Fore Street

4.8
1475 reviews
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Contemporary American
Located in Portland's Old Port District, Fore Street opened in June, 1996. The interior surrounds a unique brick and soapstone hearth with a wood-burning oven, grill and turnspit; visible from most tables. We believe that good food travels the shortest possible distance between the farm and the table. Our menu changes every day and is founded upon the very best raw materials from a community of Maine farmers, fisherman, foragers and cheese makers. Most of the Maine foods are organically grown or harvested wild, each brought to us at the peak of its season. In 2002 and again in 2007, Fore Street was named by Gourmet Magazine as one of the Top Fifty Restaurants in the United States. In 2004, Chef-Partner Sam Hayward was named Best Chef: Northeast by the James Beard Foundation.
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JC
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve eaten here several times and it never disappoints

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New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lived in Portland for years, one of the best meals I've had here

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service, interesting menu that’s well executed.

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WM
Savannah
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a bad meal or a bad experience when I go to Fore Street!

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BV
New England
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This time of year I especially love this restaurant. The wood burning fire, open kitchen, exposed brick walls and dim lighting all provide an ambiance like a warm hug!

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BJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration!

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A
New York Area
146 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Have loved Fore Street for many years! The best and most comfortable restaurant we’ve ever been to. The ambiance is delightful, so warm and cozy. The employees are all professional and friendly. And the food is superb, esp the incredible salads and veggies. If I could, I’d have every meal at Fore Street!

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KV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Found the bartenders rude when trying to order a drink while waiting for our table

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Delightful evening. Food only exceeded by service. A couple of issues with food but overall a very special evening.

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j
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I had salad, squid and short rib. The salad and squid were good. The short rib not so much. The cast iron pan way very hot, but the short rib was not hot in anyway. For $40 it way a very small piece of meet. The roasted pear way refrigerator cold...very disappointing.

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JE
New England
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in Portland for the night and a friend recommended this restaurant. A reservation was had to come by but we made one and we were very happy. The ambiance was excellent and the staff were all extremely pleasant. We ordered an appetizer and dinner and the a la cart sides were fantastic. Great selection and everything we had was fantastic.

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h
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall the experience was good. I have heard great things about Fore Street and went with a group of friends that raved about the restaurant. I have work in the restaurant business for 20+ years and maybe I formed high expectations of what kind of dining experience I was going to encounter, but overall it was just good.

While we did have a reservation, the hostess was not overly friendly or welcoming.

Your menu seemed to have a lot of Nut based items on it and while I do not have a severe allergy, I do have a sensitivity and when I asked the server if something like the mussels could be made without the nut butter he instantly said no without even asking the chef if they could make a substitution for the particular ingredient.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, ambiance and service! The transparent theme is evident in the open kitchen and seating plan. A real treat for the senses!

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SB
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. Scallops were some of the best I've ever had. The smoked Haddock appetizer was absolutely incredible. Overall- one of the best meals I've had to date anywhere! Our server was lovely and attentive. Great service- great food!

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K
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Had not been to Fore St for a number of years, was not disappointed! Service was excellent and food was delicious.

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall, great experience. Scallops were cooked perfectly. Very expensive, even for Portland. Great place to go for a special occasion.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I did not order the chicken Because it was Brine and it said that on the menu but I did order the pork in my opinion it was over brined it takes away from the texture of a good piece of meat and loses the flavor and if you’re in forming your patrons to something brined on the menu as the chicken and you should do the same on the pork?
and the ambience side it was great if I was the designer I would’ve put the coffee machine in a different location as it blocks the view from the upper deck to watching the front of the kitchen

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GS
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and excellent food. Staff was very efficient and knowledgeable. Was there January 1, could have picked a better place to start out the new year.

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LM
New England
52 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we were impressed with Fore Street. Service was top notch. Husband had the prime rib (very happy). Son and I had the flounder which was excellent-but I must admit I like the sole francaise at Street and Company better! Salad was amazing. All loved the bread.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always amazing food and impeccable service!

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BM
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food at Fore Street was more than awesome as it always is! We go for our favorite meal and are never disappointed.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautifully curated space with wonderful smells and energy. Food is always spectacular. Portions are large and blow away comparatively priced restaurants. Waitstaff is friendly, funny, and extremely knowledgeable.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Annual Christmas Eve Eve outing. Just outstanding as usual.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect as expected

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GC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent!! Service was incredible thanks to Michelle. The ambiance was very enjoyable and relaxing, we could have stayed forever. Unfortunately they had to close though.

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JT
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding and delicious! Never get enough of the food OR the ambience!!

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RR
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always.

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MM
New England
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have celebrated early Christmas here on several occasions and have always been pleased with the food , the service and the ambiance.

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MT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, Fore Street delivered a special experience. Thanks!

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B
New England
199 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Celebrating a birthday the week before Christmas and greeted at the table with a Happy Birthday card from the restaurant-nice touch to start the evening. Drinks served just as ordered by our very efficient waitress. Mushroom and butternut squash salad a delicious start to go along with the yummy sour dough bread. Atlantic char dish served in oval cast iron dish after coming out of the wood burning oven, handles still very hot and hard to avoid touching. Monkfish also served in a smaller cast iron pan with handle facing away from diner so no problem staying away from the hot pan. Portion sizes just right to order apple bread pudding with yummy ice cream for dessert, with the plate nicely decorated with another Happy Birthday wish. Very nice way to celebrate a December birthday with delicious food.

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KW
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

our experience exceeded expectations! We will definitely go back again

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M
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Upon arriving we were pleasantly greeted by the hostess and suggested we wait at the bar until our table was ready. We arrived on time but were happy to enjoy a cocktail to soak in the ambience. However it was stifling hot, even on a cold December day, to the point we were almost dizzy. The air was smoky to the point of hazy due to the wood fire. This haze never cleared. Salads and entrees were good. The standouts were the service and the incredible bread. Due to being underwhelmed we opted to forgo dessert.

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d
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent..delicious , fresh , superb dining.

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely, cozy dining experience. Loved watching the food being created in the kitchen.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fois gras was sublime, I think pear sauce, egg, funnel cake.

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NM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fore Street is my favorite restaurant in the world. This visit was totally consistent with others. The food was spectacular, the venue the best, and the service very good, though a little too matter-of-fact and a bit short of the warmth I would expect servers at this very warm spot to exude.

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L
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter was visiting from California and I wanted to take her somewhere special. I had been to Fore Street many years ago, hoping it would be as wonderful as it was then. I have to say it was even better! Our server was just lovely and enthusiastic and excellent at what she did. The food was the absolute star though! I’ve been to lots of wonderful restaurants I’m lucky enough to say, but the food here was absolutely top-notch! Every bite we took, my daughter and I were practically clapping in appreciation! From the cocktails, to the bread, to the salads, to the entrées and the desert, everything was absolutely perfect! The open kitchen is a sight to behold. Young chefs all working together to create a beautiful product. I can’t wait to go back!

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Great ambiance. Amazing food. On point seamless service.

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London
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about our dinner!

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JB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an old favorite and continues to stand the test of time. This place was one of the pioneers of the foodie restaurant population that has now crowded Portland. Plan in advance and prepare to leave happy and full.

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