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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.

3481 Ho'olaule'a Way
Lihue, HI 96766
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Marriott Way

Dress Code:
Resort Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 245-2121

Website:
http://cafeportofino.com/

Entertainment:
We have live harp music for our relaxing diners; and a nightclub / late night scene on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays.

Parking Details:
Free valet parking at Marriott.
(Street Parking and Beach parking also available)

Additional:
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

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food

3.9

service

4.1

ambience

4.3

value

3.7

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Quiet

78% would recommend it to a friend

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Authentic (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Live Music (7)
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Happy Hour (3)
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined 4 days ago

Always good Italian food. Nice porch dining with a great view of the harbor.

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

Every year we come and the restaurant is always good

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

A beautiful old plantation house is the setting for this restaurant. We always try to dine here at least once on every visit to Kauai. The tables are around the courtyard. Our server, Craig, was wonderful. Water glasses were kept filled which was important after a day on the golf course. Shorts were the dress of the evening for men. Food was very delicious. I chose the short ribs and my husband had the seared ahi. We were very pleased with both choices. The wine list tends to be pricey but we found a moderate merlo that was nice. The best thing is we were able to talk and enjoy a peaceful setting with great service and delicious food at a reasonable price.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Portofino's was a disappointment...it was just average.....with the view of the ocean, and a captive Marriott clientele, maybe they feel their meals don't have to be anything but average.

The ONE exception was the Calamari appetizer...it was big and tasted above average.

The Cannelloni with chicken tasted fine, but never tasted one bite of chicken...disappointing.

The Penne with sausage had spicy sausage had a fair amount of it and was good...the Penne was unspectacular.

The only benefit to going there was a 25% second entrée discount given by the Marriott.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Liz was our waitress and she was fabulous. Not to mention the food was absolutely perfection and wonderful

Tags: Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

Great fish - choices and preparation. All Italian choices excellent w wonderful wine list.

Tags: Cozy, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Fun
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vip
 (San Joaquin)·Dined on January 8, 2018

I don’t know what the Marriott is thinking with this restaurant. It isn’t in keeping with the usual high quality we have come to expect. We sat outside on the deck but with the plastic covers down do to a rain shower. Two of our part y of four had the Pasta carbonara and it was so salty it was not etible. My husbands eggplant Parmesan was very bland and tasted like cooked flour. I had fresh fish which was nicely presented but unremarkable flavor. A few people sat inside the dining room which was sparsely filled and still had a Christmas tree and holiday decorations up the second week of January. This was our second try. We won’t be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Delicious food, exceptional service and LOVED the Harpist!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Romantic, Scenic View, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Our server was phenomenal and the food was absolutely delicious! Ask for outdoor seating and get there before the sun goes down. We were able to watch humpback whales breaching in the ocean while dining. It was unbelievably beautiful!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Romantic
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

The food was good, nice view of the ocean. I enjoyed the live music. The place had a good vibe. I would go back again. The service was great.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Scenic View
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Good food, great location. Service marginal at best.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 1, 2018

A great place to ring in the New Year.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 1, 2018

we made reservations here for New Years in Lihue and we really enjoyed it! our table was on the deck with the ocean view and it was a pretty night.
our server was very friendly and professional.
The food was really good and our server helped us pair with a nice bottle of cab.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Place was very nice but food very mediocre to poor. Was not worth the price

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great place to watch the sunset and enjoy fresh food. We liked being able to watch all of the people on the lawn/beach and appreciated the harp performer.

Tags: Healthy, Scenic View, People Watching, Notable Wine List
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We have been coming to this restaurant for over 25 years. The Owner is humble and a successful small business owner due to his hard work and amazing restaurant. We encourage you to reserve a table on the outdoor patio. We promise you will be happy you did.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We have been coming every year we come to Kauai. We are treated like family and have gotten to know the owner well. The staff is always attentive and personable. The food is consistently excellent. We also love the waterfront dining.

