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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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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Lunch, Dinner, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good view. Good food. Overpriced

The food was good. Service was fine. Small portions though. I ordered the chicken Marsala which was fine but a bit rubbery. Again, for $25 to get one small breast of chicken was a little disappointing. Don't think I'll be going back.

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 26, 2015
Wolfmania11
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  • Romantic
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We loved the convenience of having this restauarnt within the campus of Marriott's Kauai Beach Club. The food was excellent and the service friendly. We will definitely be going back when we return to Kauai. As with a couple of other eating spots here, it is adjacent to the beach/bay so on nice days it is also a lovely spot... More 

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cafeportofino, Owner at Cafe Portofino, responded to this review

Grazie for your review! We hope you enjoyed Kauai and plan to come visit us again soon! All the best from our family to yours! More 

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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

The food was good. Service was fine. Small portions though. I ordered the chicken Marsala which was fine but a bit rubbery. Again, for $25 to get one small breast of chicken was a little disappointing. Don't think I'll be going back.

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cafeportofino, Owner at Cafe Portofino, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. At Cafe Portofino it's not just a meal it is an experience. We offer Authentic Italian Cuisine, Our Million dollar location overlooking the beautiful Kalapaki Beach and the soothing sounds of Jovani playing his Harp. In Hawaii everything is a bit higher, keep in mind we are on an island and must have everything shipped... More 

Orangevale, California
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233 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

This is located at the Marriott Beach Club. We didn't have time for a full dinner so we just had pina colada's at the Cafe Portofino bar at sunset. Beautiful setting! The bartender was very helpful and talked to us about activities on the island. Great place to stop and have a drink and enjoy the sunset.

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Liberty, Missouri
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

We had a great view along the balcony which added to the experience. We went early, when they first opened for the day, since we hadn't had lunch. The service was wonderful since they weren't all that busy yet. The bread was delicious as were our entrees. We shared a dessert of profiteroles which were excellent! A great place to... More 

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Winchester
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40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Breakfast was possibly a little over priced forwhat you received. However try the bar from 4pm and experience cocktails very good ask for Woogie he makes great cocktails!!

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Missouri City, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We have been going to the restaurant every year we are on Kauai..about 12 years running. We have never had a mediocre meal. Last year , after our dinner, I asked the owner when he was going to offer the Lobster Ravioli which is a special. He asked me when we were coming back and they would make it for... More 

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cafeportofino, Owner at Cafe Portofino, responded to this review

Grazie Bill for your review! When you dine with us you are family! We hope you visit us again soon, until then we wish you all the best! More 

okc/ok
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I had a wonderful veal dinner and my wife enjoyed her ahi the meals were delicious with a very good wine selection. meals are what to expect in Hawaii

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cafeportofino, Owner at Cafe Portofino, responded to this review

Grazie!! Thank you for your review, it was our pleasure having you. We hope you come dine with us again soon! All the best from our family to yours! More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Environment is just so-so for the prices. EXTREMELY OVERPRICED! You can get at least 5 times more food and quality of service in a fancy Manhattan restaurant!!!! Me and my husband ordered an appetizer that was at the least $15 for only 3 small scallops. Really?! Dining in the most expensive restaurants in the country would serve you more for... More 

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cafeportofino, Owner at Cafe Portofino, responded to this review

We always welcome reviews and comments from our customers. Dining in Kauai, especially an open air restaurant on the beach can be a bit pricey. That is why we have our full menu with all of our prices on display right outside of the restaurant so customers can make that buying decision before they come in. All of our food... More 

Issaquah, Washington
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136 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Café Portofino is located next door to the Marriott Kauai Beach Club Resort in Lihue. The second story restaurant has a fantastic view of Kalapaki beach, Nawiliwili harbor, and the rugged hills beyond. The ravioli with mushrooms in a light tomato cream sauce was delicious. The Fettuccine Alla Bolognese was excellent. Service could have been a little better, but it... More 

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cafeportofino, Owner at Cafe Portofino, responded to this review

Thank you for your comment. We are so glad you enjoyed your evening with us and hope you come visit us again some day! Ciao! More 

Diamond Bar, California
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136 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The last two times we have been here over the years, it was outstanding, but not so anymore. They are apparently just going through the motions. The food isn't bad, it just isn't that good. What a shame. Friendly but slow service and very high prices.

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cafeportofino, Owner at Cafe Portofino, responded to this review

We appreciate you taking the time to leave us a comment. For 25 years we have served Kauai locals and visitors alike and hope continue for many years to come. We take all reviews into consideration and hope you will come see us again some time. Our goal is always to improve and give our guest a memorable authentic Italian... More 

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Additional Information about Cafe Portofino

Address: 3481 Hoolaulea Way, Kauai Marriott, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
Phone Number: 808-245-2121
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Lihue
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
Average Prices: USD 12 - 100
Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, Hawaiian

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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?