Fore Street
Fore Street

Fore Street

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.forestreet.biz/
  • Phone: (207) 775-2717
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Bar opens daily at 5:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Sam Hayward
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Franklin and Pearl
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Fore Street has free parking from 5pm to 12am in the parking lot behind the building, depending on availability. Street parking is available as well as customer paid parking in 2 parking garages within 1 block.
A word from Fore Street
Located in Portland's Old Port District, Fore Street opened in June, 1996. The interior surrounds a unique brick and soapstone hearth with a wood-burning oven, grill and turnspit; visible from most tables. We believe that good food travels the shortest possible distance between the farm and the table. Our menu changes every day and is founded upon the very best raw materials from a community of Maine farmers, fisherman, foragers and cheese makers. Most of the Maine foods are organically grown or harvested wild, each brought to us at the peak of its season. In 2002 and again in 2007, Fore Street was named by Gourmet Magazine as one of the Top Fifty Restaurants in the United States. In 2004, Chef-Partner Sam Hayward was named Best Chef: Northeast by the James Beard Foundation.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Fore Street reviews from OpenTable diners
112 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (89)special occasion (77)neighborhood gem (37)romantic (36)notable wine list (33)hot spot (32)good for groups (18)vibrant bar scene (12)scenic view (4)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Birthday celebration
    Aidy
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    The restaurant was chosen for us by our granddaughter and it was the right choice! The evening began at the corner lounge with some great wine. We were then escorted to our table on the upper level where we enjoyed a wonderful meal topped off with their special dessert. We plan to return soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Return to Fore Street
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    It has been a few years since my wife and I have been to Fore Street. We always have many family with us in August while in Maine. This year we were fortunate to spend a few months in the Portland area taking in the restaurant scene. Fore Street is one of the very best in all the region. Great menu, great service, and great food. Difficult to get a reservation, but we persevered. It was worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great midweek dining stop
    MikeK
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We dropped in with a grou of four after work one night. It was next door to our hotel so convenient to walk to. Our server took care of us and took the time to provide insights to the selections which helped us make decisions for dinner this evening. Food was prepared well and everything tasted good. Definitely will come back in spite of the high level of noise that is generated when the place is full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eternallytnb
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    As per usual, our experience at Fore st was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    medfailure
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    My husband and I took our teenager and 12 year old (they are 'restaurant trained') here for our 20th Wedding Anniversary. It was perfect. We live in Boston, but I am from San Francisco and my husband spent 15 years there, and we love the fresh, changing menus that we were used to in the SF Bay Area. Fore Street evokes that, but with its own Portland charm. When asked where I wanted to go for this significant event, the only place I could think of was Fore Street. So, we went. And the food, ambiance, service, and, well, everything, was just what I'd wanted. Highly recommended, for people who love great, curated, but not silly food, in a warm, lovely, yet comfortable space. We stayed overnight, but I'd drive up and back for a meal here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    the food was fantaastic along with the waitstaff. the only negatie was the noise level. it was difficult to take with our tablemates and after a while the background noise become oppressive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall very enjoyable experience.
