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About C2-Congress Squared Restaurant
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.
Portland, ME 04101
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Seafood
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
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet through The Westin
Self Parking available at the adjacent Gateway Parking Garage
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Open all Holidays
C2-Congress Squared Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Christmas dinner so fixed price - we don't eat oysters so no amusee boche for us; squash soup was excellent; mushroom risotto bland ... tasted like the rice was not sautéed first, then water instead of mushroom stock used, and scimpy amount of cheese and mushrooms used, no deep flavor of any kind; chocolate pot de creme had good chocolate flavor but tasted old and had consistency of fudge rather than pot de creme. Nice server. Excellent bottle of wine. No one asked if we wanted coffee or after dinner drink until we asked for check. Given a table in bar and the table was cold to the touch. Nice staff but food not worth the price paid. Too many other options in Portland at this price point to come back.
Always an interesting menu, nice presentation and interesting ambiance (in a good way). Service was subpar tho--waited 15 minutes for our chilled bottle of red wine (yes, chilled red wine), and waiter took it away after pouring our glasses. I wasn't comfortable seeing our half-empty bottle left open at the end of the bar some distance away. Wait staff need better training!
I took my two sons here (ages 14 & 11) for an early dinner on a night where we had theater tickets for 7p. The reservation was easy to make and super convenient within walking distance to the theater. My kids are somewhat adventurous with food so I generally will take them to nicer restaurants in Portland for special occasions. They both thoroughly enjoyed their meals! I felt that the cost was definitely reasonable for a lovely night out w/ my two guys.
Our entire meal was fantastic. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. My husband and I had the scorched brie and raw oysters as appetizers. We ordered the grilled lobster and ahi tuna main courses, and both were fantastic. I don't know why this isn't a more popular restaurant, as our entire experience was excellent.
I've eaten a bajillion burgers, but for some reason the burger here was the MOST AMAZING one I've ever eaten! My boyfriend ordered a pork chop with a red pepper sauce and he couldn't stop trying to find every last bit of pork and sauce on his plate. We both ordered menu items we would've never ordered in other restaurants, but we were pleasantly surprised at the high quality of our meals. Delicious! Would definitely recommend!
Reviews stated that this was one of the best restaurants in Portland??? It was Saturday evening and we were the only two in the restaurant...talk about lack of atmosphere! We ordered wine from the wine list and the very nice waitress told us they don't serve it anymore. We split the Bruleed Brie appetizer and it was okay. Nicely presented. Main courses of whole trout with quinoa...dry and very nasty looking....it was a huge disappointment and we would not go back. How can food be fresh when there are so few dinners? The menu that is published on their website (that led us to this restaurant ) is NOT the one we were given...you have to wonder what's going on! Very misleading...
I picked C2 honestly because it was the Eastland hotel, which was where I was staying for the weekend. I didn't want to walk far, my girlfriend was wearing very high heels. the food was very average, I found the cuts of meat on our plate to be very small for what the menu called them. overall, flavors were good, service was good, but it's not the best portland has to offer. the bar area is very posh. I would drink there for sure.
Similar to other reviews we read, we encountered surprisingly slow service. The restaurant was not busy and it was a Saturday night, so I can't imagine how the restaurant would fair if it was at all close to capacity. Our waiter was however apologetic about the wait. We were in no rush so it didn't upset us but if you're not willing or able to spend an extended amount of time at dinner, I would suggest you steer clear of this restaurant.
Service aside, the food was very good.
This is a great place for a night out. I really love this restaurant. True, it's in a hotel and the room is large, but it really does feel like a high end place. It was not crowded this last time, but we have gone (for Thanksgiving last year) and it was full. Basically with so many options in Portland, you have to stand out and this place does so by being convenient in location but also with their service and food. And wine selection. Some really great bottles can be had here and their wine rack/display is worth a trip in itself.
We all got the prix fixe menu that night, where you got 4 courses plus dessert. Standouts were the mac n cheese, the brie, the burger, and the desserts. Our server was attentive and had some good suggestions. For us, this place is only a few blocks from home, so it is a great place for dinner or drinks. We've gone for happy hour drinks and food and the value is definitely worth it.
Dinner out with my mom before surgery. Looking for a quiet place with good food. I think the noise level could escalate if it was really busy, but this night there weren't a lot of people so we could enjoy each others company. The menu had changed since checking on line but we were VERY pleasantly surprised with the changes. We weren't sure what to expect for quality. At the end of dinner we were all extremely happy with our choices and look forward to going back. Mom had soft shelled crabs which were beautifully prepared. My husband was equally pleased with his dinner. I had the duck breast with grilled fennel and an orange sauce. A very successful pairing of flavors! The servings are on the small side but the prices were commensurate.
Definitely give the restaurant a try.
While we were not looking to be rushed in our meal, neither were we thrilled to be waiting between courses. My date's meal was lukewarm at best when it arrived. The food was delicious and that will be the saving grace. The server, who was very nice, friendly and pleasant, left us sitting far too long between courses, and I'm not sure if that was the kitchen's issue or the server's. She had someone trailing behind her, which leads me to believe she was training someone but it was a very quiet evening with maybe 2-3 other parties besides us for our later in the evening (7pm) meal.
The food was tasty, short ribs good. I was a little surprised that the entree was not served with any vegetables. There was ample short ribs but I would have preferred a vegetable to go along with entree. The price was $17 for short ribs which seemed reasonable but then because it was ala carte, it was more pricey than I expected.
Being a guy who doesn't always plan ahead very well, I was looking for a nice restaurant to take my wife to for Valentine's Day. I checked a couple of my local favorites and they didn't have anything available for the timeframe we were looking for. I came across C2 probably on Trip Adviser and thought we would give it a try. They were offering a Valentine's 4 course dinner for $55 per person. I will only talk about my food. My first course was a baby beet salad. When they said "baby" they were not kidding. I think that there was about 2-3 tablespoons of food. The beets and some pickled something. The taste was good, it was just a very small portion. My next course was scallops that were raw- like a seviche. Again, the taste was very good but it really seemed like they took one scallop and thinly sliced it into 4 pieces. There was a few other little things on the plate. Great taste, but a very small portion. The entree was a poached lobster tale with some veggies. You got it, great taste but very small portions. I think the lobster was probably not a Maine lobster because it would have been too small to keep. There were some greens on the plate and some small sweet potatoes or yams- but when I say small, I mean the size of those baby carrots. The final course was a cake with a frozen mousse (I think) and a few berries. It was tasty but the cake was about an inch square with a small ball of the mousse. So, the food was good, but the amounts for the cost were inadequate. I think that the first two courses should have been about $7 to $10 each (not counting the size) . The entree should have been $12-15 and that is being generous. The desert should have been about $10. Those are all generous prices given the small size of the portions. Adding them all together at the highest prices, I came up with $45- I seriously think the meal should have been cheaper than that. Not a good bargain- but quite tasty. The service was decent, the place was attractive.
It was Christmas Day, so we had little choice. It was a 3 course prix fixe menu. Including the amuse bouche, three of our dishes had parsnip puree! Also, the dessert, pot de creme, was hard and rubbery as if it had been made days ago! Never again! Much better restaurants in Portland.
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