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Cafe Portofino, Lihue, HI

Cafe Portofino

4.1
4.1
1621 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Pizza will not be available for dine in or takeout on Thanksgiving Day. Grazie.

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. Official parking for the restaurant is available at the Royal Sonesta Resort.

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.

If you have children in your party, please leave a note on your reservation or message the restaurant so that we can better accommodate your seating. Grazie.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Pizzeria

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 245-2121

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Cafe Portofino hosts private events. Please contact the main number for more information.

  • Private party contact

    Giuseppe Avocadi: (808) 245-2121

  • Neighborhood

    Lihue

  • Cross street

    Rice Street

  • Parking details

    Free valet parking at Royal Sonesta.(Street Parking and Beach parking also available)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,621 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii

    Great for scenic views

  • Kauai

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Kauai

    Romantic

  • Kauai

    Great for scenic views

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  1. J

    Jenniferk1

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was delicious and service was great!
  2. n

    nick

    Tahoe

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were outstanding
  3. M

    Mimi

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is always a must do dining experience when we visit Kauai, always excellent food & service .
  4. MG

    MichaelG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and attentive service. Dined on the outdoor deck with the sound of gentle evening waves lapping the beach about 30 yards away. The chateaubriand for two was one of the finest meals of my life. The chef plates it table-side, which is a classy touch. Highly recommended!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The tortellini special was insanely good!! The Belgian chocolate mousse made my birthday complete!
  6. FC

    FrancisC

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always enjoy our get togethers at Cafe Portifino. The open air dining on the water is awesome.
  7. MS

    MichaelS

    Hawaii

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food2service3ambience4
    The scenery and location were excellent. We were seated quickly and we thought the service was good. My girlfriend's chicken was overcooked and the Fettuccine sauce was gritty. I had the lasagna it was ok nothing to special/ The wine we choose was good as was the bread.
  8. MM

    MichaelM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Our server was kind and attentive but service was very slow!
  9. MN

    McNic

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good food and great service . we were there during a windy and sometime rainy evening so we didn't get to enjoy the view but I'm sure it was great based on location. Only negative was we had someone in a wheelchair and there was some confusion as to how to get them into the restaurant...not all staff knew that we had to use a ramp at the back of the restaurant and cut through the kitchen to get to the dining room. They also were great at accommodating a couple of minor requests/changes for our food selections
  10. DB

    DorisB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    We wanted pizza - it was on the menu online. We were seated, looked at the menu and didn’t see pizza on the menu so we asked about it. They told us we couldn’t order pizza on the patio and reseated us inside. Felt like 2nd class citizens because we wanted pizza. They were slow and inattentive. We still had a couple slices left and they came and took the Parmesan cheese from our table. Would never go back!
  11. A

    Awesome

    Portland

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First off, Rick, our waiter was awesome!!! He was so helpful, kind, attentive. Corkage fee was$30/ more than usual so opted to buy a bottle-Amerone. There were 2 on the wine list. Selected the 2012 Costasera Amerone. What a great find and went so well with our entrée-spaghetti and meatballs, evening special of fettuccine with shrimp and mushrooms/pink Italian sauce, for appy, we had mozzarella sticks with marinara sauce. Dessert was vanilla ice cream/ coconut and mango sorbet. And finished with lemoncello. The meal, service was outstanding! Kinda always bypassed this place historically because in the past the meals were terrible, reviews from others weren’t favourable either. So ,In the past we would come by for drinks while enjoying Larry Rivera. From now on, this is the place to go for Italian meal. Larry rivera is currently playing with his daughter on Tuesday nights, so glad Guissippi has Larry. A voice from the past! So much knowledge of the island. The ocean view is as nice and it’s the place to go for Italian
  12. v

