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Fore Street

4.9
4.9
3734 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.




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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 57 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Organic, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (207) 775-2717
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Sam Hayward
  • Neighborhood
    Portland
  • Cross street
    Franklin and Pearl
  • 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
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,734 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Maine

    Best Overall

  • Maine

    Best Food

  • Maine

    Best Service

  • Maine

    Innovative

  • Maine

    Contemporary American

  • Maine

    Most Booked

  • Greater Portland

    Best Overall

  • Greater Portland

    Best Food

  • Greater Portland

    Best Service

  • Greater Portland

    Best Ambiance

  • Greater Portland

    Best Value

  • Greater Portland

    Innovative

  • Greater Portland

    Hot spot

  • Greater Portland

    Great for fine wines

  • Greater Portland

    Romantic

  • Greater Portland

    Good for special occasions

  • Greater Portland

    Most Booked

3,734 Reviews
  1. DanP330

    Greater Boston

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We don’t get to Fore Street often but every time we do the meal and experience are outstanding!!! From beginning to end our server Greg was excellent, even with a great wine suggestion. The venison starter was incredible and the special flawless. Would highly recommend the experience to anyone. Such a treat!!

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    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There is a reason Fore Street has been open for so long. Great food, fantastic service adn eating there feels like a special occasion.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fresh and amazing! The crab stuffed haddock was delicious and just enough. The lemon and white chocolate mousse was light, citrusy and phenomenal. The service was excellent! Thanks to Jesse our waiter for his recommendations! I would come back everyday if I lived in Portland.

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  4. francoisP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Lighting is insufficient. It's ok in the booths but not along the wall (why such a difference?). It's almost impossible to read the menu or see what one eats! Far from being cozy or fancy, it's just very inconvenient. Real pity because otherwise it's a great place. Visitor from Europe.

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  5. julesmags

    Greater Boston

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, well crafted cocktails, excellent service, and an upscale but unstuffy atmosphere. In my experience, Fore Street has never disappointed - from the excellent bread that starts off each meal to the toothsome desserts. Even the decaf coffee tasted great! Between the three of us, we enjoyed expertly made whiskey sours, good sauvignon blanc, thick and smoky fish chowder, succulent mussels, and Boucheron salad to start and then moved on to rotisserie chicken, halibut and haddock. Desserts -- muscat grape sorbet, a rhubarb crisp-like concoction, and a light lemony mousse -- were a perfect ending to a delicious meal. Whenever I am in Portland, I want to dine at Fore Street.

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  6. Lenox

    New York City

    132 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    132 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite Portland restaurant and with good reason. Outstanding asparagus salad and out of this world bourbon brined chicken.

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  7. Lenox

    New York City

    132 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    132 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely food and service from Michael. Hoped for more non-shellfish options. Even halibut was made with scallop butter. Delicious cauliflower side and rhubarb dessert. Bread always wonderful too.

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  8. WalterB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a pleasure and the rare pleasure of free parking. Food was fabulous and service was perfect. A favorite restaurant for us here in Portland 😊

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  9. ClintK

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Party of 6 for mother's day. We ate everything! food and service were fantastic as usual.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Maine

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Main dining area is a bit chaotic and noisy but we like the smaller room for quieter dining. Food and service are always excellent!

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FAQs

Fore Street is rated 4.9 stars by 3734 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 57 times today
Google Map for Fore Street

288 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Franklin and Pearl
  • Neighborhood
    Portland
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Organic, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • 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.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Sam Hayward
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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