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For 2
Date
Wed, 2/21
Time
9:00 PM

C2-Congress Squared Restaurant

3.9
120 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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Congress Squared Restaurant's cuisine is Contemporary American with an emphasis on New England ingredients and local favorites. The menu features New England sourced seafood such as Lobster, Mussels, Clams, Scallops & Oysters. The bar is stocked with Maine Beers and Maine Spirits such as Gunpowder Rye, Ingenium Gin, Ration Rum, Cold River Blueberry Vodka and Bartlett Apple Brandy. The intimate dining room seats 70 guests and the bar accommodates an additional 20. Congress Squared welcomes walk-in guests nightly in the dining room and the bar. Best Happy Hour in Town! Monday to Friday 5-7pm Happy Hour with $1 Oysters! Nightly Beer & Wine Specials as well! The restaurant is on the street level of The Westin Portland Harborview Hotel.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Seafood
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Hours of operation

Breakfast: Daily: 6:30am - 11:00am

Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Bar: Daily: 11:00am - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(207) 517-8831
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Brian Anderson
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Congress Street
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Parking details

Valet through The Westin

Self Parking available at the adjacent Gateway Parking Garage

Street Parking
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Special events & promotions
Open all Holidays
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 120 People Are Saying
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3.9  based on recent ratings
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food
4.0
service
3.7
ambience
3.6
value
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64% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Leth3an (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Date night. Nice & quiet, attentive service, amazing dessert.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great eatery! Last minute reservation and asked for a bouquet of flowers for Valentine’s Day, they had a beautiful arrangement of roses on the table when we arrived. Staff was very respectful and responsive to our dining experience. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a quiet everyday dinner or special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

My husband and I went for a date night. The service was excellent! I had the carrot ginger soup which was perfect. The pan seared scallops were scrumptious. My husband had the haddock and hand cut fries which was equally as good and a very large portion. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a nice quiet night out.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Pleasant dining experience! Service was top notch. Food was great - loved the crispy crust on the fish n chips! Chocolate torte was heavenly!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

We had two plates of eggs. No juice or hot beverage. The total was $30. This place was ridiculously overpriced for breakfast. A true hotel restaurant that shouldn’t be posted here for a breakfast option.

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Farmingislife (New England)
1.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

New years eve out and it was freezing. We arrive to a freezing entry area and are seated readily even though we were a little early. Only a few people at the bar, maybe 20-25 people dining. The menu was not what was shown on the web, a pre fix and a few other offerings, none with steak. The waitress was inattentive and left our apps through half of our diner before she cleared the tiny table, as our food was being delivered. my lobster roll was served in a hot dog bun and maybe 10-14 fries on the side for 18.00, it was flavorless and obvious the lobster was not fresh. The other meals were a single chop that had been precooked and warmed, with cold green beans and mildly warm mashed potatoes, sadly the big hit of the table was the quesadilla for $8.00. Our mussels app was a huge dish of broth and maybe 14-16 mussels and one small crustini for a table of 4. We asked for bread and got a 4 inch long hard french crustini bread barely cut through and hard butter balls. Paying the bill and getting our table cleared was a mini miracle and each round of drinks bought came in a different glass, the two men each had three and the first beer came in a bottle, the second in a tall bar glass the third one in a round bottom tall mixed drink glass, the other man ordered 3 screwdrivers, each delivered in a different glass ? They weren't packed, even mildly busy and it was new years. Not a great end to a fun night out,I thought that the reviews were mixed enough to try, but for the 150 we spent for our half of the bill for four, we should have gone to one of the rooms, corner room, front room or grill room all cost the same and the food is fresh and service is prompt, attentive and enjoyable. May you become a better place to eat and better to your patrons in 2018!

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Patrick (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas dinner. Prime rib was delicious if not a little cold. Vegetables were cold. Quail was warmed over as well were the lamb meatballs.

Not really a good meal, service was amateurish, long waits for drinks and bill was brought without requesting it.

Would not go back.

