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Cafe Portofino

970 Rivers St, Boone, NC 28607
828 264 7772
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Ranked #30 of 126 restaurants in Boone
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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
Hertford, North Carolina, United States
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
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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Durham, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

If I could give a negative star rating, I would. The service was poor. Granted it was graduation weekend BUT there were empty tables all around us (should have been a big clue to us) BUT we waited 1 hr and 15 mins for our food. We asked the waiter and manager and were told "we are really busy". Did... More

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Huntsville, Alabama
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

My husband and I were in town for a couple of days so we wandered here to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. The $3 Blue Moon special was the perfect addition to a wonderful afternoon. The service, food and atmosphere were pleasant.

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Apex, North Carolina
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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Service & food were superb and come strongly recommended! It does have a full bar attached if that is your thing. If it's not, just ask to be seated to the far side from the bar so the noise level will not be distracting. Rustic decor added to overall character of place. All in all, we were very happy with... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

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

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
5 helpful votes 5 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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