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About 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.

89 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:


Brunch:

Saturday: 9:00am - 2:00pm


Lunch:

Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm


Dinner:

Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm


Closed Sundays

Cross Street:
Merrill Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(207) 773-1116

Website:
http://bluespoonme.com/

Parking Details:
Parking is readily available in the surrounding neighborhood, usually within 1 to 2 blocks.

Executive Chef:
David Iovino

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Blue Spoon Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.6

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

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Cozy (20)
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Good for Anniversaries (12)
Healthy (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Special Occasion (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Organic (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Romantic (8)
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Fun (7)
People Watching (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Tapas (6)
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Seasonal (4)
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Good for Birthdays (3)
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Great Beer (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

The Blue Spoon is one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. The seating is intimate, the food creative and delicious. We have always ha great meals here and it is close to our favorite theater - The Good Theater.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Authentic, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

My family loved this restaurant. This spot was recommended by a friend who lived in the Portland area for 20 years. What a gem! The service was wonderful and the food was expertly prepared. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

The Blue Spoon is consistent with excellent service and delicious food. Even though it was lunch, I am glad I made reservations as it filled up quickly. A gem of a restaurant!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2017

shared their daily "3 dips" (hummus) with grilled flatbread and it was excellent - mushroom with basil (his favorite), one with eggplant that was my favorite, and one with cauliflower and maple which was also quite good. I had the scallops small plate and the small plate of deep fried brussel spouts and was really pleased. He got the daily braising pot which was totally yummy. We had the "happy hour" beer & wine which we also thoroughly enjoyed and very modestly priced, so that the whole meal even with a coffee was just $70, and right across the street from the Good Theater production. It is small and intimate, so reservations might be recommended as every table had "reserved" when we got there at 5pm, and they were completely full when we left at 6:45 for the theater on a Wed night!

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great as always. Quiet, unhurried, delicious, healthy. I gave server a difficult task: no dairy, gluten free. Ended up with delicata squash salad with fried egg on the side. Delicious! Would have been even better with some sort of carb, eg rice or potato or something more interesting. Would have had polenta—but made with dairy, sadly :(
Tried to call earlier to discuss options before I came in, but not able to leave a message in your ohine system. I’ll certainly be back. Thanks for working with my (unfortunate) needs!! We had a lovely time! Barbara

Tags: Organic, Business Meals, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Blue Spoon is a really sweet place. Good fresh, local food well prepared. Thank You! We’ll be back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Romantic, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We’ve gone three times now to this restaurant and we fall in love more and more with each visit. We have had the same waitress and she is excellent- knowledgeable and helpful with food and wine selection. We love the cozy atomsphere and the menu variety. We love the creative twists the chef makes on every day foods like chicken and carrots. I think this is officially our favorite restaurant in Portland, which truly says something since the food scene is out of this world. Keep up the great work, Blue Spoon!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Fabulous from beginning to end. Delicious food, friendly responsive service and nice atmosphere.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 18, 2017

As always, The Spoon never disappoints. Ambiance, food and service beyond expectations. Whether it’s a date, a play or symphony night or just a night out, you can always depend on quality.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Met up with some girlfriends the other night.
The food was wonderful and the ambience was almost perfect.
Our table was very close to the ones on either side of us. At times it was difficult to move our chairs out to get up to use the restrooms. I had the mussels and my friends had the pollock and risotto-all were fantastic.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I'd been to the Front Room on two previous occasions and was happy with it, and recommending it to friends who'd never been. But this time, I was somewhat disappointed. One of the main reasons that I liked it was that unlike many restaurants in Portland these days, it wasn't noisy. But that wasn't the case this time, and I'm not sure why. It'd been been just as busy the first two times I'd been yet we'd been able to converse without shouting at each other! So, I didn't like that. And then I thought that my beet salad was rather tasteless. And although no one complained about their food choice, neither did anyone boast about it. Last, I think it's a little overpriced for what you get...

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Awesome experience!
We are regular Portland "foodies" and were looking for something we had not experienced...Beyond expectations! We have already added this to our "regulars" list!!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 7, 2017

First time in Portland, and it was our anniversary. This was the perfect spot. Cozy, great food, attentive staff. Would definitely return and highly recommend it

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fun, Romantic, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

What a great place! Small and cozy. Loved the food, had the beet appetizer and scallops. My friends had the daily ragu over pasta and the risotto. All were superb! Great wine and craft cocktails. Pot de creme and flan were the perfect ending. Highly recommend!!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 28, 2017

One of my favorite places in town! Always fantastic food.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Yum yum yum. Cocktails, starters, and entrees and great service! Love it go hear before a Good Theater show.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

The Blue Spoon doesn't disappoint. Creative and delicious meals sourced locally. Love that I can get half-portions of some of their entrees.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Really outstanding in every way. The space is charming and small. We tried the dips and mussels for app. Excellent. We had the heirloom tomato salad and the beet salad. Delicious. We tried the burger, chicken and ragu of the day. All great. Service knowledgeable and attentive. The folks running this place have got the formula. Highly recommended.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Always a good experience at our neighborhood favorite spot.

