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About 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!

10 Dana Street
Portland, ME 04101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
European

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday -Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Lunch: Saturday: 12:00am - 2:30pm
Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm

Cross Street:
Commercial Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(207) 772-1330

Website:
http://www.vignolamaine.com/

Executive Chef:
Lee Skawinski

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine

Vignola & Cinque Terre Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

3.9

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4.1

value

3.5

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Moderate

65% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (4)
People Watching (4)
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 (Detroit)·Dined 3 days ago

Take the reviews of poor service seriously. Our waiter was not at all gracious in her interactions with us. To the point that her appearance at our table became uncomfortable.

Food was not the quality expected. Pasta in one dish was undercooked (not close to al dente), and the other dish overly dry. Worse, within an hour of arriving home, my dinner companion and I both felt ill. We suspect it was something in the appetizer we shared.

Had a much better experience the night before at Petite Jacqueline’s where the service was gracious and the food well prepared and presented.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We have been to Vignola 2-3 times previously, so we booked the reservation knowing we would have great service and a great meal. Drinks were great (I’m pregnant so I only had soda water), but service was just ok and food wasn’t much better. Fourtunately our server took part of the meal off (a side dish), as we didn’t take more than a bite.

It was disappointing knowing in the past our experience was amazing. We probably will not return.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Our food was amazing - everyone loved the dishes and drinks we ordered. Our waitress was less than stellar... She had zero patience and was short with us for no reason.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Met expectations

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Went as group of six for birthday celebration. Seated right on time. Comfortable table and atmosphere. Wait staff was prompt and attentive. Staff knew menu, specials and drinks available and made excellent recommendations. Timing of meal components was spot on, and everyone's meal was thoroughly enjoyed . Would highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Service had bad attitude. Food was ok. General feeling is that you are eating in a ghost town.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Salted caramel Budino. Start with an amazing dessert! Very quiet Sunday night in mid-November, wine list getting a bit pricey but they do have some really very good Italian reds. Get their charcuterie. Homemade duck bacon! The whole platter was excellent. I went old school with their own fettucini and sausage. It was actually quite light and very good. But you have to have that dessert. Waitress a wee bit bored but the service was fine.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

they accommodated our window table request. thanks so much! We do really like the atmosphere here. Food was very good.

Tags: People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This restaurant is perfectly located in the middle of Old Port! This was my fourth time dining here and it didn't disappoint. We had delicious appetizers, dinner, and desserts. The drinks were fabulous too! Great atmosphere for a group of women to eat and enjoy good company.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Really enjoyed our meal. Extensive cheese menu as well as great wines. We really enjoyed the crispy burrata on the happy hour menu. The roasted oysters were also delicious. Overall a really enjoyable experience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 17, 2017

We had a quick bite at Vignole &Cinque Terre before catching a plane, and it was wonderful. We had been there once before with some friends and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience then as well.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Bad table. No ambience. Slow service. Veal special was tough and overlooked. Waited an hour for bread, and then had to ask for oil.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Excellent as always!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Food very good. Would have preferred fewer figs and lower price, so I could have finished my entre. Mussels were so so in sauce. Service was excellent.

Tags: People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

Wine list way over priced. Food decent but up to the price.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Went to Vignola for a pre-symphony dinner. We had the warm dates and Arancini for appetizers. They were good, but a little under-seasoned. Like may restaurants today, no salt and pepper on the table because I guess it's insulting to the chef to re-season their food. Well, okay then, they need to do a better job. We had pork, veal and fettuccini bolognese. These were all good. My biggest gripe was the waitress. She seemed very under-trained and a little uncomfortable. When we didn't want an alcoholic beverage, specifically beer, she didn't know where to go from there. This would be okay if it was an inexpensive restaurant, but I expect a little more at a restaurant of this caliber. I would try it again, but probably not before trying the plethora of other great restaurants in the city.

