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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

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (35)
Fit for Foodies (31)
Special Occasion (30)
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Good for Anniversaries (27)
Local Ingredients (27)
Worth the Drive (25)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Romantic (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Authentic (16)
Casual (13)
Cozy (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Healthy (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Seasonal (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Business Meals (6)
Fun (6)
Organic (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Great Beer (5)
Scenic View (5)
Waterfront (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (New Orleans)·Dined 2 days ago

Unbelievable!

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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Consistently delicious and maintains a high bar for service. What makes a classic a classic.

Tags: Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Groups, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 10, 2018

I’m a long time PORTLAND resident, and have frequented Fore St many times since it’s opening, but our last trip was disappointing. It started as soon as we got seated at the our table. We had arrived early and shared a bottle of very nice wine, in which we proceeded to bring to our table, glasses that were half full to almost empty. Thus, we immediately ordered a fresh bottle from our server. She brought the bottle to the table along with fresh glasses. As she opened the bottle, we told her that there was no need to go thru the formality of tasting the new pour and that we were fine with using the glasses we already had in hand. Well, she was put out by this gesture and stated that “this is how we do it here”. We were not offended by this, as we don’t take life that seriously, but it set the “tone” for the meal with our server. From then on, there was complete inflexibility with almost every part of the meal. For example, only serving red meat either med rare or well done. No chance of getting it any other way. To, a fish meal that was over cooked, which was okay with my friend. But she had asked out server if there was ANY type of sauce that could be provided to help with the dryness, only to be told “we don’t have any sauces”. Really...a 5 star restaurant and the chef or pro in the kitchen couldn’t whip something up. A Wednesday night in January in Maine, the place was not even close to being at capacity. Any amateur could have done it in less than a minute. I’m really at a loss for an explanation, not sure if our server was just very inexperienced or if the restaurant has really taken to this very stringent way of serving their customers. I’m hoping it’s the former versus the latter. I know Mr. Street and his staff don’t think so highly of themselves as to put this type of service in to practice as we frequent Scales often and Street Co on occasion and the level of service never waivers. This is only meant as constructive feedback. Pls contact me for more info

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

The squid was delicious but the beet was too strong for the scallops

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Cozy, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

This is one of the best restaurants in our country. It just happens to be upstairs from one of the best bakeries in our country. Both are true gems.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Their hospitality thawed a frigid evening. An experience we will be talking about for a long time

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The ambiance will warm your soul. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly. The whole bass and pork belly dishes are incredible, and perfectly proportioned.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Excellent as always. The whole fish preparation never disappoints.

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Our server was very attentive, the food was beautifully presented, the options were well varied, the taste was Michelin worthy, the setting was quiet and romantic, with a beautiful view of the harbor... a meal with drinks, appetizer, main course, and deserts - for four - cost $350-400 (including gratuity). One could order water and just the entree for about $25-35 pp, if you want to be thrifty (not including gratuity). I recommend this restaurant for almost any occasion - even if you have (well-behaved) kids.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

OK, we are older. We reserve on OpenTable. And, by the way, we dine out 200-300 times a year. Why were we seated in a small cold room off of the dining room? Why did we get a totally clueless server?
We will come back but we will eat at the bar.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Excellent. Very much enjoyed.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

This is the finest restaurant in the United States. The rapidly expanding and ubiquitously praised Portland, Maine "food scene" traces its roots directly to Fore Street. What is most impressive, is that Fore Street has not rested on its laurels, and mailed-it-in, the past few years. They continue to push the envelope and produce incredible dining experiences (that are not intimidating) night-in and night-out. Every member of the staff, from the host, to the bar staff, to servers and the kitchen are, without exception, as warm and approachable as the oh-so-comfortable couches and chairs by the front window.

The menu changes nightly, reflecting what's fresh, and also what is responsible to feature, given their commitment to sustainable harvesting and sourcing. You will, without fail, find more than one item for each of the appetizer and entrees that you'll really want to order. The staff will guide you in the right direction.

Fore Street is one of those exceedingly rare restaurants that lives up to the enormous hype surrounding it. If you find yourself in Portland, make a reservation at Fore Street. Go early, have a drink by the bar and chat with the staff. Take your time with the menu. Take it all in, this will be on of the best meals, and the finest dinning experiences you'll ever have. Until you return. Again and Again. And again...

