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Cafe Portofino

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Italian, Seafood, Hawaiian
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3481 Hoolaulea Way, Kauai Marriott, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766 (Marriott Way)
808-245-2121
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations
Description: True Italian fare, but also specializing in Seafood and Steaks! Cafe...
True Italian fare, but also specializing in Seafood and Steaks! Cafe Portofino overlooking the Pacific Ocean near the Marriott hotel has been called "A honeymoon destination' by Martha Stewart, and 'one of the top 10!' by Gourmet Magazine. Please come and enjoy the gentle tradewinds and enjoy a classic dining experience.
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  • 166
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  • 102
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  • 81
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  • 63
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  • 48
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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I was really excited to try this restaurant as it seemed to have good reviews for an Italian restaurant and I love Italian food! With that being said, I must say that I was really disappointed. To start my husband and I ordered the Escargot (which I love) and it was less than memorable. I'm not... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
ecmazz
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Tustin, CA
Good for:
  • Romantic
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Tustin, CA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

I was really excited to try this restaurant as it seemed to have good reviews for an Italian restaurant and I love Italian food! With that being said, I must say that I was really disappointed. To start my husband and I ordered the Escargot (which I love) and it was less than memorable. I'm not sure why they just... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Overall: Good food and excellent views. The food was good Italian for the islands. The views were fantastic. Food: This is as close as you'll get to real Italian on the islands IMHO. I'm a bit of a foodie and I can tell you that the recipes are authentic Italian. For starters I got the Caesar salad, excellent and the... More 

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Westlake Village, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Been to this restaurant many times, always expecting an improvement. Never happens. Always leave feeling the food was mediocre, the service not up to par, and having spent way too much for the experience. The maitre de/owner…well, just read reviews here and on other websites. Putting it nicely, he acts as if he's doing you a favor letting you in... More 

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cafeportofino, Owner at Cafe Portofino, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to Cafe Portofino. We do appreciate your business! Our staff genuinely tries to make your visit as pleasurable as possible. Our family has been serving Kauai for over 25 years and care about every meal we serve. We appreciate your comments and wish you all the best! More 

Phoenix
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Hidden Gem! The restaurant sits in a romantic cove looking out into the ocean and the waitstaff have been very attentive and polite each time we came. I felt they needed to spruce of the inside just so it blends with the romantic Italian setting on the patio. We had the pleasure of meeting the owner who was very thoughtful... More 

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cafeportofino, Owner at Cafe Portofino, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to Cafe Portofino. We do appreciate your business! Our staff genuinely tries to make your visit as pleasurable as possible. Our family has been serving Kauai for over 25 years and care about every meal we serve. We appreciate your comments and wish you all the best! More 

Sandy, UT
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

My wife said her lasagna was some of the best she has ever had. I however was not that impressed with the fish nor the service for that matter. It's a great atmosphere with live music and ocean breezes. It is certainly more of a fine dining establishment than some of the others in the area and you will pay... More 

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Austin, Texas
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Great location, great selection of Italian Cuisine. Very first class service. Good selection of wines. It is pricey, but there is value for your money.

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Montreal, Canada
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Very nice setting in the ocean bay, with harp player during supper time. Polite service, but nothing special. We chose he catch of the day for 35$. Fish was slightly overcooked, but sauce and seasoning were ok. Bread was dry. Vegetables, especially green beans, looked and tasted old. Wine was served at our table by the glass, but the bottle... More 

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Valley Center, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Subtle favors, simply prepared. Good minestrone, delicious calamari in a garlicky sauce. Fine chicken Marsala. Katreesha an excellent and attentive waitress.

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Excelsior, Minnesota
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We had a wonderful dinner which excellent customer service. This is an open air restaurant, and our table looked out over the ocean. My steak was wonderful. And I must add, the price point was completely reasonable. Imagine Ruth's Chris, ala carte. This was just as good (better view), and much less expensive.

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New Orleans
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

What a wonderful find. This tablecloth restaurant was first class. We even had the pleasure of meeting and spending a few momemts speaking with the owner. The service was top notch and the food was out of this world. I highly recommend this place for dinner. I also think his food prices were excellent, especially since Hawaii is an expensive... More 

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cafeportofino, Owner at Cafe Portofino, responded to this review

Grazie, It was our pleasure having you, we hope you come see us again some day! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3481 Hoolaulea Way, Kauai Marriott, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
    (Marriott Way)
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Lihue
  • Phone Number: 808-245-2121

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 100
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, Hawaiian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic

Description

True Italian fare, but also specializing in Seafood and Steaks! Cafe Portofino overlooking the Pacific Ocean near the Marriott hotel has been called "A honeymoon destination' by Martha Stewart, and 'one of the top 10!' by Gourmet Magazine. Please come and enjoy the gentle tradewinds and enjoy a classic dining experience.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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