Cuisine: Italian
Price Point: Mains from $20 - $30

At Portofino it’s a winning formula; tasty Italian food, great wine and good company.

Nestled in the idyllic scenery of Taupo, this restaurant is the perfect place to get some down time. Its exposed brick work, rustic décor and friendly staff make for some seriously chilled vibes. All that’s left is to tuck into the best comfort food on the block.

Inspired by the food from Northern Italy, their menu has something for everyone. Choose from a plethora of pizzas, pastas and risottos. All the favourites are on the pizza team and for pasta, there’s a delicious ravioli, salmon pasta and spaghetti carbonara. Be braver and choose the white veal from the meaty mains or some tender lamb cutlets.

Choose your boozy weapon from their extensive Italian wine menu or their list of popular wines from NZ. Alternatively, make it a special evening with a classic cocktail or keep it chilled with an ice-cold beer.

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Portofino Taupo
28 Tuwharetoa Street
Taupo 3330

Open Hours:
Everyday 5pm - late

Phone: 07 377 6293
Website: www.portofino.co.nz

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Portofino Taupo
Location: Taupo
Cuisine: Italian
Mains: $20 - $30

Reviews

Very good friendly and inviting nice atmosphere prompt attention. Good selection of food choices

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Little Italy in Taupo! The menu is extensive and so is the wine list complete with Italian options. Portions are generous and the flavours spot on. Special shoutout for the vegetables that came with the main. They were perfectly cooked and a perfect addition.

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We throughly enjoyed our meal and experience. Staff where attentive and helpful. We wil definetly be back next time we are in Taupo

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Good food. Nice ambience. Great service

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Ashlea Thomas

Great meal and experience

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We had a great time at dinner
Very romantic little table
Amazing service and beautiful food
We will definitely be back

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Lovely food and experience. Recommend to others

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Jody Larcelet

Thank you for a lovely meal

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This was our second time dining at Portofino and again we had a most enjoyable evening. The staff were friendly and professional, very attentive without rushing our meal.
Two of us had pasta dishes and one had a white veal dish and all were well presented and very tasty. The fettuccine was a large portion so a light eater may prefer entre size. The Tiramasu was to die for and big enough to share.
We will definitely return.

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Jasmine Muhlmann

Delicious food, lots of vegetarian and gluten free options which was awesome. Would definitely go back!

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Reinske Fokma

We shared 2 starters (marinated feta and garlic pizza bread; both very nice!) amongst 4 adults, and barely had room to finish the 4 mains; they have very generous portions of food. Excellent pasta (fettuccine con pollo) dishes, and chicken (parmigiana) dish; only minus point was the main meal (amore) pizza, of which the base was soggy, not quite cooked enough. One wonderful dessert (sorbeto a lemone, not sure of correct spelling) for us 4 was an excellent finish to a sumptuous meal.
The background music is always Italian (but definitely not always the same singer(s), so repeat diners will not get bored), and sets a nice atmosphere for an Italian restaurant abroad.

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Arrived with a great welcome. Awesome service and the food was outstanding. We had the kids with us, aged 6 and 7 and they had chips and pizza which was perfect. Both myself and my partner had entree's and mains, he had a pasta whilst I have calamari and seasoned vegetables. All different meals and all were cooked to perfection and the flavors were fantastic. Meals were huge and we all left feeling very satisfied and full. Thank you. Will definitely come back again next time we are in Taupo.

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Cheryl Turner

Fantastic evening, great food will definitely be back :-)

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Michelle Prinsloo

We had an awsome experience at portofino. The pasta was delicious and squid entree was mouth watering . Thank you for the lovely experience

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Had an enjoyable evening meal at the Portofino Taupo. Couldn't fault the food. The passionfruit Cheesecake was wonderful. Will certainly dine there again.

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Paula Cox

Service was good. But the food was outstanding! Well done Portofino

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Great menu with lots of choices. Excellent, well flavoured food, excellent, friendly, helpful service, great location, will definitely be back.

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Reinske Fokma

Lovely restaurant with a Mediterranean feel to it. It is a pleasure dining in an Italian restaurant here in New Zealand, where pizza is not the only main meal you can get. As an added bonus, you can see into the kitchen, how your food is prepared. The food is very tasty, and we will be back for more!

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Dining at Portofino Taupo was perfect.
The best pasta dish we have ever had, full of flavour and interesting ingredients with good sized portions.
Excellent service and very clean.

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We enjoyed dining at Portofinos. We left full and happy. Food was tasty and portions were not on the mean side. We would return.0

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Lasagna was fabulous , salad was great - shrimp cocktail maybe 7/10.

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Very good friendly and inviting nice atmosphere prompt attention. Good selection of food choices

- dined at Portofino Taupo on

Little Italy in Taupo! The menu is extensive and so is the wine list complete with Italian options. Portions are generous and the flavours spot on. Special shoutout for the vegetables that came with the main. They were perfectly cooked and a perfect addition.

- dined at Portofino Taupo on

We throughly enjoyed our meal and experience. Staff where attentive and helpful. We wil definetly be back next time we are in Taupo

- dined at Portofino Taupo on

Good food. Nice ambience. Great service

- dined at Portofino Taupo on

Ashlea Thomas

Great meal and experience

- dined at Portofino Taupo on

We had a great time at dinner
Very romantic little table
Amazing service and beautiful food
We will definitely be back

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Lovely food and experience. Recommend to others

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Jody Larcelet

Thank you for a lovely meal

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The food was very good, but quite expensive. We had the Italian white wine of the house and it was fine. The service was friendly and good, the environment is pleasant and the experience was very enjoyable. This restaurant serves real Italian food.

