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Cafe Portofino

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970 Rivers St, Boone, NC 28607-5927
+1 828-264-7772
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow this place is very, very good. The spiced sirloin is awesome. Wife is a lover of spaghetti and said it is one of the best she has eaten. We also got Italian wantons....amazing! Chocolate chip cannoli and lemon Italian cream cake finished the evening.

Thank ciswpcc
Johns Creek, Georgia
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110 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Nice location just steps from App St. Hostess very nice, didn't catch her name. Our waiter "Z" was perhaps the best waiter we have ever had. Great service, very personable--shout out to "Z"!! Menu has a nice variety. Food is very good with reasonable portions. For being across from a college campus I felt the prices were perhaps $1-2 too... More 

Thank JCDoug1
Atlanta, Georgia
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58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

I've been here twice - once when we dropped our son off at college and recently during family weekend. The menu is great. The decor is nice and homey - like a lodge. While I didn't love my meal parts of it were tasty and the rest of my family had great food. Nice wait staff. A future stop for... More 

Thank Cindy C
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66 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Glad we ran across this little gem. Everything we had was delicious. Relaxed atmosphere. Our server, Kendall, was excellent.

Thank LorraineCasto
Anderson, South Carolina
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

On Sunday my husband and I had the opportunity to meet our dear friends at Cafe Portofino for lunch. "D" was our waiter, and he conscientiously took care of us while we sat and visited for over two hours. This is definitely a place to meet and visit with friends while enjoying delicious food. The adult grilled cheese is to... More 

1 Thank JHsweets
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

The best meal we had in Boone, noticed awards for outstanding service, which it was. Large glasses of wine, delicious pasta, and soup.

1 Thank Ebfreebie
Boone, North Carolina
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106 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This place is near the campus and convenient to downtown. They have a nice, eclectic menu and interesting specials. I've never had a bad meal there and the service has always been nice. As I said in the title, this is not upscale, but a very pleasant place to have lunch.

Thank WBWT
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Service was excellent. Food was good, but not exceptional. Garlic hot knots were the best thing we had by far. Lots of people hanging out on the outside deck on the bar side and inside the bar. Parking was easy in the lot on the bar side. Very relaxed, casual environment.

Thank greenjellybean
Jefferson, North Carolina
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

The food tasted like it all came out of a can, the inside just smelled like an old bar and the outside was a bit run down.

Thank EnjoyLifeSmile
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

This is our go to restaurant in Boone anytime we go out to lunch or dinner. We have never had a bad meal or bad service there. The employees are always friendly and make you feel right at home. Its located in a historic building but that and the great food and service is what makes this place so unique.... More 

Thank mountainlove111

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, American
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
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
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?