Evo - Portland Maine
With a chic, energetic vibe, Evo puts an unconventional twist on the traditional.
Maine's micro seasons enable our Chefs to play. For you, this means they are always coming up with new dishes and creative ways of preparing the Maine foods you know and love. Immerse yourself in this experience at our open kitchen while the Chefs strive to wow your senses.
Evo's dishes are meant to be shared. Modeled after mezze - groups of small dishes that are meant to be enjoyed together - you're encouraged to order a variety of shareable plates. If you're not into sharing, our menu has you covered too.
Thanks to our farmers and purveyors, the food in our kitchen is the freshest you can get. We require a credit card to reserve a table. Our cancellation policy is $25 per person if cancelled within 24 hrs of your scheduled reservation.
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Great food and excellent service! The menu was varied and provided a refreshing variety of unique dishes. Looking forward to stopping by for another meal soon.
Chef's sampling menu was superb and the service was excellent! If it doesn't have michelin stars, it should have.
As usual, EVO was absolutely wonderful. The menu changes often enough to keep regulars coming back, and they never disappoint. Fabulous service by knowledgeable, but never condescending staff. An overall wonderful experience.
The restaurant should remove a couple of tables, I felt like I was sitting on top of strangers. Also the menu online should be removed or updated appropriately. I was really excited by the offerings online and once we were seated I realized it is basically tapas, no entrees. Finally the waiter was super condescending and tactless. He made a point to tell my friend that their drink was $16 before opening the bottle.... the food was reasonable but nothing blew my mind taste wise. Also the servers that brought our food were great!
What a gem of a restaurant! Everyone made us feel welcome, explained the dishes that we ate, and the food was simply delicious. We will be back.
Love the food there! I’m a vegetarian and there are many options. The restaurant has full windows, so it is a great place to people watch. Next time I’m back in Portland I plan to go again!
We had a great meal. We especially loved the humus and the haddock.
The tables we very small and close together. It’s a very cool atmosphere but we did feel a bit squished. We will be back, though!
Friendly staff and all are knowledgeable about the food. Great tasting and looking meals. We had a great time. Thank you
This was my first time at Evo and what a food experience. All of the dishes were excellent and the pace the food came out worked out very well in the group of four I was with. There were several dishes with amazing unique flavors and a Turkish coffee to end the night. The only thing that the group did not care for was the pita bread.
Wonderful place! Fresh, flavorful and filling yet not heavy at all. The atmosphere is fantastic. We love Evo and will keep coming back!
In my opinion, Evo has now risen to the top ranks of all the restaurants in Portland. We’ve eaten there twice in recent weeks, and the consistent excellence of the food just leaves us breathless. Front of the house manager Kelly is doing a great job selecting excellent wines to accompany the great taste of chef Matt’s food. There’s nothing on the menu that isn’t delicious, and frequently one tastes things that have never been on your palate before.
Great atmosphere, fun energetic and helpful waitstaff, out of this world food that you cannot get anywhere else. Simply the best.
Our party of 6, two generations had an awesome dinner at EVO on Friday. What a memorable dinner. Whole mackerel stuffed with an herbaceous filling, tuna with avocado and turmeric, seared, but rare, lamb loin, asparagus fattoush was a wonderful salad, great blend of flavors: Aleppo, romaine and goat cheese. Beef Kibbeh, little meatballs with a squirt of butter were really good.
This place is not for the meat and potatoes crowd. But if you are an adventurous diner who appreciates fresh seafood, creative seasonal local vegetables with a Mediterranean spice profile, and friendly service this is your place. It is my happy place, for sure.
If you want a table be sure to call ahead and make a reservation, otherwise it is mostly bar seating.
Fabulous food, outstanding service. Bring your hearing aids.
Excellent in all regards. Especially enjoy sitting at the bar and watching the food prep
We are Portland residents and major foodies. Evo is one of our favorites and always exceeds expectations.
This is our favorite restaurant in Portland and has been for quite some time. Chef Matt Ginn is a true professional and holds himself to a superior standard. This shows from start to finish through your experience at Evo. Do yourself a favor and put this on a must try list.
Our favorite place to eat in Portland. The food is interesting, special, and oh so good! We drive 1 1/2 hours for the chick pea fries! Kids and mom all agree - outstanding.
