Mama Della's Ristorante at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
Mama Della's Ristorante at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Mama Della's Ristorante at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.dineatmamadellas.com/
  • Phone: 4075033463
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner Nighly: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Leon Teow
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine
  • Entertainment: What is more romantic than musical accompaniment to a delectable Italian meal? Every night, strolling musicians delight diners at Mama Della's Ristorante. Listen as they play Italian favorites like "That's Amore", "Arrivederci Roma", "Mama" or "Angelina". Or, request your very own table side serenade. Before or after dinner at Mama Della's, guests can also enjoy the MUSICA DELLA NOTTE show each night at sunset (weather permitting) in the Harbor Piazza; it's a musical celebration capturing the romance and charm of Italy.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Universal Orlando
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Reduced valet or complimentary self-parking is available for local guests of Mama Della's Ristorante. Please bring your parking ticket for validation.
A word from Mama Della's Ristorante at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
When you dine at Mama Della's, it's like being invited into her warm, welcoming home. Every room transports you to the Italian countryside, where you can enjoy rustic, Old World specialties like Insalata Caprese, Pollo Marsala, Lasagna and Frutti di Mare, accompanied by the finest wines and strolling musicians. While you feast on authentic dishes from the Tuscany, Naples and Piemonte regions, Mama herself might be there to urge you to "Mange! Mange!" Delicious Italian food served in a romantic, genuine atmosphere, makes dining at Mama Della's an experience you'll never forget. You'll find Mama Della's in the Harbor Piazza at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando. With its cobblestone streets, sidewalk cafes and even the occasional Vespa dotting the harborside, this Piazza will make you feel like you've been carried away to Portofino, Italy. It's a fantastico setting for a most magnificent Italian meal.
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Mama Della's Ristorante at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (34)special occasion (33)kid-friendly (27)good for groups (23)fit for foodies (17)notable wine list (14)great for outdoor dining (9)scenic view (8)neighborhood gem (4)late-night find (3)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (1)great for lunch (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Still excellent!
    Apexnt
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Have eaten at Mama's 3 - 4 years ago while in FL. And it was really good. So much so we ate 2 nights in row and took friends. This trip it was just as good. Lived up to what I remembered.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • different in universal orlando
    vacation2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Could not be seated until our 730 reservation time. Hostess said they were running on time and we would be seated at 730. So off to spend time sitting outside of restaurant and wait for 7 minutes. Than at 730 we were seated. Really!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would not last if not in a resort
    DrEd
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Pros: Busy and energetic with large American sized portions to fill hungry visitors after day at parks. Singer wonderful especially appreciate the female singer's beautiful voice and sincere interest in our children. Cons: Food quality: mediocre. Alfredo subpar and less authentic than can get at Cheese Cake Factory. Lasagna huge portion - decent not distinguishing. Children's pizza dry over coked afterthought. Service enthusiast but not effective. Seated at 7:30 - first food for our children arrived at 8:40 - by then we had already lost them. Not acceptable. Value: poor. For instance Bice is a much higher quality dining experience in same. Cannot recommend - not consistent with quality expected from a Loews operated restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dailydiner2
    dailydiner2
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Very personalized service despite the fact that we had a group of 8! Varied menu! Something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and atmosphere
    Pha1226
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The food was amazing...Classic Italian dishes kicked up a notch. We had gnocchi, lasagna and fettuccini Alfredo and everything was incredible. The singer comes around to every table and I thought my kids would think it was awkward but she was amazingly nice and talented. It was a great experience
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The dinner was great
    Mesohungry
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Will dine here again next time we go back to Orlando
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Can't wait to go back. Great service and friendly atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never a Disappointment
    sonostanco
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    What can I say about a restaurant that I have been going to for over ten years. The service is outstanding, the entertainment is breathtaking and the food is an added bonus. I do have my favorite rooms to dine in and one or two that I don't prefer. They always accommodate my requests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    this was the 2nd time we've eaten here on vacation and we will return every time we go to Orlando. The only problem is transportation we ended up having to spend $$$$ on a cab when the resorts offered free shuttle service but, there were no shuttles. :(
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian perfect!
