Kauai's Little Italy
Located at the Marriott on Kalapaki Beach in Kauai has its advantages. The view of the bay is spectacular, and the service was just as wonderful as the food. I had the opportunity to dine here over several days while working on the island and never had anything but stellar service and impeccably prepared meals. Have the Oso Bucco or the daily special. Stay for the late night entertainment and if you are on a cruise ship (Thursday night from 10-2am), it is only a short walk from the cruise ship pier. If you want a romantic dinner with a view (the gentleman who played the Harp was a wonderful accent to an evening with my wife) while enjoying authentic Italian cuisine, then Cafe Portofino is the place for you!
1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding year after year!
Outstanding year after year! Lovely view of Kalipaki Bay, tropical breezes and lovely fish dishes with outstanding service. Will return again next year.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun night at Portofino
Great service, nice view, and delicious food! The fettucine bolognese and linguine puttanesca were perfect! We wouldn't normally pay $20 each for these two plates, but the location and availability made CP our only choice for our last dinner out and boy was it worth it! Someone else at our table had the best veal marsala in his life! The veal picatta was also a favorite. Basket of bread that included foccacia and a white loaf was a nice treat that you don't find at most restaurants on the island. Our waitress had a great sense of humor and dealt with my picky party ever so graciously. The open air out on the terrace was heavenly! Mahalo, CP!
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent resort restaurant
When staying at the Marriott Beach Club there is little in the way of good restaurants within walking distance. The closest area to obtain restaurtant food is PoiPu ( about 40 minute drive). So it was great to see that the Beach Club had a great italian restaurant on location with good quality food.
It is located on the 2nd floor of an open air deck, with wonderful views of the coast. Our service was very good and the veal dishes excellent, moist and cut with your fork.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I drove from the Poipu area to Lihue to dine at Cafe Portifino for Mother's Day. It was wonderful! I had the Osso Bucco - melt in your mouth!! My husband had the Eggplant Parm. He loves this dish and he said it was the best he had ever had. The view was wonderful, service attentive, and we really enjoyed it.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We never made it past the appetizers. Good selection. The escargot & the manila clams were delicious. Stay to the outside area, interior room a bit cramped & that's where the music comes from. The best restaraunt at this Marriott.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have loved this place for years
No one makes the veal piccata like Cafe Portifino. We should really try more dishes but it is just too good.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
favorite veal piccata
We always have to get here at least a couple of times when on vacation. The veal piccata is perfect--tender and delicious! The tables on the lanai all have a wonderful view and service is always wonderful. We know we are finally on vacation when we get to Cafe Portofino!
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great view on the bay next
Great view on the bay next to the Marriott. Food was very good. The service was not the greatest and our server was not very attentive.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
wow what a great place
We had such a lovely meal at Cafe Portofino. The food and ambience was superb; the live harpist played a couple of sets while we were there and it was beautiful. Looking out over the Kalapaki bay while the sun set: so romantic.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Last night in Kauai
We were on our way to the airport in Princeville for a late night flight. This was an ideal way to end our visit to the island. The view from the outside dining area was awesome. The food was wonderful and the service good. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who like Italian eating.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great location, good food
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!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Italian in Kauai
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.
10/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
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.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Itallian in Kauai.
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.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Upscale dining in casual,
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.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM