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The Portofino Hotel & Marina

Redondo Beach , CA

LOCATION

260 Portofino Way
Redondo Beach, CA US 90277 (map)

PHONE

310-798-5874

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

The Portofino Hotel & Marina is one of those exceptional places where dazzling coastal views, personalized service, and divine cuisine come together to create an unforgettable event for... Read more
The Portofino Hotel & Marina is one of those exceptional places where dazzling coastal views, personalized service, and divine cuisine come together to create an unforgettable event for you and your guests. Imagine exchanging vows overlooking beautiful King Harbor as a luminous California sun slowly sets on the horizon. Then dance the night away in one of our elegantly appointed waterfront ballrooms.

With the ever-changing seascape of the Pacific Ocean just steps away, The Portofino Hotel & Marina is nothing short of dramatic by day or night. It's a private peninsula that creates a unique destination feel for your very special day. Create your vision with an outdoor poolside ceremony site or exchange vows in a waterfront banquet room. Then continue the celebration in an oceanfront ballroom. Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1962
When was your venue last renovated?
2014
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Hotel, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
Coastal, Nautical, Waterfront
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
250
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
3
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
Number of guest rooms
161
Number of suites
5
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
125
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
120
Event Coordination
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

When was your venue built?
1962
When was your venue last renovated?
2014
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Hotel, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
Coastal, Nautical, Waterfront
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
3
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
Number of guest rooms
161
Number of suites
5
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
125
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
120
Event Coordination
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Lighting and Sound
Outside vendors welcome
Linens
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Outside vendors welcome

REVIEWS

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Gary
Wedding:
8/8/2014
5.0/5.0
I just wanted to take a few minuets to write about our amazing wedding. First of all, my now wife, and I had no idea how much effort a wedding could have been. We could not be more impressed and happy with the staff and the team of people who helped us along the way at The Portofino Hotel. Without Kate Foster, the wedding coordinator, for the Portofino Hotel, we would have been lost. From beginning to end she was absolutely the number one person who made this day so special for us. She gave us lots of options and even worked with us to fine tune them. She helped us choose things like our photographer, our florist, and our DJ. She even gave us tons of options with venders, who helped us down to the extra lighting and optional colored table linings and even extra furniture, to make this celebration a truly, one of a kind event. I can't express how fortunate we were to have all of her help from her professionalism, and kindness, to her knowledge and experience with planning weddings. Along the way we had such a pleasant time working with the Potofino Hotel. The evening was so well planned, without a single hitch! The beautiful land scape for pictures felt like we were on a tropical island. Our First Look was in front of the hotel on a beautiful dock with amazing yachts. Our family pictures in the main lobby by the fireplace are unbelievable. The happy hour and Hors d' oeuvres were great, it got all our guest ready for a fun filled evening. We had our ceromony on the lawn next to the ballroom. The sun was out and the ocean view was perfect. The reception was a blast. The food was a hit. We cannot get enough compliments on everything. We are so glad we choose The Portofino Hotel to have our wedding and it will forever be the place we will think of that made our wedding so special. We can't wait to go there every year to have dinner and relive our wonderful memories.
I just wanted to take a few minuets to write about our amazing wedding. First of all, my now wife, and I had no idea how Read more...
I just wanted to take a few minuets to write about our amazing wedding. First of all, my now wife, and I had no idea how much effort a wedding could have been. We could not be more impressed and happy with the staff and the team of people who helped us along the way at The Portofino Hotel. Without Kate Foster, the wedding coordinator, for the Portofino Hotel, we would have been lost. From beginning to end she was absolutely the number one person who made this day so special for us. She gave us lots of options and even worked with us to fine tune them. She helped us choose things like our photographer, our florist, and our DJ. She even gave us tons of options with venders, who helped us down to the extra lighting and optional colored table linings and even extra furniture, to make this celebration a truly, one of a kind event. I can't express how fortunate we were to have all of her help from her professionalism, and kindness, to her knowledge and experience with planning weddings. Along the way we had such a pleasant time working with the Potofino Hotel. The evening was so well planned, without a single hitch! The beautiful land scape for pictures felt like we were on a tropical island. Our First Look was in front of the hotel on a beautiful dock with amazing yachts. Our family pictures in the main lobby by the fireplace are unbelievable. The happy hour and Hors d' oeuvres were great, it got all our guest ready for a fun filled evening. We had our ceromony on the lawn next to the ballroom. The sun was out and the ocean view was perfect. The reception was a blast. The food was a hit. We cannot get enough compliments on everything. We are so glad we choose The Portofino Hotel to have our wedding and it will forever be the place we will think of that made our wedding so special. We can't wait to go there every year to have dinner and relive our wonderful memories. Read less
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Jessica & Justin
Wedding:
5/17/2014
5.0/5.0
This place is amazing!! We worked mostly with Kim and Shelley. They couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating. We made so many changes to the menu I thought they would freak out, but they took it in stride and never once seemed upset. They listened to everything we wanted and made it all happen. Our guests couldn't stop talking about how beautiful the room was, the terrace, the hotel, etc. They were amazed by how great the food was. The crab cakes were a HUGE hit. The price was totally reasonable and included so many things that our stress levels really diminished. They are professional, kind and really know what they are doing. I definitely recommend them! Thank you guys so much!!
This place is amazing!! We worked mostly with Kim and Shelley. They couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating. We Read more...
This place is amazing!! We worked mostly with Kim and Shelley. They couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating. We made so many changes to the menu I thought they would freak out, but they took it in stride and never once seemed upset. They listened to everything we wanted and made it all happen. Our guests couldn't stop talking about how beautiful the room was, the terrace, the hotel, etc. They were amazed by how great the food was. The crab cakes were a HUGE hit. The price was totally reasonable and included so many things that our stress levels really diminished. They are professional, kind and really know what they are doing. I definitely recommend them! Thank you guys so much!! Read less
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Jen
Wedding:
4/27/2014
5.0/5.0
Our wedding and reception was amazing at the Portofino! Our family and close friends all arrived at the hotel the day before and we were surrounded by loving, supportive people in a beautiful, romantic setting for two days. The day before and after the wedding had dreary, windy weather but the day of our wedding...perfect sunny skies. The staff was amazing, the hotel was beautiful and we had the most amazing day of our lives.
Our wedding and reception was amazing at the Portofino! Our family and close friends all arrived at the hotel the day Read more...
Our wedding and reception was amazing at the Portofino! Our family and close friends all arrived at the hotel the day before and we were surrounded by loving, supportive people in a beautiful, romantic setting for two days. The day before and after the wedding had dreary, windy weather but the day of our wedding...perfect sunny skies. The staff was amazing, the hotel was beautiful and we had the most amazing day of our lives. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
Awesome staff at the Portofino!! Shelley, Kim, Meggie, and Josh helped me achieve my dream wedding!! My guests cannot stop talking about how wonderful everything was.
Awesome staff at the Portofino!! Shelley, Kim, Meggie, and Josh helped me achieve my dream wedding!! My guests cannot stop Read more...
Awesome staff at the Portofino!! Shelley, Kim, Meggie, and Josh helped me achieve my dream wedding!! My guests cannot stop talking about how wonderful everything was. Read less
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Sanaz
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were recently married at the Portofino hotel and couldn't have had a better venue and support from the catering department. The Portofino Hotel is a beautiful location that has lovely views of the Redondo Beach Pier, the marina, and also within the lobby of the hotel as well. The catering manager of the Portofino that we dealt with was Lisa Fleming. She did a marvelous job at helping us plan our event. The communication between Lisa went very well as she helped us with the planning of the event and also helped give us a guideline/general timeline from which we could customize our event as well. Emails and phone calls were always answered back promptly and there was never any gray area of lack of clarity between us. In addition to contacting and coordinating with our other vendors, she helped to make sure that the ceremony and the reception went on time and smoothly. I would give high recommendations for anyone I know to have their wedding there as well, as the whole process from start to finish was as painless and as smooth as could be, and that was in a large part due to the staff of the Portofino and Lisa.
My husband and I were recently married at the Portofino hotel and couldn't have had a better venue and support from the Read more...
My husband and I were recently married at the Portofino hotel and couldn't have had a better venue and support from the catering department. The Portofino Hotel is a beautiful location that has lovely views of the Redondo Beach Pier, the marina, and also within the lobby of the hotel as well. The catering manager of the Portofino that we dealt with was Lisa Fleming. She did a marvelous job at helping us plan our event. The communication between Lisa went very well as she helped us with the planning of the event and also helped give us a guideline/general timeline from which we could customize our event as well. Emails and phone calls were always answered back promptly and there was never any gray area of lack of clarity between us. In addition to contacting and coordinating with our other vendors, she helped to make sure that the ceremony and the reception went on time and smoothly. I would give high recommendations for anyone I know to have their wedding there as well, as the whole process from start to finish was as painless and as smooth as could be, and that was in a large part due to the staff of the Portofino and Lisa. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We received several compliments from our guests. The food and venue were wonderful. Our coordinator Lisa saved the day when we had last minute complications.
We received several compliments from our guests. The food and venue were wonderful. Our coordinator Lisa saved the day Read more...
We received several compliments from our guests. The food and venue were wonderful. Our coordinator Lisa saved the day when we had last minute complications. Read less
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Corinne Marshall
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
We loved our wedding at the Portofino! Shelly and the hotel staff worked hard to make sure the day was beautiful and went off without a hitch (even when our Day of Coordinator was messing up things). Our guests raved about the food and the ocean view. After our wedding, the groom and I came back to our room to find a bottle of champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries compliments of the hotel. It was a pleasant surprise! We highly recommend a wedding at the Portofino!
We loved our wedding at the Portofino! Shelly and the hotel staff worked hard to make sure the day was beautiful and went Read more...
We loved our wedding at the Portofino! Shelly and the hotel staff worked hard to make sure the day was beautiful and went off without a hitch (even when our Day of Coordinator was messing up things). Our guests raved about the food and the ocean view. After our wedding, the groom and I came back to our room to find a bottle of champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries compliments of the hotel. It was a pleasant surprise! We highly recommend a wedding at the Portofino! Read less
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andrea
Wedding:
10/27/2012
5.0/5.0
We were so impressed by the Portofino's service the day of our wedding. The staff and food were outstanding, the venue is the best in Southern California. We absolutely loved our wedding day and loved our choice. We would strongly suggest this place to anyone looking to have a very chic California wedding.
We were so impressed by the Portofino's service the day of our wedding. The staff and food were outstanding, the venue is Read more...
We were so impressed by the Portofino's service the day of our wedding. The staff and food were outstanding, the venue is the best in Southern California. We absolutely loved our wedding day and loved our choice. We would strongly suggest this place to anyone looking to have a very chic California wedding. Read less
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The De La Torres
Wedding:
12/4/2011
5.0/5.0
The Portofino Staff and Mona made our wedding day very special. They even corrected a mistake that was made without any issues.
The Portofino Staff and Mona made our wedding day very special. They even corrected a mistake that was made without any Read more...
The Portofino Staff and Mona made our wedding day very special. They even corrected a mistake that was made without any issues. Read less
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Linda
Wedding:
8/27/2011
5.0/5.0
The Portofino is a beautiful place to get married. It's definitely a hidden gem in the heart of the South Bay. Our on-site coordinator was Shelley and she was great to work with; very responsive and professional through the entire process. We got married at their wedding garden along the peninsula. They provided a wedding arch and our florist decorated it beautifully. We had about 150 guests, so with all the chairs on the lawn, it was a bit of a squeeze but very intimate feel to it. (Keep in mind there will be small boats going by, and sea lions on the rocks.) Our cocktail hour was held in the same area. The hotel staff moved chairs out and put in cocktail tables. It was done pretty seamlessly from what I hear. It turned out to be a really pretty location for cocktail hour. Note, there's a terrace that is along the water (south side of the building) you "might" be able to use only if there isn't another wedding reception going on in the Pacific Ballroom. Our reception was held in the Bayside Ballroom - amazing views of the water, Redondo pier and the PV Peninsula.

On wedding day, the hotel provided the Harbor Room for my bridesmaids and I to use (pretty much all day until about 7p). It was wonderful! We ordered breakfast and they had it setup for us with a large round table and had high tables set up with high chairs for hair and makeup. And they provided garment racks for us to hang the wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses. All super helpful! The room also has a lot of natural light which helps the hair and makeup team and has a restroom (no shower) so a very functional space. Also useful for the bridal party who didn’t stay at the hotel, they were able to keep their personal things in there. Room has a room key, so it’s like having a private extra room for the day. It was a great addition to our package esp. since it had so much room for all the ladies and family come in and out...and definitely a bonus because we didn't have to pay extra for it.

We did most of the bridal party pictures in hidden garden areas along the hotel. Family wedding photos were taken in the "Living Room" through the lobby. It's very elegant and takes great photos. The only thing was it was quite popular and we had to wait to use it. There was another couple getting married that day (they married off-site and had their reception in the Pacific Ballroom) and they were using the Living Room after they were back from their ceremony. (Our wedding coordinator was great in stepping in to let them know we were waiting to use it and they were very courteous.) We knew there would be another couple getting married that day, but we were assured the "Brides" would not see each other. At the end of the day, it was not an issue. Funny thing, there was actually a 3rd bride who was at the hotel waiting for the Living Room for photos (she did not get married there or had their reception there...they were at a venue nearby). From what the hotel told us, the hotel is popular for brides to stay, prep, and take photos. So don't be surprised if you run into more than 1 other bride there. It will still be your special day no matter how many other brides you run into.

Now to the wedding reception and the food...We were able to taste the selections before making them at a showcase the hotel offered. The hotel invites couples getting married there to come and taste the different dishes (including cake, yum!) and meet vendors. I met two other brides there and we kept in touch to exchange ideas and vendor contacts. The showcase was a great resource so definitely sign up and go! Just make sure the food they have you taste is within your package. We ended up going to two showcases because the first one they didn't serve us any of the options from the platinum package. Though what they did serve us, (from the silver and gold package) was just as good. After the second showcase, we ended up going with the strawberry/arugula salad, sorbet intermezzo, and option of the filet & lobster or sea bass. (Vegetarian is always a third option.) Everyone loved the food. I can't pinpoint the appetizers, because I forgot to try them, but we received a ton of compliments about them as well...including on the cake. We went with Hansen's bakery. The hotel gives you an option of two bakeries.

