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About Fore Street

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.

288 Fore Street
Portland, ME 04101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Organic, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Bar opens daily at 5:00pm

Cross Street:
Franklin and Pearl

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(207) 775-2717

Website:
http://www.forestreet.biz/

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.

Executive Chef:
Sam Hayward

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Fore Street Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (40)
Fit for Foodies (36)
Good for a Date (34)
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Good for Anniversaries (31)
Local Ingredients (30)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Romantic (22)
Worth the Drive (22)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Notable Wine List (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Hot Spot (14)
Seasonal (14)
Authentic (14)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Cozy (12)
Casual (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Fun (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Healthy (9)
Organic (9)
Business Meals (8)
Waterfront (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Great Beer (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Scenic View (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Perfect from beginning to end. Creative menu with so many choices. An institution that is not to be missed on par with Chez Panisse in Berkeley, CA. Tried the mushroom tasting, seafood tasting, whole black bass cooked in wood fired over. All were masterfully prepared, seasonal ingredients prepared simply allowing the flavors of the ingredients to truly shine. There were smoked mussels on the seafood tasting and I typically avoid eating mussels but these were to die for. I love when a restaurant can get me to eat foods I normally do not like. It shows great talent and skill in preparation. Ended the meal with Bite Size Lemon Meringue Tart (refreshing, almost like a palette cleanser) and Rosemary Lemon Creme Brulee, also delicious but not too heavy in flavor after a meal that was mostly fish. Michel our server was knowledgeable and fun. If we make it back to Portland we will definitely join you again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Simply put, if you visit Portland and don’t go here for Dinner, you are an idiot.

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Enjoyed all aspects of the evening! Service was excellent (Lance).

Would recommend and visit again next time in Portland.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Casual, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Excellent meal! The entree portions were larger than we were expecting, which meant we had leftovers, but overall, everything was incredibly delicious!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Love the layout of this restaurant which provides dinner AND a show! Getting to watch the food being prepared and the flames of the brick oven was just an added bonus on top of fabulous food!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Great place, lots of atmosphere. Black Bass was very good. Seafood sampler platter was extremely tasty.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Incredible meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

I think I'm over Fore Street. Much as I appreciate the farm-to-table movement, I do find the menu a bit pretentious and overpriced for what we all ended up eating. Yes, the ingredients are fresh and tasty, but it's annoying to have to spend top dollar simply to have that sumac reduction sauce on my halibut or the foraged mushrooms on my lamb shoulder. And, come on, throw in some mashed potatoes or carrots with my entree instead of making me pay another $8-10 for that little side dish.

I do love the restaurant space (although the best tables are by the windows, where we unfortunately did not sit). However, the service was extremely slow the night we were there; moreover, the dishes did not all arrive at once. After all the years this restaurant has been open, I would have expected better coordination in the kitchen.

Sorry to sound grouchy, but I think Fore Street's wild success may have gone to its head. Time to try something new!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

More than a dozen years after our first visit, Fore Street remains one our favorite restaurants anywhere in the US. We look forward to our annual pilgrimage and our only regrets, ever, are our inability to visit more frequently and to order ten other dishes that we know would be equally fabulous from the ever-changing menu. The focus on top quality local ingredients often surprisingly paired, the wealth of choices and methods of preparation, laid back ambiance and outstanding informed servers all make Fore Street a perennial favorite.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Restaurant had been recommend to us. Was everything we had heard. Creative menu, well prepared, delicious and a most cordial and efficient server. Staff seems to be a well oiled machine in efficiency. Would recommend to anyone who appreciates great food.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Absolutely wonderful. Lived up to expectations. We were visiting from San Diego. Can't wait to return. Thank you.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Anniversary Dinner. Very attentive staff. Wonderful food. Great ambiance.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 7, 2017

My wife and I have eaten here many times over the years and have always enjoyed it very much. On our recent date, however, we noticed a decline in a few areas. First, the service. My wife, a vegetarian, always has been able to get a chef's plate of the day's offerings. Not now. Instead she only could order sides (in her case a side of roasted cauliflower and of delicious carrots delivered as always for the table to share). In addition, the bus boys refilling water simply came, grabbed glasses from across the table, and plopped the waters back down for us to retrieve. It may seem small, but not what one expects from a restaurant other than a diner. Our waiter was great, and the food was very good. I only wish I didn't have the distinct feeling that the restaurant's enduring popularity has translated into some institutional arrogance.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Always a pleasure dining at Fore Street -- our go-to place in Portland for important celebrations!! Many such over the years, all memorable for the great food.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 7, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants anywhere! A true gem!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Amazing roasted and grilled food in open-air kitchen; side dishes and desserts also outstanding; make reservations early.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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·Dined on September 5, 2017

Fabulous food, service, atmosphere. Can't ask for a better experience.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 4, 2017

This restaurant is a gem. Dinner changes every night with the emphasis on farm to table. The evening of dining started with bread made from Standard Bakery. My husband and I shared the blueberry,musk salad with a blueberry balsalmic dressing. The duck was perfectly cooked and my husband's scallops with black rice was outstanding. The prices are 5 star and reflect the 5 star quality of the food and service.
This is a place that shouldn't be missed.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

A perfect meal. Salads, apps, dinner, dessert were are excellent. The flavors of each course were done extremely well. Very creative combinations used during preparation.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Jacksonville)·Dined on August 31, 2017

My fish was not hot enough. My wife had the chicken and said it was very good. The menu is great, but I think the execution needs work, especially based on the prices. The sides should also been hotter.

