Fore Street

4.7
1515 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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New England
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was outstanding. Wonderful atmosphere.

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MW
New England
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive service. Excellent fish dinner. Squid appetizer was outstanding!

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

A tremendous overall experience. Chicken was unbelievably moist and flavorful. Service was attentive and informative without being intrusive.

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

Fore Street continues to deliver! Patrick provided outstanding service!

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JS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner. Great experience. We would absolutely dine here again!

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New England
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic from start to finish once in the restaurant. The bar area was a bit hectic and the bar tender was a bit unfriendly, but once we had our seat it was a wonderful experience.

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D
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellence all around - perfect for our birthday celebration. A consistent Fore Street experience.

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New England
22 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always always great
We celebrated our anniversary dinner at Fore Street. The food and service was great as always. The table had a happy anniversary card which was a nice touch. We always have the mussels and they were delicious. Every course was top notch, Our server was attentive bit not overbearing.

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MS
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

We had reservations and arrived 5 minutes early but still had to wait almost 30 minutes for our table. We asked the waiter for suggestions; he seemed surprised by the question and then recommended several items that just happened to be the most expensive items. In general he was extremely snooty and unfriendly; his attitude really put a damper on our experience. The pork dish was presented as a 5 inch in diameter and 2 inch slab on a plate with some cabbage hidden under it's girth. Very tasty but truly horrific presentation. If you must do an a la carte menu, the least you could do at the prices being charged is make the food look good. The customer's experience and the presentation of the food are important parts of a fine dining experience. The hanger steak was presented well and delicious. The lamb chop was good but not great and again presentation was only so-so. I have eaten at a wide range of restaurants and worked in many; this was a disappointing experience, especially given the price tag.

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r
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The menu was interesting and our food was very well prepared and presented. However, we were disappointed in our waiter as he seemed remote and even inconvenienced. This detracted from an otherwise pleasant experience. All the other staff were friendly and helpful, even giving us a loaf of your delicious bread as we were leaving.

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HI
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Lounge area was very nice. Once we were seated, service was not great. Ordered mussels, pork belly, and hanger steak. Mussels had lots of brittle and broken shells and only a few could be eaten without a mouthful of shell shards. Steak was like trying to chew bubblegum that was made from strips of leather.

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a
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The understatedness of Fore Street's elegant decor with the huge magnolia branch at its center, brought in in bud and bursting into bloom and the lovely predominance of conversation rather than music so that we can speak in normal tones of voice speaks also to its inimitable and utterly reliably delectable cuisine - also, like the magnolia, natural and local in ingredients and like the decor, understatedly inventive so that its subtle savors sneak up on you, like the crunch of almond bits in the mussels' sauce or the cannellini beans in place of the rice or potatoes beneath the scallops. And what can we say about a chocolate cherry torte so light that it hosts the salted caramel ice cream, various whipped creams and even - another inventive note - the caramel corn nuggets' richness without overwhelming us. ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS, beginning to end, with lovely attentive service from our waiters.

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Tahoe
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is no question that Fore Street is a top notch restaurant in every respect. This was only our first visit, but we plan on returning as often as we possibly can!

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! The food was delicious, the staff was very pleasant, the atmosphere was great

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great date with my wife, her sister and husband. The atmosphere was rustic and elegant. Our waitress was excellent and well informed. The food was to die for. We will be back soon!

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AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience across the board!!

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a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

#bummer
food lacked flavor
bread best part of meal

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LP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner with outstanding bread! Monkfish was amazing-loved the Brussels sprouts!

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

We went for 48th Anniversary
Food and service were excellent. However the noise and general atmosphere was more like a high school cafeteria. If it wasn’t for the excellent service it would have been a disappointment

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MH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal at Fore Street. We are never disappointed.

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BB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Amazing place, usually. Go to place for special events when we elect to spring for an outstanding meal.
But this night? Clearly revealed some issues. 2 of our party's main courses were sent back for improper cook and even then when returned one remained undercooked and had to be taken home to cook properly to safely consume. Flavor was great, but the expectation was that the meal could be consumed in the restaurant. Waitstaff were amazing and engaged and indeed noted the undercooked meal upon serving. Management apologized for the issues with the mains (and per this night's luck) one of desserts was dry and inedible. Off nights occur, sadly we hit one.

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TS
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in Saturday at 520pm with reservations. Grabbed a few seats at the lounge area and was promptly seated at 530. Experiance was great! I wish I remembered the waiters name cause he was fenominal (taller gentleman with glasses from Connecticut.) So knowledgeable and not pushy at all. Can't say one bad word about this place, besides I don't live closer!

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It was very good

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K
Las Vegas
57 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fore Street is always a hit. We went early since that's the only reservation we could get and the place was hopping. Service was wonderful, food excellent, and overall experience great.

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n
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!

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HF
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pate/terrine and mussel apps amazing and overall meal outstanding. A must go in Portland!

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R
New England
34 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lively, comfortable atmosphere where each dish comes with its own excellent combination of flavors, and cocktails are flavor forward. A great place to meet friends and family.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my husband’s birthday at his favorite restaurant, and it did not disappoint. We had delicious cocktails, appetizers, meals and a shared dessert. Our waiter recommended and excellent wine that paired well with each of our meals.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and very knowledgeable waiter. We had a wonderful dinner and plan to return soon.

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PL
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always! Wine choices were great. Only negative is that I could only have my pork pink or well done. I would have liked it med well.

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CH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Fore Street is a go to for us. Meal and service were good. However, they were closing for a few days and it was noticeable in selection and we believe quality. Also, was darker than we remember and very hard to see menu and food on plate. Just our 5ake.

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PD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at Fore street was outstanding! From the comfortable surroundings to the extensive menu ( changed daily) and great service. The bar was well stocked, with a nice variety of bourbon at all price points. The roast pork was juicy, flavorful and perfectly prepared. And the side dishes were all excellent. We couldn’t resist the deserts, Hazelnut tort and hand crafted chocolates were the icing on the cake.

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R
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

I rarely write reviews. However, this one I must write. Overpriced, small portions, food is just okay. Not worth it. I think they think it’s better than it is. TThe ambience is really neat though and the bread was delicious.

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SW
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not cheap, but if you are looking for an experience that rivals any in the big city then Fore Street is a must.

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ME
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire staff made sure my wife and I had an exceptional experience.

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BJ
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. The food is wonderful and the atmosphere is very comfortable.

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JC
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve eaten here several times and it never disappoints

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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DM
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm, cozy and comfortable but sophisticated. It's all about the food and the wine list is impressive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is incredible. Ambiance is perfect. Would fly to Portland just for this restaurant!!

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