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Permanently Closed - Bibo's Madd Apple Cafe

4.4
304 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Continental
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Wednesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner Wednesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(207) 774-9698
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
William Boutwell
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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.
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Private party contact
William Boutwell: (207) 774-9698
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
between Congress St. and Cumberland Ave.
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Parking details
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.
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Public transit
The Portland metro bus system has a stop directly across the street from us.
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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.
Additional
Cafe, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.4
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4.4
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4.1
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4.4
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on December 21, 2016

What a good value. The good was delicious and the server was attentive and so polite

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2016

Tasty dishes and great service! I've only been here for dinner, but really looking forward to trying their brunch.

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5.0Dined on November 13, 2016

Very friendly as usual and handy to the Portland Stage Theater.

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2016

All the food was delicious. Try the eggs...seriously. They're amazing.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2016

fabulous food, terrific service, great experience overall

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4.0Dined on October 9, 2016

This place is listed as one of Maines 10 best and it didn't disappoint . Get the Satanic Eggs!!

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5.0Dined on October 9, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2016

The food was excellent. I had the Brick Chicken over Paramesan Mashed - fantastic. The chicken just fell off the bone, no effort, so tasty. I would definately eat here again.

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4.0Dined on October 2, 2016

I so enjoy my brunches before ushering at Portland Stage. They make reservations easy and Andrea always greets and welcomes customers. It is a most pleasant dining experience.

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2.0Dined on September 25, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2016

Took my boyfriend here for his birthday. The food was delicious and rich. The atmosphere was quiet and respectful. The decor and menu were quirky and 70's inspired. Would love to go back again.

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2016

This is truly a hidden gem. The flavors and variety were phenomenal - we highly recommend it!

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2.0Dined on September 10, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2016

Great food at good prices. Wish the experience with open table had been as good. It was a miserable experience trying to change our reservation from 2 to 4 people. I finally had to call the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on September 1, 2016

Fabulous food! Danny was friendly and welcoming and informative about menu. Hope he is there next time!

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5.0Dined on August 28, 2016

We always eat lunch here before attending the Matineee at Portland Stage Theater. Good food; excellent, caring service.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2016

We dined at Bibo's Madd Apple Cafe before attending a theatre production. The food was fabulous, the service was friendly and efficient and the price was very reasonable for the quality received.

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4.0Dined on August 21, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2016

Great meal - flawless! And we had great service. Portland has so many options but so happy we chose this place.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2016

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!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2016

Great place to go for dinner before attending Portland Stage Company. Excellent food, nice wine and comfortable atmosphere. It would be nice for a meal when wandering around Portland (Congress street art galleries and Art Museum) as well. Enjoy!

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2016

Had a wonderful brunch at Bibo's last sunday. Love that they take reservations for brunch. Food was excellent as was the service. Love the small intimate venue. Will definately be back. My fav in Portland.

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3.0Dined on April 16, 2016

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.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2016

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.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2016

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!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2016

When we go to Portland, we try to go to Bibo's. Our fave in the Portland area. EVERYTHING is great. Entrees, apps, wine, dessert. Big flavors, and still letting each ingredient state its flavor.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2016

Small but good menu. Eclectic atmosphere. Friendly service.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2016

I have been going to Bibo's for very many years. They have a wonderful, creative menu that changes seasonally. the food is always fresh and well prepared.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2016

We came here before a show at Portland Stage and it was perfect. The atmosphere was funky/cozy and the food was excellent. All 5 of us were very pleased with our meals. We would not hesitate to eat here again.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2016

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.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2016

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.

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2016

We had a lovely dinner with excellent service. The atmosphere and food seem quite high end and the prices are very reasonable. We would definitely come back.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2016

Shrimp overcooked in an otherwise excellent dish. Brussel sprouts charred a bit too much. Excellent bread with oil and a kukka mix that was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2016

This place is a gem on a side street in Portland. It is at a level equivalent to a small high end restaurant in a major coastal city.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2016

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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4.0Dined on February 13, 2016

Pork tenderloin and brussels sprouts very good flavors and execution. Cool vibe to the place.

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