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This was our second time dining at Portofino and again we had a most enjoyable evening. The staff were friendly and professional, very attentive without rushing our meal.
Two of us had pasta dishes and one had a white veal dish and all were well presented and very tasty. The fettuccine was a large portion so a light eater may prefer entre size. The Tiramasu was to die for and big enough to share.
We will definitely return.

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Jasmine Muhlmann

Delicious food, lots of vegetarian and gluten free options which was awesome. Would definitely go back!

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Reinske Fokma

We shared 2 starters (marinated feta and garlic pizza bread; both very nice!) amongst 4 adults, and barely had room to finish the 4 mains; they have very generous portions of food. Excellent pasta (fettuccine con pollo) dishes, and chicken (parmigiana) dish; only minus point was the main meal (amore) pizza, of which the base was soggy, not quite cooked enough. One wonderful dessert (sorbeto a lemone, not sure of correct spelling) for us 4 was an excellent finish to a sumptuous meal.
The background music is always Italian (but definitely not always the same singer(s), so repeat diners will not get bored), and sets a nice atmosphere for an Italian restaurant abroad.

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Arrived with a great welcome. Awesome service and the food was outstanding. We had the kids with us, aged 6 and 7 and they had chips and pizza which was perfect. Both myself and my partner had entree's and mains, he had a pasta whilst I have calamari and seasoned vegetables. All different meals and all were cooked to perfection and the flavors were fantastic. Meals were huge and we all left feeling very satisfied and full. Thank you. Will definitely come back again next time we are in Taupo.

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All round good experience. Thanks.

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Food was ok. Nothing great nor bad. Service was ok. Brunette waitress was fine but blunt and cold. She needs to take a few tips from the blonde waitress as she was alot more friendly. Probably wouldn't recommend this restaurant to anyone but it most definitely was not bad just very average.

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Cheryl Turner

Fantastic evening, great food will definitely be back :-)

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Michelle Prinsloo

We had an awsome experience at portofino. The pasta was delicious and squid entree was mouth watering . Thank you for the lovely experience

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Had an enjoyable evening meal at the Portofino Taupo. Couldn't fault the food. The passionfruit Cheesecake was wonderful. Will certainly dine there again.

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Paula Cox

Service was good. But the food was outstanding! Well done Portofino

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Great menu with lots of choices. Excellent, well flavoured food, excellent, friendly, helpful service, great location, will definitely be back.

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Reinske Fokma

Lovely restaurant with a Mediterranean feel to it. It is a pleasure dining in an Italian restaurant here in New Zealand, where pizza is not the only main meal you can get. As an added bonus, you can see into the kitchen, how your food is prepared. The food is very tasty, and we will be back for more!

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The menu was extensive which was great and we all enjoyed our selections. The Kids options were also very good. The atmosphere was a little lacking but that could be put down to it being mid week and a very wet day but some music, candles and some Italian charisma would make for a more complete experience

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Maree Ginger

lovely night with hubby while kids were away! Lovely food...couldn't fault it! and service was great, we will be back!

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Wonderful service, excellent food, great for kids and families - would strongly recommend !

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Wonderful meal, excellent friendly, attentive service.
Would absolutely recommend dining at Portofino!
Thank you team.

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Sarah Goertzen

Nice dinner with pleasant service. Our kids got the kid’s menu Margherita and Hawaiian pizzas and chicken tenders. Us grown-ups got the marinara spaghetti and the veal. Great helping of the marinara! I couldn’t fit dessert but would’ve loved to try some.

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claudine kelly

Amazing service and delicious meal. Thank you, will definitely be back again.

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Will Zonneveld

We love going to Portofino Taupo - friendly staff, excellent food with gluten free and vegetarian options as well as plenty of meat dishes.

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A really lovely tasty meal bought out hot and prompt service

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Ignet Gloy

Awesome service, outstanding food.

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Amazing service and delicious food. Will definitely return at another time!

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Shelley Simpson

Amazing entree's and don't miss out on the lemon sorbet - I should have had pizza - serious food envy there.

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Amazing atmosphere, food and service. Couldn’t fault a thing. Understand why first table is so early- gets fairly busy!

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Very nice food and great service. Nice ambience too.

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Will Zonneveld

Always a pleasure to dine at Portofino Taupo; very friendly, accommodating staff and wonderful food. If there is one very minor point, it would be that we would like more vegetarian options.

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Francis Ellery

Lovely attentive service, meals were beautiful, very tasty!

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MikeMo Harding

Many thanks for the high quality food and service.

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Ian Gordon

My wife and I really enjoyed Portofino. It was quiet (probably because we were the first there) and the food was delicious and the service friendly.

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Will Zonneveld

Wonderful food; prompt service with patient wait-staff

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Gina Meadows

The meal was Devine.....the service was awesome.... couldnt fault anything.....would highly recommend......will definitely dine there again

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Chloe Lyth

Lovely restaurant! Food is incredible would recommend one of the pasta dishes.
Worth a visit.

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The food was good, well presented and very tasty. Service was excellent, helpful and friendly.

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Dining at Portofino Taupo was perfect.
The best pasta dish we have ever had, full of flavour and interesting ingredients with good sized portions.
Excellent service and very clean.

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We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Portofino, the food and service were excellent and it seems plenty of other people must feel the same as they weren't short of customers.

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We have dined at Portofino a number of times now (this was our first time using First Table) and, as always, the food was delicious. We took some elderly family members who were visiting from the UK and they thoroughly enjoyed their meal. I'm sure we'll be popping in again next time we're in Taupo!

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Great food, we will go back for sure :)

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They have an excellent menu. Not just meat balls and spaghetti!
The Italian house wine was also very good.
Staff were friendly and efficient.

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Delicious food and great service. Will definitely be back :-)

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