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Cafe Portofino

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970 Rivers St, Boone, NC 28607
18282647772
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11:30 am - 10:00 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, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Cafe Portofino is a family restaurant that can accommodate a small...
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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  • 46
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 4
    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
Pleasantly surprised!

Visited this place, not sure what to expect. Had passed by it many times, always looked like a student hang out. Our food was delicious and the service was superb!!! I had the tilapia and my husband had the grown up Mac n cheese. Both dishes were way more than anyone could eat in one sitting and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
blackbear25
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jefferson, nc
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
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Ohio
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Do not believe the advertising. This is not 5 star Italian cuisine. The food was good if you ordered anything other than Italian. Atmosphere was bar quality. Entered through bar to access dining. And not a nice atmosphere bar, college bar at best. Our waitress did not know menu as she admittedly started two days prior to our visit. If... More 

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Apex, North Carolina
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Very casual dining. We were very surprised by the high prices for pasta and burgers, but the food was good. The waitress was great.

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Spring
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Atmosphere is just okay, service good but the food........... They have the BEST eggplant fries in the universe and their Italian won tons are to die for. I also loved their fried green tomato cheeseburger - one of the best I've ever had.

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jefferson, nc
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31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Visited this place, not sure what to expect. Had passed by it many times, always looked like a student hang out. Our food was delicious and the service was superb!!! I had the tilapia and my husband had the grown up Mac n cheese. Both dishes were way more than anyone could eat in one sitting and came with salad... More 

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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We went with three adults and 4 kids. There is plenty on the menu to satisfy our group of 6 to 55 year-olds. Everyone was pleased with the food and it all seemed to be super fresh; especially the salads. The only big downer was the large amount of people sitting outside smoking; so the last memory I have is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I'm hooked! Wow, the food is so flavorful and the staff is very friendly. I ordered the Portifino sandwich, so good. My wife said the Philly cheese steak was the best she has ever had. I'll be back.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

As you drive along Boone's River Street between the business district and the ASU campus, a glance at Cafe Portofino suggests a popular student bar. There are few parking places and a large front porch is likely to be filled with a crowd of bar patrons except in winter. The general impression is not of a restaurant offering a variety... More 

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Boone, North Carolina, United States
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Went for dinner last Friday and was super impressed. Great service, staff and environment! It was a all around wonderful experience!

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Boone, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Went to Cafe Portofino with a large group of friends to celebrate my friend's birthday. The server was so nice and patient with our large group. Katie made sure that we all had our drinks full all the time and she recommended several menu items that were absolutely delicious. The appetizers she recommended were great and the meals were even... More 

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Banner Elk, North Carolina
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The weather could not have been much worse today, but that didn't stop me from trying out Cafe' Portofinos. The building it is in used to be a maintenance station for the Tweetsie Railroad. The floors in the restaurant are a testament to it's age. There is a separate bar area and also some pool tables.There is a wide variety... More 

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Additional Information about Cafe Portofino

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

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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 Smoky Mountains  >  Boone
  • Phone Number: 18282647772

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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?