Cinque Terre Italian Restaurant

4.7
274 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Where the Mediterranean Sea meets the shore, In Italy, lies Cinque Terre, or "Five Villages".

Gifted Italian-born Chef Aldo Marcon honed his skills in his grandma’s kitchen pretending he was the "Amaretto Cookie Chef". Wowing his way through many notable kitchens like the well-known Cafe Fiorello in Manhattan, he eventually moved to New Orleans, where he cooked alongside such famed chefs as Emeril Lagasse and Mario Batali.

The menu offers SIMPLE FOOD MADE WITH LOVE. Imported cheeses, cured meats, homemade pasta, superior cuts of fish and fresh seafood. The Wild Octopus is poached, pan seared and finished in a to die for garlic-herb sauce and Grandma’s Meatballs are simmered in an unforgettable Pomodoro Sauce. Homemade Fettuccine, Tagliolini, Squid Ink Tagliolini, and Pear & Pecorino Romano Cheese Ravioli comprise some of the succulent seafood specialties.

Chef Marcon is a student to his guests, but full of surprises that please them!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 274 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We went to celebrate a birthday and I mentioned it when we ordered drinks. The owner/server said “what does it mean you telling me it’s a birthday?” I just said we were celebrating. We decided to not use a Groupon since we all had to order off the 3 course menus which meant we couldn’t use the Groupon as well. The food was ok, I’ve had way better. The short rib ravioli filling was not really a meat texture, more like ground up like baby food, the taste was ok if you could get past the texture. The pear and provolone pasta had shrimp which had a very strong shrimp smell, they tasted ok, but were strong. The cannoli were ok, slightly grainy, and the chocolate cake, was inedible. It had an almost fruit cake texture and the taste was not good at all. Not sure I’ll go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant amazing food.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious and fresh! We loved everything about this restaurant. Will definitely go back!

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johnk
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food. Very friendly staff. Quick food
Tasty!

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vipterri
Fort Lauderdale
39 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the rustic decor! Love the food, great burrata salad! Love the service, nice people.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

To start the bread was not fresh. The veal Marsala could not be cut with a knife and tasted like is was microwaved. Same with the chicken in the fettuccine Alfredo. However the pasta in the fettuccine Alfredo was tasty. Based on previous reviews thought I would try this local place. Ok, so I tried it and never going back.

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vipMikeN
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently good food. Prepared fresh.

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AnnD
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is outstanding and the service is wonderful. One of my favorite places

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is always amazing. They always go above and beyond every time to make something special that will work with our autistic son’s diet and sensory needs! My favorite place for date nights, special occasions or a random evening out!

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AmayhaJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is very authentic and customer service is great. Always willing to answer questions and go above and beyond. Quiet atmosphere and makes for a great spot to go with friends and talk

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vipMikeN
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Found a great little hidden gem. The food was excellent; octopus appetizer was out of this world. Everything was made fresh - the owner takes the time to talk to you. Very impressed.

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vipRickS
West Palm Beach
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

not crowded food good

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vipJeterbug
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Italian fare in an intimate hideaway location.

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ChrisW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went there during the pandemic on a Tuesday. Tables were appropriately spaced and most of the staff appeared to be taking the health concerns seriously. Wasn't a fancy place but is quaint and nicely decorated. Had the free bread and ordered two entrees, two glasses or wine, and two desserts. The pasta in my meal seemed a bit undercooked but everything else was delicious. Service was excellent as well and the waiter/possibly owner/manager was very attentive and helpful. I would recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food staff and drink! Can’t wait to go back

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MissMo
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

We had an EARLY dinner, being the first ones in the restaurant! So the ambiance was quiet to a point of being unnerving! The service and food were excellent. All homemade in house, serving sizes are large. The bruschetta was good - I prefer mine with mozzarella. The meatballs were very tasty - I'd go back for more! The lasagna was excellent.

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PlantationHunger
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

After a debacle with a reservation at a different restaurant, we were in a scramble to find something local. Opentable directed us to Cinque Terre which had availability at the time we needed. The restaurant is located in a small plaza - where we tend to find the best surprises. The staff and food was delicious and redeemed our night. The owner went all out to ensure all of our needs were met and made us feel at home.

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matthewr
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food, great service. Truly feel like family when walking in.

