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Cafe Portofino

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970 Rivers St, Boone, NC 28607-5927
+1 828-264-7772
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11:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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186 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2014 via mobile

I visited this restaurant in May and it was great! The atmosphere is laid back and the food is great for the price. I had the fried green tomato BLT and it was the best sandwich I've ever eaten! Check it out!!

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Thank Tiffany R
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61 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2014

We recently revisited Café Portofino with friends who had never been there and were visiting for the weekend. We were hopeful it would be as good as the last time we were there, and it did not disappoint. We were told by our server there is a new chef who has been there about 2 months, so there were changes... More 

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1 Thank nervousnelly2
Banner Elk, North Carolina
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014

A college hangout. Food is OK with a nice selection for the younger crowd. Staff is friendly and helpful.

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Thank Virginia I
Pilot Mountain, North Carolina
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46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014

When I was in grad school at Appalachian State University, this was my favorite it’s-payday-I-can-splurge place to eat. My husband and I recently visited Boone for the day and I took him to Café Portofino, hoping that my warm, wonderful memories wouldn’t be crushed. I shouldn’t have worried. It has still the same no frills ambiance, creative food, and outstanding... More 

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Thank FiveDaughters
Hertford, North Carolina, United States
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157 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2014

We were looking for a restaurant with outdoor seating to take advantage of the nice weather, so we tried Café Portofino based on the recommendations on Trip Advisor. It is a fun, upbeat location frequented by students from the local university. They have a varied, reasonably-priced menu and our server was knowledgeable about the various options when we had questions.... More 

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1 Thank Sheryl C
Boone, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

Whether you want a casual lunch or a special dinner, Cafe Portofino will deliver. The menu has a nice variety of appetizers, sides, entrees and dessert. .The wine list offers great choices. The chef demonstrates creativity and finesse with food while keeping it comfortable and sophisticated at the same time.

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1 Thank Katie P
Durham, North Carolina
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2014

If I could give a negative star rating, I would. The service was poor. Granted it was graduation weekend BUT there were empty tables all around us (should have been a big clue to us) BUT we waited 1 hr and 15 mins for our food. We asked the waiter and manager and were told "we are really busy". Did... More 

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1 Thank PSJ1977
Huntsville, Alabama
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60 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2014

My husband and I were in town for a couple of days so we wandered here to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. The $3 Blue Moon special was the perfect addition to a wonderful afternoon. The service, food and atmosphere were pleasant.

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Thank Lynn P
Cary, North Carolina
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81 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

Service & food were superb and come strongly recommended! It does have a full bar attached if that is your thing. If it's not, just ask to be seated to the far side from the bar so the noise level will not be distracting. Rustic decor added to overall character of place. All in all, we were very happy with... More 

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1 Thank Race2Win
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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132 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2014 via mobile

Had a late dinner reservation so my friends and I stopped here to sit outside and drink some beer. The outdoor seating was ample and great! It took some work to get service though. The three dollar Blue Moon special was a great surprise though!

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Thank Austin K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian, American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 21:00
Monday
11:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 21:00
Friday
11:30 - 22:00
Saturday
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 970 Rivers St, Boone, NC 28607-5927
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Boone
  • Phone Number: +1 828-264-7772
Description
Cafe Portofino is a family restaurant that can accommodate a small intimate party to very large groups. We specialize in pastas, steaks & specialty sandwiches. We have homemade soups and desserts. Our wine and beer list is very extensive. On the weekends we feature fresh seafood specials. We have a separate kids menu and kids 10 and under eat free Tuesday thru Thursday.We also have a separate bar called The Tap Room with all ABC permits. In The Tap Room we have billiards, darts & flat screen TVs.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?