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Blue Spoon, Portland, ME

Blue Spoon

4.7
4.7
993 Reviews
$30 and under
American

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.

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: Stonecipher Farm, , Valley View Farm eggs and meats, Archer Angus beef, and Broad Arrow Farm pork.

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Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (207) 773-1116

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    William Lavey

  • Neighborhood

    Portland

  • Cross street

    Merrill Street

  • Parking details

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

  • Additional

    Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

4pm-8pm

Main

  • Warm Marinated Olives$7.00

    • Pork Fat Fingerlings$9.00

      paprika aioli

      • Beef Tartare$16.00

        egg yolk - capers - cornichon - mustard - crostini

        • Brussels Sprouts$10.00

          grainy mustard - bacon lardons

          • Chicken Liver Mousse$10.00

            pickled red onion - mustard - warm bread

            • Charred Carrots$9.00

              goat cheese - pickled red onion - rosemary

              • Coriander-Rubbed Pork Belly$14.00

                braised purple cabbage, golden raisin and apple mostarda

                • Smoked Salmon Salad$13.00

                  roasted beets - goat cheese - red onion - greens - simple lemon

                  • Simple Salad$6.00

                    mixed greens - red wine vinaigrette - herbs

                    • Blue Spoon Burger$16.00

                      hot tomato jam - red onion - cheddar - demi salad

                      • Bavette Steak$27.00

                        parsnip puree - carrots - mushrooms - rosemary soubise

                        • House-Made Mushroom Fettuccine$22.00

                          wild mushrooms - arugula - cured egg yolk - pecorino

                          • Pan Seared Salmon$28.00

                            toasted farro - charred broccoli - dill aioli

                            • Heritage Chicken Breast$25.00

                              pomme puree - wilted kale - jus

                              • Ricotta Beignets$9.00

                                • Double Chocolate Brownie$6.00

                                  Last updated: February 5, 2022

                                  What 993 people are saying

                                  Overall ratings and reviews

                                  Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                  4.7
                                  4.7 based on recent ratings
                                  • 4.7Food
                                  • 4.7Service
                                  • 4.7Ambience
                                  • 4.5Value

                                  NoiseModerate

                                  Loved For

                                  • Maine

                                    Fit for Foodies

                                  • Maine

                                    Neighborhood Gem

                                  • Maine

                                    Romantic

                                  • Maine

                                    American

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                                  1. L

                                    Laurel

                                    New England

                                    26 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    26 reviews

                                    Dined 2 days ago

                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                    Delightful small neighborhood bistro atop Munjoy Hill on Portland’s eastside. The spring salad with sesame dressing, peas, beans and asparagus was fresh and delicious. I had the homemade fettuccine and clams for my main course. The pasta was so light and it was bathed in a beautiful velvety, buttery sauce. My partner had the Bavette steak which he thoroughly enjoyed. There is a small bar and maybe a dozen tables inside so there is a cozy feel to the place. The service was very friendly and prompt. When we come to Portland we like to try some restaurants outside of the waterfront/ tourist area so this was a nice find for us. It’s a few minutes drive from the waterfront or a 15 minute walk.

                                  2. MF

                                    MariaF

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 7, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    We had a great meal in an intimate, casual setting.

                                  3. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on May 6, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Everything was SO fresh and delicious! We got the burrata, beef tartar, and shared the linguine with clams. Place was super small and quaint inside so definitely recommend having a reservation! Service was great as well

                                  4. JR

                                    JohnR

                                    New England

                                    5 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    5 reviews

                                    Dined on May 5, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Everything a neighborhood restaurant should be. Superb food. Range of prices. Small. Friendly.

                                  5. RA

                                    RobinA

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 30, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    The service, food and local feel was superb! Incredible menu with one-of-a-kind items. Such a gem for Portland!

                                  6. SR

                                    SarahR

                                    New England

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 29, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    experience was wonderful! great food, a really great Manhattan!

