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Cleonice Mediteranean Bistro
Cleonice Mediteranean Bistro

Cleonice Mediteranean Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cleonice.com
  • Email: cleonice112@myfairpoint.net
  • Phone: (207) 664-7554
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast at The Maine Grind starting at 7:30 Monday - Saturday, Lunch service begins at 11:00 and is full service until 2:30. Bite to eat in the afternoon? our cafe is open for pizza, salads, and our great coffees. Dinner starts at 5:00 and during the winter: Tuesday - Saturday.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Richard Hanson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Cleonice Catering provides onsite catering and Pick up platters for cocktail parties, birthdays, weddings, and more. Please see our web site for sample menus www.cleonice.com.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: On street parking available as well as a large public lot in front of city call behind the restaurant,
A word from Cleonice Mediteranean Bistro
Chef Rich Hanson named this charming bistro in downtown Ellsworth after his Italian mother, Cleonice Renzetti, who inspired his cooking career. This casually elegant restaurant sources fine local ingredients, blends them with flavors from around the Mediterranean Rim to produce spectacular Tapas and Meze as well as soul satisfying lunches and elegant dinners.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I wanted to show my fiance what fine dining offerings that could be found in Maine, and was not disappointed. Granted the menu could be more clear, but the staff take very good care of you if you explain allergies or dislikes. The Paella was fantastic, as was the Chicken Masala. We will come again."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We like the tapas menu. Especially the calamari- salad and fritters. the spanikopita was very good too, as was the white bean and rosemary tapenade. Very good desserts too!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "On Valentines night I was looking for something great! Everything was good but nothing stood out as great. Having no beer on tap did not set a great tone for the evening."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My wife and I were celebrating an anniversary and expected something with good food and ambiance. The food was OK (we had the paella, but the included chicken pieces were overdone and tough). For the price we expected something wonderful - it wasn't, good but not wonderful. The salad was good as were the deserts. Coffee was weak. Would recommend with caveats."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "The food and service were amazing. Great fresh, local ingredients. Unique menu items. Menu changes often. Great selection of drinks and tapas. The grilled pizza is delicious!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "My wife and I have eaten at Cleonice many times and have yet to be disappointed with the food or the service. I find it especially enjoyable because you can watch your meal being prepared as the kitchen is open to the dining room. We enjoyed a Greek wine that evening which you almost never see on a wine list which also complimented the Mediterranean dishes. The paella is particularly delicious by the way but you will have to decide that for yourself…enjoy."
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "Not the Cleonice of the past! Oct. 31 was the first visit to Cleonice after the move from the old spot to their new home at the Maine Grind. Lets start with the food! Food quality has drasticlly dropped off, menu has slightly less to offer, especially in the Tapas selections. An old tradition of the Raw Bar on Thursdays through Sunday's is not part of the normal offering now. Food was not piping hot when it arrived at the table, one meal a flank steak was not cooked to order and the other meal a pasta dish was luke warm and poorly seasoned. Service! Service once considered best in the area is now somthing I would consider fair. Servers of fine establishments really enjoy making their guests evening something special."
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "We live in Nova Scotia and so do not get to Cleonice often - once or twice a year at most. This was our first visit since they moved "up the street". While we can report that the food is still as good as ever and it is intereting to watch Rich in the kitchen, we did not find the atmosphere nearly as interesting as the old location. We also missed Eric preparing tapas at the bar... We'll go back but we remain somewhat nostalgic about the "old Cleonice". Still the best spinach salad ever!!!"
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "The open room is not conducive to expensive fine dining. Too rustic for our taste."
    Dined on 10/8/2013
  • "We have been going to Cleonice for years. Every time we are in Ellsworth, we make a point to go there. We have loved Cleonice and tell all of our friends it's the one of our all time favorite restaurants. The food is, hands down, amazing. Always fresh, cooked perfectly, beautifully arranged, awesome. We thought the food this time was outstanding. Everybody loved their tapas and entrees. We were disappointed with the new environment, however. It was noisy, too casual for a $300+ bill, distracting, and while our waitress was wonderful, the service felt slow. We were sad to not have had the same overall experience we had come to expect. It's still a great place, but we have to change our expectations."
    Dined on 8/2/2013