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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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