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
82 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (45)romantic (44)good for groups (32)kid-friendly (31)notable wine list (21)fit for foodies (20)great for outdoor dining (11)scenic view (11)late-night find (5)neighborhood gem (4)hot spot (4)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Great food; great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We were a large group which could have been challenging but the service was outstanding; felt very much taken care of and food was as good as other reviews indicated it would be.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice live music.
    kandb
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The live music is great. Very romantic. Food is pretty good but not great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice touch to a resort experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We chose this restaurant as we were staying at the Portofino Resort and wanted a romantic dinner within walking distance. Mama Della's delivered, including a very talented group of singers who came to our table and blew me away with their serenade.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quality food and atmosphere!
    dhogg430
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My wife and I got engaged 2 years ago at the Portofino Bay Hotel after dinner at Mama Della's. We've been back the last 2 years to celebrate, and our experience has been nothing short of fantastic each time. The quality of the food is exceptional, and the portion sizes are generous to say the least. Our wait staff have always been pleasant and courteous, and the Italian singers that make their rounds through the restaurant only add to the romantic atmosphere. It's a great place to experience rustic Italian dining at its finest!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Magical dining Month - Orlando
    Raynman
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This is our 3rd visit to Mama Della's and once again we were absolutely happy with our choice! The restaurant participates in the month long Magical Dining program offering a 3 course meal at $33 a person. We had the Meier Lemon Risotto, Lasagna, and one had the Tiramisu and other had the cherry tart. The service was superb, and the food was fantastic! I normally go for the Tiramisu, but opted for the cherry tart - do yourself a favor and go for the tart - so incredibly delicious. The perfect evening was topped off by their roaming musicians with a rousing round of Tu Vuò Fà l'Americano sung to our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    Timman
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Top of the line, great! But noise level prevented me from talking access table to wife. Acrostics need work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    cyn2art
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was a first visit to the Portofino and Mama Della's Ristorante. We celebrated our Wedding Anniversary, and everyone was so polite. Our server was Michael "Mike," he was outstanding and very personable. He suggested the Chef Special, and the meal was amazing. The meal was a pan-seared salmon with lemon risotto, and has made my top five favorite meals. Also, a very nice surprise to our evening was being serenaded at our table. This definitely highlighted our experience. I would definitely recommend Mama Della's in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Che romantico!
    karn
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I took my wife here on our anniversary and she was blown away. Our server, Mike Graham, took excellent care of us and made sure we got plenty of photos, even bringing over "Mama" herself to take a picture with us. The food was outstanding. I had the lasagna and it was nearly as good as my Italian mama's, which is wow! My wife loved the Frutti di mare. For dessert we ordered tiramisu and a chocolate nutella bar (delicious) and they both came with a small white chocolate bar with Happy Anniversary written on it. And let me not forgot to mention the opera singers. Yes, they have opera singers who come to your table and sing whatever you like. We had them sing a song from the Godfather, then Con Te Partiro.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Linny
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Ordered a chicken dish with Marsella wine, was delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Not only was the food delicious but the wandering Italian musicians made the dining experience even better! Would definitely dine here again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 306 reviews are from the Mama Della's Ristorante at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel reviews archive.