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RM 144 - RM 240
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Italian, Tuscan, Central-Italian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 24 December 2023 via mobile

I would not recommend. It wasn’t exactly bad, but nothing special either, and not worth the price. The scallops were very undercooked (almost raw inside) and were nearly cold. The truffle tagliatelle lacked flavor. The steak was overly salty. While relatively small, the restaurant was...loud. It also shook every time the light rail went by. The seating was also uncomfortable with firm bench seating that lacked seat depth. Not exactly a romantic experience.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 12 September 2023 via mobile

An unexpected excellent dining experience in downtown Portland. Attentive and thoughtful team service. We ordered from the a la carte menu because we did not have a large appetite, and we could not have been happier with our meals. Quail appetizer followed by duck (me)...and halibut (my spouse). House-made amaretto gelato for dessert with grappa as a final touch (had a choice of four which made me very happy). Monica guided us to a delightful bottle of Italian red that complimented our meal. The restaurant reminded me of a bit of Italy stateside. No hesitation in recommending this fine osteria.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 17 August 2023 via mobile

A must try in Portland! They easily put together a tasting menu that worked around allergies. Our wait staff was the best we’ve ever had. Cannot recommend enough! I’m still thinking about the rabbit ravioli and the prosciutto appetizer.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 1 July 2023 via mobile

Pretty good overall - but not quite at 5 level. Service is prompt and friendly. Food was good - 2 of our 3 pasta dishes were like warm so that was a disappointment. The apps we got were good but not super memorable. The sommelier...was very friendly and knowledgeable. Dessert was fine but again not memorable. Will definitely come back for the service and would recommend if you’re looking for authentic Italian.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 9 January 2023

This was my first visit, Holiday gift from Daughter and Partner, who joined me. It is hard to describe what a wonderful experience it was, actually, it was more of an adventure through culinary artistry. I shall return.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 17 October 2022 via mobile

6 of us dined here in a busy Saturday night. Restaurant was loud and bright light over the table that couldn’t be dimmed. Service was very personable and friendly. Extremely disappointed with the meal. First course was undercooked cold scallops poorly plated and on a...very unattractive plate. Next course was the pasta course which was very under seasoned and served just warm. The fish course was very disappointing and presentation lacking. Dessert was very good. Excellent wine list. Not sure I would recommend eating here when there are so many other options in Portland.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 15 October 2022

In from out of town on college visits and got very lucky stumbling across this great little Italian restaurant. Walked in off the street and they sat three of us. Does appear to be a Tasting Menu heavy establishment, but we were able to order...a la carte. The three pasta dishes were all excellent, the bread was fresh and delicious and the dessert very good as well. Staff extremely friendly and accommodating. Downtown Portland can be a bit harrowing currently, but if you find yourself down here, this is a definite gem. Would go back tonight. Not cheap but not exorbitant prices either.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 15 October 2022

enjoyed my entire meal and drinks, but wasn’t awestruck - another example of hyperventilating reviewers, hence “4/5.”

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 5 October 2022

I'm from Alaska where fine dining is anything not out of a can . Just joking, I've been to enough restaurants to know a cut above when I experience it. And Mucca is that. All dishes were different from whatever you might prepare at home...and mostly unique. I don't know Italian cuisine at all but I do know the taste, texture and presentation was exceptional. The cured King salmon with flying fish caviar (small eggs, those) had just enough salt to get the job done without covering the wonderful salmon taste. The scallops took a lot of skill to get nicely browned on one side and just-enough-done on the inside. Just well done food, and a huge wine selection by the bottle -do your homework before you go. Cannot say enough about the service. Plenty of waitstaff who were very, very attentive without being overly so. Friendly, but not chatty. Focused on presentation, attention and service. If you want a special night out this is a place to go. The ONLY comment I have about the food, and this is just my opinion, is that I did not like the sou vide beef. I found its consistency perfect but with little flavor, which is my opinion a drawback that most sou vide meats have. For me, sou vide is always about what you do with the meat after you take it out of the water bath -what finish you put on it. For the most part that's adding a sear to the meat, but that sear has to be done with some smoke getting to the meat plus some seasoning byond salt and pepper. But that's my opinion and I'm sure many will like what I did not. Don't miss this place.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 27 June 2022 via mobile

We chose this restaurant based on Trip Advisor reviews and the ability of online reservations. The location was in a fun pet of Portland and parking was easy, both street and lots available nearby. It’s a small restaurant with few tables. Overall the food was...good and the drinks selection decent. The waiter service was good. We had ordered a birthday cake for one of our party. We even stopped and talked to the manager during the meal. The cake never arrived (we weren’t charged for it) but it was disappointing and a big miss. The appetizers were good, and 3 of the 4 entrees were good. We expected more from a restaurant so highly rated by TA reviewers.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 26 June 2022

Visiting Portland several years after moving away, we looked forward to Mucca. The tasting menu is literally forced on you. Do not reserve on Open Table because there is no option to the tasting meu; call if you want a la carfte, Aside from the...pasta course, the tasting menu hardly seems Italian. The course after pasta was beef and lentil salad and the beef (sirloin) was really chewy although cooked medium rare. We wanted wine by the glass and they were out of one of only 3 whites available by the glass. One of our party does not eat seafood. The second course was scallops and she asked for something else. Nothing available; they brought her scallops. A really disappointing experience from a place we loved in the past.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 22 June 2022 via mobile

My daughter and I dined at Mucca last night and tried the $95 six course Chef’s Tasting.. They don’t have a printed menu; we were told that they would email it to us that evening, but we haven’t received it yet. We especially liked the...octopus and the scallops. The wine pairing was reasonably priced at $65 and the quantity was generous. Overall, the food and service were good.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 31 May 2022

The food and the service are amazing. All the ingredients are so fresh and you can taste the real flavour of real food, it makes you want to go back right away, which is what we did. We made a reservation for the next day...only half way through our dinner, can’t get enough.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 18 May 2022 via mobile

Had fine meal here - a la cart at the chefs table Ordered seared scallops starter- easily the best scallops we have ever had- Compares favorably with finest European restaurants Then a pasta with braised ground boar- tasty Then perfectly cooked halibut with rotini in...prsto sauce- excellent Highly recommend this restaurantMore

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 16 May 2022

Two people, tasting menu plus wine pairings - not terrible but certainly the worst 400 dollar meal I’ve had. I’m well traveled and we focus a big part of our travels on food. We are foodies and look for the best. This restaurant was just...fair. Food wasn’t superlative but wasn’t terrible either. Neither of us finished every item on the tasting menu - a first for us. But still the food was okay. What was truly BAD were the wine pairings. They were all Italian wines and all truly or nearly awful. My wife and I both agreed the tawny Porto with desert was the best but that’s not saying much. Now we did watch other tables and it looked like the main entrees were better than the tasting menu. On positive note, service was great, attentive and when we weren’t happy with wine we were provided alternatives (tho they weren’t great either). Hate to write such a negative review but everything but the service was sub par. We wouldn’t go back. I’d recommend they get a sommelier to get better pairings.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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There is a bar but it's intended to seat and serve people food not just hang out for drinks. Very small restaurant.
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Definitely worth the walk or short taxi ride!
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Yes it would be appropriate for a 12 year old. It's a small restaurant so I would recommend reservations.
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  • Food: 4.5
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  • Value: 4.5
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