    Italiancook
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Great waitress very attentive but discreet. The food was excellent with the exception of a need for more sauce/ garnishing on the sage rubbed pork. The whole sea bass was excellent. The aroma of the sauce itself made your mouth water. We would definitely suggest that the water served with the meal needs to be served with ice and lemon to counter act the city water. It was the only real displeasing part of the evening. When we asked for this it came immediately.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    PcmassVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We have eaten here a number of times over the past several years and it remains our favorite restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Ellie
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We have heard so much about this restaurant - food was disappointing. Over rated - menu was not desirable to us at all.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Fore Street's Food
    gymgirl
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The food is always exceptional. Probably our favorite restaurant - anywhere.... A few issues... room was really really dark, could barely see our food. I also felt like we could have had a slightly better table - because plenty were open... not sure if it was random, but we were celebrating our anniversary, which I am almost certain I added to our reservation(?) I can overlook both of those, my biggest issue, the server seemed to not care at all. She was not friendly, not engaging, and seemingly not interested at all. It was odd. Not that we are there to make friends, but if you are spending $200 for dinner, maybe acting interested would have been "nice". It was a sour note in our dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Again
    Geddy2007
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    My wife and I are just never disappointed with a dining experience at Fore Street. The muscles were the best we've had, the entrees were well portioned and delicious, and the desserts stole the show. Next time we go (and I've said this before), we are splitting the muscles, each getting a salad, then splitting three desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Capecodfoodlover14
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    This is the one place we always visit when we come to Portland and the first reservation we make once we know we will be visiting Portland. It is always a wonderful experience in a city of many fine dining choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent restaurant
    wakerutland
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Fantastic dining experience. Food was exceptional, service was great and the open kitchen provided an amazing show. Would highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Best
    thebrasilian
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is definitely one of the best restaurants in Portland, Maine, and I'd venture to say "one of the best" in the entire U.S. Great selection of food, which changes very regularly (sometimes daily), depending on local availability and seasonality. Very attentive staff. Great views of the "open kitchen" from just about every table. It's a place to go to have an exciting and interesting dining experience. Just be sure to make advance reservations so as to not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Put it on your dining wish list!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Fantastic. From the extensive (but pricey) wine list to the absolute freshest salads and perfectly cooked meats and fish, Fore Street is at the top of our 'must eat there' list when in Portland. Service was right on, no hovering but our waitress always seemed to know when we needed something. You know it will be great when you can see the kitchen staff all smiling! Now if only the hostess would do the same.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    TimetoEatVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We had some drinks in the bar before dinner that were great. Dinner was delicious. We started with soup and salad and had monkfish and steak for dinner. Everything was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Demogenes
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    As a chef I tend not to over-analyze my dining experience. Chef's are traditionally overly critically for the sake of their own ego. So I make it a point to brag about everyone else's cooking. I can't do that here. I must have gone on an off night, because the food was bland, dry and the selections were completely uninspired (as in they seemed designed to be completely bland and dry). Perhaps they're resting on their laurels and just writing their menu ideas kind of slap dash? Or perhaps I went on a bad night for me to go. Hopefully the latter.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing dining experience
    Foodiejules27
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The restaurant was gorgeous and we enjoyed watching the kitchen in the middle of the restaurant. The bar was exquisite, the plush chairs were inviting for you to relax before you dine and the overall design and layout was divine, food included. Would recommend making this a destination while visiting Portland. Gourmet magazine was on point.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fore sure!
    Charslink
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We had an amazing experience here. The waiter was friendly and helpful. The food was phenomenal. Worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fore St exceeds expectations!
    RDrides
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Both my wife and I are pretty accomplished chefs and are often disappointed when dining out and the meal is not as well prepared as we felt it would have been if we had cooked at home. At Fore St last Monday that was certainly not the case. We had guests in from London and all 4 of us were extremely pleased with our meals. I sampled all 4 of the fish dishes and found them very remarkable. The Bluefish special is the reason for writing this review. It was incredible! Not only cooked delicately and presented beautifully, the balance of flavors complimented what can be a difficult fish to prepare. My sincere compliments to the chef!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Over the Top
    Sandy
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Have eaten in numerous excellent restaurants but this was over the top. This was a recommendation so we expected a good meal but that does not begin to describe it. From the hostess who seats you and remembers your name from check in, to the well informed waitress who was so very into every part of our meal, to the chefs you observe preparing the entrees as you waited for your meal, to one of the best meals we have ever had. Main courses of swordfish and hanger steak with indescribable sides. We shared two mini desserts, carrot cake and chocolate brownie which was served with a dollop of caramel, two raspberries, fresh whip cream and taste size special pop corn, oooh so delicious. Cannot say enough about this unassuming Portland gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still good, but not great.