Tags: Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Well prepare pasta . Reasonable serving size and reasonably priced. Service was excellent . Harp musician played throughout evening. Really nice restaurant experience. linen tablecloths and napkins, quality cutlery and dish ware. We will return to Care Portofino when we visit Kaua‘i.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

A great choice when staying at the Marriott if you don’t want to leave property. Great selection of fresh fish and Italian specialties. Service was a bit harried with a waitress covering lots of tables. Not sure if this was a normal issue or Christmas Eve with limited staff.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great food that is way overpriced. The service was very good and the view on the deck is great too.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Boise)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Beautiful views, good service, hard to beat. We make it a point to go there every time we are in Kauai.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Romantic, Waterfront
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Just average and expensive for what it was, food served just warm, seemed to be very disorganized. Hawaiian entertainment two seniors having a nice time and would have been well suited for a retirement village.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Beautiful view and charmed by the harp playing

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Outstanding as always. Crispy calamari, great Ceaser salad and Mong-chung with lemon crust cooked to perfection! Always the best.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The host showed us to a table right next to the harpist and the entryway, virtually the worst table in the restaurant. When I politely asked if my sister and I could instead sit at one of the tables next to the outdoor view, he said he’d not shown us there because he thought it was cold. Pretty lame reasoning for Kauai weather. He simply wanted to give two women by themselves the lesser table. He was fairly unfriendly. Food was fine but we had an issue with the specialty fish, waloo, or walu. It was explained that it was a local fish and since I’d never heard of it, while we were tasting it’s buttery flesh, I decided to Google it. The reports of this particular fish, also called Escolar, were upsetting and horrific, with virtually EVERY link on the internet explaining how this fish caused miserable digestion problems because of certain ester oils. I think the only reason we didn’t experience the dire gastrointestinal symptoms we’d read about was because we’d split the one portion so probably only had about 3 oz. each. All the same, both my sister and I felt our digestion system had been compromised a bit for the rest of our vacation. Very strange choice of local fish for an upscale restaurant. I intend to contact the restaurant, as well.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great minestrone soup!! The best! Nice ambience! Nice lasagna! Mahalo!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We liked THE Food , THE ambiance , the service and the music.
We will be back.

Tags: Tapas, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Scenic View
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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We enjoyed Portofino. Nice Italian food in beautiful setting

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

This restaurant was very disappointing. Nothing we ate was good, everything was mediocre or worse. The salad dressings (we tried 4 different kinds) were all bland and the salads were all overdressed. The pesto pasta was not edible as there was way too much sauce and it tasted bad. Even the desserts were blah. All of this for $200+ for 4 people which felt like a terrible waste of money.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Good Calamari. Nice and tender with excellent dipping sauce. Mediocre cannelloni. The chicken in the cannelloni was ground up and mealy. Not enough sauce or cheese.
Excellent service. The server couldn’t do much about the food quality. The linguine vongole was ok but could have used more flavor in the sauce, nice al dente linguine though. The tiramisu was good.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent service and food, top notch. Top fav, loved the giant mozza sticks! Amazing view on the last day on the island for our honeymoon and got to write in the sand out front the restaurant afterwards.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tapas, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Very convenient while staying st the Marriott. Great food, our server Debbie was very friendly

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Anniversary. Always excellent. Crab bisque was great

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Waited 20 minutes for server to arrive and take order. Otherwise was a good experience. Fourth time dining here and beet salad was not up to par

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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great food!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent dinner and food was very good. Great view and we will be back. Giuseppe always gives us a warm welcome!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Authentic Italian cuisine

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

The food and views were excellent and Debbie our server was very professional and went out of her way to make us feel very welcomed. We had very nice conversation with the owner Luigi and we will be back soon.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Delicious food, fantastic service! Would highly recommend.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Authentic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 29, 2017

My wife and I ordered steaks for dinner. The quality of the steaks were top of the line. Both steaks came 1 temperature low (rare for medium rare and medium well for well done).

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