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About Cafe Portofino - Marriott Kauai

3481 Ho'olaule'a Way
Lihue, HI 96766
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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.

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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Overall Rating

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3.9

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

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Quiet

80% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (26)
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Live Music (11)
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Casual (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
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Sunday Lunch (3)
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 (Vancouver)·Dined 5 days ago

We booked in the morning and were able to get a reservation for 6:30pm that evening. We were very pleased with the location, the service, and the quality of the food. Unlike a popular restaurant nearby, you could have a conversation with your dinner partner without shouting. The ocean view is a nice perk. The menu is varied and there is something for everyone. We found the prices to be on the high side (we are Canadian so everything is 30% more with the exchange rate), but the quality of the food is great and I would definitely go back!

Tags: Waterfront, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Afternoon Coffee, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined 6 days ago

Delicious and authentic Italian. Harpist was great and added to the ambiance.

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 (Portland)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was awful 2nd different year we have tried would not recommend to anyone was sick after my meal was a very bad dinner

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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 18, 2018

Very poor experience. We had reserved an outside table, but were seated inside (no tables available outside). Ordered scallops for starters. They totally lacked seasoning and were full of sand. Caesar salad was so-so. Main course was pasta with sausage. Pasta was cooked well, but flavors again very bland and the sausage slices still had the casing, so a mess to eat. The chef said it was impossible to remove casings and still call it sausage. I disagree. He then offered a replacement dish, but appetite was gone by then (good effort though). The other main dish was scampi flambé - also a very bland experience with a flawed presentation (reddish sauce with carrots!). Overall the worst dining experience in several years. Will not be back or recommend

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 15, 2018

Loved hearing Kauai legend Larry Rivera sing, this made our Valentines day!

Tags: Special Occasion, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 15, 2018

Service and food were ok. Nothing special. Live music was very good with Larry Rivera and daughter, Lurline.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Live Music
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2018

We used to love coming here but the last few times have been disappointing. I ordered the linguini carbonara and it was truly disgusting. Two other people in my group didn’t believe me and insisted on trying it... one spit it into their napkin. It was that awful. My mom ordered fish which was also bad. I’m not sure what’s happening in their kitchen but I sure wish they would update the menu and focus on preparing excellent food.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Everything can be perfect but if the food is not right it’s not a good experience, my husband’s steak was 3/4 fat and what little steak there was was not good. when we told them about it our waitress said she would tell them in the back then she came back put the bill on the table and said thank you. It’s too bad because the restaurant itself is awesome with the views overlooking the ocean. But unfortunately we would never go back. After this experience we looked at the reviews and we were only one of many with this experience.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 14, 2018

This has a beautiful setting with wonderful service, however the food is marginal. We had not been here for a while and we were looking forward to a lovely evening out with good food. We would return here often if the food improved however will probably not return as we want tasty meals and not just a pretty setting.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 13, 2018

I would not recommend this restaurant. Service was bad. Waitress didnʻt know her menu and was not helpful. The food was ordinary and way over priced. We will spend $ for a nice meal. This is not worth the $ they charge. Donʻt go!

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on February 13, 2018

We loved our server! Food was excellent and prices reasonable.

Tags: Waterfront, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Romantic water front dining

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The location of Cafe Protofino is excellent, with great views of the beach and water. The food, however, was disappointing. I had the lamb, which the server told us was a signature dish, and it was mediocre. The seasoning was so-so, and some of the chops were overcooked. The asparagus was downright mushy. My wife had the ono, which was very good, but her asparagus was also overcooked.

The server was not knowledgeable at all about the menu, and had to look at every request and have it pointed out to her on the menu. She also was unable to give a wine recommendation with any confidence.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food very good. Took a long time for appetizers to come. Server was terrible - very slow. Took 20 minutes after we were done eating to get our check and pay. Have eaten at several local restaurants in Kauai and their service was 10 times better.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Awful music. Mediocre food. But as nearly always on Kaua’i, very friendly.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Excellent service, quiet setting, love the open air environment. Food was excellent. We look forward to another evening of enjoyment!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 5, 2018

This restaurant is located adjacent to the Marriott Kauaii Resort, and can be reached without going outside (covered walkway). The food is excellent, and the ambiance warm. If you done before sunset, there is a nice view of the adjacent beach and ocean. I highly recommend this place.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Found the cuisine to be excellent. Good portions. Not too big, but big enough. Spaghetti and meatballs are excellent. My wife had the seafood and linguini. Although very good, she found the portion size too much for her.
Wine was excellent California vintage. Be aware that you can’t take your wine home with you. That came as a bit of a surprise, but is the law in Hawaii.
Service was friendly, fast and efficient. They were busy, but the service didn’t suffer for it.
The plastic sheeting across the front, that one guest has complained about, was welcome this night. Kept out the rain and the wind.
All in all, we had an excellent experience and would recommend Cafe Portofino without hesitation.
But, do make a reservation!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Beautiful setting overlooking the water! Service was excellent. Food is wonderful and reasonably priced!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Our second visit to Kauai (stayed next door at Marriott both time) and we decided to finally eat here. I’m not sure we avoided it last time, and we were hesitant to go because of a few poor reviews but booked it anyway. Excellent experience. Comfortable seating with sufficient room around your table so it didn’t feel you were sharing dinner with anyone else. Seated quickly, service was excellent. Dinner was delicious. Our only disappointment was not going during our first trip and not having enough time in our second trip to go again. Good choice at a reasonable price.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Access using Google Maps is thru Marriott lobby. Makes for a very long walk

Tags: Casual
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 28, 2018

It was very hard to find the place in the dark and parking is sparse

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Went there twice on our recent vacation. Wonderful food, service and atmosphere.
Highly recommend

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The best! Food was real Sicilian and service tip top and food divine

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food and excellent service. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 26, 2018

So disappointing. I had wanted to try this restaurant for some time. The disappointment began upon arrival. I told the proprietor we had a reservation. Without looking at a book or checking for special requests, he sat us - no mention of -or apology for - window seating being unavailable. It was a nonchalant attitude - not welcoming - rather, off putting.
The server was kind.
Our first course was the best. My husband ordered the special soup. A seafood bisque- rich and delicious. I ordered a beet salad. Though more greens than beets, it was a nice fresh start to the meal.
My husband ordered the seafood pasta special which was full of mussels, fish & other seafood with a kick. He enjoyed it - though the price was a surprise. (It was well more than anything on the regular menu.)
I ordered a house specialty- shrimp “flambé”. The meal was not large or of quality to be a gourmet plate - it included 7 shrimp (best flavor was from capers), over cooked veggie (2 carrots, 2 broccolini) & 3 wedges of potatoes (inedible herb seasoning). Sadly, not a meal I would recommend or ever wish to eat again.
Will not return.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Stunning location beside the sea where you listen to quiet live harp music and the lapping waves while eating fresh Hawaiian fish or classic Italian dishes. Never disappoints.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Best Veal Piccata- ever ! Traveled all over the world, this was the best hands down! Special cheesecake from Chef also anazing

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Server very nice

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Very attentive staff. The owner stopped at our table to assure everything was acceptable.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Live Music, Worth the Drive
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Terrible for the price

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Wonderful!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Very nice outside table. Lasagne excellent. Veal with mushrooms good. Profiteroles excellent -share for 2 perfect.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on January 17, 2018

It’s always a pleasure to see Larry Rivera in true Kauai Spirit of Aloha!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Always good Italian food. Nice porch dining with a great view of the harbor.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Every year we come and the restaurant is always good

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 10, 2018

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Liz was our waitress and she was fabulous. Not to mention the food was absolutely perfection and wonderful

Tags: Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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