Cafe Portofino - Marriott Kauai

4.2
979 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Authentic Northern Italian fare, also specializing in seafood and steaks. Cafe Portofino is a beautiful upscale restaurant overlooking the ocean located at the Royal Sonesta Resort. Please come and enjoy our award wining cuisine and breathtaking views.

Please note, all seating is first come, fist served- no special seating requests can be honored. For parties over 10, online reservations are not accepted, please call the main number. Pizza is not offered on Wednesdays.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 979 people are saying
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IreneL
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great table

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
43 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Simple meal of pizza and salads. Both were well done, and delicious. Of course the wine was also excellent. Kelly took excellent care of us and Giuseppe was a warm and gracious host.

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vipShar
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our usual last night on the island and is didn't disappoint. Was very good. The food was excellent, the service quick and of course being just above the beach is lovely. No complaints. Would recommend.

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Jerrys
Naples
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Food was not very good. Marinara sauce was bad. Service was fair. Greeting person, probably the proprietor was not social or nice greeting. Took 3-4 bites of food and no more.

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SherriT1234winelover1234
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We were staying at Marriott Beach Club. We ate at restaurant twice however, service was poor both times. Forgot husbands drink, after we asked twice. No bread served first time.

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vipTravelLovers
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The setting was lovely, the service attentive and professional. The food quality was just so-so.
My husband ordered the pasta special and hardly got any pasta.
We will not go back.

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ArleneS
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed eating at Cafe Portofino overlooking the water. Food and service by Christina was great.

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vipDine4SouthBay
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Parking is limited near restaurant; great open air dining with ocean view; quality and quantity of food was great, but service was inattentive, perhaps due to limited serving staff at time of dinner. Will return when vacationing in Kauai!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and experience was unforgettable. Great wine selection. Kelly was amazing! We went there two nights in a row. We will return for sure!

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marilynm
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

As resident on Kauai I really love going to Cafe Portofino. Sometimes we go once a week. Weather getting an entree or pizza and a salad it is always delicious. The service is excellent even when they were busy and short on servers. The view at sunset time is fabulous.

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KevinH
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

GF pizza was great. Server was nice and polite. Place was very busy and they were short staffed.

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RandonH
Northern MI
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Open air. Very authentic high quality Italian cuisine.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

The food was terrible!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was FABULOUS in an EXTRAORDINARY setting. 10 STAR quality.

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vipMichele
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From our welcome by the owner, who seated us at a prime table overlooking the beach to the delicious food and fine service, everything was perfect for our last night of two weeks stay. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The waitress was personable but clearly overworked. The restaurant was woefully understaffed which led to long delays and marginal service.

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Bentley
Savannah
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was great from the filet to the Alfredo, and the wine was worth every penny! Had a going off island dinner with family and the service was exceptional, glasses were never empty and the pictures on the deck were great.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance right on Kalapaki bay.

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MandyH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Portions were small for the price. Pasta was dry and lacked flavor. Meat was overcooked and dry. GREAT ATMOSPHERE AND VIEW! Go to Dukes next door!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible owner

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We always try and schedule a meal at Portofino and have been coming here since the “Harp” playing days, long time. I had the carbonara and it was as good as I have ever had and I have had it in Roma. My wife had the shrimp in primavera which was fine. Best idea for dessert we have had even with espresso was to pour a shot over ice cream in a champagne grass (affogato al caffe). Delicious.

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vipdawnrph
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I think our waiter was newer and overwhelmed. Maybe staffing shortage? And they were out of the wine we wanted. And the red wine was served above drinking temperature but they did bring us a cooler. My friend order the fish of the day and they brought her chicken!! The server I think just picked up the wrong plate so was able to replace immediately. I just feel sorry for the person that got the chicken with a bite taken out of it. OK just kidding. I’m sure they cooked her a new one, ha! Eventually, the sommelier took over amd helped clear dishes etc.

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KellyB
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

No Pizza on Wednesday, which is why I went there. We were seated and ordered drinks before we were informed of this.

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vipCorinne
Tucson
46 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The 4 of us thought it was a bit different to have new potatoes with our chicken piccata entree. We would have preferred Risotto or other type of rice
Chicken piccata was very good

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vipStephanie
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

The maitre d' is one of the rudest people I have ever met. When we arrived he greeted us with a scowl and then proceeded to tell us we did not have a reservation. He became very frustrated and practically threw his iPad at me and I found in 5 seconds. No apology from him and then he try to seat us at a table which is practically in the door way! We asked for the nice table at the edge of the balcony and with another scowl, he agreed. The server had more excuses for her poor service, for example, we asked for water and she brought water to the table next to us and forgot us. One time, ok, but it happened so many times! Don't waste your time, with so many great restaurants in the area, this one is certainly not worth it.

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vipchappy
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was not the best

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was very mediocre, maybe it was my pasta that wasn’t blowing me away. The wine was tasty and the service wasn’t the friendliest but I assume they were busy so we understood. The view is gorgeous and I love the music selection.

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JennyH
Sacramento
8 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant right overlooking the beach. Super yummy food!

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kevinc
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With all the issues on island they still manage to get it right!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience1

The owner is very rude

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vipMichele
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

good food selection (I had the fish) and my guests had pasta and steak, I think.
Enjoyed the view and the wine but didn't have room for dessert. we'll be back.

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vipCarltonC
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The antipasti was large enough for four with a wide selection of meats, bruschetta, peppers... all well prepared and delicious. All of the mains were excellent. Chicken Parmesan - usually horrid as a convention dish was perfectly prepared and well sauced. The Ono piccata was a surprise and not over cooked nor too lemony. The chicken Marsala was bright and well cooked. The wine list is varied with prices for decent wines in the $40 range. We had a Frescobaldi toscana at $60. Wonderful view! Excellent staff - and perhaps one short but personable, interactive, knowledgeable and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience. Suitable for couples, families, any special night

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vipPatM
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Would definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saw this place had great reviews and it did not disappoint. Great views on the water. Service was great. Food was excellent.

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Janet
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The service was terrible. No one was friendly at all. It was like they didn’t enjoy working there. The food was mediocre. We had been to Duke’s two nights before and had a wonderful dinner, and service, Sadly this was nothing like our experience at Duke’s where the server seemed to be glad she was working.

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JeffreyM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Food was cold coming out of kitchen waitress was to busy trying to be everyone's friend and not looking after her other guest

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vipTomH1
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A marvelous dining experience, great food and beautiful setting overlooking Kalapaki Beach. A must for us when visiting Kauai.

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Lsoong
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Server didn’t come to the table for a long time. When he did he dropped the bread and said, “Don’t touch the bread yet.” We didn’t and waited another 10 minutes before he appeared with our water. Perhaps he knew the bread was dry and hard so we had to wait for the water first?? Seeing that it may take a while to get service, we placed our entire dinner order while we had his attention. Appetizers took about 20 minutes to arrive, followed by another 20 minute wait for entrees. One of the two steaks were over cooked (ordered medium, came very well done), both steaks did not have the Chianti Demi as described on the menu either. The pasta dishes were both over cooked. The lamb dish was wonderful. All in all, it was a sad experience for us as we had high expectations.

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disappointedaftehhawaii
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The restaurant is up stairs and I didn't see elevator. Once there, we were greeted fairly fast. Once seated, the waitress took our drink order and gave us a little time to look over the menu. Our meal came out rather fast and the waitress gave us the impression she wanted us away from the table, rather rushed. The food was very good.

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 4.2 stars by 979 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.