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Cafe Portofino

) #45 of 109 Restaurants in Boone ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ Italian, American,
970 Rivers St, Boone, NC 28607-5927
+1 828-264-7772
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good28%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Italian, American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
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970 Rivers St, Boone, NC 28607-5927
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband & I rented a cabin in the Seven Devils area over the long Memorial Day weekend and the owner's of the cabin had a list of their favorite restaurants and since we love Italian food, we wanted to try and find Cafe Portofino...More

Thank CarolinaNurse323
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have an annual golf tournament in Boone that we attend - 10 years now. We have a group of about 25 friends who meet with us. And, we are always looking for a restaurant that will accommodate big party and has good food. This...More

Thank rebeccanQ6573BC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just go. Avoid the touristy (yes, it's a word) places and check out this great little secret in Boone. Bunches of beers to choose from. Great service the night we were there. I had the Tuscan Tilapia and she had the fish tacos -- both...More

Thank John K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Laid back, good service, tasty food, reasonable prices. They do great sandwiches and wraps but also have good entrees. Nice, downtown vibe.

Thank Bobby L
Jack G, Public Relations Manager at Cafe Portofino, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you Bobby for the positive feedback. We really appreciate your business and are glad you enjoyed your experience with us.

Reviewed 25 June 2017

This edition of Excited about Eating takes us to a century old building that was once the maintenance station of Tweetsie Railroad in Boone, NC, and now houses Café Portofino. This casual restaurant offers a wide variety of sandwiches, pastas, and steaks. Dora here. I...More

Thank Ernie and Dora H
Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

We are here for lunch on a Friday. The dining room was not crowded. Service was fast and the kids had coloring menus to keep them busy while we waited. The shrimp fold over was excellent. We'll eat here again.

Thank John E
Reviewed 19 June 2017

We came for a family dinner- and accidentally walked into the bar side. They looked at us like we were crazy people, so that was a fun first impression. They were quick to seat us and take our orders (it was pretty dead inside) which...More

Thank Kristen D
Reviewed 30 May 2017

My wife and i have tried Portofino before and have always been happy with everything from start to finish. We arrived this time and were seated as quickly as always. That's one thing before I go any further. The servers are friendly, receptive and energetic....More

Thank celainej1
Reviewed 30 May 2017

My husband and I visit Boone annually and last year we decided to try this restaurant but entered the bar entrance rather than the restaurant entrance and promptly turned around and left. This time, an employee was outside and held the door open for us...More

Thank amagrit
Reviewed 22 May 2017

We had 13 people on a Friday night. We all had great food and great service. Chicken Parmesan a favorite.

Thank Cyndi G
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Temple N
21 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, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
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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