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About East Ender
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.
Portland, ME 04101
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:30pm
Brunch: Sunday 11am-3pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday 5:00pm-9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Karl Deuben/Bill Leavy
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
East Ender Ratings and Reviews
Went to East Ender on a Friday night as part of a weekend Valentine's Day celebration. Great atmosphere, wonderful music, attentive waitstaff. The fish and chips were the best we've ever had. The dinner special was a seafood risotto which was wonderful as well. The olive oil cake is a must-have dessert!!
Great Valentine's Day dinner with a warm welcome as usual (and complimentary bubbly, thank you!), the specials were lightly fried smelts with a lime aioli and a delicious seafood saffron risotto. Everything was perfect, as usual, and service was unhurried, friendly and lovely. And... I almost forgot to mention the great profiteroles! Great early dinner before a local concert.
It was -10F that night so we went for the Maine Cassoulet and the night's special, a "porchetta", which was a pork tenderlion roulade in crackling pork belly (!) with chili, fennel, served with broccolini and grain grits. As usual, flavors were fantastic. With a side of the fried Brussels sprouts in chile lime vinaigrette, a perfect dinner for a very cold night. And as always, we received a very warm welcome and the service was lovely!
We stopped in Portland to break up a long road trip and needed a place for dinner. I made a reservation through the app day of, and chose wisely. We had the pork belly toast snack, two mains (chicken breast and cavatelli), olive oil cake, and 3 rounds of drinks (it was a long week of family visits). The bill was $150 after tip. Everything was excellent - can’t wait to go back! If I had to pick highlights, which is tough because the whole meal was a perfect date night, I would say: Lucien cocktail, pasta was perfectly done (says my Italian husband), sauce on the chicken, and the orange confit with the cake.
Had a good meal at the East Ender. Went rogue and had the brussel sprouts for an appetizer. I could have had them for every course and been happy. Had the fish and chips with spaghetti squash. Fish was yummy, but the coating a tad overdone. Chips were on point. Squash well spiced. It was a nice place for dinner, that had interesting options, that didnt break the bank. Kind of refreshing!
Very nice place. Had a drink at the upstairs bar and the special hot buttered rum concoction was delicious. Ate upstairs in a booth by the window. Had the pork belly appetizer and it was great, then the chickpea stew with chicken tikka. It was superb! The entire dinner with drinks came to $60, great value. They comped us two glasses of champagne for our anniversary.
Highly recommend this place.
This was our first time, and we loved it. Server was excellent- friendly and knowledgeable. Food was delicious. Ordering four appetizers/sides and no entree was enough for dinner for two. The fried brussels sprouts with chili-lime vinaigrette and mussels with coconut and lemongrass (and delicious grilled bread that the server generously replenished) were the standouts. Interesting drink list. We had a nice booth right near the front windows to watch the snow swirling outside. It was a great Saturday night experience.
East Ender has better flavors than anywhere in Portland, it's that simple. Grilled octopus, chick pea stew, revered fries, the incredible lobster melt.... They also expanded the menu with new offers like the Maine Cassoulet.... Add to this a great cocktail menu, wonderful friendly service without the attitude of some "bigger" names nearby...., and you have the perfect neighborhood restaurant, we will keep coming back and back again!
We liked the quiet cozy atmosphere, with a club feel. The lighting was perfect; not to low and not too bright. The food was tasty and the service friendly and quick. We want to return to try more menu items. We felt very well taken care of and though crowded, we could actually converse - rarity these days!
Staff was friendly and attentive. Decor was nice, there’s a downstairs and upstairs dining area. Pretzel was amazing but a bit small. Pickels were great! Was not a fan of my main dish, the fish and chips though. The fish was so rubbery and tough to my finding, and a bit over fried.
We found the food to be just OK--baked goods struggled with texture. The waffle was too light with little substance. The doughnut was too think and brick-like. Flavors were better, but the service was a little surly and we didn't feel welcomed, even though they were not that busy.
We had dinner and the food was outstanding!
I had the pork belly with grits and my wife had the chicken. We both had the smoked hake soup, which we put at the top of our all time best courses!
Service was attentive and prompt.
Five and 1/2 stars! Go there if you can, you won’t be disappointed!
(As I write this we are back for the 3rd time having lunch.)
Server was attentive but not totally knowledgeable about substitutions. Had to ask for the check, but once picked up it came right back for signature. Great place, excellent value for the price. Everyone in our group expressed genuine satisfaction with their food.
One of my favorite restaurants anywhere in the world. The charred escarole salad is superbly simple and delicious. My son says the thrice fried fries are to die for. My husband had a Moroccan chick pea that was wonderful. I also loved he rosemary aperol cocktail
Great meal. Wonderful service. Loved the Caesar salad (with poached egg). The roasted spaghetti squash served with the fish and chips is a fabulous touch. My husband had the special (skate served on a seasonal veggie succotash) and I swear I heard yummy noises while he was eating.
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