C2-Congress Squared Restaurant

3.7
158 reviews
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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 2-6pm Happy Hour! The restaurant is on the street level of The Westin Portland Harborview Hotel.
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FM
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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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LA
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

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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DD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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K
Las Vegas
59 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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D
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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PO
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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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R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

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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r
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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L
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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GD
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

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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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was not hot & was not anything special!

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Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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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A
New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

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

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RP
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

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

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Y
Tampa
22 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

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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Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

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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PD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

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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New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Pork chop was excellent!

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Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

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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L
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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CN
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Only problem was a few flies and small bugs hovering about

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FK
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

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.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Hotel restaurant. Food was good potato for breakfast was hot spicy and they had spicy chicken sausage

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Really slow and poor service.

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New England
16 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was great but the service was amazing.

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L
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Front of the house needs to get it together. There should be at least one staff available in reception/dining room even when business is slow.
Waiting 5 minutes for a hostess to appear in order to be seated is not acceptable.
On the upside, the kitchen and the young waitstaff are very good.

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RR
New England
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious, the environment was nice. Clean and up to date. Went on Mother's Day for dinner, it was nearly empty which makes the slow inattentive service baffling. Perhaps all the regular staff was off for Mother's Day? Throughout our meal we had 3 different servers. Good beer selection, though not many on tap. Excellent wine selections and very good cocktails. We'll return.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overpriced for what you get.

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M
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We were very disappointed with the Brunch. We were there for Easter Brunch and expected the same quality and similar food. We couldn’t believe they did not even have toast , bagels. For $55 we all felt like we were robbed. Our waitress looked over whelmed and we had to request water several times. Even when the coffee was served milk and sugar not provided. Very very disappointed

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P
New England
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 1

We came for a 4-generation Mothers Day brunch. We agreed the food was good. Please pass that on to kitchen. The company was the best part of the experience because we bring that wherever we go.
Our reservation was for 10 o'clock. Upon prompt arrival we were seated in a weird, windowless room near entrance. A stack of linens, array of clipboards, pile of silverware were on a side table. There was not one flower, nor a single picture on the wall in the room. I asked to be seated in the restaurant and was told there were no tables available. We prepared to leave, then your staff person (server?, hostess?...) offered to find another table. She did and we were seated in the dining room among many vacant tables. She then explained that the buffet was not ready, but by the time she finished her sentence, said it was ready. All rather strange. She was nice and tried to be helpful, but was quite harried as were the rest of the staff. All were sweating which was off-putting. She tried her best, but the intermittent service was not good. It took a long time for simple requests like cream for coffee, juice etc, and water that never came. After waiting a while for the check which never came, I went to pay and met our server who had the bill. I had my credit card in hand which she reached for before allowing me see the bill. When I asked to look it she then asked me my granddaughter's age. Then she adjusted the bill because she is 4 1/2.
Upon departure, a staff person said this to my 88 year old mother-in-law: "Thanks for showin' up". Not particularly professional to say the least. We won't be back and I'll be sharing our experience. For $200 I wish we had gone to Becky's diner.

Thanks for askin'.

Bobbi Cope

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LW
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Treated myself to a special dinner at C2-Congress Squared Restaurant, as a start to my vacation. Started with a lovely specialty drink called Co-Pilot. Ordered the Grilled Berkshire Pork Chop entrée, which was quite good. Overall a very nice dining experience.

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OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I was hoping for brunch but it had ended before we got there

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v
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Easter Brunch !.

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JD
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable dinner and would definitely recommend this restaurant. Our waiter was great, attentive and knowledgeable. The menu not that extensive, but seems to be something for everyone for dinner. Not sure if there is a children’s menu. Worth a try!

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LZ
New England
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent 3 course restaurant week menu and fair price for wine pairing. Very attentive service and comfortable atmosphere. Will definitely be back for regular full priced menu!

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JN
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A few friends and I went for restaurant week and it was spectacular!! Out server was amazing and we had a wonderful time! Oh and the food was delicious!!

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L
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

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

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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