Fore Street

4.7
1442 reviews
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$50 and over
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Organic, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Bar opens daily at 5:00pm
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Phone number
(207) 775-2717
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Sam Hayward
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Franklin and Pearl
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Parking details
Fore Street has free parking from 5pm to 12am in the parking lot behind the building, depending on availability. Street parking is available as well as customer paid parking in 2 parking garages within 1 block.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1442 People Are Saying
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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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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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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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Houston
17 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant. Very cool space with even better food. Want to come back to Portland just for this restaurant.

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GG
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

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.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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DB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily one of the best restaurants in Portland. The drinks the food seen just perfect.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 !!

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JB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

cozy, fun atmosphere, fresh, nourishing, delicious food, great service! A+

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New England
20 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Top notch as usual

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

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.

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Jacksonville
22 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food flavors unexpected, unique and wonderful.

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MP
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible food and service. The entire experience was amazing

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Lovely food but felt like we were a nuisance and they needed us out fast so the next table could sit down.

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GB
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Apps were delicious but very small and expensive. Entrees, though also pricey - but appropriately so, were large and Yummy. Amazing waiter. Good wine list.

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London
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, terrific service, and an excellent ambiance, our favorite restaurant in Portland.

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JR
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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Jacksonville
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. Excellent presentation. Service is perfect. Love this place!

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Chicago
46 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious! Had a great server and food was wonderful. Would definitely return.

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Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

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New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! We haven’t been here in a few years but it was as good or better than we remembered!

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JG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible wood-grilled mussels, delectable local oysters,amazing wood-grilled halibut and delicious dessert. Service was friendly and efficient (Irina?).

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JR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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).

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Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, love coming back there

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New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing. Never disappoints.

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Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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.

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WC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

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Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal. Great preparation. Lance was an outstanding server.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

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.

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KP
New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food with large portions, and the open kitchen concept adds to the experience!

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

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.

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