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“We had the best time!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Portofino

Cafe Portofino
3295 Dogwood Ln, Hiawassee, GA 30546-1507
706-435-0502
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Ranked #15 of 34 Restaurants in Hiawassee
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Perfect for any occasion, Café Portofino offers lakeview dining. Our dishes, prepared with the freshest and highest-quality ingredients, include mouthwatering appetizers, delicious salads, daily soups, Italian-influenced entrées, seafood, steaks and more. Enjoy a meal in the dining room or Happy Hour drink and appetizer specials in Firelight.Saturday evenings offer a special treat with a professional pianist performing in the dining room and live music and dancing in the Firelight. We also host private events, working with you to tailor every detail from cuisine to decorations to fit your entertaining needs.
Morganton, GA.
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10 restaurant reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“We had the best time!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

When we think of fine dining in Hiawassee, we think "Cafe Portofino". This restaurant is a cozy, upscale Italian food that never fails to please. The last time we went it was just a group of 4 friends - nice food, great wine, intimate atmosphere. This time it was a celebratory dinner of 26 friends and it was so much fun! They seated us in a private area next to the fireplace in a grouping of 4 tables with our own wait staff. The owner and bartender came up and chatted with us. We really felt wined and dined. The best part was when we found it was Winey Wednesday - all bottles of wine were 1/2 price. What a deal! Every single person loved their meal and had a great time. Three hours flew by. We were never rushed, the meals came out surprisingly quick considering we all ordered off the menu and had multiple courses. The staff were attentive without being intrusive. A perfect evening!

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Dallas, Texas
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139 reviews 139 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Hi-mark in Hiawassee”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2011

Who knew that the hills of Georgia were hiding a real gem of a restaurant.
I have had the Chicken Marsala and Filet Mignon on my two visits. Trememdous! Absolutely out of this world! Both the house salad and the Caesar are outstanding.
The bruschetta was a good choice for a starter item.

  • Visited May 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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USA
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Nice Atmosphere but Expensive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

Restaurant has average fare with nice atmosphere. Hard to hear with band playing loudly. It is expensive. Food is adequate but not outstanding which is typical for the area. Several other choices in restaurants that offer competitive prices and similiar cuisine. Has Thursday night special dinner and movie option with theatre next door which is unique. Parking on the hill is a night mare and older couples should be extremely careful in walking up to the restaurant.

  • Visited November 2010
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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East Ellijay, Georgia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Cafe or Hillbilly Honky Tonk”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2011

Very expensive and the atmosphere is of a classy restrauant with a honky tonk bar. Unable to enjoy a nice meal for the noise the band makes. NOT MY CUP OF TEA.

  • Visited April 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Georgia, US
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Very good Italian restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2011

Food is well prepared with good portions. Bar an entertainment were great!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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