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 14, 2017

We return again and again. Why wouldn't we!? It's always a wonderful dining experience.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Vegan, Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 6, 2017

LOVE LOVE LOVE this restaurant! I was in town for the week and looking for something different/a new place to try. I cannot say enough about this GEM. After reviewing the menu, I wanted to go for the appetizers alone -and they far exceeded my expectations! The food and service were both EXCELLENT. The pricing is much lower than what I have paid at other restaurants for this quality. We [2 of us] ordered drinks and split 2 appetizers, 3 small entrees and 2 desserts and the total bill was 100.00 without tip! The portions are perfect - we both left full and even brought home left overs. The whole atmosphere is very positive/laid back. I was initially concerned about the parking but there were plenty of free spaces on side streets/near the restaurant. I will definitely be back [again and again!] THANK YOU for such a great experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 29, 2017

A great East End Portland find. Highly recommended!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on August 25, 2017

This is my favorite spot..Food is consistently wonderful..Staff is extraordinary and welcoming!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

Always a pleasure... Everyone who works there is lovely and takes good care of customers without being in any way intrusive.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Wonderful cozy place for a date! We tried the cheese board this time along with the Risotto and salads. Everything was fresh and wonderful.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Great experience. Great food. great service. Highly recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 14, 2017

This was our second time at Blue Spoon. It was a Monday evening at 6:30. Our first round of cocktails were great the appetizers and small plates were all creative and thoughtfully prepared. Our entree was superb. Our only complaint was that the place seemed understafffed. We asked our server for the cocktail menu again because we wanted a second round. She brought it, but then never came back for our order. We tried for about 30 minutes to get our server's attention but were unsuccessful so we finally asked for our check and left. She was apologetic, but it really shouldn't have happened. Otherwise, a delightful meal and drinks. We would go back for sure.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Blue Spoon never disappoints. One of my favorite Portland restaurants.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Four of us dined on a Monday and were happily surprised to find happy hour prices for wine and drafts all evening. So we ordered the cheese sampler & pickled veg app, and then the seared scallops. The first was a meager disappointment; 3 see-through small slices of 2 cheeses, and six bits of cured meat with a couple of overpickled veggies. Over priced. Scallops, however, were fresh, tender, and perfect. The hake entree was lovely, and the fresh pasta with meat and eggplant sauce delicious. As was the rib eye.
Neighborhood atmosphere delightful.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Jason was an excellent waiter, food delicious, fun neighborhood place , great wine prices during happy hour!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2017

I honestly love the Blue Spoon. I have been there many times. I just don't think I would use Open Table to make a reservation there again. The table that we got was by far the worst one in the house. It was right next to the front door. We felt that we needed to adjust our chairs to avoid the opening door. Folks waiting for the host were standing right beside us all night. The waitress actually apologized for our table assignment. They really shouldn't have a table in this location or at least shouldn't use it for an Open Table reservation. Reserve it for walk-ins with the caveat "we are filled and this is all that we have left."

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Went for brunch and all the food was excellent. Love the neighborhood vibe. Great service!

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 28, 2017

The trio of dips, all vegetarian, was happily followed by a perfectly cooked rib eye, great friendly service as always, I love Blue Spoon!

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 (New England)·Dined on July 27, 2017

We wanted to eat somewhere that would meet everyone's tastes - the foodie snob, the teenager from out of town and the college friend who popped in as a surprise. This had it all - craft cocktails and craft sodas - creative entrees and a superior burger. And we even had dessert - delicious!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 27, 2017

We love this restaurant. Easy to make a reservation with a wonderful menu and fresh food and great service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Tapas, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Great neighborhood gem in the East end of a great City

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Great food. Great service. Great people. Awesome neighborhood spot.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Great place to grab a bite to eat up on the Hill. Good menu, good tasting food.

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·Dined on July 25, 2017

Fabulous food and service in a friendly place frequented by the neighborhood.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 24, 2017

The best meal we had for 10 days of vacation. Food was excellent. Mussels and scallops excellent Grilled greens our of sight. And the brick chicken was the best ever. Small place and service was excellent. Terrific place.

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