local. organic. maine.

"...the future of New England food..."
"...simultaneously surprising and comforting... tasted of place and possibility."

The Wall Street Journal


Portland Press Herald

I have travelled extensively all over the world and this is by far in my top dining experiences. The attention to local, sustainable, and organic married to the exquisite taste is divine.

Sharon Stills

Truly a memorable and powerful dinner.

Steve B.

"Great service, knowledgeable staff, quiet & comfortable atmosphere. Great food experience!"


"Vinland’s myriad ideas are most eloquently expressed when the food itself speaks for them."

The Portland Phoenix

"Imaginative. Delicious. Beautifully presented."

Robert G.

"The food was so fresh and delicious. The staff was incredibly knowledgeable and led us through an incredible food journey. Bravo!"

Melisa & Dan W.

"It was an authentic, sophisticated experience. Light-hearted conversation, correct portions, unique but not bizarre flavors. Never felt a clash between the cocktails, beers, and courses."

Peter E.

"Vinland has wisely limited themselves to purely local ingredients and within those limits they have created art."

Max N.

Open every night for dinner starting at 5:00 p.m.

593 Congress Street, Portland, Maine
(207) 653 – 8617

Vinland is forging a distinctly Maine cuisine. Drawing from indigenous food traditions along with those of the Acadians, New Englanders, and other peoples of the North Atlantic, the cuisine of Vinland is an expression of our place and history. Yet the mission is as much about ecology, building the local economy, and teaching good nutrition as it is about great food. We see these four elements as inextricable and mutually reinforcing.

Vinland is the first restaurant in the world to serve 100% local, organic food.  

Special Events

Dinner with Four Italian Winemakers

On Wednesday, October 29th, Vinland will be hosting a dinner with four organic winemakers from northern Italy– Elisabetta Foradori, Alessandra Bera, Silvio Messana, and Elena Pantaleoni. They will bring their latest and greatest pours from Italy, as we serve our local and organic food from Maine to compliment each featured wine.

$90 per person for a five course dinner and wine pairing. Solo diners are welcome at the bar. Seating starts at 6 PM and is limited to 34 people. Tickets are required. They can be purchased online on Brown Paper Tickets with a small service fee, or offline at the restaurant without it. To purchase tickets online or to learn more, click the link below:

Cooking Classes

Starting Wednesday, November 5th, Chef David Levi will host a series of weekly classes on cooking, nutrition, and ecology. They will be hands-on, with all food and material provided, though students are advised to bring their own knives. Snacks will be provided, along with wine. No pre-existing culinary training necessary.

Every Wednesday, starting November 5th, 6 to 8 PM. $60 for individual classes, or $250 for five classes (which need not be consecutive). Class size is limited to 18. To register or learn more, email us at

Wednesday Jazz Nights

After the classes on Wednesday nights, Vinland will welcome some of Portland’s most talented musicians for an evening of great live music, half price wine (glasses and bottles), and a limited menu.

Every Wednesday, starting November 5th (excluding 12/31), 8 PM on.

Chef’s Tasting Menu

Eight-course tasting menu available with 24 hours advance notice. $90.

Wine pairing. $60.

Chef’s selection for wine pairings, including off-menu wines, available for parties of four or more with 48 hours notice. Market price.




We accept reservations for special events by phone and email only.
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The primary goal of any acceptable food system must be the betterment of the total community.


Open for dinner every night starting at 5:00 p.m.

Reservations are strongly encouraged. Please reserve a table online.

To reserve a seat at the bar, please call us at (207) 653 – 8617.

Please make reservation for special events by phone or email.

We are what we eat. We are also what what we eat eats. When we eat healthy beings prepared with love and respect, we are truly nourished.


The human is an animal, and animals need food. The decline in the quality of our food began with the Agricultural Revolution, accelerated with the Industrial Revolution, and has now reached a sad and dangerous low. It is time for us to reclaim the dignity, beauty, and sustainability of real food, our birthright, and a blessing to our children.

Most Americans are now overweight and fully a third are obese. A disproportionate number of the afflicted are poor. Diabetes alone accounts for 10% of all medical care costs in the United States and heart disease 17%. Rates of cancer, stroke, and other diseases that corollate closely to poor nutrition and toxified food continue to rise. Yet the US government continues to subsidize agribusiness and create ever more obstacles for struggling small farmers and food artisans. This perpetuates the flood of corn syrup, dangerous industrial seed oils including corn and soy, and the brutal system of grain and soy fed, confinement raised animals. This is wrong. This must be changed.

