our visit this past week and the food was outstanding! I loved everything, all the way down to the tiramisu. We will be back during our visit next year! If you’re in the area I highly recommend trying this place. You will not be disappointed!”


“Wonderful food”

“Great, polite service and WONDERFUL food. Did not have one bite that wasn’t delicious. Dining excellence, still delivers every time with delicious food and great service. Atmosphere was just right. Not quite, but could talk easily at normal level.”

DD – Local Guide

526 South 23rd St. Arlington, VA 22202


Contact Us

Hours of Operation

OPEN 5pm – 10pm

Monday Temporarily Closed




526 South 23rd St.
Arlington, VA 22202

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