89 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101Neighborhood:
AmericanPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://bluespoonme.com/
- Phone: (207) 773-1116
- Hours of Operation:
Saturday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
- Executive Chef: David Iovino
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
A word from Blue Spoon
Perched at the top of Munjoy Hill in Portland’s East end, we are a chef-owned restaurant built on fresh market ingredients, friends, and family. Chef/owner David Iovino grew up in a family that valued coming together over food, and that tradition has carried forward as the foundation of Blue Spoon. We have fun in the kitchen, but we also couldn’t be more serious about what we do. That’s why we get our goods from the very best: Black Kettle Farm, Laughingstock Farm, Stone Cipher Farm, Fishbowl Farm, Freedom Farm, Valley View Farm eggs and meats, Wee Bit Farm beef and pork, Lankin’s Gorges Cheeses, Woolever Farm lamb, and Rick Tibbet’s mushrooms.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
- Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
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Blue Spoon reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since August 1, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (48)fit for foodies (42)great for lunch (12)great for outdoor dining (11)great for brunch (11)romantic (10)special occasion (8)notable wine list (5)hot spot (4)good for groups (3)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 11/17/2014A favorite neighborhood restaurant. Great for dinner with a few friends. Not pretentious.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- yummy brunchCHRISMPARKERVIPDined on 11/1/2014My first time watching brunch here, we really enjoyed ourselves. The eggs benedic were excellent. Located on Monjoy hill, sitting on Congress street, the area is up and coming.. I look forward to coming here for dinner.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great tapas and atmosphereMonicaVIPDined on 10/27/2014Excellent tapas and small plates. Great service. Really liked the atmosphere - warm and informal, great vibe.Special Features:
- Small, cozy and delishAnniepinkVIPDined on 10/11/2014We had a family gathering at this lovely small restaurant at the top of Munjoy Hill for breakfast. What a find. Jason, the person handling my reservation that went from 5 to 7 was a delight in accommodating the larger party. From the amazing Griddle Cakes to the Eggs Benedict that was served on the hash browns instead of an english muffin were all excellent. They even cure their own ham and it was great. The service was attentive and gracious. Portland has a lot to choose from these days and The Blue Spoon is a top choice.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Perfect, time and time againCADIDined on 10/4/2014This is our favorite place to have a meal before attending the Good Theater. Wine Time fits in the time frame as well...bonus! Sometimes we choose soup to nuts and other times it is a small plate and salad but we are always happy with our choices. Service is very friendly, knowledgeable, accommodating and efficient. This past week we sat at the round high top behind the door...don't be afraid to try that, fun to people watch and see the kitchen and bar.Special Features:
- Pre theater treatOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/2/2014We have a Good Theater subscription across the street so your location is perfect for our Thursday night occasions. We had a fairly new waiter who had worked previously in Brunswick whose name escapes me but he was attentive and was accomodating when we wanted to substitute spinach for lettuce in our salads and did not rush us through our cocktails. We look forward to the rest of this year's theater night and dinners before hand at the Blue Spoon.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Brillian BrunchOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/27/2014Who knew a grill cheese could be so elevated. Best sandwich ever!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Braised meat melts in your moutheastcoastfoodieDined on 9/26/2014We took my sister and husband to The Blue spoon on a Friday night. We were seated immediately and the service was very good. The waitress answered our questions knowledgeably. For appetizers, we had the mushroom toast (it was the best), the bruschetta (good) and my brother in-law had an appetizer that was covered in Blue Cheese (a little too rich). For entrees we had Risotto (good but a little too much rosemary), Seafood stew (yummy), and 2 Braised beef over ziti dishes which were to die for ( our husbands both ordered it and they were nice enough to share). The woman got the 1/2 orders which was plenty especially with the appetizers and tastes of our husbands meals.Special Features:
- Lovely LunchLJMMDDined on 9/24/2014Once again, my guest and I had a lovely lunch. This time the delicious entrée was the Portuguese fish stew - Pollock, mussels, and fingerling potatoes in a cream-based broth with a grilled and buttered baguette. Nice, casual atmosphere.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great DinnerLovethiscityDined on 9/16/2014Living right down the street from Blue Spoon, I can't believe this was the first time I went. Was joined by three friends and everything was delicious. It's a smaller space, so avoid groups of more than 4, but it's intimate, cozy dining room with a lovely bar.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delightful lunch before PMASBfoodie71VIPDined on 9/16/2014Small two person operation, but worth the relatively slow pace. Blue cheese toastie, "the salad" perfect. My partner very pleased with her mussels. Go there, if you are in no rush and can enjoy the creations by the chef.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Off night, questionable serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2013VIPDined on 9/13/2014When we arrived to Blue Spoon, we were promptly seated and greeted; however, had to wait nearly 15 minutes just for our cocktails (with 3 foh staff working about 30 seats). There was a fly in my martini (unintentional, I'm sure), and the server quickly apologized and brought a fresh drink. It was a solid 1/2 hour before we received our appetizer (goose terrine - tasty, salad - very unappetizing - globs of aioli atop a rudimentary raw veg mixture). Our entrees came quickly after the apps, not allowing proper time to complete our first course. The burger was good, not spectacular, and my veg pasta entree was the same. We were comped dessert due to the fly incident - coconut flan - which was the highlight of the meal.
