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“Consistently good”

Portofino Italian Restaurant
Ranked #23 of 1,489 Restaurants in Xiamen
Price range: $29 - $73
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Delivery, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: The newly refurbished Portofino Italian Restaurant, with elegant floor-to-ceiling windows allows a wonderful streetscape glance out before your eyes. The soft lighting and dark brown European style furniture help to highlight the Italian inspired design. The Chef has the insight and exquisite culinary skills to create innovative cuisines with his skillfully prepared combinations of rich authentic flavors from Italia, your body, mind and tasty buds, our guests will enjoy the amazing food in an elegant environment along with the unique charm of Italian styles.
Long Beach, California
2 reviews
“Consistently good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2012

I have been in Xiamen for about 15 years and for Italian food I always go to "Portofino" restaurant in the Millenium hotel. Call it an addiction as my (Chinese) wife and I have been eating there 3 to 4 evenings of the week for the last 3 years or so. Chef Pippo hails from Sicily and he is always kind and informative when talking about the food on the menu. You can even prod him to make you a non-menu dish. He is also a die-hard runner and follows race cycling in Europe very closely. Over the years the decor of the restaurant as well as the location within the hotel have changed several times but the atmosphere and the waitresses are always very warm and friendly. Try the Don Gesualdo sauce which Pippo named after his late father...it is quite nice. I do not drink so I cannot comment on the wine selection but I would think it to match the excellent experience I always have there. Oh, and the tartuffo will top it all off.

  • Visited July 2012
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Manager1155, Manager at Portofino Italian Restaurant, responded to this review, November 11, 2012
Dear Guest,
We appreciate you for spending your time to write such a positive review about Portofino restaurant. We are very glad to hear that during all these years you continue coming to eat in Portofino ans stay happy and delighed with our service, food and Chef Pippo.
Our service is very attentive and professional. Our menu improves and changes all the time. The decor is also improved to make you feel like home. Portofino is great both for a romantic dinner, a business meal or a family evening.
As you noted, tartuffo is very popular among our guests as well as Don Gesualdo sauce by Chef Pippo.
Your comment of Portofino is very important for us and will be forwarded to Chef Pippo.
We look forward to welcome your return to Portofino in near future.
Thank you again for your review.
Sincerely,
Hotel Management
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Hong Kong, China
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55 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Nice wine and ambience, average food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2012

Couldn't taste the ricotta in my spinach and ricotta ravioli so it was very bland. My partner had fish which was ok he said. We had a nice evening. Good service and nice bottle of red. Food could have been better though.

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank Brit8
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Manager1155, Manager at Portofino Italian Restaurant, responded to this review, November 11, 2012
Dear Guest,
Thank you for your feedback upon your experience in Portofino. It is very important for us to know it.
We are very sorry to hear that your dish was very bland. We will let Chef Pippo know about it so that when you come next time you will enjoy your food. Still it is good to know that you liked the time spent in Portofino with good wine and great service.
Our restaurant is one of the most famous in Xiamen. Chef Pippo's menu has a great selection. He can prepare any combination you want to ask him. Even if you do not find something in the menu, Chef Pippo will be happy to cook it for you.
Once again we are thankful for your review. Our only goal is to meet your satisfaction.
We hope to see you next time you are in Xiamen,
Best Regards,
Hotel Management.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“The only place to eat.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2012

I have been to Xiamen several time over the last 8 years. First time the hotel was the Crown Plaza, we entered an Italian restaurant. called the "Portofino" after the first meal and introduction to Pippo, this is the only place I stay, Yes the Hotel has changed hands, the layout and design of the restaurant has changed, but not the service and the food. If you want "real" Italian cooking and one of the most friendly place to eat in China, stop by Portofino and dine with Pippo.

  • Visited May 2012
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1 Thank ed w
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Manager1155, Manager at Portofino Italian Restaurant, responded to this review, November 20, 2012
Dear Guest,
We appreciate you for writing such a positive feedback upon your experience with us. Thank you for coming to Portofino and trying its food.
Our aim was to create a friendly environment for dining where you can feel like home. Our professional team and Chef Pippo do their best to provide our guests with great service and delicious italian food.
We hope to see you again in Portofino in future.
Best Regards,
Hotel Management
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Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
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“If you're going to Xiamen you must eat in Prortofino”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2012

Many times I was in Xiamen and every time I'm eating in Portofino. This is the best restaurant there. Pippo allways kind, and make the best food for you. You can eat many different kind of food and all is tasty. The waitresses are very frinedly, the atmosphere is pleasant, you have time and spirit for eat your food and enjoy it.

  • Visited June 2011
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Thank TimiSesztak
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Manager1155, Manager at Portofino Italian Restaurant, responded to this review, November 20, 2012
Dear Guest,
Thank you for providing such a postive review about Portofino. We are very glad to know that you are always coming to us to enjoy Italian food made by Chef Pippo.
Our team is very professional and always ready to make your dining experience with us unforgettable. If you have any particular suggestions or demands about your dish, Chef Pippo is always there to come to you and cook it specially for you. Our waitresses know how to treat every guests to make him feel like home as they are very professional and friendly.
It all happens because our main goal is to meet your satisfaction.
We warmly welcome you back to Portofino in Xiamen to enjoy our hospitality again.
Sincerely,
Hotel Management.
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Nagykanizsa, Hungary
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“Italian island in Chinese see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2012

After a hard day of Chines Real Wold I have always got something which remember me to Europe. Familiar atmosphere, delicious foods, selected wines, friendly waitresses and an ITALIAN chef. Nothing more is needed for a dinner in Xiamen. Thanx Pippo!

  • Visited November 2011
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Thank csaaba
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Manager1155, Manager at Portofino Italian Restaurant, responded to this review, November 25, 2012
Dear Guest,
Thank you for providing such a positive feedback on Portofino. We are very delighted to know that you enjoyed your time in our restaurant.
Just as you mentioned, delicious italian food cooked by great italian Chef Pippo is one of the many strong points of the restaurant along with professional and friendly staff. We always strive to maintain finest quality service, wine and food to our guests.
We warmly welcome you back to Portofino to enjoy another great dinner.
Best Regards,
Hotel Management
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