Fore Street

4.9
2410 Reviews
$50 and over
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.

Reservations made on Open Table are for inside dining only. We have closed our outside patio for the season.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 2410 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.9
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4.8
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4.5
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Noise · Moderate
99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSavorTheTaste
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed the entire dining experience. It was an exquisite adventure into fine dining. And, we are fairly certain Fore Street staff invented the phrase itself. Thank you, everyone who chose the menu, prepared the ingredients and to Faith, who served us with her warm and special smile.

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Yong
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and waitress service outstanding

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JulioR
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s hard to think of a better restaurant in New England. I always stop in when I’m in Portland. Wish we had a place like this in Boston.

A foodie’s Paradise.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service.

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AnnaS
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience1

I thought the food was very good and fresh, as advertised. The service was excellent. The noise level, however, was terrible. It was difficult to hear my dining partner and/or the server. I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant for a romantic, quiet meal.

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vipterrirs
New England
21 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just perfect starting with the server (very knowledgeable and friendly), in my opinion the best table in the house (with a view of the kitchen), and the delicious food.

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vipJgnj
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had two great fish dinners..great wait staff...

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khaate
New England
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go for a special occasion. Reservations are a good idea but I have been lucky so far as an early walk-in (It’s worth the wait). Wait-Staff are very professional and excellent at making suggestions about the menu and wine selection.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
16 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delicious meal with a neat atmosphere inside. Large portions.

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FrancieM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful in every way - food, wine, views of the kitchen magic and outstanding service by Sarah.

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RebeccaK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food continues to be worth the hype. Absolutely delicious and generous portions. Service a little slow. Can't wait to return in the future.

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Tammi
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely amazing! We had the scallops, halibut, asparagus, and the potatoes and it was some of the best food we have ever had. Highly recommend!

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gallaba
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. The food is phenomenal. The space is beautiful.

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vipMike
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal for a special occasion. Elevated food, exceptional service, but in a casual environment.

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vipJimmyO
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We shared hangar steak and bluefish filet and loved each. Enjoyed raw scallops and littleneck clams ss appetizers and shared an opera cake dessert. Wonderful. Bery friendly and efficient service too. Certainly not inexpensive but worth it.

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NancyP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful! We’ve worked with her in the past and she’s knowledgeable, patient, personable and knows her wines :)

The beignet dessert was fantastic as was the risotto.

Wonderful night!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A precision team! Servers, chefs, manager ( Matt) server (Sarah) all make this a remarkable experience.. Well then there is the food! Everything from the bread basket to the craft cocktails to the desserts was absolutely delicious!.. Mussels are to die for.. Foie Gras melt in your mouth astounding.. A must visit in Portland!

JM
vipJMKief
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great NE, romantic ambience. Fantastic food and top service. Great evening out.

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SusanG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! The hanger steak, halibut,scallops and pappardelle were all a hit! Neil our server was excellent! And my husband made a point to speak with Dana and congratulate him in such a wondetful restaurant

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HansongLi
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience with highly creative dishes and a knowledgeable and accommodating host!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fore Street was truly an amazing experience from beginning to end. The ambiance was perfect for a special occasion, the service was spot on, and the food was simply incredible. Do yourself a favor and order the oysters with freshly grated horseradish and in house cocktail sauce. The muscles are incredible, so be sure to leave some bread for dipping. There whole fish is sensational and the garlic mashed potatoes were just heavenly. Save room for dessert if you can; you won’t regret it. All in all, it was a fantastic night.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best waitress EVER!

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ChrisR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The overall vibe was very cool. Food was very tasty and really loved the rotating menu with fresh local ingredients. The server was very helpful, polite and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second experience at Fore St and it was every bit as memorable as the first. The food is awesome and so thoughtfully prepared and presented. There is a reason you need to book it at least a month out. They do hold some tables for walk ins and won’t bend on it no matter what you offer or how much you are willing to spend which I respect but also hate after I’ve eaten and remember how good it was and ask them to give me a table at the same time tomorrow night!! LOL! Definitely a gem

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely our favorite restaurant

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MatthewB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was very friendly. Food was spot on. Really Delicious! Pleasant atmosphere. Being able to watch a lot of the food being prepared was a treat. Would return.

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DavidC
Savannah
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic staff and wonderful experience. New fave restaurant in Portland.

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Cloud
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place to eat - Great menu - hard to choose what to eat - Service was excellent wine list quite extensive. We highly recommend eating here!!

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SandyR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. My favorite restaurant in Portland . Device and ambiance wonderful

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GWHS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious food and top notch service, paced wonderfully. If you’re hungry get the chicken, it’ll fill you up. Food>Drink here

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RobinR
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s nice watching them cook on the floor in front of you. Food was delicious!

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AlisaS
New England
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, a great way to celebrate our anniversary!

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Friend
Houston
16 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food. Very inventive menu. The mussels are outstanding.

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vipAbbyC
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the service was wonderful! Highly recommend!!

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Lauren
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend the charcuterie! Really enjoyed our time. Excellent service

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, beautiful place and lovely atmosphere.

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JasonP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful. Service was spectacular and the food was sublime. I highly recommend the wood fired squid for any foodie out there. Fantastic!

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SandraH
New England
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous anniversary dinner! Loved the use of seasonal food. All so very well done.

JM
JenniferM
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal! Keep the vanilla custard pie on the menu. Out of this world!!

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kateb
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first indoor dining experience since getting vaccinated and we felt very comfortable with the way Fore Street was serving their customers. We were seated near an open window and, with the distancing of tables, it was so nice not to overhear every conversation around us. Our server, Lowell, was very attentive & personable, gave good suggestions and knew the menu well. The staff was terrific.

FAQs

Fore Street is rated 4.9 stars by 2410 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.