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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, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 145
    Excellent
  • 69
    Very good
  • 24
    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
Perfect Romantic Dinner

Great food and nice wine list. We had our 22nd wedding anniversary dinner there and it was truly a special event!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Patty B
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Los Angeles, California
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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English first
Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Great food and nice wine list. We had our 22nd wedding anniversary dinner there and it was truly a special event!

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Glendale, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Seafood with pasta is my favorite Italian dish. However, the one on the menu was described with a white sauce. I asked the waiter if it would be possible to substitute a spicy red tomato sauce, and he was happy to take the request. When it arrived, it was spicy with fresh tomatoes, but it was still a white sauce.... More 

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Malibu, California
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

My husband and I are frequent visitors to Catalina Island and the Ristorante Villa Portofino is always a must for a great meal. On our last visit, the week before July 4th, we were seated on the patio enjoying the Scallops over Risotto and sitting at the table next to us was non other than Jack Johnson having dinner with... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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56 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

This was a good stop for Italian food. I had the lasagna and it was very well prepared by the staff. The service was good and not pushy, even though the area was packed for the weekend. Worth your visit.

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San Diego, California
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

When we walked in we were greeted quickly and we lucked out....had a lovely window seat. (We are early diners so there was good availability of seats then.) Dinner was delicious and our server was very pleasant

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El Cajon, California
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This Italian restaurant is very nicely decorated and has both indoor and outdoor seating. The indoor seating is definitely nicer as the outdoor area and tables are very small and practically in the street. My husband had the Fettuccini with shrimp and I had Linguine with clams...both were excellent! the wait staff was attentive without hovering. It was a very... More 

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Carol was a great server, very attentive and helpful. Food was excellent. Veal quite tender, minestrone soap very good. We will go back when we visit Catalina Island again!

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Camano Island, Washington
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Nice atmosphere. This place reminds me of Southern California in the 80's but quietly updated. Prices are very fair and my dinner was quite good. This is just a comfortable place to go have a martini and the service was seriously great!

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San Rafael, California
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The food at this restaurant is exceptional. The green lipped mussels were some of the best that we have ever had. And the prices are very reasonable. We did sit inside and the restaurant was very cozy.

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Hamburg, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We were pleasantly surprised with the modest cost of the fine food here and had a great meal. Once you understand that you need to ask for bottled water due to the severe drought conditions any meal on the island is a breeze. The service was attentive and the food came out exactly as we had ordered. A fancy interior... More 

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Additional Information about Ristorante Villa Portofino

Address: 101 Crescent Avenue, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: +1 310-510-2009
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Catalina Island  >  Avalon
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
Average Prices: USD 15 - 35
Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, Pasta

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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: Doing business, Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions
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?