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“EXCELLENT _ Thank you for a great lunch experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Portofino

Portofino
33 Custom House Quay | Meridian Building-Waterfront, Wellington, New Zealand
(04) 4995060
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Ranked #172 of 634 restaurants in Wellington
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Waikato
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“EXCELLENT _ Thank you for a great lunch experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

Three of us had lunch last week and it was a delightful experience. From Maitre ‘d, waitresses, food, to ambiance it was excellent. Great service but not over-serviced. Food was extremely good – and for a change from city restaurants – value for money. As a former restaurateur who has dined extensively here and overseas I’m very critical but couldn’t fault this. Thank you very much!

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Seabeck
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118 reviews 118 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
“Found another one”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

We only knew the Portofino in Christchurch so when we saw the logo we where excited. And it was just as great as we remembered it. Gnocci, Garlic bread, Penne, Gelato...it all was great. And to top it off, we had an excellent server.
Thanks Annie for a great night and thanks Portofino for a great dinner.

Visited July 2012
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“Disappointing ...I'd expect better”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

My colleague and I had a business dinner at Portofino last week . The location is excecllent being on the waterfront and the decor is modern.
Our food was expensive and unimaginative . Our over cooked scallops smothered in sauce were $38 per plate. The steamed vegetable side dish (also very basic ) was extra.
We declined desert but asked for coffee. We were told that unfortunately coffee was not available as the machine has been turned off and cleaned. Admittedly we were the only people left in the restaurant but it was only 9.15 on a Wednesday night.!!

The waitress was was obviously embarrassed and did her best to apologise ( no complaints re her service )

  • Visited June 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Blenheim, NZ
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“Great meal - fantastico!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

While walking the Wellington waterfront in the afternoon we passed Portofino, checked out the menu and decided to come back for dinner - good choice.

The service was excellent, the choice of wine and food was very comprehensive, and the food tasted great. The bowl of garlic bread presented as a starter got our tastebuds working, and we continued on through the appetiser and main, and then even manged a lovely Tiramasu for dessert.

We spent the evening reflecting on the amazing meals we'd eaten in italy last year.

Great place, we'll go back

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Wide Ranging Italian Menu on the Waterfront”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2012

Ate here twice in the evening trying pasta and pizza - both were very good and the location is excellent with a good view of the harbour. Staff were friendly and efficient. The desert of cheesecake was not quite up to the main courses but nothing to complain of. Prices were reasonable for the location and quality for food and I would certainly go back

Visited June 2012
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