Fore Street
Fore Street

Fore Street

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.forestreet.biz/
  • Phone: 2077752717
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Fore Street reviews from OpenTable diners
101 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (74)special occasion (68)romantic (41)neighborhood gem (38)hot spot (32)notable wine list (32)good for groups (19)vibrant bar scene (15)scenic view (9)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Very Nice
    Denis
    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
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    • 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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    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
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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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Adam our server knew how picky we were (coming from NYC) he gave us the best recommendations and we enjoyed everything! Such a great place!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Susan
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our waitress was very attentive but not intrusive. Food was excellent. We had a nice table on the upper level overlooking the kitchen which was fun to watch the chefs. Our first time to Portland and would return to Fore Street. We had a reservation and would recommend making one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What's the Fuss?
    Sally
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    It was very convenient to our hotel, actually right behind the Hilton. It was booked every night. The food was creative and good. The chef used the best quality of foods. However, the portions could have been a little more. I was glad I went, but wouldn't go back. The food for the price just wasn't there. I really don't know what all the fuss is about this place. If it's your first time in Maine, just go get some lobster at a reasonable price.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One the best restaurants anywhere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Every summer we stop at Fore Street on out way to and from a location much farther in Maine, and while there are other great restaurants in Portland we just can't imagine missing a dinner we could have had at Fore Street. The best ingredients impeccably and creatively prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reputation upheld
    david
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We have eaten many times at Fore St. over the years -- often, as this time, with visiting friends and relatives. The menu is unfailingly creative and the food excellent. On a busy late summer evening, the place was crowded, the noise level high, and the service a bit slow -- all of which we anticipated: it's the price of excellence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Find
    MissDeeGee
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great food, nice ambiance and exceptional service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding meal
    RegulardinerVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    This was one of our vacation highlights. We had been in Acadia for a week, and relived all the sound and smell memories with the seafood here. Great casual vibe, but excellent service, and food is just suberb. We also succombed to the deserts, even though we were all full. Fabulous. A fine food experience that was as relaxed as a back yard barbecue. Did not want to leave.
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  • Overpriced/Small Portions
    overpriced
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Noise level was very high. Service was slow but polite. Everything had a smoke flavor due to the wood ovens. OK for meats, not for cauliflower. Wine by the glass, high price not all that good. Would not return.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    Cookiemonster
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I know the gourmet mag top 50 list is old, but I have yet to go to a restaurant on it that isn't out of this world. Fore street is more a more casual variant of the nations' top dining spots - consistent with Maines laid back feel. It is similar to chez panise w/ menu changes daily based on the market & the different station chefs then create options based on what's available. A few standards stay on the menu year round - one of these was the wood fired mussels which we tried & was great. The front page of the menu were small plates I ordered quail which was a full bird & could have been a meal to itself. The wine list was approachable for any budget which was nice. My wife enjoyed watching the food being prepared in the open kitchen
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RiverheadDestinationVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    To be the best in Portland - the foodie town of the northeast - is really saying something. Year in, year out, Fore Street continues to stand as the best of the best in Portland's fine dining landscape. Recommended without reservation.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost perfect
    PoppyVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We have dined here whenever in Portland. Their reputation is exceptional, as has been our experience during previous visits. This time, while everything was wonderful, our main coarse was off the mark. We had the Lobster with Garlic Scapes and Corn Pudding; it was disappointing. The Lobster was tough, the Garlic Scapes were overdone, but the Corn Pudding was to die for! Our appetizer was fabulous, as was the dessert. Do visit them!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fore Street Portland Maine
    ScottG
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We recently celebrated both our and my parents anniversaries with dinner at Fore Street. Every aspect met our expectation of one of the highest rated restaurants in the country. The food was spectacular with mixes of ingredients that just work together perfectly. The atmosphere is friendly and not pretentious. Dinner was on the high side cost wise but the value for the money is unquestioned. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh delicious food
    foodie2
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I took my Mom to Fore Street for her birthday. The staff welcomed her with birthday wishes and left a birthday card on the table. Our waitperson was knowledgeable and friendly. We started off with a caprese salad with heirloom tomatoes of varying colors and sizes topped with a soft ricotta cheese, homemade, I believe. For the main course I had the mussel appetizer which was very good and very large. My Mom had the scallops which were delicious. We finished with a blueberry crisp served in a canning jar-fun. The only negative was the view out the window which overlooked garbage dumpsters.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfection
    AliGVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Fore Street is top notch. My husband and I try to get to this restaurant every time we visit Portland. Food is out of this world and service is excellent. We come from Boston and can honestly say this is one of the best restaurants we've ever eaten at. Celebrated multiple occasions here.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flawless food
    diner88
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Our food was delicious, creative, and perfectly portioned. Highlights were the chilled and smoked seafood platter, pork belly with beets and rhubarb jam, and chocolate torte with chocolate pecan ice cream. Service was polite and knowledgable but felt rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yum
    FitzVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Loved every bit of our dining experience here. Loved the decor, the service was wonderful, and the food was absolutely delish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just the best
    Opentablenomore
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We dined here last year thanks to Open Table and made two reservations for this summer way ahead of time in order to return. The experience is unparalleled. The oysters and mussels are so fresh, the appetizers and entrees just superb, and the desserts - let me just say that the description of the blueberry crisp as "a summer day in Maine incarnate" was right on target. An important aspect of this restaurant experience is the waitstaff. The waiters and waitresses are so smart that you want them to sit down and talk with you about food or anything else. Wow. The authenticity of this place and the people (who really are the place, along with the amazing ingredients that combine to make the meals) is just so special. Thanks!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pete
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    A "must try" place for Portland. Consistently good - recommend highly!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jlp0000
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The food was outstanding. Like beyond. We ordered too much food and wanted to explode. The only part my husband did not enjoy was his cocktails because both were very watered down.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Meal Ever
    mesm
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    A definite must if you are going to be in Portland. Make sure to get reservations well in advance. At 5:30, people were told there was a 2 hour wait for a table on a Monday night. The menu changes every day so it's a surprise as to what will be served. Fabulous old building. You can watch what is going on in the kitchen if you are seated in that section. The food is amazing! The only problem is we wanted everything on the menu. Our meals were perfection on a plate, from apps to dessert. We usually don't eat dessert, but it's a must at Fore Street. We left full, but not stuffed, and very happy. We will definitely be going back as much as possible. You'd be hard pressed to find a better restaurant in any other city in the U.S.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful
    foodievickieVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We have come here many times and are never disappointed. The service is warm and efficient and the food always wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely delicious!
    allergyeaterVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Everyone told us to eat here when we came to Portland and we were not disappointed! Best mussels I have ever eaten! Hanger steak and scallops were fantastic. The waiter was personable & knowledgable. He and the chef were wonderful and accommodating with serious food allergies. Dessert was out of this world! We will be back!!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible Food
    ohays7
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Hadn't been to Fore Street (or Portland) in years - food was just amazing. Will go back next year!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A superb experience
    3RosettesVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We celebrated another anniversary at Fore Street recently and once again, Fore Street provided an evening to remember. Our starters (oysters and charcuterie) were excellent. The scallops were perfect with their unusual red cabbage accompaniment. The duck was phenomenal -- the best I have ever had -- and the chanterelles and cauliflower puree were wonderful. The service was attentive and just right. What a treasure Fore Street is!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Gator
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Reservation were honored timely. Service and food excellent.drinks were perfect. Pricey but worth it
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The real deal
    Jrpm
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Fore Street has it all inspired menu,great wine list,well trained staff, great service and a very cool room. Clearly they go for the freshest in season produce and local protein. The plates are simple but clearly well Thought out with complimentary and subtle favours. The wait staff know their stuff and can match the menu To your preferences and experience you want. Great diverse wine list. Would highly recommend for foodies.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Been better.
    upintheair
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We've been to Fore Street many times but this time was a bit disappointing. The mussels, one of their signatures, tasted very funky--low tide-ish. Several of the plates seemed smaller than we remembered, such as the shared vegetables and some of the fish dishes. Portions were small, prices still top dollar. All in all, at the price, it wasn't our best experience at a restaurant that is usually a home run. However, some of the dishes were as tasty as ever and the service was excellent.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Great restaurant...super menu and delicious tastes by chefs
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining
    Tar10VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Freshest food, and masterfully presented. Well informed staff on the ingredients and food preperation. Our waitress guided us through the entire dining experience from appetizer, to side dishes and drinks. Highest rating possible!
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    romantic, notable wine list
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  • Impeccably professional service!
    Tripledoc
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Fun to deal with a knowledgable server with whom you can have repartee.
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    special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Le Grande Dame
    Avatar910
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Of Portland and still fabulous. Not a trendy spot any longer, just damn good food served appropriately with knowledgable staff.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Roasted to perfection
    WallyVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Roast quail appetizer is delicious. Roast mussel in sizzling pan is perfectly seasoned. Tip: Dip the sauce with bread. Roast half chicken, spit roast pork and whole roast sea bass are simpler seasoned and very flavorful. Will be back again soon.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Allan
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    My wife and I try to dine at Fore Street every time we visit Portland. The food and service was outstanding.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than most
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Although the food was good. The tempo was rushed. Dessert was excellent.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab on Fore Street
    SchwankyVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    So hard to choose from the appealing menu, but I went for the linguini with fresh mozzarella followed by the grilled quail with hush puppies. My husband had smoked cod fritters followed by blue fish with sardine aioli. We shared a side of braised chard with pork belly. Ok, we shared everything because we wanted to taste everything. So, so good. Wines by the glass were well-priced, nice choices. Crunchy, caramelized banana with house made ice cream for dessert was terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.