    CTFrequentDiners
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    First time we went there, everything was great. This time, a year later, everything was good, but not great. And at this price point, they should be focused on being great. Getting a reservation is still difficult, so we settled for a very early dinner time. That was a mistake. From the moment we sat down, although the waiter was professional, it was structured that we would eat on their schedule and get out so that they could turn the table. I don't like being rushed through dinner, and no sooner did we finish the apps, the main arrived, just as we finished the mains, the dessert menu arrived. If the food were better, I would have been very upset. We'll no doubt try it again, but only if it's a late res for the last seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just a Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    It was good but it was "just a restaurant". We can't figure out the hype. Food was ok but we have had better at a lower price. Hangar steak was ordered medium but was served red! Sardine appetizer was about 5 inches long with large bones. Fish entrees were nothing to rave about. Waitress was pleasant but seemed hurried. The noise level was high. The seats were uncomfortable for short people, our feet did not touch the floor, this was especially bad for my pregnant friend (5'2"). Do not think we will return, it is not worth dhowing up on time for your reservation and not being seated because 2 members of your party were not there yet. And then being told that if they were much later our table might be given away! That's rude!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Disappointing
    PandaFood
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We wanted to love Fore Street. We are major foodies and were in Portland on basically a self guided beer and food tour of the city. Fore Street was our only disappointment. The food was under seasoned and lack luster. The ethos and presentation are spectacular (fresh and local ingredients) but execution was a miss. Foie gras was boring - how do you mess up foie gras? :(
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible!
    Juneau
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Best chicken we ever had (spit roasted). We visit Portland every year and so look forward to dining at Fore
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant!
    ShellyVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I have wanted to dine at the restaurant for a long time, and I finally got the opportunity. The food was excellent, especially the foie gras, something we can no longer get in California. We were seated in a room off the main dining room at a table for two by the window. We both thought that was nice and that it would be quieter. Not so, across the room there was a table of 10 people, 3 women and 7 men who were enjoying their evening, but were VERY loud. A very unpleasant distraction to our dining experience. Not sure if the restaurant has the space for a separate room for large groups, but should consider that option. I would definitely dine at the restaurant again, but would make sure I was not seated near a large group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expectations
    TastyVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    As good as it gets. Wondrous, savory food, perfectly paced, and excellently described.The best duck I ever had. A must visit in Portland.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underwhelming
    SoPoFoodExplorerVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Over the past 18 months, our visits to Fore Street have steadily declined from knock your socks off delicious to good, but not spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friday Night
    TAC49VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    What an absolutely incredible dining experience. The SERVICE was probably the best I've experienced. We enjoyed Mussels, Chicken Livers, Squid as starters and then Venison, Hake and Flounder entrees and all three were wonderful. The chocolate souffle with caramels was unbelievable !!! The portions are large...so if I was to do this again, I'd cut way back. As an example, the mussels starter is more than enough as an entrée. The entire menu also a little pricey...so be forewarned.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Very unique menu - fresh daily. Waiter was very patient with questions - delicious recommendations
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but over rated.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Food was good, fresh and large portions. It's trendy right now. I have eaten at better restaurants not in Portland though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • One of the Best
    luvfood
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    One of the best restaurants ever! Hard to get reservation, but well worth trying!! Food is superb, service is great. Lives up to its reviews. Came from RI to try restaurant, will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful food, big excellent menu
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Outstanding food in an exciting, energenic setting, served by friednly, attentive wait staff. Always very satisfying to dine here.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pepper8
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Waiter's recommendations were spot on, food was delicious, hostess was very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice
    DenisVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This restaurant came with high reviews, and it performed accordingly. The food was excellent, the service sharp and professional. As it was our anniversary I was especially pleased at finding this place for this particular occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still amazing
    Travel2eat
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Go here every time I'm in Portland...so happy to see it hasn't lost anything over the years. Outstanding service, food is just so tasty and well prepared. Loved the pork belly, hangar steak and monkfish...excellent wines and couldn't even eat dessert...we took home a little box of the chocolates - WOW!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DianeM
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    First time..the mussels were outstanding I would recommend and would go back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SLIPPED A BIT
    palu22
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Did not get blown away as usual. Even the mussels, which we looked forward to were off the mark compsred to previous times. And the cheese on the salad was like rubber, tasteless and chewy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spotty Service
    BetsymomVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Enjoyed dinner here with one exception. Two of our appetizers arrived about 20 minutes before the other 2 (there were 4 of us). The server came by a couple times and said they were on their way, but nothing came. Since the two that didn't come were hot appetizers, the other two cold appetizers could have waited until all of them were ready. The tomato pie was delicious, as were our entrees. We didn't have dessert, but I've been told they have a wonderful pastry chef. The decor didn't seem to be much to look at.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still wonderful in a repeat dinner.
    Touring
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We had been to Fore Street two years ago while visiting Portland and found it be be very good. We returned, knowing that it's difficult to repeat magic, and found it to be just as wonderful as the first time. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic