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Cafe Portofino

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3295 Dogwood Ln, Hiawassee, GA 30546-1507
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hayesville, North Carolina
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

Went for lunch, and loved the wings! Will go back. Our family met for lunch. The service was good, and we enjoyed it.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

Brunch was great fun! $5 Bloody Marys & Breakfast was on $9.95. Beautiful views of Lake Chatuge and has a beach feel with a DJ! Only open weekends starting on Friday.

Thank Don Z
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3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

Very overpriced for amount and quality of food. Cheese biscuits served before meal were very dry and not served with butter or other condiment. Scallop dinner priced around $23.00 arrived with 3 scallops, which were so overseasoned that you couldn't taste scallops. Seafood scampi, priced around $21.00, advertised as containing scallops, included about three t four very small pieces of... More 

Thank Hannahglynn13
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

Our first mistake was sitting in the casual side of restaurant, very loud. There was only one server for the entire room of 20 or so tables. I ordered eggplant parmesean and risotto. It took 40 mins to get our food. We felt sorry for our server and tried to be patient but my food was barely warm and not... More 

Thank Tommye S
Manahawkin, New Jersey
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

Almost everything you would except not there.....Food was really lacking . I ordered thir steak dish, and it came sliced , Never saw such a presentation made one feel as though it was bait and switch...Sorry we were really looking forward to a nice dinner. We were hoping to make Portofino , a regular stop as we are going to... More 

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Franklin, North Carolina
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21 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

A little out of the way but nice. Splendid view of Lake Chatuge, so request a table by the front windows. Escargot were gritty; I've prepared better at home. Waitress got my order wrong. She brought eggplant parmesan instead of the veal parmesan I ordered. But it was still good. A little on the pricey side but this was a... More 

Thank Paladin28734
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

Great view of the lake and even better food. Attractive interior, super service and well priced. We both had Italian which is the house specialty and the house wine . We will go back again. Don't like the parking lot but they can't help that and the place is very worth the parking trouble.

Thank Joe R
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8 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

I went with my boyfriend and another couple for dinner and to start with, they told us that it is better for reservations but she would see what she could find for us. After a few minutes, she sat us at a table in a room where over half the tables were empty. I originally thought, those tables are reserved... More 

Thank Brandey B
Blairsville, Georgia
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2016

Three of us visited Portofino's restaurant yesterday for my wife's 65th. I asked if the chef was still there from last fall. He had gone to the casino and the steak that I thought was one of the best I had ever tried was replaced with a smaller cut of rib steak and the demi glaze sauce was bland. The... More 

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Hiawassee, Georgia
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61 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2016

After a couple of visits, I have to say that I wasn't bowled over. The wings were okay but the pasta dishes tasted much like what you could buy in the freezer section of the grocery store.

Thank Tammy C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Scenic view, Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3295 Dogwood Ln, Hiawassee, GA 30546-1507
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Hiawassee
  • Phone Number: 706-435-0502
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.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?