Tags: Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The menu is fine but the food is only so-so and the wine list a little less than that. The staff was fine but a bit snippy with us. All in all, an adequate but overpriced meal.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

This was the BEST meal we had in Portland and one of the best meals we've had anywhere! Our food was spectacular! Great wine list. The service was great-we enjoyed a leisurely meal and never felt rushed. Highly recommend!

Tags: Cozy, Late-night Find, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Service was pleasant but extremely slow- we sat for at least 10 minutes before we were acknowledged, ordered drinks and then had to wait about another 10 minutes for those. Our entrees came out about 2 minutes after our appetizer was delivered.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 11, 2017

This was a Monday night visit - maybe a substitute chef? Their house pizza is usually amazing. Hot, gooey and with a delicious hint of oregano. We ordered pizza and a pasta. The pizza was burned on the bottom, had cooled so the cheese balls congealed and there was NO hint of oregano. On the other hand, the bolognese was hot and steaming but had such an overpowering sage flavor that it distracted from the dish's other attributes. We have had these dishes many times so we know when they are excellent. Something was very wrong this Monday night with timing and seasoning. As for service, it was incredibly slow. We'll go back only because we know that they can do better - but if you didn't know that, you might not try again.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Went here with my wife. Wait staff was great. Wine nicely priced. My wife's dinner was cold and under cooked. My pasta was under cooked and pasty. We are no more than half of our meals they were that bad. Would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We loved the atmosphere and food. Wine list is great. We had one steak dish and lobster dish very good. Then desert was fabulous even a birthday candle for my husband.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 30, 2017

The food lacked flavor. For the first time in many years I asked for salt. Service was mediocre and given the quality, prices were very high.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Overall, our group found the food and ambiace very good. Seafood stew, duck breast and veal chop meals that were ordered were very good. One thing to note is that the online menu reflects much more than what is actually offered when at the restaurant as some items are offered only if in season or available. This is one place that we will keep on our list as a go to place as we want to try more dishes.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Poor service. No wine knowledge. Cold, dry fococcia bread. Excellent appetizers...polenta bites and rancini! Good pizza. Halibut entree was completely cold. Dessert was average...not worth the calories. Restaurant is VERY noisy. We had to shout across the table to have a conversation. Definitely many better restaurant options in the Old Port area of Portland.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2017

My husband and I ate here last year with some friends and had a great time. The food was good as was the service. This year we recommended the restaurant to some out-of-town guests. We were very disappointed with both the wine (we ordered an Amarone) which was not great and the food was so-so or tasteless. I ordered arancini which had no taste and my friend ordered a pork dish on the menu which was over cooked and dry as were the sides. She couldn't eat it and was turned off from that point and didn't want to order anything else. The waitress did take it off the bill but after we raved about how good it was, we were very disappointed with our meals. Don't know if it was an off night, but will most likely NOT recommend anytime soon.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Enjoyable meal, nice selection of wines, good menu choices. We were very happy with the experience.

Tags: Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We always have a good time at Cinque Terre. Food was great, though one of our party of four got lamb when she ordered veal. She ate it, but was disappointed. My swordfish was amazing, another's eggplant was delicious.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We enjoyed the craft cocktails and the small plates. The entree, zuppa de pesce, was a little lacking in flavor. The service from Anna was pleasant, efficient and well-paced.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Tapas
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Enjoyable, friendly service and delicious locally grown delicacies! It is pretty noisy due to high ceilings in the building.

Tags: Hot Spot, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on August 10, 2017

Vignola has been a favorite of ours for years. It never disappoints. Our meal, with friends, was delicious as usual. Wine list is great. I love Italian wines and the Barbera I chose did not disappoint. Great meal as usual.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Vignola & Cinque Terre was a great location for 5 of us to enjoy a delicious, upscale dinner for a bachelorette party. They seated us in the upstairs section so the noise level was low. The quality of food, service and drinks met our expectations and was worth the money. We dressed up but saw many people in jeans there. Definitely worth a try.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on July 25, 2017

