Great onsite restaurant at
Great onsite restaurant at Portofino Bay Hotel. Outside seating was not an option despite a beautiful evening and an opera singer outside. Disappointing. Pasta bar was below average. Food/service was good overall. Excellent waiter.
For the outside seating issue and pasta bar issue, will not return.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Service was outstanding.
Service was outstanding. Food was good for a buffet. I wasn't floored, but it wasn't bad. Desserts were excellent. The complimentary mimosas were a nice touch. There was advertisement for character visits from Universal, however we did not see any during our entire visit. The server mentioned that maybe they had been through before we arrived, however it remains consistent with another review I read regarding no characters. We did choose this restaurant over other locations for that reason as well as the other kids events for Easter. Luckily, I did not tell my kids about them prior to the visit.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
A pleasant surprise
Most hotel restaurants are merely a courtesy for their guests with a menu that is straight out of "the Hotel Handbook." This restaurant is definitely not one of them. Its atmosphere flows from hotel itself. It almost appears to be self consciously protecting the overall image of the resort. The food selection was great. The dishes were well and properly prepared and tasted exactly as they should. My wife usually eats a very light breakfast, but surprised me when she opted for the buffet. Her mother was a cook and my wife has a discerning taste. She ate more than she usually does for breakfast and like the rest of us, thoroughly loved it. Well done.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner and Breakfast
Dinner was amazing! food and service was tops!! And loved the kid play area to entertain the kids while we wait for food.
Breakfast was so-so. The service was not as good(had a hard time locating our server a couple times, and waffle was served cold. The replacement, delivered by the manager was great and piping hot.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mothers Day brunch
The food was very good and the service was good. However, it is hard to say $62 per person is a good value for a buffet. But you have to consider the location is t Universal so you kind of expect overpriced food. My wife loved it and that is really all that matters because it was Mothers Day.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Very Happy Mothers' Day
This is our first Mothers Day here in Orlando since we moved here from Philadelphia last July. I was hoping to find a special place for my wife to enjoy her Mothers Day and am so glad I was able to find the Trattoria and will definitely be back to dine here again for a regular dinner experience. The restaurant was nicely set up with a variety of delicious brunch buffet items from cold seafood to hot pasta stations and the usual options.
The scenic vibe of Portofino in Italy was special and made all of us so happy to be there.
I must say that the waitstaff was very attentive and cordial especially Mohammed and Juan who so kind and treated us very well.
I am looking forward to a return to taste their regular menu and other restuarants.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
buffet fantastic-but pricey!
$21 per person for breakfast buffet. Yes, it was a wonderful buffet with LOTS of options, but so expensive.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really enjoyed our buffet breakfast. They had every food imaginable and all fresh. My only complaint is that my stomach wouldn't let me eat any more!
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner at Portofino
We stayed at the hotel visiting universal orlando, and ate here to decompress away from city walk.
Service was really a 4+, but less good than Emerils which we also ate at. Having said that, really decent and attentive. No delays, mistakes, and good recommendations.
Food was very good, solid 4. I had a steak, the 8oz fillet, it was very good. Not "El Goucho" caliber (high end Seattle restaurant), but really above expectations.
I didn't love the ambience. Nothing jumped out as exceptional, but basically was "solid hotel dining".
Comparatively, the other restaurant on site (Mamas) was slightly better - better ambience (more fun, live music, Italian home decor), with equally good food and service.
7/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
A good Italian restaurant
In general this restaurant is above average. Good food with reasonable price. People are nice there. If combined with a nice view with some indoor plants , this one can easily going from 'good' to 'great'. A little Italian music in the background would be helpful.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
My friends and I ate here to take part in the Magical Dining month in Orlando. The food was delicious. We all enjoyed everything we ordered (tomato soup, salad, short ribs,chicken, cannoli, creme brulee, and tiramisu). The wine list was decent and we all had our own glasses (merlot, Cabernet, and Sangiovese) and I would attest to say the wine came out a little warmer than I would have preferred but it was still good. Our server was excellent and informative when we wanted to know about specific things on the menu. The ambiance was a bit more casual than I had expected. With checkered table cloths and no "romantic Italy" feel - I thought it was a little different than how it was portrayed on the website.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
the sevice was great, server was always close by fo whatever we needed. They have a $25.99 special that comes with soup and house salad, and all you can eat pasta the way you like it. Of course was only able to have one plate because it was huge :-) . We were celebrating my daughter's 3rd bday and she was soo excited to see bart and homer from the simpsons...they greeted her and sang with a scoop of her fav ice cream and sprinkles. I recommend this resturaunt to everyone. Its a great place overall.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful Italian experience
We had dinner at the patio outside the restaurant and our server "Miladin" made it special for us. There is a live classic opera singing every night at 7:30pm from the balcony and we just ENJOYED tasty dinner and Italian music. This is the city's best kept secret place for romantic dinner and outing. Awsome
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great thanksgiving feast
Outstanding Food selection for our Family Thanksgiving Feast! Kid-Friendly with Characters and Face Painting
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Like dining in Italy
If you want the closest thing to being in Italy while living in Florida checkout the Trattoria del Porto. Great food, service and ambiance combine for an exceptional experience. Highly recommended!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM