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Ristorante Villa Portofino

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101 Crescent Avenue, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-2009
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Ontario CANADA
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195 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had an excellent Italian meal in this restaurant with friendly and attentive service. The menu offered a number of very affordable items and reasonable drinks and wine list.

Thank BenOntarioCANADA
Los Angeles
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126 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017

Though we did not eat at every restaurant on the island, we ate at enough and had the same consistent experience of bad food, that I feel confident in saying that there's not much good food to be had in this resort. At least at this restaurant, the greeting is warm and welcoming, a booth if you want or a... More 

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Santa Clarita, California
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218 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

We have been to this restaurant many times over the years. It is always busy and good quality food. However the service can be slow. Don't know why, there is lots of staff. We started with martinis that were only $10. Cheapest in town. And really good. We ordered Capellini alla Checca and the waiter asked if we wanted it... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

We walked to this restaurant from our hotel in Avalon. We were greeted warmly and seated despite our lack of reservation. The waiter was polite, efficient and very familiar with the menu. Service was efficient, not rushed. The atmosphere was quiet, understated and romantic. We ordered an appetizer of escargot that was absolutely fabulous. Our entrees were so good that... More 

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Hesperia, California
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016 via mobile

Lovely night to eat and sit by the window facing the water. The food was great. No we're a lot of choices on the menu.

Thank ladc2001
Knoxville, Tennessee
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435 reviews
298 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

The restaurant is very nicely decorated and designed to make you feel like you are in Italy! The food was quite good - gnocchi was soft and tender. I did not like the marinara sauce - it tasted like canned tomatoes blended with no flavors or seasonings! The portions were decent and the bread very good. I liked the bruschetta... More 

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United States
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

We always feel very welcomed at Ristorante Villa Portofino. The food is enjoyed as much as the hospitality of the staff.

Thank 15shawnam
Novato, CA
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

Plan on taking a lot of time and enjoy the food. The wait staff (Victor) left a log to be desired. If you can ignore poor service then the meal is worth the visit.

Thank Topspinut
santa maria, United States
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016

The Villa Portofino restaurant is truly a fine dining experience. The food is always fresh and delicious and the service is first flight. This is a "not to be missed" experience for anyone visiting Avalon looking for a good meal.

Thank Barry M
Toronto, Canada
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26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016

This is a lively good Italian restaurant...the best meal during our stay. Our meal was very good, fresh, and tasty. There is also a decent selection of wine. Service was friendly and timely. The decor is italian inspired and very nice. This seems like a place where locals and long time visitors (boaters) frequent.

Thank Thomas K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $35
Italian, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Scenic view, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 101 Crescent Avenue, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Catalina Island  >  Avalon
  • Phone Number: +1 310-510-2009

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?