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Sunday, April 1, 2018
It was a very elegant restaurant, just didn't have many food options that interest me.
Brought our son to a "character dinner" with the minions at this restaurant - this was what he was most looking forward to on our trip. Upon booking, we were informed that the character dinner would be held from 6:30pm-8:30pm. We made a reservation for 7pm. The characters were leaving as we arrived at 6:50pm, and they returned at 7:50pm as we were leaving. Complete disappointment for our son. The adults were not expecting much from the food given the cafeteria-like ambiance of the restaurant, and yet we were still disappointed. We were unable to eat the steak we ordered. It was one of the worst meals we'd ever eaten and we were honestly surprised as we had just had a lovely meal at Mamma Della's (also at the Portofino) two nights prior. The only redeeming factor was the exceptional job the character actors did when actually present in the dining room. Very attentive and engaging. Highly recommend that the Portofino post the exact times the characters will be present (or best estimations) so that parents can take that into consideration when booking.
A clean open seating restaurant with tables for all size groups. We had a table for two off to the side as characters from the theme park roamed the venue. Food was good, nothing fancy and the menu was heavy on fish items. For a quick meal experience breakfast, lunch or dinner this is the place to go at Portofino.
The service was slow. The "chiefs" at the buffet cook line could only point because I think they couldn't speak English well plus when they spoke you couldn't hear what they where saying. Kind of made me and my kids feel like an idiot because we couldn't interpreted their hand signals and their verbal communication was drowned...unintelligible it was... out by the noise. (They didn't even try to speak louder...seamed like they where bored) Food was mediocre for pasta dishes. Again disappointed...theme park hotel...theme park food. Won't ever go back. Sadly saddened by the experience.
Food and service were great!!
Best brunch in Orlando and stellar service as well!
We reserved this restaurant as it was the only one that had availability on Friday night with characters. This was for my 4 yr old grandsons birthday. I felt the food was good and price was reasonable. Pasta bar and salad bar were fresh and plentiful. Waiter and characters made it a special event.
I thought there was a lunch buffet. There was not. The lunch menu was very limited.
Took my wife to stay at the Portofino Hotel and ate at their restaurant for Valentines Day. We couldn't have asked for more. Delightful service and excellent food. We will come back.
Great breakfast experience.. we stayed overnight at the Portofino to do Harbor Nights (always a favorite event), and the next morning did breakfast at the Trattoria. Great spread of options (without being overkill), my omelet was awesomely delicious, and the fresh pastries were superb. Definitely will do that again. Waffles could have been lighter/crispier/warmer and the butter wasn't soft, but that's stretching to find a complaint. And, the poached salmon was perfectly done, lest I forget.
El pasta buffet era simplesmente vergonzoso, como Italiana no he visto nada de italiano en ese restaurante, no se puede cocinar pasta con aceite de girasol y luego añadirle manteca, eso es asqueroso.
La mozzarella no era mozzarella, era un queso blando sin sabor a nada, igual que el parmiggiano, un queso barato que de parmiggiano no tenia nada.
Cuidar un poco más la selección de las materias primas no seria nada mal, aunque no se trate de un restaurante strella michelin por lo menos no llamarlo italiano, llamarlo "americano que intenta hacer algo italiano" más bien, o en vez de Trattoria del Porto mejor Porqueria del Porto.
Trattoria is a nice restaurant. I will say this though....if you are going for the opportunity to meet a character (s) on a Friday evening it is frustrating that non patrons come in from outside and do a meet and greet with the characters possibly before the characters make their way through all the tables. Just kind of felt like a free for all in that regard. Character dinners are booked often for exclusivity to the character meet and greet. In the case of Trattoria you seemingly do not need to make a reservation or dine there at all for rights to the character experience.
Optimale Auswahl an Speisen für Jedermann mit italienischem Touch.
Großer Speisesaal mit der Möglichkeit im Freien zu essen. Sehr freundliche und aufmerksame Bedienung. Zusätzlich zu den ala carte Gerichten gibt es noch ein Pastabuffet, mit der Möglichkeit das Gericht nach eigenen Vorstellungen zubereiten zu lassen. Suppe und Salat sind im Preis inkludiert.
Food was cold, our waiter did not coordinate with the characters to sing happy bday to my daughter like I asked. The waiter brought us dessert we never asked for. It was supposed to be special for my daughters bday but unfortunately it was far from special. We've gone to other restaurants in Loews Portifino and never experienced such poor service. Pasta bar was not good. All around bad experience. Won't be going back.
server was attentive but food cooked at pasta bar was too greasy.
This restaurant was perfect! We all had the buffet and pasta bar. It included a wide selection of healthy foods on the salad bar as well as cheeses. There was a delicious spilt pea soup with choices of breads and bread sticks. They also were able to bring a basket of gluten-free breads to our table. The pasta bar was fresh cooked and add your choice of chicken, shrimp or beef as well as veggies. We were thrilled that it included delicious gluten-free pasta. The icing on the cake ( actually we had sorbet) was that there were characters coming to our table with a handler to take photos. What a great experience in a quiet, pretty setting! We could stroll around the waterfront after dinner and get right on a boat to go back to our hotel.
Awful! they served my sons food off the kids menu when I was waiting in line forever at the pasta bar. The food at the pasta bar was horrific to say the least. Stay away!
