Cafe Portofino - Marriott Kauai

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737 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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Early Special

Enjoy 25% Off Second Entree Between 5pm-6pm Daily
One Promotion Per Table

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 22, 2018

Ends: August 23, 2117

Availability: Daily 5:00PM-6:00PM

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LL
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Pasta is phenomenal and you cant beat the view - we each got something different and it was great

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Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed our evening here!

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M
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal. Highly recommend! Would eat here again!

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CG
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was a pleasant dining experience. My friend and I each had the Cacctitorre and it was good but would have been better over pasta.

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K
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Not sure what the point of having a reservation is for. We checked in for our table for 5 people and (in a mostly empty restaurant) had to haggle for a decent table. No advanced thought or consideration was put into our table at all. It was like we simply walked up without a prior reservation. The host wanted to seat us at the very back of the deck even though there were plenty of empty tables on the deck with a better view. We had to insist on a better table. Again, this was a mostly empty restaurant at the time of our arrival. Please tell me again what the point of having an advanced reservation is for???

Will never eat here again. And, will never recommend to anybody.

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NL
Portland
27 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Dined twice- both times alone (in Kauai on business). First night all was excellent. 2nd time, was seated promptly but waited 15 minutes and finally had to ask maitre'd if I could please have waitstaff come to my table for service as I was rather hungry. Beautiful ambiance with harpist and glorious views but would recommend to be at least a party of two.

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Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Awesome views of the ocean, & outdoor eating is great.
Dishes are rather pricey- I feel like guests are taken advantage of due to the fact that the restaurant is on resort grounds, so the prices are jacked up,

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The Food, Wine and Presentation was very good. The service was good. We were not sure if our Waitress was new, very soft spoken and we could barely hear her, but a nice personality. The dinner was above moderately priced. We enjoyed the dinner very much.

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LH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

We arrived at 6:45p it took 10 minutes for anyone to come to our table to serve us water. It then took another 10 minutes before our waitress came over to speak with us. When she did arrive she read through the specials very quickly and then asked if we knew what we wanted. She was terrible at customer service. It took an hour to get our food and they all came out at different times. Two in our party were half done before the last dinner was even brought out. Our waitress never apologized for the inconvenience and she did not even acknowledge that we had been waiting for a long time. Very unprofessional. By the time we got our check we had been there for two hours for 3 people to eat. Horrible! When we left we told the guy at the front about it and he apologized and said he would take care of us next time. Well to say the least there will be NO next time!

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M
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a really nice waterfront Italian restaurant with a great menu selection and a very nice wine list. Our server Becky was knowledgeable and attentive and very nice to us. The live harp music was a very nice touch. we thought that all of our dishes were unique and very delicious and came out hot and the portions were very large. A really nice wine by the glass selection and their wines by the bottle selection is extensive. Sitting by the oceanfront was a definite plus at this place. we had a little trepidation coming here because some of the reviews mentioned small portions and bad service. That was not our experience at all and we would recommend this place for dinner.

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J
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

This was such a disappointing dinner...especially for the price. We came there with our kids for our anniversary. The only thing that was good about it was the view. The drinks were terrible. We had to send the martini back because it was half vermouth and awful. The second one came back half full. The food was barely acceptable. We ordered a medium rare steak and it came out well done. Very frustrating for a $40 meal. The service was very very slow. We seemed to be a bother.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Ordered the lasagna, but it was only slightly warm and had some cold spots. They brought a new piece that was hot and tasty.

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice but a bit pricey

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DZ
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

We made reservations, and when we were greeted by the host, he looked at us like we had violated some dining code of ethics. We were seated at a very nice table on the patio which overlooks the ocean; which was very nice. The waitress was either inexperienced, had too many tables or both because she seemed to rush through the order-taking process. My husband and I both ordered the same glass of wine; however it was clear that the wine poured into my glass had been in the bottle too long without being stored properly. We had to ask for bread twice and never received it. I think if an Italian restaurant has oil and vinegar on the table it should be a priority for the guests to receive bread. We also had to ask for another glass of wine twice; which arrived just as we were finishing dinner. I know eating out is expensive in Hawaii, but for the prices charged at Café Portofino, they should staff up to ensure the guests have a good dining experience. The food was average - nothing to brag about. I would not return.

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BH
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall it was a good experience. The food was good but a little overpriced. The service was really great and view of the ocean was breathtaking. We would go back next time in town.

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Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and amazing food!

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Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great view, good food

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Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Evidently this restaurant is hit or miss. Returned to eat here because the first time was nice. If this had been the first time to eat here, I would not return. Crab Lobster bisque was the worst I’ve ever had. Couldn’t eat it, told the server, the whole bowl minus 3 spoonfuls was taken from the table still had to pay for it anyway. Service was definitely not up to par. I waited to order to allow a female companion at the table to order before me. As she started to say her order the server cut her off and asked me if I knew what I wanted because she stated she wanted to take the order around the table. WOW! I’m paying for the meal not the server. But she clearly had no desire to be there. Not to worry. I have no desire to return.