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NortNurse (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

Our experience on Christmas Day was truly exceptional!
We had to delay our reservations due to an emergency but was graciously accommodated by Cory, the manager.
We were dining at 3:30 so the dining room was well lit and festively decorated. The staff were pleasant and allowed us to change our seat to away from the window which was too cool though I usually enjoy, and had requested, window seating.
The dinner menu was in keeping with the day and served hot and delicious by Evan. This was a four course meal which started with a sampling of appetizers and bread for the table, then a salad of our choice, and entrée of our choice, which was a perfect prime rib roast, and a grand finale to chose from: fruit bread pudding or chocolate tort! This meal rivaled one of my favorite restaurants, the White Barn Inn at an appealing price point.
We also enjoyed a couple of their cocktail options. I loved the tequila/cranberry and my son enjoyed the bourbon/maple syrup liquor Old Fashion so much, he shared the ingredients with friends for future imbibing!

We left very satisfied and stuffed! Thank you C2 for making a portion of our Christmas so wonderful :)

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VanJ (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

The food was terrific and the staff were very attentive.

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Glotz (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

We had a Christmas Eve reservation and didn't realize it was a limited menu for $65. It did not say this on the website or Open Table.

We had four appetizers. Cream cheese in a puff pastry was good. Mussels in sauce tasted like eating a cigarette. Duck meatballs were ok.

For starters I had broiled oysters in some kind of sauce. Felt more like raw and not very tasty. My guest had a kale salad, which was good.

For the main course I had a whole fish, minus head, that was very bland and full of bones. My guest enjoyed his Christmas ham over creamed potatoes.

The bread pudding desert was very good.

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JohnD (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Went to lunch before a Christmas concert. Was greeted by a very friendly staff and was shown to our table right away. The wait staff was very good and gave the right amount of service without being over done. We both had the clam chowder which was very good (highly recommend it!). The entrees (Lobster Sliders & Cobb Salad ) were good. Great place for lunch & more.

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Emella (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 4, 2017

2nd or 3rd visit ... very good once again. Food is interesting, fresh and served in an attractive manner. Bartender was available but not annoying. Just a really nice experience -

(Only disappointment was that I had recently seen C2 on a list of top Happy Hour spots in Portland. The list noted many discounted appetizers and I was surprised to find that there was only that night. Not a big deal really but a little disappointing - )

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Irish (New England)
1.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

Wait staff was in-efficient and had no knowledge of the menu at all
Wait for food was extreme.

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SWpha (New England)
5.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner was wonderful. A 3-course meal and sides for the table. Everything tasted wonderful. We chose non-traditional dishes, but still felt that we had celebrated the holiday well.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

With our greeting and chatting with Alex and our perfect service from Jenna, C-2 was a delight. Their regular menu has local foods and comfort foods (with accompaniments that raised them to a higher level) that will appeal to just about everyone. The Prix Fixe menu is where to go to see and taste how inventive the chef can be ---- absolutely delicious , especially with the wine pairings. Conscious of our desire to sit, chat and savor, the courses were presented with perfect timing. There is a room that can be set off for larger parties, a striking bar and tables at the windows for great people watching. We'll be back!

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

We had a nice meal but overall was a let down. We had dinner on a Friday night and the restaurant was dead. Despite there only being two tables service was very slow and not very knowledgeable. Waitresses comment on the special was that the vegetable was "squash, I think..."
We came dressed up ready for a nice meal followed by dinner/drinks at Top of the East. All the lights were up high and very blah music making it feel like a restaurant dining room set up for breakfast rather than a nice meal out.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on September 3, 2017

The Brunch menu was different than advertised, but nice place, and no wait for Sunday morning!

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vipdgmaine (New England)
2.0  Dined on June 29, 2017

This hotel restaurant is a poor choice for dinner as the menu is limited and not imaginative. The decor seems a little tire and the window seats not sufficiently screened from the passers by. Perhaps the small plate lunch scene is better.

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DaveS (New England)
2.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

We had reservations for 4 for Mother's Day brunch. Some of the food selections were good but many items were underwhelming, especially for the price. I like rare prime rib but parts of this were beyond rare and bordered on raw. The eggs benedict were barley warm. The ambiance was not at all what we expected to find at a restaurant located within a Westin Hotel. The acoustics were awful and conversation at our table was very difficult. Examples of the poor service include having to wait for clean dishes to be brought out for the buffet, twice. And dirty dishes piling up on our table that were not cleared after we went back to the buffet a couple of times. We will not be going back to this restaurant anytime soon.