- Perfect!ChefWeaverDined on 9/11/2014We saw this cute place while driving by and booked a table for a few nights later. The food was fabulous, really nice. The waitstaff was excellent. I loved being greeted when we entered the door, big smiles. I am a Chef and prior owner of a Cafe; this place was the kind of place I am most comfortable in and what my place always aspired to be. Relaxed, cozy, nice people, delicious food and "home" made fresh. Thank you, we'll be back, again and again!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/6/2014So good that we went back for lunch the next day! Superb seafood and saladsSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Too noisy for our tastetribulDined on 9/4/2014We wanted a romantic meal to compliment the sunset from the Observatory. Like many restaurants these day, this one is too noisy. The house wine was very good and we liked the small plates.
- Worth the return trip!jnbraiderVIPDined on 8/30/2014Terrific on all counts. Staff was wonderful; meat tender; dessert heartwarming!Special Features:
- Excellent Meal and ServiceOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 8/30/2014Once again this place dazzles us with the menu selections, kitchen skills, and the service. Our party of 4 caught the last 30 minutes of wine time and it is really a must for any wine lover at $2.50/glass. We picked a variety of starters/ appetizers and they were all excellent. My terrine was total yum. Our entrees ran the gamut of the spaghetti, braising pot, fish chowder, and I had the bistro burger. All our meals were hits and my burger combination of goat cheese, bacon and a fried egg should be on any diners list here. This place is a hit every time we venture in and more restaurants should use this service. We love it here!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Charming and deliciousFineFoodAppreciatedDined on 8/29/2014We enjoy coming here for lunch and dinner. It's within walking distance of home; the food is always good and nicely presented. The menu is unique and offers a delicious combination of flavors with standard fare food. Fig jam with grilled cheese? Outstanding!Special Features:
- Fabulous dinnerbeckyqtooDined on 8/28/2014we enjoyed the freshest of the fresh ingredients....pasta, veggies, chicken all locally sourced and wonderfully prepared. Small gem on the hip east side of p-landSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Loved ItjessanneDined on 8/28/2014Went here on vacation, walked from our rental house with out 18 month old and sat outside. Great food, great service. Highly recommend :)Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Blue Spoon findWJC722VIPDined on 8/25/2014I was looking for an off the beaten. path restaurant in Portland, Me. I liked the location in a neighborhood on a hilltop - Munoz Hill. My waitress was excellent and knowledgeable. I had a lovely goat cheese salad, flounder w fingerling potatoes and green beans. They use local cuisine. I thought there could ha been a bit more spice but overall the food was great. I don't usually get dessert but tried the lemon, Blueberry cake that was outstanding.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Can improve on customer service.Mainefoodie2014Dined on 8/23/2014Took nearly an hour to get our food once we were seated. Service extremely slow. No automatic coffee refills unless we requested it. Waiter appeared disinterested in doing his job. Food was good but not worth the long wait.
