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Cafe Portofino

3481 Hoolaulea Way, Kauai Marriott, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
+1 808-212-1100
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  • Very good24%
  • Average16%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible10%
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“lasagna” (59 reviews)
“profiteroles” (12 reviews)
“seafood” (26 reviews)
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Pizza, Seafood, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
3481 Hoolaulea Way, Kauai Marriott, Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Situated at the Marriott property, this restaurant is surviving on hotel guests. The location and outdoor seating is its only saving grace. The food is just ok. The service a bit better. The wine list is dismal. If you want Italian food, this is not...More

Thank Latitudes_Dancer
Alesso A, Manager at Cafe Portofino, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Aloha, Sorry you fell that way, weve been open for 28 years and always stick to traditional northern cusine, we our orignal italian born in italy, our food is made fresh daily from bread to sauces, our staff is known for there smiles and our...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate at Italian restaurant upstairs several times. There food is wonderful, with great taste and ocean views. It is a little pricy but what isn't in Kauai. We went to there new pizzeria downstairs once it opened . My husband had a pizza. WOW...More

Thank Judy V
Alesso A, Manager at Cafe Portofino, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Aloha Glad to hear you enjoy and cant wait till you return Mahalo

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

great pizza, exquisite crust, and the pizzaiolo is an italian from Genova. We got the pizza and ate it by the water, great experience overall.

Thank Filippo M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came across this pizza place walking by and learned it was open until 10 pm. Upon return we stopped in to pick up a pizza. It was delicious! We went back a couple days later and picked up another pizza along with a Caesar...More

Thank MotorOn2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We actually ate here twice in one week. The service is very good. We had the seafood bisque which was excellent but expensive. $14 for a bisque! Very good lasagna. Excellent linguini carbonara. The 2nd visit I had the ravioli which was also excellent. We...More

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Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Our dinner here wasn't great, although a beautiful location and setting the food and service left room for improvement. Our meals were served and the waitress Erin brought out packaged grated Parmesan. My wife's vegetarian cannelloni had a bone in it and tasted like the...More

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Alesso A, General Manager at Cafe Portofino, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha Sorry you did not enjoy, as response, no where is it listed our canneloni is vegetarian, it is a chicken canneloni with boneless chicken. Also sorry if you felt rushed as we are a dining restaurant and our guest sit and dine as they...More

Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

A beautiful location, but sadly the food was disappointing. I ordered Ceasar Salad, (usually a good bet at an Italian restaurant ) which was drenched in a white substance that tasted slightly like garlic, and lemon juice. Could not detect any Worcestershire or anchovy flavors....More

1  Thank BRBRICH
Alesso A, General Manager at Cafe Portofino, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Aloha, Sorry you did not enjoy. Our ceasar and eggplants are big sellers, about 500 each a month with great compliments, Sorry was not to your liking. Mahalo

Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Nice beach area, our waiter did minimal service unfortunately (tip included in bill). Lamb rack was good though expensive. Decent wine by the glass. Good food but not fine dining. Romantic harp if you feel in the mood for it.

1  Thank NicolasMeyerhoffer
Reviewed 14 August 2017

This was a great restaurant. 3 kinds of fresh fish. One of our group has Celiac disease and they were very good to her. It was the best pasta they had ever had at a restaurant.

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Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

We were delighted with the quality of food and service at this beachside restaurant. Had a lovely table overlooking the bay. The waitresses were very attentive, and knowledgable about the food on the menu and the specials. We also required gluten free alternatives and there...More

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Beverly L
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Response from Joe T | Reviewed this property |
we were there in Feb. and he was there each Wed. evening. We enjoyed seeing him very much!
Beverly L
13 June 2016|
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Response from Lee M | Reviewed this property |
They do have entertainment but the name of the performers escapes me, sorry.
23 February 2016|
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Response from Steven L | Reviewed this property |
He could definitely wear shorts.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$100
Dinner, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Valet Parking, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids, View, 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
    (Marriott Way)
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Kauai  >  Lihue
  • Phone Number: +1 808-212-1100
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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