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BostonSportsFan (New England)
5.0  Dined on May 13, 2017

Great food... 5 Star Service... Highly Recommended.

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Foodrebel (New England)
2.0  Dined on April 16, 2017

Five of us went for their Easter brunch. When I called for information/reservations the woman on the phone could now tell me time frame or price. She directed me to use the internet. When I said I would and then call back for a reservation, she said I could just make the reservation online. Not helpful at all. We reserved a table for five at 2:30. Brunch was to last until 3:00. The waitress took our drink order and drinks were served at 2:40. We went to the brunch setup and some of the food looked like it had been out for a while, though there was a nice selection. The white plates in use were salad sized. We sat down and were informed that the food was being cleared. We quickly went up to get another plate as they were clearing. Obviously they wanted to get out of there. Another frustration was their stainless flatwear; long and bottom heavy and that darned knife would not rest on the side of the plate. It is a lovely atmosphere but obviously not their main focus, as they only serve breakfast and lunch and have discontinued dinner. The waitress said as much. All focus for drinks and food is on the top floor lounge. I would not go back to Congress Squared.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on March 18, 2017

Food was great except the Mac and cheese. The service was horrible, we never saw her for refills on drinks, nor were we asked, among other issues.

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helenb (New England)
4.0  Dined on March 11, 2017

MY HUSBAND AND I CHOSE THIS RESTAURANT BASED ON THE POSTED MENU FOR MAINE RESTAURANT WEEK (MARCH 2017) AND FOR THE FACT WE WOULD BE IN PORTLAND FOR THE AFTERNOON. ALL THREE COURSES WERE EXCELLENT FOR BOTH OF US AND WERE GOOD SIZED PORTIONS. GREAT PRESENTATION AND CLEARLY MADE TO ORDER. WE ARRIVED IN TIME TO RECEIVE OUR BEVERAGES DURING HAPPY HOUR, WHICH WAS ANOTHER PLUS. WE HAD FRIENDLY SERVICE FROM ALL STAFF.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on March 10, 2017

We went for restaurant week - everything we ordered was delicious and good sized portions.. Each course was spaced out enough so that you weren't trying to hurry to finish what was in front of you. Valet is always nice too.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on March 3, 2017

This was our second visit and we left extremely impressed each time. The food is great and the presentation is outstanding. Servers are attentive and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 18, 2017

Sad decor - clearly the repurposed breakfast room for hotel guests. Menu was nothing special - the grilled Caesar salad was promoted as something special. Really?

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GFinPortland (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2017

I had been to C2-Congress Squared once before when it first opened, and it didn't impress me as much. This dining experience was great from start to finish. Myself and two other dining companions all have celiac disease with a very bad reaction to gluten. We all ordered starters/salads and an entree, and the server and chef were all well prepared with ensure a delightful, delicious, gluten-free experience!

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sbrdr360 (New England)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

The food was tasty--but the four relatively small courses (Valentine's Day) were not worth the $65/head. My biggest complaint was the ambiance--maybe I should have had different expectations because the restaurant IS in a hotel. Extremely bright, sterile lighting throughout the entire place, cold, and a huge departure from what make's Portland's restaurants so good. Had I been staying at the hotel, it would be great for a drink and a burger. The bar is clearly the main focus of the restaurant, and the giant flat screen TV on the wall does not lend itself to a romantic setting. If they improved the lighting and the bright white ambiance, I would consider going back...but likely only for a drink.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

Another excellent experience at C2 in the Westin and Top of The East Bar. Extremely accommodating and professional. They understand that your experience there could mean a return visit or a recommendation. Helpful, caring and genuine staff is evident from valet to the Top of the East's detailed cocktails and personable staff to a planned menu or an la carte dinner at C2. Customer service, detail and emotion fuel this place!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2017

The food was great and the service was EXCELLENT! The only downside to this experience was the location of our table. Although I had made a reservation and the restaurant was never full during our visit, we were sat near an odd door that lead directly out to the street. The door seemed like it should have been locked, but it was not. I spent much of my dinner enduring periodic blasts of arctic air as patrons exited. I might not have minded so much if we had a view, but sadly, we did not. I will be back again for the wonderful sirloin and that fabulous mac-n-cheese, but next time I will be sure to specify where I would like to sit.

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