    virjiniak

    Denver

    16 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    The venue is beautiful; the food however, even though we ordered the specials, was nothing special. The seafood was over cooked, and the special pasta mirrored the seafood appetiser, just with pasta added to it. So, we are the same dish twice, and the waiter didn’t comment or wan us. We won’t eat here again. We will definitely order and take out the pizza, however.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lot of mixed reviews on Cafe Portofino and it's food and service online but after 10 days in hawaii, my fiancé and our newlywed friends we met were craving Italian so we decided to give it a go and I am so glad we did! The ambiance was wonderful, right on the ocean, cute decor and amazing food and service. Rachel and her team that severed us were great! Super decisive with their recommendations and spot on! We had the fried fresh mozzarella appetizer, Caesar salads, calamari, lasagna, ravioli and Alfredo. I don't think there was a dirty plate on the table! We all demolished our amazing meals. The wine list was mediocre with a large markup on most bottles that I usually find to be really cheap at our home grocery store. We had the little cream puffs for dessert. We would definitely come back and recommend!
  14. RL

    RandyL

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Beautiful setting overlooking the bay as the sun sets behind the mountains. The food is very good. Our only issue was our server took quite a while to get to us. We waited almost 15 min just to get water. After that is was good.
  15. SS

    SteveS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    This was an average dining experience, except for the location, which was geart.
  16. KH

    KevinH

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Super average, bland food. Not a price performer.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Mediocre experience as part of our anniversary celebration. Waited at hostess desk 5 min to be seated while staff (at least 5 people) stood across the room watching a minor issue on the beach .while also watching us standing at the desk. Waitress took another 5 minutes to approach the table and said she couldn’t bring bread until she collected the menus. Calamari appetizer was lukewarm when served though pasta was hot for the main meal. After dinner, the check was left without clearing the dirty dishes—in fact they were never removed from the table while we were there. Again, an overall mediocre experience, one that should have been quite easy to garner an exceptional rating with little effort —particularly considering the dining room was not overly busy during our entire meal.
  18. HH

    HenryH

    Tahoe

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Pollo Marsala was lukewarm at best, gelantinous sauce. Views are lovely, our server efficient. Caesar salad needs fresher, crunchier lettuce.
  19. KW

    KristyW

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I had the Marlin special... it was good. Can't beat the view obviously....
  20. P

    Peanut

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Overwhelmed and understaffed is what we were told. Drinks took an hour to be served (including a glass of wine that simply needed to be poured from a bottle). Wait staff was super friendly but everything was painfully slow. Noted we were celebrating a birthday in the reservation but no greeting, no special dessert offering. Food was good but don’t think we need to put this one on our must do list for the future. Harp music was lovely though as is the setting on the Bay.
  21. MG

    MarilynG

    Tahoe

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    My husband had seafood and I had the shrimp and pasta. Both were excellent. Really enjoyed my caesar salad and my husband had a caprese salad. I would go back.
  22. J

    Jane

    Sacramento

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had dinner here twice while staying at the Sonesta Resort. The first night we ordered the Chateaubriand for two and the Ceasar salad. Both were delicious. Second night I had the special, lamb chops and my friend had the chicken. I ordered the lamb medium but it was more on the rare side so I sent it back. I don't like sending food back; in my opinion ruins the meal for me and a little embarrassing. The manager and our waitress were very accommodating so no problem returning it. My friend enjoyed his chicken dish.
  23. B

    Bentley

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sister reunion
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Nice ambience open air.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is an amazing restaurant. The owner works as a host and it’s very attentive. I really enjoyed the experience and the food was absolutely amazing.
  26. CE

    CraigE

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, atmosphere, and service!
  27. CT

    CliffTheBonVivant

    Denver

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    A beautiful location overlooking Kalapaki Bay and very convenient to Royal Sonesta Hotel and Marriott's Kauai Beach Club. I wanted to carbo-load prior to running the Koloa Half Marathon so ordered the spaghettini and meatballs. The pasta was straight spaghetti noodles cooked more al dente than I'd prefer. The sauce was nicely done. My wife enjoyed her Fettucine Alfredo. Perhaps the owner had something on his mind but he seemed to lack the abundant Aloha spirit that we experienced in all other Kauai restaurants we dined at this visit.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place
  29. LC

    LauraC

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed Cafe Portofino so much - we ate here twice on our trip! The food was delicious and the service was excellent. I highly recommend the cream puffs.
  30. d

    donalds

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the moment we entered the service and food was exceptional. We’ll be back!
  31. R

