"...the future of New England food" (Wall Street Journal, 5/23/14)
"He trained everywhere you might expect, first cutting meat with Dario Cecchini in Italy, then staging at Fäviken in Sweden and Noma in Copenhagen." (New York Magazine's Grub Street, 6/19/13)
"...a meal in which everything builds on itself to leave you perfectly satisfied, yet energized... 5/5 stars" (Portland Press Herald. 7/27/2014)
"a serious star... the city's leading contemporary restaurant... This is the place Portland needed to crystalize its gastronomic ambitions once and for all" (Financial Times of London, 10/25/14)
Vinland is one of the most creative restaurants we've visited! Each dish was prepared with care and originality and taste. Wonderful flavorful food and great organic wine list. Their foods are only locally sourced! For you "gluten free" folks you have it made - a brown bread for dipping and eating! Vegan and non- vegan plates were great to try - small and large plates are offered for each preparation. Lots of choices and lots of flavor! Thank you Vinland - Portland is lucky to have you!!!!
Had an 8:15 reservation. Arrived at 8:19. Was sat with my girlfriend by a confused employee at a table for two. Within 30 seconds asked us if we could sit at the bar. Said we'd prefer here. "We have a larger table coming in."
OK, we'll move, since they're more important than us.
Corner 3 chairs at the bar were available, however the table next to those chairs was occupied by a family with an infant and their carrier, bag and gear. Walked out immediately after noticing that we couldn't get to the seats without inconveniencing the mother and interrupting their meal ourselves.
Not a great experience, prep a bit better for your tables! Food smelled good. Went to Nosh and ate a gigantic Big Mack.
Great meal and great service. Two of us did the tasting menu and shared our plates. We had a super time and the food was delicious.
My husband and I went to Portland for my birthday and I chose Vinland since they had only local Maine foods. The waiter was really nice and the food was delicious. I am not a foodie but the waiter was really patient and charming.
The food was just delicious. So carefully done! Knowledgeable and friendly service
This is my favorite Portland restaurant. The music can be a bit loud, but they're accommodating about turning it down if it is. The food is creative, healthy, and local. The wine selections are very very good. Price is at the upper end for Portland, but the meal is worth it. I particularly appreciate the small plate options, and their use of sustainable seafood like mussels and monkfish. Service is friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive without hovering.
Each course cooked to perfection with local ingredients and flavor pairings are unique and original.
Interesting approach that generally impressed. Local, fresh, seasonal - in April in Maine, when nothing is growing yet - and mostly was a hit.
Pros: expertly cooked seafood with great sauces that enhanced natural flavors. Amazingly spot-on and perfect wine pairings. Flexibility in the 5 course tasting - you can get whatever 5 you want, including 5 of the same dishes! Reasonable price for what they’re doing.
Cons: It’s gluten free, which while fine for most dishes was noticeable with our cheese fondue and cheese plate courses, which could have benefited from more than the dry oat toast offered. Dessert itself could have benefited from more sweet options - everything was more on the savory side. Whie again, fruit is mostly out of season, it still left us wanting a sweet end to the meal.
But will definitely try again when summer fruits & vegs are here! Am sure it will be a very different experience.
Service was excellent and food was delicious, especially recommend the salad. However, it was expensive and portions small. No bread came with meal.
The location in Portland is perfect, within walking distances from the hotels. The food, service and overall experience was wonderful. Can't say enough about the quality, taste and presentation of the food. Superb!
Fantastic meal. Wine list was full of esoteric choices but still had plenty of safe options. Food was unbelievable, we opted for the 5 course menu. Be warned, it’s a LOT of food! Service was excellent, the guys know their food and drink.
A superb, highly original restaurant with locally sourced produce and brilliantly innovative cuisine/
We were surprised to find that this was the worst meal we have had in many years. The service was very slow, even though we had an early reservation on a Saturday night. The waiters presented a rushed and anxious presence throughout the evening.The prices were extremely high for the courses and sizes. The monkfish was truly inedible. Any taste there might have been to the smoked fish did not penetrate beyond the sour and unpleasant flavor of the kale juice. The fish was over salted and rubbery and the sun chokes were watery and overcooked. The flavors individually and in competition in were unpleasant rather than delicious.We were very disappointed.
