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Fore Street

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4.8
2791 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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Booked 56 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Organic, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Dinner
    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 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, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Appetizers

  • Garden (Salads and Homemade Soups)

    • Raw and Chilled Seafood

      • Wood Oven Roasted and Grilled Seafood

        • Grilled, Pan Seared and Oven Roasted Meats

          • Chilled Meats and Offal (Charcuterie)

            Entrees

            • Pan Seared Seafood

              • Wood Oven Roasted Seafood

                • Wood Grilled Meats

                  • Turnspit Roasted Meats

                    • Plants

                      • Vegetables to Share

                        Desserts

                        • Artisan Cheeses

                          • Bite Size and Hand Crafted Cakes, Ice Cream & Pastries

                            • Hand Made Chocolates

                              Signature Items

                              Signature Items Which Are Available On Our Menu Every Day

                              • Mixed Organic Salad Greens

                                Barrel Aged Cider Vinaigrette

                                • Chilled and Smoked Seafood Platter

                                  Ever-evolving selections prepped daily from the sea

                                  • Wood Oven Roasted Maine Mussels

                                    Garlic Almond Butter

                                    • Charcuterie

                                      House made smoked sausages, confits, rillettes, brawns, terrines and pates. Hand Crafted Daily

                                      • Wood Grilled Natural Hanger Steak

                                        Cipollini Onions and Greens, with a tomato and horseradish vinaigrette

                                        • Turnspit Roasted and Dry Rubbed Pork Loin

                                          Natural Quebec Pork. Morse's sauerkraut with pickling spices

                                          • Turnspit Roasted Organic Maine Half Chicken

                                            From Whitefield Maine. Charred cornbread rusk with toasted black cumin sweet butter

                                            • Wood Oven Roasted Whole Fish

                                              Served tail on bone in, varying species

                                              Last updated: February 2, 2022

                                              What 2,791 people are saying

                                              Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                              NoiseModerate

                                              Loved For

                                              • Maine

                                                Best Ambiance

                                              • Maine

                                                Fit for Foodies

                                              • Maine

                                                Healthy

                                              • Maine

                                                Special Occasion

                                              • Maine

                                                Contemporary American

                                              • Maine

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                                                william

                                                Montreal

                                                23 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                23 reviews

                                                Dined 1 day ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                great restaurant

                                              2. KR

                                                KelvinR

                                                New York Area

                                                12 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                12 reviews

                                                Dined 3 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Great food and fantastic environment.

                                              3. D

                                                Doug

                                                Las Vegas

                                                30 reviews

                                                vip
                                                3.0

                                                30 reviews

                                                Dined 3 days ago

                                                overall3food4service4ambience1

                                                Food was awesome. Try the haddock! But ventilation very poor. The smokiness of room left my eyes stinging for hours and of course my clothes and hair reeked of the smoky smell

                                              4. DK

                                                DianeK

                                                New England

                                                4 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined 5 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Wonderful meal.Must keep strip steak on permanent menu!

                                              5. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Charleston

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 6 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                I have been to Fore Street many times and it is fantastic! Love everything about it- atmosphere, food, and service. Will keep coming back!

                                              6. CC

                                                CharlesC

                                                Toronto

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined 6 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Server was excellent. Dinner was great. Drinks were fantastic. Got a tad warm in the restaurant for more liking by the end of the dinner. Too warm to stay for coffee and deserts. Not sure why they aren't considering fan setup similar to their Scales operation?

                                              7. JP

                                                JasonP

                                                New York Area

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined 6 days ago

                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                Fore Street is just one of those places that feels comfortable. The atmosphere is always on point and the food/drinks just plain deliver.

                                              8. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Denver

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined 7 days ago

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Seafood I ordered was fresh and absolutely tasty. Also enjoyed the ornate presentation of the key lime pie.

                                              9. AB

                                                AngelaB

                                                London

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Fantastic experience. Felt very relaxed and welcoming yet still special enough for a big occasion. Highly recommended.

