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Hugo's Restaurant
Hugo's Restaurant

Hugo's Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hugos.net
  • Phone: (207) 774-8538
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30PM - 9:00PM, Friday - Saturday: 5:30PM - 9:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, International
  • Executive Chef: Andrew Taylor, Michael Wiley
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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 booths, the dining room’s modest luxury sets the stage for an unforgettable meal.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Enjoyed the tasting menu. The waiter was terrific describing what we were to eat and selecting wines. Best touch------unannounced delicious morsels between courses, Lots of loud (even after they turned it down) rap-type noise masquerading as music. Made conversation in our booth under the speakers difficult."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Most of the seating at Hugo's is at the bar, where you can watch the chefs work. It was very cool watching the extreme care the chefs took with preparing every item, carefully placing garnishes on dishes with tweezers. The chef we sat in front of was very friendly and open to answering questions. The food arrives in multiple courses and on small plates. We were surprised how quickly all of the small plates added up because we were stuffed by the time we left. The waiter was very attentive and friendly and Hugo's had a great drink selection as well. I would highly recommend Hugo's for a special occasion dinner."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Hugo's seems to thrive on creating beautiful tastING plates of unusual ingredients. Even ordering is unique: for a 5 course meal, you choose a no. 1 thru 5 from their menu (or a different combo I can't try to explain here e.g. 1, 1, 3,4,5). In between we were given several free dishes to try (an "amuse bouche" in French as the waiter explained). Everything is pretty much OUT of the ordinary, e.g. "goose barnacle from Portugal" or "duck confit". One of the yummy free dishes (meat skewered in a Thai sauce) turned out to be goose necks. The desserts were equally beautiful, different, and delicious. Wonderful wine & service!! Go and enjoy with an open mind and lots of time -- and expect a big check. Unique & beautiful isn't cheap..."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Most seats are around a large bar, some booths as well - they called to warn us of setup. Great attention from staff. Choice of 1 of three tasting menus with lots of flexibility in substituting across. Overall a great experience."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Quite an interesting night for our pallet. Staff was very knowledgable & chefs did a fabulous job. I recommend this for a special date night occasion as you will taste many new flavors."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I love the new decor and renovation. I love the new menu selections. I love the service and exciting atmosphere. I do not love the new pre fix and expensive pricing structure as it is now only a "once a year" experience. Won’t work in the winter for Mainer's when the Boston tourist leaves. There is NO parking at Hugo's and the hostess could have cared less when I popped in to ask for help - not a good start to a $400.00 dinner for 2. The food was mostly excellent except that raw duck is raw duck. Don’t try and "school me" when I send it back. Just fix it. The cute little "surprise" plates that come in between courses were fussy and tasteless. Desserts were outstanding. Music was way too loud for the food."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This was far and away our most disappointing meal in our 5 years of vacationing and eating out in Portland, Maine. The food was mediocre with ambivalent service, given with an extreme attitude of entitlement and the most chilling a/c you've ever felt. In the future we certainly will save our $300 for two and spend it at any of the other Portland, Maine restaurants such as Fore Street, Bodo, Miyake, Caiolas, 555 or Street & Company - all of which we loved! It doesn't deserve to still carry the Hugos name with the new ownership."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "restaurant was pretentious. creative but production style of a fast food restuarant."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "oustanding five plate meal. Every dish was just perfect. somewhat pricey, but worth it."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Unique menu, great leisurely pace, 5 courses appropriately sized, wonderful wine list selection. All add up to a great dining experience."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This restaurant came well recommended, but even then it managed to surpass expectations. The attention to detail in creating continuity of earthy ambiance was much appreciated. The theme was set by organic items such as wooden tables, slate servicing pieces, rock and leaf wall art and pottery dishes which nicely underscored the land, sea, and vegetable menu. Every dish astonished, but the chief element, such as duck or lamb or octopus, was never disguised, just enhanced. I especially liked that the waiter took the time to explain items on the plate in detail as the courses were served. Amazing place, delightful experience."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Smaller plates, but prepared very well. Nice pace with the courses. Did the 5 course with wine pairings. A bit expensive ($400 for 2 with tip), but worth the splurge for a special occasion. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Food was very eclectic. The preparation and quality was excellent and the 5 courses moved at an appropriate pace. Service was very good. The chardonnay by the glass was very good. Do not order a flavored vodka. We received a gift certificate so we had to go. We were happy we tried it. Overall it was a very good experience. If your palate is not adventurous, this may not be for you. And it is quite expensive but worth it."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Three of us enjoyed a fabulous dinner at Hugo's, sampling across the three thematic tasting menus. We will come back again soon and recommend it to our friends.,"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Everything was beautifully presented, delicious and different. It was fun to taste the creative menu items, putting it in a different category than just going out for dinner. The service was perfect"
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "The food was very fun and artistic and exciting for us, as we like to consider ourselves foodies. We didn't, however, like the desserts, at all. We also thought the price was a bit high for what we got. The food was fun, but maybe only worth $75 per head. Lastly, we thought the music selection was funny and out of place. It ranged from Frank Sinatra's crooning, to Thriller, to REO Speedwagon. Not fitting for the ambience. Despite this, we had a wonderful anniversary at Hugo's. From the moment we walked in, we were treated as special guests. The hostess had saved us a spot at a booth, because of our anniversary, which was lovely of her. The waiter was fantastic. Actually, everyone that we came in contact with was superb. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My husband and I had not yet been to Hugo's after moving here. It was my birthday so we decided to go and try it out. The food, service, and ambience were all excellent. It made my special night all the better! Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Came here with my wife on our honeymoon. We both got tasting menus with the wine pairings and it was without a doubt the best meal either of us had ever had. "
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "Eating at Hugo's is a unique experience that we will certainely repeat. The chef is an artist that creates plates and combinations that are both delicious and surprising. The service is fantastic, they take time to explain each item on the menu with an evident pleasure. In a word, everything was perfect."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "One of the better restaurant experiences I've had recently. This was my first time at Hugo's since the redesign. Everything was spot on: food, wine list, service, decor, lighting, drinks, bathrooms, fonts...even the matches at the door were smarter than your average bear. The open kitchen layout is a thing to behold - great to see the staff having so much interaction with the customers. Congrats to the fellas for knocking one out of the park. The governor should give you tax breaks. In the opinion of this well fed diner, Andrew and the gang are one of Portland's strongest assets."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "A remarkable dining experience. Damn near perfect."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We eat in great restaurants in NYC monthly. Hugo's would rank in the top 10 of any restaurant we have every eaten in. It's a fantastic dining experience "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "For $90 per person, you deserve to sit at a table, but chances are you will be forced to sit at the bar listening to loud music. That is because Hugo's has renovated and removed all but 6 tables which are not able to be reserved. It's a shame. Food is as inventive as ever but at these prices, you deserve more. We have loved this restaurant but are unlikely to return."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Its hard to find new words to describe what is always a great experience. Andrew and Michael always find innovative surprises to make each meal memorable. The unexpected is now expected."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • " food was magnificent ! service exemplary ! very hospitable hostess !!a gourmet tasting treat !!tastes of each element all blended so there was never an overwhelming touch of any of the delicate spices included.. further, time was taken by the staff to explain the ingredients & how they all meshed. we were very well treated & certainly enjoyed our experience "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Must say, this was one of the best dining experiences I have had -- in any city! Food was amazing, the bar style seating was really fun and interesting. The food and wine made for a wonderful fun evening. Would recommend this place to anyone looking for a fun night out."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Fine dining with exceptional wait staff! We enjoyed a wonderful assortment of seafood, farm, forage, etc."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Food was extremely fresh and prepared with true creativity. The breakfast for dessert theme was not to my taste but a fun idea. The lamb dish was outstanding."