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About Cafe Portofino - Marriott Kauai
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.
Lihue, HI 96766
Italian, Seafood, Steak
Hours of Operation:
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
We have live harp music for our relaxing diners; and a nightclub / late night scene on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays.
Free valet parking at Marriott.
(Street Parking and Beach parking also available)
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Cafe Portofino - Marriott Kauai Ratings and Reviews
Everything was perfect! No complaints! Service was prompt. Salad was fresh and crisp. Seafood Diavolo was delicious. Shrimp Scampi with a side of pasta was perfect. Bread basket had a variety and warm. We visit Cafe Portofino every time we come to Kauai.
The host sat other couples before us who didn't have reservations, and we got a table under a torn awning. It rained. The food was mediocre, although it used to be good, and my husband was not pleased with any of it. We will think a long time before coming back.
Waited 40 minutes for a drink order. Food was good but there did not appear to be enough wait staff for amount of patrons. It was not overly crowded either. Don’t know what the problem was. Would not go back again even though I’m a Marriott vacation club owner and staying on site
Think it may be time for Portifino to fade into the sunset. Only get there about every 3 yrs but each time I return it seems a little more tired. Their pastas are fine but that's about it. The veal for scaloppini was thick and a steak knife would have been the correct utensil to cut it. The meat balls were dry and hard. If you want to experience MEATBALLS go across the road to Pietros and hope they are a special that night. The bruschetta and garlic bread are pathetic; tried to other past and sauces were fine but even the accompanying shrimp on one were small and below par. Everything seemed overpriced for the quality.
Sorry this is not Arrivederci, its Addio
I really wish my husband and I would have paid closer attention to all of the negative reviews. We were visiting Kauai on our honeymoon and staying at the Marriott. We figured we would stay close to the hotel one evening and dine at Cafe Portafino. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant to anyone. I was shocked to learn that it was 'real, authentic Italian.' The food was awful. Our scallop appetizer was swimming in a very strange, runny cheese sauce. My husband opted for the special of the night, which was some kind of seafood spaghetti. When it arrived, it was basically Costco's salsa mixed in with noodles and a weird fish that had a brown tint to it. (We purchase this exact same salsa all the time so we knew exactly what it was - I tried it too, and instantly thought 'oh my gosh, this is salsa!' Totally not a combo you want... The waitstaff was not very helpful, plus they were extremely slow when there weren't many tables, and didn't seem to care that the food was not edible. We aren't ones to leave bad reviews, but this was just a horrible experience all the way around. Not a way to enjoy a honeymoon. Do yourself a favor, listen to the reviews... go over to Duke's instead...
Easy to book a reservation online. We were greeted immediately upon arrival and quickly seated at a wonderful table overlooking the beach and ocean. Service was very attentive and our food came out fairly quickly. Delicious! I would look at the menu as classic Italian - though I'm not well-enough traveled to say that for sure. It offered a huge variety, and both our meals were incredible. Will definitely come back next time we're at the resort.
Our server, Debbie, was very attentive but did not hover over us. The food was spectacular as was the wine. A nice harp playing in the background made having a conversation easy. However, it is a tad long walk if you are not stYing at the resort, however it ended up being well worth it.
The food was very disappointing! I had the Scampi for $28.00. I got 6 small shrimp with a little butter and garlic. The side was a very unappetizing ratatouille. there was one piece of broccoli and one small carrot with it. My husband had the eggplant Parmesan. It was an interesting version, and not his favorite. We did finish with the tiramisu which was very good.
We have been to Café Portofino several times over the past few years and always have a great meal. We always love sitting on the deck overlooking the beautiful beach, which is hard to not enjoy.
The service is quick and friendly, and the menu is extensive with many great Italian dishes. I had the Pollo Marsala this time for a change of pace, and it was great.
My husband and I decided to celebrate our 1 year anniversary at this nice Italian restaurant, overall it was good , our server Evan was great, and very personable and attentive but the food took forever , and was cold when we got it. We also waited about 30 minutes to even get a bottle of wine! The ambiance was very nice and romantic , the harp player was amazing, and you can't beat the sunset over the ocean!
Such a beautiful setting and Giuseppe is so gracious and accommodating. We also go on Wednesday nights so we may hear Larry Rivera and his daughter Lurline. He is a treasure of Kauai and she has the sweetest voice and so charming. A must go to on a visit to Kauai.
We were mistaken to have passed Portofino on a number of occasions because while in Hawaii, we were not inclined to dine at an Italian restaurant. Stopped in because there were no seats at the bars of other local establishments. Turned out that there were plentiful local food options and a good number of authentic Italian dishes. Portofino has a lovely, very accessible bar and a fantastic bartendress. The host, wait staff, and entertainment were top-notch, as was the cuisine. We dined there twice during our 8 day stay on Kauai. I had the special both times, which was mixed fish and shellfish over pasta. My husband had spaghetti/meatballs the first time and local fish the second. Cannot wait to take friends and family on the next trip. Portofino is not to be missed!! Great views from the entire restaurant and no doubt a fabulous venue for a wedding reception or other special occasion.
Great dinner. Very attentive and friendly service. I had the linguini with muscles and it was perfect. My daughter had the lober tail and it was very juicy and sweet. The harp player was a very nice touch. Definitely recommend.
We sat down and left less than 5 minutes after. Our server (don't remember her name in account that I couldn't hear her name when she introduced herself) just mumbled, had no personality, and swayed back and forth as she attempted tell us the special of the day. Also, she said that the special is Ono which is Moonfish but unfortunately for her, I know what moonfish is and it's called Opah not Ono since I am a restaurant mananger for almost a decade in Honolulu. She lacked the knowledge of the special of the day and it was like listening to someone who hates their job try to serve us. I have never been so appalled with my server before. The host and other staff members seemed friendly from what I saw but, our server was the complete opposite. We would have loved to try this place since it was for my birthday but needless to say, I doubt we will ever be back.
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