                                              10. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                New England

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We’ve been waiting three years to eat at Fore Street (thanks COVID) and it was absolutely worth the wait. This was hands-down, one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had. The service was incredible, the food was outstanding, and the overall experience was fantastic. We had difficulty trying to pick what to eat because everything looked so delicious. We finally decided on the chicken, pork loin, and garlic mashed potatoes. I never order chicken at a restaurant, and I’ve never had better chicken!Fore Street is definitely getting it right, so if you want an outstanding dining experience, then eat here.

                                              11. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We went to Fore Street for our fifth anniversary and it was amazing!! Great food great drinks

                                              12. MR

                                                MichelleR

                                                New England

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Delicious food. Great service. Would highly recommend

                                              13. DA

                                                DavidAtSwans

                                                Denver

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                One of the very best meals of our lives. Yes, that’s right! Ryan, the maitre d' was very welcoming. Alec was a great waiter, and we had scollops w parsnip and haddock with kale in a cream sauce. Dessert an entrement w ginger ice cream and a dark chocolate torte w cinnamon ice cream. Then a plate of 3 cheeses, Jasper Hill Farm (Greensboro, VT) Willoughby, Jasper Hill Farm Whitney, and Old Chatham (NY) Ewe's Blue and espresso. Fabulous!!!

                                              14. NT

                                                NicTam

                                                New York Area

                                                6 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                6 reviews

                                                Dined on May 4, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Food was exceptional. This was my third time dining here, the second in a year and the food tonight was by far the best it has ever been. Service was excellent as well. We were given the best table in the house and everyone made a fuss over us. We were a large group and sampled most of the menu. We were not disappointed with a single dish. We look forward to our next time dining at Fore Street.

                                              15. d

                                                danielw

                                                Dallas

                                                3 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on May 4, 2022

                                                overall4food5service5ambience3

                                                Great service and food… extremely noisy in the back room.

                                              16. MM

                                                MarianM

                                                New England

                                                4 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                I particularly liked your manager, Matt. He’s very helpful and polite Our waitress was excellent too

                                              17. A

                                                Austin

                                                New York Area

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Had the most magical time celebrating our honeymoon here, we had Allora as a server and she made our experience absolutely wonderful! The food was amazing and had actually some of the best food we’ve ever eaten!

                                              18. SR

                                                SaraR

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                overall3food2service4ambience5

                                                Mussels were way over cooked and the broth was overpoweringly garlic but otherwise no flavor. We are about 3 mussels each and really disliked it. The waitstaff could easily see that we hadn’t enjoyed it but made no comment and didn’t inquire. Not the sign of a kitchen that is concerned about customer experience and opportunity to improve.

                                              19. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Orlando

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Food was delicious! Service good!! One of my favorites when visiting Portland Maine!!

                                              20. WD

                                                WendyD

                                                New England

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                I almost hate to recommend it. But recommend it I must. The food is creative and delicious. The staff are each so attentive, gracious and responsive to the vibe of the customers. The wine choices excellent.

                                              21. LS

                                                LizS

                                                New England

                                                3 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                Outstanding meal. Food is so creative and delicious. Worth having to wait to get a reservation.

                                              22. A

                                                Almeg

                                                New England

                                                81 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                81 reviews

                                                Dined on April 28, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                Our server was knowledgeable and very pleasant. The food was outstanding with special mention to mussels and turn spit chicken. We are never let down at Fore Street and try to go there whenever we visit Portland! Fantastic!

                                              23. SD

                                                SteveD

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 26, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Easily one of the top five dinners I've had in my life.

                                              24. J

                                                Jasper

                                                New England

                                                3 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on April 26, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                An excellent farm to table, purveyor driven, wood oven centric, fit for foodie's gem. Craft cocktails shouldn’t be missed with lots of outstanding seafood throughout the menu. Quite active and noisy so come prepared to raise your voice. It will be more than likely a memorable evening.