My wife and I had one of the finest dining experiences we've ever had.
We selected the tasting menu. We had some dietary restrictions. Not only did they work to accommodate us, they worked to impress us. The meal was a delight, as good as we've had in restaurants costing three times as much.
We had a truly memorial evening.
Love this place!! Great food, cool vibe. If you want a more mellow intimate vibe reserve a table upstairs. If you want to be in more of the action eat downstairs.
Very cute and quaint. Great service. Amazing dishes with a great variety. My husband and I are every bite. Service was very sweet. Great after dinner cordial and wine list. Dessert is a must. Would come back.
Meeting a friend for a fabulous meal and catching up on our lives. I love the medium plates, the creative dishes, sauces, and presentations. I found the wait help knowledgeable and always restated the plates content when they brought it. Love glass and being able to look out over the Old Port. I do find it pricey and would like to see cost lowered and more affordable! All in all, I will come back but often because of cost.
The food was exquisite, my friend and I sat at the bar and ordered the Chef's tasting for 75 dollars each person. The meal consisted of 8 courses over a period of 3 hours. We were able to chat a bit with the chefs regarding the food, while we watched the kitchen work. This food is some of the best I have had in years. The kitchen was more than willing to work around some dietary restrictions my friend had, as the kitchen was more than willing to accommodate her. The dining experience is what it should be no need to rush. It provides the ability to have great dinner conversation while enjoying amazing food. The waitstaff was brilliant and was very good at checking on the pace food was coming out and providing any assistance we desired. I would highly recommend anyone who enjoys exceptional food and enjoys the process along with the experience of dining to eat at this restaurant. I would add that it is beneficial to reserve a table. If you do show up early they can potentially move you around and accommodate you.
Food superb both times.
We had the vegan tasting menu. While the food was very good, 5 plates came out all at once overcrowding our small table. It felt very rushed, not the relaxing meal we were hoping for.
EVO never disappoints. There isn’t a bad seat in the house. People-watch at a window seat or watch the magic happen in the open kitchen. The staff is wonderful-friendly without being cloying, knowledgeable and concerned with making your dining experience a great one. And, of course, creative, fresh, innovative offerings on a never-boring menu. A real gem!!
Great location. Lovely menu. Delicious food. Outstanding service from Amy.
Special visit for my wife’s birthday. Each cocktail at the bar was unique and prepared with consideration. Our dinner was upstairs. Quaint atmosphere. Great service and experience meals.
5 -⭐️ experience.
My boyfriend and I went to Evo on a Saturday evening. The restaurant is small and we were seated at counter seating looking out onto the street. We found the way the counters were set up - staggered - made it feel like we were sitting at our own table. Our waitress was great and gave us some amazing suggestions. Overall, food and drink were spectacular and we plan on dining at Evo again!
We thoroughly enjoyed the vegetarian tasting menu. The carrot salad with goat cheese was a highlight. Also, the dessert ice cream sandwich was probably the most tasty ice cream dish I have ever eaten. Yum.
Probably one of the best dinner experiences I ever had. Thank you Evo!
We had the Chef’s Tasting menu - it was fabulous! Great corner seat upstairs overlooking down below and the streets of Portland. We will definitely be back!
Best meal I’ve had in awhile! We chose vegetarian options and it was very filling and delicious! I’ll be going back for sure!
Those carrots!! Everything we had was delicious (and gluten free!).... carrots, hummus, lamb, falafel, tuna and some delicious dessert. Waitress was very nice and knowledgeable about the wines . Great experience, would come back to Portland for those carrots.
EVO was a fun surprise on restaurant week. The food arrived from very good to excellent!
We joked that my wife was batting 3 for 3 all wonderful dishes! My scallop dish was good but nothing special. The lamb was wonderful as well as my chocolate/hazelnut/banana dessert!
We had a lovely meal and the nicest server I think we have EVER had when dining out. The hostess was also very friendly and checked to see how we were doing and chatted with us before we left. Would highly recommend!
Very nice, menu was a bit limited and I had a chicken with tomato basil as a meat dish , bland and uninspired however I had a sweet potato dish that was fantastic. My wife had a cauliflower dish, tuna and duck all of which was delicious.
All of our meals were excellent from hummus, green salad to salmon and beef!