- kdmacDined on 8/22/2014The menu was different and the food was very good. The staff was attentive.Special Features:
- A friendly charmerChocolateloverDined on 8/19/2014A surprise, small, neighborhood spot. A perfect welcome to the current Portland culinary sceneSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Best meal in PortlandkbnyVIPDined on 8/19/2014We loved this place! Definitely farm to table with fresh, fresh ingredients and lite "processing". Beet & cucumber salad just that - slices of cucumber fanned around a heap of sliced beets drizzled with the goat buttermilk dressing. Amazing! My daughter & I both had the pan fried flounder over beans & corn - simply delicious. The sticky toffee pudding was unusual - looked like pie - and also amazing, of course the mound if REAL whipped cream didn't hurt a bit! I would go back in a minute - except I live in NYC.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Tiny but great foodyummyDined on 8/16/2014The place is very tiny but the food is excellent. From the bread/oliveoil to the dessert everything was first rate . The server was friendly and helpful. We came early and the "host " was not particularly welcoming - sending us away for 1/2 hour No room at the bar but there were open outside tables.Probably nit-picking but I think being welcoming is important .Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wish we had a restaurant like thisneilcwVIPDined on 8/16/2014Normally, restaurant reviews have some qualifier in them. Like ... loved everything except ... know what I mean? Blue Spoon was outstanding from greeting to departure. It's a really small, charming place that takes the locally sourced concept to heart. Everything was exceptional. The blue cheese and spinach appetizer was amazing. On the recommendation of our server, I went with the bistro burger from wee bit farms, served with a delicious warm potato salad. We tried and loved all three desserts available that evening - if they have the lemon and blueberry cake, get it. I truly wish we had this restaurant like this in Columbus - already a great foodie town.Special Features:
- What a wonderful findRedfranVIPDined on 8/11/2014Blue Spoon is a tiny and intimate restaurant that we believe rates 5 very big stars. Everything about it is right...the restaurant is charming, the service was delightful and the food is over the top great. The very talented chef uses as many locally sourced ingredients as possible with an end result that is fresh and creative. If we get to Portland again you find us at the Blue Spoon.Special Features:
- Great brunch spot!sirbob85Dined on 8/9/2014Had the egg benedict there and it was amazing. Was on a potato cake which I had never had before, definitely recommend.Special Features:
- goldenretreatDined on 8/7/2014Great meal. Wonderful service. Would definitely go again
- Outstandingcamplaba2Dined on 8/5/2014Lunch was soooo good! The best grilled cheese with fig jam I had ever had. The broth with the mussels was delicious - did not overpower the mussels as it does in many restaurants. We will definitely come back for dinnerSpecial Features:
- lmo2012Dined on 8/1/2014pork with honey starter was outstanding, the baguette had the perfect amount of salt and butter!!I would recommend this to a friend.
- The following 124 reviews are from the Blue Spoon reviews archive.
- best brunchluv2whineDined on 7/26/2014wow--this brunch was fabulous. very friendly waitstaff casually gave us an awesome outdoor table for two and honored our request to bring food and caffeine as quickly as possible. eggs and potatoes were wonderful--got extra hash browns and home fries. the cinnamon chocolate toast was amazing. iced coffee was great. loved it all.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always greatMartinDined on 7/23/2014I've eaten at the Blue Spoon several times over the last few years, and it is always impeccable. Highest-quality food with inspired preparation =delicious. Keep up the good work.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fantastic food!NonicknameDined on 7/18/2014Interesting and creative menu. Highly recommend this cute little place. It's tiny so make a reservation. Only drawback was the wine. I'm not picky but had 2 wines I did not care for at all.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good findYummyVIPDined on 7/15/2014We found Blue Spoon on Opentable and really liked the food. The service was great and we would go back againSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fresh foodHeiditDined on 7/12/2014The eggs were so fresh! The color of the yolk was vibrant! The goat cheese reminded us if the goat cheese we had in Venice Italy at Laconda orseolo!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- excellent food poor ambience ser okrpfsrDined on 7/9/2014we felt like we were in the kitchen. to open. noise level made it difficult to talk. to small food excellent but would not go back due to ambiance. tables to close, hear other conversations. asked for a second glass of wine finished dinner and did not get it.
- Saturday lunchJS67Dined on 6/14/2014Disappointed that Saturday lunch menu was only brunch. Not everyone wants brunch on Saturday. In the past you could get a lovely glass of wine and lunch.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Sunday BrunchCorriVIPDined on 5/31/2014Two of my girlfriends came to visit me in Portland while I'm assigned here for work. I decided to take them to Blue Spoon for brunch, and we had a great meal! The corner window booth was very cozy, and I really appreciated not feeling rushed out of the restaurant--we took our time, chatted, and enjoyed our time together. The eggs benedict over sweet potato hash was a favorite of the table, by far. The kale and sausage hash was also yummy, but could've used more kale. It'd be nice if they offered espresso beverages for brunch. Overall a fun and delicious morning!Special Features: