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Cafe Portofino

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3481 Hoolaulea Way, Kauai Marriott, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-1701 (Marriott Way)
+1 808-245-2121
17:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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Vancouver, Washington
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife and I had a romantic dinner at this pleasant, attractive dining venue, however the food was not up to par. Our appetizer of mozzerella and tomatoes was fine (no basalmic was on it though), but our fried calamari was tough and tasteless with the blandest marinara sauce this side of Chef Boyardi. My wife's veal piccatta was excellent... More 

Thank jrichardwa
Klamath Falls, Oregon
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I think this restaurant is a bit overlooked with Duke's next door. This trip we were focused on quality food as we weren't dragging kids around. We had seafood which was excellent. The wait staff was also excellent as was the atmosphere and open air tables. I have to admit, I have a hard time hearing anyone across the table... More 

Thank OregonOutBound
Dallas, Texas
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Pleasant setting with water view but not for sunsets. The food was very good as was the service. Good selection of fish and meats and tiramisu was excellent. Portions of everything are large---if you have a small appetite consider splitting dishes.

Thank barrya732
King George, Virginia, United States
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31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

On the water, gentleman playing a harp, great Italian food and seafood. We haven't tried the steak yet. Better selection in my opinion than Duke's next door, but less of a party atmosphere. Nice for a couples dinner.

Thank Charlotte C
Toronto, Canada
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been visiting Kaua'i and eating at Cafe Portofino for over a decade. We had dinner on Saturday night. We go into the night with middle of the road expectations, given there is only so many nights to eat at Dukes. Our server Debbie was great. The owner who seated us forgot the wine list ! But we were... More 

Thank 2010Riley
Austin, Texas
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

That pretty much sums it up! ;) Located on the beach at Kalapaki Bay we found the venue to be delightful. Situated upstairs we had a nice view of the bay just after nightfall. The restaurant was clean, the servers turned out (very formal attire) and we even enjoyed live harp playing with our meal. Our server was nice and... More 

Thank Scott H
Elkton, Oregon
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138 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food was excellent, service was great. The ambience was superb, with a lot of attention to detail. The only drawback was parking--HORRIBLE! However, I would come here again and again!

Thank ghotai
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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for dinner before flight. We made reservations on open table. We were seated immediately. The outside area is very nice overlooking the bay. They had a harp player playing and it was very nice. The server was somewhat attentive. We had to ask for bread and their drink menu was all wine and some beer. They had no... More 

Thank Gomers1
Chicago, Illinois
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I came here on Christmas Eve. She ordered the catch of the day in caper and lemon sauce, i ordered the zuppe di pesce both were excellent. My only complaint would be that my entree was smaller than normal back in the states. Also. Their bread you have with an appetizer is very average. Overall entrees and... More 

Thank vlucca12
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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99 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter, granddaughter and I recently enjoyed dinner at Cafe Portofino. I was hesitant because of some of the reviews but we had a lovely evening. We walked in without a reservation and we're lucky to be seated immediately. Our server was there immediately and provided excellent service throughout our meal. We started with bruschetta, escargot and carpaccio. We did... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$100
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3481 Hoolaulea Way, Kauai Marriott, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766-1701
    (Marriott Way)
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Lihue
  • Phone Number: +1 808-245-2121
True Italian fare, but also specializing in Seafood and Steaks! Cafe Portofino overlooking the Pacific Ocean near the Marriott hotel 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.

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