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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Hugo's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
108 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (86)special occasion (85)romantic (46)notable wine list (45)neighborhood gem (25)hot spot (16)vibrant bar scene (6)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (2)late-night find (2)good for groups (1)Show More
  • 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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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 !!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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.
    Special Features:
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NjoyVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We sat at the bar watching the chefs prepare the plates. They were very social but not intrusive. The artistry they performed was amazing. The combination of tastes and textures made the local unique foods surprising! We had the tasting menu with wine parings that were perfectly done. The background music was suitable, appropriate, and at the correct volume. This is an improvement over the previous Hugo's.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Visit Portland Maine
    cosmo
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Food was excellent. The owners and chef are doing a great job as are the wait staff. A bit pricey but worth it.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    My family and I went to Hugo's for a milestone birthday celebration and our evening there was memorable. The flavor, texture and temperature combinations of the different small plates was exquisite; beautifully and artistically presented. This wasn't just a meal...it was an experience.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing experience
    admichou68
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Very interesting experience.The highlight of our stay in Portland! The five course menu offers a lot of possibilities and the food is creative and delicious. A lot of small extras add to the pleasure and the service was impecccable. Also, it was a treat to talk in french with the wonderful Eliana! Thank you for a special evening we will remember.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic food
    Lailak
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    This restaurant is a gem. The food is so tasty and very inventive and artistically presented. Friendly efficient staff and cozy atmosphere. My husband had the meat 5 course tasting menu and I had the 5 course fish tasting menu, there was not one dish out of all 10 which we did not love, this is quite amazing.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Dinner
    Foodie17
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We sat at the bar and enjoyed an amazing dinner and dining experience. The food was stellar. It was fun to watch the guys prepare our food. The wine paring was spot on...Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but blasting music
    CapeCodderCurmudgeon
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Food and Service
    HubertHumphrey
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique -- and yummy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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...
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tandj
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    still interesting but not as good as with previous owners and chef
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Great Foodie Experience
    Cheer1212
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
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  • Pretentious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    restaurant was pretentious. creative but production style of a fast food restuarant.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    oustanding five plate meal. Every dish was just perfect. somewhat pricey, but worth it.
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    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Different Dinner Experience
    Dine4two
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Unique menu, great leisurely pace, 5 courses appropriately sized, wonderful wine list selection. All add up to a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Divine
    Morgan
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best fine dining in Portland
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Excellent Foodie experience
    MaineFoodieGal
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.