Cafe Portofino

4.2
1151 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Authentic Northern Italian fare, also specializing in seafood and steaks. Cafe Portofino is a beautiful upscale restaurant overlooking the ocean located at the Royal Sonesta Resort. Please come and enjoy our award wining cuisine and breathtaking views.

Please note, all seating is first come, first served- no special seating requests can be honored. For parties over 6, online reservations are not accepted, please call the main number.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1151 people are saying
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4.1
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4.4
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3.9
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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving dinner was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The whole place is just kind of blah. Also, when in Kauai there are much more interesting places to try. Wasn’t horrible but definitely would not be a recommendation.

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Mhmd
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Good restaurant. However, they are understaffed which reduce the service and good quality.

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vipWeezie
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and overall experience. Will definitely go again when back on Kauai.

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Momoftwo
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was not great especially for the price. View of ocean was blocked by dirty plastic covers which the hostess wouldn’t raise because of slight chance of rain. Not a good experience

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OpenTable Diner
Saskatoon
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Arrived at 7pm as per our reservation. Our first sighting of a waitress was more than twenty minutes later. We put our full order in at that time and waited more than another 20 minutes. No wine. No appetizers. After 45 minutes of not eating or drinking anything but water, we left the establishment walking past several others who’s heads seemed to be hunting for waitresses and meals. For some reason this place was complete chaos.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food was great

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Melissah
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious and a great value. We really enjoyed

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Avoid, avoid, avoid!
Save your money and go anywhere else. The food was sloppy, oily and not pleasant. I ordered a Caprese Salad, Chicken Scalloppini, and a glass of Pinot Grigio. The Caprese Salad was drenched in oil and pesto sauce, not a leaf of basil in sight. The Chicken wasn't fully cooked and wasn't Scalloppini, it was a half chicken breast drenched in more oil, butter, and salt. The included vegetables were frozen carrots and broccoli, mixed in with more oil and garlic salt. The glass of wine was more like a quarter of a glass of wine. My brother ordered a Cesar salad and pasta. The salad was literally brownish yellow romaine lettuce coated in cesar's dressing. His pasta was normal boxed spaghetti and Ragu. My wife had Fettuccine with meat sauce, she couldn't eat it because it was cold and tasted similar to cold Chef Boyaredee. My daughter had plain pasta, no frills. She refused to eat the bread because it tasted like it was moldy and she never refuses bread so you know it is bad.
The only thing that this place has going for it is the view. Gorgeous view of the beach.
The service was fast, but that was likely due to the plethora of open tables and prepackaged microwaved food.
My advice is that you would be better off anywhere else and eating it at the beach.

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SheilaS
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent fine dining experience with excellent service and amazing view.

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vipCatfan300
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very nice dinner and ambiance. Service was not so good. We asked for plates for our appetizer, never received. We asked for something else (like salt and pepper maybe), never received. We did not have our water refilled. Food was very good. I would try again.

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GaryM
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Kauai. Been dining here since 2000. Giuseppe is the greatest host. Food, service atmosphere, including harpist, unmatched.

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ElenaB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for dinner in Kauai!
Service and ambiance are really good and the views are beautiful!

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DisappointedFan
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I had the most chintzy wine pour ever for wine by the glass that I ordered. The food was ok at best

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vipdiningoutandabout
Chicago
99 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

a bit odd with a harpist at the beach! Plates were rather minimal & 2 slices of bread total ! Not very italuan to have carrot and potato side dish. the mango sorbet had ice chunks, Disappointing. Next time we will try the livelier Duke’s downstairs

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The location next to the Marriott resort is very convenient, the upstairs view of the bay and surrounding area is awesome and the dining room is also very nice. The servers at our table were very friendly and helpful as well. This was the final night of our weeklong stay at the Marriott and we’re looking forward to a great dinner to celebrate. Unfortunately when our dinner arrived the meals themselves could not keep up with the outstanding view. There were six of us at our table and all of us thought the meal was below average and did not compare to any of the other restaurants we ate at during our stay on the island. While will be back in a few months our plans will not include this restaurant.

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vipDavidD
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, great food, great service!

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NorthwestObserver
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were happy, in retrospect, to have booked a 7:30 PM table. The place was packed totally full when we arrived but pleasantly calmer and quieter from soon after we placed our orders.

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vipSunsue40
Cancun
30 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Nice and relaxing

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Tracy
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Super courteous staff and delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Birthday for my wife.Food was delicious and attractive appearing.

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RichardJ
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good- would highly recommend - food, service, setting

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IleneF
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall an excellent experience! Parking is a challenge, so be prepared to walk a ways. Our ocean front table got a little wet during a sudden downpour. They dropped plastic sides and provided a dry table cloth….and the meal was served. Our party of 4 each ate different pasta dishes and we were still talking about our excellent meal the next day.

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KenA
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

It just was not our night. Service was fine, but what we ordered was not to our liking, and we expected something more, like soup or salad with the meal.

Service was over the top. Thank you!

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PamH
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! This place never disappoints, great food, great service and beautiful view!

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LindaS
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful dining spot with the ocean in clear view.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. And the atmosphere was wonderful considering it was raining. I will visit again. Also a great view at sunset.

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Jjln
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Atmosphere is fantastic by the ocean. Food was tasty but sadly, the service not so good. They were busy and I think may have been short staffed, so with that in mind, overall as ok.

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Visitor
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

My fettuccine bolognese was tasteless. Even adding salt did not help. The atmosphere of the restaurant is very nice. The server was courteous and friendly, however she did not ask why I did not eat my meal.

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GeorgeK
Hawaii
28 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice Restaurant. For people who stay at Royal Sonesta / Marriott VacationClub, it is a short stroll from the room. The food is well prepared, done exactly the way we asked.

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vipluvtodine
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was great and our server was awesome!

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Dave
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was bland, nothing special. Chicken canollies missing the ingredient "chicken" and sauce on fresh fish was lacking in any real spice or flavor.

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LBRK
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always eat here while visiting the Island of Kauai! Always great food, rinks, service, and atmosphere!

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LowellW
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great combination of location and quality. Repeat visit

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JeffC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very good food and service. Enjoyed the harp playing and the ambience. This was a nice change from the traditional seafood meals we had been eating throughout the two weeks we were visiting the Islands. Large portions and very tasty!

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CarolM
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

We like Cafe Portofino. However, parking lot is a disaster - worst than 3rd world, no lights. We were seated close to the harpist who is excellent, but too loud .
Our waitress was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Food was great but the service didn’t match.

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LindaS
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great evening. Wonderful food view was amazing. Just an excellent evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding. Definitely recommend.

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Brezhie
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Our experience was similar to many other reviews, the location and ambience were great, out server was very good but the food was rather unmemorable.

FAQs

Cafe Portofino offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 245-2121.

Cafe Portofino is rated 4.2 stars by 1151 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.