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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.6

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Lunch (12)
Romantic (11)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Fun (10)
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Comfort Food (9)
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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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 (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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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 24, 2017

A great additon to the Portland restaurant scene! Delicious food and creative cocktails. Love the ambiance too.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants in Portland. Always inventive and something for everyone. We had a wonderful charcuterie plate along with wonderful braised meat and spaghetti. The rib eye was perfectly cooked and the pollock was prepared beautifully. Friendly staff and warm atmosphere. Consistently terrific.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on July 13, 2017

As usual, our meal was dependably delicious, service efficient and friendly and price point attractive. Great spot!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Healthy, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Lots of terrific menu offerings for lunch. The salads were delicious, as was the white wine. Loved the ambiance, and the waiter service was attentive and outstanding. Highly recommend for special occasions.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Delicious food.. excellent service.. great outdoor seating area on side walk. The trio dip was our favorite, but the burger and steak salad did not disappoint! We love going here for a special occasion , or just when we feel like treating ourselves! We will be back in a few weeks with some friends from our of state... highly recommend!

Tags: Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Very good food and service. Nice al fresco table.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Thank you for accommodating us so thoughtfully, we enjoyed every aspect of this first visit to Blue Spoon and will be back with more friends!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Organic, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Lovely, delicately seasoned and crafted food. Had a perfumy risotto with lemon, mint an d just-crisp zucchini that was divine. Great service. But the music was pounding dance music--chosen for the staff in the open kitchen perhaps? Ruined the atmosphere and deflated the whole experience.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Very, very good. A burger and potato salad sounds so ordinary until you eat it at this place. So delicious! Attentive staff, cozy feel. Will definitely eat here again.

Tags: Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on June 16, 2017

What a great spot! We enjoyed every second of it. Delicious food and fantastic service. Definitely will be coming back for more!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Third time at Blue Spoon and they have never disappointed us. Great atmosphere, food is superb and the service is perfect. Great that the food is locally sourced and very flavorful.

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on June 10, 2017

This was our yearly dinner visit and overall they do put out some really decent plates. We always request a corner table in the back. Seating along the windows can be really tight and tables are fairly close to each other. I witnessed a dinner squeeze into his seat and have to push his chair into lady behind him. We went with starters/appetizers of the seared scallops (3 scallops on the plate for $14, but still worth it) and the warm lentil salad (sort of a miss for me especially when I got that taste of sand from the arugula at the bottom). Entrees were the chicken under a brick (excellent!) and the grilled bavette steak salad (again…excellent!). Service was good, but it was really full even at 5:30 and the staff had to handle outside tables too. I did see some of the ribeye plates coming out to other tables and they really looked good. We did overhear an adjacent table remark that they too wanted to order the ribeye, but the kitchen was out of them and that was around 5:45. Sort of shocked on a Saturday evening that they were out of them. A decent meal overall and we really need to try brunch here sometime.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Great restaurant! Cozy with a very happy vibe and delicious fresh food! Thank you for a great hospitality experience!

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Loved the scallop appetizer and mussels. Service was totally excellent. Highly recommended!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Very disappointed. The food was tasteless and the service lackluster.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 27, 2017

The Blue Spoon is a nice neighborhood restaurant with very good food and good friendly service. It's a small venue which makes it rather cozy but, surprisingly, not very noisy. The menu is somewhat limited but I think has something for everyone. We have been there before and we will certainly go back again, and we'd recommend it to anyone looking to have a quiet evening out, good food & service, without the hustle and bustle of a large restaurant.

Tags: Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Casual, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 23, 2017

Trio of dips (all vegetarian and full of flavors), excellent steak salad, generous glasses of white Bordeaux, fantastic friendly service, Blue Spoon pleases again!

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 (New England)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Despite having a reservation which was made 2-3 weeks prior we were seated in the worst seat. One chair in a coat closet, the other chair looking into the closet. We asked to move to the bar but that was reserved for someone else. We decided we would rather wait for a table Anywhere else then eat in a closet. They might have good food but we will never know because we will never go back.

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