During dinner and with the speeches our guests in the very back couldn’t hear very well because of the music in the other ballroom. Prior, the hotel did make a point to tell us it would not be a problem with the sound, but turns out it was, but only during the speeches. So make sure your DJ or sound people do an extra check on that. Not a huge issue for us; by the time dancing came around, the sound was fine and everyone was dancing and having a great time.

Our wedding was incredible and The Portofino really did a great job in having it come out perfectly for us. I read several reviews about them prior to making our decision and actually spoke to someone who used to work there so we were very comfortable with making our decision. But I’m sure it all depends on who you have working with you. Shelley with the hotel was great and we were lucky to have wonderful vendors including our day of coordinator who was also on top of everything for us. The Portofino is definitely worth checking out if you’re in search of an amazing venue.
The Portofino is a beautiful place to get married. It's definitely a hidden gem in the heart of the South Bay. Our on-site Read more...
The Portofino is a beautiful place to get married. It's definitely a hidden gem in the heart of the South Bay. Our on-site coordinator was Shelley and she was great to work with; very responsive and professional through the entire process. We got married at their wedding garden along the peninsula. They provided a wedding arch and our florist decorated it beautifully. We had about 150 guests, so with all the chairs on the lawn, it was a bit of a squeeze but very intimate feel to it. (Keep in mind there will be small boats going by, and sea lions on the rocks.) Our cocktail hour was held in the same area. The hotel staff moved chairs out and put in cocktail tables. It was done pretty seamlessly from what I hear. It turned out to be a really pretty location for cocktail hour. Note, there's a terrace that is along the water (south side of the building) you "might" be able to use only if there isn't another wedding reception going on in the Pacific Ballroom. Our reception was held in the Bayside Ballroom - amazing views of the water, Redondo pier and the PV Peninsula.

On wedding day, the hotel provided the Harbor Room for my bridesmaids and I to use (pretty much all day until about 7p). It was wonderful! We ordered breakfast and they had it setup for us with a large round table and had high tables set up with high chairs for hair and makeup. And they provided garment racks for us to hang the wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses. All super helpful! The room also has a lot of natural light which helps the hair and makeup team and has a restroom (no shower) so a very functional space. Also useful for the bridal party who didn’t stay at the hotel, they were able to keep their personal things in there. Room has a room key, so it’s like having a private extra room for the day. It was a great addition to our package esp. since it had so much room for all the ladies and family come in and out...and definitely a bonus because we didn't have to pay extra for it.

We did most of the bridal party pictures in hidden garden areas along the hotel. Family wedding photos were taken in the "Living Room" through the lobby. It's very elegant and takes great photos. The only thing was it was quite popular and we had to wait to use it. There was another couple getting married that day (they married off-site and had their reception in the Pacific Ballroom) and they were using the Living Room after they were back from their ceremony. (Our wedding coordinator was great in stepping in to let them know we were waiting to use it and they were very courteous.) We knew there would be another couple getting married that day, but we were assured the "Brides" would not see each other. At the end of the day, it was not an issue. Funny thing, there was actually a 3rd bride who was at the hotel waiting for the Living Room for photos (she did not get married there or had their reception there...they were at a venue nearby). From what the hotel told us, the hotel is popular for brides to stay, prep, and take photos. So don't be surprised if you run into more than 1 other bride there. It will still be your special day no matter how many other brides you run into.

Now to the wedding reception and the food...We were able to taste the selections before making them at a showcase the hotel offered. The hotel invites couples getting married there to come and taste the different dishes (including cake, yum!) and meet vendors. I met two other brides there and we kept in touch to exchange ideas and vendor contacts. The showcase was a great resource so definitely sign up and go! Just make sure the food they have you taste is within your package. We ended up going to two showcases because the first one they didn't serve us any of the options from the platinum package. Though what they did serve us, (from the silver and gold package) was just as good. After the second showcase, we ended up going with the strawberry/arugula salad, sorbet intermezzo, and option of the filet & lobster or sea bass. (Vegetarian is always a third option.) Everyone loved the food. I can't pinpoint the appetizers, because I forgot to try them, but we received a ton of compliments about them as well...including on the cake. We went with Hansen's bakery. The hotel gives you an option of two bakeries.

During dinner and with the speeches our guests in the very back couldn’t hear very well because of the music in the other ballroom. Prior, the hotel did make a point to tell us it would not be a problem with the sound, but turns out it was, but only during the speeches. So make sure your DJ or sound people do an extra check on that. Not a huge issue for us; by the time dancing came around, the sound was fine and everyone was dancing and having a great time.

Our wedding was incredible and The Portofino really did a great job in having it come out perfectly for us. I read several reviews about them prior to making our decision and actually spoke to someone who used to work there so we were very comfortable with making our decision. But I’m sure it all depends on who you have working with you. Shelley with the hotel was great and we were lucky to have wonderful vendors including our day of coordinator who was also on top of everything for us. The Portofino is definitely worth checking out if you’re in search of an amazing venue. Read less
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Christine
Wedding:
6/4/2011
5.0/5.0
My husband and I grew up in the South Bay. This was the perfect venue because our family could stay there. We got ready in another room, and it was so easy and perfect. The view overlooking the ocean is beautiful, and it's private enough that you feel away from everything.
My husband and I grew up in the South Bay. This was the perfect venue because our family could stay there. We got ready in Read more...
My husband and I grew up in the South Bay. This was the perfect venue because our family could stay there. We got ready in another room, and it was so easy and perfect. The view overlooking the ocean is beautiful, and it's private enough that you feel away from everything. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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JennyPERUSA
Wedding:
1/26/2008
5.0/5.0
We had our honeymoon here! It was just beautiful. Magnificent view and everything was just perfect. Wonderful place!!!
We had our honeymoon here! It was just beautiful. Magnificent view and everything was just perfect. Wonderful place!!!
We had our honeymoon here! It was just beautiful. Magnificent view and everything was just perfect. Wonderful place!!! Read less
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lmu2000
Wedding:
6/23/2007
5.0/5.0
The Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club makes a beautiful location for a wedding reception or any other special event. My husband and I had our reception at one of the hotel's ballrooms right on the water. Although the room was L-shaped (a bit awkward, since 1/2 of your guests won't be able to see the other 1/2 during the reception), two walls of the ballroom consisted entirely of windows, so you always have a picture-perfect view of the harbor.

The catering manager, Travis, was very helpful and responsive to our needs. He was a pleasure to work with.

All of our guests thought the meal served at our reception (prime rib or some kind of meat) was delicious and cooked perfectly. The portions were also considerably large. If you book your reception here, you will get a free wedding cake from one of the 2 vendors the Portofino works with directly.

