Fore Street

4.8
2301 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.

Starting Monday 12/7 we will be rolling out a new curbside pick up menu! Call 775-2717 for details.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 2301 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Food was overpriced and waitress stood so far away from the table that I felt like I was in a drive thru.

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vipLhdnyc
London
23 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Warm, intimate feel. Varied selection on the menu. The seafood sampler appetizer was a bit skimpy, but flavorful. The taste of the black cod was superb, but the texture slightly soggy/mushy.

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TraceyPW
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great wine selection Tun, oysters were crisp and fresh, halibut melted in my mouth. Double pork chop for two was GONE and the desserts were finished, I don’t know how we found the room for them but they were too good to leave any bites.

We needed to get two candles as it was a bit dark but it was cozy and quiet.

We felt very safe as everyone social distances and wore masks.

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vipFoodlove
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Seated at very dark table. Also very small so that new rule to have mask on whenever server is at table requires it always be at the ready and take table space. Server was great and makes dining awkward. Thinking this is a Portland rule as other cities in Maine not observing. I am all for mask wearing but this does not seem to be well thought out. Made it an expensive mediocre fine dining experience. Returning customer, but likely not until Covid passes. And there was no way I could tell the cooked le vel of my hanger steak with the darkness. Compliance with this awkward rule seemed varied among diners as well.

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vipEmilyA
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely perfect spot for our birthday celebration dinner. The food was fantastic - particularly the halibut - the servers were extremely professional, polite, and knowledgeable, and the ambiance/overall vibe was lovely. Would love to go back and 100% recommend!

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NeishaR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Beautiful ambiance. Great service. The food was overly rich and heavy. Meat was incredibly fatty. Make sure to hang up your coat at coat room because you leave smelling like grease.

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JosephC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an exceptional treat.
Restaurant took every reasonable precaution to insure safety during the pandemic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible experie

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vipAndrewC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for a special occasion with my girlfriend and had excellent service with great food.

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EthanL
New England
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and atmosphere. Charcuterie outstanding, turnspit rabbit fantastic, mussels were a little fish for us, personally. Desserts were incredible.

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Stephanie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING, a must go when in Portland. Ambience is welcoming and warm. Food is out of this world. A good sized menu with variety for seafood and non-seafood eaters. Loved the Brussel Sprout Salad and the Haddock. Service is impeccable.

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OrlandoM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, our server Joe was very knowledgeable, his in depth knowledge of the menu, wine and cocktails made for an outstanding dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful restaurant in the downtown portland harbour. nice seating and helpful hosts/wait staff.
excellent place all round—:):)

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CatskillPerson
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable dinner, I love the fresh organic salad. I loved the vanilla pudding desert. It was not loud at all but probably due to the extra spacing between the tables. Not bad. Would not mind it that way all the time instead of people right next to you so you hear their entire conversations. Service was very good. Am sure I will be back again.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Amazing service! The fish dishes were done to perfection & the dessert was delicious along with the drinks...just a wonderful experience!

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viplivddream
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was very efficient and professional but not personable. The sea bass was edible but was not a catch of the day which sort of defeated the mission of this restaurant to serve fresh market food daily. They removed this dish from the meal without our asking after hearing the complaint - this was very professional and the right thing to do. The wine list is interesting, but pricing in some ways bewildering although generally good value

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fore Street was hands down our favorite restaurant while visiting Portland! Everything was 5 stars—food, drinks, service, ambiance. Such a great place for a date night or to celebrate something special. Will come back again the next time we are in Portland! This is a must when visiting!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great form the food to the service, especially dining out during the time of Covid, they took wonderful measures to make sure everyone is safe.

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Debbie
New England
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This was the first time in 15 years of eating there that the food wasn't perfect. But these challenging times for restaurants could have been a factor this visit.

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Leoll
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Possibly the best restaurant in Portland.

Deserves a Michelin Star.

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DuncanS
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All great . As expected. Food and specialty cocktails . And a beautiful place to share a dinner with friends . Would go back!

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EDS1
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my family for their first meal at Fore Street Restaurant. We had the Pork Sirloin, Mussells, Hangar Steak and Scallops. They were perfectly prepared and served. I would recommend this restaurant to all!

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vipMindyM
New England
48 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best, service, food, attention to details, a must in Portland.

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BiancaP
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is outstanding and I look forward to dining there every time I am in Portland. Service is fantastic and I love their changing menu. It keeps things interesting!!

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StevenC
New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Brussel Sprout salad and mussels were awesome as was the service,

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romo
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Live in Boston and have been coming here for 15 years. As good or better than any restaurant in Boston. Phenomenal food, service and ambience. Why else would one drive 2 hours for dinner

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Lynn
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu is different every day but there is something from each category to please all palates. I had pork and my husband at steak....both were cooked to perfection.
So fun to see all the action in the "open " kitchen while in a cozy and comfortable atmosphere.
Delicious dessert to end the evening was over the top.
The bakery that they own behind the restaurant was worth stopping in the next morning as their bread is amazing. Also got more of the amazing ginger spice cookies that came with my creme brulee the night before.
5 star restaurant by far....its a must if you go to Portland!

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Weinberger
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend it. Love the food and the attention of the staff.

EG
vipEatinGoodJC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating just getting married with a trip up to Portland. Fore Street never disappoints...everything was absolutely spot on from the food to Neil and the ambience. Every time I’m in Portland I make a point to come here and look forward to continuing that tradition for years to come.

JC
JohnC
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service, outstanding on COVID-related safety measures.

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DanielN
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience. Staff was respectful and very helpful.

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FoodieJim
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sadly I save this place for special occasions. I should frequent it more often

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great,food even better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Delicious food and drinks

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frans
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get food, wait staff is great. Felt comfortable and welcome.

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JenG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal in every way. Gorgeous, warm, romantic ambience. Delicious food, perfectly prepared. Warm and thoughtful service. Super location. Can't wait for my next visit!

JT
JeniferT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and delicious food!

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Jarlaxle
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a date night for 2. Fresh ingredients sourced locally and a great verity of wine.

FAQs

Fore Street offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (207) 775-2717.

Fore Street is rated 4.8 stars by 2301 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.