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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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4.1

service

4.3

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4.4

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3.9

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79% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (28)
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Special Occasion (13)
Notable Wine List (11)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Casual (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Authentic (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Live Music (7)
Worth the Drive (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Fun (5)
Comfort Food (3)
People Watching (3)
Cozy (3)
Business Meals (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
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Tapas (2)
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Gluten Free Options (1)
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 6 days ago

Beautiful view and charmed by the harp playing

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 (Orange County)·Dined 7 days ago

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

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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (London)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great food!

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 (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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 (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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Food and service are excellent! Ambiance great and you are able to hear the conversation at the table. Evan and Ben are superb waiters. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Everything was perfect! No complaints! Service was prompt. Salad was fresh and crisp. Seafood Diavolo was delicious. Shrimp Scampi with a side of pasta was perfect. Bread basket had a variety and warm. We visit Cafe Portofino every time we come to Kauai.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

The best Italian on Kauai. In addition they have a harpist who really enhances the evening with great romantic songs . We love this place for great wine, great food, great ambiance, great view and an all around great evening.

Tags: Romantic, Fun, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The host sat other couples before us who didn't have reservations, and we got a table under a torn awning. It rained. The food was mediocre, although it used to be good, and my husband was not pleased with any of it. We will think a long time before coming back.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This is none of my favorite places on the island. Have been coming here for years. Very reasonable, good wine list, excellent food and service.

Tags: Comfort Food, Seasonal, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Waited 40 minutes for a drink order. Food was good but there did not appear to be enough wait staff for amount of patrons. It was not overly crowded either. Don’t know what the problem was. Would not go back again even though I’m a Marriott vacation club owner and staying on site

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Think it may be time for Portifino to fade into the sunset. Only get there about every 3 yrs but each time I return it seems a little more tired. Their pastas are fine but that's about it. The veal for scaloppini was thick and a steak knife would have been the correct utensil to cut it. The meat balls were dry and hard. If you want to experience MEATBALLS go across the road to Pietros and hope they are a special that night. The bruschetta and garlic bread are pathetic; tried to other past and sauces were fine but even the accompanying shrimp on one were small and below par. Everything seemed overpriced for the quality.

Sorry this is not Arrivederci, its Addio

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We have been dining at Portofino for almost 20 years. We visit Kauai almost yearly. One diner had a disappointing entree. Veal that was very tough......unusual for this place. Service terrific

Tags: People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

I really wish my husband and I would have paid closer attention to all of the negative reviews. We were visiting Kauai on our honeymoon and staying at the Marriott. We figured we would stay close to the hotel one evening and dine at Cafe Portafino. I wouldn't recommend this restaurant to anyone. I was shocked to learn that it was 'real, authentic Italian.' The food was awful. Our scallop appetizer was swimming in a very strange, runny cheese sauce. My husband opted for the special of the night, which was some kind of seafood spaghetti. When it arrived, it was basically Costco's salsa mixed in with noodles and a weird fish that had a brown tint to it. (We purchase this exact same salsa all the time so we knew exactly what it was - I tried it too, and instantly thought 'oh my gosh, this is salsa!' Totally not a combo you want... The waitstaff was not very helpful, plus they were extremely slow when there weren't many tables, and didn't seem to care that the food was not edible. We aren't ones to leave bad reviews, but this was just a horrible experience all the way around. Not a way to enjoy a honeymoon. Do yourself a favor, listen to the reviews... go over to Duke's instead...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

I had the house special zuppe de pesce not what I'm accustomed to they were missing the mussels,calamari,Scungil ,still hungry after i left.

Tags: Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Easy to book a reservation online. We were greeted immediately upon arrival and quickly seated at a wonderful table overlooking the beach and ocean. Service was very attentive and our food came out fairly quickly. Delicious! I would look at the menu as classic Italian - though I'm not well-enough traveled to say that for sure. It offered a huge variety, and both our meals were incredible. Will definitely come back next time we're at the resort.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Excel;ent food. My wife had the Lamb, so good. I had Flambé Shrimp which was also good. We started off with special salad. Spent around 2 hrs they didn’t rush us.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Delightful restaurant with authentic cuisine and excellent service! Great ambience next to the surf and couldn't be more romantic! Our server was Evan and he was excellent!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Our server, Debbie, was very attentive but did not hover over us. The food was spectacular as was the wine. A nice harp playing in the background made having a conversation easy. However, it is a tad long walk if you are not stYing at the resort, however it ended up being well worth it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The food was very disappointing! I had the Scampi for $28.00. I got 6 small shrimp with a little butter and garlic. The side was a very unappetizing ratatouille. there was one piece of broccoli and one small carrot with it. My husband had the eggplant Parmesan. It was an interesting version, and not his favorite. We did finish with the tiramisu which was very good.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great food, nice atmosphere. Pasta dishes were excellent.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Reservation request was not communicated with Portofino or had not been entered into their reservation system. luckily, there were plenty of tables available. Makes me wonder about Opentables reliability.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

We have been to Café Portofino several times over the past few years and always have a great meal. We always love sitting on the deck overlooking the beautiful beach, which is hard to not enjoy.

The service is quick and friendly, and the menu is extensive with many great Italian dishes. I had the Pollo Marsala this time for a change of pace, and it was great.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Everything was great!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2017

My husband and I decided to celebrate our 1 year anniversary at this nice Italian restaurant, overall it was good , our server Evan was great, and very personable and attentive but the food took forever , and was cold when we got it. We also waited about 30 minutes to even get a bottle of wine! The ambiance was very nice and romantic , the harp player was amazing, and you can't beat the sunset over the ocean!

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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Mediocre food and VERY slow. Nice location and decor. The restaurant next door and bar next door much better.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Such a beautiful setting and Giuseppe is so gracious and accommodating. We also go on Wednesday nights so we may hear Larry Rivera and his daughter Lurline. He is a treasure of Kauai and she has the sweetest voice and so charming. A must go to on a visit to Kauai.

Tags: Live Music, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 9, 2017

This restaurant is alway consistently great. It is worth the drive and is close to the airport for that last fantastic meal!

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Scenic View
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