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Cafe Portofino

) #48 of 110 Restaurants in Boone ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ Italian, American,
970 Rivers St, Boone, NC 28607-5927
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good28%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“pasta” (22 reviews)
“wontons” (6 reviews)
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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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Reviews (139)
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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
Reviewed 22 July 2015

We went with three adults and 4 kids. There is plenty on the menu to satisfy our group of 6 to 55 year-olds. Everyone was pleased with the food and it all seemed to be super fresh; especially the salads. The only big downer was...More

Thank Joe T
Reviewed 18 July 2015 via mobile

I'm hooked! Wow, the food is so flavorful and the staff is very friendly. I ordered the Portifino sandwich, so good. My wife said the Philly cheese steak was the best she has ever had. I'll be back.

Thank Chad R
Reviewed 27 June 2015

As you drive along Boone's River Street between the business district and the ASU campus, a glance at Cafe Portofino suggests a popular student bar. There are few parking places and a large front porch is likely to be filled with a crowd of bar...More

Thank Betsy L
Reviewed 18 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
Reviewed 27 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...More

Thank Peyton N
Reviewed 15 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....More

Thank Wyndswept8
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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Temple N
Do you allow well-behaved dogs in your outdoor dining area?
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, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, 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: 5613587249
  • E-mail
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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