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Loews Portofino Bay Hotel: Dining & Lounges

Skip to: Overview | Trattoria del Porto | Bice | Mama Della’s Ristorante | Sal’s Market Deli | The Gelateria | The Thirsty Fish | Bar American | Splendido Bar and Grill

The Thirsty Fish at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
The Thirsty Fish at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Where can I eat at Portofino Bay Hotel?

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is a foodie heaven and one of our favorite hotels when it comes to dining options. From fine Northern Italian dishes at Bice, to the warm, southern, family-style of Mama Della’s, there are just so many choices. While most locations have many Italian plates and flavors, you’ll also find plenty of popular options, as well as menus especially for kids. It wouldn’t be a Universal vacation without a Starbucks, and you’ll find one right on the Piazza Harbor, along with not-to-be-missed homemade gelato over at the aptly-named Gelateria. If you feel like having a night in, guests at Portofino Bay can order food directly to their rooms with 24-hour room service.

Trattoria del Porto

Trattoria del Porto at Portofino Bay Hotel
The main dining area at Trattoria del Porto, Portofino Bay Hotel

Taking inspiration from the festivals that are celebrated throughout the year in Italy’s countryside, Trattoria del Porto serves breakfast and dinner each day, featuring popular pasta dishes, antipasti, and scrumptious desserts. This restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a play area just for kids. At breakfast you’ll find the typical eggs and pancakes, along with a buffet breakfast featuring fruit, yogurt, pancakes or waffles, eggs, and toast. Dinner brings bruschetta, caprese flatbread, soup, salads, fish, meat, and vegetarian options, along with – of course – pasta.

Bice Ristorante

The beautiful view of the harbor from the Bice patio at Portofino Bay Hotel
The beautiful view of the harbor from the Bice patio at Portofino Bay Hotel

Bice has imported its family traditions from a Milanese neighborhood trattoria directly to Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. One of twelve locations around the world, Bice at Universal provides a romantic white-tablecloth experience in the heart of the themepark resort. Dine inside or out on the patio on Northern Italian cuisine, including fresh pasta and seafood dishes. The dress code is resort- or business-casual, and reservations are recommended.

Mama Della’s Ristorante

Mama Della’s Ristorante at Portofino Bay Hotel
Mama Della’s cozy Ristorante at Portofino Bay Hotel

When you dine at Mama Della’s Ristorante, it’s like being invited into her warm, welcoming home. Every room transports you to the Italian countryside, where you can enjoy rustic, Old World specialties like Insalata Caprese, Pollo Marsala, lasagna, and Frutti di Mare, accompanied by the finest wines and strolling musicians. While you feast on authentic dishes from the Tuscany, Naples, and Piemonte regions, Mama herself might be there to urge you to “Mange! Mange!”

Sal’s Market Deli

Sal’s Market Deli at Portofino Bay Hotel
Explore the authentic offerings at Sal’s Market Deli, Portofino Bay Hotel

With plenty of grab-and-go snacks and a hot-food counter for quick-service, Sal’s offers a sensational assortment of Italian meats, cheeses, antipasto, fresh fruit, fresh-baked pizzas, and salads in a pleasingly rustic establishment. Sit inside or out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or just grab a snack for the road.

The Gelateria

Across the courtyard from Sal’s Market Deli, the Gelateria is the place to go for authentic homemade gelato, decadent pastries, milkshakes, smoothies, specialty coffee, espresso, and more. Grab a treat and enjoy while window shopping along the harbor.

The Thirsty Fish

The Thirsty Fish Bar at Portofino Bay Hotel
The conveniently located Thirsty Fish is right on the Harbor Piazza at Portofino Bay Hotel

One of two bar/lounges at Portofino Bay, The Thirsty Fish is located on the Harbor Piazza and has live music most Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. Relax with beer, wine, or a cocktail and munch on some freshly baked pizza or a sandwich. This is the perfect place to enjoy Portofino Bay’s regular Harbor Nights events.

Bar American

Bar American at Portofino Bay Hotel
Relax with a grappa at the wood-paneled Bar American at Portofino Bay Hotel

This inviting lobby lounge is a great place for guests to unwind with a drink, as the menu features champagne, classic-style martinis, European cocktails, Italian grappas, ports, and tasty hors d’oeuvres. You can’t go wrong with a white peach or strawberry rhubarb bellini.

Splendido Bar and Grill

Located in the pool area at Portofino Bay, Splendido Bar and Grill will bring your food and drinks right to your poolside lounger. With an extensive menu of burgers, sandwiches, pizza, pasta, and more, you definitely won’t go hungry at the pool. To quench your thirst try one of their unique cocktails such as the “Portofino Bull Breeze” or Splendido’s own white sangria, or if you’re looking for something sweet, try a fresh cookie, decadent brownie, or an artisan popsicle.

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