Grace - Portland
Grace - Portland

Grace - Portland

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.restaurantgrace.com/
  • Phone: 2078284422
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Peter Sueltenfuss
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Check our events page!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Congress
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Grace - Portland
Grace Restaurant offers a first rate menu in an atmosphere of artistic mastery. In 2009 the historic Chestnut Street Church, in downtown Portland, was restored to its original beauty while creating a modern interior that both complemented the sculptural details of the church and reflected the innovative cuisine of chef, Peter Sueltenfuss.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Grace - Portland reviews from OpenTable diners
170 reviews since June 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (111)special occasion (107)romantic (92)neighborhood gem (58)good for groups (54)vibrant bar scene (38)notable wine list (29)hot spot (28)late-night find (12)scenic view (11)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • It is amazing to each such
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/15/2011
    It is amazing to each such great food in such a beautiful setting. Our waiter and all the staff we chatted with were great and all so happy to answer our questions about the old church andthey seemed to share our sense of awe.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Have gone to Grace several
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2011
    Have gone to Grace several times and enjoyed the experience and food, however on Valentine's Day, it was extra special. The menu created was excellent, and the atmosphere, despite being so open, felt very romantic and private. Our wait staff was fairly quick and gave good advice. I will certainly be back
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall, very good experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2011
    Overall, very good experience. However, one of the entrees (chicken dish) was burned and the guest had to wait for her meal while others at the table began dinner. Also, waiter had to be reminded to bring guest another glass of wine. The tenderloin was delicious! Great bar!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is the perfect spot for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2011
    This is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner. The ambiance is lovely and tasteful! The food...AMAZING! The service, just right.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing experience all the way.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2011
    The Food was amazing (lobster pumpkin chowder with no dairy??? coconut milk and lemongrass??? Bone marrow fritters??? awesome!). The service and decor restaurant wide was impeccable. We were driving from boston, hit traffic, called and told them we'd be an hour late (on valentines day) and they had no problem rescheduling. The Waiter, Mathew, was one of the best hosts I have ever had, Knowledgable in all things foodie and wine. He even bro-hugged me after dinner and told me to swear at him in Italian. He was amazing. We took home the "take home chocolates" assortment, white chocolate and ginger, and chocolate bacon. I can't believe this place is outside of New York City (where I currently reside). First rate all the way. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food at Grace was very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2011
    The food at Grace was very good. The service was great.. Very nice setting for a romantic dinner for two or a quiet peaceful meal with others. It would be to expansive for a family night out.. The negatives are that there is no Parking and pricy for the size of the portion..
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Really enjoyed our Valentine's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2011
    Really enjoyed our Valentine's Day dinner. The venue is beautiful with the original arches and woodwork of the church left intact. The open kitchen is at the front of the church and is visible from the balcony seating. The waitstaff was helpful and attentive and the food delicious. When I asked about whether the escalloped potatoes that came with my meal were supposed to be cold our waitress immediately apologized, wisked my plate away and replaced the entire meal. We were then offered a free dessert. I would love to go back and spend an evening with friends at the round central bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening for a couple
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/14/2011
    Our Valentine's Day experience at Grace was wonderful!! It was a great place to go, to enjoy the beautiful architecture of the building inside, and the amazing food! Adam Waxman, the solo guitarist, was really a great addition to the Ambiance and a perfect music selection for the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The interior of the restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2011
    The interior of the restaurant is beautiful. We were able to sit on the second floor overlooking everything, definitely ask for that if you can get it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I'd recommend for a drink
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/12/2011
    I'd recommend for a drink to see the decor- food was ok
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was great and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/12/2011
    The food was great and the service was impeccable!! In fact, our waiter made the whole experience memorable!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rude staff and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/12/2011
    This is our 3rd time visiting Grace. Our experience was not any different from previous times. The lady who greeted us was rude, barely looked up at us when asking our name. We were again placed in a corner when we specifically requested an upstairs table and said we would wait longer for one to open. Our waiter greeted us with "I have two things to say, we have no specials and we are not out of anything" and walked off, no good evening, no my name is...can I start you off with a drink and he was rude the entire time. The only positive I can say is he did make good food recommedations and knew the menu. We really want to love Grace, but we will not return. I would rather spend $200 at a place that enjoys and respects their customers.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food really was outstanding!