Tags: Seasonal
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Best squid ever had, cod done in a broth was superb, and the bread was earthy delicious.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 29, 2017

We were seated 15-20 minutes late, and when we ordered, the server came back to tell us they were out of one of the items we ordered.

Additionally, we broke our order down into 4 courses and we were still done in well under 90 minutes. It felt rushed, and unnecessarily so.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Fore Street used to be a neighborhood standout. We have been eating there for over a decade. The last two times, we found the food disappointing. It was heavy and not particularly inventive. The charred broccoli was partially steamed and soggy, the seafood platter looked beautiful but was just plain average, and the soup and other dishes were simply fine. Not what we expect for the long wait in a city filled with tempting and delicious alternatives. We will not be back.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Such an amazing atmosphere. Truly need to experience this open kitchen concept restaurant with fresh local food and daily change of menu! Amazing.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Always fab. Creative cuisine, superb seafood and great service! Love the experience and the food - every time.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Austin)·Dined on August 24, 2017

We vacation in Maine every year and always plan for a Fore Street visit. Every time has been a fabulous experience, although this year's visit fell a little short. I'm sure they're not doing any different, it just that the dish we chose was not up to the standard we have become accustomed to there. The Skate Wing entree just did not rock my world as others had in previous years. Everything else was up to par and we will absolutely be back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

Fantastic food in a signature space, a bit pricey but worth it

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Always lives up to expectations! We loved the skirt steak, seafood sampler, salad, and dessert.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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·Dined on August 21, 2017

Terrific cocktails- expert handling of seating all diners at designated time- excellent food - very professional wait staff- perfectly understated acknowledgement of a birthday!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 21, 2017

We are regulars here when we vacation in Maine - you won't find a better meal in Portland...food and service are superb...our favorites are the mussels and foie gras apps and any preparation of duck and pork they happen to have on their menu which changes fairly frequently with the exception of a few fixed items

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Excellent service and even better food! Thank you for a wonderful night! We look forward to visiting again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

We booked two months in advance but it was well worth it. We had no problem getting in. It was quite busy but the atmosphere was fun and relaxed.
The food was terrific. We each had appetizers entrées and dessert. My highest recommendation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Promptly seated, gracious service, excellent food and drink but the noise level was almost unbearable, sad to say

Tags: Local Ingredients, Organic, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

We had dined at Fore Street two years ago and loved it. That was our reason for returning. Initially, the service was slow then it improved. When we ordered our main course a request was made for the scallops to be prepared without butter because of a dairy sensitivity. Our server said the chef would not do that. We asked him to ask the chef anyway. When he came back he said, "just what I thought, he won't change the dish." The server then told us, "that is why we offer other choices on the menu."
We live on Long Island, not far from New York City, where we have some of the best restaurants. Whenever we have asked the chef to prepare a dish without butter they usually can accommodate.

Our experience was very disappointing since we were traveling and looked forward to dining at the restaurant again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Outstanding scallops and halibut entrees and the tomato tart was excellent.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2017

My husband and I made reservations at Fore Street (about 2 months in advance!) to celebrate our anniversary. We truly enjoyed the experience from start to finish and would highly recommend to anyone looking for an upscale spot in Portland. The service was friendly, attentive and informative. All of the food was fresh and local, and it was clear that the chefs put a lot of effort and creativity into their daily rotating menus. We ordered mussels to share, followed by the pan seared scallops and halibut for the entrees. The seafood and vegetables were all perfectly cooked and seasoned, above and beyond anything we've had in Boston or other New England spots. The hand-crafted cocktails and lengthy wine list were also impressive. We can't wait to return!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

From beginning drinks, to apps, entree and then dessert, the whole meal was flawless. This was our first time but certainly not our last!

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Good food and friendly service
Server offered to fillet the whole roasted black bass but it was full of bones. Tender and flavourful but challenging to enjoy

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Two very unhappy bartenders made for an awkward wait. Server was brilliant.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 10, 2017

If you are from out of town like me (DC) and looking for an amazing restaurant stop looking, your search is over, this place is amazing! Every single diah ordered was something my wife and I wanted to eat all over again!!

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