Amazing variety of salads, entrees, cheeses, pasta station, kids options. I was pleasantly surprised with the vegetable dishes, fantastic flavors and even for the biggest carnivores, amazing options. Each dish was unique. I wish had saved more room to try it all. The character visits were fun for the kids and the craft table was helpful too to keep the kids busy. Awesome job !
Loved the Christmas Day Buffet! The food was wonderful
Plastic in my food
And manager was horrible
It was Xmas day and ruined our day completely
I was so amazed at the Holiday menu and the service. We did have along wait even with a reservation but it was well worth it. We're locals but never eaten in any venue at Universal. We've been to all the Disney venues so we were shocked at how wonderful our meal was.
It was way "off the charts" as far as Disney and we do now plan to return not only to this eatery but try all the others in your area. The service was my companion looks for and he was well satisfied with that. Staff was a charm. We also plan to bring the family next Holiday also.
Thanks for a wonderful Holiday meal.
We chose Trattoria Del Porto for Christmas Day dinner this year. Service was excellent!! Our two waitstaffers couldn't have been better!!! We were seated at a table beside the restaurant entrance door & the bathroom/kitchen entrance door. People coming in and out both doors the entire meal did not make for a peaceful dining experience. The food was good, however it is getting increasingly difficult to justify the ever increasing cost of holiday buffets at places like Universal Resort. (This meal was $64pp) I will say this buffet was better than the Holiday buffet we had at The Kitchen Restaurant at the Hard Rock Hotel this Thanksgiving...maybe because it was a mere $59pp😩
In addition, we were wondering why no Christmas music was playing on Christmas day even though we like Sade's "Smooth Operator" & Magic!'s "Rude" it stumped us!!
In spite of the negatives, we enjoyed our visit mainly because of the people working there...they were all peasant, attentive and welcoming !! And Scooby Doo!!!
Christmas buffet was phenomenal- staff kept food stations replenished and food was fresh. Definitely going to be a new Annual Tradition for us. I would highly recommend it.
This was our 4th Year enjoying the AMAZING buffet that is offered on Christmas Day. The service is top notch, the food is beyond delicious, and the selection is phenomenal. We look forward to next year!
We went for Christmas brunch and it was excellent.
Wait staff was super friendly.
The coffee was not good quality. Tasted like cheap gas station coffee. Omelet station was good
We went for dinner and liked so much we went back the next night. The salad and pasta bar was great for adults and children
Very good food! A fun experience for the whole family! It was a little pricy, but worth it! I suggest going on Friday night when it is character dinner! :)
We enjoyed the delicious smorgasbord Thanksgiving buffet dinner! Great first time experience!
Staff was amazing!!
Our son has a nut allergy, the manager and chef came out to assure what was/wasn't acceptable for him to eat.
We went to the Trattoria del Porto for their Thanksgiving Day buffet. It was one of the best buffets I've been to and we go to 2-3 a year for holidays. It was simply fabulous. I went back for seconds of salmon! The buffet was so good, I didn't need dessert...but who turns down dessert?
Great place and amazing scenery if you seat outside
This was an amazing place to eat soon as we walked in we were treated as royalty, complementing how nice I looked and asked where we wanted to sit. We were sat in a nice secluded area perfect for our date but we were still able to see what was going on in the restaurant and we were right near the pasta bar. I'm not a big salad person but their salad was so fresh and amazing even there dressing was made homemade. They also had fresh mozzarella and sliced tomato with vinaigrette drizzled on it, homemade lentil soup and I can't forget the amazing breadsticks. I have to admit I'm Italian and it's very hard to please me with Italian food. This place was so delicious my boyfriend and I were so pleased. Our waitress was super attentive and sweet always there when we needed her and always made sure that we were ok and happy. The pasta bar was amazing and a lot of fun to be able to build your own but a chef still cooked it for you. We were way too full for dessert but it looks like they had great options. They had great wine choices and we were very pleased with the ones we chose. overall it was a great date at this place and we will be sure to recommend and to come back ourselves.
This is a restaurant that consistently misses the mark. Although the location is great, the view beautiful, and the service strong, the food is a notch below Denny's and price 3x that. Despite several reviews stating the same, restaurant management refuses to offer quality food despite high prices. Perhaps general avoidance of this restaurant will be the only way to get them to listen.
Me And My Fiancé Had A Elegant Evening Meal Revently At The Trattoria Del Porto . We Ate outside and a wonderful female waitress who was extremely helpful . Me and him were actually the first ones there for the opening that evening . We ate outside with a beautiful view of there lakefront. As we were finishing live music was playing and it set the mood . It was a wonderful experience and we will definitely be coming back .
Thanks again guys ❤️
We enjoyed dining with an appearance by the minions. Good menu for the kids,loved the "make your own" pasta bar for the grown-ups!
Excellent breakfast buffet. Totally worth the price! The staff were very friendly and helpful. They really cared and went above and beyond. We loved that the characters stopped in too! Will definitely recommend to friends and family!
The food was great as always, we love to eat here when we stay at the portofino. The staff is attentive and they are always great with kids and grow ups. One of the next breakfast anywhere in Orlando
Fantastic meal. We ate there twice during a 4 night stay