                                  7. BK

                                    BrettK

                                    New York Area

                                    11 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    11 reviews

                                    Dined on April 29, 2022

                                    overall4food4service5ambience4

                                    Cozy neighborhood restaurant. Simple food done very well. Fresh and delicious start to finish. Definitely will return.

                                  8. K

                                    Kiwibird

                                    San Francisco

                                    8 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    8 reviews

                                    Dined on April 28, 2022

                                    overall4food5service5ambience4

                                    Food was delicious! Our server, Mary, was friendly, efficient and attentive. This is a cosy, small restaurant, tables are close so private conversations are tough but the ambience is sweet. We will be back.

                                  9. NR

                                    NancyR

                                    New York Area

                                    21 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    21 reviews

                                    Dined on April 24, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                    Great as always!

                                  10. JS

                                    JSHK

                                    New England

                                    5 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    5 reviews

                                    Dined on April 23, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Blue Spoon is and had always been one of my favorites. Had the mussels, and they were delicious!

                                  11. GC

                                    GerryC

                                    New England

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 22, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Blue Spoon was spectacular!! The food was amazing… fresh, from scratch and beautiful. Couldn’t have been more enjoyable or memorable. The service was also top notch. 10 on 10 experience!! Highly recommend it…

                                  12. S

                                    S362

                                    New England

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 20, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Delicious food, fun menu. Very creative appetizers.

                                  13. EK

                                    ErinK

                                    New York Area

                                    8 reviews

                                    3.0

                                    8 reviews

                                    Dined on April 20, 2022

                                    overall3food3service3ambience3

                                    Overall, the experience was pleasant, and I have no huge complaints. However, for the prices being charged, I expected a more refined and efficient experience. For instance, I asked what gins the bar stocked, but the waiter could only name two and said he would ask the bartender but never came back with an answer. I asked what cheeses were included in the cheese board, again he didn’t know and said he would ask the chef but never told us. We ordered it anyway and received a selection of 2, not 3 cheeses as stated in the menu. We pointed this out and it was rectified. The salmon was too salty, and while the farro was delicious, there was inexplicably a glob of what I am sure was butter on the side of the plate. I asked ahead of time if they had a children's menu and they responded in the affirmative, yet when my children both chose grilled cheese (out of a total of 4 options), we were told they actually didn’t have that as they had no bread, only hamburger buns. We asked for Shirley temples for the kids and the waiter said it would be made with ginger beer, which I knew they didn’t like, so I requested that they simply be made with grenadine and soda water. But sure enough, they were made with ginger beer and neither of my kids liked them. The meals took a very long time to arrive despite there being very few tables in the restaurant. Lastly, they gave us an incomplete and miscalculated check, which I kindly pointed out as though it doubled my drink order it omitted the entrees (I am an honest person and would never take advantage of being undercharged). So all in all, it was really just “okay,” and I was hoping for so much more based on the menu and website. Oh well…

                                  14. M

                                    Mutta

                                    New England

                                    39 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    39 reviews

                                    Dined on April 16, 2022

                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                    I have visited Portland over many years, and walked past Blue Spoon, thinking, "I need to try this", as it looked so quaint with the huge windows onto Congress Street, the intimate bar, and the cozy lighting. Finally I made it last night and am so sorry I waited as long as I did. The service was 5 Star, the food carefully prepared and presented, the quality superb, and with only 7 tables and a half dozen stools at the bar, it had the feel of an inn from long ago. I recommend it and will most definitely go back!

                                  15. SF

                                    SteveF

                                    New England

                                    57 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    57 reviews

                                    Dined on April 16, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    We had a great meal, steak tartare was awesome! Mary, our server was hustling and keeping everything flowing. I definitely recommend Blue Spoon!

                                  16. SM

                                    StephanieM

                                    New York Area

                                    5 reviews

                                    3.0

                                    5 reviews

                                    Dined on April 14, 2022

                                    overall3food3service3ambience4

                                    Food was just okay - leek appetizer was limp and over sauced, and burger was ordinary. Salmon dinner was simple as promised, but rather tasteless. Prices too high for mediocre food. Lovely, small, cozy place, but would not go again.

                                  17. TS

                                    TracyS

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 14, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience4

                                    I Definitely recommend and I will definitely return.

                                  18. JK

                                    JudyK

                                    New York Area

                                    4 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    4 reviews

                                    Dined on April 14, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    The blue spoon is a wonderful neighborhood bistro. Its intimate setting is cozy and inviting. The menu has good variety, with mini appetizers and small plates as well as a choice of 6 to 8 entrées, and typically a selection of three desserts. I would definitely recommend reservations, as I guess the seating to be for about 40.

                                  19. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    New England

                                    1 review

                                    3.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 9, 2022

                                    overall3food4service3ambience3

                                    Food was excellent and beverages too! Service seemed off as our waiter kept want to take our plates away while we were still eating. Also, I had half a martini that he took away while I was talking. He didn’t even ask if I was finished.

                                  20. S

                                    Sarah

                                    New England

                                    9 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    9 reviews

                                    Dined on April 9, 2022

                                    overall4food5service5ambience4

                                    Mary Francis was a great server and helpful with regard to the menu and drinks. Great appetizers.

                                  21. DU

                                    DianeU

                                    New England

                                    3 reviews

                                    3.0

                                    3 reviews

                                    Dined on April 9, 2022

                                    overall3food2service5ambience5

                                    This is my second visit at the Blue Spoon. I love everything, service, atmosphere and the food. This time I order the wrong entree though. I had the eggplant gnocchi ( I think that’s what it’s called ) It tasted like raw dough with a thin piece of eggplant wrapped around the dough. It was I think $29.00, too expensive l believe for what l got. didn’t want to play it safe this time so l decided to try something new. Even though l didn’t enjoy the entree I’ll be back to your restaurant. My husband selection was delicious he had the a salmon and it was cooked perfectly better than l can do.

                                  22. M

                                    Maryangela

                                    New England

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 8, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    My out-of-state friend and I had a fabulous meal at this cozy Munjoy Hill eatery this weekend. Blue Spoon features a wide array of unusual appetizers and wonderful salads, entrees, and specials. From start (charred carrots with feta and red onion plus a generous seafood charcuterie) to finish (chocolate pots-de-créme and beignets with lemon curd), we were happy, happy, happy! Mary

                                  23. M

                                    Mainemaid

                                    New England

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 7, 2022

                                    overall5food4service5ambience5

                                    Beautiful presentation, excellent produce, lovely service. The ricotta “gnocchi” I ordered, however, was a disappointment. It would have been more accurately described as manicotti, with an thin slice of eggplant standing in for the pasta manicotti shell. It was still tasty, nonetheless.

                                  24. EM

                                    ElaineM

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on April 5, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Perfect food, excellent service with only one person covering the floor. Remains one of our faves.

                                  25. R

                                    Russ

                                    New England

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on April 2, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Wonderful meal, fabulous service.

                                  26. JR

                                    JohnR

                                    New England

                                    6 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    6 reviews

                                    Dined on April 2, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Every dish is special in this small, cozy, friendly neighborhood restaurant.

                                  27. S

                                    Spindoctor

                                    New England

                                    5 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    5 reviews

                                    Dined on April 1, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Excellent food and service - comfortable and pleasant place!

                                  28. e

                                    ereed

                                    New England

                                    3 reviews

                                    4.0

                                    3 reviews

                                    Dined on March 31, 2022

                                    overall4food4service5ambience4

                                    We came early to our reserved table to make the Good Theater performance. We were well taken care of by Richard and enjoyed our whole experience

                                  29. D

                                    Dinner

                                    New England

                                    7 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    7 reviews

                                    Dined on March 19, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Great food. Great service! Loved it!

