REVIEW: Cafe Portofino – Lihue, Kauai

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As seen on the video above, a new and interesting experience was eating at this specific restaurant, so read below for my honest review!



3481 Ho’Olaulea Way, Lihue, HI 96766, USA

This restaurant was actually located on the other end of the resort we were staying at, near Kalapaki Beach and the Kauai Marriott Resort.


Fettuccine Alfredo

The tastiest entree in my personal opinion was the Fettuccine Alfredo, the second best was actually the “Mista” salad. Yes, two very different dishes but they both had an amazing time with my tastebuds. The sauce was evident but not too saucy to ruin the overall taste of the noodles and mixed greens, respectively. The eggplant parmesan was also pretty tasty.

Mista Salad


Melanzane Alla Parmigiana – Eggplant Parmesan

The main reason why we visited Cafe Portofino is that it had several vegetarian options, which is something that was hard to find in Hawaii as a whole. However, until we got there did we realize how high end this place was. The pricing for the items was not ridiculous but it was definitely priced high.


The most expensive entree was the ravioli priced at $22, which in my opinion was not worth it. The cheapest item ordered was the garlic bread at $5.



The service was great, we had a really friendly waiter who was nice and helpful with suggestions and accommodations.


Live entertainment while eating.

As mentioned above, we didn’t realize how high end this Italian restaurant was but the man playing the harp gave us a little indication of what kind of environment it was. You can also see a glimpse of this performance in the vlog above.



The Garlic Bread

As stated in the prior food review for Bangkok Happy Bowl, the prices are pretty high. If they do keep to set that price it is understandable due to it being located conveniently for tourists, but I do feel they should increase the portion a bit, or have cheaper alternatives.


Minestrone soup

My other recommendation is that I feel they should have better vegetarian options because we weren’t satisfied with all the options ordered with respect to taste and price to portion. There were definitely some great entrees, but some lacked including the garlic bread and minestrone soup.

All in all, if you are in Kauai and Lihue I would say this was a cool experience to dine at, but it is not something I can confidently guarantee I will visit again.

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