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“Great food, always consistent”
Review of Cafe Mediterraneo

Cafe Mediterraneo
Ranked #29 of 204 Restaurants in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $22
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Westborough, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
85 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Great food, always consistent”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

Have eaten at this restaraunt numerous times. Food is always excellent and the service is very good. Can't go wrong at this establishment.

Visited October 2012
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  • English first
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English first
South Berwick, Maine
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Find”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

Excellent service from start to finish. The surprise for our visit was the filet. We went for Italian and my wife loved her ravioli dish. I found the filet to be one of the best anywhere.

Visited September 2012
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Thank paul c
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Findlay, Ohio
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Cafe Mediterraneo, Portsmouth ME”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

Great Italian menu. Had the best carbonara ever! Even though the restaurant was almost packed to capacity, the wait staff was extremely accommodating.

Visited October 2012
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Thank Kathy E
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Eliot, Maine
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent pasta”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

Great pasta and meat sauce. Paired wine was delicious - and I'm not a wine drinker. Desserts were to die for. price was right

Visited July 2012
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Unprofessional Owner”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

We made reservations at 8:00pm for Cafe this past Sunday of this week for Friday the night (Sept. 20th) to celebrate our two year anniversary.  We arrived at 7:55 and were seated at 8:20.  The people behind us were promptly brought to the bar by the owner when they arrived and the table wasn't ready. They were a party of four.  At 8:15 we sat at the bar when a couple of chairs opened up, we sat there for 5 minutes without even an acknowledgement that we were there, as we ordered drinks mid sentence the owner cut me off and we were told our table was ready and the bartender was told not to put the order in.

We then sat at our table and waited for 7-8 more minutes before we were asked for drink orders.

I had peaked at the reservation list while waiting and there wasn't many reservations in fact we were one of about three at 8:00.  

The point is as soon as we told the owner we were there for our 8:00 reservation we could tell he looked like he wasn't close to being ready.  We were ignored while we stood and waited in the waiting area, the owner only came over to pay attention to the party of four.  We were never offered the opportunity to place a drink order early while we waited.  We had to seek that out on our own and were cut off halfway through the drink order.  

Was there a point to making a reservation that early in the week?  In my business there is no way avoiding a customer I'm not ready for would fly.  I would be reprimanded.  It's just disappointing that this is supposed to be fine dining and we felt like we were treated like an inconvenience when we had done the work to make a proper reservation.  

After sharing this experience with a few of our clients I heard similar stories where the wife went in alone for dinner and was ignored and when the husband was with the wife the owner was all of a sudden personable. This guy is cheap and would rather save the $5 for a couple of drinks than have a happy customer. He kisses butt and really only cares about how much money he can get out of you.

Too bad, the food was good, but the service ... I get better service at applebees.

  • Visited September 2012
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