    corey885
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The table singers were as awesome as the food and atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High prices for mediocre food
    Ashleyregas
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    While the atmosphere is great at Mama Dellas, the food was just mediocre. Three of the four of us ordered the filet on special that night...all cooked at different temperature and all of them were overcooked. We also ordered the warm lava cake and there was nothing warm about it.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Evening at Portofino
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My family dined at Mama Della's and were very impressed with both the quality of the food and the service. Often at hotels and in some resort spots the dining can be a little more generic and "so-so". Everything we ordered was prepared well, very tasty and plain excellent. The atmosphere as nice and the trio serenading the diners were spectacular and made for a pleasant and interesting experience. They do take a break pretty often so things quiet down for some dinner conversation but we loved it. Service was attentive and we would definitely dine here again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expected better food
    FrancisH
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    After seeing reviews of 4.5 stars we wanted to try. But the food was over-seasoned, a bit greasy and my portion was especially small. Server was over energetic and while not a major issue, he was a bit overbearing. Live music with roaming singer was a nice touch. More like a 3.5 to 4. Just need to dial down the grease and the seasoning.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • amazing food and a concert
    DraLisa
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The food was fresh and delicious- worth the price. The staff treated our children like family, complimenting their manners. My son (age 10) ordered off the adult menu. Yet, when they brought out my daughter's dessert (included in kid's meal) they brought one out for him too! A wonderful baritone singer and accordion player passed by the tables taking requests. The singer's voice was concert quality! We had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Enjoyed the food, sangrito and the serenade too. I would definitely done here again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Told Dinner was not a charge, NOT!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    My chicken was overcooked. The pasta and salad an bread were fine. I was told by the manager she would remove the charge and all she did was give my 7 year old free ice cream. Not happy. The prices are high for the food quality.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We all enjoyed our meals, service was good as was the food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, nice atmosphere
    CherylL
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The food is great here! The portions are extra large, next time we will split entrees. The Caesar salad serves 4 not 2! Our waiter was nice and not too intrusive. The singer and guitarist were lovely. They forgot my salad, but brought it to me free of charge when I mentioned it. The kids loved it here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Vacation Meal
    AC65
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We were going to eat at the new Italian Restaurant at Universal City Walk but could not get reservations for 2 hours. We decided to eat at Mama Della's Ristorante at our hotel instead so that we could head back to enjoy more time at the park. What a great find! The food was fabulous- some of the best Italian food we've ever had!!! The entertainment was also a lot of fun- an Italian Accordion Player who sang and was accompanied by a fantastic vocalist. It turned out to be one of the best moments of our vacation! We just wish that Mama Della's was in our hometown. We would definitely be regulars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food! Entertaining!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Staff very accommodating, food excellent, waiter recommendation spot on! Entertainment right at your table, good fun!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and ambiance
    Bcat134
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Great food. Strolling Italian singers. Great service. Little pricy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming Dinner Spot
    SciGalSal
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The ambience brings you right into a little Italian dining room. The staff is attentive and the tables comfortable. There is a view of the open kitchen, which smells delightful. Whether dining alone or with a large group, Mama Della's welcomes you.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive, but well worth it.....
    NYCinCT
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Really nice place for couples or families. Singers walk around and serenade during dinner which is a nice touch. It is expensive, but so is everything else within the Universal properties. Highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good enough for the occasion
    LGrock911
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The service was okay. The ambience was nice inside but it was beautiful outside. What killed the mood somewhat was how loud music was inside but it added to the experience. However, the singers were very good, they serenaded my wife and maybe occasion special. Food was delicious! I would recommend and go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great ambience and decor. Feels like truly like "Mama's house." Open kitchen. Attentive staff. the accordion player and tenor were amazing, doing requests. A good time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • loved it!
    luvitalian
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Great meal for a family with small children! Great food with very attentive wait staff. Kids begged to eat there again!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • better than Grandma's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I come from a family with great Italian grandmother cooks; so I can be very critical of Italian food. This restaurant is a gem and one of the few that I can say I prefer over my grandmothers; but don't tell them that! The flavors of the food are on a higher level of dining then the home-style comfort decor of the restaurant would suggest. We will return to this restaurant whenever we are in Orlando. Thanks Mama Della!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian Dining At Its Best
    JeffC
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We dine at Mama Della's on special occasions. The food is delicious, the atmosphere inviting and traditional Italian, and the service is impeccable. The strolling minstrels sing Italian songs moving from table to table and take requests. And Mama is often there to greet diners and ensure the operation runs smoothly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best meal I had all week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    I had the mushroom ravoli and it was AMAZING!! Best meal on our vacation. Kids Mac and cheese was not very cheesy. Lansanga was delicious !