Everything they served us was incredible, and our waiter was very attentive, relaxed, and easy to chat with. The menu was creative and unique, without being overly pretentious. Overall, if it was priced slightly more in my budget, this would be one of my go to Portland restaurants.
Our second visit to Vinland (for a birthday celebration) was even more outstanding than the first time. We shared two five course meal options. Extraordinarily beautiful presentations, creative use of spices, fabulous sauces that showcased the main ingredients rather than drowned them, and generous portions to boot produced an unforgettable experience. (We appreciated that the food was not overly salted as it is in many restaurants). Our particular favorites were actually pretty much everything: the salad (a whole delicate Bibb type lettuce looking like a water lily with dressing, carrots and other sliced veggies hidden under the "petals"); the squash soup; mussels; the oat cake; the monk fish and lobster entrees; a delicate chicken dish with crispy skin, and both desserts. Our server Tim was fantastic...courses were served in a perfectly timed sequence (neither too fast or slow), with informative but unpretentious descriptions. The decor of Vinland is very sophisticated, like the food, but very soothing at the same time. We enjoyed the background music also.
Great staff and ambiance. Very interesting menu with dishes of very diverse flavor profile and super fresh ingredients. However I found a couple dishes (oat cake and monk fish) a bit too salty for my liking, though it's worth noting that I eat very bland usually.
Our second time at Vinland was as memorable as the first. We each got the 5 course with wine pairing, so we had 10 dishes and 10 wines to share. Every bite and each sip was delicious. Creative, seasonal, local sourcing, beautiful plating, and the server knew everything about each dish and wine. Their commitment to local extends to every ingredient, which requires some creative, but very successful substitutions for common items. I’d suggest some specific dishes - fermented oatcake, fondue, lobster, scallops, steak tartare, panna cotta- but the menu will change, and any choice will be a winner.
Vinland features 100% local ingredients, and offers imaginative and delicious food in a minimalist but beautiful setting. The cocktails, wine, and beer offerings are exemplary, and the service was genuinely friendly without being overbearing. I will return again!
This may be my favorite Portland restaurant! The dishes are creative and delicious, and serving size is reasonable. The portions are well balanced, so one can eat less, savor more, and leave without feeling "stuffed." Service is personal and pleasant, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. My only sort of negative is that the space is small, and sometimes the music is a little louder than one might like for conversation, but if asked, I'm guessing staff would turn it down. I had the monkfish--not typically found on menus but a pleasant change and important as an option to some of the species that are being over-fished or whose numbers are dropping for other reasons. Highly recommended!
Delicious healthy meal and a perfect choice for dinner! Love that everything was locally sourced and organic, including the wine 👌🏼 the mussels, steak, and scallops were just so good! Definitely would come back.
My husband & I absolutely LOVED Vinland!! We used Open table as reservation system which on a Sunday night was unnecessary. We got a window table!! My husband had lobster and I had chicken dish. He loved his lobster but my chicken was unexceptional. The fondue was totally worth it!! Order this as appetizer!! The "shrub" nonalcoholic drink was delicious!! Coffee from Speckled Ax also worth it!! Definitely going back!!
Several items put on the table did not match the menu description. Food was very good, but the portions were quite small for the price paid.
Had a wonderful time NYE at Vinland! Definitely have a cocktail the manhattans are the best I've ever had!
Recommend requesting table away from door if possible. Flavors in food were awesome. Scallops slightly under cooked. Too much dressing on salad. This is a restaurant to be adventurous and try things you would normally not try...
Beauties of taste, texture and presentation along with the awareness that food is Maine based and "grower" supportive, help make it the special place it is. The intelligence of the service and its cordial ambience make it an enjoyable place to dine alone or to share with friends. I am a recidivist...one who enjoys continuing visits and who also looks forward to sharing its experience with others.
after reading about the chef in the local paper a few years ago, I bought my parents a gift certificate for 5 course plus wine pairing. it took them quite some time to get down there (so long that the prices had gone up, but the certificate was still honored!). 3 years later they did the same for me this christmas! I am not a rich woman and wouldn't dare to buy myself such a luxurious meal, so I was especially pleased with my opportunity to join everyone for dinner. all my courses and the corresponding wine were fantastic (steak tartare & syrah blend... ooohhhh man). I left full in both soul and belly. I love the philosophy as much as the food. I feel privileged for the opportunity.