The food at Cinque terre is delicious! This is authentic italian food, with fresh products. It was our second time there and we recommand it to everyone. A good choice in the menu is also appreciated. The price are reasonable. Very good restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Have been here a few times in the past--this visit was a special request from my father for his 78th birthday (he also has been a few times in the past). The duck confit bruschetta and the veal milanese were both great, and the fettucine we had was perfectly cooked as well. Excellent chocolate raspberry dessert as well. Was sad that they had seriously downgraded on the bread, which used to be I think a mixture that included interesting focaccia served with olive oil w/ herbs, but this time was sliced, almost stale, plain bread and some sliced focaccia which was just weird, served with butter. It was an unimpressive start. Also, their house salad, which used to be lovely, was uninspired. Sad to see these small changes for the worse, and it would make me hesitant to return for a special occasion. Also, the service was resistant to putting in an appetizer order before we were ready to order everything, something I have never in my too many years of eating out have never once experienced due to the rationale of the kitchen's preference for timing. But on the whole, my dad was very happy (though he too remarked on the downgraded bread quality and salad) and we had a lovely evening out.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on July 20, 2017

We travel to Maine each summer and try to spend at least a couple nights in Portland. Previous to this dinner we had eaten at both Cinque Terra and Vignola when they were separate restaurants. I was a bit confused as the front looked like Vignola, but then it kept going. The back looked like Cinque Terra, but the bricks were painted. Aha--they combined and remodeled:)
My husband and I shared the gorgonzola stuffed dates--I highly recommend them, and I had the "lobster" cannelloni. The sides--which is often what I base my selection on--were great. Pea shoots, I think fennel, broccoli and a very tasty sauce. To be fair, if you are looking for large pieces of lobster, don't order this, but the flavor of lobster mixed with the ricotta was very good.
For dessert I had the citrus cake. The anisette gelato was superb, the buttercream a bit much, and the other components very good.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Every item of food was terrific. loved the presentation of my zuppe de pesce. Only disappointmt was the bread, which was tasteless.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 9, 2017

I went with my significant other and her mother. Restaurant was recommended by friends and lived up to the recommendation. We shared several appetizers, including the warmed dates, steamed mussels, tomato with burrata, meatballs and shrimp. My significant's mom had the grilled 14 oz ribeye, and we shared the lamb. We ended with charcuterie and cheese. Food was inventive, mostly local, cooked and served well. Our server was outstanding, knew the menu and wine list well. There were only two disappointments. The first was an email during dinner from OpenTable chastising me for not cancelling the reservation when I don't show up because it adversely impacts the restaurant. I emailed OpenTable explaining that I was at the restaurant! And then asked the server what's up? She said there was confusion at the front of the house so they made a mistake. The other disappointment was the wine. We started with the Prosecco Brut, which was flavorful, but not really Brut -- too sweet. The glass of Vermentino that followed was better, especially as it warmed a bit. More disappointing was the Brunello, which at $90 was not too expensive, but was too expensive for a wine that was long past its prime, or stored in less than ideal conditions that prematurely aged it. Overall we highly recommend, just stick with the less expensive wines that probably move faster. We will definitely go back.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Very warm, air conditioner in the front room was off. Had to move to the back of the restaurant where it was cooler, some, not much. Our waitress had absolutely no personality. We wanted to have some bread with our drinks and she would not bring it until we ordered our meals. That's crazy. It was just okay.. Only available reservation was 6:30 yet there were empty tables all over when we arrived and when we left.

Will not recommend this restaurant..

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 (New England)·Dined on July 7, 2017

The food was excellent, we started with the arugula and strawberry salad with goat cheddar, it was so fresh and tasty. I had the swordfish and linguine, my sister had the fettuccini and meatballs , and my niece had the margarita pizza. The ingredients were all fresh and very good. The service was slow and not very attentive, but I would go back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Food was good but there was no air conditioning, no fans, no open windows-it was too HOT for heavy food

Tags: Healthy, Business Meals, Waterfront
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