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Ristorante Villa Portofino

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101 Crescent Avenue, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-2009
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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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Los Angeles
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125 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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214 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 6 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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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 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.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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426 reviews
291 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 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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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.

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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.

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santa maria, United States
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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.

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Toronto, Canada
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26 reviews
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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.

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Thank Thomas K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I went here one night for dinner. Service and food were both excellent. Our server was very attentive and the food was fantastic. A top notch place!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $35
Cuisine
Italian, Seafood
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Scenic view, Families with children, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
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?