Cafe Portofino - Marriott Kauai
Cafe Portofino - Marriott Kauai

Cafe Portofino - Marriott Kauai

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://cafeportofino.com/
  • Phone: 8082452121
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Contemporary European
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, View, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: We have live harp music for our relaxing diners; and a nightclub / late night scene on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Marriott Way
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Free valet parking at Marriott.
A word from Cafe Portofino - Marriott Kauai
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.
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Cafe Portofino - Marriott Kauai reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
73% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (16)scenic view (16)special occasion (13)romantic (11)fit for foodies (8)neighborhood gem (4)good for groups (3)kid-friendly (3)notable wine list (2)great for lunch (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Poor Food experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Four of us had dinner at Portifino last week and found the food mediocre to terrible. I'm Not one to review restaurants but thought I should chime in especially since this restaurant is affiliated with Marriott. The food wasn't fresh.. The mozzarella cheese was hard as a rock, the sauces were almost inedible and the fish was fishy tasting and mushy. It's too bad since the atmosphere is so nice.
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  • Just okay
    Greatfood
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Server was really good but when first came in, the gentleman who greeted us didn't seem to enthused to see us. Food was nothing special.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • consistently good food
    havingagreattimeinkauaiVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Another great meal at Cafe Portofino with wonderful harp music. A pleasure to hear, as ocean to see, and good food, it doesn't get better than that.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So-so
    mehmet
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I instantly dislike restaurants which serve wine at very warm temperatures. Here a glass of red wine was probably 75 degrees. The specials were uninspired and overpriced for what you got--mine was some sort of seafood on spaghetti--3 scallops, 3 shrimp, 4 tiny clams, and a few small pieces of ahi on a large bed of spaghetti. My spouse had a special served in a crab shell with the claws separate on the plate, but with no way to extract the crab meat from the claws and the claws themselves were not cracked to make extraction possible.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • Not worth the time
    chicagofoodie
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    As recommended we made a reservation, requesting a table outside. When we arrived at the restaurant the staff tried to seat us at a small table pushed up against the railing, on the inside of the terrace and obviously in the path of every patron and staff member. We asked for a different table and were accommodated. Our server, Diane, spent more time explaining why we would have to wait than actually waiting on us. The food was mediocre, the service slow. We will not return or recommend Portifinos. It was a waste of time.
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  • Not worth your money
    Travelgirl
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We were in Hawaii for 10 days and this was by far the worst food we had the whole trip. My husband does not eat fish so I thought going for Italian would be a good choice. This place got good reviews but I don't know why. The bread was hard, my husband dish and my dish tasted like chef boyar dee and the pasta was so over cooked it was mush.
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  • Nice spot
    LloydVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    This is a nice spot to dine and watch the sun go down. Food was good but not outstanding. Service staff was very nice.
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  • Best Italian on the island
    SnowyVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We usually avoid restaurant types that we can find at home in CA - and I thought that Cafe Portofino being an Italian restaurant and our having dined at some of the finest Italian places San Francisco has to offer was going to make this a bit of a bust, but I was way wrong. Cafe Portofino was my wife's favorite of all the great places we went on Kaua'i. Can't go wrong here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellant!
    HMBgirlVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We have been going to Cafe Portofino for over 15 years. The food has always been wonderful. We always look forward to our evening there every time we visit Kauai.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location and food
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner. A very nice spot and quality Italian food. The food was very authentic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 64 reviews are from the Cafe Portofino - Marriott Kauai reviews archive.
  • Portofino's never disappoints!
    promisekeeperVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    We go to Portofino's every year when we stay at the Marriott Kauai Beach Club. Usually we save it for our last night because it is so romantic, has such a lovely view, and the food is very good. It is expensive, however, so be forewarned! If you are staying at the Marriott you can get a 25% discount on the 2nd entrée between 5-6 pm. It is an Italian restaurant but has lots of fish and seafood dishes as well as the traditional pasta and veal. Great tiramisu!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food With A View
    eatnightlyVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    My husband and I were staying at the Marriott and after a full day in the car at the canyon decided to stay on the property for dinner. We were not sorry. The food at Portofino's is good Italian food and the view is just beautiful. We had a wonderful server who was attentive. The restaurant has inside seating as well and the night we were there they had entertainment. It was nice to have a choice of being in the same room with the entertainment or sitting outside and having the music as more of a background. The menu doesn't seem to change much but there are quite a few choices so that doesn't present a problem.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We spent 12 days in Kauai
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    We spent 12 days in Kauai and ate at Cafe Portofino twice. The food was delicious both times. Will definitely return on my next visit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't waste your money in paradise
    NanelfVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Don't be fooled by the name of this restaurant. There is NOTHING Italian about it. The food tastes like something out of the frozen food section of a grocery store reheated. I am Italian. My daughter had the fettuccine alfredo, inedible. The noodles were like tissue and the sauce just horrible. I had the vegetable lasagne, with "seasonal" vegetables which I guess equals mushrooms and frozen spinach. My husband had the spaghetti marinara which tasted like jar sauce. We ordered the fried mozzarella appetizer which turned out to be mozzarella sticks! In a real Italian restaurant, it would have been a flat piece of fried cheese in a light red sauce. Just completely terrible for a hundred dollar tab without drinks for 3 people.