    VQRF
    Dined on 2/12/2011
    The food really was outstanding! The service was unfortunaely very slow. It could have been that it was the Saturday before Valentine's Day. We had the potato soup as an appetizer, then for dinner we had the scallops and the tenderloin. Both had incredible taste. I ordered the side of brussells sprouts with bacon - they were ok- could have been cut in half and roasted a bit longer. The buttermilk bread they bring to your table was outstanding! We asked for seconds. The desserts were awesome too- salty caramel custard and the flourless chocolate cake. We will go back for sure!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A wonderful experience! Do
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/12/2011
    A wonderful experience! Do not miss this gem!!!!! Can't wait to return!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining experience though
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/12/2011
    Great dining experience though we did have to wait quite a while for our entree. This the server said was from seating many people at the same time. Overall it was an exceptional dinner and we would like very much to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceeded all expectations..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/12/2011
    We requested a quiet table, out of the way, and we had a perfect table, upstairs, and completely out of the way. We ordered a cocktail, took our time reviewing the menu and ordered appetizers, and then dinner. The pace was perfect. We selected a wine which was presented, opened and served perfectly. The pan seared scallops were incredible as was the beet salad! We skipped on dessert. We were very satisfied with appetizers, dinner and a full bottle of wine and didn't want to overindulge. We'll be back very soon and we will highly recommend Grace to our friends and family. What a great use of the space too; well appointed and not over done!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful restoration of space,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/12/2011
    Wonderful restoration of space, which makes for a lovely interior and interesting architectural details. Food is beautifully prepared with fresh ingredients that deliver on taste as well as aesthetics. Wine and beer list is extensive, and mixed drinks have fun names that play on space. Dessert menu has a great cheese course as well as a nice selection of sweets.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent service and fine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/12/2011
    Excellent service and fine cuisine in a charming and elegant setting, unique because of the building which has been beautifully preserved.When I went to sign up on OpenTable, my city of choice, Portland,Maine, was not listed as a selection, so I did not sign up!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lots of hype about Grace.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/12/2011
    Lots of hype about Grace. Unfortunately let to very high expectations that weren't quite met. Food wasn't great as I had hoped. Service was only good--fairly inattentive wait person who seemed to have duties upstairs as well as down--often couldn't see her to get her attention. Would recommend it, but don't go in thinking the ambiance and food are extraordinary--neither is.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great restaurant....but pricey!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/11/2011
    Grace is an exceptional restaurant with tasty food, great service and a unique atmosphere. However, we thought it was over priced for dinner. Six (6) scallops for $31! Add $5 for small plate of finger potatoes and a few drinks. A great place to try or go for drinks and snacks. The bartenders are the best!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our first visit. Great find.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/9/2011
    Our first visit. Great find. Food was excellent and the atmosphere was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I was a little disappointed.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/9/2011
    I was a little disappointed. I noted on our reservation that it was our anniversary and we were seated in a cramped corner near the server supply station and over-looking the kitchen, even though it was definitely not crowded. Nothing special was done to mark the occasion. The restaurant is beautiful inside and the food is interesting and good but the lack of attention to detail, considering the high prices, makes me reconsider going back and recommending it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Grace~ AMAZING!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/5/2011
    Grace was an amazing restaraunt! I would absoulutley come agian. The waiter was very kid friendly; also was very friendly. The food was the most outstanding taste ever, also the drinks were very good. The table set up was very elegant and fancy looking. The restaraunt it's self was beautiful! The lighting and everything was very nice! Good luck to you all!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh and flavorful, the food
    Faucheaux
    Dined on 2/5/2011
    Fresh and flavorful, the food was remarkably good and the portions were acceptable. Great architecture, design, and ambience - this choice added to an already special evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The only problem we had was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/25/2011
    The only problem we had was being seated. We had reservations for 7PM and arrived five minutes before that. There was not a table ready and we were told to have a seat at the bar while they prepared a table. We were at the bar until 7:20PM, meanwhile several couples that came in after us were seated directly on arrival, which was frustrating. However, our drinks from the bar were comped, so it all worked out. Otherwise the food was excellent and the remainder of our service was very good. The ambiance is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Grace is absolutely spectacular.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/25/2011
    Grace is absolutely spectacular. Everything is done well and the staff is outstanding. The food is incredible!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were very surprised by
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/15/2011
    We were very surprised by the meal. There was not an item on either of our plates thatDidn't thrill us! The scallops were the best we have ever had. Can't wait to go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very cool place - very unique.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 1/15/2011
    Very cool place - very unique. Wold recommend for a special date night. We drove over an hour for dinner and it was soooooooooooo worth it!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • - multiple drinks were made
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/15/2011
    - multiple drinks were made incorrectly by the bartenders. - food was good, but not amazing. - church setting/architecture was very cool. - cappuccino with dessert was cold and had to be returned.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoyed our visit. The
    Happy
    Dined on 1/15/2011
    We enjoyed our visit. The only comment is for the price the food portions are too small.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A very unique venue. What
    FirstIceQueen
    Dined on 1/14/2011
    A very unique venue. What a great conversion of a former church. Food selection was eclectic and unique, a bit pricey for quality. Service was terrific. Lots of interesting and reasonably priced drink and appetizer bar specials. One of the Portland area restaurants that has live jazz. Would return for both scheduled entertainment and dinner.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Grace was uniquely beautiful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/8/2011
    Grace was uniquely beautiful due to it being a former church. We were treated as special guests for a special night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As an international travel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/5/2011
    As an international travel writer, Grace was easily one of my top ten restaurants.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Grace is a stunningly beautiful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/5/2011
    Grace is a stunningly beautiful and very special dining experience! We loved the very respectful way that the Chestnut Street Methodist Church has been restored with, well, grace! Perfect name! Our dinners were outstanding, as was the service. The ambiance made for a very special anniversary dinner (our 37th!).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were there for dinner on
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/31/2010
    We were there for dinner on New Year's Eve; the emphasis at the restaurant seemed more on gearing up for the party than on assuring a great dining experience, per se. However, we all enjoyed our meals, and drinks. As the evening progressed, the New Years crowd was growing more frantic, so we didn't prolong the dining. I like Grace, though--a good spot.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Grace is very nice - the reuse
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/31/2010
    Grace is very nice - the reuse of an old church creates a marvelous space - but some what noisey. But the tables are far apart so you can have a private conversation. The food and service are great. A table on the balcony is fun for people watching on the main floor. The venison meatballs are great. A great addition to the Portland restaurant scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A keeper. Great dinner experience.
    Ricktucket
    Dined on 12/31/2010
    A keeper. Great dinner experience. Excellent food and service and spectacular looking bar and dining room. Very nice.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and service was very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/31/2010
    Food and service was very good. Setup of tables is awkward and crowded on first level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • had no idea what to expect.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/31/2010
    had no idea what to expect. Wait staff was wonderful. While on the pricey side, I will go back for another special night out. Look forward to a night out with friends just for a drink. Down side was we had to wait outside the door while someone opened it up at 5:15 which is the time we were scheduled to be seated. Seems the bar would have been a better place to wait.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can't beat the ambiance of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/30/2010
    Can't beat the ambiance of this place. It's the most beautiful restaurant. Dinner was very good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate