German Russian BETA Finnish Norwegian translation powered by
Mobile version »

RUB 0.0000

USD 1.0751

GBP 0.8681 See all »



By Andra Kunstberga. 14.03.2013


Save to foursquare Ausekļa 7-1, Riga Phone: 6713 3701
Working hours: Mon-Sun 12.00 - 23.00,



print | e-mail | +my maps

Walk into Portofino, located at the far end of the Art Nouveau district a little beyond where tourists conventionally tread, and the fine-dining atmosphere hits you immediately.

the restaurant initially feels a little out of place. It’s a quiet residential neighborhood with few offices or cafés. But you should definitely go the extra mile to seek it out.

Named after the upmarket resort village known for its picturesque harbor of pastel-colored houses nestled on cliffs overlooking the bay, Portofino would probably not disappoint any of the famous fishing village’s celebrity visitors if they came strolling in.

A finely attired and somewhat stiff waiter will help you choose a table – one that hasn’t already been reserved. Each of the tables is faultlessly laid on an immaculate tablecloth, wine glasses and cutlery gleaming in abundant light shining from four massive arched windows by day, or four similarly proportioned lampshades by night.

The Jugendstil design of the windows betrays the date of the building’s construction from the early 20th century. An elegant, magnificently restored staircase rises to a mezzanine where private business gatherings can assemble away from prying eyes.

After you order, a small compliment may arrive at your table – in our case prosciutto wrapped around a piece of pineapple. There will also be a basket of warm, slightly toasted homemade breads made with pistachio, with sundried tomatoes, and with olives.

The menu boasts some excellent soups, such as lobster and celery cream soup with sea scallops (€8) and Bouillabaisse.

There are also some of the best pizzas and pasta dishes to be found in Riga, together with anything else you’d expect to find in Italy’s finest ristorantes or trattorias. The menu also contains mains with chief ingredients varying from grilled rib-eye steak and rabbit to tuna, salmon and tiger shrimps.

But we ordered a risotto, with pikeperch and asparagus (€9.80). It arrived suitably creamy, starchy and sticky, the rice al dente and the fish flesh soft and fresh.

We enjoyed some sublime carrot juice with the meal, but of course the restaurant boasts a superb wine list. Shelves and cabinets of full bottles, mostly reds, make up much of Portofino’s interior décor.

There is no better place than Portofino for a business meeting over dinner or for a secluded dining date. Whoever you’re taking out, they’re sure to be impressed.

John 18.03.2013 11:07

Best italian so far in Riga.
strongly recommend


MbfYpiJtQO 14.06.2013 07:05

Almost all of whatever you auatcrlite happens to be surprisingly legitimate and it makes me wonder why I hadn't looked at
this in this light before. This piece truly did switch the light on for me as far as this subject goes. However at this time
there is actually just one position I am not too comfortable with and whilst I make an effort to reconcile that with the
actual core theme of your position, let me observe what the rest of your visitors have to say .Very well done. wow gold ore


nZgnqAD3YCE 01.10.2015 18:42

Hello Caroline,Just seen your comment on the Italy Mag site and left a reply, but in case you don't find it, my hsnabud and I
took the photos. He did buy a new Panasonic Lumix camera before we went, I have to say, and we are very pleased indeed with
the quality of the photos. The weather was glorious, which always helps! The colours are so beautiful in the summer. There
are days when the lake is emerald green with the sun glinting off it.Regarding somewhere to stay on your way there, we can



RigaNOW subscription for 12 months
--- EUR


Riga Hotels | Riga Dining  | Riga Entertainment  | Riga Shopping  | Riga Business | Riga Excursions | Riga Hip Riga
Contact Us | Copyright | Advertise | Newsletter | RSS Newsletter | Mobile version
Copyright © 2001-2023 SK Media Group ® All Rights Reserved