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The Frog and Turtle
The Frog and Turtle

The Frog and Turtle Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thefrogandturtle.com
  • Phone: (207) 591-4185
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 9:00am -1:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: James Tranchemontagne
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Contact: James or Sasha (207) 591-4185
  • Entertainment: Wednesdays: Live music from 7:30 to 10:00pm Thursday: Tony Boffa Trio 7 to 9:30pm Friday: Friday Night Music Show 9 to 11 lot of great local acts.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main St.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Park at CVS in municipal lot and walk over or try smaller lot behind us
A word from The Frog and Turtle
What is a gastro pub?” Gastronomy is the study of preparing and consuming food. A pub is a neighborhood spot for affordable food and good times. When you combine the two you get a neighborhood spot with a focus on food prepared from scratch with fresh ingredients.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerComfort Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "We have enjoyed Frog and Turtle in the past and were not disappointed again. It is a neighborhood bar and grill with a simple tasteful decor . Service was exceptional . We were a table of 7 and the waiter was always available to answer questions and allow us time to decide on appetizers and dinner choices . Water glasses were refilled without asking . The only negative was some of the entries were not as describe on the menu. The summer pasta was a watery soup , not the creme sauce described, not good . The beef kabobs were overlooked and tough. On the plus side the Portuguese stew special was exceptional , nicely seasoned , plenty of seafood"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Celebrated a birthday dinner with family. Two of the group of four had specials which were rated excellent. Others chose from menu and were so pleased. Service began a bit "sluggish" but moved to excellent. All felt it was a good choice for dining and will return. Were pleased with waitperson "Magical""
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "MY husband and I used to frequent the Frog and Turtle and loved it.... however the last three or four times we have gone we've been extremely disappointed. Sunday brunch was the last straw. Apparently you HAVE to order donuts otherwise you'll be waiting a cool 45 minutes for eggs! The waiter pushed the donuts at us multiple times and in the end because we choose not to order donuts (mostly out of annoyance at this point) we were told we would be waiting close to 45 minutes for our meal. This is a course restaurant but they kind of forget to tell you that or make it known. The food used to be great but recently has gone down hill to mediocre."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We showed up at the restaurant for our reservation and there was a sign on the door that it was closed due to a staff function elsewhere."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Came here for a post-wedding brunch and couldn't have been happier with the food and the service. Our waiter was friendly and informative and helped us pick a great combination of food, from the specialty home-made fresh donuts down to the bread that comes with the meal (they bake their own bread in house and it is AMAZING - absolutely opt for this option over an English muffin or croissant). We chose an order of donuts and four different meals and they were all great."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We attended a brunch recently and our host talked us into trying the donuts. Absolutely awesome; they could have been the entire meal! Our table of 6 ordered different versions of the eggs benedict; all very tasty. We would definitely return."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Brunch was superb! From the homemade donuts to the eggs Benedict what a delicious meal. The service was excellent."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The calamari was fried to perfection, the pork belly tacos were nicely dressed, and our charcuterie/cheese board was nicely balanced. We were a bit disappointed that the entree selection was very limited and didn't seem "in season". Service was wonderful, and the pacing of the delivery of food items was spot-on."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "By energetic, I mean mind numbingly loud beach rock at 11 on a Sunday morning. I speak for the entire planet when I say, no one wants that. Food OK, but certainly not great. Service terrible. Sadly this was my favorite place for years. A total go-to. No more. And the owners are good guys, so I am really disappointed in the whole thing."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
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    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I hadn't been for awhile. My friend had never been and she called it a dining experience. We enjoyed everything about it including our waiter he was great Will definitely be back "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The Frog and Turtle is a great spot for a casual dinner. The menu is very interesting and the food was very good. It has a nice, casual, friendly atmosphere. We will return, maybe on a night when they have music. The choices for beer and other drinks were better than the wine choices, but we certainly were able to find a bottle of wine that we enjoyed. Definitely worth a visit."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We love going to the Frog and Turtle for the food, the service and the music! This neighborhood gem offers more than you would think. James, the owner/chef makes great, creative food. Not the fastest, but the food never disappoints and portions are generous. Great wine, beer and mixed drink selections too. There are almost no restaurants in the area for both great food and great live music! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Everything was simply great, the place, the food and the service."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Table for 3, reservations made. Specific dietary accommodations were made which was greatly appreciated. Dinner was delicious. We were asked to leave after 1 hour and 25 min. (full, 2nd round of drinks in hand) because other reservations would be coming in. It was Friday evening at 6pm and there wasn't a line. No band had started. We felt our being asked to leave was rude. We had already had a $100+ bill. I would have appreciated knowing there would be a table time limit when I booked the reservation. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Busy night. Great music!! Food was good. Not our first time here so we must like it to keep coming back!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "In addition to one of the more awesome Sunday brunches in Southern Maine, Frog and Turtle is a happy neighborhood gourmet gastro-pub, with equally-delightful lighter pub fare like burgers aside more substantial and delicious entrées. The salad with the eggs, red onion, Parmesan curls and bacon may be my all time favorite salad. Nice French Canadian themed dishes on occasion as well. They offer live entertainment which can really make dining fun, if you're not sitting too close to the band. Last time there The Waiters - light jazz - which I really enjoyed. Great cocktails and fun, attentive wait staff. Foods are cooked from scratch, so get a glass of wine and enjoy the vibe, while you wait for a terrific meal."