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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

Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (30)
Cozy (29)
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Good for a Date (22)
Special Occasion (21)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Local Ingredients (19)
Casual (18)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Authentic (14)
Romantic (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Tapas (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Worth the Drive (8)
Healthy (7)
Fun (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Organic (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Business Meals (5)
Seasonal (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Great Beer (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
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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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 (New England)·Dined on May 4, 2017

The Blue Spoon is our favorite restaurant. We live in the neighborhood and have been dining there for years. The food and service is always outstanding but what sets the Blue Spoon apart is the way we are treated when we walk through the door. It's hugs all around and we are made to feel at home. Great place.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Waitress, Sena, was fabulous!
Great ambience
Recommend

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on May 2, 2017

Generally a favorite go-to in our neighborhood. But tonight the burger was dry and the ragu is had way too much chili powder!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on May 2, 2017

Blue Sppon never disappoints! Favorite local restaurant.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on April 29, 2017

The Blue Spoon has been one of my favorite spots for a quiet evening in an intimate setting; not loud, consistent good, local food. Wait staff is usually attentive and friendly.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Loved the vibe here. My neighborhood, delicious upscale and creative menu items and friendly service. A tiny restaurant with a welcoming, comfy feel and excellent food choices.

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on April 11, 2017

The food was delicious. The server was attentive and informative with his information. We will go back again. This was not our first visit but for some reason it had dropped off our radar. It is back on.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 10, 2017

Tasty food, table wine by the glass. A little bit too dark.
Very enjoyable.

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 (New England)·Dined on April 10, 2017

One of my favorite places. Wine Time is tough to beat. Friendly wait staff, very good food, local ingredients.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Excellent food and great service. Many dishes appeal to foodies yet they have a hamburger on the menu as well to appeal to the people with more basic tastes.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 1, 2017

absolutely lovely...craft cocktails to start off the meal...amazingly creative food choices...1/2 plates, starters, full plates...our meals were some of the best we have had...small and cozy.

highly recommend!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Late-night Find, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 31, 2017

We have always had great meals there but this last visit our server forgot to enter our order and our meal took over 2.5 hours! The beet salad was average and my steak wasn't as good as it has been in the past. Overall didn't feel like our meal was worth what we paid on top of how long it took. We will wait a bit before we go back again.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 31, 2017

My favorite restaurant!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Always love the Blue Spoon. Great before going to The Good Theater!!

Tags: People Watching, Cozy, Healthy, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Fun, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on March 29, 2017

Alas, we had our last visit to Blue Spoon yesterday as we are moving from New England to VA. We live 11/2 hrs away from Portland, but whenever we are there we have lunch or dinner (maybe 4-5 times a year). It has the "neighborhood vibe" like found in larger cities and creative and great food. Our waitress the past few times has been great--personable, cheerful, accommodating. Seemed genuinely sorry to hear we are leaving the area. We rarely visit Portland without a trip to the Blue Spoon. (Hint: Ask for an egg on your BLT.)
We count Blue Spoon as one of he things we will miss. Keep up the good work.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Outstanding Value, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 15, 2017

This may be my most favorite restaurant in Portland--definitely on the East End. It never disappoints. Service is always great and the food is so good. Cocktails and drinks are great as well. Order the Blue Cheese Toast from the appetizer/tapas menu. You may think it's strange, but it's so good. I order it every time.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on March 9, 2017

The Blue Spoon is a tiny but nice restaurant with a great menu, good service, and reasonable prices. It has become one of our go-to places.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on March 3, 2017

A perennial favorite, The Blue Spoon just gets better with age. Fabulous food, attentive staff, cozy ambiance. I will continue to reserve my special occasion dinners here.

Tags: Organic, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Our family truly enjoyed Blue Spoon. Fun and effective cocktails, and a festive drink for our fourteen year old daughter.
Wonderful , helpful and considerate server; she was always available without being intrusive. The food was good - interesting and creative. We will certainly return when next we are near Portland!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Blue Spoon continues to please and to be what a nice little neighborhood restaurant should be: friendly, unpretentious, with good quality food, a varied menu, creativity (but not over the top). They make very good martinis to boot.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2017

The Blue Spoon is my favorite restaurant in Portland. We went for Valentine 's DAy. As usual food, service and atmosphere were all great. Warm and cozy and romantic and yummy!

Tags: Happy Hour, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We were there at 5pm on Valentine's day with a reservation and were glad because it filled up quickly.

Thoroughly enjoyed the charcuterie plate. My braised beef ragu (large) was large enough for my wife to enjoy some and we had plenty to take home.

Wine selection was fine and we enjoyed the house pinot gris and I enjoyed a cocktail.

All in all, we will go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2017

It was a perfect snowy winter night to dine at the Blue Spoon for an early Valentine dinner and they did not disappoint! The Winter Hot Toddie cocktails were perfect as were the shared appetizer and the entrees. Both main dishes were tasty and spiced to perfection.
The staff were attentive, helpful with a few of our questions and efficient as the appetizer and main courses arrived at a good pace. Allowed us ample time to finish our hot totties and be completely relaxed and ready for the main dishes.
Will definitely be back again!

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2017

As lovely as ever. Stylish food but no it too trendy. Comfy and delicious as ever. Local, lively. Not too trendy. A favorite. Reliable.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on January 21, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants and always very good food.

Tags: Comfort Food, Organic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Great menu. Well executed. Showcasing local purveyors. Fabulous meal. Service was well done as well.

Tags: Fun, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Authentic, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2017

meet girlfriends for a birthday lunch had wine, great service and all of our lunches were teriffic!!

Tags: Fun, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2017

Blue Spoon always delivers a fantastic meal with great service in a sweet spot. Love it.

Tags: Cozy, Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2017

The food was excellent, well prepared and served effectively. Even with celebrants, the noise was low and allowed for conversation. Size of portions was just right. The menu has a very wide assortment of items. It is a place to return to often.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 17, 2017

Every dish was unique and tasty. Would want to visit again and try more dishes. Friendly and welcoming staff.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on January 17, 2017

Friendly staff and great food!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Excellent food and service. The waitress was very attentive and didn't rush us through the meal. Great evening of food and drinks!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2017

Great food! Server was a bit cool but we still enjoyed our meal!

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