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Cafe Portofino

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970 Rivers St, Boone, NC 28607
828 264 7772
Today
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene
Large groups

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 44
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 11
    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
Good lunch on a rainy day

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 14, 2014
Wyndswept8
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Banner Elk, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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82 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Boone, North Carolina, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Zionville, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Great prices, relaxed atmosphere, wide selection of foods to choose from and a bar to the side away from the restaurant. I am a repeat customer & love this local establishment.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

I visited this restaurant in May and it was great! The atmosphere is laid back and the food is great for the price. I had the fried green tomato BLT and it was the best sandwich I've ever eaten! Check it out!!

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49 reviews 49 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We recently revisited Café Portofino with friends who had never been there and were visiting for the weekend. We were hopeful it would be as good as the last time we were there, and it did not disappoint. We were told by our server there is a new chef who has been there about 2 months, so there were changes... More 

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Banner Elk, North Carolina
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A college hangout. Food is OK with a nice selection for the younger crowd. Staff is friendly and helpful.

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Pilot Mountain, North Carolina
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39 reviews 39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

When I was in grad school at Appalachian State University, this was my favorite it’s-payday-I-can-splurge place to eat. My husband and I recently visited Boone for the day and I took him to Café Portofino, hoping that my warm, wonderful memories wouldn’t be crushed. I shouldn’t have worried. It has still the same no frills ambiance, creative food, and outstanding... More 

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Hertford, North Carolina, United States
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We were looking for a restaurant with outdoor seating to take advantage of the nice weather, so we tried Café Portofino based on the recommendations on Trip Advisor. It is a fun, upbeat location frequented by students from the local university. They have a varied, reasonably-priced menu and our server was knowledgeable about the various options when we had questions.... More 

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Boone, North Carolina
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Whether you want a casual lunch or a special dinner, Cafe Portofino will deliver. The menu has a nice variety of appetizers, sides, entrees and dessert. .The wine list offers great choices. The chef demonstrates creativity and finesse with food while keeping it comfortable and sophisticated at the same time.

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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: 828 264 7772

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