Grace - Portland
15 Chestnut Street
Portland, ME 04101Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $30 and under
Grace - Portland
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.restaurantgrace.com/
- Phone: 2078284422
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm;
- Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Peter Sueltenfuss
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Entertainment: Check our events page!
A word from Grace - Portland
Grace Restaurant offers a first rate menu in an atmosphere of artistic mastery. In 2009 the historic Chestnut Street Church, in downtown Portland, was restored to its original beauty while creating a modern interior that both complemented the sculptural details of the church and reflected the innovative cuisine of chef, Peter Sueltenfuss.Continued
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Grace - Portland reviews from OpenTable diners
154 reviews since April 23, 2014
- Ambiance4.5Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (102)special occasion (94)romantic (81)neighborhood gem (51)good for groups (45)vibrant bar scene (40)notable wine list (28)hot spot (16)scenic view (11)late-night find (11)kid-friendly (5)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (3)Show More
- Our Granddaughter's FavoriteGrazerVIPDined on 8/16/2014We chose to eat at Grace because we were entertaining our Granddaughter for the weekend. Grace is her favorite. We shared the tomato salad then my husband and my granddaughter had the hanger steak. I had the fish/seafood stew. Everything was delicious however my stew portion was very small for the price. We all had dessert and we all enjoyed it. My granddaughter wanted lemonade which they didn't have. The wine by the glass list is limited. the wine was good but not much choice. We will return especially for my Granddaughter's birthday in December.Special Features:
- Lovely Spot, Slow ServicembhdinerVIPDined on 8/16/2014Beautifully converted church, but disappointing as to food and service. Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder turned out to be a variation on pulled pork, a surprise at $32.95. Worse than that, there was an interminable wait for the kitchen to deliver it to our table. The long delay made us late for a concert, so we had to skip dessert. Overall, we were disappointed, as we had heard very good things about Grace.
- Must go!CivilmanDined on 8/15/2014We found this place based on Google reviews and it was awesome! Food is really high quality, great selection of beer, wine and cocktails. Service is really impressive! Will definitely go there again! Highly recommended!Special Features:
- first time visitIng...DaisyDined on 8/15/2014I booked Grace bc I was curious to see how they turned an old church into a restaurant space - I like what they've done, tho I'd do a couple things differently. The hostess was very helpful, we needed to sit on the ground floor for accessibility reasons and they were very accomodating. The service was good tho not sparkling, it was a Friday night so they were quite busy. We'd told them it was a birthday, amd they very nicely had written a birthday card which was a good touch. The food was excellent, interesting without being fussy or too precious, and overall we really liked Grace. We will definitely come back again!Special Features:
- DisappointingOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 8/14/2014The portions were small.. We all left hungry. My husband had a clam appetizer, and it had 5 whole clams.. Really? And 2 of us had the hangar steak.. which consisted of 4 small strips of steak. Disappointed.
- A hidden gem in PortlandKManVIPDined on 8/13/2014Grace isn't in the typical dining areas of Portland (i.e., waterfront or Fore Street) but great food. You get a nice view of the open kitchen if you sit on the balcony.Special Features:
- Old Portland Charmer!clevertulipDined on 8/12/2014A little background on us, My Mom is a chef who studied abroad in Florence and I have been in the hospitality business for over 15 years. We are industry people from an industry town (Chicago). This is a terrific place for a memorable meal. The food was fantastic, the service knowledgeable and friendly, the wine list well done and reasonably priced, the atmosphere vibrant with out being intrusive. I will be returning with my husband for a romantic night out minus the kids. You should too!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful experienceMrsTDined on 8/9/2014Interesting menu, excellent presentation, outstanding preparation, perfectly timed service--what more can you ask for? Oh, I know--adequate spacing between tables and Grace has that too. We will be back!Special Features:
- Fantastic!DortizDined on 8/8/2014Grace never ceases to deliver a great meal and service. They are one of the best of Portland.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Religious experienceShowmanDined on 8/7/2014Interesting atmosphere to eat a superb dinner . Attentive staff who adds to this wonderful food sampling. The menu is very creative mixed with the gothic look of the building adds a peaceful serenity to the dining experience . Would recommend this to anyone who want a gastronomic experience . The pricing is very fare for a restaurant.Portland has many fine restaurant and this well deserves to be considered to be oneSpecial Features:
- Wonderful!Pattye111VIPDined on 8/7/2014Had an absolutely wonderful dinner! We had the rib-eye steak, pork chop and duck. They were all delicious! Our waiter, Burt, was the best. He gave us recommendations and really made the evening fun! Can't wait to return.Special Features:
- Beautiful but a little offRedfranVIPDined on 8/5/2014Grace is a beautiful restaurant located in an old church. The atmosphere is fantastic. We dined at Grace during our recent trip to Portland. I had specifically requested a balcony table. We arrived to find that Grace was hosting a large party and our request couldn't be fulfilled. We were told that we had been called the previous day…hmm! My husband ordered hanger steak and rated it 2 out of 3. I ordered char. When the char arrived it looked more like halibut but I thought OK. A server appeared and said she had served the wrong entre. The replacement char was beautifully prepared and quite good. We did feel that pacing was off and that the courses were flying to the table. Perhaps it was an off night due to the large group.
