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Portofino Waterfront Dining

23247 Bayshore Rd, Port Charlotte, FL 33980
941 743-2800
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Ranked #95 of 156 restaurants in Port Charlotte
Cuisines: American, Italian, Mediterranean, Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
cincinnati
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I'm sure in season this little gem will be packed. But if you want waterfront dining and an outdoor upper deck patio that has an INCREDIBLE VIEW of Charlotte Harbor, this is the place. We're from the New England area and seafood is a staple back home for sure, but at Portofinos they have $8.99 lobster on the menu everyday.... More

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

My wife and I took her parents to Portofino's for lunch last week. We were lucky enough to have a beautiful day so the view was very nice from the upper deck. The service was fast and friendly. We ordered several appetizers and shared two main dishes. The food was great, no complaints of any kind. My wife and I... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Don't bother eating at this restaurant. We thought that being that it was on the waterfront in Port Charlotte overlooking the Charlotte Harbor it must be pretty good. WRONG. The place is run down and very old looking inside and out. We were there during a terrible storm and the roof was leaking with water actually running down the walls... More

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New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Was very concerned about going to this place when we looked at reviews. Went with another couple to celebrate Fathers Day. The place was not busy, got a table outside up on topside deck area. They had Happy Hours drink specials, and if you ordered food outside they gave you the Lunch Menu as an option. ( If you ate... More

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Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

There are not enough negative words to describe the most atrocious meal I've ever ate. Last nigh a group of us went to dinner (if you want to call it that) at Portofino's in Port Charlotte. Please understand that we thought we knew exactly what to expect since we'd been there before. But I couldn't believe this place could have... More

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I wanted a bean soup that they had offered, but the waitress suggested against it and let us sample it...it was not good at all. I appreciated her doing that though...that was good customer service. Since I wanted to enjoy the atmosphere, we stayed, but we weren't super hungry and not being fish lovers left little to choose from that... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Waited for 30 minutes after being told that the wait would be 10 minutes. But they did us a favor. we saw a cat roaming around the salad table. That was enough for the 4 of us. We left and ate at a clean restaurant in Punta Gorda.

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FL
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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The only good thing I can say is view is nice. For the bad....food is horrible. Chef Ramsey would weep! Service is extremely slow and unprofessional.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

POOR FOOD WITH AVERAGE SERVICE IN A GREAT SETTING. Fake Lobster, canned soup and mayonnaise galore. Go for a drink, meet a friend, skip the meal that is my recommendation.

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Made the mistake of eating here for the 2nd time in 3 months. Both times the service was horrible. The first time our server forgot to bring our salads. The 2nd time, last week, it took an hour to be seated despite our reservation, and another hour to get our luke-warm, average food. The only plus was the view. Don't... More

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