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Cafe Portofino

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970 Rivers St, Boone, NC 28607-5927
18282647772
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Winter Park, Florida
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have eaten here on 2 occasions recently. The 1st occasion was for lunch. The restaurant was moderately busy and the service was very good. There is a good variety of foods for lunch, including children. The 2nd occasion was for dinner, same menu items. Again, the food was very good. The server was good, just a bit slow. She... More 

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Thank atsleon
Durham, North Carolina
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119 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good food and service. I decided to rate this place based on the food and service and not the facility. It's a building with some history, very little available parking. You have to navigate a narrow deck filled with the smell of stale beer and cigarette smoke. The interior is plain and dated. Clearly the bar on the other side... More 

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Asheboro, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cafe Portofino is our GO-TO after every App State Home football game. The owners and the waitstaff welcome us with open arms no matter the crowd. We have never had a bad experience and frequent it when we are up during off-season as well. All of the pasta dishes, sandwiches and appetizers are fantastic. Food is always hot and flavorful... More 

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Thank suekimel
Boone, North Carolina
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

The bartender didn't see us coming at all on a slow Monday but she did a great job dealing with 6+ of us. Enjoyed being there and can't wait to go back!

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Thank cathate
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

We went to Portofino's for dinner last night. We are local. It was possibly the worst pizza I have ever had. I ordered the cheese pizza. It was dry, hard, and tasteless except for being too salty. The cheese was dry and didn't even taste like cheese — more like cardboard. Will not be going back there!

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Thank Barbara Y
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

This is a fantastic place to go any time of the day. Food is fabulous. We have eaten here MANY times over the years and NEVER had anything bad to eat. Waitstaff and owners are always friendly and so glad to see you. They greet you with a smile! We love their signature dish, blackened sirloin over penne pasta!!! Oh... More 

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Thank sandetoz10
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

Portfolio Cafe is obviously popular with the college set but for someone used to real Italian food it was a bit disappointing. The service was great and the staff willing, but it's rare to find really good Italian food in the south. The red sauce was a bit watery the pesto not bad. Garlic knots were good.

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Thank Seymour1860
Boone, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

This was my second time dining at Cafe Portofino; and while it won't get rave reviews for the way it looks- you won't care once you eat. The specials are really interesting and creative. The pasta I ordered had the best tasting Marsala type sauce ever...yet it was served with steak. Just excellent. The apps are great as well as... More 

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Thank larwatts
Boone, North Carolina
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016 via mobile

Had a great time. Bartenders were great and beer selection was ok. We even had the new girl and she was great. Cute interior and ski ball was a nice plus.

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Thank cathate
Charlotte NC
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71 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2016

Consistently good food - not crazy unique but good dining - sandwiches, pastas, always a good meal and a good value

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Italian, American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 970 Rivers St, Boone, NC 28607-5927
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Boone
  • Phone Number: 18282647772
Description
Cafe Portofino is a family restaurant that can accommodate a small intimate party to very large groups. We specialize in pastas, steaks & specialty sandwiches. We have homemade soups and desserts. Our wine and beer list is very extensive. On the weekends we feature fresh seafood specials. We have a separate kids menu and kids 10 and under eat free Tuesday thru Thursday.We also have a separate bar called The Tap Room with all ABC permits. In The Tap Room we have billiards, darts & flat screen TVs.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?