89 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101Neighborhood:
AmericanPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://bluespoonme.com/
- Phone: 2077731116
- Hours of Operation:
Saturday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
- Executive Chef: David Iovino
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
A word from Blue Spoon
Perched at the top of Munjoy Hill in Portland’s East end, we are a chef-owned restaurant built on fresh market ingredients, friends, and family. Chef/owner David Iovino grew up in a family that valued coming together over food, and that tradition has carried forward as the foundation of Blue Spoon. We have fun in the kitchen, but we also couldn’t be more serious about what we do. That’s why we get our goods from the very best: Black Kettle Farm, Laughingstock Farm, Stone Cipher Farm, Fishbowl Farm, Freedom Farm, Valley View Farm eggs and meats, Wee Bit Farm beef and pork, Lankin’s Gorges Cheeses, Woolever Farm lamb, and Rick Tibbet’s mushrooms.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
- Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
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Blue Spoon reviews from OpenTable diners
54 reviews since May 22, 2014
- Ambiance4Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (42)fit for foodies (39)great for outdoor dining (16)romantic (12)special occasion (10)great for lunch (10)great for brunch (8)notable wine list (3)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)good for groups (1)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)Show More
- OpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 4/19/2014Eaten here several times before, so know that this visit was an anomaly. Everything was very good, except it took our main meals over hour to be served. We had an event to go to, so ran out without eating (meals in take out containers). They were very nice about it, but the wait for food was irritating (when those that came before us were served way before our main meal came out).Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always a winnerCBY1PortlandDined on 4/14/2014How lucky we are to be able to walk five minutes to one of Portland's best restaurants. Blue Spoon offers remarkably creative delicious food, all prepared by Steve in a tiny kitchen. The service staff is efficient and friendly without being in your face. Bri, Katie and Kirk never fail to make us feel at home and welcome. The small plates are creative:beets, Brussels sprouts, fingerlings, eggplant and more prepared with herbs snd spices that are delicate and oh so good. Main plates amaze; the ragu is beyond remarkable, the mussels are Delish, the gush, chicken and beef are fabulous. The wine list is small but well thought out, dessert -coconut flan is a must. Overall, Blue Spoon offers great good and service, while reasonably priced.Special Features:
- This was our third diningOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 4/11/2014This was our third dining experience to the Blue Spoon. It was just as outstanding as the last. I particularly liked the warm cabbage salad and the beer selection. The service was excellent. Overall it was a great place to spend an evening with my wife.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fantastic Food! I loved everyOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 4/11/2014Fantastic Food! I loved every bit of it. The only thing I wish was different was that there was a little more light towards the end of the meal. If the lights were not so low or if there was additional candlelight it would literally have been perfect.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- No better lunch in PortlandJundelDined on 4/10/2014Always a treat. The best BLT to be had anywhere and, oh, the sticky pudding !!!!! Took 3 colleagues from out of town for lunch and everyone was delighted.Special Features:
- A Five Spoon GemVandJDined on 4/9/2014Six of us thoroughly enjoyed Blue Spoon last week. We all had different appetizers and entrees and every dish was rated as excellent by each person, and we're discriminating eaters. Our waitress was fun, personable, fully attentive and offered good suggestions. Atmosphere was good, just not fancy, and food was imaginative and delicious. We'll definitely return.Special Features:
- Fabulous!ClaraDined on 4/5/2014Met a friend there for brunch and we had a great time! Our meals were amazing, and her cocktail was incredible! We plan to go back on a day I don't have to hurry off to work!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Secret PlaceCraftsmanDined on 4/4/2014I was bit suprised by the small size/few tables which hleped make it feel like we had stumbled upon a well kept secret. The total experience was wonderful. The intimate setting allowed for a quiet experience that promoted conversation and relaxation. The menu was filled with familiar ingredients put together to provide appetizers, salads and entrees that were unexpected. I wanted to taste everything on the menu. Our choices did not dissappoint and left us wanting to return often enough to chose everything on the menu. Well done.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A FAVORITEJSHKDined on 4/2/2014The Blue Spoon is one of my favorite restaurants in Portland.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fresh local comfortableVideoporterDined on 3/24/2014Really nice season appropriate menu. Wonderful sweet potato soup and root veggie starters. Perfectly prepared ribeye, the flounder tasted like they caught it today. This is an enjoy every bite place. Comfy room, attentive service, nice super casual vibe.