Tags: Organic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

My husband and I ate at Fore Street several years ago and once again it did not disappoint. They were attentive, professional and friendly and met our specific menu requests. There was also a handwritten card on our table congratulating us on our anniversary. Great rustic (warehouse) decor with an open kitchen.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Healthy, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Vegan, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Had heard a lot of good things about this place. Went for the first time recently with my girlfriend and was disappointed. The ambiance is amazing. The service was rude and rushed. The food was maybe slightly over average but not spectacular. Love their sister restaurant, “ street & co.” Just blocks away

Tags: Scenic View, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on December 12, 2017

I hadn't been to Fore Street for a while and wondered if the experience would still be as good as I remembered. I was not disappointed. The food is still spectacular. The rope harvested mussels are so big and meaty, and they had a marinated squid appetizer that was outstanding. My date had a scallop dish with red grits that was wonderful. The waiter was very good, except that he could have been more familiar with the menu. While the menu changes daily, I expect the server at a high end restaurant to know everything about it. Still, it was a great experience and I look forward to going back again.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Always enjoy Fore Street. Love the ambiance and the energy that you feel immediately as you enter the front doors. Being able to watch the dedicated chefs at work is a bonus. All this being said we both had issues with our meals. The oysters were not properly shucked. My roasted chicken was served too rare. This is not going to keep us from returning but quality control should be addressed.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

10 dollar parking excessive.service excellent.hangar steak good and chicken was not great.very award to cut and bland.Wish you still served prime rib.Need more meat choices

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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Everything was fantastic at Fore Street-except for our waiter. We ordered a bottle of wine immediately when we sat down and then selected, ordered, received and finished our delicious appetizers without our wine while our waiter stood at the next table discussing his grad school experiences. We waved him over but he kept talking for another few minutes before coming over. There were other missteps on his part -no bread until after the appetizers etc. and only after we asked what the butter was for. That being said, the chicken was the best I've ever tasted, and the porkbelly, oysters and sweetbreads were amazing. Tough to recover from poor service however.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

It’s difficult to rate a place because there’s such a big variety of a persons tastes in food. What one person loves. Another not so much. But if you like food that is freshly prepared by chefs in an open kitchen right in front of the entire restaurant .. meaning you can literally watch it all happening. With amazingly fresh ingredients purchased from local fisherman, farmers and producers. And bread made in the bakery owned by the restaurant literally on the story right below where you are sitting, you will love fore street. I ordered a lamb chop dish and the waiter even described to me where the lamb came from and the diet of grasses it lived on because he knew the farm their lamb comes from. And was able to accurately describe the flavor of it. From top to bottom. This is one of my favorite spots. Not just in Maine. But anywhere in the World, and I should note. I’ve been to 103 countries on every continent. So if you’re in the Portland area. Do not miss fore street !!

Tags: Romantic, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 6, 2017

I love the AMBIENCE here, but this last time, we had a really rowdy group who was louder than all hell. We couldn’t even hear each other talk. I think it would be really good if management kept their eye out about that. But I also love and TRULY appreciate the vegetarian options available. Please keep it up!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Birthday celebration before a live music show. Amazing ambiance, service, cuisine as always!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Flawless meal. Great service.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Wonderful experience!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent as always

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Menu had a lot of choices so it was difficult to choose. Fresh, well prepared, delicious, interesting cocktails, friendly and informative service, portion size was ideal!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Amazing meal all around! Lance was attentive to my special dietary needs and the chefs created an amazing meal. Will certainly be back and sing praises of our experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Fore Street is a terrific restaurant in every way. I would highly recommend it .

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

This restaurant is 300 miles from my home and yet I have been here 3 times in the last few years. It is definitely worth the trip. I have found reservations to be necessary but have yet to be disappointed in a meal.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

One of the best dining experiences you will ever have. Simply outstanding

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Amazing meal and service as usual. From my first visit 5 years ago it has become my all time favorite restaurant. Our server Donnelly was great with excellent knowledge of the menu and laid back friendly service that added to the ambiance and our meal. Tried the mussels and the skate entree which is my favorite fish both delicious and light. Thanks Fore Street for helping make our wedding anniversary trip from Boston extra special as always.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Not overwhelmed with the quality of food for the price we paid. The fish was undercooked and the beef marinade was bland. The food was served cold. Have had better/tastier meals for the price elsewhere. Spending more money doesn’t necessarily get a great meal at this restaurant. We invited friends for a special night together because we had a great experience last year. Very disappointed in their consistency. But the service was excellent based on the crowd size.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

First time at this restaurant. Loved the layout of the restaurant and bar area. The brick walls give it a loft-like feel. The openness of the place makes it a bit loud but not overwhelming. Food was fantastic. Good drink list as well.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Impeccable service and absolutely stunning food. The daily changing menu will keep you coming back for more. Highly recommend!!

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great food! Wood fire oven! Really cool dining room w open kitchen.

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We had high expectations. Service was good but a bit impersonal and not up to the fine dining finesse that a restaurant of this caliber should be at. You could say " its portland" but thats not an excuse... The wait staff needs to be more educated

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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent food and great atmosphere.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Competes for best restaurant in Portland and is outstanding on whole fish dishes. Great atmosphere in casual setting for fine dining.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We had a table with windows looking out to a parking lot, which could be avoided by having curtains?.... So I kept turning the other way to look at the nice dining room and the kitchen. I enjoyed the mussels and the foie gras and the chocolate selection is really very very good. Service was fine even though it was a Saturday night and tables were being turned very fast. Our server seemed a bit overworked but she managed pretty well.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Absolutely horrible meal, from service to execution.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Was my second time and was very nice.
Looking to go back.

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