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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.
Portland, ME 04101
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
Franklin and Pearl
$50 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Fore Street Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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