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Cafe Portofino - Marriott Kauai

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893 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
True Italian fare, but also specializing in Seafood and Steaks! Cafe Portofino overlooking the Pacific Ocean off of the beach side at The Kauai Marriott resort 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 893 people are saying
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Rick510
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience5

We had a reservation at 6pm and left at 7pm without ever having someone offer to take our order, offer us a cocktail or even acknowledge the fact that we were there after being seated. They were overwhelmed and couldn’t handle it. We saw people who were seated after us being served and when a waiter approached the table next to us ( they were seated a good 20 minutes after us) I’d seen enough and left the restaurant. I understand the issue of reopening and underestimating traffic patterns, however when we left the manager approached my wife to apologize and told her that they only had 4 reservations for the evening, were understaffed and had been averaging 4to 6 tables a night . As an industry professional for well over thirty years the proprietor should have known that you always take care of your reservations before handling walk in traffic. We made the reservation well in advance as well as a second reservation for Saturday night. It will be canceled, we’ll be next door at Duke’s.

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GregK
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Due to the lack of tourists on Kauai, the restaurant had only a few diners before we were seated and no others when we were. The service was, therefore terrific, since or server had only our table. The ambience was wonderful with a direct ocean view from an elevated deck and the only sound was the surf. The food was excellent. I was sorry (but sensible) to only order one entree and a salad...we're definitely going back.👌😁

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vipSteve
Salt Lake City
28 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal with a great view of Kalapaki Beach. Our server was extremely attentive and made some great recommendations for dinner. also, the background harp music is always loved and appreciated.

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KevinN
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere! We always make sure we go here whenever we visit Kauai. Great food, great view of the harbor, wonderful service!

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vipMarkM
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lasanga was very dry & burnt. Normally my “go-to”.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The server rushed us and asked to take the plates away while we were still eating. Then the computer went down. They said they need to wait for a guy to come fix the computer before they can run our credit card. First they rush us with the food and then make us wait forever while they figure out their computer issues

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I would go back.

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StephMC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Food tasted old and reheated. Dirty tables all around us. Service was good but that was it. Huge miss.

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HaunaniK
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Presentation was Beautiful. Everyone very Accomodating. From Matre di, Waiter & Harpist. Food Out Of This World. True Italian Place. We Will Return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was as good this time as it was the very first time 20 years ago.

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vipRamu
New England
66 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner twice at this restaurant and both times we really enjoyed the food and the view form the dining room looking out to the Ocean. The food was excellent and the service was great. The ambience was great. I would recommend this place any time. We will be back again next time we are in Kauai

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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
6 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Oslo boco was awesome, as per the waitress’s recommendation.

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GaryH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love eating here when in Kaua’i. The service, food & view are awesome!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, overlooking the bay is wonderful

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vipMary
San Diego
98 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Nice venue on the beach. Food was good but service was lacking. Perhaps they need more servers.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Food is inedible

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Orcas
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely place and lovely walk along the beach from the Marriott. Service was impeccable. Wine list was a bit pricey but had good offerings.

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vipRico
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

All I have is that services needs to be more on point, we had our reservation at 8:15pm we got see almost right away but we didn’t see any server for a good 40min after the manager came and ask if somebody was help us. Over all good we work on the industry and we understand, we definitely coming back.

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DavidM
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Dinner, my wife and I had a enjoyable evening. We arrived early, checked in and then sat at the bar. Our drinks were excellent, and we had a wonderful time chatting with the other patrons and bar tender. The Maitre d' stopped by and informed us that they were readying a table for us, where we had requested, and would get us in a moment.
We were soon seated and then treated to a wonderful dinner. This was an absolutely exceptional experience..!!

The location and view is spectacular..

totally "worth it" !!!!

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DanielS
Des Moines
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When you're on Kauai, this is a must go spot for dinner. We've been eating here on each of our visits to the island, and it's always the culinary treat of the trip.

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vipRobertS
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good solid Italian food. Excellent service. Dessert drinks wonderful.

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Edrate
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great italian cuisine! Nice ambiance with beautiful harp music. Outstanding location over looking Nawiliwili Bay. Definitely coming back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great service. Lovely music and the view was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Went for the early bird 25% off second entree and the waitress said she didn’t know anything about it. It was advertised in booklets and in a Kauai app. Also our dinners did not come out as we ordered. Incorrect noodles and no side dish with one of the entrees. Said we would have to pay $8 fir a side of spaghetti

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vipSambalina
Dallas
50 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't say enough good things about Cafe Portofino!
This was our 3rd time here. Our waitress, Ashley, was charming and efficient! We had a nice bottle of Malbec - very reasonably priced considering the ambiance of the restaurant. We each had a bowl of the Soup of the Day - Crab Bisque. One of the best bisque I ever had at a restaurant. My husband had the Linguine Alla Putanesca - he said it was delicious! I had the Spaghetti Alla Marinara and a side of fresh sauteed spinach. They were both perfect! Marinara sauce was perfectly seasoned. We shared a Gelati for dessert - chocolate.

Great place to dine - would definitely return.

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vipSophia39
Mobile
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and excellent Italian in a quiet and romantic setting looking over the Nawiliwili Bay.

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, incredible ambiance with a harpist and an outstanding meal!!

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KarenA
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Loved the relaxing ambiance and atmosphere. Food was good and reasonable especially with the 25% off second dinner special.

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vipkenl
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service was extra slow, and side dishes arrived lukewarm. Solid, just nothing special.

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vipTBaylog
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Outside table is a must to enjoy the views. Good assortment of entrees. Extensive wine list. Food was very good but not outstanding. But not super expensive either.

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vipPete
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent overall, great food, service, ambiance & entertainment. Cafe Portofino is our favorite place to go in Kauai. Giuseppe is the best and Larry Rivera and his Daughter put on a great Hawaiian show. They’re there on Wednesday nights.

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vipLynM
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Foos was nicely presented and service was great. Wonderful ambiance with outdoor seating.

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vipRobertG
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Noise level was extremely high. One table of seven monopolized the dining room and made it impossible to carry on a conversation with your table meet. We mentioned this to our server and she said she would talk to her manager, but nothing happened.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The only thing we were bothered by is the fact that they didn’t have a bartender . They only served beer and wine. Disappointing

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Food was mediocre at best (definitely not worth the money) and the owner was not very nice to his staff even though they were doing a good job.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We’d have had fish, but the fresh selection was limited to mahi and marlin so we went with veal. All three (marsala, porcini and piccata)options were completely tasteless. We ate all of a moderate portion because the food wasn’t horrible, just not good, and not cheap. Efficient (a bit too quick), courteous service delivered without any warmth. After going once or twice every year during our annual trip, we’ve decided that the quality/value ratio just doesn’t warrant a return. Maybe in a few years.

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vipPatrick
San Francisco
75 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a wonderful surprise! Nice spot, ocean view, great menu. Italian food on Kauai, Perfecto.

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vipFabulous
Hawaii
63 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent Italian food. Always a great choice and great outdoor seating.

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vipLinnie
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've never had a bad meal there and we live on island. Great ocean view.

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PamW
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The ambiance was great....overlooking the beach area at the Kauai Marriott. The food was just so so, but they did accomodate my partner's dietary needs.

FAQs

Cafe Portofino - Marriott Kauai offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 245-2121.

Cafe Portofino - Marriott Kauai is rated 4.1 stars by 893 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.