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28 Tuwharetoa Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
+64 7-377 6293
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went there on a Saturday night for dinner - 4 of us had Pizza, which was really good - but one of us (luckily my boyfriend, so I could try ;-)) had the pasta and it was amazing! Just simple nice Rigatoni with Tomato sauce but not many places make such an amazing sauce! Thumbs up guys!

Thank Isabell8785
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

So good we visited on three different nights and were not disappointed. As one of us is a vegetarian, having three different options is a rare bonus.

Thank Robert J
Zurs, Austria
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a Pizza at night (Margarita and Marinara)! The Pizza was good and the Price/Value is also ok! Nice french Waitress...

Thank Thomas K
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So never have I been able to order and eat a decent Risotto in any restaurant - Until my dinner at Portofinos! Oh Em Gee.. The chicken and mushroom risotto was to die for!! Vegetarian pizza was delicious! Staff were very friendly and accommodating! Will definitely be back here when im in taupo next!! Authentic Italian Food At Its Best

Thank missdez
Moate, Ireland
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We wanted an early dinner having travelled all day. Children had 1 cheese pizza and one pepperoni pizza. They both seemed happy enough with what they ate. Husband and I had pasta which was a bit bland for our liking. Total cost was just over $80. Didn't really feel like value for money but the staff were kind and the... More 

Thank Phaedra571
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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastic Italian meal here. We had a few days in Taupo and the whole family loved the food here so much we ate here three times! If you like good Italian, suitable for all the family this is the place.

Townsville, Australia
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48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Had an early dinner here. My wife. Had the soup and an entire sized serve of the mussels genovese. I had the salmon penne. Both were excellent and the entree sized mussels was so large that my wife could not finish it and ended up taking the rest home in a takeaway container. The salmon penne was perhaps the best... More 

Thank brigadier
Brisbane, Australia
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16 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We didn't particularly enjoy our visit to Portofinos. The service was very clunky (no water bought out, no salt & pepper on the table, had to ask for appropriate cutlery) & the restaurant had no atmospheric whatsoever. The food was pretty average, not terrible but no better than the pasta I could make myself, particularly given the high prices. Would... More 

Thank G2603
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Italian restaurant that was fair but not great - lamb was nice but risotto was clearly not authentic Italian - fine for kids

Thank Kimble W
Wellington, New Zealand
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55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Enjoyed dinner for two at Portofinos. Great wine-list to select from. Staff were friendly, kept our water glasses topped-up and checked on our meal and other beverages. The place was at capacity but that didn't create any delay in getting our meals out within a reasonable timeframe...we were impressed. We'll definitely dine here again.

Thank Nita K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 28 Tuwharetoa Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Taupo District  >  Taupo
  • Phone Number: +64 7-377 6293

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