My husband and I were so pleased with the Portofino, we would recommend it in a heartbeat!
The Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club makes a beautiful location for a wedding reception or any other special event. My husband Read more...
The Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club makes a beautiful location for a wedding reception or any other special event. My husband and I had our reception at one of the hotel's ballrooms right on the water. Although the room was L-shaped (a bit awkward, since 1/2 of your guests won't be able to see the other 1/2 during the reception), two walls of the ballroom consisted entirely of windows, so you always have a picture-perfect view of the harbor.

The catering manager, Travis, was very helpful and responsive to our needs. He was a pleasure to work with.

All of our guests thought the meal served at our reception (prime rib or some kind of meat) was delicious and cooked perfectly. The portions were also considerably large. If you book your reception here, you will get a free wedding cake from one of the 2 vendors the Portofino works with directly.

My husband and I were so pleased with the Portofino, we would recommend it in a heartbeat! Read less
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michelle
Wedding:
6/5/2010
4.9/5.0
We had our reception at the Portofino in the large ballroom. Rosanna Harrison was our wedding planner there. She was very friendly and helpful with her advice. Even when I was changing my mind at the last minute. When those week-of-nerves were flaring, she was right there with good advice to calm me down.

The view is stunning at this place. We had a plated sit-down dinner and the food was amazing. A selection of Chicken Cordon Blue or New York Strip with Scallops. A strawberry, red onion and raspberry vinaigrette salad to start and I think there was a sorbet intermezzo, but I missed that and even our cake because I was talking with guests.

They let us handle the bar in a very specific way. We did the cocktail hour with tray past and plated hourderves, open bar of beer and wine and cash for liquor. Then we closed the open bar during dinner as there was a champagne toast and then opened it up for another hour after dinner. It remained open for cash after that.

It was beautiful. The only small complaint was that as the night wore on there was no more servers or any staff. It was really hot in there during the dance set and no one was available to ask to open the big beautiful windows. That was really not a huge issue, but I would recommend to have them open the windows for you in advance ; )
We had our reception at the Portofino in the large ballroom. Rosanna Harrison was our wedding planner there. She was very Read more...
We had our reception at the Portofino in the large ballroom. Rosanna Harrison was our wedding planner there. She was very friendly and helpful with her advice. Even when I was changing my mind at the last minute. When those week-of-nerves were flaring, she was right there with good advice to calm me down.

The view is stunning at this place. We had a plated sit-down dinner and the food was amazing. A selection of Chicken Cordon Blue or New York Strip with Scallops. A strawberry, red onion and raspberry vinaigrette salad to start and I think there was a sorbet intermezzo, but I missed that and even our cake because I was talking with guests.

They let us handle the bar in a very specific way. We did the cocktail hour with tray past and plated hourderves, open bar of beer and wine and cash for liquor. Then we closed the open bar during dinner as there was a champagne toast and then opened it up for another hour after dinner. It remained open for cash after that.

It was beautiful. The only small complaint was that as the night wore on there was no more servers or any staff. It was really hot in there during the dance set and no one was available to ask to open the big beautiful windows. That was really not a huge issue, but I would recommend to have them open the windows for you in advance ; ) Read less
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Holly
Wedding:
4/5/2014
4.8/5.0
I recently held my wedding at the Portofino hotel and my experience could not have been better. The location is stunning, the food was amazing, and the service was great. They really know what they are doing when it comes to weddings. Our banquets rep was Lisa Fleming, and she really went above and beyond to make sure we had an amazing experience. From the start, she presented us with many different wedding packages ranging from very basic to all-inclusive to make sure we had the wedding we wanted with the budget we had. We settled on an all-inclusive package that included food, a one-hour unlimited bar, gorgeous table settings with chiavari chairs, champagne, a cheese spread for cocktail hour, and more. From there we added on some hors d'oevures, a hosted bar, and got outside vendors for flowers, music and officiant, and just like that, we had a wedding! During the past year, Lisa answered every question I had about the wedding process ASAP, helped us with our day-of timeline, hosted our food tasting, and even coordinated our rehearsal and ceremony! They even ordered custom linens and provided patio heaters and paper lanterns for an additional fee. The process was so easy because the Portofino and Lisa are truly wedding experts and want to make sure we had the best day imaginable. Many of our guests said that our wedding was the best they had ever been to. Not to mention that waking up with an ocean view room the next day was a great way to kick off our new marriage. I would recommend this venue to anyone who wants a stress-free and unforgettable experience. Thank you to everyone at the Portofino, and especially Lisa for everything!
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I recently held my wedding at the Portofino hotel and my experience could not have been better. The location is stunning, the food was amazing, and the service was great. They really know what they are doing when it comes to weddings. Our banquets rep was Lisa Fleming, and she really went above and beyond to make sure we had an amazing experience. From the start, she presented us with many different wedding packages ranging from very basic to all-inclusive to make sure we had the wedding we wanted with the budget we had. We settled on an all-inclusive package that included food, a one-hour unlimited bar, gorgeous table settings with chiavari chairs, champagne, a cheese spread for cocktail hour, and more. From there we added on some hors d'oevures, a hosted bar, and got outside vendors for flowers, music and officiant, and just like that, we had a wedding! During the past year, Lisa answered every question I had about the wedding process ASAP, helped us with our day-of timeline, hosted our food tasting, and even coordinated our rehearsal and ceremony! They even ordered custom linens and provided patio heaters and paper lanterns for an additional fee. The process was so easy because the Portofino and Lisa are truly wedding experts and want to make sure we had the best day imaginable. Many of our guests said that our wedding was the best they had ever been to. Not to mention that waking up with an ocean view room the next day was a great way to kick off our new marriage. I would recommend this venue to anyone who wants a stress-free and unforgettable experience. Thank you to everyone at the Portofino, and especially Lisa for everything! Read less
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Sara
Wedding:
8/25/2013
4.8/5.0
This was an amazing venue. It was beautiful and had a great view of the water. The planner and the staff were very professional and helpful.

The room that we used to get ready (Redondo Room) was perfect and the Bayside Ballroom was perfect for the reception.

The actual wedding area (next to the Ballroom) seemed small at first, but it nicely fit 100 chairs (and cam apparently fit more) and looked AMAZING.
This was an amazing venue. It was beautiful and had a great view of the water. The planner and the staff were very Read more...
This was an amazing venue. It was beautiful and had a great view of the water. The planner and the staff were very professional and helpful.

The room that we used to get ready (Redondo Room) was perfect and the Bayside Ballroom was perfect for the reception.

