Fore Street

4.8
2609 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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
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Trebor
New England
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Ryan was excellent. We had a wine question and Ryan suggested the perfect wine from New Zealand that we were familiar with and sold us a bottle. Perfect paring for our meal. Also parking at the Standard worked perfectly.

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LynnR
New England
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you all for an enjoyable supper. Food was sublime and service was impeccable.

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Lizzie
New England
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, service and ambience as usual. One of our all time favorites!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first trip to Maine for our Anniversary. Excellent food and service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Incredible service. I wish I have the same wait staff wherever I go. The food has been built up too much and was a bit of a let down. The roasted flavor comes through in everything but otherwise not memorable flavors. Creme Brule was burnt on top:-(

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ElenaB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was not very good, or I just expected more. Food was fine, nothing more, nothing less. I think sister restaurant Scales offers more attentive, professional service and better food.

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vipdrpamelafromtexas
San Antonio
32 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was such an amazing dining experience. We have dined at many James Beard award winning chef restaurants and I cannot believe this chef is not a winner! What is going on? To have held this quality for 30 years is just mind blowing. I will be back many times in the future.

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vipacastle
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous seasonal dishes. Scallops and hanger steak for entrees were perfect. Brussels sprouts and carrot sides were good accompaniments. Bread was delicious. Sticky toffee pudding for dessert was to die for. As good as any I've eaten in Scotland!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always.

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MikeR
New England
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very enjoyable. Kelly, our wait staff person was wonderful. Knowledgeable and friendly. We will be back.

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vipKristineT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding meal. The service and staff is beyond outstanding. This is one of our absolute favorite places to eat in Portland.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michael was honestly one of the best servers we’ve ever had, and I’m a restaurant owner myself. Everything was spot on and he anticipated our every need. From champagne presentation to food recommendations, he nailed it all from start to finish with enthusiasm. The food was outstanding, as it always is…wonderful halibut over seasonal roasted veggies, the delicious standard baking co. bread, and the sticky toffee pudding was the best way to round out the meal. It just doesn’t get any better than dining at Fore Street!

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vipdonfromwestborough
New England
57 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We booked our reservation about 60 days in advance. Party of 4. Appetizers (including an superb lentil/duck soup) were outstanding. Main courses were excellent. Wine list was a bit overpriced (3-4x retail) but interesting and varied. Second time eating at Fore Street within the past month.
Definitely one of the top (if not the top) restaurant in Portland when all factors (food, service, atmosphere) are taking into account.

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Nanzer
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Possibly the worst fine dining meal we’ve ever had. The two starters we ordered were tasty but quite skimpy for The amount being charged. The entrees were terrible, hanger steak was so tough and chewy you could hardly cut it with the provided steak knife and the accompanying grits were cold. The whole black bass was filleted at the table which was a nice touch but when the young man commented that there may still be a few bones in the fish I never dreamed what he actually meant was that every single bite you take will be more bone than fish. I was shocked that this high end restaurant would even serve something this horrible. There was no way to tell if it was too or not because it was literally a mouth full of bones each bite. I tried to eat as much as I could but finally gave up and it’s unfortunate because I was hungry after eating light during the day anticipating our special anniversary dinner. This will be our last visit to this overrated establishment. So disappointed but there are plenty of other fine restaurants in Portland that I will be happy to visit and spend my money happily.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic food, drinks and service! Then menu is never the same, so it’s always exciting to try something new. Can’t recommend this place enough!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service- a huge menu to choose from and food was fantastic.

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BillC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

my favorite portland restaurant. nice to relax and unwind

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AmyP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was amazing. A must go when in Portland.

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vipCathyV
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back in almost 2 years due to pandemic and Fore Street is still the best restaurant in Portland!

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Christi
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My husband and I went to Fore Street to celebrate my birthday. Everything was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious & wonderful atmosphere!!!

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JohnS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Once again Fore Street lived up to its reputation. Delicious, intelligent, woke food in great portions.

A couple of negatives: 1) Apps and salads came out before we'd finished our cocktails. Made us worried about the pace of the meal. But, things slowed down appropriately before the entrees arrived. 2) Our table was almost too small to accommodate the food and drinks.

But the positives outweigh the negatives. We were seated at the exact time of our reservation, our waitperson was totally on point, the presentation, quality and portion size of our food choices were excellent. And, woah, that sour dough bread is too good to be true!

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vipMarshallG
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great well prepared food. Service uneven in beginning of meal with appetizers arriving before wine but then got their pacing down and the rest of the the meal was well served

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vipSanjra
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Great service, beautiful restaurant

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vipyogifoodie
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went out with our baby girl for my husbands birthday last Sunday night and everything was absolutely amazing! Our server was so wonderful! She was there when we needed her at all the right times, never hovering & made sure we had what we needed without ever having to ask! The manager was so nice too! He helped us obtain milk to take back for the baby to have when we got back to the hotel room too! Will absolutely be back! Great birthday date night out!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great atmosphere. Truly enjoyed the experience.

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TomO
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really specially spot for a night out with delicious food

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Danielle
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great martini at the bar while we waited for our table. Our server was engaging, incredibly helpful, and fun to chat with. The bottle of wine we ordered was delicious and the meal from start to finish was perfect. The turn-spit chicken was lights out good. By the time we finished, we had the back room to ourselves. 10/10 great dinner and experience.

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Cubby
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I’ve enjoyed my visits before but was disappointed by the menu choices. There was only vegetarian option which was good but not normally what would have chosen.
The noise level was extremely high and this would deter me from going again.
The younger crowd might enjoy it more.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of, if not the best restaurant in Portland. Beautiful dining room, excellent service and a menu with many incredible dishes.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Fore Street Restaurant. We’ve been coming since inception, for 25 years. It’s fun to introduce friends to the restaurant….it’s always a wow factor! Thank you.

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CarolC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent. The only issue is that it was just a bit too dark. I recognize that dim light is part of the ambiance but I couldn’t read the menu.

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vipdla911
New England
151 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bluefin tuna crudo is spectacular as is the fois gras as an appitizer. Go with the halibut for a main and leave room for dessert.

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GAS64
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our service and food were wonderful. The restaurant was very, very warm.

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GarrettG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

once again, perfection. cortland apple salad, lamb shoulder.

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MarkM
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner overall. We had starters, mains and dessert. Notably very special was the mussels, tuna crudo, the mushroom soup, the Hangar Steak, and the lamb special. All food was pleasantly hot, presented well. Waiter was personable and efficient. The room was lively, a little loud at times, but quite enjoyable watching the prepping and cooking of the food. Although we were fairly full we did share the dark chocolate tart which was beautifully done and even just a bite or two was heavenly.

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SallieS
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and ambiance outstanding! Sarah, our server was awesome! Wonderful evening with our guests from North Carolina. Thank you!

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ThomasW
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This has always been one of our favorite places, but it's down a notch (even counting Covid caused issues). Limited menu, jet engine loud noise level and chewy Hanger Stack. Service was great, but they need to work on some things. We'll come back but not for a while.

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KHutch
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go for a special occasion! Always enjoy our experience when we dine here. Very professional staff and amazing food and drinks.

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ElizabethS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Very good, make sure to get mushrooms , best mushrooms!

FAQs

Fore Street is rated 4.8 stars by 2609 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.