Hugo's Restaurant
Hugo's Restaurant

Hugo's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hugos.net/
  • Phone: 2077748538x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30PM - close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Taylor, Michael Wiley
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine
  • Special Events: Please check our Facebook page for information about special events year-round!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Franklin Ave
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: A small lot is located diagonally across the street from the restaurant. You will see a brick building with a large sign reading "OLD PORT SPECIALTY TILE". Please feel free to park here within 20 minutes of your reservation time and be mindful that you are not blocking another vehicle from leaving. Thank you.
A word from Hugo's Restaurant
Founded in 1988, Hugo’s restaurant sits at the edge of Portland’s historic Old Port district. In its third generation of ownership Hugo’s continues to offer refined and delicious cuisine. We source our produce, game, fish and meat locally—we’re lucky to work with Maine’s best ingredients. With both tasting menus and à la carte options you can join us for an extravagant feast or a couple of courses.

Like our pantry, our dining room is dependent on Maine’s best: sculptors, painters, carpenters, and iron-workers collaborated to create a space that evokes our location. Wrapped around our open kitchen, a large red birch bar occupies much of the interior. With its exposed brick walls, soft wood tones, and plush leather, the dining room’s modest luxury sets the stage for an unforgettable meal.
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Hugo's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
128 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (104)special occasion (100)romantic (55)notable wine list (52)neighborhood gem (34)hot spot (20)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (6)good for groups (3)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • A step above the rest . . .
    Bob1947
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    This is one of the most thoughtfully prepared menus we have ever seen, including those in NYC. Each course has distinct and complex flavors without being muddled. The ingredients are, as advertised, absolutely fresh, and usually locally sourced. Portion sizes are perfect, and the five course tasting menu is a relief from the normal slabs of protein and scoops of carbs found elsewhere. The waitstaff is fun, knowledgeable and professional without fawning. The sommelier, Brian, has built an interesting and affordable wine list, and has some interesting thoughts about wines. Let him help you pick something different. We sat in a booth and the noise level was fine - we are hearing impaired. A great experience. Probably Portland's best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Its good but not for value
    northsouth
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Don't get me wrong we eat chef tastings all the time and all over the world. The food was very good but compared to other tastings I wouldn't rate it high on our list for the price. We had some really great meals in portland and this was by far the most expensive and least favorite based on the food alone.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had a delicious meal at Hugo's, we will definitely be back. If you want to have a " true Hugo's experience", sit at the bar. We met a great couple next to us and we had an amazing experience. You can pick and choose from the tasting menu to create the perfect menu for you- which is great. In between each course they give you an amuse bouch which are so fun and delicious. My husband did the 5 course and I did the 2 course. Every meal was chalk full of flavor. I can't say enough good things about it. Our waiter chris made the experience wonderful with his great personality and knowledge. This isn't a meal you want to rush, but rather one you want to savor the whole experience and let the kitchen do what they do best! Enjoy!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ilovetoeat
    Lovetoeat
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Quaint, located in an easily accessible location near all the action. Very unique menue. Each dish was better than the last. Extremely creative and delicious. Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy this gem!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brilliant!
    TiggyVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We have been to Hugo's a number of times and it just keeps getting better. Each dish is a surprise both in presentation and taste. The service is impeccable and the environment lively but with a sense of privacy. You will drop $100 per person and more if you go for all 5 courses but this is a treat you should give yourself and someone you love. In a word, Hugo's is BRILLIANT!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overblown and overpriced
    Fatty14
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The chef cooks for himself and not for his customers, The food is complicated but uneventful. My wife found it difficult to select five dishes she wanted to eat from the $90 menu, so we each had three dishes for $67. My principal entree was roast duck breast which was supposed to be cooked in two ways. It came in one way with no explanation and scant apology. Our first two choices of Pouilly Fume and Sancerre were not available because "it had been a busy weekend." The noise level was discotheque friendly. The server poured our expensive wine once. A restaurant to avoid and not to laud.
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  • Outstanding Dinner
    Fun2dine
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    One of my best meals ever. Creative, unusual, delicious! Everything was perfect, service, food, beverage. Highly recommended for a special night out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal of my life
    dinenycVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Best meal I've ever had - outstanding dishes, perfect service, and I'm ready to come back already. Fried muscles blew my mind, get them if still on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OVERPRICED AND NOT WORTH IT!
    Colonialist
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    RECENTLY 3 OF US HAD DINNER AT HUGO'S AND I DEFINITELY DID NOT ENJOY THE BILL OR THE EXPERIENCE. IF YOU ARE INTO NOUVELLE CUISINE THEN YOU MIGHT WANT TO TRY IT, BUT BRING YOUR BANK ACCOUNT ALONG. I HAVE EATEN AT MANY FINE RESTAURANTS ALL OVER THE WORLD AND I WOULD RATE THIS THE MOST EXPENSIVE FOR WHAT THEY DELIVER. WE EACH HAD THE TASTING MENU AND 4 GLASSES OF WINE AND THE BILL WAS $455.00 + TIP. THE PRESENTATION WAS TOO TEDIOUS FOR ME---CHEFS ASSEMBLE THE DISHES WITH TWEASERS IN FRONT OF THE BAR. ONE OF OUR WAITERS WAS CHARMING, ONE A SNOB AND THE THIRD INEPT. DO YOURSELF AND YOUR BANK ACCOUNT A FAVOR AND FIND ANOTHER RESTAURANT IN PORTLAND.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceeded our Expectations.