The actual wedding area (next to the Ballroom) seemed small at first, but it nicely fit 100 chairs (and cam apparently fit more) and looked AMAZING. Read less
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David
Wedding:
5/26/2013
4.8/5.0
We chose the Portofino because of its good value and beautiful scenery. They recently renovated and we liked the charm of its hotel area, the nice grassy area near the bay where the ceremony was held, and the traditional and large ballroom. It was a beautiful area and all our guests remarked how gorgeous it was.
The only thing was that there was a lot of staff turnover (we had 4 wedding coordinators) and the one that was assigned to us just joined 2 weeks before the wedding. We wish there was a little better communication also between them and the DJ - the bridal entrance was a little delayed due to some confusion.
But overall, the logistics went pretty smoothly and everyone was responsive and helpful.
We chose the Portofino because of its good value and beautiful scenery. They recently renovated and we liked the charm of Read more...
We chose the Portofino because of its good value and beautiful scenery. They recently renovated and we liked the charm of its hotel area, the nice grassy area near the bay where the ceremony was held, and the traditional and large ballroom. It was a beautiful area and all our guests remarked how gorgeous it was.
The only thing was that there was a lot of staff turnover (we had 4 wedding coordinators) and the one that was assigned to us just joined 2 weeks before the wedding. We wish there was a little better communication also between them and the DJ - the bridal entrance was a little delayed due to some confusion.
But overall, the logistics went pretty smoothly and everyone was responsive and helpful. Read less
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S
Wedding:
9/13/2008
4.8/5.0
Initially, we were going to use the Portofino for strictly Reception purposes, but then decided to use them for both the ceremony and reception. We're glad we chose them!

Located in Redondo beach right across the water, the big huge windows for the ballrooms offers a lot of natural lighting as well as serene view of the water. You have the option of having your ceremony at the pool, but we chose a ballroom instead.

Our catering manager Abigail was the best! She was accessible, flexible, friendly, and professional! She answered emails and phone calls in a timely manner and didn't mind having to answer the 1,000s of questions I had! You can't complain about that kind of service at all. Plus, the hotel staff were very courteous and polite! Not to mention, the wait staff during the reception was quick and friendly too!

I would select the Portofino to host another event!
Initially, we were going to use the Portofino for strictly Reception purposes, but then decided to use them for both the Read more...
Initially, we were going to use the Portofino for strictly Reception purposes, but then decided to use them for both the ceremony and reception. We're glad we chose them!

Located in Redondo beach right across the water, the big huge windows for the ballrooms offers a lot of natural lighting as well as serene view of the water. You have the option of having your ceremony at the pool, but we chose a ballroom instead.

Our catering manager Abigail was the best! She was accessible, flexible, friendly, and professional! She answered emails and phone calls in a timely manner and didn't mind having to answer the 1,000s of questions I had! You can't complain about that kind of service at all. Plus, the hotel staff were very courteous and polite! Not to mention, the wait staff during the reception was quick and friendly too!

I would select the Portofino to host another event! Read less
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Lisa
Wedding:
7/7/2013
4.7/5.0
We looked at a few difference places to have our wedding at. We selected the Portofino since we both grew up in the south bay. We had our wedding on a Sunday which was much cheaper than a Friday or Saturday. The food tasting was great and they let us pick 3 proteins if we made all the plates have the same starch. Nice trade off if you ask me. The ballroom was set up and ready for us at 9am and my wedding didn’t start until 5pm. They offer changing rooms for the bride and a free night stay for the bride and groom the night of the wedding. The staff is amazing! Shelley was organized, on time, and very responsive. Josh was great at making sure the last details of the event were correct. We did a walk through of the ballroom with Jeorge. He was great at where things should be placed in the room and what would work best for our flow. Overall it was a great place, very helpful along the way. We would have another event there in a second.
We looked at a few difference places to have our wedding at. We selected the Portofino since we both grew up in the south Read more...
We looked at a few difference places to have our wedding at. We selected the Portofino since we both grew up in the south bay. We had our wedding on a Sunday which was much cheaper than a Friday or Saturday. The food tasting was great and they let us pick 3 proteins if we made all the plates have the same starch. Nice trade off if you ask me. The ballroom was set up and ready for us at 9am and my wedding didn’t start until 5pm. They offer changing rooms for the bride and a free night stay for the bride and groom the night of the wedding. The staff is amazing! Shelley was organized, on time, and very responsive. Josh was great at making sure the last details of the event were correct. We did a walk through of the ballroom with Jeorge. He was great at where things should be placed in the room and what would work best for our flow. Overall it was a great place, very helpful along the way. We would have another event there in a second. Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
11/2/2013
4.6/5.0
We loved staying at the Portofino for our honeymoon night! Absolute beautiful boutique hotel, great service and staff. A little expensive but worth it for an ocean view room!
We loved staying at the Portofino for our honeymoon night! Absolute beautiful boutique hotel, great service and staff. A Read more...
We loved staying at the Portofino for our honeymoon night! Absolute beautiful boutique hotel, great service and staff. A little expensive but worth it for an ocean view room! Read less
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Mariko
Wedding:
1/19/2013
4.6/5.0
The service, quality of our banquet hall, the view, and the food at the Portofino were incredible. My fiance and I fell in love with this place once we heard the sea lions serenading us. We were determined to hold our wedding reception. Because of our off-season wedding, I believe we got away with a lot of flexibility, that may not usually be available to many couples. i.e. getting the room ready the day before, pricing, etc. The only area where I would like to see an improvement is the responsiveness of the catering and event manager. While I recognize that they cater to many events, I think they could improve on response time to e-mails or phone calls.

Regardless, Portofino, thank you for hosting a beautiful location for my reception!
The service, quality of our banquet hall, the view, and the food at the Portofino were incredible. My fiance and I fell in Read more...
The service, quality of our banquet hall, the view, and the food at the Portofino were incredible. My fiance and I fell in love with this place once we heard the sea lions serenading us. We were determined to hold our wedding reception. Because of our off-season wedding, I believe we got away with a lot of flexibility, that may not usually be available to many couples. i.e. getting the room ready the day before, pricing, etc. The only area where I would like to see an improvement is the responsiveness of the catering and event manager. While I recognize that they cater to many events, I think they could improve on response time to e-mails or phone calls.

