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Caiola's

58 Pine St, Portland, ME 04102-3855
207-772-1110
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Ranked #41 of 535 restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American, Italian
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We chose this restaurant in Portland's west end (a new area to us that looks a lot like Cambridge, MA) because it was listed in David Buchanan's book TASTE, MEMORY (featuring the local food movement and resurgence of heirloom fruits and vegetables) as his favorite neighborhood restaurant in Portland. Included in our party were two "foodies" and two picky eaters... More

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Boston
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We had a nice meal at Caiola's: good-very good food and pleasant service and ambiance BUT we have to echo an earlier review which questioned sanitation practices at this restaurant. We were seated near the area where bread is prepped for the tables. Several servers were cutting the bread and putting it into baskets with bare hands--the same servers who... More

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Top Contributor
158 reviews 158 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Best version of Chicken Marsala we have ever had and that takes into account a lot of restaurants. This place was just wonderful.

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Endwell, New York
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32 reviews 32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We had an excellent meal at Caiola's. We were there for dinner on a Wednesday night. We enjoyed the eggplant parmigiana, beef and pork ragu with Orecchiette, and the hake (fish). Also,the caesar salad with oysters was very good. The desserts were yummy. Very friendly service, small restaurant so call ahead for reservations. Located in a residential neighborhood near downtown... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This was our second trip to Portland and we made it a point to go back to Caiola's. The food was very good. Small restaurant - make sure you have reservations.

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Unionville, Connecticut
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Caiola's is a gem of a little restaurant. After having an amazing brunch one Sunday, we decided to have a family dinner after our elopement in South Portland. Caiola's let us reserve the back dinning room, which was the perfect size for our group of 20+ people. We decided to just use their typical menu and let our guests order... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This restaurant was recommended to us by the Inn Keeper at a B&B that my wife and I were staying. We didn't have a reservation, but I would recommend having one. We were lucky to have been brought through the kitchen, "goodfellas style" and ended up in the second dining room. It was so quaint and the food was off... More

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pennsylvania
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24 reviews 24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Just what the reviews led me to expect. Small, felt like a neighborhood place. Service was excellent. Food was very good. Not a place I would rave about but I would very definitely go back in a flash. Excellent combination of quality and price.

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Easton, Massachusetts
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The eggplant parmesan was absolutely delicious. The service was excellent. The wine selection was wonderful. A perfect night out. Don't forget to make a reservation!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I have been here before and had a great experience but after tonight I will never go back! I don't know what was worse the fact there was a GIANT RAT dining next to us on the back patio or that we were never approached by a manger after we could not finish our meal outside. The entire situation was... More

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