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“Great food, ok service”
Review of Portofino

Portofino
Ranked #52 of 172 Restaurants in New Plymouth
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed April 23, 2014 via mobile

We decided to dine early and it was lucky we did as the restaurant was said to be fully booked later that evening. We were the only diners in the restaurant for the majority of our meal and despite numerous waiting staff being on hand, they stood around chatting with each other and neglected to top up our water and take our drink orders until interrupted and asked. This was a shame as the food was outstanding - freshly prepared, generous portions and delicious. Get the service right and this place would be worthy of top ratings!

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Reviewed March 29, 2014

We arrived in New Plymouth late in the day and just wanted a change from the usual fare in New Zealand restaurants and so decided on Italian. Our hotel assisted us with a candidate. We enjoyed the byow feature. We did not have a reservation so as this is a very busy restaurant we were delighted to be seated. The food was average but what sticks out in our mind was the pasta sauce tasted more like tomato soup than pasta sauce. Service was very good. And except for our disappointment in the sauce the food was generally good and reasonably priced.

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Reviewed March 26, 2014 via mobile

Love Portofino! Always busy, always buzzing and has a great vibe. Be sure to book as even mid week you can't be guaranteed a walk in table. For a romantic evening for two request a window seat and order each course as the next comes...otherwise meals can come a little too quickly....great service, fresh food, good value and BYO wine.

1  Thank RocheMaree
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Reviewed March 25, 2014

Very pleasant Italian family restaurant. Friendly and cheerful staff and reasonable prices - great to be able to "bring your own wine". Would recommend the Linguine Vongole and the wonderful Itlaian dessert of ice cream, espresso coffee and frangelica (hazelnut) liquer - sorry cannot remember its name!

Thank jvandek
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Reviewed March 24, 2014

Six of us went there for dinner. Not a pasta person I was not sure I would enjoy too much. The veal I had was great and would love to go back

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Thank Keith F
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