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“Must visit for foodies!”
Review of Valentina Coastal Maine Kitchen - CLOSED

Valentina Coastal Maine Kitchen
Price range: US$6 - US$30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed 23 August 2014

If you love food, wine, great service and warm hospitality you share something in common with the owner of Valentina's and you are going to love his restaurant! Every aspect of the dining experience reflects his rich culinary family history and his more than 40 years of experience in the restaurant business. One glance at the wine list, with its eclectic mix of lesser known wines that are interesting, imminently drinkable, delicious and affordable and a foodie will recognize all the signs of a restaurant that is founded in a love of food and pleasurable dining over profits. Most of the wines are priced under $40 but don't mistake that for a lack of quality (you will also find some more recognizable higher priced wines if you are so inclined).

After perusing the wine list, I couldn't wait to open the menu and I wasn't disappointed. I won't go into the specifics of the wine list or the menu because according to Michael it is every changing with the seasons and his whims. But the menu offers innovative small plates and entrees made mostly from fresh local products and based in his Italian heritage and the chef clearly knows how to cook. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed every flavorful dish we ate. We were there for our 31st wedding anniversary and Michael started our evening off with a delightful glass of sparkling wine on the house. Just one of the many small gestures that make eating at Valentina special.

If you are in the Camden area (or even if you are not) head to Valentina's and you won't regret it. We cannot wait to go back!

2  Thank Paul Y
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Reviewed 22 August 2014

On a recent trip north for a short holiday we visited Camden, Maine and dined at this new restaurant, Valentina Coastal Maine Kitchen on the recommendation of a local shopkeeper. We had an amazing dinner. My wife and I shared a vegetable salad, the Lobster Bisque and the Oysters Frites. The Oysters were large and were served with a great sauce and fresh herbs. Very tasty. The lobster bisque was the best we have ever had. The vegetables in the vegetable salad were fresh and flavorful. We could tell they truly were Farm to Table as other reviews suggested. Then we shared a Thai style Bouillabaisse that was full of fresh seafood and so flavorful. We finished every bite and used our crusty bread to capture the last drop of the broth. If we return to Camden we will surely return to Valentina for another wonderful dining experience.

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1  Thank Daniel M
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Reviewed 21 August 2014

We were seated promptly in a mostly empty restaurant which began filling up rapidly. Our first courses arrived in a timely way. Great oyster and salad. The main course in which we shared the bouillabaisse took over an hour. Other reviewers notwithstanding we found sharing the bouillabaisse to be more than adequate nutrition. It was very good.

Our pleasant and attractive waiter did what seemed to us as a lot of fairly aimless wandering and was not good at noticing any of the tables. Getting the bill having been too full for dessert took 15 minutes. Waiter did apologize twice for the slowness and his estimates of food ETA were off by 20 minutes. The wait was exacerbated by very uncomfortable banquette seating. Not sure anyone should have to endure a bistro chair for 90 minutes either now that I think of it.

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1  Thank geezerfoodie
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

Valentina hits consistent home runs: food, service, ambience, value, all based on the experience and professionalism of its genial owner Michael. Local fresh ingredients imaginatively combined into terrific salads, perfectly cooked seafood, good wine modestly priced, small plates and large, this place is building a top reputation quickly and it should. We live in Maine and appreciate its many fine dining options; it is a pleasure to discover yet another great destination.

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1  Thank Jadesloop
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

We have been visiting Camden every Summer for about 15 years and have tried most of the local restaurants. We like to try the new ones that have opened since our last visit. Michael, the owner, was extremely personable as he greeted us and took us to our table. The service was timely and the food excellent. We started with a salad that my wife and I shared. It was simple but the flavors were subtle and the ingredients fresh and crisp. We ordered two appetizers because we knew we were going to have dessert. I always check the dessert menu first to judge how I will order. We had the pork skewers and scallops. They were both excellent and just enough to satisfy us with dessert still to come. They only had two desserts so we got one of each! One was a vanilla custard with a hint of lemon and the other was a rich chocolate pot de crème. The chocolate was so rich we ate them together so the custard cut the richness of the chocolate. They were each excellent on their own and, in our minds, even better together. Our server was a young college student who was very focused on attending to our needs. We look forward to dining at Valentina's again next summer!!!

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