Bice at The Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
Bice at The Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Bice at The Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.orlando.bicegroup.com/
  • Phone: 4075031415
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Nightly: 5:30pm to 10.00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Alessandro Lozzi
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Bice Ristorante offers many private group dining options for your corporate event or special occasion dinner. We have two private dining rooms seating 10 to 40 guests. We can seat up to 225 guests, utilizing the private rooms and the main dining room for a larger dinner. There are also two outdoor terraces offering spectacular views of Portofino Bay Harbor, which are available for private bookings.
  • Private Party Contact: Jennifer Brown (321)2468145
  • Entertainment: Pianist Friday & Saturday from 7pm to 10 pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Vineland
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Self Parking with No Charge and Valet Service in Parking Garage.
A word from Bice at The Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
An exquisite culinary voyage right to the heart of Italy awaits you amid a decor which combines Old World elegance and modern chic. Bice Ristorante offers exquisite Northern Italian cuisine, and superb service in an elegant atmosphere. Bice overlooks the Portofino Bay, offering the finest waterfront views in Orlando. We are located on Universal Studios property, and are only
3 miles from the Orange County Convention Center. The water taxi taking your guests to Universal Citywalk is steps from the restaurant.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Bice at The Loews Portofino Bay Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
76 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (51)romantic (48)scenic view (42)fit for foodies (34)notable wine list (24)good for groups (18)great for outdoor dining (14)kid-friendly (6)neighborhood gem (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Not rec for dietary restrictions
    FloridaResident
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We booked our reservation at Bice to celebrate a special occasion - it was easily the nicest restaurant we chose to dine in during our trip to Universal, so we had high hopes. It started off well - decent atmosphere, friendly server, appealing menu - but did not end well. I am severely intolerant to gluten and was careful to communicate this from the moment we sat down, knowing that the earlier I get flagged as GF, the better experience I usually have. I asked a lot of questions about the menu and they said they could modify to be gluten free, but I didn't even make it out of the restaurant before getting violently ill. Unfortunate end to what should have been a great evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine Dining at is Best
    BrunchBunchVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Bice was a wonderful experience with much thanks to our server Alex who was professional, caring, personable and more. We we greeted by the hostess in a warm way and our dining experience was flawless. We were drawn to Bice by the Magical Dining menu (for Sept.) which was $33 for a 3-course dinner. If our food is any indication, I don't think it would matter what you ordered, you wouldn't be disappointed. This was truly one of our best dining experiences and we look forward to another visit (yes, even at full price) the next time we visit Orlando.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Italian
    HHI2Eat
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great location and view near windows. Food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinning with Friends
    friendsfoodandwine
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great spot for dinner as a couple or with a group of friends...restaurant smelled fantastic when we walked in...service and food/wine were very good...dessert was incredible! Had a great time!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Restaurant
    Anniversary
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Enjoyed our dining experience at Bice's Restaurant. Food was fantasic so was the ambiance and service was top notch. Will be back !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Magical Dining
    ALocal
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Restaurant was very nice, live piano in the background, servers were very attentive though we were in and out within an hour and 10 mins. Felt rushed. Appetizers were delicious, I had Spinach salad (very nice) and my husband had the Mushroom Risotto which was amazing. For the entree we both ordered the Lobster Ravioli. The sauce was pretty bland and room temp but did have chunks of lobster in the ravioli. Dessert was ok nothing memorable. We chose to valet (it was raining) not realising it was $32. As a courtesy our waiter, knowing we were locals should have offered to validate the parking which would have cost us $5.33. Bice has been on our "to do" list for awhile, glad we did but will not put it on our list for next years Magical Dining.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Risotto
    DsnysGr8tVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Unfortunately the rest of our Magical Dining Meal was not on the same level as the risotto. Pork way over done, lobster ravioli filling was tastey however the sauce was cold which made the dish unappealing. Chocolate dessert something my teenager could have made with ease. Service was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining but indifferent sericce
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Fantastic ambience and atmosphere, really great food and an excellent wine list. Potentially a truly great fine-dining experience, which it certainly was the last time I was there, some while back. However, on this occasion it was all sadly let down badly by the poor quality and indifferent level of service. Feedback was given at the time so hopefully the service level will improve to meet what would be reasonable to expect in a fine-dining restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • samuraisuz
