Same Good Food
The food was delicious and well prepared, which is not a surprise. However, this is a new venue for Cleonice - the restaurant having previously been located for over a decade in a small, intimate and historic building down the street - so my wife and I went in wondering whether the new space, a larger coffee house by day, would be a let down. They did a nice job on the decor, and although we missed the bar and booth setting from the prior location, were pleased with the ambiance and will definitely go again.
1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM
We went to celebrate a birthday
We went to celebrate a birthday and a new book. My table request was honored. The wait person was very helpful on wine selection, and the food was great! All in all it was a perfect evening.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great new space! Same great
Great new space! Same great food. Looking forwards to many more great meals and wine dinners in the future.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food and our waitress
Excellent food and our waitress was outstanding. We started with a couple of unusual cocktails, both good. We had the paella - delicious, and our waitress steered us toward an unusual appetizer special - a kind of beet mousse, which was unexpectedly delicate and refreshing. We also ordered the chicken spiedini. No complaints and would happily dine there again. Oh, and I had been looking for an Ellsworth restaurant I'd luinched in before and was disappointed it had disappeared (The Daily Grind?) and was delighed to find out it is also operated by the Cleonice owners, now operating out of the same space, presumably at others times of day.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were thrilled with the quality and creativity of the food, and the service was wonderful. Our waitress was always around, incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. She made us feel welcomed and part of the family. We like to try new things and were not disappointed with the menu and flavors at Cleonice. And their tapas menu makes it easy to try new things and leave satisfied.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, new place not so much
The food, as always, was excellent with unique specials such as braised pork belly and halibut ceviche . The new location feels more like a cafeteria than a fine restaurant. The old location with the high back booths and beautiful bar made the overall dining experience much more intimate. Regardless, the food is what will keep me coming back.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love treating myself to Cleonice once a month when I'm in Maine! It really never fails me. I always start with an assortment of olives and the artichoke bruschetta, both excellent! This week I went for a bowl of the mussel chowder that was an evening special. It was absolutely delicious! I think it should be a summer staple on the menu. Fresh mussels accompanied by a white wine chowder....yum!
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Chef, Hostess and Food
Great Chef using locally sourced organic ingredients. Tapas, seafood, organic meat and vegetarian dishes prepared in an open kitchen. Many unique drinks and dishes - my razor clam tapas was delicious as was the locally raised beef used in the 16 oz ribeye, cooked to perfection. My friends had tomatoes with Burrata, vegetarian risotto, fresh grilled salmon and enjoyed every morsel on the plates. For desert we shared a decadent flour less chocolate cake and locally roasted Costa Rican coffee.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a lovely dinner, though pricey! The steak was large, and cooked to perfection. The beet/gorganzola salad is always a favorite of ours.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thanks for a great night!
Highly recommend the lamb entree, they nailed it on the minted pistachio pesto (and I usually skip anything minted). Great flavor profiles on the scallop dish with summer veggies.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great time with friends!
We met friends who were vacationing in Bar Harbor for dinner at Cleonice as it was half-way for each of us. We ended up closing the place! Our server was fun, attentive and knowledgeable about the wine list and menu. Our food was fantastic and we would definitely recommend dining at Cleonice.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not to be missed!
Fantastic food. Slightly pricie but still an outstanding value.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our first visit to the new location
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!!!
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
10/30/2013 5:00:00 PM