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47 Middle Street
Portland, ME 04101
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East Ender Details
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
Private Party Facilities:
East Ender is the perfect place for your next event / celebration. From birthdays, showers, or business meetings, we can tailor a menu and an atmosphere that will make your occasion memorable. We offer private and semi-private options for you and your guests. Choose from our playful menu or customize your own. We offer passed appetizers, platters, and sit down plated menus.
Private Party Contact:
Megan Schroeter (207) 879-7669
A word from East Ender
The East Ender offers new American food with bold New England flavors specializing in slow smoked BBQ. Chef Mitchell Gerow appreciates the philosophy of nose to tale cooking. He sources products from local farmers and purveyors. Quality local ingredients allow East Ender to create a menu from
scratch and present it in an approachable and affordable way. Seriously good food in a seriously casual environment. A neighborhood meeting place to enjoy house cocktails, craft-beers, and wine that caters to the cuisine. Our menu offers seasonal snacks, salads, sandwiches, entrees and desserts.
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Diners' Choice Winner
Lots of great options here! The
East Ender shows creativity in their menu options... everything from the specialty drinks and appetizers to the salads and entrees is prepared with a slight twist. The results are delicious! You will not be disappointed. Great service. The waitress was very knowledgeable and attentive. I will definitely come back!"
Dined on 3/8/2014
I'd highly recommend thus
restaurant. We had trout fritters and their salmon dish which was cooked perfectly. Also gad cheesy cauliflower and Brussel sprouts. All food was thumbs up! We had a 6:00 reservation and it was quiet but by 7:00 all tables were full and the place was hoppin."
Dined on 3/8/2014
The last few times we went here we
really really wanted to enjoy it but did not. Lets start with drinks. They have a great drinks list so why was my margarita from a mix? It was even frothy from the shaking. Ordered nachos as appetizer, then 10 minutes later ordered pork sliders and a salad as our dinner. Even said "We will have nachos as appetizer". All food came out at once. Sliders did not have cheese. Buns were stale. Polyester napkins were the deal breaker. Will not come back."
Dined on 2/28/2014
Went here on a Monday night. The
food was solid, their nachos and lobster poutine were amazing while their calamari was nothing special, also had an above average burger, but not good enough to make me want to come back for it. We had a mixed bag of drinks, they had a tasty cider, their rickey was good, but then I had a ginger beer drink that tasted like you were chewing straight ginger. Ambience was good too, small and cozy, but the place was empty on a Monday night, would be interested to see what its like on a Friday or Saturday, I could see it getting crowded and loud. Our waiter was fine, took orders and brought us drinks in a timely manner and checked in frequently enough, but overall was forgettable."
Dined on 2/10/2014
My boyfriend and I ate here when
visiting Portland for the first time over Valentines Day/President's Day weekend. I booked the reservation a few days before for 9:30 because we got in late from the train, and we were seated immediately. Despite our late reservation, the restaurant was packed when we came in. We had the Lobster Nachos and we both got the main steak dish. They were both absolutely delicious and hit the spot for two weary travelers. Our server was great - she talked through all the beers they had with us and checked in often (but not too often) to make sure we were doing alright. She offered a lot of insight into the menu, helping us make main course and dessert decisions. I would highly recommend East Ender!"
Dined on 2/14/2014
My husband and I made reservations
for Valentine's day, we had heard great things about the East Ender! We weren't looking for an over the top extravagant fancy dinner, just somewhere the two if could relax with some drinks and yummy food! We found it! We shared a few of the smaller plates and it worked out great, we got to try different things! We did the Mac n' Cheese, Steak Sliders, Broccoli Fritters and fries! It was perfect! We ended our meal with the carrot cake which was delicious! Server was friendly and attentive, so all in all, we celebrated Valentine's Day just the way we wanted!"
Dined on 2/14/2014
We had a delicious dinner and our
service was excellent. They didn't rush us and offered good advice on food. It's a comfortable ambiance. The main dining room is upstairs though, so if you're not good with stairs, ask to be seated downstairs in your reservation."
Dined on 2/7/2014
Chose the East Ender for dinner
prior to attending a performance at Merrill Auditorium. Parking can be an issue, especially in winter but we located a spot in front on the street. A beautiful old building awaited us. We climbed the steep stairs to the dining room and it is worth it! Comfortable, relatively quiet, and attractive. Waitress was very helpful, taking the time to explain menu items as this was our first visit. Choices range from sliders to hanger steak and include enough options to please most. Great local beer choices! Food was very good and the 3 of us decided we won't wait so long to return!"