    Alicia
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    A friend or ours whose son is a Chef, and used to work there years ago suggested we eat there when we went to Portland. It exceeded our expectations. We sat at the bar which is the best seat in the house for watching them create these delectable courses. Anders, one of the chefs, talked to us while he worked and was so knowledgeable and friendly. I love to watch food preparation. It was even better than a cooking class. Would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic experience
    Barwal1
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The service here was fantastic but the food matched it. Really interesting high quality food which matches anything I have experienced in London.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but...
    Dinain4food
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Although the food is very good and you can see all the care and respect for the ingredient that goes into each plate, it is very pricey for what you get. The portions on the tasting menus are very small and the bill won't be cheap. It's a dining experience some will love and the service was excellent, but if you want value for your money, there are many places where the food is just as good but the portions and prices are more reasonable.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A fantastic experience start to end
    ChristinaVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I was in Portland by myself and decided to treat myself to a good restaurant experience and am I ever glad I chose Hugo's. Everyone at the restaurant made me feel comfortable. My waiter was attentive and so knowledgeable. Even though I did not have the tasting menu he did a wine pairing for the dishes I ordered. He recommended something I would not have tried, the fried mussel salad, which was so very delicious. I was seated at the bar in front of the chefs prepping the food, and the chef closest to me was very gracious in answer my myriad questions about his work, the food and the restaurant. I will definitely try to get a reservation the next time I am in Portland. With one turn a night tables are hard to come by. Book early.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow!
    Amazing
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    My wife and I dined here for our anniversary on September 2, 2014, and I can't say enough about the food and service at Hugo's! Great biscuits to start with fresh farm butter, amuse bouche, three amazing courses, a mid course treat, a fourth course,a cheese course and dessert, each paired beautifully with a perfect wine. We even waved off a second beautifully crusty bread offering mid meal. After dessert, a selection of tiny cakes with coffee. All of the dozen or so people that brought our meal together were true professionals. Cannot say enough about our experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Outstanding in Portland
    LocavoresVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Portland has many fine restaurants. None is better than Hugo's. Around since 1988, for the last 5 years the restaurant has been owned by owner chefs. The menu, wine list, execution and service is first class.HIghly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Meal Ever!
    WeLuvME
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had high expectations for our meal and we weren't disappointed. The server was great and helped us with our tasting menu selections. The food was paced really well and everything we ate was incredible- from the amuse bouche to the meal itself to the coffee. It wasn't cheap but was worth every last penny. A truly wonderful dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • World Class
    BillM
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Beautiful creative food created and served by masters of their craft. A meal here is an event that will not soon be forgotten.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extraordinary
    POKE
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We were blown away, despite the positive reviews. A one of a kind experience. Incredibly welcoming and knowledgable staff. Superb wine in the pairings. Truly a special -- and expensive--experience not to be taken casually.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Fantastic food,service,and ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Hugo's has some of the best food you will find anywhere in the country! Taste and plating are truly outstanding. Exceptionally well balanced. Sat at the bar and were able to watch them prepare the different dishes. A real treat. This is a small plates restaurant but there a many little treats that they slip in between courses and when we were finished we were more than satisfied. We tasted so many unusual flavor profiles that the experience was a true joy. A must visit if you are a foodie!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun for foodies
    soneill009
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    For those who like to try new combinations of tastes and enjoy beautiful presentation of food, then Hugo's is a place for you to try. It's a fun place for foodies.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No Words
    AHS12VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have never ever had this kinds of restaurant experience. There are no words to describe the care, attention to detail, creativity, and flavor that went with this one-of-a-kind celebration.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go For The Service, Not The Food
    morganza
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Mushrooms and chocolate and raspberry dessert were excellent. Mussels were gritty. Still trying too hard.