- GraceThales23Dined on 8/1/2014One of Portland's best. Beautiful and unique surroundings with welcoming staff. The chef creates unusual and delicious food choices ranging from the appetizers to the desserts. We are happy repeat patrons.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Tapas mealOpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 8/1/2014Our visit to Grace did not disappoint. We opted for seven items from the Pre-entree categories. Melon gazpacho was crystal clear in flavor. The clams dish had a seafood broth of great profundity. Foie Gras was as expected, but the accompaniments bore insufficient citric acid to make a dent against the essential fatty nature of the protein. The duck sausage, while flavorful, was disappointingly dry. The bone marrow was classic, and the sweetbreads were a revelation, with the honey mustard making the dish bouyant. The goat cheese ravioli had too much "sweet" in the sauce, overtaking the tangy notes of the cheese.Special Features:
- Salt-A-Plenty At A PricePORT2NYDined on 7/26/2014Grace has a dynamic interior and design. I think they need to dust the air vents up over the kitchen area however. Too bad they placed such a conglomeration like that in that space. They also could use some different lighting with color and appeal to maybe disguise the dusty ventilation. The food is alright, moderate in taste and appeal but really, really high on price and salt-a-plenty! I think we would choose (and recommend) this place for drinks and conversation rather than diner. Service was excellent and attentive without being overbearing.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Eat and worship at the same time!Momoffour4Dined on 7/26/2014Step inside this converted church for a holy dining experience. Lively atmosphere. Staff was warm and accommodating. Menu offers offers something for everyone, even vegans! They were happy to have my three year old too!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Grace is Divine!vbvbVIPDined on 7/25/2014We had a wonderful dinner at Grace - made better because of the attention to detail by our server Garrett. When we commented that the menu on line looked different he explained that the selections were updated daily, but the kitchen could likely accommodate us. He offered the bar menu to expand our choices (just what the hubby wanted). This was a refreshing change after the hostess chastised us for being 15 minutes late for our reservation (1st time and we had a hard time parking) ... Even though there were at least ten open tables. Hubby had bar shrimp (warm and a LOT of work to peel) and the hangar steak - both were perfect. I had beet salad and gnocchi (that more closely resembled polenta cakes) yum! Chocolate dessert was great too!Special Features:
- Mostly good experiencepvkevinoDined on 7/25/2014The greeters were very outgoing and friendly, the waiter was attentive. My wife's peas were rock hard, but rest was very good. My food was good, but not much was served. I would recommend a side dish if hungry. Dessert was very good. Noise level was very high.I would recommend this to a friend.