    Robert

    Seattle

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    The location was beautiful, the ambiance was perfect and the service was outstanding. The food presentation was appealing but both of the pasta dishes were way over cooked to the point of being mushy. This was a birthday celebration so it was especially disappointing. Would we try again? Probably, but now not our first choice.
  32. PS

    PeachyS

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic Italian cuisine. Our server Petra chose an excellent Italian wine for our dinner.
  33. MA

    MichaelA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic location, wonderful staff, amazing food.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    First seated. Quick to order. Drinks were served. Appetizer was served. And then we were forgotten about! One set of our silverware was dirty - it took awhile to get someone's attention to get a replacement set. Water service was refilled all around us, but we were ignored until we flagged someone down. 50 minutes, after ordering, our entrees were served. They had been sitting, at expo, for a bit - sauces had dried out a bit. The dishes were under par of what I expected.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Rhineland-Palat

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Als Europäer ist man wohl echtes Italienisches Essen gewöhnt. Essen war gut, aber nichts besonderes.
  36. RB

    RBFeindr

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The location is at Kalakapaki beach, open-air (or inside if you prefer), the service was excellent, and the food was outstanding. My wife had pasta bolognese and I had veal piccata. We will definitely go back.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Hard to find parking - Food just OK - nice atmosphere music was good.
  38. HA

    HATED

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    SAVE YOUR MONEY ! My husband and I knew more about the drama and politics of this establishment before we even got our bread. It was a stressful event to say the least. THEY ARE EXTREMELY UNDERSTAFFED AND HAVE NO PROBLEM LETTING THE PATRONS KNOW IT. Took about 15 min to get seated (and yes we had a reservation) by an elderly man whom was too busy having drinks with some young blonde chick to get up and host. Made us feel like VERY UNWELCOMED.We waited patiently, He then CLEANED OUR TABLE OFF HIMSELF, LEFT A DIRTY PLATE AND DID NOT CHNGE THE TABLECLOTH. EW. (it's an EXPENSIVE white tablecloth 5 star place, like come on?) Then we waited about 20 MINUTES JUST FOR WATER AND BREAD - there were 3 waiters, no bus people and about 25 tables filled. We were getting up to leave (I'm pregnant, was hungry and it was now 50 min over our reservation time, like can we get some bread at least?) When the waitress walked over, told us ALLLL the politics of the establishment (how there understaffed, no bus person to give water or bread, AND THAT SHE WAS ABOUT TO QUIT... I understand her frustration but like, we really just wanted a nice dinner on our last night in Kauai, it's pretty unprofessional to say the least. All while the elderly host sat and drank/flirted with some woman where he could have been at least helping these poor servers clean tables...the food was way overpriced and the service was rough, no busser meant that we were surrounded by tables that ppl left half eaten food on, felt like we were in the middle of an uncleaned kitchen. Staff was in such a rush to go home, they basically pounced us to get the billed paid and hovered over us until we got the money out. DONT GO HERE !! ITS A MESS !! WORST EXPERIENCE IN KUAI OUTSIDE OF THE BEACHOUSE IN POIPOU ! $200 MEAL FOR GARBAGE FOOD, STRESS AND DRAMA ! not mention, why leave a time slot for 815p reservation, then not serve us until 9p and expect us to be out of there by 920p ? NEVER IN NEW YORK WOULD THIS HAPPEN !!!!!!!!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, great ocean view, very pleasant staff!!
  40. AW

    AnitaW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    A nice decision to eat there. The outside eating was great

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

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

Cafe Portofino is rated 4.1 stars by 1621 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 times today
Google Map for Cafe Portofino

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

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Rice Street

  • Neighborhood

    Lihue

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Pizzeria

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Parking details

    Free valet parking at Royal Sonesta.(Street Parking and Beach parking also available)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (808) 245-2121

  • Private party facilities

    Cafe Portofino hosts private events. Please contact the main number for more information.

  • Private party contact

    Giuseppe Avocadi: (808) 245-2121

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