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Ristorante Villa Portofino

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101 Crescent Avenue, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-2009
17:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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New York City, New York
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We sat outside and I felt like I was in a coastal town in Italy. Shared an entree, Amazing pasta tomato sauce. On the tart side, which I found to be a nice fresher take on the same old. Was annoyed by the over-priced mini bottle of cheap Prosecco. Waiter was ok, a little odd, but not bad enough to... More 

Thank MeAroundTown
Glendale, Arizona
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant had delicious food. It was comfortable. The wait staff were attentive. They easily accommodated a party of 30.

Thank DBeesonRN
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A nice place to eat, right on the harbor wigh the sea breezes blowing through. The food was good, not great but good, personal opinion. The service was good and the staff was nice. It is so nice to be able to eat and have such a wonderful view. I would say its definitely worth a visit.

Thank Troessel
Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My husband and I stopped here for our first night in Avalon, and remained the restaurant to beat the rest of our weekend. What might appear to be a cliche classic Italian joint is actually a classy, relaxing and wonderful little gem. My Linguine all Portofino was an average Alfredo dish but the Scottish Salmon my husband ate was beyond... More 

Thank MichelleTB
Buffalo NY
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359 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We dropped in late but no problem. We had various pasta dishes and, of course, veal. The staff happily held off bringing the last order (for the person tending the baby in the hotel next door) to point where we were leaving so it could be delivered perfectly hot. Most convenient to the shore.

Thank Hewitty15
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I had the capesante (scallops with risotto/asparagus) and it was terrible. The scallops were overdone on a bed of risotto. The risotto tasted like canned creamed corn and was intersected by rail-thin and tasteless asparagus. The service was good and the drinks so-so. Ironically we had been here the year before and the food was very good. So good that... More 

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Temecula, California
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

We absolutely love this restaurant! My husband and I discovered this little slice of Italy at the edge of downtown Avalon many years ago during our annual birthdays or anniversary trips. It has become a must on our list of things to do while in Catalina. Food is delicious, authentic, and plentiful! The service is impeccable. We always sit on... More 

Thank IDebDeb
Ontario CANADA
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199 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

We had an excellent Italian meal in this restaurant with friendly and attentive service. The menu offered a number of very affordable items and reasonable drinks and wine list.

Thank BenOntarioCANADA
Los Angeles
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128 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

Though we did not eat at every restaurant on the island, we ate at enough and had the same consistent experience of bad food, that I feel confident in saying that there's not much good food to be had in this resort. At least at this restaurant, the greeting is warm and welcoming, a booth if you want or a... More 

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Santa Clarita, California
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227 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

We have been to this restaurant many times over the years. It is always busy and good quality food. However the service can be slow. Don't know why, there is lots of staff. We started with martinis that were only $10. Cheapest in town. And really good. We ordered Capellini alla Checca and the waiter asked if we wanted it... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 35
Italian, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, View, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 20:00
17:00 - 20:00
17:00 - 20:00
17:00 - 20:00
17:00 - 20:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 101 Crescent Avenue, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Catalina Island  >  Avalon
  • Phone Number: +1 310-510-2009

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