                                              25. S

                                                Samm

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 25, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Fantastic food and great staff. Definitely get the mussels!!!

                                              26. WB

                                                WBrown

                                                New England

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on April 25, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Another terrific night at Fore St….we’ve coming here for years, consistently excellent and our wait staff exceptional.

                                              27. CC

                                                ChristianeC

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                We are from Quebec city we decided to go back to Fore Street we had discovered three years ago. We were right to go back. The food is excellent and the people there are professional and they smile! The restaurant is cute and even though it was practically full we could discuss quietly. Thanks it was great !!!

                                              28. CV

                                                CathyV

                                                New England

                                                10 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                10 reviews

                                                Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Fabulous as usual

                                              29. C

                                                Cariminas78

                                                New England

                                                6 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                6 reviews

                                                Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                Nice, maybe the expectation was too high, but overall, the experience was good

                                              30. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Chicago

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                The food and service was great! The only negative part of the experience was the fact that we sat for about 15 minutes without being acknowledged once we were seated. Other than that I can’t recommend Fore Street enough!

                                              31. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                New England

                                                32 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                32 reviews

                                                Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                Fore St. remains remarkably consistent after all these years: a great menu, mostly delicious meals, very well staffed. On this occasion, though, we were served lamb dish that seemed more fat than meat.

                                              32. SC

                                                SCOTTJ

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Meal was outstanding as it always has been on multiple visits.

                                              33. VM

                                                VanessaM

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Outstanding experience at Fore Street! The service was simply amazing - our waitress was friendly, knowledgable, patient, and cheerful. The food was fresh, bursting with flavor, and perfect temperature. The wine list was great too. We had dessert and after-dinner cocktails to top off a perfect dining experience!

                                              34. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                New England

                                                3 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                Sat near the open kitchen. Enjoyed watching the cooks prepping orders and getting them in the oven or on the grill. Very enjoyable dinner although the scallops were over cooked. Our waitress was very pleasant and attentive.

                                              35. J

                                                Jess

                                                Savannah

                                                5 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on April 20, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Loved our meal and the open kitchen. Great value for upscale dining as compared to some other meals we’ve had in the area.

                                              36. AN

                                                AlanN

                                                New England

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 20, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                Always a fabulous meal, wonderful service and a pleasant atmosphere. You can't go wrong eating at this fine restaurant.

                                              37. RS

                                                RossS

                                                New England

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 19, 2022

                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                Excellent meal. Noise level a little too much for a quiet relaxing meal.

                                              38. S

                                                Snowy

                                                New England

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on April 19, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Absolutely extraordinary from start to finish. We enjoyed a starter of smoked sea bass, scallop tartare and fresh salmon. My wife had the spinach pie entree; savory spinach and cheese in a perfectly cooked phyllo pastry, while I had a spectacular venison dish. We shared some oven roasted sweet potatoes with blue cheese and honey as an accompaniment. For dessert we shared a wonderful chocolate torte and a glass of port. From the beautiful ambiance of the restaurant itself, to the attentive service and soft jazz, our experience was simply wonderful. We cannot wait to return! One small note: the parking lot behind Fore St. is free to patrons after 5 pm. This isn’t clear when you pull in, and I paid at the kiosk when we arrived. It wasn’t until I headed out to add some time to the meter that the hostess informed me I needn’t do so. No worries, dinner was worth the extra $8.56 I shelled out.

                                              39. JP

                                                JeanineP

                                                New England

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on April 19, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Perfect. Food was delicious and customer service exemplary. We will be back.

                                              40. MM

                                                MikeM

                                                New England

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on April 18, 2022

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Outstanding!!!

                                              Safety precautions

                                              • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                              • Screening

                                                • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                                • Staff is vaccinated

                                              FAQs

                                              Fore Street is rated 4.8 stars by 2791 OpenTable diners.

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                                              Booked 56 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

                                                Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
                                                Dinner
                                                Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

                                              • 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, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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