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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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Boone, North Carolina, United States
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2015

Went for dinner last Friday and was super impressed. Great service, staff and environment! It was a all around wonderful experience!

Thank Anthony F
Boone, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2014

Went to Cafe Portofino with a large group of friends to celebrate my friend's birthday. The server was so nice and patient with our large group. Katie made sure that we all had our drinks full all the time and she recommended several menu items that were absolutely delicious. The appetizers she recommended were great and the meals were even... More 

Thank Peyton N
Banner Elk, North Carolina
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79 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2014

The weather could not have been much worse today, but that didn't stop me from trying out Cafe' Portofinos. The building it is in used to be a maintenance station for the Tweetsie Railroad. The floors in the restaurant are a testament to it's age. There is a separate bar area and also some pool tables.There is a wide variety... More 

Thank Wyndswept8
Zionville, North Carolina
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114 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2014

Great prices, relaxed atmosphere, wide selection of foods to choose from and a bar to the side away from the restaurant. I am a repeat customer & love this local establishment.

Thank Jennifer K
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201 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2014 via mobile

I visited this restaurant in May and it was great! The atmosphere is laid back and the food is great for the price. I had the fried green tomato BLT and it was the best sandwich I've ever eaten! Check it out!!

Thank Tiffany R
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75 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2014

We recently revisited Café Portofino with friends who had never been there and were visiting for the weekend. We were hopeful it would be as good as the last time we were there, and it did not disappoint. We were told by our server there is a new chef who has been there about 2 months, so there were changes... More 

1 Thank nervousnelly2
Banner Elk, North Carolina
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014

A college hangout. Food is OK with a nice selection for the younger crowd. Staff is friendly and helpful.

Thank Virginia I
Pilot Mountain, North Carolina
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49 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014

When I was in grad school at Appalachian State University, this was my favorite it’s-payday-I-can-splurge place to eat. My husband and I recently visited Boone for the day and I took him to Café Portofino, hoping that my warm, wonderful memories wouldn’t be crushed. I shouldn’t have worried. It has still the same no frills ambiance, creative food, and outstanding... More 

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Hertford, North Carolina, United States
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169 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2014

We were looking for a restaurant with outdoor seating to take advantage of the nice weather, so we tried Café Portofino based on the recommendations on Trip Advisor. It is a fun, upbeat location frequented by students from the local university. They have a varied, reasonably-priced menu and our server was knowledgeable about the various options when we had questions.... More 

1 Thank Sheryl C
Boone, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

Whether you want a casual lunch or a special dinner, Cafe Portofino will deliver. The menu has a nice variety of appetizers, sides, entrees and dessert. .The wine list offers great choices. The chef demonstrates creativity and finesse with food while keeping it comfortable and sophisticated at the same time.

1 Thank Katie P

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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, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, 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?