- GrannyannieDined on 7/25/2014Great waitstaff. Yummy cocktails and appetizers. Ask for a table alongside the outside wall as they are generally quieter.Special Features:
- Unique DesignPeerToPeerDined on 7/23/2014This restaurant is located in a former church. There so too many jokes to be made about going into a church to find god and finding him at the bottom of a pint. Incredible food, friendly staff, great oyster selection and, obviously great beer!Special Features:
- Unusual setting - good foodChrisDined on 7/23/2014Dined at Grace before a performance at the Merrill. Interesting innovation of an old church. Great Bar and very good food. Wish we had the time to linger over dessert.Special Features:
- Excellent TimeBuxtonFFEMTPDined on 7/22/2014Grace is a great place for great food, variety of drink options and a second floor overseeing the view of the open dining and cooking area. Wait staff are very friendly, approachable and knowledgeable. Very accommodating for food challenged people, easily adaptable dishes for the Gluten sensitive. They even have a Bar food menu available that are appealing for the younger crowd. Took my wife out for her birthday dinner along with my 12 and 14 year olds, there was no left overs, clean plates around. Food is resonably price along with peppier portions. I was full but had to have dessert, very fresh with a good variety.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good food; small portionsEaterVIPDined on 7/22/2014The appetizer portions, especially the pasta) were much too small for the price as was the fish entree. They ran out of duck by 6:45 p.m. which was disappointing since three of us wanted to order that dish. The pork chop was delicious and a really good size. We liked the bread and butter very much. Service was professional, and our waitress met our every need. The place was a bit warm. It certainly was different dining in an old church, but the entrance way was in need of refurbishing.
- deliciouslcg12Dined on 7/19/2014perfect for our visit in portland. we loved the food, the atmosphere and well - everything!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Superb in every wayFoodForThoughtDined on 7/19/2014My husband and I made Saturday night reservations while visiting Portland from Boston only after the other 3 "more popular" restaurants were full. And we are so happy we did. What a wonderful evening. Designed inside a renovated church the ambiance is romantic, cozy and beautiful. The food (I had the halibut, my husband the squid pasta and seafood) was awesome. The service was impeccable. I loved it so much, after dinner we went for a walk and returned an hour later to have one of the restaurant's designer cocktails at the bar. I definitely recommend Grace. We will return.Special Features:
- luv2boatDined on 7/19/2014Great venue and food. Can't wait 'till we go again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fun findFoodieDined on 7/18/2014No outdoor dining or view which is too bad for a great summer weather city but terrific food and cool setting. Inside vibe was vibrant and fun, huge area for bar and. Lots of people eating wt the bar, but not a noisy or crowded scene the night we were there. Food was delicious and very fresh and interesting. Had Arctic char that was perfect over a curry risotto which was surprisingly light and flavorful. Hanger steak was very tender and my husband was able to have it served over beans and vegetables rather than a starch and it was rich and tender. Halibut was hearty but not heavy and a fresh mix of favors. Foie gras appetizer was to die for. Cheese and wine lists both great. Excellent service all around. Sit upstairs if you can.Special Features:
- Great Food & Great Service!SuzieQ92Dined on 7/18/2014My boyfriend took me out to Grace for my birthday dinner and we had a fantastic experience. I knew it was going to be a little bit of an adventure for us because we understood about half of what was on the menu when we made reservations. Firstly, the drinks were fantastic! Probably one of the best old-fashions we had ever had. Secondly, our waitress was awesome. She didn't rush us through our meal and did an excellent job guiding us through the menu and helping us pick out charcuterie and appetizers according to our tastes. It was the best meal I've had in a while. Thirdly, the ambiance of the restaurant was beautiful! The stained glass windows and pretty arches provided a beautiful backdrop for a scrumptious meal!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DisappointingTomasinaDined on 7/18/2014The place had a lively buzz, but there was little ambiance. It felt institutional to us. We hoped the food would make up for that. Our starters were delivered almost immediately. About 5 minutes after we finished, our main courses were brought. This was not good pacing, and it was not a busy night, so why the rush? My husband had the lobster & shellfish with squid ink pasta. It was very good. I has the skate wing and beef shank with grits. It was nearly inedible. It was over-salted, the sauce was more like a gravy, the grits were oily, and the beef overpowered the skate. It was heavy-handed and just didn't work. We decided to skip dessert.Special Features:
