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Ristorante Villa Portofino

101 Crescent Avenue, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-2009
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Ranked #10 of 46 restaurants in Avalon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $35
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood, Pasta
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
San Diego, California
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

It was the perfect evening to dine on the Patio at Portofino. The weather was perfect and when we arrived for our 6:30 reservations they had our table waiting. We were celebrating a birthday and they even mentioned it as they were seating us. It was a very difficult decision - the menu is wonderful, but we picked out several... More

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San Diego, California
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I recently took a trip to Catalina Island for the first time with a friend. Before departing the Catalina Express terminal from downtown Long Beach, I picked up a brochure on the Restorante Villa Portofina. It seemed like a nice place to go for a quality Italian dinner. When we arrived, we were seated & our waitress brought us a... More

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San Diego, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Stayed at the Villa Portofino hotel, they made reservations for us - arrived on time, got choice of inside or outside table (outside of course!). First off - bread is warm, crusty and soft inside (A+). Drinks came often for refills, Tortellini and Seafood linguine were superb. Didn't do dessert. For the view and excellent food- this is a go-to... More

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Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Carol served us a terrific couple of meals. The apps, main and desserts were all good. New Zealand green lipped mussels were substituted for the usual black mussels, otherwise the seafood was local, fresh and so tasty. More seafood variety on the pasta than expected made it the right choice. The chocolate cake to finish the meal was too filling.

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Restaurant had great ambiance, wonderful waiters and excellent food. If Catalina Island were just a kayak ride away, I would go every week.

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California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

The service was very slow and it was not a very busy evening for the wait staff. The entrees were nondescript and wine list unexciting. Do not recommend!

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We had a great time at this restaurant. The service was great and the food was really good. I had the linguine alla vongole. The pasta was cooked perfectly and the clams and sauce were delicious. My husband had the capellini alla checca which he liked as well. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for couples. It had a very... More

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Los Angeles, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This is a nice gem in Avalon. If you're tired of burgers, mexican food, pizzas, and other foods found in Avalon, drop the kids off at one of these other places, and reserve a table for two at Villa Portofino. The staff is efficient and knowledgeable. The wine list is adequate, but not great, although the server said they keep... More

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Macomb, Michigan
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

I am a harsh critic when it comes to Italian food because my mom is the best Italian cook in the world ;) I would have to say I was very disappointed in my lasagne dish, the sauce tasted like it was from a can and I am not used to chucks of sausage in my lasagna, maybe others would... More

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IslandItalian, Owner at Ristorante Villa Portofino, responded to this review

Dear Guest, I'm so sorry that you didn't enjoy your lasagna. It is one of our most popular dishes. I also wanted to let you know that we make all of our sauces in-house and use only the finest imported Italian San Marzano tomatoes in our recipes. More

Las Vegas, Nevada
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This was the 1st meal we had on the island & it was perfect!!! Outside on the patio, candle light, full moon, excellent food, walking distance from out hotel, couldn't get any better :-D

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