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3295 Dogwood Ln, Hiawassee, GA 30546-1507
706-435-0502
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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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, 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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  • 26
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very Good, Just Short of Great

The appetizers (Calamari and Bruschetta) were very good. The entrees were just OK. I had the Seafood Stew, which I think was supposed to be a version of Cioppino, but the broth was really just a very thick marinara sauce that overpowered the seafood. The dessert, bread pudding was really super... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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McHenry, MD
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Vidalia, Georgia
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

We were well satisfied with the staff, food, service, and pricing at portofino's. We had the nachos for an appetizer which were very good. Our main orders were the angus burger and a cobb salad. The food came very timely despite there being a huge crowd and people waiting to be seated. There was a favorite band, Topper, providing live... More 

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McHenry, MD
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

The appetizers (Calamari and Bruschetta) were very good. The entrees were just OK. I had the Seafood Stew, which I think was supposed to be a version of Cioppino, but the broth was really just a very thick marinara sauce that overpowered the seafood. The dessert, bread pudding was really super good.....could eat that every day. The server seemed a... More 

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Lilburn, Georgia
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35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We had just returned from the Ga Mountain Fair and looked for a place for dinner. I was pleasantly surprised with the menu, wine list and service at Cafe Portofino. We all enjoyed the meal from start to finish. This small town has some good local food, but really good upscale Italian was not expected.

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Georgia
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Dinner here Saturday night was very good. We were delightfully surprised to have fresh oysters for an appetizer. I had a great pasta and a glass of Pinot Noir and my boyfriend had a good steak. The piano playing in dinner was very nice and relaxing, the room across the hall with dancing just sounded so fun! Our first visit... More 

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Waynesville, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Nice menu also had a menu in the bar food snacks and appetizers. Reasonably priced, good service. Great view overlooking the lake and after dinner The Sandbar is a short walk away. This very casual bar atmosphere has live music and great drinks.

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Natchez, Mississippi
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

I had a steak there a few months ago and it was very good. The service was excellent and a nice ambiance.

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Macon, Georgia
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77 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 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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27 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 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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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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Additional Information about Cafe Portofino

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

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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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