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“Lunch prepared with care”

Riverside Farm Market and Cafe
Ranked #2 of 6 Restaurants in Oakland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$30
Cuisines: American, Italian
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Reviewed 29 June 2012

The first thing I noticed was the smell of clean wood as we entered the lobby. The entire place is clean blonde wood making for a bright and airy feel of comfort. The server was friendly but there was quite a wait for our food to arrive. My daughter's scallop stew was good with sufficient scallops and rich broth. The two panninis that were ordered were on home baked bread almost like a focaccia and sported a fair amount of meat and condiments. My mom's Reuben was a little light on kraut and the corned beef a bit dry and was on a grilled textured rye that had good flavor. I ordered a special of the day, a pulled chicken barbecue sandwich. There were good chunks of tender chicken well coated in a tangy, sweet sauce with just the mildest bite. This was served with a small cup of baked beans that were somewhat overdone.
All that sounds over critical for what was really a very good lunch that should have been served more promptly. The ambiance was very nice and it was fun to explore the market next door that featured a wine room and a variety of baked goods, cheeses and even toutiere pie.
I would give it another try.

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1  Thank Carl L
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Reviewed 13 June 2012

It has been awhile since I have been to Riverside to dine in for lunch, as I typically don't have a lot of time at lunch. First, the service which used to be extremely slow (my main reason for not dining in), was very good today. I could see that other wait staff were equally as friendly and on the ball as ours. The other good thing, no, amazing thing, was that I got a pint of portabello mushroom with roasted red pepper and goat cheese soup to take home which was just as every other soup I have tried at Riverside- very impressive and delectable, with wonderful quality ingredients and seasoned to perfection. I have never had better soup than at Riverside. Highly recommended!

The bad- I have frequently gotten slices of quiche to go from Riverside in the past, and they have typically very good, creamy, with a good balance of egg mixture with additions, and a slightly crispy crust. Today, I first tried the quiche with bacon, onion, and cheddar. Being a bacon lover, I could not believe that I actually felt there was too much bacon. The pieces of bacon were too large (even curly, not at all crispy) and the pie was mostly globs of bacon, with very little egg mixture. I did not notice onions or cheddar. The quiche was overcooked, with part of the top being black and the little bit of egg mixture being dry. They then apparently microwaved the quiche too long so the whole thing was also soggy. I asked to try another quiche, as the quiche I have had in the past has been so excellent. I was told their quiche has mostly additions and little egg mix but I decided to try anyway, again as I have loved the quiche in the past.The spinach quiche was equally disappointing. It was like eating a plate of cooked spinach, again so little egg mixture that it did not even seem quiche-like. The top crust was so overcooked the parts could not easily be chewed- rubbery. And it was even more microwaved and soggy than the last piece. Very disappointing. Bring back the good quiche!

My husband got a crabcake sandwich which he liked because it was not heavy and greasy, though a bit spicy for his taste. He got strawberry lemonade which he found too tart, and added another packet of sugar, but otherwise good.

I have kept the restaurant rating as very good, as I think they overall have been in the past and don't want to downgrade too much on this one experience. I noticed they have a very nice dinner menu now, which I would like to try sometime soon.

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1  Thank TNinME
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Reviewed 31 May 2012

All four in my group had quiche today, and we each thought ours was the best. Our server was excellent and the weather was fine for the porch. Very enjoyable, will be back again soon.

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Reviewed 24 April 2012

Top two perks of this place: food and atmosphere
Food is truly amazing, luxury restaurant style. You will not be disappointed. The Lobster Lozada, the chef's specialty, is particularly amazing. Also the chocolate lava cake for dessert.
The restaurant itself is also beautiful - it has a lovely interior, perfect for a dinner out with family or an intimate date.
It's owned by a local Maine couple, so you're supporting small business in Maine!
The only downside is that they are a bit pricey, but it is definitely worth it to have a high caliber, high quality restaurant in this area. Definitely worth a visit (especially if someone else wants to treat you!)

1  Thank DianaG34
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

Wow! We ate here last night and we will definately be back! Beautiful atmosphere, wonderful, fresh food. We were a party of 7 and the service was just great! We dine in the Skowhegan/Waterville area frequently and this is by far the absolute best restaurant we have tried so far!

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Thank rrgrant11
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