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“Dependable” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Portofinos

Portofinos
28 Tuwharetoa St, Taupo 2730, New Zealand
(07) 377 6293
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Ranked #62 of 89 Restaurants in Taupo
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
auckland
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66 reviews 66 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Dependable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Always a great meal - with Italian flair. Despite being a 'chain' now we have found Taupo Portofino to be just a little more personalised and enjoyable.

Visited March 2013
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
Yorkshire
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101 reviews 101 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 55 cities Reviews in 55 cities
206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
“Distinctly average at best”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Bruscheta came out after approx 1 minute, very clever that they spotted us coming from 100 yards away, decided that we would order bruscheta, then started warming it. Anyway it was acceptable.
I then got my lasagne and my wife her mushroom ravioli. Both were kind of ok but but sauces tasted very similar (probably because they tasted of nothing). they lacked med flavours ie fresh tomatoes, garlic, herbs. Pleasant waitresses doing their best but let down by the food.
Very busy at 6.45, must have been lots of people trying it for the first time!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Poor service and food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

I'm sorry but saying you are too busy is not an excuse for both poor service and food. We had to return one steak because it was well done after ordering rare. The broccoli was uncooked on some plates whilst others it was cooked (same dish). We had to continually ask for knives and forks and water for the table. Very disappointing.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Wellington, New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Pretty good.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Portofinos is a name we are familiar with having visited a few in New Zealand.

This one didn't disappoint. The service was excellent and the food tasty.

Not a place I would rave about, however was very enjoyable.

Visited January 2013
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Wanganui, New Zealand
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Enjoyable food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Service was good and food very tasty. Felt that the tables were positioned a little too closely together but otherwise we enjoyed the meal.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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