C2-Congress Squared Restaurant

3.6
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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. The bar is stocked with Maine Beers and Maine Spirits. 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! Seven days a week 3-7pm Happy Hour! The restaurant is on the street level of The Westin Portland Harborview Hotel.
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3.6based on recent ratings
3.9
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3.8
service
3.7
ambience
3.4
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63% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BobS
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for an anniversary dinner during Maine Restaurant Week and had a great time.

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Gadogrrl
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Our waitress seemed really inexperienced and clueless. The food was excellent, though the menu was a little limited. Mac and cheese was really good and not overpoweringly rich but a HUGE portion. Dessert was meh. Our service was so lousy the manager took 25% off our bill so that was nice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had a great Valentines Day dinner with the three course,prix-fix menu. It was delicious! Only marked down to 4 stars because several of the wait staff seemed bored and were checking on us every 3-5 minutes for a good half hour and it was overkill!
Food was delicious and nice ambiance! Drinks at Top of the East after was perfect.
We will go back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

It was absolutely terrible!!!! Went on New Years Eve and ordered their 4 course meal special. The food was average. The service was terrible. I got charged for extra drinks I didn’t order and I never received the dessert that was included in the special. I will never go back and if your reading this I recommend that you never go.

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LaurM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

NY Eve but with few individuals in the restaurant when we arrived, on time. The host immediately complained that the table he wanted to seat us at was still occupied and sat us nearby. Excessive time for first contact from an overworked waiter. Had to ask twice for our bar drinks before they arrived. Food was slow to arrive, overpriced for volume and quality, often tag team delivered by harried kitchen staffer. Got louder as the dinner wore on but to be expected on NY Eve. Hardest to swallow was price for the overall experience. Would not recommend.

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JohnH
New England
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience4

Service was extremely slow. Opened at 5; out of advertised entre by 6. Substitute entre was below par!

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JasoninNH
Hong Kong
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were here for breakfast and had a wonderful time. We did not feel rushed at all like we did at other breakfast places. I will definitely come back again next time I stay in Portland Maine.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food was average

JR
vipJeffreyR
New England
16 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Hotel restaurant that serves breakfast lunch and dinner, nothing fancy. Drinks good service good.

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Rascani
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Food WOULD have been good if it were warm/hot. Much of what we ordered came to us room temp or close to it. Service was marginal...one server for the place. Despite the fact that it was a slow night there the service still was meh.

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vipPhilly
New England
49 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
Great presentation
Great service

Birthday dessert prepared for hubby

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

How they can be affiliated with the Weston name is s shame.

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PamelaP
New England
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

I was frankly very disappointed. The website presented an upscale dining experience. What the restaurant actually is turns out to be no different than countless faceless motel “ bistros” . There was no need to have made a reservation, and they should change their website to reflect the utter ordinariness of the dining experience.

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LindaO
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster sliders awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

We were quite surprised to see this restaurant unattended. There was almost no one there. Unfortunately in spite of the lack of patrons, the two servers were not attentive and did not engage with us.
It took a while for our food to come out and when it did, much to our surprise and displeasure appetizers and entrees arrived at the same time????? The appetizers were warmer than the entrees????
The food was good for three of the four selections. The chef was competent.
The server was not.
Disappointed as the quality of the Westin should deliver a much better restaurant especially in a "foodie" city like Portland

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vipNettie
Atlantic City
189 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had never eaten here before and ordered a few appetizers; they were all really good and bread was awesome!

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vipFrankM
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Too few servers on a very busy Friday evening. Hostess and kitchen staff pitched in to prevent a major problem but overall service and timeliness was not what it had been on previous visits. Food remained very good.

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LisaA
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The service was horrible and I was in that restaurant four times while attending a conference in four days. The food was horrible and the prices are ridiculous. A beee costs $7 which is unheard of!

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DonaldD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We went on a Friday. We were there 5:15 to 6:45. Only one or two pother customers. Didn't understand that. Maybe much to early.

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4dinner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not very busy on a Saturday night. Food and service were great.

