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3295 Dogwood Ln, Hiawassee, GA 30546-1507
706-435-0502
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Perfect for any occasion, Café Portofino offers lakeview dining. Our...
Perfect for any occasion, Café Portofino offers lakeview dining. Our dishes, prepared with the freshest and highest-quality ingredients, include mouthwatering appetizers, delicious salads, daily soups, Italian-influenced entrées, seafood, steaks and more. Enjoy a meal in the dining room or Happy Hour drink and appetizer specials in Firelight.Saturday evenings offer a special treat with a professional pianist performing in the dining room and live music and dancing in the Firelight. We also host private events, working with you to tailor every detail from cuisine to decorations to fit your entertaining needs.
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Visitor rating
  • 23
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch: Great view; outside dining; limited menu

We stopped by for beer and a lunch. Patio dining was delightful with view of the lake. The food menu was limited (burgers, chicken fingers, wraps, salads and such) but my husband's meatball sub and home made potato chips (warm!) were good. I had the burger on top of the house salad and it was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
digitalcarol
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Macon, Georgia
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Macon, Georgia
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77 reviews 77 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

We stopped by for beer and a lunch. Patio dining was delightful with view of the lake. The food menu was limited (burgers, chicken fingers, wraps, salads and such) but my husband's meatball sub and home made potato chips (warm!) were good. I had the burger on top of the house salad and it was just right. Nice assortment of... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Tow buddies of mine, and I dined at this exquisite restaurant while visiting Hiawassee for the 25th BMW Georgia Mountain Rally. We were surprised with an awesome meal, which included chicken piccata, that was crunchy, tender; and full of flavor. Additionally, even the side salad was incredible. It was truly a Five Star experience, including the live piano music. And... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Portofinos usually have good entertainment on the weekends. No cover but food is overpriced and not up to par with the price

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North Carolina Smoky Mountains, North Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

There was a nice 2 piece band. Service was non existent. Never a server on the floor. We had to go to bar and order every time. If that wasn't bad enough the other customers were very forward and rude. When asked to dance they were handsy and intoxicated. They should have been cut off many drinks ago. Food and... More 

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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We were spending the weekend in Hiawassee and were looking for something that was a little upscale. The place has a great view of the lake. The service was outstanding. Unfortunately, the food was quite bland. The bar was packed, but the restaurant was nearly empty. Its a real shame this this restaurant has tremendous potential. We probably will not... More 

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Young Harris, Georgia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

My friends and I spend alot of time here, and the food, staff, service, environment just doesnt get better than this! Excellent entertainment as well! Ken, Dana, Heath, Subrina, Andre, and the wait / host staff are FABULOUS!

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Hiawassee, Georgia
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94 reviews 94 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Very good but a little pricey for this area. I wouldn't suggest this place for a night out with the kids. More of a date or special occasion kind of place.

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Woodbury, Georgia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Because we live in Small Town, Georgia, expectations are jaded whenever the wife and I frequent any new (to us) Small Town restaurant. Hiawassee's Cafe Portofino exceeded expectations. Compliments abound: The food was delicious and plenty for a left-over meal the next day. The Wait staff was not intrusive but attentive. The room comfortable. We enjoyed the evening...and would return.

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Ellijay, GA
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53 reviews 53 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Cafe Portofino catered several of our Antique Boating Rendezvous Events. Each meal was better than expected. The owners are very hands on and you really will not find a better meal and/or staff. We truly cannot say enough good things about them.

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Murphy, North Carolina
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52 reviews 52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Not worth the price for dinner. Waited a long time to go there and was disappointed. Ordered the seafood bowl and the mussels were so small the fork could not hold them. The 2 steamers that were in the bowl only one was open and the 2 scallops were disappointing. If you want people to come back you need to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3295 Dogwood Ln, Hiawassee, GA 30546-1507
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Hiawassee
  • Phone Number: 706-435-0502

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood

Description

Perfect for any occasion, Café Portofino offers lakeview dining. Our dishes, prepared with the freshest and highest-quality ingredients, include mouthwatering appetizers, delicious salads, daily soups, Italian-influenced entrées, seafood, steaks and more. Enjoy a meal in the dining room or Happy Hour drink and appetizer specials in Firelight.Saturday evenings offer a special treat with a professional pianist performing in the dining room and live music and dancing in the Firelight. We also host private events, working with you to tailor every detail from cuisine to decorations to fit your entertaining needs.
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
4:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?