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The waitress was great, the food was delicious from beginning to end! Even the beverages were very good. I had been trying to dune here for years, and it wasn't disappointing. The prices were on the higher side, but my only not so positive comment would be that the noise level was a bit high for me. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "I had Sunday brunch and a great experience here. The food was displayed very nicely and u would highly recommend the freshly made warm donuts. Waiter made us laugh the entire time, we didn't want to leave. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The warning on the menu that all orders are prepared from scratch and take time is absolutely true, especially when the place is crowded. We started with the house specialty of homemade donuts, which were excellent (but took about 30 minutes). The omelets were huge and well prepared with lots of ingredient choices, all fresh. Overall, an excellent place for brunch."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We have never been disappointed with the food. Chef James creates some amazing dishes. Other reviews indicated you had a long wait for your food but it is well worth it because your meals are made from scratch. The service is great and the servers are very knowledgeable about the menu. Being a Gastro Pub, they also have pub food. So if you want to catch a sports game on TV and have a burger with friends this would be the place to go!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food and the service is very, very good. The owner/chef, James Tranchemontagne, is well known in the Portland area as he previously was an owner/chef (and maybe owner?) of another well known restaurant. F+ T has great, well- priced drinks served ice cold and delicious, and a good beer and wine selection too. if you want to talk (or hear) make sure you are there before the entertainment starts at 8:30 or 9:00. Reservations are a must, even for the bar. Plenty of non-meat dishes and scrumptious desserts."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We were a party of four (3 adults, 1 toddler) for an early dinner. This was our first visit with The Frog and Turtle, and we had heard good reviews from friends. Upon entering, the staff was friendly and inviting. Our waitress was fantastic and very attentive, especially to our toddler who was a little fussy. There were a few other children with other patrons as well. The menu has a varied and wonderful selection of pub style and more elegant style foods, although a very limited selection for young children. The food arrived in a reasonable time (since all hand-prepared) and with a great presentation. Well done! We would absolutely visit The Frog and Turtle again."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "The F&T is our favorite place to good. You know you are going to get a great meal!"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Justin helped us enjoy a wonderful company dinner out with great service ... complimenting the terrific work of chef James. Round the table there were rave reviews about the salmon and pork specials, and the chicken crepe is to die for ! The chocolate dessert and ice cream also got kudos, but none could compare to the lemon, raspberry rum cake parfait ... O M G. It's always with great anticipation that we dine at the F & T, and you never disappoint."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Fourth Friday at Frog & Turtle with the ToneKings is always a treat. Great food, great music and marvelous ambiance even when crowded."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Great dining, tasty & fine home-cooked food that was affordable. Service was friendly, relaxed, but prompt, and server had a helpful knowledge of wine. And, above all, thanks for keeping the local music scene alive! The band helps to bring out the dancing and community spirit..."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "New items on the menu included a mushroom app in philo dough that was just yummy! So flavorful. Kabobs are new, a little well done, but tasty just the same. Homemade ice cream was vanilla cookie dough...perfect ending! Great service as always. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "I was really pleased that when we arrived, our table was ready. The food was yummy, service was great! Disappointed in the limited holiday menu. Do not get me wrong, the overall experience was very nice. I just wish the "brunch" menu had been expanded to include a few lunch options. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The brunch menu is limited (omelets, French toast, eggs Benedict) to the usual fare. The delicious homemade donuts were the only diversion. The servers were friendly and accommodating but the service painfully slow. And we were there towards the end of the brunch rush. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Great food, in a really cool space! The space is a little small and the quarters were tight but the food was so delicious and out waitress was very nice. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Friday night had one of the most flavorful steack that I have evver had in Portland Maine. Brought the in-laws and they were extremily impressed with the food."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We always have a fabulous time at the Frog snd Turtle! Love the drinks, the poutine, and the music!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Great scene for excellent food and music. A Friday night favorite."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I would recommend making a reservation to avoid having to wait. People tend to sit there longer than the meal they eat, so they aren't always good at estimating how long it will be before you get a table. We were told 15 minutes and sat there for an hour before leaving because there was still not table the last time we tried here. This time we made a reservation and everything was very good. Flat bread pizza, beef stew, good well drinks. Very good service. Would definitely recommend, and eat here again."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Very cozy space with great atmosphere, friendly service, interesting menu withlots of variety!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I recently graduated from the culinary institute and this in my opinion is one of the best restaurants in Maine"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Second time, no complaints. Love the poutine appetizer."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Great brunch and donuts as always! Wished we lived closer so we could is it more often!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The wife and I got a rare night away from the kids. We left the house at 4, did some shopping, booked our reservation via Open Table on our way into our 4:40 movie, showed up early and were shown to our table where we proceeded to have another fantastic meal at Frog & Turtle. We always start with cheese and charcuterie, at least one appetizer, and an entrée each. We added a special appetizer and went with both entrée specials. Each course was excellent and timed well to meet our pace."
    Dined on 3/29/2014