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vipKgsmithmaine
Las Vegas
62 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

With all the great restaurants in Portland, eating at a hotel isn't something we would normally do, but we wanted a quiet place that was "easy". With the separate entrance, C2 doesn't feel like you're in a hotel but once inside, there's definitely a hotel vibe. The beet salad was GREAT, the flank steak and burger AWESOME, and the service very good. I'd say it's a very good option in the sea of Portland restaurants!

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Dlyttle
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great with a variety of choices and the service was very friendly and helpful. Very nice place for lunch and not too crowded.

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PeggyO
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Having forgotten to make reservations earlier I found a table at C2. It was restuarant week but they only had one wait staff. I told her I had theater tickets but since she had very little help I left without the third course of my meal. The food was adequate but the menu other than the restuarant week special was not particularly interesting.

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Rebecca
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

The waitestaff was fair had to wait a long time for water refills and they were not that busy. The food was fair the nuts used were not cooked. I had not been there in a long time and it will be a long time till I go back. Not the quality servers or food you expect for the price. We paid over $200.00 for 2 people and did not have the experience food the price.

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reserved
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly wait staff excellent food, drink menu dessert menu very nice. Arrived early sat us without wait.

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Logan
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Creative cocktails, however the drinks were a bit on the heavier side. If that’s your thing, then they were perfect.

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GerryDoreen
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Stuck in a hotel with a Christmas-Day reservation in Portland Oregon instead of Portland Maine? Lucky we found our error in time to get the last 2 PM booking at C2-Congress Squared Restaurant via Open Table! The food was OK and the service seemed harried although there weren't many patrons. Amazing we had the sense we were just squeezing in when the place was half empty. I suppose they were gearing up for a big slug of new customers right after we left. Restrooms almost impossible to find.

My companion had a plate of seared salmon and I had a modest serving of "sea scallops", these scallops far smaller than what I would expect from the Maine fisheries. Rhode Island's scallops are much larger. The food was good, well-arranged, but frankly I'm not into food-as-art. My companion's "hot rum toddy" was lukewarm at best and it took 15 minutes to get it back. The winter squash soup was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Christmas Eve dinner. I thought for the grandeur of the hotel, the restaurant wouldn’t look like the breakfast room of the Hampton Inn. The food was good. The waiter wore tired jeans and the lighting was bright. Not a good choice for dinner on the town, but probably suitable for breakfast if staying at the hotel.

Btw. I was disappointed in The Top of the East bar in the hotel. The chairs need to be replaced as the pleather was coming off on my clothes. The drinks were great, the service slow though our waiter was working very hard.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was not hot & was not anything special!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This was perhaps one of the worst dining experiences we have ever had. I wish we had stayed at the bar upstairs, or ordered room service. Service was awful and the food was even worse. Save yourself the disappointment and go to the Chinese place down the street.

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Alan
New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Did not expect the meal to be served buffet style. The service was very poor.

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RickP
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall2food1service3ambience1

It's difficult to get excited when there are insects in the food!!!

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vipYumyum
Tampa
27 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The food was very poor and the place lacked any kind of ambiance. The chicken salad was not fresh at all. I had to wait for my dinner because the server had accidentally put in the wrong order, which meant two people ate while I waited for mine. We will not be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cleveland
19 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Where to start. The Brussels sprouts were barely cooked and tasteless, and the so-called "heirloom" tomato salad was inedible. Large tomato halves were served that were white inside, no edible flesh st all. Let's just say that I had a granola bar when I got back to my room! I certainly expected more from Westin.

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PamelaD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Conveniently located, quiet, informal restaurant. Servers were friendly but service was slow, perhaps because they were also helping to prepare food. Salmon and haddock entrees were very good, if a bit spare. Cobb salad was disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Pork chop was excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Worst service I have ever experienced.
We both ordered fish and chips. Both came out cold! When served, I asked the waitress for some malt vinegar. It never came.
Don’t waste your time and money here!

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johnL
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

it was delicious perfect location cause we had tickets to the state theater...soo close

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vipCutisNP
New England
22 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Only problem was a few flies and small bugs hovering about

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FayeK
New England
15 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Bland food for expensive price. The food was very bland and had little taste. It was also very pricey for what it was. It was pricey hotel food is how we would characterize it.

FAQs

C2-Congress Squared Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (207) 517-8831.

C2-Congress Squared Restaurant is rated 3.6 stars by 174 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.