Ristorante Villa Portofino - Catalina Island

Ristorante Villa Portofino is a four time winner of "Best Cocktail" in the Chamber of Commerce annual Taste-Around of Avalon.
-2011, 2008, 2006, 2005
"Excellent Italian Food! Had dinner here with some friends before Jazz concert. Glad we did! Excellent chicken pesto and good wine selection. Will definitely come back here next trip to island!"
- 5 Star Trip Advisor Review ~ October 7, 2012
"We had an awesome dinner experience...after our small, intimate wedding!! The service was top- notch, the food was DELICIOUS. Our wedding guests spoke highly of their meals...perfect in every way. We will definitely be back on future visits!!"
- 5 Star Yelp Review ~ November 5, 2012
"On our second night we dined at Ristorante Villa Portofino, located in our hotel, and were blown away by their creative regional Italian cuisine.  We had heard that this restaurant was the premier dining option in Avalon and we were very pleased by the choice."
-Santa Clara Weekly ~ Travel and Leisure  May 16, 2007 by D.K. Jax and A.E. Shannon 
"Classically romantic, all soft candlelight and dark wood, and elegant, haute pasta dishes that'll have your partner spearing at the food on your plate."
-Sunset Magazine September 2006
"I also found a couple of quiet bars for grown-ups, notably at Villa Portofino restaurant, where Sinatra was crooning "Night and Day" as I entered the lounge.  Several locals had recommended the reasonably priced place, an attractive space with booths, and soft lighting, and I wasn't disappointed with my chicken-filled pasta.  I had a great view of the passing scene on Crescent Avenue from my window table."
- Los Angeles Times Sunday Travel Edition May 21, 2006 by Beverly Beyette
"It's fairly easy to spot the Villa Portofino Hotel, located directly on the bay near the far end of Crescent Avenue. But discerning locals and repeat visitors know the popularity of Villa Portofino's restaurant has far eclipsed that of its lodgings. The restaurant has built a universal reputation for pleasingly authentic Italian cuisine in a quiet, romantic setting. Like many bayfront eateries, this comfortable classy room offers inspirational views across the harbor from many tables, and it's worthwhile for amorous diners to request a front table to bask in the setting. But the well-delivered seafood and pasta specialties here--accompanied by a nice selection of Italian and California wines--will stoke the flames of romance all by themselves. Of special note are the thin-as-a-wisp beef carpaccio, savory pan-seared scallops, and must-have tiramisu. The granite bar is a fine place for enjoying a glass of wine and hors d'oeuvres, and Portofino's new outdoor seating provides lovers with a beautiful setting to take advantage of balmy summer evenings."
- The Best Places To Kiss In Southern California by Bonnie Steel Copyright 2005 by Sasquatch Books