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“A taste of Italy!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Portofino

Portofino
71 Tamaki Drive, Auckland 1001, New Zealand
(09) 528 1212
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Ranked #529 of 1,285 Restaurants in Auckland
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Sydney, Australia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“A taste of Italy!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013 via mobile

Large busy restaurant with good Italian food. Suitable for kids, couples and groups. Well appointed inside and outside is well protected and heated. Not really a romantic place but right on the water and well worth a visit. We even had an Italian waiter!

Visited December 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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106 reviews 106 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Nice place for lunch not too far from CBD”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

We were in Viaduct area having trouble finding a place to park to grab lunch...a 5-10 minute drive we found Mission Bay area and Portofino. Parking was $4 instead of $15 in CBD and they give you credit on the bill if you show them the receipt. Food was good, service was good we would go back.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Queenstown, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Beautiful!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

While staying in Auckland i had a lunch and dinner at portifino both were amazing full of flavor! Loved the fact that everyone that served me was italian too made it a all round italian experince

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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90 restaurant reviews
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
“Better than you'd expect when you look at it from outside”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

We had been disconcerted by a number of indifferent reviews, but on looking more closely it became apparent that several people had incorrectly posted their reviews here instead of Portofino Viaduct. Easy error to make, but potentially costly for Portofino Mission Bay, which seems a more reliable bet.

We have informed TripAdvisor of the errors (interesting that the restaurant Manager had not spotted that issue - perhaps suggests that they don't track what customers think - it's time they did).

So, what of Portofino Mission Bay? We received a very warm welcome (from TJ), who thoughtfully placed us in a quieter part of the restaurant. He remained attentive and efficient throughout, recommending dishes and being helpful about the choice of wine and so forth. He was an experienced member of staff, also trained as a chef (he said) and he helped to make the evening a success.

We had garlic bread for starter; well-cooked, tasty, not too oily, good.

For her taste, my wife's pizza was rather over-spiced with chilli (and in fact the menu had not mentioned chilli among the ingredients!). My Chicken Parmigiano was very enjoyable. Our desserts were 50/50 - my cheesecake was a bit too glutinous, but my wife's tiramisu was well up to standard.

The Italian wine on the list includes some very attractive options, priced sensitively. We usually have NZ wine, but on this occasion we did enjoy the opportunity to visit the Mediterranean.

Overall, the service made the evening. Otherwise, probably 3 stars.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Nice Meal - great outlook - good value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

Had lunch there. Good food. Quick service. Good value. What more can you ask for ?

I am going back there this week with a group of friends (one of whom is a regular there)

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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