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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Hugo's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
138 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (117)special occasion (101)romantic (58)notable wine list (52)neighborhood gem (43)hot spot (24)vibrant bar scene (10)late-night find (6)good for groups (4)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Delicious food, bad music
    MKennedy
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Although the food was wonderful, and everything were expecting, their music choice (the Hall and Oats station) was a total disconnect. I never realized music could have such a large impact on dinner. Do go and experience Hugo's - the food and service was a pleasure - just call ahead for reservations and what they will be playing for music that evening.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent for Occassions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    If ever there were a cost to quality ratio that was accurate it would have to be Hugo's. Without doubt the price point is a little steep for every day dining, but it is completely worth it. Not only was the food excellent, but the way that Hugo's approaches the tastings forces you to experience new foods you may not otherwise order. Enjoy your time, and if you want a truly unforgettable experience ask for Patrick ;)
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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.
  • Hugo's is Fantastic
    ElvisRock
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We dined at Hugo's for our 30th Anniversary, it did not disappoint!!!! This was by far the best dining experience we've ever had. I would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant!! They were pleasant! When we arrived they seated us at our table and brought us a glass of Champagne to toast our Anniversary which was wonderful and every part of the evening followed the first part. The Food was the star and we are definitely returning. It's expensive but worth every penny. Between the staff and food served it was like nothing we have experienced when dining before, loved it.........people should go eat at Hugo's, they will not be disappointed, we are going back...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the splurge
    northernmomVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Had a stellar meal - it was delicious, perfectly paced and will definitely want to return when in Portland.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forget New York, head to Portland
    joshVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Portland is home to a number of superb restaurants, chief among them is Hugo's. We drive up to Hugo's from Massachusetts a couple of times a year and we've never been disappointed. Hugo's is the best restaurant on the East coast, and that includes the Michelin 3 star restaurants in New York. We ate at Jean George (a Michelin 3 star)last month and Hugos last Saturday. Hugo's was spectacular, Jean George (@2.5X the price) wasn't in the same league. Hugo's menu is highly innovative and everything is perfectly prepared. The only thing we don't particularly like is the seating arrangement, most of the seating is bar style where you have a view of the chefs. That works well at a tiny restaurant like Stages in Dover NH but not at Hugo's scale.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb Experience
    YoTom
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Wait staff and chefs are friendly and very informative on the ingriedients of each dish. A great dining experience. Sit at the bar for the full sciene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beantown
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Complete rip off! I don't mind spending money when the food is good but a lot of it wasn't.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Time
    BuxtonFFEMTP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    This was our first time at Hugo's after wanting to try it for years. The whole experience was spectacular. Chris our waiter was amazing. He has an extensive knowledge of wines and food pairings. Every plate that was served was described in detail, involving ingredients and preparation. It was a wonderful experience and especially special as we were there celebrating our 10th anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but could have been great
    AnneVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    After we were seated, no one came over to us, and after 10-15 minutes, I had to ask what was going on and told them I was getting ready to leave. After that, the service was good, and the food was very good, but unfortunately that kind of set the tone at the start.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a wonderful dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Our server, Patrick, took fabulous care of us on our 30th anniversary. We did the full 5 courses with wine pairings. Everything was excellent and Patrick knowledgeably described the wines. We had a booth. The experience might not have been as great at a bar seat.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very happy anniversary
    Anni
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    My husband and I spent our 15th wedding anniversary at Hugo's. We had not been here since the transition and were delighted to find it thriving and still the same incredible quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasting at its finest
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The combinations of tastes at Hugo's was amazing. We had never tried many of the foods we had but thoroughly enjoyed all of them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Everything was impeccable. Really interesting flavors. The wine list is a winner and the service in outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique Experience
    Mike
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    A truly unique experience for the Portland restaurant scene. Good place to go for something special if you are willing to try something different.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hugo's Restaurant
    CLJA
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    For our anniversary, I selected Hugo's as we used to enjoy going there years ago. Well, upon opening the menu my husband wanted to bolt for the door, and suggested as much. He was looking at the $90 price for a 5 course tasting meal. I convinced him to stay, for a two-course at $45, and we were both glad we did! It was an evening of elegant & exquisite food, presentation & service, with multiple servers, special little treats before, between & after courses - like aerated egg over bacon & shallot jam served warm in little cups, & other constructions artfully presented which lingered on the tongue, releasing their flavors. I'm ready to book again -but not until next year. Hugo's is a celebration of refined dining I will anticipate with joy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite restaurant in Portland
    MDmom
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    There are so many wonderful restaurants in Portland, but this is my favorite. We were first-time diners here, but are already looking forward to going back. We were greeted like old friends, and seated at the bar overlooking the kitchen. In and of itself the ability to watch our food and drink being prepared was a treat, but the staff took it one step further and engaged us in informative conversation about how the food was prepared and how the "paired" drinks were chosen. Every dish we tasted was creative, delicious and thoughtfully prepared. The entire staff truly worked as a team, so service was seamless. A wonderful experience overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best restaurant in Portland
    Ilovefood
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Love being able to watch the dishes be assembled at the bar. Love the inventive flavors. The best thing I have EVER eaten was the squid with 5 spice broth appetizer. Did not do the wine pairing this visit, but that is always fun as well. Service is impeccable but not stuffy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • "The Emperor Has No Clothes!"
    Getthesk1nny
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This restaurant was for foodies wannabes and posers. If you know your food this place is a huge disappointment. We asked for a martini for a cocktail. They didn't carry Grey Goose...The wine by the glass options were pitiful. This is a tourist trap under the guise of an upscale restaurant. The name of this restaurant needs to be changed to "The Emperor Has No Clothes!"
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Culinary Experience
    Zebrah
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Hugo's was everything we had read about and hoped it would be for a culinary experience. We were seated at the bar area so we had a front row view of the Chefs at work! The level of detail, artistry and care was amazing. Atmosphere was friendly - not at all stuffy or pretentious. The flavors and presentation were exquisite. We had the 2 courses and added a dessert...perfect. (Hugo's also provides 'little tastes' of special treats in between course. Nice touch)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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!
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    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!
    Special Features:
    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!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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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    • 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.
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    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.
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    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!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    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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    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.
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    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