- Fantastique !!!OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 7/17/2014Superbe endroit avec un service à la hauteur. Cuisine excellente (les ris de veau croustillants et tendre à la fois). La cuisson des viandes excellentes. Une carte des vins excellente, ils avait même du Opus one à 180$ (400$ à Montréal). J'en ai réservé une pour la fête du travail!Special Features:
- Well done!eeClarVIPDined on 7/11/2014Food and service were second to none. Had the pea soup and halibut. Both were perfect. Will recommend to everyone!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Special Occasion DiningdianemeDined on 7/11/2014Lovely setting (an old church with stained glass windows), but the entrance into the restaurant showed wear and tear, entering through a curtained off doorway. Seated upstairs where it felt private and quiet, giving an overall view of the restaurant. The menu is great for "foodies" (different choices). Only 2 choices of beef: a hanger steak or a 20 oz ribeye. Would have liked to have seen a filet choice. I had the hanger steak which was very good, though too many fried green beans; my husband had the baked halibut (also very good). We shared a delicious parsnip ravioli as appetizer, due to seeing other reviews. Many of the appetizers could be selected as a dinner entree for higher price. Appetizer, entrees, beer and wine came to $95.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great!OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 7/11/2014My husband and I went to Grace very early one evening. The church is beautiful, the service is fantastic and the food is spectacular. We will definitely go back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Grace is GREAT!!!beverlyDined on 7/9/2014First off, you are taken in by the soaring ceilings and just gorgeous interiors. Then your very amiable server arrives. Drinks are served, then the Anadama bread with a delicious molasses whipped butter. Yum!!! WE shared parship raviolis. Beautifully presented and just fabulous. I had the pork entree, others had hangar steak and chicken. Desserts were scrumptious. All in all, a great experience.Special Features:
- Didn't love itOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 7/5/2014We had been for drinks and appetizers before. This time we were not impressed. Waitstaff didn't have knowledge of menu. Salads came out while appetizer still on the table. Rhubarb dessert tri was literally inedible. Poor kitchen hygieneSpecial Features:
- Unexpected surpriseSEHJDined on 7/5/2014My husband and I were pleasantly surprised by our wonderful dinner at Grace. The setting is so unique and the service was very attentive. We thoroughly recommend the salmon duo appetizer, the charcuterie, and the Arctic char. I had a wonderful chartreuse-based cocktail, but their house special "Holy Tea" left an even stronger impression. We have already recommended the restaurant to many friends, and hope to return soon.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- rangemeisterrangemeisterDined on 7/3/2014Based on many of the reviews, I expected a dramatic ambiance but somewhat pedestrian food. The design lived up to my expectations, and I'm happy to say that the food proved to be excellent. It was both conceived and executed extremely well. This is a fairly pricey restaurant, but the portions are generous, and it's a perfect spot for a special occasion or just a splurge night out.Special Features:
- Divine DiningWfrazierDined on 7/2/2014As a native New Yorker, I am a bit jaded regarding selective restaurants, but I have to give Grace a top review. Every segment-from drinks at the circular bar to each delectable course- deserves highest praise. The ambience-beyound belief! The service was friendly and most helpful. I heartily recommend this establishment.Special Features:
- 3/4 great 1/4 not gooddivingannDined on 6/28/2014Nice but different atmosphere. Appetizer of parsnip ravioli with cherries and blue cheese out of this world. Salad with beets - good although I didn't see any goat cheese in it. My entrée of duck breast with green garlic pesto was wonderful. The downside was my husband's fish - absolutely raw. I am not talking about a little rare in the middle like they prepare salmon now a days. I am talking liked seared tuna - totally totally raw in the middle - or about 90% of it - and it was NOT tuna. I think it was char. When we finally got the attention of the server he said that is how they prepare it. Excuse me! We are foodies and travel all over the world. He must have thought we didn't know anything about food.Special Features:
- DeeDeeDined on 6/28/2014Our food was absolutely outstanding, except for the dessert. We ordered the rubarb 3 ways for dessert - and both of us did not like any of it. The rubarb almost tasted sour or bad - it needed some sweetness to it or something. We each took a small bite of each and couldn't eat anymore. The rest of the meal was fabulous. One suggestion would to be have some wine selections under $50 - maybe in the $35 range. Normally we would order a bottle of wine - but didn't because of the price.Special Features: