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Bibo's Madd Apple Cafe
Bibo's Madd Apple Cafe

Bibo's Madd Apple Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bibosportland.com
  • Phone: (207) 774-9698
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner Wednesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Continental
  • Executive Chef: William Boutwell
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Cafe, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: The restaurant can be booked for private parties of 30 or more. We have hosted many rehearsal, graduation, birthday, and retirement parties. Our private menues are created specially for each event.
  • Private Party Contact: William Boutwell (207) 774-9698
  • Special Events & Promotions: BiBo's features special wine dinners on a rotating basis. You can find out more by going to www.bibosportland.com. We would also be honored to host your special events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between Congress St. and Cumberland Ave.
  • Public Transit: The Portland metro bus system has a stop directly across the street from us.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is usually quite a bit of on street parking available and there is a public parking garage just across the street at the Eastland Park Hotel.
A word from Bibo's Madd Apple Cafe
Bibo’s Madd Apple Cafe is a 38 seat independently owned and operated cafe. At BiBo's we stride to provide locally sourced ingredients at an affordable price. We serve lunch, brunch and dinner with our menus changing frequently to highlight ingredients and dishes that are in season. BiBo's provides a comfortable eclectic ambience showcasing art from local artists. We offer an extensive affordable wine list with many specials featured each day. At BiBo's we believe that buying local saves neighborhoods. This is why we deal with local farmers, artisanal cheese makers, and small local suppliers. We have been featured in Down East magazine as a great date restaurant because of the quiet atmosphere. We also feature monthly creative wine dinners and are now offering nightly mini wine dinners. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "Ate dinner at BiBo's on 5/31. Our reservation wasn't necessary, as it was a very quiet night. Hoping the high tourist season will remedy that, as the food is wonderful, although they are a bit off the beaten path for tourists, generally. Anyhow, our server was lovely and extremely accommodating and the food was AMAZING. We started with the satanic eggs that lived up to their delicious name (stuffing of bacon, avocado and horseradish) and chickpea fritters that arrived steaming and crispy. Bill's bread is amazing and I wish I could eat a LOT more of it. Strawberry goat cheese salad got the thumbs up and our mains of the Haddock (with the freshest corn possible this time of year) and Shrimp (new item) were truly well worth the trek! Go now!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Six of us went for Mother's Day brunch. Ages 16-55 -- we all enjoyed it! Creative, fun delicious food; attentive wait staff; Eclectic, quirky space. Glad we thought of it. Had not been there for years and will definitely put it on the list of places to go for dinner soon. Price point is very reasonable. Thank you!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "It was Mother's Day, it was busy, but we had great service and never felt rushed. Thank you"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Seafood was very tasty. I was a little disappointed that a nice local restuarant did not offer any of the many local micro brews on the standard drink menu. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We hadn't eaten at the Madd Apple Cafe in many, many years...perhaps over 25! Our most recent visit proved to be a nice surprise. I cannot speak to the wine list since none of us (we were a party of 4) were drinking that night, but they did have a nice quality non-alcoholic beer that 2 people tried. The tempurah shrimp appetizer was tasty and light. The accompanying avocado and tomato salad was perfect. The house salad was not terribly exciting...the champagne vinaigrette did not have much flavor. The salmon was cooked to perfection with a lovely jasmine rice and lemon beurre blanc sauce. The roasted butternut squash ravioli was delicious with a nice spicy finish. Dessert was a chocolate pot de creme that was eaten and enjoyed!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I have been eaten here for lunch and dinner but this was my first brunch- the meal choices were fantastic and reasonably priced- service was very friendly and efficient. I had a difficult time choosing what to eat because they menu was so interesting. The food was well prepared and both my friend and I enjoyed every bite! There was also a lovely selection of beverages."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "It was a quiet Friday evening-there were few other diners, but the food and service were excellent! "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "My husband and I first dropped in here for lunch after a downtown event. It was terrific, and we've been back several times since, most recently for Easter brunch. We've never been disappointed - not too crowded, not too noisy, and very friendly, cheerful place. And reasonably priced as well!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Excellent spot for dinner before going to Portland Stage. Nice atmosphere, attentive wait staff. Food was good, just not outstanding."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Nice table by window. Attentive server. Limited changing menu--can view it online. Pork Loin Medallion was a bit tough and over cooked. House salad with creamy light goat cheese and apple. Warm bread was a great starter. Only one entree was vegetarian, but it was a flavorful squash ravioli. The coconut custard dessert was heaven. Meal was well paced and never felt rushed. Very convenient for nearby theater goers. Public garage across street if on street parking unavailable. Overall, a very good meal,great server, with attention to food and presentation."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Started off with a wonderful freshly baked bread and dukka. I never had dukka but I'm always up for something new. It was so fresh and tasty I'm sorry I didn't get a jar to go. Good reason to go back :) The crab and lobster cake appetizer was a good size (for two) unlike some other quality restaurants I've been to. They were nice and crispy on the outside and perfectly moist on the inside with lots of meat. The chicken dish I had was amazing! I'm not a big chicken leg kinda gal but this one melted off the bone and tasted fantastic. The coconut custard didn't disappoint either as it was served with a healthy dollop of whipped cream, a tasty chocolate sauce topped with toasted coconut. Yum!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The food was well prepared and timely, with a great wine list. Location is perfect for before a performance at Portland Stage! Our waitperson was sure to make sure we were perfectly timed for our play. Recommend highly / would return."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Bibo's Madd Cafe serves locally grown food wherever possible. It is delicious and beautifully presented, we started going there because if its convenient location: next door to Portkand Stage. But it is a delightful restaurant in its own right."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We wre a group of old friends and wanted to find a place to visit and have a nice brunch. Madd Apple didn't disapoint. The Bloddy Marys were delicious, glass rimmed in celery salt, spicy enough and generous at a bargain $4.95. Five of us devoured a plate apple fritters, it was the perfect plate to share. All of us ordered a dish that included poached eggs. A good poached egg is hard to find and one of my favorite breakfast toppings for Hash or the HOMEMADE English Muffin Benedict choice (there were several). These were just about perfect ( and they had to cook 10 of them at once! ) Service was helpful but not hovering and we never felt the rushed,which can happen at the breakfast table. We all agreed that we would not hesitate to return."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Loved the service and the food. I recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Food was ok...menu was interesting...probably would not go back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Fresh and delicious food, casual & warm atmosphere found at Bibo's. You can't be the location if you are going out for a night of theater at Portland Stage. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "First time at Bibo's for dinner. Then menu was limited but has great variety and a vegetarian selection. The food was absolutely delicious. This is a definite recommendation for anyone who enjoys deliciously prepared food. We split the seafood cakes. That was a big mistake, lol, because they we the most scrumptious we've ever had. I would have loved to have both of them :). One main selection we had was a salmon dish , the other dish was half chicken pressed under a brick. The atmosphere is interesting. The place is rather bright and could stand some dimmer switches for better mood lighting. This is not a linen table cloth type of place so make your reservation, sit and relax and enjoy one of the best meals you will have in a long time!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Delicious food, loved the dedicated coat hooks for each table"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Steak ravioli was watery. Water seeped into the mashed potatoes, making them soupy. Vegetable with ravioli was so touch as to be inedible. Beet citrus salad has no discernible citrus. Apple crisp was not crisp. Very mediocre."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Close to the theater and within walking distance of Merrill Auditoreum, Bibos serves up an interesting changing menu along with a good selection of wines and beer. We started by sharing the lobster and crab cakes which were delicious. For a main course the shrp and scallop vol au vent had a nice crispy pastry along with tasty sauce and sautéed spinach. The portion was just right. I dislike pretentious efforts to have the portion really small and a huge mound turns me off . The creme brulee could however have been improved. It was little lumpy. Service is pleasant and low key. We like to sit near the window and in the summer this is great but it's a little cool in the winter. This is a place where you get good value for your money."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "After finding myself in Portland over NYE, I made a last minute reservation (12/29/13) at one of the only restaurants showing availability at Open Table. It was a prix fixe menu, priced at around 50 dollars each. The food was passable, nothing stood out as remarkable. The lobster ravioli I ordered was watery, bland and essentially without taste. Wine and beer are available at prices comparable to other higher end restaurants in the area. Server was very polite and attentive. I would probably not return here anytime soon, however, perhaps their regular menu is better."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The food was excellent, with ample portion size. The service was attentive without being intrusive. We were see a show next door at the Portland Stage after dinner and the server made sure our food was delivered promptly to our table so that we didn't feel rushed to make the play. In addition, our server was knowledgeable about the shows at Portland stage and gave us tips on where to sit since it was a general admissions show."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "We loved it. It's my go-to whenI'm going to the theater, they are very helpful at getting you out the door without feeling rushed!"