We are part of a food revolution, which is part of the broader revolution of our time, a revolution in consciousness, politics, and society. It is meaningless to seek good nourishment while perpetuating an economy that is killing the Earth. It is unjust to insist upon the well being of the animals we eat without also insisting on the well being of billions of humans locked in an exploitative and undemocratic system. We stand in solidarity with the community of life, with indigenous cultures, with true revolutionaries everywhere, guided, in the words of Ernesto Guevara, by a great feeling of love.

Our principles:


  • We are what we eat. We are also what what we eat eats. When we eat healthy beings prepared with love and respect, we are truly nourished.




  • Real food must nourish. If food does not promote physical and soul health, it is not real food.




  • The primary goal of any acceptable food system must be the betterment of the total community. This includes eaters, chefs, artisans, farmers, hunters, gatherers, cultivated plants and animals, the wild beings whom we eat, all other wild beings with whom they (and we) coexist, the soil, the water, the air. Any food system (or anything else) that is detrimental to any of these elements must be rejected, resisted, and replaced.




  • Food should delight. Any acceptable food system must value the aesthetic. Elegance and beauty feed our souls and we should strive to reclaim the respect all non-industrialized cultures gave to aesthetics and eros throughout the ages.




  • Healthy foods taste good. While some unhealthy foods are addictive, they are never appealing to a palate that knows quality. We must dispel the myth that tasty foods are bad for us while boring, unappealing foods are good. We must dispel the lies about healthy animal fats and salt. The enjoyment of eating is a cornerstone of a happy life.




  • Genuine creativity does not compromise ethics. Seductive techniques that require the disposal of plastic, the use of unsustainable energy, the use of chemicals, stabilizers, and enzymes that could never exist as such in a non-industrialized society, should be avoided. With creativity, patience, and a willingness to learn from tradition, we can produce better food sustainably.




  • Any business that cannot achieve a profit without harming the community of life has no right to exist and should be stopped. It is necessary to achieve a profit, but this may never be achieved at the expense of the human community or the community of life of which we are part.




  • Monetary profits should enrich the human and non-human community. It is unseemly and wrong to market sustainable food (or anything) as a means to hoard wealth, foster greed, or engage in consumerism. True profit is not monetary. As Wendell Berry writes,


Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.
Say that the leaves are harvested
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit.



  • The industrial food system is irredeemable. It is irredeemable because it requires fossil fuel for transport and processing energy, for fertilizer, for the poison it spreads across the Earth. It is irredeemable because it destroys soil, aquifers, waterways, oceans, and biodiversity. It also destroys traditional societies. It is a war on life. It is irredeemable because it is driven by the lust for ever more concentrated monetary wealth. It is irredeemable because it is controlled by the unaccountable few while pushing vast costs onto the disenfranchised many. It is irredeemable because its cruelty and destructiveness are intrinsic, not products of “a few bad apples.”




  • The industrial food system produces bad food. It tastes bad and it is bad for us. It is not real food.




  • We are preparing to help our communities survive the crash. The industrial food system is unsustainable, so it will collapse, whether or not we resist it, but we should resist it, and prepare our communities for the crash. The most essential preparation will be the (re)building of sustainable local food systems.




  • The monolithic industrial system will not be replaced by a one-size-fits-all sustainable food system. Systems and the food they produce must be as distinct as the landbases of which they are part. Foods and techniques that are appropriate in one place will not be appropriate in all others. We should celebrate the uniqueness of our place in what we grow and eat, rather than deny its character by trying to have everything, everywhere, all the time.




  • Real food should not be a niche product for the rich but a right for all. We must do all we can to educate people on healthful and sustainable food and build a local food system efficient and varied enough to meet their needs for nutrition and pleasure.




  • It’s time for chefs to grow up. Abusiveness and tantrums are not marks of genius but symptoms of immaturity and sociopathy. The long reigning kitchen culture, defined by negative reinforcement, shaming, misogyny, racism, homophobia, glorified substance abuse, callousness toward living beings, wastefulness, and disdain for ethics, must go. The kitchen culture we choose to manifest is defined by cooperation, mutual and self respect, creativity, constructive criticism, traditional wisdom, thrift, and a non-coercive hierarchy in which the more experienced and accomplished individuals earn the right to lead so long as they help and tutor others.




  • Food is medicine. Look up any wild food in a good foraging guide and you will find its medicinal as well as culinary uses. Foods alter our bodies. Eating the wrong foods can do us a great deal of harm. Eating well helps keep us well, and when we are unwell, it helps make us well.