Dined on 2/6/2014
Had a great dinner for my
boyfriends birthday. Our server was Grace, she was also training a new server (forgot her name) we had great service and as always, a great meal. This is our go to spot for date nights and special occasions."
Dined on 1/24/2014
We came for one of my friend's
birthdays for a light fare and happy hour. They had a nice selection for wine and cocktails. I was always impressed with the East Ender and their food display for a large party I attended a couple week backs. The staff is very friendly and down to earth. The infused vodka cocktails are also delightful. Their food menu is unique but delicious"
Dined on 1/8/2014
This was my third time going there
and I love the East Ender every time! Their food is fun, creative and delicious. I have yet to have something that wasn't fantastic! Yum!"
Dined on 1/4/2014
We went to east ender on a nite
that was -26 wind chill. They were going to close early, but they stayed open for my wife & I. Food was fun and good. Brussels sprouts were great as were fritters. Food fresh and not over seasoned. Good beer an d wine lists. It was worth the cold walk."
Dined on 1/2/2014
The food at the East Ender is
always fantastic. On the last visit we had the trout fritters and the egg salad sliders. Both were great. The ambience is perfect for a casual meal with friends or your sweetheart. The downstiars is small and cozy. A couple tables are not much more than coffee tables with some comfy chairs around them. The fireplace is a welcome treat on a cold snowy winter day. This is a must try for any first time Portland visitors. This place is part of why Portland is known as a restaurant mecca."
Dined on 12/26/2013
I took my staff here for a holiday
dinner. They always go to the same places and LOVED everything about Eastender! However our server was less than desirable.Apparently is a bartender who also waits tables and had no personality. Loved that the wines were half price on this day and did not know until we arrived. Our 1st wine was a Chardonnay named "butter" and was fantastic. ($36) The 2nd was a french Chardonnay which I thought was listed as $20 before discount. It was too sweet and none of us really liked it and told the server. Then the bill came and it was a $50 bottle and at half price it was still $25. I was horrified and asked the waiter and he said "you never know and sometimes that more expensive bottle just is not as good"."
Dined on 1/1/2014
My son, wife, and I went to this
restaurant last Friday night. It was our first visit and will not be our last. They have a great selection of craft beers and we helped ourselves. We had crab cakes to start which were very good. My wife ordered a salad and a pepperoni pizza and I ordered a pizza with squash and cheese. My son had a club sandwich of some sort, I think and he loved it. The pizza is not that good and I would avoid it. I think the next time we will have a sandwich. I love the location (used to be Norm's) and the ambience is nice."
Dined on 12/27/2013
Took a group there for dinner -
wait staff was inattentive and distracted, but the food was great and the atmosphere was great. Would go again for the calamari and some of the other menu items."
Dined on 12/27/2013
A great dinner for girls night
out. We split some appetizers (make sure you try the deviled eggs!), a salad, and each had our own entree. The diver scallops were to die for and the Surf and Turf burger lived up to its reputation."
Dined on 12/7/2013
Really terrible. Been there before
and it was good. Not this time."
Dined on 10/19/2013
This restaurant did a good job
handling our large party of 14. They ran out of two min items at 6:15 on a Saturday night, not a good sign. Food was okay, great deal of deep fried food, Asian, and just seemed like a mismatched menu. Lobster Poutine was good."
Dined on 11/23/2013
Have previously had exceptional
meals (pulled pork entree) however this time everything was incredibly salty to the point that the braised short rib was in edible."
Dined on 11/5/2013
The food is good and dependable as
well as the service. A good place to go with friends who want a variety of food options for $ to $$$. A bit loud and a little on the chilly side."
Dined on 10/26/2013
Fun atmosphere with creative bar
fare. Start with the fried bologna sandwich and go from there!"
Dined on 10/18/2013
In the past we have had fish and
chips there and they really were great. Tonight they were out and everyone in a party of four ordered something different. Mediocre food at best, way overpriced for what it was. Took an hour for food to come out even though place was half empty. Sad disappointment, want my money and evening back. But go for the fish and chips if they have them."
Dined on 4/20/2013
Ok atmosphere and service but not
worth the price, small portions and everything was way too salty!"
Dined on 10/18/2013
We ate upstairs. We got the highly
touted lobster nachos but they just didn't do it for us - they were good but not awesome. The burger was great. Salads were delicious. All in all a good Monday night out."
Dined on 10/8/2013
The lobster nachos were worth the
price of admission. We also shared a pizza and pulled pork sliders. All were yummy. We had a great waitress and sat upstairs, which we liked better than the first floor space."
