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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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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.9

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

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Pre/post Theatre (15)
Authentic (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Romantic (13)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Tapas (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Fun (7)
Healthy (7)
Organic (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Business Meals (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
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Quick Bite (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great Beer (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent, excellent service plus excellent food!!!

Tags: Organic, Special Occasion, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

The menu doesn't change much over time but one of the main entrees (ragu) is on a rotation so there's often something new to try and the trios of dips are always full of fresh ideas.... The food is consistently yummy, service is consistently efficient, friendly, fun and lovely, the small room atmosphere is always energetic, cocktails are great, Blue Spoon is consistently one of the neighborhood destinations for us and never disappoints.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Dinner with friends before a performance at Merrill Auditorium. Meals were outstanding and don’t miss the flan.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on February 1, 2018

This is another of our favorite restaurants. Small, cozy and across the street from The Good Theater. Never disappoints...

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Cool place and great food for brunch

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Blue Spoon is an adorable, quiet spot with great service. At Sunday brunch, we got the cornmeal pancakes and capicola sandwich. In both dishes, the ingredients were high quality and delicious. I would definitely recommend!

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2018

They used to have a great burger. It was different and very disappointing : small bun, overcooked, expensive

Tags: Happy Hour, Afternoon Tea, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

ALL GOOD .... BUT FREEZING IN DINNING ROOM .....FREEZING

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Very comfortable space. We went for Saturday Brunch with another couple from the neighborhood and had fun and great food. Adding to the experience was attentive service and awesome music playing in the background. We love the place and the team takes great care of us.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Great service and food. A Gem. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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 (New England)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Third time at this restaurant and the food has been phenomenal every single time. Service on our second visit wasn't great however, this time was much better. Great happy hour specials on wine and beer. I recommend the scallops and braised pot pasta! Will be back.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Very nice waiter, and good food. Yum yum in my tum tum

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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Perfect meal for a cold winter night. We all ate the ragu, which was delicious.

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Excellent service and delicious food!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Blue Spoon is my favorite spot for special get-togethers. Delicious food in a cozy atmosphere with service that is "just right."

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Charming, friendly small restaurant with well-prepared seasonal food.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great time, great food, great service. In and out in time to get to the theater.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Wonderful dinner, very pleasant waiter, food was exceptional, will definitely be returning

Tags: Romantic, Tapas, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Love this place - so reliable, so friendly and always delicious. They have a shortish menu with sophisticated but straightforward food, and they do everything on it beautifully. I've only had lunch there (several times), but I should try dinner. Oh, and the room is terrific too. Intimate and cozy with great windows looking out on the street.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Wonderful, tiny restaurant. Amazing food. Great service. Tables are close together but there are not very many in the tiny space. It is wise to make a reservation.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Superb service: quiet and classy. Always a wonderful experience

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The Blue Spoon is a favorite. I often order the steak salad, and although the ingredients change frequently the salad is always delicious. This time it was made with kale and greens mix that was not good, primarily because the kale was so tough. I regularly eat salads with kale, but usually a younger kale is used. I should also note that there wasn't much to the salad and it was bland. Other ingredients were definitely needed. I hope that the ingredients for the steak salad will be changed before I return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I had dinner with a friend Friday 12/1/17 at the Blue Spoon before a show at The Good Theater across the street. I eat there frequently and always enjoy it. It is small and cozy and the staff is excellent. The service is prompt and friendly and the food excellent.
As we had a 5:00 reservation it turned out that there is a happy hour before six. We each got wine for only $4, and mine was that night’s sample, which was very good.
I recommend the Blue Spoon wholeheartedly and intend to return there often in the future.

Tags: Late-night Find, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Casual, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Everything was really wonderful. Service was super friendly and the food was fantastic. Only complaint is that that bleu cheese toast is too good and now I don't want to eat anything else.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We had an excellent meal before heading across the street to a play at Good Theater. Shared three small plates which were all creative and delicious. Good selection of wines by the glass. Will definitely return!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

My first time. Have been to the Front Room several times,
but that place is SOOO noisy, can't hear yourself think.
Will go to Blue Spoon from now on...

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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 10, 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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 (New England)·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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 (New England)·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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2017

For more than 15 years and through many improvements - we continue to enjoy the Blue Spoon. Established, contemporary and really, nobody does it better as a neighborhood bistro.

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 (New England)·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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vip
 (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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