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Vignola & Cinque Terre
Vignola & Cinque Terre

Vignola & Cinque Terre Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.vignolamaine.com
  • Phone: (207) 772-1330
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - Midnight Lunch: Thursday thru Saturday: 11:00am - 2:30pm Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: European
  • Executive Chef: Lee Skawinski
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Commercial Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Vignola & Cinque Terre
Vignola & Cinque Terre takes its name from a small town in Italy’s heartland known for its food culture. At Vignola & Cinque Terre, we focus on an authentic European experience, and use the best seasonal ingredients, and organic, naturally grown items from local Maine farmers, suppliers and producers.
Our wine and beer selection showcases varietals from around the world that aren’t available anywhere else in New England. We’re really looking forward to sharing these "secret finds".
We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Diner Reviews
  • "The staff was gracious, friendly and professional. Highly attentive to our every need. Food was well prepared, traditional Italian style tweaked to an edge with balanced seasonings, but still allowing the natural flavors to stand out. The gelato desert sampler was a perfect capo. My first choice for dining out in Portland."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "We had such a memorable dinner. Every course superb. We will always remember the dinner we had this 2014 summer night. We will highly recommend it to family and friends."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "I ate here with 3 others and we all agreed that the food and overall dining experience was a 6 out of 10. We were seated in the back half of the restaurant, which we were the only people there for most of our meal. The front part (bar area) when we left was much more happening. Our food was "ok." I had the beef braciole which was slightly over cooked, but edible while the others had the fettuccine and rigatoni which were average at best. Appetizers were the best part of the meal- Vignola pizza was nice as well as the calamari and Pecorino cheese sampler. Everything was decent, but not "wow!" Combined with the boring atmosphere in the back half of the restaurant, we probably wouldn't go back. A positive was the staff- knowledgable and nice."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "The service was friendly, but very slow. surprising because the restaurant was nowhere near full. 17 minutes before our drinks came."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "First time dining here.....and loved it!! From the Blueberry Cosmo to the wonderful food choices our table pick! Highly recommend this neighborhood gem!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Always good food, great brunch. They need to work on the coffee, it is bitter and cold. Other than that it was good overall."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "All the food was delicious and locally sourced! The service was excellent. We had a window seat which was great for people watching in the Old Port. Tables are very close together."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The food was pretty good with a nice presentation. The service was very good and pleasant. This is a great place to have a Sunday morning brunch."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Noting great to write about. Should have followed the other reviewers and go some place else. Average food, overpriced, very litte wine for 10$. Not coming back as we preferred other places in portland"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We have eaten at Vignola many times. This time the service was spottier than usual; very slow service from both the bar and the kitchen. There was a very loud group at the bar who fortunately left shortly after we arrived; I realize managing customer noise is difficult but the space ricochets noise. Our food was good....again not as good as it has been on previous visits. The lobster ravioli were chewy and the sauce a tad too salty. We expect to return and hope this was just a night that was a little 'off'."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I ordered the swordfish wich was good but not great. The pasta dishes of the others were better. They have a good wine selection but just a few wines below 50$. The service was good but they rushed us at the end to leave our table for the next customers. There is a bar area and the people there were very loud which brought the noise level too high for a nice dining experience. This restaurant was recommended to me and I was disappointed."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We had not eaten at Vignola since it was opened up to Cinque Terre. In my opinion, the renovations left the main dining area of Vignola significantly less charming than before. We shared two appetizers and both ordered pasta for dinner. The appetizers were fairly good, but not great, and the pastas were mediocre at best. Service was attentive but not warm. Finally, our tap water had a distinctive chlorine taste that is not in the local water, so I'm not sure where it came from. We joked that perhaps it is to encourage customers to drink bottled water. Given the great choices in Portland, we don't plan to go back."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The best part of our meal was the Cheese Board. The rest of the meal (for 4) was below par. From the meat dishes to the fish oferings, I would say that this establishment does not distinguish itself as do others in the Old Port (i. e Fore Street)."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Our 3rd time. Food is always top notch as is the service."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Good food and Matt our server was wonderful. Great ending to our last nite in portland"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Vignola was perfect for what we were looking for. Nice wine selection, terrific appetizers, and an amazing main course. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Three of us had brunch last Sunday, and I am still smiling about the experience. Our waitress was attentive & amazing at accommodating some of our high maintenance specific requests. The raw oysters were the best I've ever eaten in my life. The bloody mary's were perfectly flavorful & spicy and so wonderfully affordable at $5 each. When I couldn't finish my pizza, and I was planning to attend the old port festival all day, they agreed to refrigerate it until I was ready to depart Portland. The bar accidentally gave my friend 3 oysters instead of the one she ordered, and they gave the extra on the house. I am so happy to have such positive things to say."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We've had dinner at Vignola many times but this was probably the best yet! Mark, our server, was terrific and everything from the bread to the olives, to our great bibb lettuce salads (with fiddleheads!) AND our entrees was just wonderful. I had the fettucine with meatballs and it was amazing. Great job, Vignola!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant because of its location in the Old Port and it has outdoor dining. The atmosphere is nice with limited views of the port area. The high top outdoor tables, tho cute, are unstable which is disappointing. The vegetarian dishes were ok but not inspired. Ravioli was too much pasta and not enough filling. Gnocchi would have benefitted from vegetable addition. Small plates sounded more interesting than they tasted. I usually really enjoy Vignola but this visit was not as good. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Our party ate at Vinola's. We were seated immediately, good service, everyone in our party had a wonderful meal. I had the duck fettuccine with a baratta salad--both excellent. Definitely would return. Yummy imaginative diverse menu!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Sunday morning brunch: Omlet with seasonal fiddle heads was absolutely delicious! "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Not a great experience for us. The food was not very impressive at all. We took the lead on what the server recommended, not limited by price or any dietary items. We are pretty open to anything. The rolled, stuffed beef was terribly tough. Surprised that they could sustain, in this competitive market."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Everything was great except for one dish. I can't remember the name of the entree but it consisted of over fried dried out crunchy bits of seafood nicely presented on a bed of fresh greens and oyster shells. Everything else was fine though. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Great food, great service, pleasant space. In sum, a very good experience"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Our party of six was seated in the rear dining room where it was somewhat quieter but totally charmless. Mark, our waiter, took drink orders and described the "farm to table" philosophy. He then waxed poetic about the rib eye steak which sounded like a good choice until he mumbled that it in fact was not on the menu that night. Our entrees were mediocre; the two steaks were especially tough. We had to repeatedly ask for refills of the tiny jug of water provided on the table. The final touch was Mark's announcement with the presentation of desserts that they were out of spoons. Seriously---a supposedly top Portland restaurant was out of spoons? My husband had to eat his creme brulee with a fork!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Vignola and Cinque Terre is great for foodies and is known for their cheese tastings. Although many people enjoy a traditional meal here with an appetizer, entree and dessert, my party instead elected to share appetizers, small plates and a pasta. We all thought the food was exceptional. Our waitress was very attentive; the drinks were reasonably priced. The barrata cheese salad was divine as was the dish of mixed olives. The salumi misto, my favorite dish, was a large board with a delightful variety of wonderful sliced meats and accompaniments such as a micro-salad and house made apricot preserves. The gnocchi was so rich that dividing it three ways was the only way to finish it! Every dish we tried was wonderful. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We have dined at Vignola a few times and it never quite reaches our top ten list which sadly, is still the case. We had dinner here with friends on a Thursday evening and were underwhelmed by the service and the food. By far, the best thing we ate were the roasted oysters. Our friends had the duck sausage pasta which got an only "okay" review. Service was our chief complaint. Our waitress was a bit of a faux wine snob. I say "faux" because we ordered two different bottles of red, and she failed to change the glasses between bottles, after presenting herself as quite knowledgable about the wine list. She also sniffed the cork. Need we say more."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "My wife and I spent our anniversary here this year, and we had a great meal. The wait staff was knowledgable about the menu and wine list, and the chef did a great job of providing us with flavorful courses. We'll definately be back."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We had a very nice brunch @ Vignola & Cinque Terre. Wonderful waiter (I'm a bit difficult and he put up with me!), terrific food, nice portions, and warm, yet fun atmosphere. I went with a girlfriend, but now I'm looking forward to taking my hubby."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had never been before and my son chose to go for his birthday. We had a great night. The food was amazing - we had four different dinners and three desserts among us and all were delicious. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Had never been to this restaurant but saw an open table and snagged it. The place is elegant and the food was as well. I had the ravioli and my wife had the spaghetti. Both were perfectly prepared. Enjoy this place, I will be back."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Great location, menu and bar ---- don't think twice!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "I love this restaurant. The food is so very good. The cheeses make me realize I have never truly known cheese before. I love that there is not too much sauce on the dishes; just enough for flavor. Lovely spot."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "The only drawback to this experience was the size of our stomachs! The beet salad was among the best I've had, and the ravioli with speck was delicious. The service was friendly and prompt without being rushed. A great place to spend the evening!"
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "The pleasant, friendly atmosphere added to the great food and made for a very nice evening. We began with some delicious cocktails and then a glass of wine from the extensive wine list. The prosciutto plate was delicious as was my husband's soup. I followed with the duck and quail which was tasty and the portion size just right. My husband had the penne which he enjoyed but wanted a sprinkling of hot pepper flakes. We shared a dessert of mascarpone cheesecake which was just right to finish the meal. Overall a very enjoyable evening and we would definitely return when in Portland again."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "There were four of us and we all had the same reaction. Pleasant waiter, good appetizers and bar selection. We thought the food was disappointing and with so many other restaurants in Portland that we enjoy, probably would not go back."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "This is not your basic Italian cuisine.........still thinking about the crispy polenta and the stuffed mussels...........! Great scallops and the penne bolognese was fantastic. On the way out of the restaurant we purchased a gift certificate for some friends..........."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "There was nothing special about this restaurant. The bread was pedestrian and pasta dishes did not stand out. The service was a little uneven. I had to wait almost 5 minutes after my meal arrived to get the wine I had asked for to pair with my meal. Portions were generous and the side vegetables were excellent "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Requested a corner table for easy communicating on a special brunch date...V-CT came through with flying colors. Fantastic brunch appetizers and entrees. Very attentive and polite service by Susie. Thank you."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Service was wonderful.The apps were great (Zuppa and Bruscetta), dessert was fabulous (Brule and Panna Cotte). My wife raved about her main course all night (the porkbelly dish). My main course however was really, really bad. The Penne was just pasta and a meat sauce which could have come from a jar. It was advertised as boar and pork but there was absolutely no distinction between the two. I literally had heart burn all night long. We might come back to V/CT but I won't order that mess or anything with a "red" sauce ever again."
    Dined on 4/5/2014