About Trattoria del Porto at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Trattoria del Porto features Seaside Cuisine with a modern twist. Join us for a traditional breakfast or try one of our local flavors Eggs Beneditto. For dinner, choose from an array of steaks, seafood dishes, and sandwiches, or be your own chef in our “Pasta Cucina” dining experience, where you are the chef! Choose from a variety of fresh proteins and vegetables, pasta, and sauce, and get creative. Indulge in la dolce vita 'the sweet life' with decadent desserts created by our award winning Pastry Chef. Dine inside the main restaurant or outdoors overlooking the Harbor Piazza and picturesque Portofino Bay. Enjoy a Face Painter and Balloon Artist on select nights* plus with the casual approachability of a neighborhood restaurant, Trattoria del Porto is a great choice for every member of the family. Buon Appetito!

5601 Universal Blvd
Orlando, FL 32819
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Continental, Italian, American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 11:00 am; Saturday - Sunday: 7:00 am - Noon; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30 - 10:30 pm; *Dates / Hours are subject to change.
Face Painter and Balloon Artist: Saturday Nights, 6:30pm – 9pm

Cross Street:
Universal Orlando

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(407) 503-1430

Website:
http://www.loewshotels.com/en/Portofino-Bay-Hotel/dining/restaurants

Entertainment:
On Friday evenings from 6:30pm-9:30pm, treat the kids to a dining experience they’ll never forget. Enjoy a meal with some of their favorite Universal Orlando® Resort theme park characters. Have fun as they pose for pictures, sign autographs, and interact with everyone at your table. Plus, on Saturday evenings from 6:30pm-9:30pm, guests have fun with a face painter and balloon artist during their meal. Trattoria del Porto also features a children's play area with a child-size table and chairs, and a large screen TV where kids can watch their favorite cartoons.

Parking Details:
Self-parking is complimentary and a discounted valet parking rate of about $5 is available for local guests of Trattoria del Porto. Please bring your parking ticket for validation.

Executive Chef:
Leon Teow

Additional:
Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Nightly "Musica della Notte" in the Harbor Piazza: The nights are alive with music in the Harbor Piazza at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. Stop by as the sun sets, before or after dinner at Trattoria del Porto for “Musica della Notte”, or “Music of the Night”, a celebration of the romance and charm of Italy, captured in beautiful song. “Musica della Notte” takes place every evening, weather permitting.

Trattoria del Porto at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

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4.2

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3.8

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3.4

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Moderate

71% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (3)
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Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Sunday Lunch (2)
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Seasonal (2)
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined 4 days ago

We dined at this restaurant for my Birthday which happens to be on Valentines Day. My husband and I arrived at the restaurant for our reservation. We wanted to dine in the outdoor seating area but we were told it would be a 25 minute wait even though there were several available tables. My husband and I decided not to wait and reluctantly said we would sit inside. The dining room was not very busy only about 10 tables were occupied. The host seated us at a table next to a table that had 3 unattended toddlers that were screaming and crying. Their parents appeared to both be at the pasta bar and left them unattended. We asked to be seated at another table and preferably not near small children since we were celebrating a special occasion. We waited for about 10 minutes and the host resat us at table next to the only other table in the restaurant with small children. We decided it wasn't worth moving again. We were not greeted by a server for about 25 minutes, they were understaffed except for the 4 hosts standing up front talking. The server finally came over she took our drink order and brought our wine, we placed our order but we did not receive bread service for 20 minutes. The entrees arrived about 30 minutes later, I ordered the beef short rib, it was so cold it was in-editable. My husband's food was hot but he said the ocean bass was terrible however, he was able to eat the 3 scallops and the saffron rice cake. After a while the server came by the table and I explained my food was ice cold and the fish was terrible. She apologized and had the manager come over who said she was sorry and "would fire another one immediately" and bring more scallops to replace my husband's fish. My entree arrived to the table about 20 minutes later, it was barley warm but had a good flavor. They completely forgot the scallops for my husband which he never received. In the end the manager comped the meal but the whole experience was terrible and ruined my special day.

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 (Orlando)·Dined 4 days ago

Trattoria Del Porto was a lovely experience for my fiancée and myself on Valentine's Day. Given that the weather was moderate, we chose to sit outside. By happenstance, that evening at Portofino Bay there were opera singers serenading us from a Balcony of the resort for the first 20 minutes or so, before they departed for the evening.

Overall, we had a very enjoyable meal at a restaurant with fantastic ambiance. I will absolutely return, not least of which because I want to try the "Pasta Cuccina" meal, with the made-to-order pasta buffet.

My only two complaints about the evening:
1) As we were seated outdoors (which, again, we chose) any time a passerby was smoking, the stench of their cigarettes invaded our space, taking away from the wonderful atmosphere.
2) I ordered what they call on the menu the "kimchi burger". However, there could not have been more than 2 or 3 shreds of cabbage on that burger, scarcely enough to even taste. Something called a "Kimchi burger" should tasted distinctly Korean. The burger tasted fine for what it was, but it was not remotely Korean, Kimchi-flavored, or even spicy.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, People Watching, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Glorified Olive Garden but more expensive. Pasta, salad, soup, breadsticks. All ok but not great.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

On vacation, a very nice Breakfast buffet excellent selection, wonderful choice. Our server Nick couldn’t do enough for us!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My family have eaten here whenever we stay at Universal Orlando Lowe’s hotel and resorts. They pasta bar is the best but leave room for soup (split pea ) that night was delish along with the salad and caprese salad. You pick your ingredients for your pasta. The cooks preparing your pasta are fabulous and will make you any type you like. I had a vodka sauce made along with linguine and it was mouth watering. Did I mention the rolls OMG !

