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East Ender, Portland, ME

East Ender

4.5
4.5
568 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Elevated Tavern Dining in an elegantly rustic space designed with social distancing guidelines in place. Come by for bubbly and a steak on a special occasion or pop by every so often to see whats coming in fresh from the fish market. Craft cocktails and a fun wine list perfectly accent our seasonal menu.

Walk-ins welcome also! We are your neighborhood place.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Fish, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Thu–Sun 12:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (207) 879-7669
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Karl Deuben
  • Private party facilities
    East Ender is the perfect place for your next event / celebration. From birthdays, showers, or business meetings, we can tailor a menu and an atmosphere that will make your occasion memorable. We offer private and semi-private options for you and your guests. Choose from our playful menu or customize your own. We offer passed appetizers, platters, and sit down plated menus.
  • Private party contact
    Janet Webber: (207) 879-7669
  • Neighborhood
    Portland
  • Cross street
    India Street
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 568 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

568 Reviews
  1. DanielT

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our anniversary dinner was cancelled last minute by another Portland restaurant and we were fortunately recommended to try East Ender. We got a fantastic table, great personalized service, and some of the best food we have ever had. The ricotta gnocchi were magical, the creamed kale was velvet, and the crab casino was amazing. It was a phenomenal experience top to bottom. Absolutely worthy of sitting at the top of the many dining experiences we've had all across the country.

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  2. Industryfolk

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Friendly and fantastic experience. Underrated for Portland. While everyone gushes about the same restaurant in Portland over and over, these guys should be getting the same attention. Better and more genuine by far. Lot of heart and soul at this establishment.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dinner, absolutely cannot wait to come back!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We both got the burger and it was delicious!

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  5. KevinE

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time there. Both times were great. Highly recommend.

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  6. Excellent

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything we ordered was excellent, including dessert. And our server was great, highly recommend.

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  7. AndrewE

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ambiance and drinks were great, along with the service. The food was good but not great. The scallop risotto lacked flavor. All together the experience was great, but the food was a tad underwhelming.

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  8. AndrewB

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was tasty but a $20 burger it was not. Also had the pork shoulder which was super delicious. Drinks were perfect and our server was attentive.

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  9. eClare

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent small space that knows how to do food well! We frequent this place in all seasons and it never disappoints.

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  10. StuartM

    Greater Boston

    33 reviews

    1.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We went for Sunday brunch with high hopes which were sadly not met. One hamburger with fries and one grilled cheese with fries. These are standard easy to make meals! The grilled cheese was really small and flabby, the hamburger lacked flavor. Was it the chefs day off - maybe. Portland has an excellent choice of places to eat including "Duckfat", right next door to East Ender which is better in every way, and I would head there instead.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was amazing. The mussels were the best

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is always amazing and service just as good. Some of the best wings in Portland

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  13. RyanH

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    First time back since it was Norm's. We caught it on a slow night, which was perfect. Nice atmosphere...quiet. Waiter was very pleasant and friendly. Food was good, though servings were a little on the small side, imo. Overall good experience.

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  14. tpet

    New York City

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    For certain things, it was very good-- like the Caesar salad and fish and chips (not enough salt on fries, though!). Braised pork was stringy and very dry--hard to eat, really. Good value on wine.

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  15. Gigi

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first visit to the East Ender. I would definitely go back. The meal was perfect - tasty and just the right portions. Our server was a delight too.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great food, and great cocktails!

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  17. skmvet

    Coastal Georgia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great. Just a lovely place. Make a point of checking out this neighborhood secret.

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  18. kakely

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We were overall very disappointed in our dining experience at east ender. we decided to try it based on the reviews we had read. We all got something different and three of us though the meal was okay but mine was terrible, i could not even eat it. The service was not very good. we ordered the chicken wings as an appetizer and they arrived 5 wings with no garnish just thrown on a small plate which the server just threw on the table without a word and left. They lacked flavor, we did not even eat them all. We got drinks at the beginning of our meal and the server never came back to ask us if we wanted another one. I had two bites of my meal which was the grilled chicken with fingerling potatoes and salad. The chicken was flavorless and rubbery, the salad dressing had a terrible sour flavor. when the server came back at the end of our meal he did not ask if i wanted to take the rest home or if I liked it he just cleared the table and brought us our check. I would not recommend this place.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, poor service

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  20. allisonc

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was very friendly and the food was delicious. No matter what you choose for dinner be sure to end your meal with the profiteroles!! Soooo good!