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Brunch TimeGfBrDined on 3/22/2014Love having a great place to go to brunch on a Saturday. The food was great. Wait staff was great. Would definitely return. This was my third time for brunch.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The Blue Spoon Never Fails to DeligJundelDined on 3/13/2014Four of us had a superb meal at The Blue Spoon - excellent from the cocktails through dessert and coffee. Everything was great, but we particularly liked the small plates we had as appetizers. Flavors were highly differentiated, so each bite was distinct. The salads were great, the entrees were perfect and desserts were outstanding. As always, the combinations of ingredients were unusual and wonderful. This is probably my 6th time having dinner at this restaurant and it's never failed me. I'd probably go more if it wasn't so small and hard to get a table. Lovely place!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- BlueSpoonBirdiemanDined on 3/12/2014The Blue Spoon was outstanding. I travel a great deal and always looking for great local places to eat. This was one of those places with great food, personal service and fun for our group. Everyone's meal was perfect and the ribeye with brussels sprouts was fantastic. We will be back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delightful neighborhood gemNHLarryDined on 3/12/2014Small, intimate place that could probably get noisy, although it wasn't on a Wednesday noon. Nicely inventive food (the crusted trout sandwich was delicious). Very pleasant and attentive service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Never disappointedPtldDInerDined on 3/10/2014Blue Spoon is our very favorite small bistro in Portland. The food is consistently good, and they update the menu regularly. Service is friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient. Always satisfied!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Awesome Meal and Excellent ServiceOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 3/8/2014This place totally rocks and for our 2nd visit it did not disappoint. Our group went with polenta fritters, fried egg toast (smoked mozzarella, finochio salami), spicy squid, and, moroccan lamb bbq hand pie as appetizers and starters. There were no clear winners and any or all of them should be on any diners list. Our entrees were grilled flank steak, winter risotto, and the braising pot (seasonal ragù, house made pasta). Again all outstanding dishes and raves around the table. Two at our table managed to split the lemon cake option and another double thumbs up. Service once again was professional, friendly and just right. Do not change a thing here!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- /is_very_good/GriffinDined on 3/8/2014When planning a brief weekend getaway to Portland, it was difficult to pick just a handful of restaurants to explore. The Blue Spoon made the list for many reasons: good reviews, a wonderful website (these things matter to me!), and the location provided an excuse to explore the East end/Promenade. Oh, and they have a 'Wine Hour'! We stopped in for a glass of wine and an appetizer. Very delicious. Far and away the best deal we found in Portland. Will definitely be going back to try a full dinner next time we're in Portland!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- I'm not sure if this placeOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 3/1/2014I'm not sure if this place aspires to be a bistro or a fine restaurant. The food is quite good, the service is good, the prices are fairly steep, but there is an open kitchen and loud music playing, for the benefit of the staff by all appearances.Special Features:
- Delicious!OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 3/1/2014Will definitely be back for brunch again. Food was amazing and service was excellent. Quite possibly the best eggs benedict I've ever had.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Worth the effortMsavage444Dined on 2/22/2014Not an easy spot to find but plenty of street parking once you get there. Cute small dining area very cozy. Attentive service with no frills. Wonderful presentation of all dishes that were each scrumptious!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Mr BIllOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 2/22/2014The menu and food were very good. My only complaint is because of its size it is pretty noisy. Not a problem for most people but my wife has a very soft voice and cannot compete with a crowd which makes her not want to be there no matter how good the food quality. A great little neighborhood venue!I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great unusual food.OpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 2/21/2014Very good unusual food and lots of appetizers to choose from. It was nice a cozy, not many tables and good place for conversation. The hostess was not terribly attentive and pointed to our table from behind the bar. A friend came in late and I had told the hostess (waiter) that he wouldn't be having dinner, but she never came over to even ask if he wanted a drink. Really good food though.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Both of our dinners were fair.tabletalk1Dined on 1/25/2014Both of our dinners were fair. One was too dry, the other had very little meat in the pasta dish. We will give it one more try to be fair.