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable meal
    EASR
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Had an enjoyable meal here. I have to eat gluten free and I was presented with several options, including warm gluten free bread. Service was decent, food was tasty, and the atmosphere was excellent. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING
    anniversaryouting
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    We went for our anniversary and were blown away. You couldn't ask for a nicer group of people to have dinner with. I didn't want to say serve because we felt like we were at a friends for dinner the way we were treated. They came around and sang to us while we were waiting for our main coarse, it was a very nice touch. We look forward to returning here again on our next trip.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful restaurant
    Diners
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    We are returning two days after our last visit which says it all. The food and the service are both terrific. It also has a rather cosy romantic feel even though it isn't small. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 303 reviews are from the Mama Della's Ristorante at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel reviews archive.
  • Surprisingly not good
    DonnaJ
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We ordered 2 Pasta E-Fagioli soups,fantastic!The $24 entrees were not.My husband ordered the Lasagna, it was too dry. I ordered the Pollo Parmigiano the cutlet very tough, and dry- said to come with cappellini pasta (angel hair) came with fettuccine, again too dry, barely any sauce on it. The chicken cutlet was so tough I finally gave up trying to cut/eat it and left most of it on the plate. We also ordered a couple of beers, which were very warm(we added the ice from our waters to compensate for it).Sorry to have to write this. No reflection at all on the wonderful Portofino hotel or the great food next door at Sal's Market. This was our 2x here and sorry to say our last. Regret the $130 spent here.Great waiters,service,atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food & Relaxing Atmosphere
    jlacy
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    After a full day in the park, Mama Della's was a relaxing place for dinner. Our server Martha, did an excellent job and a strolling trio provided accordion music and our favorite Italian songs. Mama Della even made an appearance to check on us.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Una buona sera!
    Goodfood
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Fabulous - you must go! Exceptional service and food.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very accommodating staff!
    Ehides
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We had a reservation for four at 615. When we were first seated, we were seated right next to a huge table with a big group coming in so we asked if there happen to be a table that would be in a quieter area so they moved us graciously. We sat down and right beside us was a huge table with a BIG group literally screaming as they talked to each other. I felt like they were going to think we were a real pain but moved again and then had the most awesome meal ever. We shared a Caesar salad amongst four of us and there was still some left. Husband and I shared the Fettechini Alfredo and the kids had Chicken Parmigiana and Spaghetti. The hostess was so nice apologizing over and over. They really cared about our experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing across the board
    Calvin
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    As a special occasion it was perfect. I had one request for flowers that was unable to be met but they were very sincere in apologizing at the first opportunity when my girl was away from the table. Food was fantastic and every course was perfectly timed. Service was timely and engaging. Live singers travelled the restaurant with an accordian setting a wonderful atmosphere filled with liveliness and romance but quiet enough to maintain good conversation with companions and not interfere witht he dining experience. Overall a wonderful restaurant that I would highly recommend to any and all, whether they are Italian experts or simply enjoy wonderful food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, fun place .
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Every time we come back to universal we go to Mama Dellas. Unfortunately, my kids do not care for the sauce. It's not great. Otherwise the service and decor are great. If you don't order pasta, you'll love Mama Della's. Otherwise try Bice!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • must do while at Loews Portofina
    highexpectations
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Mama Della greeted us, service staff is knowledgable and attentive, homestyle Italian food is prepared to meet even the 'picky/finicky' eater. Don't miss the bread pudding desert.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice getaway from hectic theme park
    momof5
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Greeted by name from our waiter. Called my daughter princess which she loved. Excellent food and wine. Both of my children ate all of their meal. Loved the music while we ate.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.