Cafe Portofino

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Type: Bar, Eatery

970 Rivers St.
Boone, North Carolina, 28607
United States

(828) 264-7772 | map

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Added by 65dos on 06-29-2008

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of REVZEB
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of humuloner22
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

This was a go to place in college. I revisited it recently. Although the food had always been good, its even better now. Also the beer selection, especially the draft selection for such a small town, is a amazing. They have some rare items when in season that a lot of bars will not get. It kind of falls under the radar, but this is one of the better places to chill in the town of Boone.

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Photo of jprivott
3.09/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3

Portofino's is a classic college-town bar with the expected major brewery selections (and occasional deals) as well as some microbrew options. Food is served as a town requirement, though I've never tried it. Close to campus and popular for its fair pricing.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Stopped by for a quick beer after masticating a mangled mass of meat known as the McRib at McDonalds down the street. That is the second and LAST time I will ever rent that "sandwich". I digress.

Draft select was minimal yet local. They had a total of only 7 drafts: three Natty Greenes selections, but sadly, no Foothills. They also had Bells Two Hearted and Yuengling. Unlike other reviewers, my beer was served in an actual shaker pint glass. I was at the bar so perhaps that made the difference. The bottle selection was mostly macros with a few micros tossed in for good measure. Not impressive by any means.

Service was nice. The tender seemed nice but it was such a nice day outside, I took my beer outside and enjoyed the warm fall day basking in the sunlight.

Not much for beer selection. I dont know about the food because I did not try it. I couldnt see myself coming back here unless the food happens to be unbelievably awesome.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Man, this place has changed. When I was living in Boone, it was much less popular and while it's always going to be full of college kids, something is different. The bar area is small to begin with, so putting ten times the people there makes it crowded and tough to get a drink. Just a few seats around it and a few tables behind that, with a cool little outside patio that doesn't get the use I'd expect. There is pool and darts in the other room. Service isn't poor, though it's slow, not really their fault. They do as well as they can. Pretty good selection with Hoppyum almost always on-tap, a staple for me. Pretty good bottle selection but it could be much better overall when it comes to potential choices. A problem already noted is they serve beer in mason jars, nothing else. I guess it makes me feel like I'm in Boone, or at least the mountains. The food is what I always loved about this place. Great authentic cuisine in the restaurant area, which is probably where I'll go from now on. I would strongly recommend The Rose, basically a chicken pasta, as a solid dish for dinner. Much more pleasant and relaxed there, especially afternoon to early evening. I wouldn't recommend going here at night unless you want to feel trapped among heavy drinking young folk. It's alright if you stick with your crowd but you never know when an intoxicated student (or was he that smart) will try to fight you for glancing at him in an attempt to impress the girl he just met, who you happen to be hanging out with. Watch out for his middle-aged sidekick who says, "Don't mess with him, you'll end up in the hospital," followed by them walking out to try and round up a posse for disaster and mayem. Yes, it was pretty comical to me as well. My, how things change.

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Photo of 65dos
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Boone's Cafe Portofino is a frequented bar nestled into a college town. Rather close to campus, this place serves as a decent place to grab a few beers at the end of the day. During the day its quiet. At night it gets kinda busy.

The beer selection is good. A lot of microbrews. Mostly in bottles. They do have Tablerock and Hoppyum on tap. Some of the prices are about a quarter than you'd pay somewhere cheaper. They don't serve PBR anymore.

One large downfall to the place is that they mostly use mason jars to serve beer. These are tricky to pour into and don't really feel like you are getting a whole beer out of it.

Overall I dig Portofino. Pool tables and dart boards are nice. Its a pretty fun place to hang out.

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Cafe Portofino in Boone, NC
Place rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 6 ratings