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Ancora Italian Kitchen, Bridgton, ME

Ancora Italian Kitchen

4.6
4.6
148 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Ancora accepts reservations for the dining room, however the bar and the outdoor seating are operating on a first-come first-serve basis.

Ancora is a family owned and operated full-service Italian restaurant in the lakeside town of Bridgton, Maine. We offer local drafts, craft cocktails, a boutique Italian wine list featuring one of Maine's best Amaro lists, and of course- fresh handmade pastas and entrees of a classic Italian approach. Chef Eric Metcalf changes the menu with the season, and our ever-changing desserts are created nightly. Paying special mind to what the local harvests can supply, we always allow Maine farms to shine through first and foremost.


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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Farm-to-table
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Wed, Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (207) 803-8331
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Eric Metcalf
  • Catering
    Banquet or Buffet, email Christian@vivomaine.com to hear about our off-site catering options!
  • Private party facilities
    We offer multiple spaces for hosting private events. Please contact Christian@vivomaine.com to inquire about our options.
  • Neighbourhood
    Portland
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Public Transit
    Depot Street Stop on the Lake Region Explorer
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 148 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

148 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had our New Years Eve dinner and enjoyed it very much. Sat at the bar and the service and food were great

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  2. KristinJ

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fantastic New Years dinner. Thank you so much to friendly bartender who made us drinks while we waited for our table. We will be back for drinks at the bar with you!! =)

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  3. MarkS

    New York City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Love it here but our table placement tonight was very awkward and made it uncomfortable. For some reason it was positioned oddly on the floor (the only little table sticking out into open space like a sore thumb). Definitely felt awkward and hard to enjoy the moment.

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  4. Bekop

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Ancora. Great food, atmosphere, and service!

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  5. LizP

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We were overcharged for our cocktails and charged for two bottles of wine, instead of one. Luckily, my husband caught the error.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very expensive and frankly not worth it. I ordered homemade gnocchi which was tasteless and not at all pasta like . The service was great but will not be back ever too bad when it was Vivo prior owners it was fabulous.

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  7. JPM2017

    Greater Boston

    18 reviews

    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    This is the first time visiting Ancora Italian Kitchen after several memorable visits to Vivo. Save for the introduction of pizza - a welcome introduction - the menu appears to have changed little since the Vivo days. We ordered four appetizers and the fried calamari was the best of the bunch and quite tasty - well-fried and very flavorful. The meatballs were dense and a bit dry, the arancini lacked flavor and the grilled ricotta seemed to be extremely overcooked (and also dry as a result). We ordered three pizzas and they were okay but not great. The ambience is good - they eventually turned the lighting down casting a nice glow throughout the room. It would be great to turn the lights down right as it is getting dark (which is soon to be 4-5 pm). It was too bright when we first entered the dining room around 6:45. Service on the whole was okay but could use a boost. We had a pile of dirty plates and leftover pizza when dessert arrived and was plopped down in the middle of the chaos- we actually had to ask for the dinner plates to be removed in order to fully enjoy our dessert, coffee and after dinner drinks. Finally, the bathrooms really need some attention. They were very disheveled - bare walls with remnants of prior art visible, lots of paper on the floor (I recognize that patrons do this, but someone needs to keep an eye on the condition throughout the night) and a buildup of dirt that is unsavory in an eating establishment. On the whole, we were disappointed with this visit and it is difficult to imagine returning anytime in the near future. A little effort and some elbow grease would go a long way toward enhancing the end to end experience...

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  8. KaraF

    Kansas City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was absolutely delicious! There were three people in our party, and everyone’s meal was wonderful. The service was great as well.

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  9. TaylorH

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always fabulous every time we come to visit! Teagan was fantastic as well!

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  10. Eric

    Greater Boston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Fiancé and I were in town for the night and our friends recommended we check out Ancora. We loved it. Oysters to start were excellent, fiancé had gluten free pasta bolognese which can be hit or miss at most places but was perfect here, and I went with the the pizza funghi and had to hold myself back from finishing it. Service was solid and we loved the design of the restaurant. You get a lot for what you pay and were pleasantly surprised when the bill arrived. Would definitely come back.

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  11. EllieN

    Maine

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our meal was delicious! The portion sizes were very adequate! Our only complaint, if at all, was there was no bread served with our delicious Caesar salad. I would highly recommend the Pomegranate spritzer.

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  12. davidk

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time there and it didn’t disappoint. Staff was excellent and food was delicious.