Regardless, Portofino, thank you for hosting a beautiful location for my reception! Read less
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Awagner
Wedding:
9/6/2008
4.6/5.0
We had a few problems with the person who we dealt with at first, but once they resolved this and had someone else take care of our contract we couldnt be happier. The setting is so elegant and pretty and everyone really enjoyed themselves all night long.
We had a few problems with the person who we dealt with at first, but once they resolved this and had someone else take Read more...
We had a few problems with the person who we dealt with at first, but once they resolved this and had someone else take care of our contract we couldnt be happier. The setting is so elegant and pretty and everyone really enjoyed themselves all night long. Read less
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Alexis
Wedding:
9/21/2013
4.5/5.0
I searched high and low for the perfect wedding venue, and my husband-to-be was about ready to kill me from all the appointments we had come to in search of are future venue. Nothing was right, either the ballroom too small for our guest count, the location's logistics weren't realistic, or the price just wasn't in our budget. I was on a mission to find the perfect venue to fit our vision.
When we stepped into the Portofino we KNEW it was the one! The pricing was just BEARLY over our budget, so we setted and figured we would save the extra few hundred dollars because we were so in love with the Portofino. The hotel itself is just beautiful, and makes for incredible pictures and great scenery for your guests if they are staying there. The rooms are so adorable as well, very clean and nautical feel. Fit perfetly with our beach/tropical themed wedding.
At this point we were finished and waiting until we got closer to the date, and when we did The Portofino really nailed it with detail on the wedding day. I was anxious because I had no idea what the wedding day was supposed to be like or what happens in what order or what goes where and who puts what where and all of the above yaddah yaddah yaddah.....(yes I am a virgo and want everything perfect) and they really eased my mind when we went through the wedding day together. They touched every question I had and handled everything!! They really made me feel comfortable and confident that the day would run smooth. I would recommend The Portofino venue for any wedding for a beautiful view, wonderful service, and great value for what you get. They were always accomodating if I wasn't 100% satisfied and they really followed through with everything. The space is fantastic for any size wedding and the food is wonderful. The staff is helpful, nice and always willing to go out of their way to make sure you are happy. Thank you guys for makiing my dream wedding come true!!! =)
I searched high and low for the perfect wedding venue, and my husband-to-be was about ready to kill me from all the Read more...
I searched high and low for the perfect wedding venue, and my husband-to-be was about ready to kill me from all the appointments we had come to in search of are future venue. Nothing was right, either the ballroom too small for our guest count, the location's logistics weren't realistic, or the price just wasn't in our budget. I was on a mission to find the perfect venue to fit our vision.
When we stepped into the Portofino we KNEW it was the one! The pricing was just BEARLY over our budget, so we setted and figured we would save the extra few hundred dollars because we were so in love with the Portofino. The hotel itself is just beautiful, and makes for incredible pictures and great scenery for your guests if they are staying there. The rooms are so adorable as well, very clean and nautical feel. Fit perfetly with our beach/tropical themed wedding.
At this point we were finished and waiting until we got closer to the date, and when we did The Portofino really nailed it with detail on the wedding day. I was anxious because I had no idea what the wedding day was supposed to be like or what happens in what order or what goes where and who puts what where and all of the above yaddah yaddah yaddah.....(yes I am a virgo and want everything perfect) and they really eased my mind when we went through the wedding day together. They touched every question I had and handled everything!! They really made me feel comfortable and confident that the day would run smooth. I would recommend The Portofino venue for any wedding for a beautiful view, wonderful service, and great value for what you get. They were always accomodating if I wasn't 100% satisfied and they really followed through with everything. The space is fantastic for any size wedding and the food is wonderful. The staff is helpful, nice and always willing to go out of their way to make sure you are happy. Thank you guys for makiing my dream wedding come true!!! =) Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.3/5.0
Portofino Hotel is a quaint yet elegant hotel/ballroom that offers seaside views and floor to ceiling windows. Package includes wedding cake from 2 choices of bakeries which makes it helpful during the hectic planning phase. They told us that the ballroom could accommodate over 200 guests, however with the 150 that we had, the room was tight. The hor dourves were a hit with the guests. We only got to try two different kinds but they were wiped out. Dinner was fabulous and the views with the sunset made an awesome backdrop. The bar was run excellently and the drinks were made to order; they were neither too strong nor watered down, they were just right. Hotel is walking distance, so many guests were able to indulge themselves.
Portofino Hotel is a quaint yet elegant hotel/ballroom that offers seaside views and floor to ceiling windows. Package Read more...
Portofino Hotel is a quaint yet elegant hotel/ballroom that offers seaside views and floor to ceiling windows. Package includes wedding cake from 2 choices of bakeries which makes it helpful during the hectic planning phase. They told us that the ballroom could accommodate over 200 guests, however with the 150 that we had, the room was tight. The hor dourves were a hit with the guests. We only got to try two different kinds but they were wiped out. Dinner was fabulous and the views with the sunset made an awesome backdrop. The bar was run excellently and the drinks were made to order; they were neither too strong nor watered down, they were just right. Hotel is walking distance, so many guests were able to indulge themselves. Read less
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AquaC
Wedding:
6/30/2012
4.1/5.0
We are happy with our wedding and Shelly is super professional, helpful, calming and knowledgeable, bless her! Try to speak with her as much as possible instead of her assistants like Meggie, from whom I heard a lot of "no". I usually let it go but on a couple things I did push her and got a positive response. So they are flexible, its just easier for someone with less authority to say no, so be aware of that at any venue you choose. (Also be aware, they're not too interested in hearing from you until its your month of... again, any venue.) Meggie, did however bend over backward to get me the napkin fold I requested, when, at the 11th hour, her staff discovered the napkins weren't starched enough. Could have been avoided by testing months earlier but she made it happen so I'm happy.
In some ways, our venue really tried to help us out. We really appreciated that! They really wanted us to be happy and Shelly pursued our interests and heard us out, certainly.
A few minor details in our final order had to be edited several times - errors Meggie didn't catch. They're busy, but these are big bucks. My groom had just opened a new account too and because she didn't give him the total amount due, he had to wire final payment after taking time out to drive over in person (from Westwood) with a payment for what she initially told him. And on the day-of, part of the pre-ordered bridal party breakfast didn't arrive and the iron and ironing board were not clean as requested in advance. A smudge got on my gown. Meggie IMMEDIATELY had a replacement sent to the room. And she'd kindly provided me her personal cell number. So, not a big deal but it would be nice not to have to be on guard alllllllll the time when planning a wedding right up until getting dressed, geez. Trust is so key in relationships.
I WOULD CHOOSE Portofino again without question!!! You can see its mostly good and just few small sticky points but..
I feel I must mention I was particularly disappointed with one detail - It was very, very important to me and they didn't fulfill it as promised. I'd been told they would not allow cars to park in the section adjacent to the wedding garden. But it was full of cars and those cars are now in my expensive wedding photos. I'm also laying some responsibility on my coordinator - she had been aware of that request as well I believe. But it was something I'd repeatedly asked for from day 1 and since they didn't have any other events that day, it wasn't necessary to use those spaces. I really didn't want to see cars in a lot from my wedding alter. Drats!
On the other hand, in almost all the other ways, and certainly all the other ways that mattered, they did come through for us strongly. We really appreciated all the work and they 'yes' they put into making us happy!
We are happy with our wedding and Shelly is super professional, helpful, calming and knowledgeable, bless her! Try to Read more...
We are happy with our wedding and Shelly is super professional, helpful, calming and knowledgeable, bless her! Try to speak with her as much as possible instead of her assistants like Meggie, from whom I heard a lot of "no". I usually let it go but on a couple things I did push her and got a positive response. So they are flexible, its just easier for someone with less authority to say no, so be aware of that at any venue you choose. (Also be aware, they're not too interested in hearing from you until its your month of... again, any venue.) Meggie, did however bend over backward to get me the napkin fold I requested, when, at the 11th hour, her staff discovered the napkins weren't starched enough. Could have been avoided by testing months earlier but she made it happen so I'm happy.
In some ways, our venue really tried to help us out. We really appreciated that! They really wanted us to be happy and Shelly pursued our interests and heard us out, certainly.
A few minor details in our final order had to be edited several times - errors Meggie didn't catch. They're busy, but these are big bucks. My groom had just opened a new account too and because she didn't give him the total amount due, he had to wire final payment after taking time out to drive over in person (from Westwood) with a payment for what she initially told him. And on the day-of, part of the pre-ordered bridal party breakfast didn't arrive and the iron and ironing board were not clean as requested in advance. A smudge got on my gown. Meggie IMMEDIATELY had a replacement sent to the room. And she'd kindly provided me her personal cell number. So, not a big deal but it would be nice not to have to be on guard alllllllll the time when planning a wedding right up until getting dressed, geez. Trust is so key in relationships.
I WOULD CHOOSE Portofino again without question!!! You can see its mostly good and just few small sticky points but..
I feel I must mention I was particularly disappointed with one detail - It was very, very important to me and they didn't fulfill it as promised. I'd been told they would not allow cars to park in the section adjacent to the wedding garden. But it was full of cars and those cars are now in my expensive wedding photos. I'm also laying some responsibility on my coordinator - she had been aware of that request as well I believe. But it was something I'd repeatedly asked for from day 1 and since they didn't have any other events that day, it wasn't necessary to use those spaces. I really didn't want to see cars in a lot from my wedding alter. Drats!
On the other hand, in almost all the other ways, and certainly all the other ways that mattered, they did come through for us strongly. We really appreciated all the work and they 'yes' they put into making us happy! Read less
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Lisa
Wedding:
5/1/2011
4.1/5.0
We had our wedding here, and I wrote a review on there other weddingwire account for that. The food was so delicious; we could not have been happier with the taste. They even let us sub in a Waldorf salad and make little changes. Get mor eappetizers than you think you need, because we didn't have enough. They were kind of stingy with serving the wine; we had a lot left over and people may not have gotten enough. The waitstaff is wonderful. The alleged wedding "coordinator" was nowhere to be found, and the set-up was messed up--see my other review for more on her. Food is one of the determining factors for a good wedding, and we were very pleased with the food and food service provided by the Portofino!
We had our wedding here, and I wrote a review on there other weddingwire account for that. The food was so delicious; we Read more...
We had our wedding here, and I wrote a review on there other weddingwire account for that. The food was so delicious; we could not have been happier with the taste. They even let us sub in a Waldorf salad and make little changes. Get mor eappetizers than you think you need, because we didn't have enough. They were kind of stingy with serving the wine; we had a lot left over and people may not have gotten enough. The waitstaff is wonderful. The alleged wedding "coordinator" was nowhere to be found, and the set-up was messed up--see my other review for more on her. Food is one of the determining factors for a good wedding, and we were very pleased with the food and food service provided by the Portofino! Read less
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Koripie
Wedding:
11/6/2009
4.1/5.0
The wedding was beautiful, the food was delicious (how many people said it "wasn't wedding food") and they were very helpful. Unfortunately, we had some issues with the catering staff eating some extra favors (that were delicious, homemade cookies that we would have enjoyed for breakfast the next day) and they ate the leftover cake (we had 2 traditional French wedding cakes and one traditional American cake. We did get the top layer of the American cake, but any leftover of the French cake was gone). We purchased these cakes from separate venues, and they should have returned it to us or asked what we wanted to do with them.
The wedding was beautiful, the food was delicious (how many people said it "wasn't wedding food") and they were very Read more...
The wedding was beautiful, the food was delicious (how many people said it "wasn't wedding food") and they were very helpful. Unfortunately, we had some issues with the catering staff eating some extra favors (that were delicious, homemade cookies that we would have enjoyed for breakfast the next day) and they ate the leftover cake (we had 2 traditional French wedding cakes and one traditional American cake. We did get the top layer of the American cake, but any leftover of the French cake was gone). We purchased these cakes from separate venues, and they should have returned it to us or asked what we wanted to do with them. Read less
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happypopoki
Wedding:
4/8/2006
4.1/5.0
Our wedding was in 2006, and since then they have remodeled the place they have increased their hotel costs by about $100 more. Knowing this, it can be assumed that their ceremony/reception/catering costs now may be higher as well.
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Our wedding was in 2006, and since then they have remodeled the place they have increased their hotel costs by about $100 more. Knowing this, it can be assumed that their ceremony/reception/catering costs now may be higher as well. Read less
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rbyuss
Wedding:
5/25/2008
4.0/5.0
The hotel and its banquet venue are both beautiful, and the food was amazing. We did have some problems with the wedding coordinator, who had trouble remembering our information and requests despite multiple meetings, and I was surprised to discover, upon checking in my now-mother-in-law before the wedding, that guests are NOT guaranteed the type of bedding (i.e. queen, king, etc) they reserved -- depends on what's available when you check in. After making something of a fuss about it they upgraded my mother-in-law to a suite because the room they had available was not acceptable.