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Every aspect of the meal was perfect. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a special evening
    DRC876VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Sat beside the window with a lovely view. Food was incredible (Magical Dining) and the service simply perfect. We live in the neighborhood and forgot about what was once a favorite dining place for us - Bice. We will be back soon. Glad that Magical Dining reminded us of this gem. It was a very special evening: ambiance, food, and service-wise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Food was delicious, service was good and the atmosphere was nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was ok..nothing special
    JellybeanagVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Went with great expectations and left a bit bummed out. Server was not attentive, had stains on his jacket. The waitstaff along with the manager stood around at the bar during service ate and goofed off. (do that in the back of house) The food was ok, the vodka sauce felt like it came from a jar and little things like when our food was served the staff went to all the trouble of serving to the left, but didnt turn the plate around to display "BICE" facing you. This is supposed to be upscale, but little things and little details were not taken care of.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Venice at Bice
    LuvfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Pretty good food in a fun Orlando place where suspension of reality created a great dining illusion. Really in Italy?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Magical, but great Service
    NReilly
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Enjoyed the atmosphere and the excellent service of the restaurant, but the Magical Dinning Menu was not magical. Ordered the SPINACH SALAD with duck confit, it was very salty and I could not eat it. I also ordered the PORK CHOP MILANESE and learned that it is a thinly flattened breaded pork chop that is deep fried and very dry. The serving of the Chop is the size of the plate, but it was dried out and I was unable to eat that as well. Others in our party were also unable to eat the Pork and those who had the AGNOLOTTI said it was ok, but not something they would order again in the future. Thank you to the management for the comp of one of the meals.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Definitely worth a visit
    Pastymage
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We stayed at the Portofino on a recent visit, so we decided to try Bice for one of our dinners. The food was quite good - I had the tortelloni and new england clam chowder (compared to the average, a *lot* more clam meat in there), with a delicious amaretto cheesecake. We were an early reservation so it was nearly empty when we arrived, but the service stayed almost supernaturally attentive even after it filled up.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good but pricey
    Biancanero
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were staying at Universal for the holiday weekend and wanted one good meal. After researching both on & off park options decided to try Bice. The server was attentive . The food was good. I would reccomend the pappardelle. The short rib stuffed ravioli was solid but didn't wow me even thigh it was billed as the signature dish. I am giving it 3 stars primarily based on the very high prices for the level of food offered.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Romantic Evening
    RomanticVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My husband I went Bice at The Loews Portofino Bay Hotel to celebrate our 11th Anniversary. The scenery was romantic and the food was very good. They also brought out a piece of complimentary dessert.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Jared was a good server and the portion size was generous
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food in Formal ambiance
    kmuker
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food is pricey ($100 per person including drinks and tips) and just OKAY, but not bad. The portions are big, so if you count calories do not order anything than main dish, or better split it with partner. The vine by glases list is very short and not notable, the rest you'll find the long wine list by buttle, but you'll definitely need big help if you are not familiar with Italian wines (there is no explanations in the wine list). The service is very good. The location is perfect, when making reservation ask for tables at the window, or you end up in "high traffic areas" and without any views at all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Magical Dining
    Unluckydinner
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The offerings for the program sounded wonderful but the food did not met expectations. The pork chop was over cooked, the risotto was mushy and the ravioli was lukewarm, the spinach salad and the chicken dish was excellent. The presentation of the food was good but as I have already mention the taste was very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    SS41
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Excellent food and service! The sacchetti was divine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BiCE
    phiggadillz
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    BiCE was a great choice for dinner with my family and friends. It is authentically Italian in every way. The pace of the meal is quite slow, making the experience more authentic and intimate. Not your typical wine list, which was great. Mostly old world wines and modestly priced bottles fill the menu. Pasta is homemade and the item to order. My cocktail from the bar was excellent as well. Overall, my party and I all thoroughly enjoyed BiCE.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • STEASH2
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    great place for dinner food was excellent and can take great pictures out on the deck
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Pasta Ever!!!!!
