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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
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!
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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 - )
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.
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