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Cafe Portofino

970 Rivers St, Boone, NC 28607
828 264 7772
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Ranked #23 of 125 restaurants in Boone
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Cafe Portofino is a family restaurant that can accommodate a small intimate party to very large groups. We specialize in pastas, steaks & specialty sandwiches. We have homemade soups and desserts. Our wine and beer list is very extensive. On the weekends we feature fresh seafood specials. We have a separate kids menu and kids 10 and under eat free Tuesday thru Thursday.We also have a separate bar called The Tap Room with all ABC permits. In The Tap Room we have billiards, darts & flat screen TVs.
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English first
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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77 reviews 77 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Had a late dinner reservation so my friends and I stopped here to sit outside and drink some beer. The outdoor seating was ample and great! It took some work to get service though. The three dollar Blue Moon special was a great surprise though!

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Raleigh, NC
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Had a great meal. They have lunch specials until 3pm but we decided to go for the dinner meals as they looked so good. I got a Shrimp Wrap and my husband got Fish Tacos. Both of us were extremely happen with our meals. Left side of building is more a bar, but right side is very quiet where lunch... More

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Boone, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

I have been to Café Portofino several times with friends and family and it has always been amazing. Everything on the menu is delicious and I have tried most of it. Recently they have made a place that I thought could not be better by adding a new chef to the kitchen. Boy was I wrong! This place just hit... More

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Boone, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

Literally writing the review as I eat. Ordered there main dish the spicy sirloin pasta dish. Very very good. Disregard this other reviews that said this place was bad. Food was great. Our server Graham was overly nice. Service was great. We came with a party of six and got our appetizers and food in no time. Highly recommend this... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The restaurant has a nice atmosphere, and the food is amazing! Don't let the "bar feel" from the outside fool you. This is a great restaurant for date night or dinner with the family. Everything we've ever eaten here is delicious, and the portions are large. Do wish they'd bring back the trivia cards, though, but we love the giant... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We never got to taste the food; it had better be good, because the customer service was certainly not. We are a family of 4 with 2 little kids, and stopped by for dinner based on what we had heard about the food. A waiter wrote our name down on a little notepad for a table and told us we... More

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Boone, N C
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Restaurant is OK but needs a update and some new thinking. Been there a dozen times but not recently. Menu is a mixed bag but never changes.

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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Stopped in for a quick lunch and really enjoyed it. Nice cozy/rustic atmosphere, super friendly and attentive staff and delicious food.

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North Carolina
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124 reviews 124 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

My husband and son and I went here for a quick lunch. I was unimpressed with the interior but the food was pretty good. I had the diamond head salad and it was excellent. My son had a burger which he said was good. My husband had a few appetizers and said they were pretty good. Service was good. Would... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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181 reviews 181 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

First off - it's in the nice downtown area. The menu is sophisiticated, yet simple. Ingredients are fresh - all sauces and salad dressings are homemade. The vinegarette is tangy and delicious. The horseradish like a ranch - with a strong kick. We ate there two nights in a row - it was just yummy. I had the buffalo chicken... More

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