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Cafe Portofino

3295 Dogwood Ln, Hiawassee, GA 30546-1507
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Ranked #12 of 33 Restaurants in Hiawassee
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
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.
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Ellijay, GA
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37 reviews 37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
30 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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85 reviews 85 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

First, let me say I was at Cafe Portofino as part of a large group (100+ people). First night we had a buffet that was set up for us. Food was not very good. Second night we were at their beach bar for a dinner. They were serving us individual plates rather than a buffet. I really can't comment on... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

New to the area and our neighbors had told us this was "The place to go for Italian". Boy were they right! We will be back.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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48 reviews 48 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Good, reliable for past 5-6 years dining spot in a wanna-B upscale locale. The food is great and the service consistently good. The owner's care and are usually around to check.

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Edina, Minnesota
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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

We spent Memorial Day weekend visiting relatives who have a summer home on Chatuge Lake. We decided to eat out on our last night; didn't have anything left at home to grill. Cafe Portofino was open, but we were the only ones in the dining room. There were patrons in the bar, and it seemed to pick up over the... More

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Additional Information about Cafe Portofino

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

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