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“Seems legit until you taste the food”
Review of Vines Italian Restaurante - CLOSED

Vines Italian Restaurante
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Clovis, New Mexico, United States
Level Contributor
12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Seems legit until you taste the food”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

Nearly everything about Vines points to it being a quality italian restaurant... the price, the ambience... but once you actually taste the entree's they just taste completely bland. It's like they just don't have a real italian chef or even someone that knows what they are doing... the food even looks the part... they do have nice happy hour specials so there is that.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank Jesse B
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English first
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
2 reviews
“Excellent Italian Restaurant on the High Plains of New Mexico”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

Had a fantastic meal at Vines Italian Restaurante. The service was top notch, the atmosphere was relaxed, and the food was delicious. It's definitely a diamond in the rough; one worth checking out when in the area. I recommend having a chicken dish with hatch green chiles; Italian with a slight New Mexican twist if you will.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank OnTheRoadAgain87
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Ruidoso, New Mexico
1 review
“Expected in small town”
Reviewed 25 May 2014

Was mother in laws birthday, and since she lived in Portales years ago, she was excited about a higher end restaurant. That is were the excitement ended. The atmosphere was nice, the gentleman playing music was good and considerate of sound level, and staff was friendly but lack any proper training on serving tables. We were seated promptly an served water ,tea immediately, then waited 10 minutes for server to come back to take orders, with only one other table in the place with customers. Another 15 minutes to bring bread and salads/ soups but didn't refill ice teas. 25 minutes plus entrees were served without removing salad plates first and still no refills. All 6 meals were disappointing. Baked pork was dry and tough, think chef thought to much marinara sauce would save it. Veal was also to tough to chew. Two of us ordered ribeye special, medium rare was the preference but cooked to medium tough. For the price expected a lot more.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Verne J
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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Overpriced”
Reviewed 11 January 2014

A group of friends and I went to Vines Italian Restaurante. When we walked in it looked rather nice and the wait staff seemed friendly. Prices looked normal gauging off the other italian places that I have been to before. I ordered the chicken alfredo and when I received the plate I could barely tell that there was chicken on it. The chicken was sliced so small and the portion was about 1/4 of breast. I literally looked through the noodles and found the chicken pieces to take a picture of the portion size. The noodles were overcooked and everything was bland. It tasted like a microwave meal you could buy at any grocery store. Not worth the 15 dollars that i paid for the meal. Needless to say we will not be returning.

  • Visited January 2014
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1 Thank gismo1985
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Portales, NM
Level Contributor
71 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“nice atmosphere, friendly staff”
Reviewed 22 December 2013

This restaurant has a nice atmosphere (probably the best in Portales) and friendly waiting staff. Sometimes they even have live music and that is great. As someone who grew up with Italian grandmother's, I am a tough critic for Italian food anywhere, and Vines is no exception. Sauces for virtually all dishes are the same, and not like grandma made. However, they have a few good dishes that I am happy to eat. I like their bruschetta, the breadsticks, and their wine options.Slightly pricey for the town, but not too expensive. Definitely one of the few places to go for a special occasion.

  • Visited December 2013
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