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "We have been fans of Bibo's for many years and our last visit was as delightful as all the others have been. The menu is always creative, the food fresh and local (including the beer selections) and we always leave wondering why we would ever go anywhere else. If you are in the Portland area and have had the pleasure of dining at Bibo's, do yourself a favor and check it out!"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Right next door to the Portland Stage, Bibo's is a great place to go after a matinee or before an evening show. The food and wine are excellent and are served in a European-style neighborhood restaurant atmosphere. The wait staff seems to have been there for a long time and are very professional, contributing to the European feel. They serve a variety of food, and I've never been disappointed. For dinner last Saturday my husband had fried chicken with mashed potatoes and a yummy gravy, while I had an Asian-flavor sesame coated scallop dinner with rice and zucchini "noodles" that were to die for. The tastes were subtle and went very well together."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Bibo's has never let me down. It convenient location next to Portland Stage makes it the perfect pre-show dinner spot. Food is always fabulous and they have a good selection of wines as well."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Very convenient to the theater. Have been there many times. This time neither the food nor service was as good as in the past."
    Dined on 10/6/2013
  • "Only open for brunch once a week (Sunday mornings) but it was AMAZING!!! Homemade fresh apple cinnamon rolls to start out were melt in your mouth ooey gooey! Followed by a lobster crab cake benedict that was delicate with a perfect blend of flavors, perfectly poached eggs and the best hash I've ever had! Washed it all down with a lovely mimosa. What an amazing brunch! Probably our favorite bites in Portland! We can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 9/29/2013
  • "They are very good at accommodating the "play-goers". Portland Stage is next door, and this is a very convenient place to meet friends before the play."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "Lunch was reasonable, which was a surprise for Portland, and inventive. Curried squash soup had chunks of squash and a creamy consistency. Smoked turkey half sandwich was nice and fries were made there. Salad garnish had great balsamic dressing. Waiter was funny and knowledgeable. Would go again."
    Dined on 9/25/2013
  • "A wonderfully quiet place with an interesting menu and friendly, helpful staff."
    Dined on 9/15/2013
  • "First time and we are sure to return. The salad was fantastic with peaches and goat cheese, meals were excellent, and the dark chocolate torte with a ginger crust capped off the meal."
    Dined on 8/14/2013
  • "Having lived in Maine for many years and never having heard of Bibo's, I was surprised to find out about such a gem—thanks to a Portland friend who frequents the cafe with her husband. The lobster and crab cakes were both moist and meaty, and the spinach that accompanied them added just the right note. Since this was listed as an appetizer and I was ordering it as my main course, I accompanied it with a salad of mixed greens, almonds, and goat cheese. It was a lovely meal, one I would surely repeat, although I'm eager to try their other offerings as well. Known to be an after theater place to go, we found it pleasingly quiet on a summer evening."
    Dined on 8/8/2013
  • "If you go to Bibo's for brunch, you MUST get the pastry basket. The special the day we went was a banana chocolate chip sticky bun and it was to die for!"
    Dined on 7/28/2013
  • "We booked this restaurant mostly because my first choices were not available and this restaurant had plenty of availability. That should have been a warning sign. I like the physical restaurant, but the chairs are extremely uncomfortable and with only two other parties in the restaurant we were all crammed into the smallish front room. Given the fact that it isn't a large space anyway separating the parties for more privacy would not have caused the "waitress" any additional work. Our waitress was strange, an older woman with a younger waitress in tow. We honestly didn't know how was training who. She was oddly attentative making strange comments and conversation. The shrimp was uncleaned- unforgivable. Go somewhere else is my opinion."
    Dined on 7/20/2013
  • "Was in Portland for a race and went searching Open Table for somewhere to eat. I like small places with interesting menus and a penchant for locally sourced food. Bibo's Madd Apple Cafe definitely fit that bill. The food was very well prepared and they even made their own sodas. Should have picked up a box of their ginger beer to go. Serving bread prepared in flower pots was a novel touch. Would visit here again and again to see how the menu changes with the seasons."
    Dined on 7/13/2013
  • "Bibo's presented, along with the SoPo Wine Co, a really wonderfully created five course meal, which was paired with a variety of rosés. Think: tempura fiddleheads with a cava...it was a fantastic meal and we always enjoy listening to Doug introduce the wines; I loved the "mistral blowing over the lavender" description of one of the wines from Provence. Yum!"
    Dined on 5/31/2013
  • "This was my second visit and the food was once again - Fantastic!!! We had lunch and enjoyed the atmosphere also. The 'only' thing that I would have changed is that our waiter had the 'sniffles' as though he was sick,,,, not to appealing when handling food...."
    Dined on 5/17/2013
  • "My friends and I often dine at the Madd Apple before a play at the PSC. It is quiet, the food is excellent and the service is always attentive and very good. Thank you."
    Dined on 5/9/2013