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“Villa Portofino Uncovered”

Ristorante Villa Portofino
Ranked #13 of 49 Restaurants in Avalon
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $35
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Villa Portofino Uncovered”
Reviewed September 19, 2012

Lovely appetizer and salad followed by a very long wait for our entrees. We then received the worst gnocchi (heavy and tough like a brick) i have ever had, grocery store gnocchi in a cryvoc pouch is better. Refused and sent back to the kitchen. My wife's calamari steak arrived with the vegetables so cold butter would not melt on them. Also refused! We asked the waiters if they were reheating the food in the kitchen and they never gave us a straight answer.
We asked to speak to the chef and manager and were told NEITHER was present in the restaurant. If you want to go to a restaurant with no manager or chef on duty hurry to Villa Portofino our waiter told us he made the spinach salads, nothing but vinegar and oil, pine nuts and gorgonzola. Palatable but nothing special..
We had lunch today at Steve's Steakhouse, if you want a delightul experience with REALLY fresh, good food go there.

  • Visited September 2012
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“One of the better meals I had in Avalon.”
Reviewed September 19, 2012

My husband and I went to the Villa Portofino twice. The food was good, the service was friendly, and the prices were reasonable. We sat at the front of the restaurant in the window, and enjoyed watching people buzzing by along Front Street. The sound level in the restaurant was moderate, and I, who am hearing impaired, was able to carry on a conversation with my husband without straining to hear him. The decor and atmosphere is very nice.

  • Visited September 2012
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Corona, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Dinner”
Reviewed September 13, 2012

we loved the Napoletan songs. The food was not bad but the service was not so good. They took forever to give us the check. Loved the position and the atmosphere.

Visited September 2012
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Thank FanTom981
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Avalon, California
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64 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“WONDERFUL FOOD and service”
Reviewed September 6, 2012

Consistently quality food and wonderful service.
Nice size dine room and some lovely patio/street side dinning.
I love the Calamari Piccata
Nice wine selections all so.

  • Visited August 2012
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Ramona, California
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111 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Wonderful food and atmosphere”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

We walked in without a reservation and were seated in a great little table by the window, overlooking the water and Casino. The food was wonderful. Portions were perfect. The wine was great. Highly recommend and will visit again ourselves!

Visited September 2012
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