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Cafe Portofino

3295 Dogwood Ln, Hiawassee, GA 30546-1507
706-435-0502
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Ranked #13 of 34 restaurants in Hiawassee
Cuisines: Italian
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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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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Seneca, South Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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7 reviews 7 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Hiawassee, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Great service and good food. Sat by the fireplace on a cold day. The had an extensive menu, and will go visit again for dinner soon.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

The Portifino is more high end and the food is good. There is also the Firelight Bar that is a part of the place which serves either the restaurant food or Pub style food...also good. The Firelight may also include live music to dance to.

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44 reviews 44 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

We really have tried to like this place. We loved the restaurant that was here before. The location is great, with great views overlooking the lake and mountains. Half of the place is a bar. It can be a rowdy and loud bar. They are separated by glass doors and a wall, but neither go to the ceiling and it... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Excellent food and the staff were so friendly. Calamari was the best I've had. We ended up with a dead battery and our waiter went above and beyond to get us help.

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