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“Legitimate "farm-to-table" with delicious results”
Review of Valentina Coastal Maine Kitchen - CLOSED

Valentina Coastal Maine Kitchen
Price range: $6 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed June 24, 2014

The "farm-to-table" movement is little more than marketing in most parts of the country, particularly in Florida where we live. But this restaurant seems to be really delivering on that promise, and their food shows it.

We walked by this place on the way to the restaurant where we had reservations, and the posted menu looked so good we almost changed our plans on the spot. Instead, we stepped inside and made a reservation for the next night. When we arrived for dinner and learned they had only been open a week, we prepared ourselves for glitchy service and inconsistent food. Nope. Service was perfect, professional, and warm. And the food was, without exception, excellent. We loved every item we ordered. The house-made saffron tagliatelle was a standout, as was the salad, with local microgreens and asparagus that tasted like they were just picked that day. My daughter's "Spring Greens" Ravoli, house made, with leeks and asparagus Tips dressed in a summer garlic sauce was delicious too.

The owner sat down to chat for a little while. He explained that he changed the whole concept for his new restaurant when the chef explained that he had a network of 200 "share farms" in Maine who would be able to supply every item on the menu -- seafood, meat and produce. The quality and freshness of the food was evident in every dish. The chef was most recently at Natalie's and the Hartstone Inn (two longstanding Camden favorites) and the owner and his wife have been in the restaurant business their entire lives, which explains why the place is running so smoothly after just a week! They are committed to becoming an established part of the Camden community and restaurant scene, and Camden is lucky to have them!

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Thank Cheryl F
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Olga S, Owner at Valentina Coastal Maine Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded July 20, 2014

Thank you for your review and your kind words. Yes, the Farm to Table movement in Maine is one of the best in the USA. Our local Farmers produce amazing natural and organic produce and vegetables throughout our local growing season. They harvest daily and deliver to our kitchen just hours later. Our Lobstermen and Fishermen deliver their fresh Lobster and Fish just hours "out of the water" as well. We can't thank them enough for their hard work, attention to freshness and for making our job of serving you, our guests, "so easy".

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