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  21. LorianneS

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was an expected experience to turn daily dining into a date like night. The food, the service and the atmosphere were lovely. Well done East ender!

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  22. MelGG

    Charlotte

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and great seevice

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  23. KellyC

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This place was awesome all across the board. The food was amazing- my friend said the gnocchi were like biting into a cloud - so light and fluffy and delicious. My chicken was unreal- not sure how they got it so tender. The service was prompt and responsive, but also sweet and casual. There's no stuffiness here. Just great food and service and a cozy ambiance. Definitely will return! Oh- and the value for the price point is spot on.

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  24. AnneA

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great little spot, awesome taste in music, excellent food and clever drinks. Definitely worth a try!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved everything! The mussels were incredible!

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  26. Betty

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Although East Ender didn't have Gluten Free bread/rolls to accommodate their sandwiches on the lunch menu, they did offer options for a lettuce wrap or any of the sandwiches on rice...all very tasty options. Our server was very knowledgeable about Gluten sensitivity and allergy issues which was reassuring given that 3 in our party of 5 have gluten sensitivity issues or celiac.

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  27. SarahC

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So glad we stumbled upon this gem of a restaurant! The ambiance was cozy and warm. The staff was wonderful and accommodating to the fact that our 10 month old was dinning with us. Portion sizes were good and the prices were reasonable. We will be back for sure!

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  28. BonnieM

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome dining. Our server was efficient, friendly, cheerful and helpful.

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  29. Kristen

    New York City

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot, nice brunch menu, great cocktail and drink options.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice restaurant, comfortable atmosphere, great service

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  31. RJSep

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A Portland gem! Like a warm and cozy and yummy little neighborhood Bistro. Great vibe and incredibly tasty meals.

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  32. Diner

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent neighborhood restaurant with excellent cuisine. Foodie delight without the prices or the tourist lines.

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  33. Unique

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorites in Portland. Great food, service, and atmosphere, with a pleasant bar, as well. Upstairs ( our preference) is a bit nicer and quieter than down.

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  34. Jerome

    Greater Boston

    107 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We "stumbled" into East Ender during a January snow storm when we moved to Portland 4 years ago and were immediately in love with it. Today, we still consider East Ender to be one of the very best restaurants in Portland, with interesting cocktails, an intelligent creative menu, great flavors (but not overwhelming) and consistently friendly, unhurried service. We are made feeling at home with their smiles and the owner's great generosity every time we step into East Ender for another great meal!

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  35. KSscarp

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was amazing! We will be back!

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  36. LisaM

    Portland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Easy to book, great table, service, food, and price!

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  37. Courtney

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food were excellent! We will definitely be back again soon!

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  38. Margaret

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    East Ender is a fun place but SO loud on a Friday night. Good for them that it was filled up, but the table of 4 next to us had to yell over the noise, making it worse. Food was really good, with not too big servings and reasonable prices. Will go at another quieter time.

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  39. Barb

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely! Menu choices had variety.... but not enough vegetables for those who are plant based... Fresh nutritional vegetables could play a much bigger part on the menu... please! We all felt that the brussel sprouts were MUCH TOO SALTY... We have commented on this to the servers MANY times... and we keep hoping that the heavy hand that salts them made an error and will correct it when we come back and order again! ;-(

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  40. BigMcKib

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was terrific and the service was excellent. the food was hot when it was served! We enjoyed our experience.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

East Ender offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (207) 879-7669.

East Ender is rated 4.5 stars by 568 OpenTable diners.

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Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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Google Map for East Ender

47 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101

Additional information

  • Cross street
    India Street
  • Neighborhood
    Portland
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Thu–Sun 12:00 pm–7:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Fish, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Karl Deuben
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Phone number
    (207) 879-7669
  • Private party facilities
    East Ender is the perfect place for your next event / celebration. From birthdays, showers, or business meetings, we can tailor a menu and an atmosphere that will make your occasion memorable. We offer private and semi-private options for you and your guests. Choose from our playful menu or customize your own. We offer passed appetizers, platters, and sit down plated menus.
  • Private party contact
    Janet Webber: (207) 879-7669
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