East Ender

4.5
440 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Whether you're looking for a date night out or a drink after work with friends, the East Ender has something to offer you. Our upstairs lounge is a great place to meet friends or catch a game and our cozy booths are just right for a romantic dinner.
We are located in the East End, just a stone's throw from the Old Port. Come on by and try a hand-crafted cocktail or grab a burger made from cold-smoked local beef.
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KD
Kansas City
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m the words of my fiancé “I loved everything I put in my mouth here.”

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EP
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely experience at East Ender on Saturday night. Had 5:45 reservations and was seated no problem. Then enjoyed a couple delicious beers along with the Ricotta Gnocchi and it was great! Would definitely recommend to a friend, and will definitely be back!

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F
New England
68 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good

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PP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Nice restaurant, OK experience. There are a lot of options in Portland, we enjoyed our evening at East Ender, not sure I would include at the top of my suggested list

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B
New England
40 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! We will be back.

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JO
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Would definitely come back to this restaurant. Really enjoyed the mussels, best I’ve ever had. My friends had the risotto, also excellent and very generous servings.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Always good food. One of my go to spots in Portland.

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c
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A reliable gem - the East Ender consistently serves up innovative and delicious combinations in a warm, homey atmosphere with dedicated and conscientious staff. Yes, there are a ton of choices in Portland, but the East Ender never disappoints and somehow always manages to keep it fresh and pleasantly surprising - which is why we keep going back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every respect. Perfect for Mother’s Day brunch! Highly recommend.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Very quiet, very classy space. Dinner service does not start until 5:30pm but there is a happy hour snacks menu in the interim.

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PF
New England
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great burger medium rare. The smokey cheese was delicious. The fries were crispy and tasty. This restaurant was spotless. It is a true indication of the pride these folks take.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I feel this place is so under rated! The waitresses are always welcoming and the food is so good! Chicken wings will have you keep coming back for more. The Ginger Lemon Drop is by far my favorite drink!
Enjoy!

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Easter brunch

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L
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Good atmosphere. Prices are good and lower than other restaurants. We didn’t have any appetizers because we had drinks elsewhere. Two people had burgers and loved them. I had chicken sugo on pappardelle-flavor was decent but it was floating in grease and had too many roasted red peppers. Too bad they didn’t skim off the fat prior to plating.

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

I can’t recommend East Ender. I ordered the pork shoulder sandwich and the pork was a cold, dry flavorless hunk on the bun. It really needed to be cooked in a sauce or served with something more than just the aioli. I told the waitress it was dry and she brought more aioli. It helped the dry factor but the sandwich just didn’t come together. I also ordered a Caesar salad. It was quite bland and dry. Overall, the food lacked flavor. I wished I had taken my out of town guest somewhere else.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal and the perfect place to celebrate a 30th birthday!

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AG
New England
12 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time at this restaurant. Food was excellent. Cozy ambiance. We'll be back

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was really good, would definitely go back!

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S
New England
16 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything we ordered was prepared wonderfully and tasted fabulous. The only thing I'd say is the menu is extremely small and limited.

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KR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was a nice enough spot for Brunch with some above average dishes. However, there's a lack of maturity that keeps this restaurant from reaching a higher level of quality. First and foremost is the fact that if you offer a Sunday brunch that ends at 3, you shouldn't be out of half the menu by 1 pm. The other are the dishes themselves: eggs in purgatory, which are two poached eggs drowning in marinara and aided only by two flimsy pieces of toast, is an incomplete dish that's hard to get through. It needed one more component to balance all that acidic tomato sauce. The duck confit was a little better, but still displays a lack of grace with all the duck fat and insufficient amount of actual duck. Overall, a fine place, but honestly more than a bit disappointing. At least the prices are reasonable.

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OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is great. The menu is just right and food is top notch. Love the atmosphere and excellent service.

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C
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We continue to have consistently delicious meals at Eastender.

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F
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food, locally sourced and creative

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always enjoy the food and have been fortunate every time to beat the crowd. Great place for brunch

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best muscles I’ve ever had

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MC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good service was just as good wine was good

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L
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was good, but there are many olaces in Portland with good food. The disappointing part was the service. Our waitress seemed annoyed that we were there and she was not very friendly.

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J
New England
89 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect as usual. The Asian slaw had an interesting combination of crunch, acidity and sweetness.... the skate schnitzel (what a great idea!) was subtle and delicate, not the words you would usually associate with schnitzels (!) and the Brussels sprouts had just enough heat to go with it. I think that one of EastEnder’s great qualities is that flavours are great, but never overpowering. The 4 of us also shared one profiterole and one chocolate torte and they were gone in a minute flat. Lovely service as usual as well.

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M
New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding, especially the gnocchi. Our server (I wish we could remember his name) was great as well! We will definitely be back.

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DR
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food always tastes good, the drinks are delicious, the people are always nice and welcoming, and it's kind of shockingly reasonable in price given the new normal in the neighborhood. It's the most underrated spot in Portland for me—it knows just what it wants to do and always does it well. I hope it is full every night forever, but also somehow not so full that we can't get a table when we need one.

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D
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casual night out and EE was perfect. Great atmosphere, food and service. Will go here more

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HG
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were great! From the atmosphere to the waitstaff and the food! Amazing all around!

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K
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend and I had a lovely time at the East Ender. My ginger-lemon drop cocktail was delicious, the food was great, the service was friendly, attentive, and quick, and it was simply a lovely place to spend a chilly Friday night in February! Highly recommended!

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A
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I had a night out with two friends. We made a reservation so we wouldn’t have to wait and were seated right away. The decor was nice, modern. The service was prompt. The only thing is, they will not begin preparing your apps until you order your entree. So no chatting until those things are check off the to-do list. The food was really delicious, unique. A little unexpected; example Brussel sprouts were served deconstructed in a salad form. Interesting. Good but I felt needed....something. Overall a great meal and experience. I will be going back.

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JB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for vday. Prices were good, food was amazing. Services was decent. Mocktail menu is nice for those of us who want something but don't drink. Will go back for sure.

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c
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Valentine’s Day, the drink was great (Ginger Lemon Drop) and had the Asian slaw and fries to start. For entrees we got the braised pork shoulder and the lobster risotto. Everything was good, I wish the portions were bigger for the price but this is pretty standard for a location downtown. Would come back again to try different thing so.

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G
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my “foodie” friend to Sunday afternoon brunch for her birthday. There was not anyone in the dining room but the upstairs lounge seemed busy. I think that you must try it! The homemade doughnut was delicious, my friend had many questions about her choice of a cocktail and the bartender was knowledgeable and friendly. We both ordered the house burger and fries. Excellent! The pickle on the side was the best too. I ant wait to go back and would highly recommend East Ender.

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JT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good waitress but she appeared too busy
Food delivered nice and hot
Nice menu with good prices
will be back

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AF
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We all enjoyed our meals at the East Ender. Very nice ambiance. We sat upstairs where it was warmer. Good service and very pleasant staff. We are looking forward to returning soon.

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EK
New England
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went early, before a show at the Good Theater. Food was great, service too. One person could have no garlic and waiter returned with a list of everything that could be served that way; lots of options!

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