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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (42)
Fit for Foodies (40)
Good for a Date (35)
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Good for Anniversaries (35)
Local Ingredients (34)
Creative Cuisine (29)
Romantic (25)
Worth the Drive (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Hot Spot (16)
Authentic (16)
Fun (15)
Seasonal (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Cozy (12)
Bar Seating (10)
Organic (10)
Casual (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Healthy (9)
Business Meals (8)
Comfort Food (6)
Great Beer (5)
Waterfront (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Scenic View (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
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 (Nashville)·Dined 21 hours ago

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 4 days ago

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Food was fantastic this time around but for all the warm and cozy ambience they really need a bit more light over the 2 tops. Couldn’t even identify ingredients in most dishes and though they tasted on point seeing the fantastic ingredients should also be part of the experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2017

C’est manifique! Duck was to die for.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We loved everything about Fore Street from the decor to the fresh ingredients prepared in tasty and unusual ways. It's a must if you're in a Portland.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Wonderful in every way as usual!! Atmosphere and ambience are great ... but the highlight is the food from staters to dessert ... outstanding!

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Found the food to be good but was expecting to be blown away. Actually quite disappointed compared to the wonderful meal we had at Street & Co. the night before. The biggest problem was the lightning which was virtually no existent. One small almost depleted votive was all the light we had. Oysters on the half shell were good but embarrassingly small even for east coast oysters and hiusemade coctail sauce was terrible. Steak entree was very good as was the mussel appetizer. The whole black bass was full of bones even after being filleted tableside. And I mean full of bones not to mention that he couldn't see to get them out. Had to use cell phone light throughout the entire meal. Food good but not great; lack of lighting ruined the whole meal.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Beautiful food. Highly recommend eating here if you are

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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Excellent atmosphere, great food, wonderful service. Worth the wait to get in...

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic, Healthy, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 11, 2017

This is a must in Portland. You need to call early to get a reservation. The decoration is perfect. Service is excellent. Food is varied and tasty. You can't go wrong here. We tried several restaurants in Portland and this was our favorit.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Welcoming and beautifull ambiance, and dedicated staff. Mussels always a delight. Oysters great as well. Flanc steak was a little overcooked, close to medium-well done, but tasty and delicious, and the king oyster mushrooms were perfectly cooked. All sauces are great, in texture concentration and portion. Scallops although described as dry, are not as good as canadian 100% dry and natural scallops, and it shows in the texture and taste. They were very good anyhow. The chicken was perfect, and what stunning meat texture. The halibut ws a little overcooked again, and a litle dry. As it is served without ant sauce, it needs a perfect cooking time. I would recommend adding a little sauce with it (Pinot blanc, cream & mushroom in season?)
We had a great time, and the bread is just so good. Altogether, a classic experience.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

If I could put together the perfect restaurant, it would look a lot like Fore Street.
Everything you want a restaurant to be!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Fore Street was a great experience as my wife and I are celebrating our one year anniversary and was told we had to check it out. The food was top notch as I loved the scallops and my wife also enjoyed the flank steak. Dessert was also amazing as we got the peanut butter mousse which was perfect. Only issue so had is that we had to wait about 25 minutes for our table but the food and experience made up for it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Great atmosphere. Food was good but pricy for what you got. Service was good, not great.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 3, 2017

This is STILL one of our most favorite dinner restaurants. The dinner menu is outstanding. There so many great entre choices. The turn spit roast pork is over the top!!
We shall return.

Tags: Authentic, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 2, 2017

What a gem! We live in Manhattan and, even so, we struggle to find food this fresh and inventive. We loved it so much on the first night of our two night stay in Portland that we came back our second night and ate at the bar.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Healthy, Good for a Date, Organic
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We sat in the same room as the kitchen and that was entertaining. Food was not up to scale for as hard as it is to get in. They take your credit card when you make reservation and charge you 50.00 if your a no show. Overall a nice experience, I just would not say it was the best meal I've had this trip.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

As always, Fore Street exceeded our expectations, from the food to the service and the ambiance. It continues to be one of our absolutely favorite places to eat!

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 (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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 (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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 (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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