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Cafe Portofino

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3295 Dogwood Ln, Hiawassee, GA 30546-1507
+1 706-435-0502
11:00 - 21:00
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Tue - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 00:00
Sat 16:00 - 00:00
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Marietta, Georgia
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155 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

There was an hour wait at Chops so we went down the road and tried this restaurant and we are so glad we did! It is divided into two parts - one fine dining with live piano and the other casual with a live band. We sat in the fine dining and the food was exquisite. The macadamia encrusted grouper... More 

Thank Shana J
Atlanta, Georgia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Service was slow with long waits between each step of process despite there being only two other tables occupied. Trout was overcooked and dry and served with a topping containing red bell peppers instead of the pomegranate promised on menu. Grouper soaked in cloying, sweet amaretto sauce. Parking lot scary after dark.

Thank Rataba
Gainesville, Florida
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47 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

The parking lot can be a real challenge to maneuver in and the entrance to the lot is very steep. We arrived about 6:30 pm on a Thursday evening. There are two sides to the restaurant. One side is more upscale with a double glass door entrance. The other side is low keyed and open seating. I looked at both... More 

Thank bentprop
Church Point, Louisiana
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

What a pleasant surprise. The food, the waitstaff, pricing and portions were absolutely worth a stop. Great sandwich and salad selections, they did not skimp on their portions. Their sweet tea was on point.

Thank Angie C
Hayesville, North Carolina
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Went for lunch, and loved the wings! Will go back. Our family met for lunch. The service was good, and we enjoyed it.

Thank clamfam
Jacksonville, Florida
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Brunch was great fun! $5 Bloody Marys & Breakfast was on $9.95. Beautiful views of Lake Chatuge and has a beach feel with a DJ! Only open weekends starting on Friday.

Thank Don Z
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

Very overpriced for amount and quality of food. Cheese biscuits served before meal were very dry and not served with butter or other condiment. Scallop dinner priced around $23.00 arrived with 3 scallops, which were so overseasoned that you couldn't taste scallops. Seafood scampi, priced around $21.00, advertised as containing scallops, included about three t four very small pieces of... More 

Thank Hannahglynn13
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

Our first mistake was sitting in the casual side of restaurant, very loud. There was only one server for the entire room of 20 or so tables. I ordered eggplant parmesean and risotto. It took 40 mins to get our food. We felt sorry for our server and tried to be patient but my food was barely warm and not... More 

Thank Tommye S
Hiawassee, Georgia
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

Almost everything you would except not there.....Food was really lacking . I ordered thir steak dish, and it came sliced , Never saw such a presentation made one feel as though it was bait and switch...Sorry we were really looking forward to a nice dinner. We were hoping to make Portofino , a regular stop as we are going to... More 

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Franklin, North Carolina
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

A little out of the way but nice. Splendid view of Lake Chatuge, so request a table by the front windows. Escargot were gritty; I've prepared better at home. Waitress got my order wrong. She brought eggplant parmesan instead of the veal parmesan I ordered. But it was still good. A little on the pricey side but this was a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Italian, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
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Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 00:00
16:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3295 Dogwood Ln, Hiawassee, GA 30546-1507
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Hiawassee
  • Phone Number: +1 706-435-0502
Perfect for any occasion, Café Portofino offers lakeview dining. Our dishes, prepared with the freshest and highest-quality ingredients, include mouthwatering appetizers, delicious salads, daily soups, Italian-influenced entrées, seafood, steaks and more. Enjoy a meal in the dining room or Happy Hour drink and appetizer specials in Firelight.Saturday evenings offer a special treat with a professional pianist performing in the dining room and live music and dancing in the Firelight. We also host private events, working with you to tailor every detail from cuisine to decorations to fit your entertaining needs.

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