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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, British Columbia
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We made reservations for a nice dinner on our last night in Kauai. We were seated quickly and then waited for Mr. Cranky to come and serve us. This waiter needs to retire as he is older and really tired of people and/or tourists. The food was good but pricey.

Thank Olym2010
Level Contributor
41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We ate here twice! Food was phenomenal. First night they had a harpist for entertainment. Had the local catch, mong Chong and it was amazing. The restaurant overlooks kalapaki beach and offers open air dining. Would certainly eat here again.

Thank Sherry K
Scottsdale, Arizona
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We ate here last night on second thought as Dukes was very crowded and wish we had waited! Our waiter never told us about the specials for the night and the only way I found out about them was hearing the waiter at the table next to us tell his customers about them. When I asked our waiter why he... More 

Thank Debbie S
Houston, Texas
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate dinner here and thought the food was very good. I definitely recommend a reservation for a table on the lanai- the interior decor is funky- not sure if it just dated or bad decorating, but we didn't think the dining room was at all appealing. Although not advertised by either establishment, we were staying at the Marriott and... More 

Thank cmsjbc2013
Kauai, Hawaii
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We moved to Kauai in June of 2015, so we are still relatively new here. But we have eaten at Cafe Portofino on two special occasions, the last being Valentine's Day 2017. Both meals have been excellent and we like the ambiance, with the restaurant being right at the water. Both times we have been lucky to get Diane as... More 

Thank DebsTravels2016
Onalaska, Wisconsin
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I ate here for a nice meal on my last full day in Hawaii. I was staying at the Marriott, so the location was convenient. I had the pasta carbonara, which was alright but definitely not the best I've had. The bread wasn't anything to write home about, although my beet salad was quite good. The chocolate mousse cake tasted... More 

Thank Brewermidwife
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Reservations are absolutely required. This quiet and elegant, yet inexpensive Italian restaurant was everything we could have hoped for. From the moment we arrived, we felt pampered and important. The restaurant is very popular, for good reason! Generous portions and seemingly authentic dishes made our evening meal very intimate and truly Hawaiian! My wife and I highly recommend Cafe Portofino.... More 

Thank Mark W
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First let me state that the food was fantastic! When we set down as two couples we ask if we could have separate checks, waitress said one check per table but she could split the check separately. When the check came she took our credit cards and went to split the check down the middle, we explained, no, we needed... More 

Thank Colorado_G-Dawg
Richland, Washington
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50 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful setting overlooking Kalapaki bay. Fresh seafood and delicious entries. I had the special pasta with seafood. The sauce was light and the seafood was perfectly cooked. The special salad was greens with portabella mushrooms which was delicious.

Thank marshas4768
London, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Because it was early, we only intended to have a cocktail (and only because we couldn't get in to Dukes next door). But we liked the look of the menu and heard there was to be some live music so decided to stay. The food was excellent (though not cheap in the Hawaiian way). We both had the Mahi Mahi... 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
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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?