The good: The sushi bar offered is excellent; the hotel provides you with a large bride's room for preparation; an ocean-view room is included for the couple (but not a suite); the hotel is luxurious and beautiful.
The hotel and its banquet venue are both beautiful, and the food was amazing. We did have some problems with the wedding Read more...
The hotel and its banquet venue are both beautiful, and the food was amazing. We did have some problems with the wedding coordinator, who had trouble remembering our information and requests despite multiple meetings, and I was surprised to discover, upon checking in my now-mother-in-law before the wedding, that guests are NOT guaranteed the type of bedding (i.e. queen, king, etc) they reserved -- depends on what's available when you check in. After making something of a fuss about it they upgraded my mother-in-law to a suite because the room they had available was not acceptable.

The good: The sushi bar offered is excellent; the hotel provides you with a large bride's room for preparation; an ocean-view room is included for the couple (but not a suite); the hotel is luxurious and beautiful. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
3.2/5.0
The Portofino Hotel & Marina is a very Beautiful venue for a wedding. I fell in love with it being so close to the water. It has always been my dream to have a waterfront venue. However, there were a few things that bothered me about The Portofino. They convinced us to book them for a really great price, they made us feel like we were getting all kinds of discounts from their original prices. But by the time we finished paying for our wedding, we ended up spending twice the amount we thought we were going to spend in the beginning. They charge you a Service Tax charge for every detail plus regular tax. They are very very unreachable throughout your entire wedding planning process. Every email I sent was never responded and every call I made I had to leave a voicemail and I never received a call back. This was very irritating and unprofessional. I'm a client so I should be tended to for any questions or concernes I may have, and I wasn't. They also scheduled another rehearsal at the same day and time as my rehearsal and forced me and my wedding party to wait. Then we got tge same treatment on the wedding day, they had a wedding the same day as mine and we weren't aware of that. So when we showed up early to decorate, we were forced to wait. Which made my ceremony not get decorated as much as I planned. Overall, the venue is beautiful but the service is horrible and absolutely would not recommend anyone to get married here.
The Portofino Hotel & Marina is a very Beautiful venue for a wedding. I fell in love with it being so close to the water. Read more...
The Portofino Hotel & Marina is a very Beautiful venue for a wedding. I fell in love with it being so close to the water. It has always been my dream to have a waterfront venue. However, there were a few things that bothered me about The Portofino. They convinced us to book them for a really great price, they made us feel like we were getting all kinds of discounts from their original prices. But by the time we finished paying for our wedding, we ended up spending twice the amount we thought we were going to spend in the beginning. They charge you a Service Tax charge for every detail plus regular tax. They are very very unreachable throughout your entire wedding planning process. Every email I sent was never responded and every call I made I had to leave a voicemail and I never received a call back. This was very irritating and unprofessional. I'm a client so I should be tended to for any questions or concernes I may have, and I wasn't. They also scheduled another rehearsal at the same day and time as my rehearsal and forced me and my wedding party to wait. Then we got tge same treatment on the wedding day, they had a wedding the same day as mine and we weren't aware of that. So when we showed up early to decorate, we were forced to wait. Which made my ceremony not get decorated as much as I planned. Overall, the venue is beautiful but the service is horrible and absolutely would not recommend anyone to get married here. Read less
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Alyssa
Wedding:
4/12/2014
3.0/5.0
Everything leading up to my wedding day went smoothly with this venue overall. I communicated with the catering coordinator mostly over email and a few times over the phone and in person and she was responsive. So the planning process was pretty straightforward and easy with this venue.

