Caffe Portofino

4.7
353 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Since opening in 2005, Caffe Portofino has been a superb addition to the South Florida scene. Our cuisine reflects the diversity of South Florida by introducing an International fusion with an Italian zest and a touch of Caribbean flavors.
Here you will taste and experience South Florida"s eclectic style. Our haute cuisine is sure to please any palate and our friendly service will provide the ultimate dining experience. We are sure you will enjoy your visit to Caffe Portofino.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Vegetarian
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Hours of operation
EVERYDAY at 5:30 PM

Sunday to Thursday closing at 10:00pm

Friday and Saturday closing at 11:00pm
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Phone number
(305) 252-2869
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Israel Guzman
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Private party facilities
We offer private events.
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Private party contact
Mauricio: (305) 252-2869
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
US 1
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 353 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing

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EG
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Would highly recommend this place and look forward to returning.

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M
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding food... specials are always excellent.....always have a great experience and great wines.

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AV
Miami
68 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service consistently great! One of my favorite Italian restaurants!!

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MF
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It is a good restaurant but very expensive for what you get.

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WW
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Italian food in South Miami. Owner/Wait staff are personable, attentive, know the food and genuinely enjoy what they do....and it shows. Great menu selection and daily specials...fantastic wine selection as well.
Do yourself a favor and make a reservation for dinner. You will no regret it!

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J
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

Noise level was intolerable which is unfortunate when compared with the excellent service and cuisine. Would think twice before returning.

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SP
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Good pizza and beer. I would go back again.

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OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

I was very surprised at the level of service we received. We saw the waiter twice: once to to take our order, and the second time because we flagged him down for the check. At an Italian place, no one came to offer us parmesan cheese or pepper on our pasta. My wife order a ridiculously overpriced special of the day risotto with tenderloin (you called it filet mignon) which came out cold (and I mean cold) and when the bill came cost $48! Not a prime filet mind you, but about 3 ounces of sliced choice meat with cheesy rice you called risotto. I could have dealt with the disappointing meal, but the service was downright awful. Won’t be returning.

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F
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

WE have domed at Portofino a few times, and it has always had Great food and great service!

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m
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A rare gem in this area. Most everything surrounding Caffe Portifino is a chain restaurant, but this place has them all beat. Best lasagna I have ever had, hands down. Highly recommend. Quiet, easy, short to no wait times usually, and delicious cuisine.

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MC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible Oso Bucco I can't believe it in a strip mall. Unforgettable and the manager was extra kind and sincere you can tell they care about their customers and the food

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RB
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Caffe Portofino is a gem. The food is always delicious and the service is amazing. The menu is extensive but the specials are always worth ordering! We always enjoy an evening out at Caffe Portofino. Enjoy!

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m
Miami
80 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

A neighborhood favorite that keeps things interesting with creative nightly specials and attentive service.

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JJ
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here countless times, for years, celebrating birthdays, Valentine’s Day, date night, etc. They are great! Definitely recommend! Delicious from start to finish! Amazing service and wine list too!!

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F
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best short ribs ever tasted. The savignon cream with strawberries is truly spectacular

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RB
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Language barrier with waiter. No soup on the menu was available except soup of the day. I ordered that but it never arrived or the wine ordered to be delivered with dinner.

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m
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

food is ok, service is ok, but the ambiance is too noisy. Can't hold a conversation.

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MM
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dining experience always exceeds our expectations. The specials were delicious. Malanga soup, avocado and feta cheese, seared tuna on a green plantain. It is great to see the same staff through the years, they exemplify great service. We will be back soon. Michelle

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k
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

100% the best restaurant in all of south miami, it never fails to impress with its incredible service and its exquisite cuisine.

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LG
Caribbean
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food that offers the complete Italian delicacy! If your looking for authentic Italian food you will not be disappointed! Huge delicious portions that are very reasonably priced. A must visit!

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DG
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience here! We live in Palmetto Bay and it is a treasure to have this restaurant in our backyard.

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BG
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service as always. Creative amazing dishes. Always hear the specials before ordering, they are usually outstanding and very creative.

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OT
Miami
33 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All you would want of a fine-dining restaurant; great food, excellent service and exceptional wines.

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R
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent and Everyone was very friendly. Food was good.

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LP
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Not the first time we have dined here. We were seated right away and arrived for a late diner. Having said that, the quality of the food was not good at all. Pasta was over cooked and so was the risotto. The worst was the fillet mignon it was TASTELESS. The meat had zero salt zero pepper zero seasoning. This restaurant is by no means inexpensive and for that price I would have dined at a different t place. So disappointed.

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GG
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Service is very good and attentive, food is delicious, extensive wine list, place is clean with good artwork on the walls.

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J
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent experience at Portofino, service, food, all!

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MG
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was delicious and the service was great! Definitely plan on going back.

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CH
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 9 people: 7 adults and 2 children last Saturday August 11th and it was amazing!!

The ambiance, the wines, the service and the selection of foods..."Mama Mia!! Delizioso", "Squisito".
We had such a great time and would recommend everything that we had from the starters of amazing lightly dusted Fried Calamari served with the Fra Diablo Sauce; Short Ribbed cake which was Shredded Beef Short Rib with Mashed Sweet Potato with a touch of Tarragon Sauce; Malanga soup;
Main courses included the Specials....Lobster,Shrimp and Calamari with freshly made pasta... to die for for; Risotto Dolce Vita; Beef Lasagna; Braised Short Ribs...They catered to the children and from the Kids Menu there was Spaghetti Marinara with meatballs and Chicken Tenders with fries.

Dessert was a selection of Guava Tarts with Vanilla Ice cream; ChocoLava & Red Velvet Lava both served with Vanilla Ice Cream...Decadence!!!

All excellent meals that our group thoroughly enjoyed and we would return in a heartbeat and WILL!!!. We will tell all our friends about this beautiful find.

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LD
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is wonderful. Seafood dishes excellent. Look forward to another visit.

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday. Party of 4. Great food and great service. That’s all anyone can ask for.

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EG
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service...delicious short rib!!

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C
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

With movie plans across the street, we opted to dine at Caffe Portofino in lieu of any of the restaurants at The Falls. We were so glad we did as the food was outstanding. There were 4 of us dining and we all agreed that this restaurant was a great selection and we look forward to returning. It's arguably the best restaurant in the area!

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BR
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food with very efficient service in a convenient location.

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G
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were really outstanding. We had a group of 8 and every entree was wonderful.
The chef has to be one of the best in Miami to deliver such high quality dishes. Service was also meticulous.

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JP
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great wine. Great food. Nice enough ambiance, but not pretentious. For the entre prices, I would think they could throw in a Caesar Salad, but it was not. Overall, I would say, it is a bit pricy, but the food is delicious, so it is worth it. Enjoy.

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L
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Caffe Portofino is literally down the street from our house. For some reason, we don't think to go there. Saturday night, we were so happy we ate there. The food was so delicious. The service and ambiance was comparable to a Coral Gables, fancy restaurant. We will definitely go more often. I would also say, a reservation might be necessary. We had a 7:00 reservation when the place had a few diners. But by 8:00, it was full. (They also have an early bird special before 6:30)

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D
Las Vegas
35 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food and service was really good!

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CJ
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most amazing food. Every dish was delicious and the service is always really good.
We ordered the burrata, veal piccata and the braised beef tortellini.

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