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Review of Cafe Portofino

Cafe Portofino
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Ranked #18 of 120 Restaurants in Lihue
Price range: $12 - $100
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Marriott Way
Description: True Italian fare, but also specializing in Seafood and Steaks! Cafe Portofino overlooking the Pacific Ocean near the Marriott hotel has been called "A honeymoon destination' by Martha Stewart, and 'one of the top 10!' by Gourmet Magazine. Please come and enjoy the gentle tradewinds and enjoy a classic dining experience.
Reviewed January 20, 2013

Nice dining experience, but felt weird. Oceanfront. Food was very very good! I had the scallops & they were delicious! Bread was the best! Waitresses weren't very friendly, they seemed uninterested the whole time.

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Reviewed January 17, 2013

The view is beautiful--overlooking the beach and bay. It was raining so we sat inside--which was fine until the music started to play at the table we sat at right by the stage. The food was good--the prices for Kauai--fairly reasonable compared to so many other restaurants on the island.

Thank Mary S
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

The night we dined at Portofino, the moon was full and they featured live harp music. The food was very good and the atmosphere even better. I love a beach view, with the full moon dancing on the water. The wait staff was very attentive. We enjoyed the harp music and even the piped in music was soft and appropriate. The cliental were a mixture of families and couples.....both groups would feel comfortable here. If Italian food is what you crave, and relaxed romantic atmosphere appeals to you.....go to Cafe Portofino.

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Thank Mums9
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

I now see why this place gets the ratings it does. Very nice location and facility. Service was OK - not consistent, but OK Its the food. The Caprese salad had tomatoes that tasted like cardboard. The mozzarella was tough and no taste. My seafood special (Mahi Mahi) was nice but overcooked. Wife's Bolognese lacked taste. Wine selection is fine. If ever a place needed a Gordon Ramsey make-over this would be it. Shrink the menu, use local fresh ingredients, prepare it well, then execute.... Its not hard, but these guys make it seem so. With so many options in the area, I will not be back - even if I do have a $10 off coupon from my resort.

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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Fresh caught Hawaiian fish of the day served with pastas beautifully presented is to be savored here. The owner plays the harp as you dine by the beach. Very romantic. And you can charge to your room if you're staying at the Marriott.

Thank Alohajudy900
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