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Cafe Portofino

970 Rivers St, Boone, NC 28607-5927
+1 828-264-7772
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good28%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (23 reviews)
“wontons” (6 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 21:00All hours
Italian, American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
970 Rivers St, Boone, NC 28607-5927
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Reviewed 3 October 2015

I went with friends for dinner. If you like food with a kick to it, then you'll enjoy the choices. My friend said her Philly Cheese Steak was excellent. The poppers were good but really had a kick. The Jerk Shrimp was just too spicy...More

Thank maggieusf
Reviewed 29 September 2015

We have come to Portofino for years now and always know to expect a great meal. Not very crowded during the week. Very tasty and reasonably priced. Good menu selection as well!

Thank Outdoor328
Reviewed 29 August 2015

A business associate chose this location for a lunch/meeting. We ate here on a Saturday afternoon around one. The place was not crowded at all and we were immediately seated. My husband order the hamburger and fries...I ventured out and ordered the grilled chicken wrap...More

Thank Cathy j
Reviewed 22 August 2015

Went here for dinner with my daughter and 2 sons, we had 2 appetizers and 2 pizza's. Nothing spectacular about this place.

Thank kelticwarrior
Reviewed 7 August 2015 via mobile

This is a great place to eat. It isn't very fancy, though. It is a restaurant that has a bar attached. My family stopped here for dinner and took advantage of their $8 burger night with $2 drafts. The food was very good and we...More

Thank Emily N
Reviewed 2 August 2015 via mobile

Other than the drone from the neighboring student housing area, the creek side patio was a great place to dine. Stay away from the Main Street eateries and come towards River Street. Adjacent parking is a convenient plus.

Thank o2see
Reviewed 29 July 2015 via mobile

Do not believe the advertising. This is not 5 star Italian cuisine. The food was good if you ordered anything other than Italian. Atmosphere was bar quality. Entered through bar to access dining. And not a nice atmosphere bar, college bar at best. Our waitress...More

Thank 4Bratz
Reviewed 28 July 2015

Very casual dining. We were very surprised by the high prices for pasta and burgers, but the food was good. The waitress was great.

Thank Dorsey J
Reviewed 26 July 2015

Atmosphere is just okay, service good but the food........... They have the BEST eggplant fries in the universe and their Italian won tons are to die for. I also loved their fried green tomato cheeseburger - one of the best I've ever had.

Thank radamax
Reviewed 26 July 2015 via mobile

Visited this place, not sure what to expect. Had passed by it many times, always looked like a student hang out. Our food was delicious and the service was superb!!! I had the tilapia and my husband had the grown up Mac n cheese. Both...More

Thank blackbear25
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Temple N
22 March 2017|
Response from Michael C | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Yes we allow well behaved dogs on the patio on a leash. We also have dog treats for them!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Kids, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
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
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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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