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French, Spanish
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We drove up to visit friends in Portland. They made reservations at Chaval. We had a wonderful dinner- the food was amazing and the service excellent. Lots of creative choices. Atmosphere was cozy and allowed great conversation at our table. Coq au Vin is excellent.......More

Date of visit: February 2019
2  Thank Brian2013Travel
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dinner here was wonderful and well executed. Their bar makes some great drinks and the small plates are perfect for sharing. We often order a lot of different small plates so everyone can try a little bit of everything plus it’s just so hard to...More

Date of visit: February 2019
2  Thank stephaniecF4851HL
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an informal place with an open kitchen. Past the kitchen is an additional room, where we sat — less bustle and a good place for food and conversation. The bar is well stocked with bourbons (usually where I begin), but when the noticed...More

Date of visit: February 2019
2  Thank J--Harpswell
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a wonderful meal at Chaval -- great food, friendly and efficient service, inventive cocktails. The best mussels I've eaten in a very long time! We'll be back, hopefully soon.

Date of visit: January 2019
2  Thank 823margaretl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Happy one year to Chaval and lucky us to live in the neighborhood- the great thing about this warm and cozy place is that the menu is always changing so you never get bored! I’m obsessed with the Spanish Gin and Tonic, to the point...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank CWA810
Reviewed January 15, 2019

We went here on a Friday night (make reservations!), on the recommendation of friends who live in Portland. Pricey, but excellent. Everything we ordered was terrific. We started with tapas for the table (there were 6 of us), and then we each ordered a main...More

Date of visit: January 2019
1  Thank bonnie b
Reviewed December 24, 2018

We had not diner here since shortly after the restaurant opened. It was good then, but has become excellent now. The four of us did not fully test the kitchen, since we were drawn to a lot of the same choices. But everything we ate...More

Date of visit: December 2018
2  Thank WMSME
Reviewed November 28, 2018

Chaval is a Spanish restaurant with a lovely and unique Tapas menu along with choices for entree's if you are looking for a full dinner. We decided to just order from the Tapas menu so we could try several of their dishes. Our waiter was...More

Date of visit: October 2018
3  Thank beetrvln
Reviewed November 18, 2018 via mobile

Chaval Two thumbs DOWN!! Arriving 15 minutes early (4:45) Damp cold evening. Slush on roadside. Typical winter in Maine. Planned to order a bottle of wine and wait for our two guests to arrive for our 5 PM reservation. Door was locked! Made a call...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank edavide0602
ilma l, Owner at Chaval, responded to this reviewResponded November 19, 2018

Thank you for letting us know how you feel. Unfortunately we couldn’t acchive your standards. We will do anything in our hands for our guest and the only thing we ask in return is to be polite and kind. Our apologies if we ask to...More

Reviewed October 8, 2018

Thank you Cheval! my husband and i celebrated our 28th anniversary at Cheval. we arrived early but the hostess seated us immediately. Our wait person, Susannah, was available, and extremely helpful, throughout the meal - giving accurate descriptions and recommendations. We had potates bravas, and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
4  Thank jfwnlv
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