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Ristorante Villa Portofino

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Italian, Seafood, Pasta
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101 Crescent Avenue, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-2009
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 129
    Excellent
  • 64
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Always a favorite

Our favorite waitress, Michelle no longer works here, but the other wait staff are very good. The dinner was great, I had halibut (wonderful) and my husband veal. Our waiter was spot on. There's nothing more to say, except it's a great spot for good food!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 6, 2015
GettingoutofLA
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Los Angeles
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
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Solvang, California
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Quiet, sophisticated bar and restaurant. Stays open late. Good wine list, and you can order food at the bar.

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Los Angeles
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Our favorite waitress, Michelle no longer works here, but the other wait staff are very good. The dinner was great, I had halibut (wonderful) and my husband veal. Our waiter was spot on. There's nothing more to say, except it's a great spot for good food!

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Palm Springs, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Really enjoyed our 2nd time at Ristorante Villa Portofino. Very warm greeting when we walked in and we were quickly seated. Again our waitress (Carol) made us feel as if we were part of the "family." Great service and great food - what more could you ask for? Well, maybe another night here!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015 via mobile

i hadnt made a reservation so I decided to eat and drink at the bar. The bartenders Pat and Christine were personable and professional. Christine introduced me to the others also at the bar, finding a conversational common groind, which was excellent as we sat for hours eating drinking and talking. The food was great and the staff even grrater.I... More 

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Hydesville, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

The service, food and setting were great. Our server, Dean (in keeping with the Italian theme, he introduced himself as Dina) was a wonderful addition to our experience.

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Pebble Beach, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We enjoyed a lovely dinner with excellent service. The menu had a nice selection and our server answered our questions and made recommendations...we were not disappointed. The wine selection was also good. The restaurant's decor and atmosphere made it very relaxing.

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San Diego, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Wonderful ambiance, nice decor, and really good food. The servings were generous. Good wine lis including many Italian wines. Great calamari. Our waiter was attentive.

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San Diego
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Great selection of Italian meals and wines, including some nice chianti's from the Tuscany region. Large portions so easy to share (though they do charge a few extra dollars). Great service too

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BROOMALL, PA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

THE SERVICE WAS TERRIBLE. We was not pay attention to much. It was not crowd when went & I thought the waiter thought we didn't have or was going to tip much. Slow service - I wanted another drink & he never came & asked me. But, the food was great.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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66 reviews 66 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

The lobster ravioli was amazing, the chicken Marsala was very average. Nice atmosphere, good service. Our server was friendly without being overbearing. Would recommend if you are in the mood for Italian, obviously.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 101 Crescent Avenue, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Catalina Island  >  Avalon
  • Phone Number: +1 310-510-2009

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 35
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?