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Expense for what is provide. the food was ok, nothing special.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Great little gem. Food was very good. Service was friendly and professional.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 14, 2018

After a long day at Universal Studios, the pasta and salad bar was exactly what we needed. The ability to pick your pasta, sauce, and toppings meant no complaining from the kids and plenty of food for tired and hungry adults and kids.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Food was sub-par. I would say it's big box all you can eat cruise buffet quality. We definitely didn't get what we paid for. Our service was excellent, that's the only redeeming quality.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Good selection of veggies for pastas. Just need to keep them replenished. Mushrooms and spinach bowls were empty and not refilled.
Large portions of pasta so not many will go back to try different varieties.

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 (Caribbean)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Family new years celebration

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Don't get the pasta buffet. There was no flavor to the food and service was marginal

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Expensive for a plate or pasta!service is terrible, rude and waited over an hour for a microwave kids pizza!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This is the basic hotel restaurant at Portofino. Tile floors, open architecture, plain wooden tables. The wings were among the best we've ever had. The pasta bar was pretty standard, but you can't go wrong making your own dish. Where I had my issues was with the more pricey options. We had the horseradish crusted filet with shrimp and it was a great disappointment. The filet was over tenderized to the point of being mushy and the shrimp were undercooked. This can happen, but sending the shrimp back for refiring resulted in shrimp that were STILL undercooked. This was the most disappointing $200 meal I've had in quite some time. The service was excellent and my kids did love the pasta bar. One son had a cheeseburger and it was EXCELLENT.

So I guess the take home message on Trattoria del Porto is (at least when we were there) that the basic food was quite excellent, but they overreached with the fancier fare.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Expensive for pasta and to have to wait in line for it

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas dinner

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great service - the only disappointment was that we had understood from the website when booking (and this was one reason for selecting this location for our family Xmas lunch) that Prosecco/Mimosas would be included in the $65 per head price. When we arrived we were told it was not so we ended up having to pay $38 for a bottle on top of the quite expensive buffet price - we didn't want to make too much fuss and spoil our Xmas lunch occasion. Otherwise we had no complaints - service and food were great and everyone enjoyed their time.

Tags: Waterfront, Kid-friendly
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 25, 2017

It was great little pricey! Wonderful food and tons of choices

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food could taste better. Some salads were empty. No special meal for Christmas night and the employees were looking anxious to close the restaurant and leave.

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 (London)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Poor service.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 17, 2017

This restaurant is terrible! They should close down and start over. First, you need a decent chef ! We ordered our food and everything came out wrong, not to mention they forgot our order so it took 45 minutes just to get food. The manager and waiter were very nice, we felt sorry for them. When desert came, the gelato had a piece of plastic in it, glad I did not choke on it! I didn’t even bother the waiter with that, what’s the point? They know they have serious issues there, sorry but I will not be back!!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 8, 2017

This was our first time dining at this particular restaurant and we had a wonderful experience. The service was impeccable, and the food quality was very impressive. Our server, Samantha, was positively amazing. We were very pleased with our experience and will return again soon.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Mediocre food and poor service made this a bit of a disappointment. Nice to eat outside enjoying the “Portofino” setting.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The pasta bar, where a chef cooks your own creation, was very good. Portions were huge. The antipasto and salad bars were well done. Service was impeccable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving buffet. Food was terrific as was the service. Stations were clean and were refilled promptly. Would definitely recommend.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Seated us 45 minutes after reservation, they told us they were way behind. The food- the turkey and prime rib was dry and over cooked and the deserts terrible- all for $250 for 4 people

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Ate there for thanksgiving. Reservation was for 4:15, was seated close to 5. The food was so so, certainly not worth $65pp. Will not be going back there.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving buffet was extraordinary

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great thanksgiving dinner!!!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 17, 2017

The food was good but it was hard to hear the staff. When we went there were only two characters that would rotate during our visit. With Disney you would get a minamum of four characters. With the growing collection of characters that Universal has, you would think that they would offer more. All in all its not a bad place but not one worth visiting on every trip.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Breakfast service was off this day. Not sure why. Regular waiter wasn't there. Made a difference.
The food was yummy tho!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We were at the restaurant with my 10 year old niece and 12 year old nephew and while it was "kid" friendly, we adults also felt like we were catered to and the atmosphere was comfortable and relaxing. The food options were good and we all tried different things. Loved making our own pasta dinner combinations!

Tags: Casual, Waterfront, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Breakfast is the BOMB! Really goo. Great waiter too. Try it out.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

This was a breakfast and our waiter was great. The food is really good too on the buffet. It was a surprise. Glad we went!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We went on a Friday night for the universal characters and it was everything we hoped for. The kids loved the characters. They were very interactive character visits with a minion and gru. The adults loved the cook to order pasta bar! Highly recommend!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Wonderful time! The characters really made it special for my children. Food was amazing. Even went back the next night!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Fuimos x los characters. Solo aparecieron dos x 10’. Comida normal

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Food was okay.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Really dissatisfied with service and advertised character dining, which we pre booked and was advertised as minions plus others, however only Homer Simpson turned up, 3 very upset children who thought they were dining with minions as the suggested adverts, not worth it would'nt recommend, a complete waste of time

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Great pasta bar and character dining. We went there on Friday night with my two girls and we loved the food and the build-you-own pasta experience was wonderful.

Tags: Disabled Access, Casual, Vegan, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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