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.

47 Middle Street
Portland, ME 04101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

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

Cross Street:
India Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(207) 879-7669

Website:
http://eastenderportland.com/

Executive Chef:
Karl Deuben/Bill Leavy

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

East Ender Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.6

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Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Cozy (20)
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Creative Cuisine (18)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Casual (18)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Great Beer (12)
Comfort Food (10)
Authentic (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Healthy (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Romantic (9)
Fun (8)
Business Meals (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Quick Bite (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Seasonal (4)
Scenic View (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
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Afternoon Tea (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2018

FABULOUS AS ALWAYS!!!! WILL DEFINITELY COME AGAIN!

Tags: Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Authentic, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I was really happy with this restaurant! We arrived a little late for our reservation and they had our table ready. Food was delicious and service was great.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Very good customer service. I would have liked to see more options in menu. For example soups, maybe with half sandwich just as an example.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on January 17, 2018

It had been recommended to me so I brought some friends. My tikka chicken sandwich was pretty good but my friend ordered chicken salad and I thought it looked awful. Probably won’t go there again.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Wonderful !

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Cocktails were phenomenal, food was only okay. Atmosphere was beautiful.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had reservations through open table for 3:15 ,restaurant closed at 3:30 today per listed hours ! We were the last group so had the place all to ourself - celebrating a late Christmas . We were not rushed , staff attentive , food delicious.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

My second visit in 2 days was fabulous!!! Will be back soon again.

Tags: Fun, Quick Bite, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

This restaurant was recommended by friends. Well worth it. Friendly attentive staff and amazing food.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We really loved this place and thought the food was excellent! The service was good, but the servers were a little odd socially and not really very friendly. Otherwise, I'd highly recommend it!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Cozy, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The restaurant was cozy and inviting. Our table was ready when we got there. Each person in my party ordered something delicious and we loved it all!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent ambience for enjoying your table mates

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 (New England)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Loved everything about this restaurant. Great atmosphere, friendly & knowledgeable servers, and delicious food. The mussels were some of the plumpest, most delicious I’ve ever had. I ordered the special - swordfish belly - and it was outstanding!

Tags: Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Always perfect, from the cocktails to the Brussels sprouts, wings, hake chowder....And service is fantastic. Our favorite neighborhood spot!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Fantastic - ambience was wonderful and food was fantastic. My husband had pork belly starter and duck appetizer and I had Octopus appetizer and Tunisian Chickpea Stew - all was incredible!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great place for a catch up with an old friend. The staff was extremely friendly and didn't rush us. We both had the chickpea stew which was generous in terms of portion size and absolutely delicious!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Amazing service, wonderful people there and the food was beyond amazing. Quaint ambiance.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Absolutely excellent food, couldn’t be better, for a bar it boarders on sublime!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

ps. Parking recommendation for outoftowners would be helpful

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 2, 2017

This experience left something to be desired. Food was just average and the atmosphere wasn't what I expected for my business guests. Perhaps this would be good for a drink or casual lunch with a friend.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Reliable, yummy food and they take reservations (which for me is a huge attribute in a town where the food scene is awesome and can be hard to get into some other places). Staff is friendly. We love it

Tags: Comfort Food, Great Beer, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on October 18, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The chef is very creative and our meals were unusual and delicious. The atmosphere is cozy and comfortable. And, the service is great.

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 10, 2017

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

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food and decor was great. The service left a lot to be desired. Waitress repeatedly took our food before we finished it.

Tags: Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Great meal with great friends. They have a great selection of food and drinks that fit many a palette.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We made an early Open Table reservation for 4 for dinner before a concert. East Ender's location is within easy walking distance to the Waterfront venue and it was early enough to find parking on the street. To our delight, the food was delicious and the service was prompt. The guys had fish and chips, which was delectable. Their thrice cooked fries are perfection and the beer batter on the fish was very flavorful. The girls are the lobster melt sandwich, which was also delicious, though the taste of lobster was a bit lost in all the other yumminess.
The highlight of my meal, however, was the classic amaretto sour cocktail with a layer of foam on the top. It was so dreamy, I had 3. Definitely a first! We can't wait to return to this casually pretty space to enjoy the food and friendly service.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Great Beer
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 15, 2017

The food was great as was the service. Definitely recommend!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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