Lovely, cozy dining experience. Loved watching the food being created in the kitchen.
Fois gras was sublime, I think pear sauce, egg, funnel cake.
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.
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!
Beautiful restaurant. Great ambiance. Amazing food. On point seamless service.
We loved everything about our dinner!
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.
Outstanding restaurant. Very cool space with even better food. Want to come back to Portland just for this restaurant.
Given the high reputation of Fore St , my husband and I were disappointed with our dining experience. First the positives, our server was excellent....friendly, polite, efficient and knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. We had a reservation, arrived on time and were immediately seated. Our food was served while still warm and without a long wait. Bread from Standard Baking is always a plus. My glass of white wine was served at a nice chilled temperature. Our disappointment was about the food preparation. Our salads were lovely but way too oily. We aren’t ones to send food back but we considered it. Clearly fresh ingredients were used and the salad presentation was attractive. Too bad the overuse of oil reduced our salads to a soppy mess. My entree was a dish with sea scallops. Again great presentation and fresh ingredients but this time the scallops were way over salted. I was reminded of movie theater popcorn. When I make advance reservations and pay $150. for dining out, my expectation is for great service, atmosphere and most of all well prepared food. Sadly this didn’t happen. I take responsibility for not sending the food back but really, I should not have had to be a complainer.
After hearing many wonderful things about Fore Street, I have to say we were a little disappointed. We were seated by the fire, which made it very warm, the service was a little lacking in personality, and the food underwhelming.
Easily one of the best restaurants in Portland. The drinks the food seen just perfect.
Went here he night after our wedding for dinner and it was perfect ! Food wa amazing and intricate with such detail to flavor pairings . Amazing wine selection . Would highly recxomned !!
cozy, fun atmosphere, fresh, nourishing, delicious food, great service! A+
Top notch as usual
We always look forward to dining at Fore Street when we are in town. We love their roasted chicken. Unfortunately,this time we were disappointed. The chicken seemed not be cooked enough. We couldn’t get the meat off the bone and left a lot on our plates. And, it didn’t have that special flavor. We are not the kind of customers who send food back to the kitchen so we dealt with it. Everyone Is entitled to an off day every once in a while and we will definitely return to this restaurant. Worth the visit.
Excellent service, food flavors unexpected, unique and wonderful.
Absolutely incredible food and service. The entire experience was amazing
Lovely food but felt like we were a nuisance and they needed us out fast so the next table could sit down.
Amazing. The way food and eating should be. We will surely be back. Literally THE BEST Pork Chop Iv ever had. NYC Restaurants have nothing on Fore Street.
Apps were delicious but very small and expensive. Entrees, though also pricey - but appropriately so, were large and Yummy. Amazing waiter. Good wine list.
Wonderful food, terrific service, and an excellent ambiance, our favorite restaurant in Portland.
The food lived up to its reputation. It was flavorful and fresh, the combinations unique. We both had seafood given the location and it did not disappoint. The service however felt flat. Our waitress was pleasant but had nothing to say, almost like a robot who wanted us to eat and leave. And we didn’t have an early reservation so they weren’t necessarily trying to turn the table over. I would definitely go back and there was nothing wrong with the table service, it just felt like it didn’t align with Fore Street’s reputation.
Great food and ambiance. Excellent presentation. Service is perfect. Love this place!
Absolutely delicious! Had a great server and food was wonderful. Would definitely return.
Excellent! We haven’t been here in a few years but it was as good or better than we remembered!
Incredible wood-grilled mussels, delectable local oysters,amazing wood-grilled halibut and delicious dessert. Service was friendly and efficient (Irina?).
This was our third or fourth visit in as many years. They take themselves a bit too seriously. A required $50 deposit to make a reservation! Rules about how to order drinks while waiting at the bar, etc.
That being said, it's a great experience. We were seated promptly, had an amazing server (Alora), and excellent food. Very accommodating for our lactose intolerant guest. Haddock - excellent, flounder - great, pork - good, but a little overcooked. The chocolate bark was a special dessert treat for our dairy-free friend. No milk! Certainly one of the best restaurants in Portland and convenient parking across the street ($10).
Absolutely loved everything about this place; the food, drinks, service, ambiance....We had the oysters, special salad, scallops and skate. If the skate is on the menu, get it. It was so delicious probably the best fish dish I’ve ever had. If you’re in Portland go to Fore Street, it will not disappoint you
Great place, love coming back there
Always amazing. Never disappoints.
We dined with friends while visiting Portland and were not disappointed. The scallops were the best of the table, and probably the best I've ever had. The whole sea bass was also incredible. The flank steak was not as impressive, but I think that had more to do with the cut than the prep. Our server was very knowledgeable (made a very good wine suggestion) and I greatly appreciated that she took our entire order at once and then paced things accordingly for apps and mains.
Waitress had no personality. Acted as though we were an inconvenience to her. We had to ask her name since she did not tell us initially.
Food preparation was wonderful. My pork was the best I’ve ever had. Wonderful wood flavor and very tender.
Very nice ambiance. Open kitchen setup was nice.
Kitchen problems 1/4 tables empty on Columbus weekend. Service also lacking, was on third course of food and paired wine. Still eating and waiter brings the bill unsolicited. Was good vibe until that push you out the door crap.
Fabulous meal. Great preparation. Lance was an outstanding server.
Great vibe. Very good food (maybe not quite as good as the very high expectations set by reviewers and others). Really the disappointment was the service. Very rushed. Not very friendly or welcoming. Not terribly knowledgeable about the food/kitchen. Sloppy with the pacing and forgetting things that were ordered. Pretty surprising given the reputation of the place. All in all, still a very nice experience but could (and should) have been much better.
Great atmosphere and creative seasonal menu. Well worth the wait; make sure you book in advance! The service is excellence and the food is always fresh and locally sourced.
Delicious food with large portions, and the open kitchen concept adds to the experience!
Food was delicious, however it was a bit overly seasoned. The fish (See Bass and Halibut) was excellent, it didn’t need as much butter and sauce as they used. Overall service was amazing and ambiance.