The venue itself provided a beautiful backdrop for my ceremony and the reception with the ocean in the background. I think the pricing is reasonable for such a picturesque, oceanside location.

Most of my lower star rating is due to the day of the wedding. A lot of mishaps.

I was told at the rehearsal that I could come by as early as I liked to setup my decorations on my wedding day. I told them I would probably come by around 11am to start setting up and they said that would be no problem. So I arrive at 11am and carry some stuff over to the banquet room only to see that they are setting up for some meeting and looked really confused as to why I was there. I said I was getting married and needed to setup and the guys there up told me was a meeting being held here till 4pm. I was told that they don't do multiple events in the same room on the same day if there is a wedding booked there. I am mostly upset that my photographer could not go in there and take any pictures of all the decor I spent a lot of time on prior to the wedding. She could only get pics of everything after it had been picked apart a bit during the reception. My escort card table was empty by then so no pics of that. She was taking pics of me getting ready at 4pm and the wedding started at 5, so it left no time for a lot of the pics I wanted. So my advice is to double check and see if there is an event going on in your banquet room beforehand so you can plan around that. Even though I did ask if there was another event there and was told there wouldn't be.

I also did not see the coordinator at all on my wedding day. Good thing I hired a day of coordinator as I would have been lost without one.
Everything leading up to my wedding day went smoothly with this venue overall. I communicated with the catering Read more...
Everything leading up to my wedding day went smoothly with this venue overall. I communicated with the catering coordinator mostly over email and a few times over the phone and in person and she was responsive. So the planning process was pretty straightforward and easy with this venue.

The venue itself provided a beautiful backdrop for my ceremony and the reception with the ocean in the background. I think the pricing is reasonable for such a picturesque, oceanside location.

Most of my lower star rating is due to the day of the wedding. A lot of mishaps.

I was told at the rehearsal that I could come by as early as I liked to setup my decorations on my wedding day. I told them I would probably come by around 11am to start setting up and they said that would be no problem. So I arrive at 11am and carry some stuff over to the banquet room only to see that they are setting up for some meeting and looked really confused as to why I was there. I said I was getting married and needed to setup and the guys there up told me was a meeting being held here till 4pm. I was told that they don't do multiple events in the same room on the same day if there is a wedding booked there. I am mostly upset that my photographer could not go in there and take any pictures of all the decor I spent a lot of time on prior to the wedding. She could only get pics of everything after it had been picked apart a bit during the reception. My escort card table was empty by then so no pics of that. She was taking pics of me getting ready at 4pm and the wedding started at 5, so it left no time for a lot of the pics I wanted. So my advice is to double check and see if there is an event going on in your banquet room beforehand so you can plan around that. Even though I did ask if there was another event there and was told there wouldn't be.

I also did not see the coordinator at all on my wedding day. Good thing I hired a day of coordinator as I would have been lost without one. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Venue
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SYatesie
Wedding:
11/8/2008
2.4/5.0
We had our wedding and reception at the Portofino in Novemeber 2008. This location is beautiful, especially at sunset. Things to be aware of if you are having an expensive, detailed wedding-

1. They do not always provide floor length linens. I went over this with them maybe 100 times and at my wedding some of the tables did not have it (I noticed this after in pictures). This was a big deal to me because the table legs just screams unfinished.
2. They do not have the capabilities for extensive lighting in both rooms. We told them time and time again that we planned on lighting both rooms and we were told it wouldn't be an issue. Well, come wedding day the fuse blew and only half the room could be lit and the DJ speakers kept going out! After they told us that were aware of the problem....What!?!

3. I was a very organized bride and knew how I wanted every detail. Many of my details were not followed correctly (I even drew them diagrams). I spent too much time and money on these details to have the overlooked by our venue.

4. They didn't show up for our rehearsal, set up any chairs, microphoes...nothing. We were alone in the room. The maintenance man had to get us some water!!!!

5. Thank goodness that we had our own planner...I never saw them once at the actual wedding.

6. They brought a couple into our wedding to sell the venue!!!! There were strangers watching our wedding.

If you are looking for a location you can trust to follow their word- you may want to keep looking.
We had our wedding and reception at the Portofino in Novemeber 2008. This location is beautiful, especially at sunset. Read more...
We had our wedding and reception at the Portofino in Novemeber 2008. This location is beautiful, especially at sunset. Things to be aware of if you are having an expensive, detailed wedding-

1. They do not always provide floor length linens. I went over this with them maybe 100 times and at my wedding some of the tables did not have it (I noticed this after in pictures). This was a big deal to me because the table legs just screams unfinished.
2. They do not have the capabilities for extensive lighting in both rooms. We told them time and time again that we planned on lighting both rooms and we were told it wouldn't be an issue. Well, come wedding day the fuse blew and only half the room could be lit and the DJ speakers kept going out! After they told us that were aware of the problem....What!?!

3. I was a very organized bride and knew how I wanted every detail. Many of my details were not followed correctly (I even drew them diagrams). I spent too much time and money on these details to have the overlooked by our venue.

4. They didn't show up for our rehearsal, set up any chairs, microphoes...nothing. We were alone in the room. The maintenance man had to get us some water!!!!

5. Thank goodness that we had our own planner...I never saw them once at the actual wedding.

6. They brought a couple into our wedding to sell the venue!!!! There were strangers watching our wedding.

If you are looking for a location you can trust to follow their word- you may want to keep looking. Read less
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Keith & Kathy
Wedding:
7/7/2012
2.2/5.0
The venue was beautiful. The waitstaff and the food were amazing! It is unfortunate that they have a problem retaining banquet coordinator staff. During the 18 months we planned our wedding they had 4 different banquet coordinators, we never knew who to ask for or if they would be there from one month to the next. It worked out ok for us because we had an amazing wedding planner, if not for her we would have been in trouble. We recommend the venue and the food but the staff, not so much.
The venue was beautiful. The waitstaff and the food were amazing! It is unfortunate that they have a problem retaining Read more...
The venue was beautiful. The waitstaff and the food were amazing! It is unfortunate that they have a problem retaining banquet coordinator staff. During the 18 months we planned our wedding they had 4 different banquet coordinators, we never knew who to ask for or if they would be there from one month to the next. It worked out ok for us because we had an amazing wedding planner, if not for her we would have been in trouble. We recommend the venue and the food but the staff, not so much. Read less
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