                                  30. FN

                                    FinnsNana

                                    New England

                                    29 reviews

                                    vip
                                    4.0

                                    29 reviews

                                    Dined on March 19, 2022

                                    overall4food4service3ambience3

                                    Great food and good enough service. Rhubarb negroni was great with cheese plate. Both salmon and lamb ragu were delicious. Beignets and coffee finished the meal. One of our favorites.

                                  31. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    New England

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on March 18, 2022

                                    overall5food4service4ambience4

                                    Pretty good meal! Cute place.

                                  32. HB

                                    HannahB

                                    New York Area

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on March 17, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    The food was absolutely incredible, gentle and attentive service even with only one person running front of house, and very affordable. I will be back for sure!

                                  33. OT

                                    OpenTable Diner

                                    New England

                                    1 review

                                    5.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on March 17, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Get the burger, add foie gras. You’re welcome.

                                  34. C

                                    Cals

                                    New England

                                    28 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    28 reviews

                                    Dined on March 10, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Always a delight to eat here. The service is absolutely excellent and the food always tastes fresh.

                                  35. L

                                    Lori

                                    New England

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on March 10, 2022

                                    overall4food5service4ambience4

                                    We did enjoy our dinner there before the theater. Very convenient for before the show. Like the small atmosphere and pleasant wait staff.

                                  36. H

                                    Holo

                                    Denver

                                    2 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on March 3, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    One of the best meals in the best ambiance that I have had in recent years.

                                  37. CC

                                    CarolineC

                                    New York Area

                                    2 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    2 reviews

                                    Dined on February 24, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    We had the best meal here! We were the last table sat for the night, had incredible food with a wonderful staff. It’s the perfect cozy neighborhood spot - we will be back!

                                  38. JG

                                    JackGray

                                    New England

                                    28 reviews

                                    vip
                                    5.0

                                    28 reviews

                                    Dined on February 22, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    As always, the service was attentive but not intrusive and the food was excellent. This is a favorite neighborhood spot with elevated dining.

                                  39. SB

                                    SusanB

                                    New England

                                    14 reviews

                                    5.0

                                    14 reviews

                                    Dined on February 22, 2022

                                    overall5food5service5ambience5

                                    Blue Spoon, like all restaurants is short staffed, so sometimes we have to wait a bit longer to be served. That said our server was delightful, the food excellent and the experience always positive. Small. cozy local restaurant.

                                  40. KA

                                    KArenard

                                    1 review

                                    4.0

                                    1 review

                                    Dined on February 22, 2022

                                    overall4food4service4ambience4

                                    enjoyed our meal very much. Always make a trip to Blue Spoon when we can. Unfortunately The table I reserved 3 weeks ahead of time,for a very important occasion, was taken. The only customers in the restaurant were at the table I requested. this is the only time I have ever requested a table and they did not honor the request. Reason.."oh they are regulars and that's their table" . That excuse does not fly. Too bad. Has tarnished my view of the restaurant. The restaurant could have called me and let me know.

                                  Safety precautions

                                  • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                    • Contactless payment available
                                  • Physical distancing

                                    • Limited number of seated diners
                                    • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                    • Extra space between tables
                                  • Protective equipment

                                    • Waitstaff wear masks
                                    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                                  • Screening

                                    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                  FAQs

                                  Blue Spoon is rated 4.7 stars by 993 OpenTable diners.

                                  Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                  Booked 4 times today
                                  Google Map for Blue Spoon

                                  89 Congress St Portland, ME 04101

                                  Additional information

                                  • Cross street

                                    Merrill Street

                                  • Neighborhood

                                    Portland

                                  • Hours of operation

                                    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–8:30 pm

                                  • Cuisines

                                    American, Mediterranean

                                  • Dining style

                                    Casual Elegant

                                  • Dress code

                                    Casual Dress

                                  • Parking details

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

                                  • Payment options

                                    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                  • Executive chef

                                    William Lavey

                                  • Additional

                                    Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

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