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vipTony
Baltimore
264 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding....the salmon dish melted in your mouth. The pasta was homemade and the ravioli was plump and rich. all six of us raved about the place. We will be back

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vipSoFloDining
Tampa
107 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible Italian Cuisine! What a gem of a restaurant that brings its “A game” to the table. Tonight we finally had the opportunity to try Cinque Terre in Davie. First, we must thank our close friends Patty & Joe who had raved about the cuisine and made this a “must go” for us. We started off the evening with the Octopus that is poached, pan seared & finished in the oven in a garlic-herb sauce as an appetizer. The octopus was so tender that you could cut it with a fork it was like butter and the taste was vividly delicious. I could not get enough of the pieces of roasted garlic. I ordered the Lasagna with Meat Sauce & Béchamel that I have been told is one of the best around. I loved it so much that I cleaned the plate with the bread that was in the basket. All I can say is WOW, what and incredible sauce. Doris had the Short Rib Tips that are slowly braised in a Chianti wine and homemade tomato sauce tossed with rigatoni pasta. The pasta was perfectly al dente and the short rib and meat sauce were melt in your mouth delicious. This was another on our must order list. We then went on to the desert and tried the Limoncello sponge cake with layers of sponge cake, mascarpone Limoncello mousse and white chocolate shavings. YES it was as good if not better than that description sounds.

They have a really nice wine selection, and a killer Sangria. Everything is fresh, and the customer service is delightful. We will recommend Cinque Terre to anyone in the area or to anyone who wants really good Italian Cuisine. We have been to some amazing restaurants but I have a feeling that this one will be a staple in our rotation.

Reading some of these negative reviews made me both laugh and feel bad for the people leaving them.
When dining in South Florida never expect a decent restaurant to have fast serve times. Good food often takes time. This isn't a short order restaurant and often dishes are made fresh when ordered.
Chef Aldo Marconhe has cook

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vipForeman
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First visit to restaurant. Pleasant surprise.....excellent food, good service. Chef actually came to the table to go through the menu. We made some adjustments and were very happy with the outcome.

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vipLovmyfood
Miami
37 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never dissapointed, great food including the specials, delicious cocktails and large wine selection. Daniel & Luisa always makes us feel at home.

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vipTony
Baltimore
264 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is one of the most underrated restaurants in the Ft Lauderdale area!
The food was spectacular & the chef let us make our own creations
I had the salmon with homemade spinach fettuccine
My clients had a wide variety of changes off the menu all to their satisfaction
The desserts cannoli & sponge cake were worth the calories
Will be back again

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful hidden gem of a restaurant. The food was delicious and the staff was very kind and attentive. Definitely a place to revisit anytime you’re wanting a wonderful meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great from the moment we walked in until we left!

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EvelynP
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice setting, attentive wait staff and DELISH food!

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Edge
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will be back, EXCELLENT service, food, just a great place

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vipMonicaG
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! We will definitely go back again. Highly recommended.

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vipFlipmode
New England
37 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A phenomenal restaurant with authentic and consistent italian food!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food with incredible service! The menu truly hits it all from the quality to the prices to the variety. Left extremely full and satisfied and looking forward to returning!

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bikermomma57
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was delicious

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Rinthy
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No way to correct an error when I rated noise level. It was pleasantly subdued, perfect for conversation. Food was excellent overall, service attentive without being annoying, and quantity of food just about perfect.
Support this local restaurant!

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vipJamieH
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for any occasion you can't go wrong.

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vipsusans
Fort Lauderdale
17 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is outstanding. Very comfortable atmosphere.
Service was friendly and efficient. Highly recommend

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vipMariaV
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, their pasta is amazing! We will definitely repeat.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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AlinaR
Fort Lauderdale
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a birthday dinner with friends. The food was excellent as always and the service was great.

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spentress
Fort Lauderdale
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was phenomenal. Definitely a hidden gem.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Hole in the wall gem in Davie Fl. The food is fresh and delicious and the owners frequently walk around and greet the customers. They also allow you to bring your own wine for a corkage fee. All the appetizers are tasty and the octopus is amazing.

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vipLovmyfood
Miami
37 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Always come back for more and bring friends.

FAQs

Cinque Terre Italian Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Cinque Terre Italian Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (954) 368-3633.

Cinque Terre Italian Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 274 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.