    In2theBlue
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Thank you for a lovely evening!!! Food was made with love!!! We will be back soon!!! Service is outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • dailydiner2
    dailydiner2
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Excellent cocktails and food. Entrees adequate for sharing. Great service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful, relaxed fine dining
    Morena
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We came to Bice looking for fine dining, unique flavors, and perfect pasta, and we found all 3. Although the decor of the restaurant is a bit New York sparse, the warmth of the wait staff and the wonderful food easily balanced that out. The carpaccio was absolutely amazing, and the pasta was perfectly prepared. If one loves northern Italian flavors with rich cream sauces and hand crafted pasta, there are few places to match Bice. Our waiter was personable, attentive, and warm. He took care of our every need and let us linger, even giving us a chance to go our on the balcony and enjoy the live evening music. Bice was the perfect mix of elegance and comfort.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellant Food
    John
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This is our "go-to" place in Orlando for fine dining. Everything on the menu is Excellant and the service is awesome. However, there needs to be a dress code...no not suits / ties, but a swimsuit, tshirts and a ball cap is unacceptable in a resturant of this stature.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food although pricey
    calny
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    If you are visiting Universal Orlando and in particular if you stay at Lowes Portofino or even in the adjacent Hard Rock Hotel, this restaurant is worth a visit. The food is exceptional. My daughter loves duck and she couldn't stop talking about it. The gnocchi which is made there was hands down the best I have ever eaten. It is pricey but if you're eating there you're probably on vacation so go ahead and splurge for the night. You won't regret it. If you are staying at the Portofino show your room key and you'll get a free glass of wine with each entrée!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • Excellent meal.
    MindeliciousVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Try the pear and Gorgonzola sacchetti. Absolutely divine. Great service and an awesome menu. Locals should ask about their preferred diner program.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Universal eatery
    Lovesteak
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We stayed at the Loews hotel and this restaurant is on site. The restaurant was quiet not sure why as the food was good and service excellent. A little pricey so may put people off if travelling with large family. My 12 year old son found it difficult to choose something so had a plain grilled steak which he enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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  • great food
    anthony69
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Good food but really expensive . 30 $ with tax for pasta is too much and additional 22 $ for car park .
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Engagement dinner
    jsoldatiVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Very helpful in staging my surprise...piano took request. Hostess helped secret.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great potential
    foodeeVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We've dined here many times over the past decade and love the ambiance and view. Unfortunately the food never lives up to look and the service has always been a bit snooty.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love BIce
    steveVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We are locals and dine here frequently The food is fantastic and the fresh made pastas are as good as you will find anywhere Service is always perfect The only drawback is beyond their control....ie allowing tourists dressed trashy with t shirt and shorts in to dine with you They should up the dress code to make the diners commensurate with the food, the service, the ambience, and the overall quality
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sensational!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    There are only a few times where the ambiance, service, presentation and taste converge into one artistic masterpiece and this was one of them. Our waiter, Emidio, was knowledgeable on every aspect including leading us to a wine that was a perfect match with our dinner selection. The food was masterfully done. It is hard to find risotto cooked properly and this was done to perfection. I rarely right a review unless the experience took me places and made me think about it past the check and this was such an experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    WineNdine
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We first tried Bice on Valentines day and it was not the best experience. Tables crammed in and overall just a crazy night. However this was a much better experience. We had mentioned a special request as it was our anniversary and the hostess was very attentive of this. I don't think our server got the anniversary memo but he was excellent all the same. The food is amazing and we were very pleased with the duck and the risotto special for the night. The bar tender was also very helpful in selecting a bottle while we waited for our table. We live in the Orlando area and will be returning!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    FsuchickVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Been here quite a few times but this had to be the best yet. The piano guy was wonderful. Everything from our appetizer to entree to the tiramisu dessert was absolutely delicious! I'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 395 reviews are from the Bice at The Loews Portofino Bay Hotel reviews archive.
  • Highly recommended
    JamesE
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This was the second time that I've been to the Bice and both times it's been fantastic. Sangria is done very well, excellent food and the Tiramisu is wonderful. It's a very good spot to go for a romantic dinner. I do have to mention as well that the service has been quick, efficient and welcoming. Due to an issue with work I had to push back our reservation time and the staff was most accommodating. Everyone there did an excellent job to make us feel special and comfortable. Self parking can be a small pain as it looks like there is work being done on the parking garage, but that is the only thing about the evening that wasn't exceptional for both my fiancé and I.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Romantic Evening in Italy
    CBMcWilly
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We had a wonderful experience at Bice. We sat outside on the patio overlooking the water and the plaza - it was a beautiful evening. The food we had was absolutely outstanding. The fettuccine with mushffiffrooms and lobster melted in your mouth. The service was capable, efficient and friendly. It was a great evening - we will definitely be coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MORE THAN A RESTAURANT
    JOHNVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    A place with greatfood,drinks,and service. Staff and management are always attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.