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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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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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194 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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318 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Charleston, Illinois
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved everything we had: bruschetta, scallops, pasta, wine. The outdoor seating was close, but great weather and view made it worth it!

Thank Lauri W
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant is in the Villa Portofino hotel. It's Italian, with tablecloths and a cozy feel. The food is a bit pricey but is delicious, and the service was very professional.

Thank Donna B
Phoenix, Arizona
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Distinctly Italian cuisine by the shore. A wonderful classic Italian restaurant on the waterfront in Avalon. Sit outside across from the waterfront with great views or get comfortable inside at large booths or tables. Food is great and service impeccable.

Thank AJLuse
Newport Beach
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

I love this restaurant! The food, atmosphere, and service is superior! The chef does an excellent job at presentation and flavor, the bartenders have all the tools to enhance your experience, and our server, Amy, was amazing! Talk to her and enjoy! I I wish we had this restaurant on the mainland… I would be there! Never mind on the... More 

Thank Debra F
Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
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59 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

Even though the Villa Portofino welcomes families and groups, I have found it at its best for couples wanting a soft, beautiful setting for a nice dinner after a day of adventure and discovery in Avalon. The atmosphere is romantic and natural, and the food is incredible. Portions are generous to a fault. A place to go back to.

Thank CarlosLdelaRosa
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198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

Four individuals with separate entrees and all voice fair to good. Nothing really stood out for the cost. The cost should be expected though due to being on the island. The presentation was very good and the atmosphere was elegant. Service was good but they seemed to miss one of our birthday wishes for the customer who was with us... More 

Thank Greg P
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

I had eaten here years ago and loved it. This time not so much. My dish-capellini with chopped tomatoes and basil- was really bland. Barely any basil and there was supposed to be garlic but didn't taste any. After putting olive oil, salt and a 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan it became palatable but still pretty boring. My BF's dish... 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, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings, Special occasions
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?