Dined on 10/14/2013
I'm not sure how we missed this
place, but it is definitely worth a visit. We visited with 2 teens and although there were few children there, it was great for all of us. Nice ambience. Bar downstairs and restaurant up a steep flight of stairs. We sat upstairs where it was spirited, but not ovewhelmingly noisy the way it can be some places. There was a robust selection of food choices. I will probably come again and next time order a selection of starters rather than an entree as there was no possibility of finishing both an appetizer and entree due to the large portion sizes, and we preferred our appetizers and bar menu items to the standard menu items. Trout fritters and the polenta were particularly amazing. Crab cakes were huge."
Dined on 10/13/2013
I discovered the East Ender last
year when I had guests visiting my business. The restaurant is located near the hotel they were staying at (Hampton Inn across the street). The three of us had a great evening of food and drink. We ate at the bar upstairs. Since then I have returned several times with friends and had a great meal each time. This weekend I visited again on a Friday night and had a delicious meal of the Mushroom Risotto while my guest had the brisket. There was a large wedding party seated upstairs so it was busy and loud (but pleasant) and we were still served promptly. We also both had salads that were fresh and tasty. The service was attentive and friendly but not constantly checking on us like at some places."
Dined on 10/12/2013
We had a very good, interesting
dinner in the downstairs room. After a week of eating mostly fish and seafood, we both chose beef: the short rib special and the Montreal smoked beef from the regular menu. We would order them again as they were flavorful and combined with appropriate sides. Service was efficient and the waitress was helpful. Definitely a wonderful neighborhood restaurant convenient to our downtown hotel."
Dined on 10/9/2013
Having enjoyed East Ender for
lunch, I brought weekend visitors hoping for a casual & flavorful dinner. Unfortunately, the meal was only fair. Started with broccoli fritters -- too much fritter, not enough broccoli (or flavor) and way overcooked -- and house made potato chips with dip, which were the best thing we ordered all night. My main course, a half rack of ribs, were so overdone it was like chewing on a shoe covered with a disappointing BBQ sauce. I enjoyed the sides of grilled bok choy and the housemade kim chi. The other entrees -- lobster salad on a roll and the burger, both with huge piles of fries -- not bad, but not great. Our server was attentive and helpful, and the space is lively and comfortable."
Dined on 10/6/2013
We enjoyed our meal on a Sat.
night. There weren't many other patrons while we dined and that kept the noise level down. Attractive room, delicious food - one of the best salads with exotic greens I've ever had. The dressing was light and subtle and allowed the greens to shine."
Dined on 9/8/2013
Our server (I think her name was
Jo?) was great! I usually get the risotto but changed it up and got the pulled pork. It was Awesome, i could have eaten a whole plate of the cheesy cauliflower. Cucumber Collins is always a great way to unwind after work."
Dined on 9/7/2013
We were tired and hungry after a
day of travel and were completely unfamiliar with the area. Once again Opentable came to the rescue. This restaurant is super convenient to the waterfront Hampton Inn. The hanger steak with salt and vinegar fries was delicious. Our server was very friendly and helpful."
Dined on 8/29/2013
I want to love this restaurant,
but am always underwhelmed by the menu and disappointed with my food. I've been to East Ender three times and usually walk out thinking, "Man, I miss Norm's Barbeque!""
Dined on 3/10/2013
Food was good, although a little
heavy on the butter and other fats. Could have benefitted from another vegetarian option. Service was very good."
Dined on 8/11/2013
I needed a last minute reservation
at a restaurant that had good food and interesting cocktails...and nearby parking. I'm not sure why this restaurant isn't always filled since the few times I've been there it has never failed to be excellent. My scallops were delicious and so was the blueberry mojito. My 3 friends also commented that their food was really good. If you've never been here you should try it. It's a comfortable feeling place so I'm not sure it would be great for a romantic meal but I can't find anything really wrong with it."
Dined on 8/6/2013
Interesting menu, reasonable
prices. Relaxed but attentive service. Casual ambiance with tasteful decor."
Dined on 7/28/2013
Took over an hour for our meals to
come out, despite others being served around us that were seated after us. after asking the owner/manager if we were getting close, her response was that they were working on it and we had a choice to leave if we wanted to. Great host!"
Dined on 7/20/2013
The burger and fries I had were
really yummy, especially the fries! I love salt and vinegar. The wait staff was really friendly, loved the atmosphere in the restaurant."
Dined on 7/14/2013
Really wanted to love this
restaurant, but the food fell short. I ordered the Shrimp and Grits. The grits were interesting in that they were made with large kernel hominy, but the shrimp were baby boiled shrimp, covered with buffalo wing sauce - kind of cheap looking and tasting. It had that strange orange color and felt not restaurant-quality. Bad concept for what could have been an interesting dish."
Dined on 7/1/2013
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