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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
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Santa Monica, California
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113 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I've enjoyed Italian and seafood specialties here. Everything I've tried is delicious. Save room for Italian dessert.

Thank SMOgal
Eastvale, California
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Fabulous view of the harbor in this restaurant in our hotel Villa Portifino. We could not have picked a better place to stay and eat. Our waitress Amy was very helpful, patient and accommodating. The hostess staff were so nice and welcomed us early for our reservation. It was happening place in a Saturday night. We both enjoyed the veal... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did not have reservations and only waited 15 minutes to be seated. The server was doing the best she could but it seemed the restaurant did not have enough servers to take care of the volume they served. The food was good but not excellent.

Thank Brookieco
Palos Verdes Estates, California
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First night in CATALINA and was not disappointed. Two couples, great food and three bottles of wine! Food and wine is reasonably priced. Service was excellent. We will be back.

Thank WhaleTail53
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If the special is Swordfish get that!!!, blackened AND with picatta sauce- yummy! We shared this with the cappellini de checca, a very nice light combo. Service was ok, a bit slow at the second half. You will quickly realize service is a bit lacking at all the restaurants in town. I think the island is short staffed overall (as... More 

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LA, California
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47 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were staying next door at the Portofino hotel, which was excellent. After a weekend of seafood, we wanted something new, and went to the Portofino Ristorante. Please note: on a Saturday, and indeed most nights, reservations are recommended, and we did call in reservations for 4 adults and noted we needed space for a stroller for an infant. Our... More 

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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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70 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here for dinner on a Saturday night. If you do this, make a reservation. We waited 1.25 hrs for a table and the another 2 hrs for food. That said, the food was delicious. The staff was friendly as well. We would defiantly eat here again, however take our own advice next time and make a reservation first.

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San Francisco, California
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192 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

And all my years visiting Catalina I have never eaten at this restaurant before. The waiters were excellent. The Caesar salad is excellent as well. We had great pasta and a nice ambience.

Thank dougrh
Bonita, CA
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198 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016 via mobile

We arrived early so we could dine outdoors on a beautiful Summer day. Though they have a lot of choices any of the Pastas with the red sauce are great. The sauce is as good as any we had in Italy. Spaghetti portion was larger than the Lasagne. We got as much attention from the server as we needed. Great... More 

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San Mateo, CA
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319 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

After hearing this was the best restaurant to dine at, we left disappointed. 5 of the 6 entrees were overcooked. The steak special was cooked perfect. We have since learned that this place is hit or miss depending on who is in the kitchen cooking. Must of been the miss night. Service was very good. Based on cost and overall... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $35
Italian, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, 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?