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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: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, 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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  • 49
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 14
    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:
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
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Islamorada, Florida
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

A business associate chose this location for a lunch/meeting. We ate here on a Saturday afternoon around one. The place was not crowded at all and we were immediately seated. My husband order the hamburger and fries...I ventured out and ordered the grilled chicken wrap and was not disappointed - the chicken was cooked to perfection and the garlic ranch... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Went here for dinner with my daughter and 2 sons, we had 2 appetizers and 2 pizza's. Nothing spectacular about this place.

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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

This is a great place to eat. It isn't very fancy, though. It is a restaurant that has a bar attached. My family stopped here for dinner and took advantage of their $8 burger night with $2 drafts. The food was very good and we were all very pleased with our meals. We finished our meal with a mouth watering... More 

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Simpsonville, South Carolina
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49 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Other than the drone from the neighboring student housing area, the creek side patio was a great place to dine. Stay away from the Main Street eateries and come towards River Street. Adjacent parking is a convenient plus.

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Ohio
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

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
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

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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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

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 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

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 11 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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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: 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?