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Cafe Portofino

3481 Hoolaulea Way, Kauai Marriott, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
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Ranked #31 of 91 restaurants in Lihue
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Price range: $12 - $100
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Marriott Way
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.
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55% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Dallas, Texas
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Bad service and food. We had to ask for bread. The bread was stale. Our waiter disappeared and it took forever to get our food. They did not honor our coupon from the Marriott for free dessert.

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

My wife and I Were staying at the Marriott so we decided to eat here as we were tired from travel and wanted someplace close. The view was great and very relaxing. The waitress was very nice but must have been new because she had to check with someone else to answer our questions. My wife ordered the Filet for... More

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Eugene, OR
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This was our second time to dine at Cafe Portofino over our past 2 trips to Kauai in the past 4 years. I remember our dinner as being good from our first visit but this time will really be unforgettable. Three of us dined there. My had veal scallopini which was prepared very well. Our adult daughter had the ravioli... More

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Portland, Oregon
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

Excellent server. Decent food. We had several pasta dishes and a fish dish, as well as two appetizers and three desserts. Nothing was horrible, but nothing stood out. Bottom line...not a lot of care taken with each plate. More of a "get it to 'em quick" restaurant. Artichoke heart appetizer, antipasto plate, pasta bolognese, pasta with sausage, fish special, chocolate... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We ate here on our last night in Kauai. I was hesitant at first being Italian food in Hawaii, but everything was excellent. Our waiter, Austin, was GREAT! He was very attentive, personable and knew how to be an awesome host. My family of four all enjoyed their meals and especially the dessert. I had the steak & shrimp, hubby... More

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La Canada Flintridge, California
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I love Eggplant. This one was superb. Nice atmosphere. Great views. Convenient location at the Marriott Lihue.

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Palo Alto, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We had such wonderful delicious meals at Cafe Portofino - we ate there a few times and the food was outstanding, gorgeous view and amazing service.

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Menu is at low level...even if the place looks like an important place. Service is bad...it is difficult to obtain variations and bill too high and not properly done...i was alone and on the bill we were served in two... Panorama is great..come on you are in Kauai!

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Arnold, Maryland
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Our family gathering enjoyed our last evening meal of the vacation at Cafe Portofino. Everyone enjoyed their meal which ranged from fresh fish to steak and chicken to pasta. The staff was especially attentive to my son's severe food allergies. He was even able to enjoy the sorbet selection for dessert (he rarely is able to order dessert at a... More

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Mount Prospect, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We were staying at the Marriott Resort and came in close to dinner and very hungry. Walked to the beach and although I am not the biggest fan of Italian food we decided to give Portifino's a try. First of all the harp music was so nice as we sat and looked out at the beach. The service was excellent!... More

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