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Cafe Portofino

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970 Rivers St, Boone, NC 28607-5927
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Come here frequently because of the great staff, tasty food and quality pool tables. Love this place!

Thank James S
Boone, NC
1 review
Reviewed 11 February 2017

We eat there almost every week. The menu is great and the specials are amazing. Service is second to none. Fun and unique atmosphere.

Thank HappyCabinGoer
Boone, North Carolina
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

The food here is very good. We go often for the fish tacos--best I've ever had! I recommend this restaurant.

Thank L0is60
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016 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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111 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
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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61 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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
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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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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 7 helpful votes
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 50 helpful votes
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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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
Free Wifi, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, 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: 5613587249
Cafe Portofino is a family restaurant that is located in a historic building that was the original Tweetsie Railroad repair station in the late 1800's. We accommodate a small intimate party to very large groups. We specialize in pastas, steaks, specialty sandwiches and burgers. We have homemade soups and desserts. We have a very extensive wine and beer list including 18 different beers on draft and all ABC Permits. On the weekends we feature Chef Specials. We have a separate kids menu. We have several large TV's throughout our dinning room and bar so you can always catch your favorite sporting event. We also carry the NFL package.

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