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“Not the best Italian”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Portofinos

Portofinos
Ranked #57 of 134 Restaurants in Taupo
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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62 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Not the best Italian”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

We have visited this restaurant many times over several years. It used to be fantastic but the last three times have gone from bad to worse. The pizza was average and cannelloni uneadable. Dry, flavourless and over cooked. Seafood risotto could have come from a food court - bland but ok if you are hungry. The service was terrible, like they were doing us a favour and they clearly weren't fully booked. When we complained about the food we were told it is very popular and given no apology or discount (i even offered them to try it as i hadn't eaten it)- we won't be going back.

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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Wellington, New Zealand
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Don't get their takeaway pizzas!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2014

We've dined here a few times in the past and enjoyed our meals. So we felt confident ordering a selection of their takeaway pizzas for a family birthday tea at home. What a disappointment and they were extremely over-priced for what they were. They had hardly any toppings and were as tough as can be. Never again...

  • Visited January 2014
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Rotorua, New Zealand
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27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“I wish I could give a lower score”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014 via mobile

If you are looking for a disgusting meal with the most terrible service then by all means go ahead. This restaurant is an embarrassment! The meal that I had I had to send back because it was cold and uncooked in the middle, and you could tell that it had just been pre made and slapped on the plate and tasted terrible.. I also had to ask several times to get service and when I asked the third time the waitresses rudely said yes they would be there soon. I would strongly recommend NOT to dine here, you could get a better meal at mc Donald's and that's coming from a foodie!

Visited February 2014
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Thank stef W
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Uninspiring”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2014 via mobile

The food was more bistro than restaurant with very friendly staff but somewhat unprofessional and perfunctory.

Visited February 2014
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Average”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2014 via mobile

While the food was ok, this place was generally quite over priced and the wait staff not especially helpful or attentive.

  • Visited January 2014
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