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Ristorante Villa Portofino

101 Crescent Avenue, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
310-510-2009
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Ranked #7 of 42 restaurants in Avalon
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $15 - $35
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood, Pasta
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Fremont, California
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

The ate at this restaurant based on some local recommendations. Our experience was mixed with respect to both food and service. At the beginning of our service was extremely poor. However after someone we knew from another venue who is also a server here stepped in to help us the service from our assigned waiter improved remarkably. Our meal included... More

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Laguna Beach, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

My husband celebrated his birthday with 8 dear friends on Catalina Island. I wanted a special place for the Birthday Day dinner and was so fortunate that we found Ristorante Villa Portofino. Everything was perfect thanks to the wonderful owners Russ and Jenny Armstrong. We had a lovely table in the "wine room" area and all of us enjoyed delicious... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

This is not our first time at Portofino. It's one of our favorite spots to eat on Catalina. We love the location, the food is delicious, and service usually fantastic. This visit the service seemed very slow, but the staff was very nice. (Maybe they were short on staff that evening, it happens.) We look forward to returning the next... More

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UK
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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Not a cheap meal, but really good. Fresh produce and well cooked meal. I had the red snapper and my husband had the veal. Both excellent. There is a decent wine list and nice desserts!

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Austin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

The Bay window has a great view and is warm. You can sit in the window seats and see the view perfectly (see photo). The outside seating in front can be noisy at sunset, but is nice too. The restaurant is surprisingly large with a great, long bar, so you can get some space and privacy for a larger group.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We went here for my birthday dinner, which we told our waiter. My husband had lasagna, which he liked. I had Shrimp Alfredo, which was okay. The shrimp were a little over done and there was way too much garlic in the dish. We sat at a table near the window, which overlooked the bay, which we loved. The restaurant... More

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san diego
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8 reviews 8 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Was thrilled to get in last minute on Valentines Day. The owners had a cancellation and squeezed us in. Amy was an attentive server who made us feel like regulars, and the cuisine and wine superb. Highly recommend, and look forward to going back.

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Chico, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Had a great dinner with 4-couples. The room was warm and friendly as was the staff. We all chose different entries and each of was very pleased.

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Temecula, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

My wife and I were in Catalina for our anniversary and wanted to go to a nice restaurant for the occasion. We were told to go to Villa Portofino by a number of shop owners. It was fantastic. The decor was perfect and the food was delicious. I had the Shrimp Scampi which was cooked perfect and the amount of... More

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Delmar, New York, USA
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great food, great service, beautiful decor & great location!! The owner went out of his way to talk to us and make sure that we were taken care of.

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