Cafe Portofino - Marriott Kauai

4.2
654 reviews
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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.
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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The service was spectacular, but the food missed the mark. Orders not delivered as placed. Unfortunately they could not control weather, but they need to secure their wind screens, because they had dropped them, but they kept slapping against their rails. Of course we were outside on the patio. Can see why during great weather, it would be so delightful. Would not go back.

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FV
Dallas
44 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We enjoyed a change in pace from the usual excellent seafood choices in local Kauai restaurants, and a show by a well known Island singer, Larry Rivera. I had an absolutely wonderful beef filet - the Filet Marco Antonio - sliced and served in a stack with egg plant and crostini, in a fabulous reduction sauce. My wife had the Veal Marsala, which was good. The only downside of the evening was the very confused maitre d'. We had reservations for inside (it was a chilly, breezy evening), and he first said he couldn't seat us. The same for another couple. After some time and talking with the wait staff, he finally figured out how to accommodate both parties. Not very organized, nor professional. Fortunately, our server was top rate, as was the food!

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Calgary
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Awfull Linguine Carbonara.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Service are horrible

Food cane to the table in wrong way and wrong time

Our waiter no even know how can she open a bottle of wine

I highly unrecomend this restaurant

Even though wasn’t cheap

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SL
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Went to Cafe Portofino for my Wife's birthday and the food was fantastic.

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M
Chicago
82 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely view of the water with cruise ships departing the harbor at dusk. Excellent service at this long time Kauai Italian favorite.

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ES
Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were four of us and all of us loved our meals. Our server was great. We would highly recommend it.

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Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Beautiful location, but the food is pretty darn awful. My salad had some rotting greens in it and the veal piccata seemed to have cream mixed in the sauce instead of it simply being lemon and butter. I ate little of either my salad or the piccata. My husband likewise only ate a few bites of his beet salad, saying it was only so-so, and of his fish which also was not great. We thought we’d try a dessert mainly because we were still quite hungry, but after the waiter finally came back after taking our plates away, he came with the check and abruptly turned away, so we couldn’t get his attention to ask.

The bill was way overpriced all things considered. Don’t bother with this place; go get yourself a nice plate lunch to enjoy on the beach. It will be much cheaper and much better food!

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F
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Portofino and make a point to dine here at least once per visit to Kauai. We are always greeted and made to feel special. The harp is a beautiful addition to the gorgeous view of the bay. We shared a bowl of crab bisque. I am so glad we did. It was very creamy and delicious. I loved dipping my bread into it. My husband ordered the lasagna and reported it to be very good. I chose the fish of the day pan seared with a wine and caper and lemon sauce. This was probably the best fish I have had on the island. I believe it was machong . (Spelling?). We will look forward to returning next year during our visit to Kauai.

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TD
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good food and atmosphere.
The harpist was excellent

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F
Hawaii
51 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Decent Italian food. They make their sauce a bit spicy if you like that. Comes out hot. Nice service.

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B
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, it was wonderful!

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m
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been dining here when on kauai for 19 years. The food, service and surroundings have been excellent every time. we have had family birthdays and a wedding dinner here.

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Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The atmosphere is fantastic, and the service was very good. Unfortunately the appetizers we had (calamari and mozzarella marinara) left us a little disappointed, but our entrees and dessert were delicious and put us in a much more forgiving mood.

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Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The location as part of the Marriott Kauai complex is nice as it is elevated overlooking the ocean. The service was so-so with a server who seemed flippant and a bit impatient. The food was OK, but the menu said we were having prawns, however, 4 small shrimp were served. My husband had spaghetti meatballs and his meatballs were limited to 2 small ones.

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OO
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The server (Soleil) was so nice, patient and understanding of our current Keto Diet. She put up with our indecisions at the time since we were ver hungry 😁. Everything came out quickly, hot and delicious. We also enjoyed seeing uncle Larry Rivera that evening. Such a funny guy.

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n
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Portofino was outstanding both times we went. For Italian it was really good pasta, made fresh. The specials were local caught fresh fish, different each time. The fish I had was done perfectly very tasty, not at all dry, it was sauteed with the right amount of sauce. Choice of pasta with meal or other potatoes and veggies. Done perfectly crisp if accompanied entree. Wine selection was good but would of preferred more choices that were Italian wines by glass.

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Boise
19 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We vacationed on Kauai for two weeks and ate out every night. This was our favorite of all the restaurants we tried. It was so good the first time, we decided to return. With both visits, the food was excellent and well prepared. We tried pasta, fish, and veal dishes, as well as several appetizers and desserts--all were great! The wait staff was courteous and attentive throughout the meal. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice food. Excellent service. Beautiful view. Would highly recommend.

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Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in Kauai. Great food, wonderful views, romantic setting, outstanding host, Giuseppe, and very talented harpist, Gianni always make our dinners both satisfying and memorable.

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1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Cafe Portofino! We’ve been coming here for years for the views, the ambiance (where else can you be serenaded by a harp!), and the wonderful food. Giuseppe and his son Alex run the front of the house with a calm and relaxed demeanor yet provide great service and style.

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NY
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Portofino has been our "Go To" restaurant for a few months. We love the food and service and everything about it.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was mediocre, prices were high, drinks/wine orders forgotten, request for substitution forgotten, service very slow. Our first meal in Kaua’i on this trip and hopefully will be getting much better than this. Bartender didn’t know pretty basic cocktails. For context, we aren’t overly picky. Lots of room for improvement.

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Detroit
21 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved celebrating New Years Eve here!

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Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Our first nine on Kauai we tried cafe portifino, it’s right next to our hotel... my husband and daughter had the

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BB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Our waiter over-represented the quality of the experience. His over-the-top promises of memorable dining experience with the perfect combination of food, will be remembered for two of the steaks and a pasta orders arriving stone cold, announcing they had run out of bread, and ignorantly promising that cappuccino came in decaf, when they did not have decaf espresso. Our only failure of the vacation, and an expensive one at that.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place.

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JP
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The host was reluctant to honor our outdoor seating request that we'd designated in the Open Table app, saying that today it didn't matter, because "in five minutes, this place is going to be packed." Upon our objection, an older man came over and spoke with him in Italian and arranged for a table outdoors. The host was not terribly pleasant, however, the rest of the waitstaff was WONDERFUL and the food was great. We were happy with the rest of our time there. The bruschetta was great, as was the lasagna. Perfect wine suggestion from our waitress.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Christmas Dinner

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LP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I thought the food was just okay. Nothing great. This restaurant was touted to be fabulous that’s why we went, but I thought it was overrated.

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G
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

All the reviews looked great so I hope my poor experience was due to Christmas eve and not normal. The bad experience started with check in when a local who clearly knows the manager/owner but didnt have a reservation was taken ahead of us to an indoor seat which is what we booked. Finally 20min later we were seated outside. Strike 2 they served a group who were seated 10 minutes after us. Strike 3 the 5 plates of pasta took 2hrs to recieve and were all under cooked. Not impressed and we will not return just out of principle.

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LF
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Christmas eve

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food is solid but not amazing. Ambiance is nice. The service is friendly but not very professional.

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SE
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the food and listening to larry rivera on wed night. He is a real gem.

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MK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great variety of excellent food, friendly and courteous service, sound of waves splashing quietly on the beach and nice life harp music. What else could ask for besides a good company for a wonderful dinner?

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Denver
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was great - nice table location, before dinner beverages, apps, dinner , wine and dessert, and even a harpist, who had to compete with the vibes next store.

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m
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food and view

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Fish was good. Pasta was terrible.

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S
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst meal on our vacation

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Server was having a bad day and it showed.. won’t go back because of that

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