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About Permanently Closed - Bibo's Madd Apple Cafe
This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Bibo’s Madd Apple Cafe is a 38 seat independently owned and operated cafe. At BiBo's we stride to provide locally sourced ingredients at an affordable price. We serve lunch, brunch and dinner with our menus changing frequently to highlight ingredients and dishes that are in season. BiBo's provides a comfortable eclectic ambience showcasing art from local artists. We offer an extensive affordable wine list with many specials featured each day. At BiBo's we believe that buying local saves neighborhoods. This is why we deal with local farmers, artisanal cheese makers, and small local suppliers. We have been featured in Down East magazine as a great date restaurant because of the quiet atmosphere. We also feature monthly creative wine dinners and are now offering nightly mini wine dinners.
Portland, ME 04101
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner Wednesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
between Congress St. and Cumberland Ave.
$30 and under
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There is usually quite a bit of on street parking available and there is a public parking garage just across the street at the Eastland Park Hotel.
The Portland metro bus system has a stop directly across the street from us.
Private Party Facilities:
The restaurant can be booked for private parties of 30 or more. We have hosted many rehearsal, graduation, birthday, and retirement parties. Our private menues are created specially for each event.
Private Party Contact:
William Boutwell: (207) 774-9698
Cafe, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
BiBo's features special wine dinners on a rotating basis. You can find out more by going to www.bibosportland.com. We would also be honored to host your special events.
Bibo's Madd Apple Cafe - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
This is a terrific restaurant. The ambiance is a bit eclectic and it is vary laid-back. The food was delicious and it's a very small place so not loud (it was also a wet and rainy night so it was not crowded at all). We thoroughly enjoyed it and we're there celebrating a birthday. When the waitstaff learned about the birthday, she brought our dessert with a candle included.
This is a great restaurant for brunch before the matinee at Portland Stage. We enjoyed our breakfasts there -- the hash was terrific. Strangely both the cocktail that I had (name escapes me, proseco and cherry juice) and the eggs Benedict looked a little ho-hum. But both tasted very very good. I'd suggest a tiny more effort on presentation. But yes, we will definitely go there again.
Apple fritters were good. Service was poor. Felt like we were a burden to the waiter. Did not feel welcomed. Asked waiter about a drink on the menu and his response was, "I have no idea". Waiter slammed plate, coffee, etc. down on the table. Just a very uncomfortable feeling.
We enjoy non-chain restaurants when we travel. Bibo's is quaint in the downtown area. While parking can be difficult there is a public lot nearby. My partner had roasted brussel sprouts for an appetizer which he still raves about. My salad was also excellent. Main courses were generous and well prepared. For desert you must try the dark chocolate pot de creme, absolutely delicious. Prices are more than reasonable. Service was also excellent. All in all a good choice.
Had a hard time getting a reservation for times around 7pm, so we went early at 6pm. By 7pm the place was only half-full! The food was only average "farm to table" but the menu really didn't explain the sources of the food. Roasted Brussels sprouts for an app were burned and the serving has huge! My fish dish (Haddock) had a bland broth. I cant even remember what my wife ordered. A disappointing evening that we had hoped would be special.
We go here for brunch all the time! Bibo's never fails with fun and inventive benedicts (get the crispy brussel sprouts/bacon/goat cheese one!). Definitely a favorite. It's tucked away rather anonymously on Forest Ave right beneath Congress Street, so it's a pretty great location and easy to get to from downtown and the Old Port.
The food at Bibo's was absolutely fantastic!! 3 of us had Chicken under a brick as recommended by another diner. The chicken was so flavorful and moist and literally fell off the bone. The Parmesan mashed potatoes were yummy and even the asparagus was better than I had ever had. We felt like we found a real little gem of a restaurant. Doesn't look like much from the outside, but the food and service were excellent. Highly recommend.
This was the second time I had been to Bibo's for breakfast and it didn't disappoint. Brunch is great, with really unique breakfast options. Try the eggs benedict served on amazing homemade english muffins or if you have a sweet tooth, the Wonut (mix between a waffle and a donut) is decadent breakfast treat. The service is fantastic and the staff really friendly. The decor is a bit kitschy, but adds to the charm of the place. Overall, a wonderful dining experience.
This is definitely a go-to brunch spot in Portland and is one of the only places you can actually make a reservation!
We often walk past this restaurant going to and from the Portland Stage, but knew nothing about it except that it looked cozy. Finally tried it, and we were very pleased with the food, the wine, the ambience and the very nice server, Amy. Will definitely return to enjoy more items on the creative menu. What we ordered (falafel app, pasta, haddock and pot de creme) was delicious.
This cozy, quiet restaurant was about half full at 6 pm on a recent Saturday night. Service was prompt and courteous but unfortunately the food was undistinguished. The tasty bread was served with oil olive and a rather dull accompaniment of mixed spices and nuts (dukka). The Crispy Brussel Sprouts starter turned out to be a very large portion of deep-fried sprouts with a dipping sauce that wasn't spicy as advertised but rather tasted like tartar sauce without the pickles. And the main course pan roasted haddock was lost on top of mashed cauliflower, topped with sauteed corn and tomato. I couldn't tell the fish from the mash below. Too bad about the food, because the atmosphere is great and it's so convenient for the theater.
I have enjoying dining at Madd Apple 3 times and each one has been delicious, delightful
and wonderfully served. It's great to be able to park once and dine and enjoy Portland Stage productions in one fell swoop! Excellent waiter ..... efficient and friendly. Twice I ordered the haddock and it was superb...perfectly cooked. Highly recommended.
Have had dinner here a few times. The food is great, charming atmoshpere and the wait staff very helpful and friendly. The only disappointment was the amount of wine per glass. Seemed a bit conservative both times we visited and one of those times another patron said something about it. I tend to keep my mouth shut about these things as it isn't going to stop me from returning, but it just strikes me odd that some restaurants are generous with their pourings and others the opposite. But a great evening none the less and love that it is right next to the theater! Good job Bibo's!
Haddock was perfectly cooked... Menu is interesting and different...chocolate dessert was luscious...waiter was friendly and efficient...made us 4 ladies feel welcome and special. Next door to the theater is a perfect location for an easy night out. Very pleasant experience.
For the first time in my dining experience at Bibo's for Sunday brunch, I was disappointed. I ordered the burger and asked for it to be done medium rare, which to me means very pink, juicy and tender. Not so - my burger showed barely a hint of pink in the middle, was dry and thus tough. I should have sent it back but I didn't. However, if that quality should happen again I will send it back.
If you will only cook your burgers that way due to health concerns the customer should be told. I would not have ordered a burger if that was the case but there was no indication from our server that medium rare was a problem.
I love how this restaurant is only steps away from the Portland Stage Company and the Portland Museum. It's great to have an interesting, delicious and affordable meal and then go on to the next activity without re-parking. And it's great that they take reservations for small groups! The Sunday brunch has many options as well as lots of prosecco drinks.
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