Service was friendly and attentive. The guy playing the harp during dinner was a bit odd and made the place seem very dated, like 1960’s dated. The food was mediocre to average. Could have been so good if the flavors were there. Creme Brûlée dessert was horrible, we sent it back. I think this place could be so much better if they made the menu smaller (less options) so they could focus on what they can do the best and elevate that. And get rid of the harp. They guy was good but it’s just old. Maybe get a nice reggae band to go with the tropical-island vibe (it is an island after-all)!
We wanted to try this place last time we came to Kauai and made sure we had a reservation ready when we landed. Reserving was super simple, and we were sat promptly and in a great seat outside. Totally accommodated to our almost 3 year old also. My boyfriend ordered the ribeye and I ordered the clam linguine. Both items were outstanding. Well beyond our expectations. Everything was fresh and cooked to order and the shellfish was so amazing. We are from the pacific northwest, so we are picky about seafood and we have an abundance there and this was amazing. There was a man playing the harp during dinner which was wonderful to hear too. Our server was wonderful and kind. Great warm personality. THe owner chatted us up as we left and was very nice an inviting too. One thing we liked, was that the chefs are flown directly from Italy to cook for the restaurant. The coupon books had a coupon here and with 4 drinks and 2 entrees we paid less than $100. We were very happy and we will be back!!
We’re so glad some things don’t change. We love returning to Cafe Portofino, the setting is beautiful. Oceanfront, live harp music, perfect place for any occasion. Cafe Portofino is known for their fresh, authentic pasta which I’ve had many times before, this time I chose the fresh fish. My Mahi Mahi was moist and wonderful.
The service was slow for not being very busy. My fish was slightly over cooked but the sauce and vegetables were fantastic!
This establishment has anything your heart desires for appetizers and some of the tastiest Italian dishes you may desire. Excellent seafood plates, fine wines and cocktails.
We visit cafe Portofino every time we are in Kauai. The food is always great. This time, our waiter, Michael, went above and beyond with service and made the dinner even more special. So much so that we made reservations for 3 days later in his section. If you go, request to sit in Michael’s section.
Amazing food. Beautiful high end resteraunt. Just lovely all over.
Was really, really busy! Check in with reservations took a while since people at podium we’re discussing seatings arrangements.
It took a while to even get water, which our wait person bought to us. Veal porcini was great, veal piccata was tough.
We have been here many, many times and were mildly disappointed this time. We hope it gets better.
This was my third visit and Cafe Portofino never disappoints. The food is outstanding and the views are stunning. Great service every time. I highly recommend.
Excellent food & service with a beautiful view. The waitress made some great recommendations from the menu
The lasagna didn’t have good flavor, soggy noodles, warm temperature. The pasta noodles were either under cooked or soggy-over cooked. We’ve tried this restaurant 3 times & the same unfortunate experience each time.
Four of us went to Portofino and had a great time. For dinner two had lasagna, one eggplant and one had steak. The person who ordered the steak asked for a sauce that wasn't part of the meal but the chef said no problem making it and it was delicious. Our server was also friendly and very efficient without being obtrusive. This was our second time at this restaurant this trip and we weren't disappointed either time.
This restaurant is usually one of our favorites while at the Marriott Kauai Beach Club. Food never disappoints if you stick with pasta. One of our party had the fish and wasn’t impressed. Our service was horrible. No water on table and it took 15 minutes to get it. Waiter dropped a dirty fork on my husband’s silk Tommy Bahama shirt and was clueless that he did. Unfortunately, not sure I can recommend this place any longer.
Excellent food and service.
Excellent experience as usual. Never a disappointment after returning annually for 20 years! Extensive menu compared with any of the others at this resort.
Debbie our waitress was excellent!!!!!!!!!!
Four of us went to Portofino and ordered four different meals. All were delicious. One had fillet and asked for a different sauce than what was on the menu but with the special meal of the day. It wasn't a problem and he really enjoyed his dinner. One of us got the Osso Bucco, one a veal dish and one the Cannaloni. I'd recommend any of these dishes. Our service was a bit slow but being there were 4 of us it wasn't a huge problem.
Wait staff was very friendly, music was beautiful, views were great and the food was AMAZING
Loved everything about our dining experience at Cafe Portafino. Our server was very accommodating, we had a lovely table with a view of the ocean, the food was delicious and the overall ambiance made for a wonderful evening. I highly recommend it as a dining choice and will certainly return.
We ate dinner here twice during our stay on Kauai. It's a great spot for dinner if you are staying at the Kauai Marriott Resort, or just wrapped up a day at Kalapaki Beach.
The food was excellent. The portion sizes were good (sometimes much more than we could eat) and tasted delicious. The kids thoroughly enjoyed the spaghetti and meatballs.
There's a great view of the beach from the outdoor dining area. You can both see and hear the ocean. There's plenty of outdoor dining tables.
Finally, the service was excellent. The wait staff was friendly and helpful.
We really enjoyed the evening. Everyone loved their meal and our server was warm and attentive. We would recommend for groups and yet quiet enough for a couple.
Food was terrible. Prosciutto was cut way too thick, needed steak knife to cut it, steamed claims hard to see in a very small bowl with very little claim soup, pasta had no sauce added except for red coloring - was tasteless. All-in-all very poor food, could not eat it. We do not recommend.
Leader among the fine dining experience on Kauai. A good mix of tourist and local residents. The food is authentic and truly ethnic. I would definitely recommend to any diner.
I ordered Prawns sautéed in lemon, butter and capers. There is no prawn, looks like some shrimp imported from Vietnam. For being in Kauai, they should have Kauai prawn or shrimp instead. Don’t put it on the menu to mislead people when you serve shrimp instead of prawn.
Always amazing. We go here 3 times a month. Love everything especially the veal marsala. Yum
Visited this restaurant as part of staying at the Marriott Kauai resort. menu looked good. restaurant is right on the beach and right next to Dukes restaurant. view is great but food is very mediocre. bread appears out of a package instead of made in house. pasta is basically a large clump of likely pre-made noodles and mixed with whatever sauce you have selected. very unimpressive presentation for the price as pasta dishes were over 20 dollars. not even up to Olive Garden standards. look somewhere else for pasta on Kauai!!
We all ordered different items and we all loved what we chose. The bread, salad and wine were amazing. Our server was attentive and checked on us frequently.
Have been there several times, this time was very unfortunate, Food was marginal at best
My husbands lasagna tasted like Chef Boyardee. My Bucatini was really good. Did not care for our appetizer of the fried mozzarella. The ambiance and location was awesome. Probably would not go back.
Service was friendly. Food excellent. I highly recommend the Opah prepared to perfection. My husband had chicken Masala, also excellent.
wait staff could have been better . service level not what i expected. the food however was good.
Very underwhelming. So many great restaurants in Kauai, this is not one of them
First time here. I had the linguine with fresh clams and my husband had the ravioli. We enjoyed both dishes. Very fresh ingredients.
Our waiter could have been more attentive.
Nice change of pace. Lots and a good varity of menu options
Perfect ambiance for a family on vacation. The service was pleasant, the music (harp) was calming, the food (especially the fish) was delicious, and anything overlooking the bay was fabulous. Will go there again - and SOOOOO convenient if you're already staying at the hotel. Great food, short walk, no need to move the car :-)
The staff was great and our food was OK. The prices are high and to be charged $4 for each glass of soda is ridiculous. It comes from a tank and they pay pennies. Over all it was a pleasant dinner.
Impeccable service and authentic Italian food. Lovely setting overlooking the water. Extensive selections for all tastes. Veal scallopinni very tender and Sole Diana beautifully fileted tableside.
absolutely one of the best dining opportunities in Kauai.
Slower than Kaua’i time!