Except for the food, our experience at Vinland was nice. The ambiance was pleasant in a minimalist Scandinavian way, with pale colors and lattices or birch (some complete with desiccated mushrooms — very cool). A cool selection of songs played at a nice volume in the background — Rodriguez, Nick Drake, Nico, etc.
I’ve heard enough good things about it food-wise from people I trust to conclude it was either an off night (it was Christmas Day), or our palates simply didn’t connect to the cuisine. There was an unexpected sourness or bitterness to a number of the things we are and drank, some of it expected (a play on sauer kraut and grilled radicchio), some not. Even the wines tended toward a sour taste that I’d last experienced with trendy beers made with wild yeasts. These may be your cup of tea/wine, but we found ourselves leaving a number of the wine pairings half full. After a turn, the dishes started blending together so as to feel all too similar. We did like the frozen chaga desert, but mainly because it cleansed our palates.
This is one of my favorite places in all of Portland. David is an incredible chef. Tim is a wonderful host.
This was our group’s first visit and it certainly will not be our last. Vinland delivered on so many levels- organic, gluten free and local clean food and wine with a wonderfully creative menu that was executed perfectly by the chef and waitstaff. We sampled and shared each of the appetizers and they complemented one another perfectly. Our entrees, lamb, monkfish and crab were prepared to perfection. The blueberry rosemary sorbet and chaga semifreddo refreshed at the end of this memorable dinner. We will be back.
This was our first Thanksgiving dinner after 30+ years of being host and cook. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. The food was FANTASTIC!!!!! We could not have had a better experience!!!!!
First off, food was delicious. But I could not get my favorite cocktail (lemon drop) because
lemons do not grow in Maine. Setting was very quiet and romantic. The bar area appeared
to be welcoming and a pleasant spot to eat if you are dining alone, which is not unusual for
me. I chose the 5 dish option with the paired wines, which is a lot of food as the portion sizes
are generous. The mussels were especially delicious as was the Fermented Oat Pizza.
My son knows I have a hard time eating out because I eat only local and organic, so he got me a gift certificate to Vinland, that I share with my husband and 2 friends. I've been living in Maine for 6 years, and this is by far my favorite restaurant. All 4 of us loved our meals. The combination of cheeses and flatbread on their "Four Cheeses and Oat Flatbread" appetizer was outstanding. My starter "Lettuce Head Salad" was bursting with flavor, and my "Fermented Oat Pizza" was creative and delicious! Thank you Vinland! I'll be back for sure!!!
Vinland is such a unique and bold dining experience in Portland's fantastic restaurant scene. The use of Maine sourced ingredients and creative preparation clearly articulated with care and passion was an event that we all really enjoyed partaking in. (Incredible drinks, mussels, steak ... and more) Admittedly we found ourselves desperately wanting some savory homemade bread or more appropriate starch pairings (locally sourced of course) to accompany several dishes, and would have been happy with an offering of gluten free options to balance out. We were content to sample wine and coffee sourced outside of our beloved state - supporting our local vendors. Thank you Vinland for your commitment and passion. Look forward to more creative offerings as the seasons change.
Thoroughly enjoyed my experience in dining at this restaurant!
Each item was thoughtfully created & prepared.
Timing allowed for savoring each item.
I was in town on my own & enjoyed this very intimate experience, sitting at the bar where I could interact with others & see the preparation of each item on the menu.
As anticipated an experience of this caliber comes with a price, so make it the main event for the day. That's what I did.
Very good food. Appropriate portions for tasting menu. Great service. Wish it was open all week!
One of the best restaurants in Portland. It's not cheap but worth it. Would gladly go back. Order small plates to share and signature cocktails. The staff is very accommodating.
Very bland food all together. The teaks had fat that wasn’t even rendered. Not worth $38 for a steak.
Best restaurant in a city filled with exceptional food. Inventive but authentic--everything on the menu originates in Maine and it's all delicious. Far better than many of the more well-known Portland restaurants.
A bit of California except all the food is from Maine! Very creative, enjoyed by all 4 of us.