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Cafe Portofino

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970 Rivers St, Boone, NC 28607
18282647772
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children
Description: Cafe Portofino is a family restaurant that can accommodate a small intimate...
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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  • 58
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Decent Italian Food

OK, so this isn't a gourmet Italian restaurant. It appears to cater mostly to the student population of ASU. The items we ordered were very good and the staff - all students, it appears - were quick and attentive. I had the Angel Hair Pomodoro and there was plenty of it - certainly enough for... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Jeanne Z
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New Bern, North Carolina
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New Bern, North Carolina
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141 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

OK, so this isn't a gourmet Italian restaurant. It appears to cater mostly to the student population of ASU. The items we ordered were very good and the staff - all students, it appears - were quick and attentive. I had the Angel Hair Pomodoro and there was plenty of it - certainly enough for take away. It was good.... More 

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Thank Jeanne Z
Boone, North Carolina
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31 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Food is always impeccable. Service is always great. Good selection of craft beers, and sirloin & pasta is to die for. Great for special occasions, date night, family dinners. Just wish there was more parking! Love Cafe Portofino!

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1 Thank Mattrick15
Charlotte, NC
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

First went to Cafe Portofino when I started coming to the mountains from Charlotte. Mostly a student's hangout with okay food, and cold beer. Now they have remodeled the place and improved the menu greatly. Our party had the spaghetti with meat sauce, an excellent Ruben sandwich and of course a good "old fashion hamburger. All of the food was... More 

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Thank samcsmith
Drexel, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

Without doubt the best place to eat in Boone! Delicious food....friendly people and awesome service. Visit every time I go to Boone.

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Thank Patricia P
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Portofino is great! The the weekly specials and service are outstanding. Love the atmosphere. Would recommend to anyone.

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Thank Genie G
Boone, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

Most friendly place in Boone! Best food, waitstaff, been coming for years and have never been disappointed. Family atmosphere, game room, bar, patio for the pups...fun for the entire family.

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Thank motorcitykitty
Boone, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

Been here a few times and the food is always beyond expectation. I especially love the Rasta Pasta and the Mexican Burger (add their avocado spread). Definitely will be returning here soon!

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Thank Zwandino
Big Sky, Montana
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

Great food! I love trying the weekly specials and they have also have nice drink specials. It's walking distance to the stadium if you're in town for a football game and on the App State campus. Would definitely recommend to anyone in the area.

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1 Thank EarlyCuyler
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

had fried green tomato BLT, and it was the worst sandwich I have ever had at any restaurant ever . it is also the first time I hve ever felt the need to make myself throw up because of poor food quality

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2 Thank Jeffrey G
Boone, North Carolina
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30 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

This is the kind of place I frequented lo those many years ago when I was in college. Not a very extensive menu but good for a college budget. Nothing really wrong with the place, but then nothing to really recommend it, either.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 970 Rivers St, Boone, NC 28607
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Boone
  • Phone Number: 18282647772

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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