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East Ender

4.6
275 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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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
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Phone number
(207) 879-7669
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Karl Deuben/Bill Leavy
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
India Street
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 275 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Bucketeers (New England)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Fun spot- creative menu and cocktails, solid wine list.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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!!

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vipJerome (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  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.

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Jane (New England)
3.0  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.

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vipJacques1960 (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

Wonderful !

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vipJerome (New England)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

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

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Judy (New England)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

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

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dinnerplusdrinks (New York Area)
5.0  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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Maine2NC (Charlotte)
4.0  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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vipFranklinBaldy (New England)
5.0  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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WarrenL (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

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

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MegM (New England)
4.0  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!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  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.

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Missbiss (New England)
5.0  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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vipJerome (New England)
5.0  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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