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  13. ChristianB

    Maine

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and excellent service. We will absolutely go again.

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  14. Kathy

    Greater Boston

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We both had the Bolognese. It was prepared authentically and was delicious. Our server was welcoming and efficient despite the restaurant being busy.

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  15. DebS

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and great service. Ancora is always our first choice for dining out in Bridgton

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The gnocchis has way to much pepper. 3 other parties had steak and veggies and potatoes came out ice cold. Drinks ok, service was dressed very poorly and had to ask for butter, bread and drinks.

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  17. JenniferS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to celebrate our Anniversary and were not let down!! The food is amazing especially the arancini!! MMMMMM Will definitely be back!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Maine

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our food was delicious as always, and the staff were extremely kind like usual!

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  19. DavidM

    Maine

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Bland, skimpy portions. No bread served, no salad with entree. No fresh grated cheese, no fresh pepper mill available, anchovies no taste, sausage like cardboard and no zing. Never again.

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  20. Cackleburger

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dinner, expertly prepared dishes with excellent service. Highly recommended!

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  21. Paul

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Busy Saturday night. Opted to sit at the bar. Service, food, and drink were all great! My wife and I each had menu specials as well as oysters, which were fantastic.

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  22. SkiBum78

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome food and service. We always know it will be a great time when we go to Ancora!

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  23. sadi999

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are never disappointed! Thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

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  24. KennethH

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Salmon was fine. I ordered duck without the sauce. Portion was skimpy/tiny-5 little pieces and it was overcooked. I should have been asked how I wanted it-very rare. It was medium. Bread pudding was too big and fair st best. MyOysters were minuscule and the mignonette was totally underwhelming- where were the cracked pepper and shallots? No olives for the martinis in an Italian restaurant? Then some were found when drinks were almost finished and were beyond too salty. Overall food barely fair. Server Tyler was very personable and efficient. Acoustics are terrible.

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  25. kg123

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Menu options very limited. Some items were not available.

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  26. RobertT

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waitress Amy proveided excellent service! LLooking forward toseeing her again.

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  27. Lark

    Greater Boston

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time and we will be back. Great food and service so that is what we love!!

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  28. AndyD

    Greater Boston

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, we had an excellent meal. The only reason I took a star off is that on this particular night they were short on servers and underestimated the walkins, so it took an extra long time for the kitchen to get our food out. But that is an exception, normally they’re very good about it. They typically have really good service, and Food coming out relatively quickly. While, not rushing you.

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  29. Carolyn

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite spot! Delicious as always!! Highly recommend.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ancora never disappoints. I've eaten here a number of times and have enjoyed every meal. The arancini risotto appetizer was amazing. My friend really enjoyed the short ribs. I chose the fish special which was crawfish tails in tagliatelle with a red pepper cream sauce. So good. The Pinot Grigio and the Prosecco are excellent.

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  31. TomC

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    me and a few friends of mine went to Ankara last night, and the food was excellent and the service was great, and the environment was excellent

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  32. chrisd51

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Wait staff amazing!! Food excellent! Very enjoyable.

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  33. PeterM

    New York City

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    excellent service good food and pleasant atmosphere

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  34. EricS

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent. Appetizer and dessert were excellent. Entre was a little bland, but first time trying a new dish the gnocchi. Everything else I’ve tried there has been top notch

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  35. Bekop

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Ancora and come here often! We have never been disappointed. Excellent food, service, and atmosphere.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best place in the area. Great food. Great staff. Great for a special occasion or everyday alike!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is always excellent in the service is great.

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  38. MarkS

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, great wine and great service despite being understaffed. Our favorite restaurant in town!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing dimmer and service as always! Thank you for helping to make my Mom’s birthday special. We love Ancora ❤️

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and service

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Ancora Italian Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (207) 803-8331.

Ancora Italian Kitchen is rated 4.6 stars by 148 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Ancora Italian Kitchen

18A Depot St, Bridgton, ME 04009-1244

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Portland
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Wed, Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Farm-to-table
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Public Lot
  • Public Transit
    Depot Street Stop on the Lake Region Explorer
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Eric Metcalf
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (207) 803-8331
  • Catering
    Banquet or Buffet, email Christian@vivomaine.com to hear about our off-site catering options!
  • Private party facilities
    We offer multiple spaces for hosting private events. Please contact Christian@vivomaine.com to inquire about our options.
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