Cinque Terre Italian Restaurant

4.2
207 reviews
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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!
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food & personal professional service. Good wine

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Miami
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The name of the restaurant is what caught my eye because my dad was from Cinque Terre in Italy. Simply the best Northern Cuisine you could ask for. Daniel and Licia are wonderful hosts and the staff is very friendly. I found this place about two years ago and their menu specials are mouth watering. Daniel always suggests the proper wines to go with our meals and he is always spot on.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, authentic good. Service on point! Owner takes his time and the place is inviting and with a homey atmosphere. Our second time there...will definitely be back!

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M
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time with our grandkids. We all loved the food. Our service was great. Thanks again for an enjoyable evening.

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T
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

We didn’t think this time was as good as our previous visits some years ago. Service was disappointing, food was good but the environment is beginning to look worn and tired.

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DD
New Orleans
47 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Five of us dined on a Tuesday night. There were a few customers at other tables and we were greeted and seated promptly. The service was good, though at the beginning there seemed to be a bit of a hurry to take our order. We received good recommendations about specials and dishes. The food was delicious (octopus, various housemade pastas and sauces, fresh seafood, and housemade desserts). Wine selections were well matched to the food and fairly priced.

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MA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is great. I have recommended to several friends.

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CA
Miami
27 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This restaurant makes you feel like you are in a small Italian Restaurant in Italy. The food is very good
and the chef is flexible on the type of pasta and sauce. They need to have Italian music on all of the
time as it adds to the pleasure of this very good restaurant.

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RM
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

Burnt special, watery pasta sauce, infrequent service, nice wine.

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N
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Service was spotty & waitress seemed to be new.. wasn’t too familiar with menu, forgot about my merlot which she pronounced as mer.. lot.. she brought us a check as soon as we finish eatin our entrees without asking if we wanted coffee and dessert which we did...decor is rather stark with view of a major road and parking lot... food was very good & overrode the waitress and lack of ambiance...will be back for our next concert at bailey hall in April as we live about 30 miles away

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Four of us had a wonderful dinner at Cinque Terra. Each meal was great. The stuffed Grouper was exceptional. Don’t miss the grilled octopus! The owner, Daniel, is clearly passionate about providing outstanding food and service.
We’re definitely going back soon!

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m
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. All homemade. Service was very attentive

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KM
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best Italian food around!!! Hidden Gem!!! Compliments to the chef.

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OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always. My favorite Italian spot. Nothing like cinque Terre!!!

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Baltimore
181 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The three course meal was definitely the way to go!!
The fish special was excellent & my dining companions had the pasta dishes & they were excellent
Grandma’s meatballs were very good as well.
This place is definitely underrated

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N
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day

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EW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time to your establishment on Valentines Day. The violinist was a nice touch to our dining experience. The food was outstanding, we will definitely recommend Cinque Terre and will continue to patronize your restaurant.

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TA
Columbus
45 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a little neighborhood gem. Was there for a business dinner on Valentines Day with two colleagues and we had a great time. Food was very, very good and the service was great. Everyone was attentive and continually, but not obtrusively, checking on us. Go check this place out.

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R
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was very good but the service is terrible so be prepared. Our waitress took our order and that was the one and only time she came to our table. I would only recommend this place because they have some great deals on their food, and the food was good.

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Salt Lake City
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Very nice location, service was wonderful. However do not expect good food. We ordered the oxtail special and had to send it back. Even the manager said it was gross. The branzino special was ok but not special.
Good wine though.

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TS
New England
94 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

While I would not call this a “fine dining” restaurant it is a very good casual Italian restaurant. The complete dinners on weekday nights are a great value. They vary in price by entree. The menu has a good selection of pastas and entrees. Everyone at our table enjoyed the food. Service was very good. We would definitely go back.

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CA
Miami
28 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food is very good as is the service. The restaurant needs Italian music to go with the food.

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AB
Miami
30 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It is obvious that the pasta here is homemade. All of us had some type of pasta dish and we loved all of them. The braised red in red wine sauce on my dish was excellent with big chunks of meat. The portions were perfect. And for dessert they had their version of a tiramisu which was absolutely yummy!

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OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food was ok .. just a little bland ...
there were 5 of us for dinner .. we all Lov Italian food ..and all felt the flavor was lacking . It wasn’t bad but so mild bland . We wondered if the chief was Italian ?
Anyway, I don’t mean to trash the place just wasn’t great..

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CM
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very creative and delicious food served in a relaxed atmosphere. Very welcoming to kids. Lots of gluten free options.

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H
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, the octopus appetizer is to die for. Everyone enjoyed the food and the sangria.

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Baltimore
181 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

What a pleasant surprise this restaurant was.
It was authentic Italian & the pasta & all the desserts were homemade.
We had the ravioli & shrimp. Our business associates had the fish of the day & all were excellent
Save room for the lemongello cake.... worth the calories
I will be back

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PG
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Love this place!

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E
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant, the food, the service, everything

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C
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Original dishes, was very good

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C
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Waitress was friendly but not aware of daily specials. Background jazz music was inappropriate for an Italian restaurant and too loud. Food was just just so-so. Restaurant owner tried to accommodate us by offering to remake order and by offering dessert. Restaurant was busy, maybe we just drew the short straw last night.

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WC
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were pleasantly surprised at the overall experience we had for our anniversary dinner. The food was not heavy, and was prepared wonderfully. We will refer friends and family!

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L
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 1

Food was good, service was not as good as should be. Would go back but wouldn't highly recommend

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BF
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

We decided to try a new Italian restaurant. I made reservations but when we arrived there were many open tables. The server lacked personality but the manager/owner who we met made up for the server. The specials and the entrees that we ordered were the best Italian dishes that we had anywhere in the area. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for exceptional Italian cuisine. I will be back.

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S
Miami
57 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant. Food was delicious, try the pear ravioli, so yummy! We had a reservation and were seated right away. Owner and staff were so nice. Service was excellent. Tasteful food at good prices. Try the limoncello cake. Heaven. Can’t wait to return.

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R
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cinque Terra is a hidden gem in Davie. They have the best eggplant parmesan I have ever had - the red sauce is exquisite!! I order with fresh mozzarella and basil to top it off. Wine list is amazing, and the owners make every dining experience special. We tried it for a business Christmas dinner last year, and have been dining there regularly ever since!

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LL
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice dinner. We enjoyed and will be back! We got a dinner for free by joining Birthday club. Eggplant parm app was amazing!

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M
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was DELICIOUS!!! The drinks ARE NOT watered down. The wait staff was could have and should have been attentive. Going back 11/3/18. Try the Italian lemonade.

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SN
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend Cinque Terre Italian Restaurant!
Friendly staff and yummy food! :-)

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FA
Western NC
10 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good Neighborhood Italian restaurant. Their specials are excellent.

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