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RE
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good, and the service was exceptionally good. Prices were reasonable considering location and proximity to Marriott.

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DG
Omaha
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my very favorite places. Great food and beautiful view of Kalapaki Bay.

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G
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Service was as excellent. Food sounded good but everything we ordered was very bland with no flavor. Even the calarmari which seems pretty straight forward was kind of soft and the dipping sauce tasted like canned tomato paste. Would not go back again, save your money and eat next door with the same amazing view

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SS
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Waited 2 hours for our food. Lobster over cooked, pastas for kids had no flavor, No Presentation of plates., rack of lamb was not full rack. With my husband being a cook for 15+ years in a hotel/restaurant, he would know all about these.. sadly he was disappointed. We felt that they catered more to tourist than locals. It’s very sad but will never go back.

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JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 5

We had a very bad server. She single handedly degraded our otherwise good experience with the ambience and food.

1. She brought out our main course even before we were half finished with our soup and appetizers. She left the dish sitting at the edge of our table.

2. She brought out our after dinner cappuccino with no coffee spoon and sugar.

3. We had to ask for a pen to sign our check (not a big deal).

4. This last part is unbelievable and is the worst part of our experience: as I went to use the bathroom, she left a small deck of dirty plates with bones from another table’s osso buco on our table, right in front of my seat. My wife didn’t notice it until I asked her why all these pieces of bones are in front of my seat. This could believe what had happened !!! BTW, we were not rude or disrespectful. It was such a strange experience.

The bus lady was much more attentive in refilling drinks.

I love the music performance.

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TG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Portofino- Marriott Kauai was one of the best experiences I had in Kauai. The staff was very nice and the experience superb! Would definitely go back!

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JL
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just Great! We dine here every time we are on Kauai.

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m
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Did not really need the reservation as when we got there it was wide open however the food was excellent Service was excellent prices were a bit high. Everything in Hawaii is a bit high so there is nothing to compare it to Definitely one of our choices for when we want to eat out at a really nice place with a great view Parking lot could definitely use a Paving Or having the potholes filled 😆

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KL
Savannah
28 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great dinner at Cafe Portofino! We have been here before and have always had outstanding food and service. The view is also hard to beat!

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N
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding view of the ocean. Great service, very attentive. Dinner meals were fantastic. Plenty of food. Price for dinner was appropriate for the quality. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and music. A must dinner stop. Classy!

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C
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great
The service was outstanding.
The setting beautiful, but on a still night, attacked by termites.

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BA
Tucson
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a fabulous meal with beautiful harp music playing throughout our dinner. The food was wonderful, especially the fried mozzarella and the spaghetti and meatballs. Our waiter was so attentive and helpful. This is a beautiful setting looking out over the ocean.

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PP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The location is amazing. My biggest complaint is that we both ordered a martini on the rocks. Our server even repeated it back to us. When they came out they were up, not on the rocks. This seems to be a recurring theme. My other complaint is the veal Marsala was on the dry side. Other than that it was a nice evening.

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M
Galway
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great dinner and ambiance for our anniversary... beautiful sunset location

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AG
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Location is excellent with fantastic view of the bay and walking distance from the Marriott Resort. Service is good. Salad was good but entree of local fish was overcooked. Prices are not cheap but charging for each refill of soda was. Dessert was three small scoops of ice cream and not worth it. Overall good for convenience and view.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

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ED
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This was probably our 5th time there, at least, and we went twice on this trip. Good pasta. Not sure about meat dishes but the marinara and alfredo were both very good. Service is always nice and the harp player is delightful. You can't get a better view than here. Restaurant looks right out over Nawiliwili Bay. If you're staying at the Marriott, it's a 2 minute walk to the restaurant. No need to get into a car. Very nice evening

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LS
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Beautiful outdoor view of the ocean. Homemade pasta was authentic Italian and excellent.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The menu showed pizza however we were told it was only available downstairs in their pizzeria and they wouldn’t bring it up to the restaurant The menu also listed a few fishes. My daughter went for the Opa which they didn’t actually have. They only had 1 of the 5 fishes listed on the menu. We ended up leaving because they didn’t have what 2/3 of us had planned to order.

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Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service was excellent. The waitress was excellent. This is not our first time. That why we keep coming back.

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The atmosphere was perfect for a nice dining experience. The food was not good. The fettuccine noodles were identical to to store bought egg noodles in a bag. I was shocked. We had two veal dishes. Both tougher than skirt steak. Likely due to meal preparation as opposed to food quality but hard to gauge considering I have never had tough veal before. We brought it to the owners attention who decided to educate us on there actually being no problem and that it is suppose to be both fat, tuff and full of leaders. Real shame given the potential in light of the restaurants location. We ate next door at Dukes a few times and would certainly recommend it as an alternative, until the food quality improves.

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CT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took time to meet the owner, Gino, and he was gracious. This was the best Italian meal I have ever eaten outside of our family dishes. I just wish there was another one near my home!

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