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  • Awesome foodie experience
    DisappointedDiner01
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    A must try in Portland, Maine. This is not the place for a picky eater -- tasting menu with excellently prepared food. Very relaxed process but foods are expertly timed. Most of the seats are at the bar overlooking the open kitchen. All the staff wait on all the diners so the attention you get is way above average. They know their wines, beers and cocktails. Plates are small but I left full and satisfied. Would highly recommend doing the full 5 courses. Not a place to go if you want a quick meal. We were there about 2.5 hours but I loved every minute. Very fresh ingredients, prepared to perfection, great flavors, and beautiful presentation. They explain every dish when it arrives and answered all questions. I LOVED IT !!!!!!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A true dining experience
    Livetoeat
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Each dish was a mixture of different favors that blended together wonderfully. The time for dinner was about three hours allowing all of us to savor each course plus the extras.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hank's birthday dinner at Hugo's
    Chowzer
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We went to Hugo's as a must try on our way through town. It was Hank's 68th b'day and I wanted something suitable. It was a terrific experience, especially for a foodie like Hank who loves trying everything. We ate the 5 course tasting menu, choosing from all three columns and everything was exceptional. We sat right in front of the dessert prep station - I highly recommend sitting on that side of the bar. Dan, the pastry sous-chef, engaged us in a lively conversation for much of the 3 hours we sat there savoring our meal. If you like watching people work, it is fascinating to watch this large team performing their beautifully choreographed dance. I wish that we had done the wine pairing instead of free-lancing. But next time.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • As Good As Ever!
    sagesqVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We've been to Hugo's for years, since prior to the ownership change, and it's better than ever. We did three dishes each, which is more than enough. Delicious flavors and textures, locally sourced ingredients, and amazing service. Super interesting wine list, tasty cocktails (and mocktails), and an overall hip feel. Can't wait to return.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hugo's--great food, great fun
    StaceyVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    When my husband towed the chef to our table I was delighted to tell him that our meal was fantastic, fun and filled with new discoveries. Our waiter was informative and personable. The food was perfection.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Top class
    lukem
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This is a top class fine-dining restaurant with wonderful service and a very good drinks menu. It is pricey, but you get what you pay for. This is highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing night.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    My husband & I eloped in Portland and went to Hugo's for our special dinner together. The staff was amazing and treated us with such warmth and attention. The food was outstanding, every bite is meant to be savored. We did the 5 course menu with wine pairing. It is a great place to spend our special night, eat slowly, enjoy each morsel, drink amazing wine & cocktails, and have a romantic dinner.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Culinary experience
    AmyK
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Food quality and presentation was outstanding. Impressive food combinations and flavors.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Karbar
    CuisineQueen
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    They have the Farm to Table concept down. Maine takes it's local resources seriously, and Hugo's knows exactly how to produce some amazing food from these farmers! I did the 5 course tasting and skipped the wine paring.Every bite was so unique and beautifully presented. My Bartender/Server was Chris and he was outstanding!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Service not worth the high price.
    kcport
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I've dined at very high-end restaurants before and know what to expect. Seeing that Hugo's is one of the highest priced restaurants in Portland, I expected a lot. The waiter knew nothing about the wine we were going to order so had to go talk to someone. We wanted to know about a different wine, he also didn't know the answer but didn't offer to bring over someone with more knowledge on their selections. Four of us consumed 2 bottles of wine. I don't think anyone ever came over to refill our wine glasses as we went through them, which is quite common in high-end and not so high-end restaurants. Also multiple times we had empty water glasses. That should never be the case in this type of restaurant. There's more but I'm out of characters.
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  • Maine vacation
    Jetsfan212
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Menu was confusing, and each selection could be mixed and matched , however you could not have 2 from one selection. The selections were extremely small , literally 2 bites! However What they served was good Our bill was 600.00 for 4 people and 1 bottle of wine
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Terrific
    FitzVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had a wonderful dining experience! The creativity and broad assortment of food options was enticing. The service was friendly, informative and attentive, and the ambiance was quite nice. Great evening!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Carolyn
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Superb restaurant, amazing food,presentation, flavours, quality of produce. Staff we're very friendly and informative.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AEGJR
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Food was very good and presented wonderfully on the plate. Staff could use some more training as the menu was new and were not sure on some of the ingredients and preparation. All in all it was a great dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Fabulous
    philspalding
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Right at the top of the amazing Portland food scene. The bar seating with open kitchen was entertaining, and noting another reviewer the music (reggae) was at the appropriate level and not a concern. The forward and back serving while seated at the bar was also accomplished with care and skill. Cooking is incredibly imaginative and very satisfying. Yes, the price ticket is high for Portland, but not out of line for the high quality of food and service provided.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Fabulous
    foodievickieVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This restaurant is just fabulous. Every dish we had was innovative, tasty and beautifully presented. What a wonderful discovery!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Perfection!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I took my husband to Hugo's to celebrate his birthday, and the food was nothing short of spectacular. We enjoyed the tasting menu, which was bursting with flavor. The food was creative, portions were just right, and the service was flawless.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't Wait to Return
    Tomasina
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We had a wonderful evening at Hugo's. Bright, complex, imaginative dishes were served by a knowledgeable and attentive staff. We sat at the counter in comfy tall chairs overlooking the bustling (but surprisingly quiet) kitchen. There are also cozy booths and window tables. The ambiance is buzzy, sophisticated, and relaxed. The wine list is impressive. Our server suggested several exceptional but modestly-priced wines by the glass, and each one perfectly enhanced our food. The only downside here is Hugo's is 4 hours away from our home!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.