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3295 Dogwood Ln, Hiawassee, GA 30546-1507
706-435-0502
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Monday
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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: Reservations, Late Night
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
  • 22
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Mediocre at best

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 25, 2015
William M
,
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Good for:
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Lawrenceville, Georgia
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 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
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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Apopka, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Great view if you have a window table, but the food was average for the price point. Would not go back.

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Georgia
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88 reviews 88 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We continually try Cafe Portofino hoping we will be pleasantly surprised. The food is consistently good, but not great. It seems as though the items are not at their freshest point or the food is just overcooked. The prices are equivalent to an upscale restaurant, but the food just lacks something. The Caesar salad is a few greens, maybe 6... More 

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Seneca, South Carolina
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41 reviews 41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This is a terrific restaurant for a small town in North Georgia. We met the owner and he was very personable and accommodating. The service was excellent. We had mussels in garlic broth for an appetizer and they were delicious. I had chicken marsala with risotto for my entree and my husband ordered shrimp scampi which was on par with... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Excellent Italian Food! Excellent Service! The decor is great and there is an axing view of the lake and the mountains! Really awesome experience!

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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

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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?