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    scenic view
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  • Delish!
    Friend
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We will definitely return! We had calamari appetizer, fresh salad, Caesar salad, seafood linguine special, fresh clam linguine, caramel custard, and chocolate mousse. All delicious, fresh, and light. The complimentary focaccia bread was moist. Service is fast!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Food was very good. Service from sweet waitress was wonderful, friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is excellent
    Deni
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Our 2nd visit this trip. Both times the food was excellent. On our first visit I had the veal piccata which was prepared perfectly and the fresh vegatables were a nice change from the Kim chee that many others places use. On.the second visit I tried the rack of lamb which was by far the most tender and nicely prepared rack that I have had in a long time . Have also had many seafood and pasta dishes in the past . I cant say that I have not had a bad meal. This last visit they accompanied the meal with a lightly crisp focaccia bread which was a welcome change from their normal non descript bread. Will always return every time we visit Kauii.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Both the Maitre d' and our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Both the Maitre d' and our server just seemed put out. Neither made us feel comfortable or even welcome. The food was outstanding but the experience was waisted due to the staff.
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  • Superb in all Respects
    DenverJeff
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Service staff were well trained, knowledgeable, and polite. The location looks over a bay and is great for a romantic meal. We ate four courses that were all superb. Taste, presentation, and timing all great. Their menu is diverse and would satisfy any taste. The wine list is nice and affordable. The musician played a harp and added a nice, elegant touch. I recommend you put it on your list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good Italian food on Kauai
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Even though it's a hotel restaurant the Italian food is very good (pasta, salads, clams), White tablecloths. A harpist playing Italian style music. How good can it get?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Food was really tasty and
    gljr76
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Food was really tasty and they treat their fish and pasta dishes well, not over-cooking either component. Our service was a bit off because our waiter was new and didn't know their menu or the wine list. Never really engaged with our party so that was a detraction from anotherwise very good meal. Great setting but not the best sunset spot.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WONDERFUL!!
    YummyspotsVIP
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    Great food, service, and ambience!! Everything was very well prepared and very yummy! A definite must go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Years Eve
    DolciVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Although we had requested out door seating we decided to dine inside,the view was not as exceptional but we could still have a nice dinning experience as it was less crowded and not as noisy.The seafood pasta dish was exceptionally good all the seafood was cooked to ourm liking.I will dsefinitly go back next time in Kauai.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rude will never go again!
    Kathy
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Started out with the host being rude. Made a reservation weeks before to sit Oceanside. Got there and was told they don't take reservations it is first come first serve. That was a lie. Our waitress comes to the table and ask what we want to eat. Never a asked if we wanted anything to drink. We were only at the table 2 minutes. She asked my husband 5 times during the course of waiting for our food how he wanted his rack of lamb cooked. She dropped napkin in my food. They rush you. We were there less than a hour for a nice dinner. The food was nothing great. Definitely will never go back or recommend !!!!!
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  • Great food. Great view
    AndreaVIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    As usual, marvelous. Also, Larry Rivera, Mr. CoCo Palms entertained! I love this place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service and great food
    Steve
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Lasagna and the lamb were amazing. Great experience decent wine list and friendly service.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beach Heaven
    AndreaVIP
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    Great food as usual and Larry Rivera,"Mr. CoCo Palms was an added bonus
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Service and view are good.
    JonnyVIP
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Service and view are good. But the quality of the food, especially at the price was below average. Very disappointing.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awful, Simply Awful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    Very disapointing as Portofino was highly reccomended. My wife had rack of lamb, that the menu stated would take 20 minutes to prepare. We shared an appitizer and had a glass of wine awaiting our entrees. 20 minutes, 40 minutes, 50 minues come and go. Call over the manager about our entrees. He responds that rack of lamb takes 40 minutes (ridiculous). Dinner comes-Surprize, it's stone cold! Call over the manager again, he says, "It can't be cold it just came outy of the kitchen"(!) My wife stabs a piece of meat and says, "Here, taste it". He offers to go get it microwaved! We decline, and eat our cold dinner. Bill comes including drinks that we didn't have. Nothing comped, word "sorry" never mentioned! Just pathetic. Don't go!
