Fore Street

4.7
1661 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
4 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Daughters wedding dinner

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MK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In May, we made our reservation at Fire Street after the highest recommendation from my husband’s gastroenterologist in Fort Myers, FL told us Fore was the best restaurant he’d ever been to, anywhere. We came to Portland with friends and wanted to have a great foodie experience. We were seated at a nice booth that was separated from others by bread baskets and an open walkway so we never felt squeezed in and couldn’t hear other diners conversations. We enjoyed our server who was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and the wines. The pork belly appetizer was melt in your mouth and we all LOVED that artisan bread. The brocolini salad was tasty even if the brocolini itself was a bit too raw to cut with our table knives. I had the scallops which had been perfectly seared with a crusty bit on the putt and still translucent and tender on the inside. My husband had the roasted chicken dish which was ample and perfectly cooked. My friends had the delicious pappardelle dish. Comfort food was never so tasty. The bluefin tuna was enjoyed by another and my other friend had the hanger steak. Yum. The whole experience was top-notch. So happy we made our reservation on Open Table. A highlight of our visit to Portland.

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the oysters, muscles and scallops. Everything was great.

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

The food was great and I would have given Fore St a five, however with a daily changing menu I think they need to allow for a little more flexibility to accommodate diners with food allergies.

I am vegetarian with gluten and dairy allergies. They advertised a plant option so I was thrilled. The night we had our dinner the one plant option came with pasta and as the server rather curtly reminded me it is a daily menu and there are no substitutions. Seems my request to switch pasta for rice was insulting. When I asked for balsamic vinegar for my dressing I was told it would be extra because it is ‘special’. As a foodie I understand, but the manner in which the server and the restaurant addresses food allergies is overly ridged and frankly arrogate. I would ask that the team at Fore St remember that with a daily changing and very small menu it is hard for those of us with food allergies to plan our dining experience.

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LE
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent customer service. Cool bar area to wait for seating. Got the roasted mussels, blue fin tuna, and zucchini with beat sauce. The beat sauce was an unexpected delight.

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New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good was great and service was outstanding.

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Tucson
46 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We have been coming here for 12 years and this time we were disappointed in preparation of fish dishes (tuna and halibut) as very ordinary, but overpriced. Our server was not very interested as well. Still gave it 3 stars due to superb bread which can be procured downstairs at Standard Bakery. So in the future, we still can get the bread!

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Greensboro
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our experience was wonderful. Can see why this place is so popular. From our server, the atmosphere and the food, everything was exceptional. What a gem. Can’t wait to go back again.

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New England
34 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great meal from start to finish. Did find that the portions had gotten smaller on the outstanding mussels and the side dishes from the last time we had eaten there. Our waitress was outstanding.

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New England
119 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fore Street continues to be the restaurant to measure all other Maine restaurants by.

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New England
30 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. The chicken liver appetizer is phenomenal.

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KM
Key West
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Food overrated Great atmosphere waited too long with my reservation. Seriously overrated. SteAk tough on 3 orders sent back

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MM
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food great space
Loved it would definitely recommend and go back!!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant I've been to in Portland and one of the best I've had recently.

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I’ve had in my life

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Miami
31 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was SUPERB at every level. From the bread to the fire/ wood oven mussels to the scallops. All of the fire roasted vegetable salads were also spectacular. And do not skip dessert! We had the best hazelnut ice cream )served with a chocolate soufflé) that was the best I ever had. The rhubarb tart was also amazing. I will go back every time I make it to Portland, Maine..

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Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great seating with a clear view of the kitchen. Our waitress was super friendly and helpful. We had a fantastic meal. The pork loin was the best dish of the night.

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SR
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Too frigging loud! Food was excellent, great service, way too expensive. 236.00 for three, no drinks. Not a good value

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Nashville
41 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good experience. Our table for two was very small and a little hard to fit the good on. Food was good and service was great.

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ML
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always wanted to eat at Fore Street! We waited for a special occasion, our 1st anniversary! Not only was the food outstanding, but the ambiance and view of the kitchen was quite spectacular! Thank you to Emily and all the staff!

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RT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fore Street lives up to the hype. The food is delicious and the ambiance and service are fantastic.

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New England
23 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food,knowledgeable waiter. Restaurant was busy but not excessively noisy.

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MB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible view of the wood-fired cooking. Great atmosphere and amazing food. Seafood and steak cooked to perfection. We will be back when we are in Portland.

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New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, and drinks here were amazing. Service was impeccable. Really loved the fire roasted muscles, hanger steak, and chicken dish that was on the menu for June 26. Highly recommend this restaurant for anybody in the Portland area

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Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

All around good experience. Very satisfied

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JZ
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome dinner and service

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect from beginning to end! Terrific experience.

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Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an outstanding restaurant. From the minute you walk in and are aware of the wood grille, open kitchen and friendly laid-back but sophisticated ambiance, you know you are in a world class restaurant. It does not disappoint. Luscious wood grilled entrees and veggies. Delectable deserts. Nice wine list. Who could ask for more?

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C
Washington DC
113 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Fore Street lives up to its reputation with the food, pacing, decor all being outstanding. However, the attitude of some of the staff knocked it down to 4 Stars. Ten minutes after our confirmed reservation and not being seated, I politely asked the middle aged blond lady with glasses on the status of our table? Her brusque reply was just wait and be patient.

Our server was efficient and knowledgeable but never smiled a single time (the food runners and bus staff were all smiling and outgoing) and each time we asked if the kitchen could accommodate a small request, her answer was a brusque “no”

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New Mexico
29 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience of revisiting restaurants in Portland 20 months after our first stay there had been disappointing - until our return to Fore Street. Everything was as good as we remembered it. If ever back in Portland (most likely) we will come back to Fore Street!

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CB
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fore Street outshines almost every other restaurant in Portland. It has been going strong now for three decades and will not disappoint. Great food, service, ambience. The only hard part is planning enough in advance to get a reservation -- which tells you that others appreciate this fine restaurant as well. Can't wait to return.

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AB
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely delicious!! We were greeted with such warmth and kindness. My husband and I ordered appetizers, half bottles of wine, scallops and chicken dish with shared beets. I wanted to lick my plate! Fabulous!!

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SL
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent overall experience. Pork belly and grilled squid appetizer were fabulous, and our entrees were delicious too. Couldn't ask for better service or atmosphere. We would come back for sure!

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BC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently good. Nice space, incredible food and great service.

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BK
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Both my wife & I are sensitive to sound, so we found the noise level a bit uncomfortable. It’s probably safe to assume we are in the minority and most would find the noise level acceptable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and a “well oiled machine” of service. Highly recommend!

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JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply Wonderful. Dined here several times over the years when we are in town and consistently fantastic. Simple, clean and outstanding flavors. The plum rhubarb crisp - WOW.

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CS
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Waiter was wonderful. Food very good.

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New England
38 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

very good food in a nice atmosphere. had the roast chicken some of the best I have ever had - my only slight complaint is that it did not come with any vegetables. had to purchase a side dish after the entree arrived.

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

We had been to Fore Street when we were in Portland a few years ago and it was memorable. Our experience this time was awful. The bread was good, the wine was excellent, and the mussels were the only thing they prepared that was good. The salad we ordered was too salty. I ordered the halibut, which by itself was fine, but they paired it with radishes and cannellini beans which actually detracted from the taste rather than enhancing it. My husband ordered the lamb which was served raw and was so tough he couldn’t eat it. In all, it was a huge disappointment and a huge waste of money.

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