East Ender

4.6
569 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.

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
What 569 people are saying
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DanielT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both got the burger and it was delicious!

KE
vipKevinE
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Second time there. Both times were great. Highly recommend.

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Excellent
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was excellent, including dessert. And our server was great, highly recommend.

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AndrewE
New England
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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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AndrewB
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent small space that knows how to do food well! We frequent this place in all seasons and it never disappoints.

SM
vipStuartM
New England
28 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

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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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing. The mussels were the best

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always amazing and service just as good. Some of the best wings in Portland

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RyanH
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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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tpet
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

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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Gigi
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, and great cocktails!

SM
SallyM
Savannah
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Just a lovely place. Make a point of checking out this neighborhood secret.

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kakely
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Good food, poor service

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allisonc
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipLorianneS
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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MelGG
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great seevice

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KellyC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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AnneA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little spot, awesome taste in music, excellent food and clever drinks. Definitely worth a try!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything! The mussels were incredible!

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vipBetty
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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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SarahC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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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BonnieM
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dining. Our server was efficient, friendly, cheerful and helpful.

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Kristen
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great spot, nice brunch menu, great cocktail and drink options.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice restaurant, comfortable atmosphere, great service

RJ
RJSep
London
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A Portland gem! Like a warm and cozy and yummy little neighborhood Bistro. Great vibe and incredibly tasty meals.

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vipLatefortheater
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent neighborhood restaurant with excellent cuisine. Foodie delight without the prices or the tourist lines.

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Unique
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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vipJerome
New England
96 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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KSscarp
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing! We will be back!

LM
LisaM
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy to book, great table, service, food, and price!

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Courtney
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were excellent! We will definitely be back again soon!

PB
PegB
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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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Barb
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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!
;-(

TM
ThomasM
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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christinat
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was good food, I had the hake and fries. The fries were nothing special, the fish was good.

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vipJoeS
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seat, waiter was fantastic and personable. Fries/burgers/cava were all as good as advertised. Would definitely refer restaurant to anyone - will be back for sure. Cozy for date night - can't wait to try the brunch menu soon. Hopefully that chicken/waffle meal will appear on the menu.

FAQs

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

East Ender is rated 4.6 stars by 569 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.

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