- Good for brunch but not on a budgetdinnerdinerDined on 1/25/2014The menu was great. Just reading the menu gave me ideas for my own cooking at home. The coffee was very weak and tasteless and the tea, at nearly $4.00 a cup was definitely not worth it. It also came out tepid and barely steeped the tea. The food was very good and creative if it had come out hot, but again, it was not and the place was not that busy. Good ambience, server was adequate but did nothing to make our experience more pleasurable. A breakfast/brunch for two with a coffee and a tea came to nearly $40.00 which I thought was pricey. Would give it a second try.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Local savy spot, very smallTWFSGFDined on 1/18/2014Local savy spot, very small few tables and cozy. Very interesting part of town. Very talented kitchen.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great restaurant in a foodie townEugeriaDined on 1/17/2014Great fun in a small, lively space. Casual feel with superb local food.Special Features:
- Blue SpoonJessmagDined on 1/15/2014In selecting the Blue Spoon, we were looking for a restaurant that would satisfy us before going to the theater without overload. The Blue Spoon's eclectic menu of tapas, appetizers, and full course entrees was just thing. By ordering a selection of tapas and appetizers, we each had a satisfying meal that did not leave us bloated. The restaurant is small, even at mid-week, reservations are recommended if on a tight selection. Being small, it was a bit noisy, but never so loud that we could not converse easily. Nice place.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful..JNGHDined on 1/10/2014I picked this restaurant on opened table because they had monkfish on the menu and I love monkfish. We were seated at a cozy corner table and to my dismay, monkfish was not on the menu. So I picked the flounder and it was fantastic! Now I have found another fish I like. The people were very nice and I was not uncomfortable being a large person in a very small restaurant, which is something I worried about beforehand due to people saying how small it was. I will return!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Yum.freshlocalonlyplsDined on 12/31/2013The Blue Spoon is fabulous. A cozy space with heat registers that run under the windows, no spot is without warmth. Snuggle up on a bench or settle into a chair and prepare for a care-filled meal. It's a go-to to bring new friends, old friends, or simply to spoil one's self. Each menu item is thoughtful and exquisitely prepared. My only regret in writing a stellar review is that too many will find out about this gem!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fine Food, Neighborhood FeelXBklynDined on 12/10/2013The Blue Spoon is always great - for lunch, brunch, dinner. Interesting menu, locally sourced food, nice vibe - and the noise level is decent. The pumpkin cheesecake is more like a mousse, and shouldn't be missed.Special Features:
- What a wonderful surprise!jnbraiderVIPDined on 12/7/2013We had been planning to eat just across the street at Bar Lola before we learned they were closing down. Blue Spoon was a shot in the dark, but it was totally terrific. Very friendly and warm, and the ragu was outrageously rich. Everything was beautifully prepared and served.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- be patientluv2dine2Dined on 12/5/2013Great people, great food. It is worth the wait. Dinner took a long time to arrive, but it is a tiny place and it appears they only cook for one table at a time. If there is a big table just ahead of you, be patient.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Night OutdineaboutDined on 12/5/2013Enjoyed the starters very much, and "Wine Time" happy hour offered unbelievable prices, really good tasting wines without skimping on the amount. The ragout was excellent, and the gin martini was one of the best ever.Special Features:
- Imaginative, well prepared food...AJLSDined on 11/23/2013Servers were prompt and informative. Food was delicious and reasonably priced. Nice beer, wine and cocktail selections. When our guests were running late, the staff was accommodating to moving our reservation time. We'll definitely eat here again, and recommend it to others.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not Blue at Blue SpoonOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 11/15/2013Blue Spoon hit every note on the evening we dined there. The food was simply to die for, from small bites to dessert; the service was impeccable, not hurried but attentive. Blue Spoon is truly a gem.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A little gemJackieDined on 11/11/2013Great neighborhood restaurant but with extra flair. It is Portland ME so lots of really good competion. Very small but very comfortable atmosphere. Great place for 2-4 people to get together in warm atmosphere. Good cocktails,general service of small staff, semi-open kitchen and tasty interesting food offering different plate sizes.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Love this placemaineladyDined on 11/11/2013Casual, friendly, good service,, great food. Who could want more? Ambience is a bit loud, as there are few tables in a small space, but not so much as to distract from the dining experience. This is a friendly neighborhood place to go for well prepared food at the end of the day, or for lunchSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Blue spoon restaurantOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 11/9/2013Well presented meals using fresh organic local ingredients. Excellent variety to choose from. I found an appetizer, salad and a half dinner were enough to fill me. Small cozy atmosphere with a very energetic vibe. Nice wine list as well. We'll bring some friends next time.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- theater niteseatlocalDined on 11/8/2013Blue Spoon is a cozy adult restaurant that has a unique and varied menu. The prices are reasonable and the option for different sized plates is welcome. One size does not fit all. My only request of the owners is to provide more vegetarian plates. The choice to not include a meat topping or garnish is always honored, which is appreciated. I always recommend Blue Spoon to my friends.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- One of Portland's bestOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 11/1/2013Excellent small bistro run by a devoted team that really cares about the food they make and the service they offer.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.