  • The more raw and more full of life a food is, the better. Raw is generally better than cooked. Cooked less is generally better than cooked more. Low temperature cooking is generally better than high. Raw, fermented, live foods with active enzymes and probiotics are powerful and should be eaten daily.




  • Grain production is almost always destructive of soil, under current practices. Small production in a diverse horticulture can be sustainable (i.e. corn as part of “the Three Sisters”), and with proper treatment, namely some combination of nixtamalization, sprouting, fermenting, soaking, and slow cooking, can be made tasty and reasonably healthful. But even then, they remain energy dense, nutrient poor foods. They should be treated as occasional elements in a diverse diet based in nutrient dense foods, rather than the staple of a narrow diet.




  • We must strive to create a closed loop food system. This means a system with no waste, as in nature.




  • We must learn from the cultures that understand sustainability. Since there are or were indigenous cultures that lived sustainably in dynamic equilibrium with their landbases in virtually every inhabitable place on Earth, we would do well to learn all we can from them as we seek delicious, healthful, sustainable ways to eat wherever we are.

The original Vinlanders were Vikings from Iceland and Greenland, the first Western people known to have settled in North America. They did so in the years following Leifr Eiríksson’s arrival here in 1000 C.E. Though we do not know the precise location of Vinland, and it may have been anywhere from Virginia to Newfoundland, it probably included Maine. We seek to embrace and honor the courage, resilience, and adventurousness of the Vinlanders, while recognizing and learning from their mistakes, the worst of which was their antagonism toward the indigenous.

We are Westerners living in North America. That cannot be denied. As Westerners, we seek to embody the best in our cultural heritage and rid it of its profound flaws. As chefs of the North Atlantic bioregion, we note our particular debt to the new Nordic food movement. Just as the original Vinlanders lived beyond the known reach of the world, we, too, are pushing into the unknown, building on the culinary and ecological ethos of Noma, Faviken, and their kin and transforming it, through contact with this magnificent continent and its indigenous people, into something radical and new, yet, in other ways, as old as the land.

We are seeking to begin again, not as occupiers this time, but as participants. We hope, belatedly, to learn from the rightful inheritors of this land. We hope to honor the indigenous and the myriad non-humans who have been so grievously harmed by Western culture. We hope to earn their welcome as we seek to build, together, a vibrant, indigenous, wild future.


Recommended books and talks:





The Omnivore’s DilemmaThe Botany of Desire, and In Defense of Foodby Michael Pollan

Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon

The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith

Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes

Wild FermentationThe Art of Fermentation,
and The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved by Sandor Ellix Katz

barseatNutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price

Real Food by Nina Planck

The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain

Mycelium Running by Paul Stamets

Four Season Harvest by Eliot Coleman

The Garden Primer by Barbara Damrosch

Against the Grain by Richard Manning

Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions by Lame Deer as told to Richard Erdoes

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Collapse by Jared Diamond

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

Endgame by Derrick Jensen


Dan Barber: Foie Gras Parable (TED)

Dan Barber: How I Fell in Love with a Fish (TED)

Willie Smits: How to Restore a Rainforest (TED)

Paul Stamets: Six Ways Mushrooms Can Save the World (TED)

Terry Wahls: Minding Your Mitochondria (TEDxIowaCity)

Peter Bauer on Rewilding

We should celebrate the uniqueness of our place in what we grow and eat.


Coming soon.

With creativity, patience, and a willingness to learn from tradition, we can produce better food sustainably.


Farmers, fishers, and foragers who make Vinland possible.

Food should delight. Any acceptable food system must value the aesthetic. Elegance and beauty feed our souls.




The Wall Street Journal

May 23, 2014

“…simultaneously surprising and comforting. It tasted of place and possibility.”

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The Portland Phoenix

March 19, 2014

“Vinland’s myriad ideas are most eloquently expressed when the food itself speaks for them.”

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Portland Press Herald

July 27, 2014

“…a meal in which everything builds on itself to leave you perfectly satisfied, yet energized.”

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Wine Enthusiast

July 27, 2014

America’s 5 New Foodie Cities

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Eater Maine

July 1, 2014

The 18 Essential Maine Restaurants, July 2014

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Food & Wine

August 2014

Portland, Maine in 10 Plates with Andrew Zimmern

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Frontier Psychiatrist

October 18, 2013

“Levi seems to approach the kitchen with a unique perspective on food, and based on everything I’ve heard, Vinland is sure to excite.”

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We are part of a food revolution, which is part of the broader revolution of our time, a revolution in consciousness, politics, and society.

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