Fun spot- creative menu and cocktails, solid wine list.
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.
FABULOUS AS ALWAYS!!!! WILL DEFINITELY COME AGAIN!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Cocktails were phenomenal, food was only okay. Atmosphere was beautiful.
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.
My second visit in 2 days was fabulous!!! Will be back soon again.
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 restaurant was recommended by friends. Well worth it. Friendly attentive staff and amazing food.
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!
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.
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!
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!