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  • Upscale dining in casual,
    RickVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Upscale dining in casual, elegant setting. Nice menu, great food, great service. A very enjoyable dining experience overall. A bit of a walk for the physically challenged. Would return again next time in the area.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Itallian in Kauai.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    Cafe Portofino serves great Itallian food with a smile. They are located on the grounds of the Kauai Marrott hotel in Lihue, Kauai. They have a commanding view of the Nawiliwili Bay. The bay is a beauiful body of water on the lower east coast of Kauai. The restaurant offers great view of waves, swimmers and surfers while enjoying a nice Italian meal. Duriong our mail a harpist began playing beautiful music that included all of the old standard Italian song and some more modern popular songs. That was truely unexpected. As a note they take credit cards but do not take any gift cards. Overall our meal was a great night out for the two of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mebournian's review
    Melbournians
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    Cafe Portofino offers a great view out over the bay with a pleasant breeze to help keep us cool. The Maitre D was welcoming and our waitress was cheerful and helpful with suggestions. The food was excellent. Recommended to all people visiting from a cruise ship and looking for a good meal and pleasant surroundings.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Passable
    PensacolaVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    The food, service and ambiance were all average but nothing special. For the price, I would not recommend and we did not consider it to be fine dining.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Great Italian in Kauai
    MarilynVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    We had a wonderful evening at this nice restaurant. We were served by a lovely lady named Tee (not sure how it is spelled) who was gracious, funny, and very service-oriented. We all ordered something different and all of our meals were delicious. The wine glasses were never empty and we never had to ask for anything. The menu is extensive, but many great choices and I had a hard time choosing. We will definitely recommend this and return when we are back on the island.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed green salad was bland
    SharKaLani
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    Mixed green salad was bland and not flavorful. Shirmp with Lemon sauce was great but pricey and would have preferred to have it with pasta.
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    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I expected
    KauaiTravelerVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    We found this place surprisingly good, in spite of the fact that it is attached to a Marriott hotel. I ordered the linguini with tomatoes, olives and capers. It was very good. My tablemate ordered the veal piccata. Good. However, the carpaccio was a great disappointment. Carpaccio is my one very favorite dish that I always order when it is on the menu. But this one was made from brasciole (which the menu stated). I'd never had brasciole so thought it might be interesting. It was not. Rather dry and uninteresting. Specials seemed too contrived and over-wrought so we stayed away from them. The selection of Italian wines was okay. We did choose one we liked. All in all, it was a nice evening. Not super expensive. I would recommend it.
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    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location, good food
    robmac2811
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    We had a great experience at Portofinos. The food was well prepared well and very tasty. I had the veal with a side of pasta very delicious. My wife had the pasta with the asparagus. Excellent. Not an extensive wine list but adequate. While on island check it out, you will not be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Invisible Diners
    TimG
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    The host wanted to seat my wife and I next to a loud table of four though the place was mostly empty. After we got another table we sat ignored for 20 minutes. We walked out and went next door to Duke's, where although they were packed, got us a great table right away. We had a great meal with attentive and fun service. As we walked out of Portofino, the host asked "what happened?" as if we knew why we were being ignored. Duke's was still packed when we left and we saw that Portofino was deserted. Telling, no?
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  • Italian Flavors
    CC60VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Well situated restaurant but nowhere near as popular as the casual fare restaurant next door. Food is well prepared and plated nicely. Food is tasty but portions are small and pricey. Gusty winds on the terrace forced us to change to indoors where the atmosphere was too stark and quiet. Waitress was almost overly attentive. Early bird offer is available if seated by 6;00 pm.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't go here
    Amyf
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    We ordered a bottle of wine to start. The server brought the wrong one. She went away, and came back with it, saying "the manager said this is a better wine". We then explained it was a DIFFERENT wine, and if I we had wanted a chianti, we would have ordered it. We ordered two glasses of wine instead. It took her another 20 minutes to bring those. The steamed clams we ordered came out inedible. Incredibly salty and they were cold. We asked to see the manager, he refused to come over to us so I went to the reception desk where he was standing. Told him we were leaving, and not paying for the clams. He's the owner's son. Obviously he does not care AT ALL about the restaurant.
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