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Every single dish and taste was amazing. Who knew a smoked parsnip could be a star? We chose the "lighter" menu tasting with just two courses but we were treated to extras between the courses. They served a red snapper sashimi and a savory churro before our choices were served. After watching dessert prepared in front of me, I had to try the "root cellar" which included sunchoke ice cream. It was all unbelievably delicious and the staff was super attentive. We were hesitant about sitting at the bar but as soon as we sank into the comfortable chairs we were happy. I can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Very friendly staff; open kitchen; "bar" seating made for interesting conversation with other diners. Food out of this world! Beautiful decor."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Excellent in the past; however, our last time there, the food was becoming too confused - too many mixes of flavors, too many flavors, flavors that didn't go together well. Out of our 10 dishes (we each had the 5 course tasting menu), only 3 were excellent. Hopefully, in the future the restaurant will simplify its food, as it has been great in the past. Service and wine list excellent. Staff very helpful and pleasant."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Rediscover food. Rethink everything your taste buds know."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Hugos is a true gem in the Portland food sceene! What a treat for the senses! It's a delight to have a such high end donning experience in the Old Port! We had the best seats in the house perches at the end of the bar overlooking the entire open kitchen. From watching meals being plated with delicate care to the unique art and lighting fixtures above the booths, it was a real feast for the eyes as well! The food was spectacular!!!! Each course surpassed the next! Cant't wait for our next visit!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The foo was superb and uniquely combined for a wonderful sensory experience. Best restaurant we have been to in a long time!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "What a great experience. Flavors come to life, with every coarse comes something different that will make you smile. Outstanding choices of different foods that are blended together to produce a flavor that makes you stand up and take notice. I noticed my wife and I did a lot of smiling at each other all night long. I had been told that people drove from Boston to eat here but I was not sure I beleived that. But now I know that is true. This food is worth a long drive, and we will be back often..."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Hugo's to experience the best meal of our lives, knowing it would be so prohibitively expensive that we wouldn't really be able to afford it more than one time. We got everything we were expecting! The food was amazing: pick and choose 5 courses between a fish menu, a meat menu, and a vegetarian option. We were seated at the "bar," which overlooks the kitchen, instead of the drinks. We sat right in front of the cold fish prep station and got to spend the night talking to chef Wiley, who happens to be up for Food and Wine's best new chef, or something like that! He was very friendly and definitely made the experience for us! We would return again and again, if they could cut the price in half for us mere mortals."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Fabulous for our family of supertasters!...special harrissa goatleg entree for 4..We all wanted/LOVED and savored!! Each separate item before the major event was beautifully crafted, plated, & well described by attentive waitstaff ..... incredibly delicious. Never thought a food entitled "fried rice cake" could be remotely edible. This one was over the top in every way...so many flavors and a visual delight. My slight regret was not enough time planned due to concert plans (my bad). Plan on at least 2 + hours for a relaxing and enjoyable evening. At 1 hour + 45, we had to rush through the tiny spoons of intricate/delicate foamy dessert to get to our concert. The waitstaff did not hurry us, but were attentive to our need to depart."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Didn't quite know what to expect when we first looked at the menu, but decided to go for the five course meat and fish menus with wine pairings. We were not disappointed. The flavors were simply out of this world and were enhanced by the wine specific to each dish. At first glance the portions may look small, but don't be fooled. We savored every bite and at the end of the evening were totally satisfied without feeling overly stuffed from a five course meal. These guys are on the cutting edge, but yet still seem to have fun with ingredients. Pig trotter terrine…really? YES. It works! If you're used to simply ordering à la carte at a restaurant, then I dare you to try a unique experience at Hugo's. You won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I had such an amazing time at Hugo's. Every detail of design, service, and food was attended to. The layout of the restaurant is beautiful with mostly bar seating in incredibly comfortable bar seats and separated booths for larger parties along the wall. The food was amazing. We opted for the 5-course tasting menu, which included a dessert, and let Chef choose our courses, which turned out to be an excellent choice. Our favorites included a fried cauliflower with indian spices and yogurt, lamb served with pickled mustard greens and sweet potato puree, and the broiled rice cake, which came with shiitake bacon, yuzu kosho and cauliflower puree. Everything was tastefully and artfully done, and we left very full and very happy."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This was easily one of the best meals we've ever had! Great server. Extraordinary wine pairings. Still thinking about the skate wing jerky."
    Dined on 3/22/2014