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Tue, 2/20
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Fore Street

1290 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American, Organic, Seafood
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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
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Phone number
(207) 775-2717
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Sam Hayward
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Cross street
Franklin and Pearl
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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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1290 People Are Saying
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jeffMA71 (New England)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

After dinner, we discussed our experience. We both agreed the dinner at Fore Street was in our Top 4 meals of all time...and we eat out a lot. The ambiance, food, wine / cocktails and service were spectacular. From the homemade bread, oysters, beet salad, lamb and short ribs, we were blown away and wouldn’t have changed a thing. We’ll definitely be back. Hopefully we can save room for dessert on our next visit!

vipActondad (New England)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

This restaurant is a regional gem. Outstanding menu, excellent wine and cocktail menu and their bread is made in the basement by the Standard Baking Co, a James Beard nominee. The have an open wood split and a wood fired oven in their open kitchen. You can see everything being prepared. Its a fantastic experience. This is a must visit restaurant if you are visiting Portland.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Great food!!

Kjboater (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Food was outstanding and ambience was great. (Very pricey.) Server was terse and even seemed annoyed at times. We always enjoy our experience at fore Street, overall.

OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent as usual

Erinmc (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Food well presented, service good, a bit loud and felt pricing a bit high for what quantity of food we received.

somervilleats (New England)
3.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

This was my first visit back to Fore Street in about 15 years and it was ok. When I went in the past I had some truly memorable meals and this time I had a pork chop that was extremely salty (this is coming from someone who likes salt), was cooked well, and was...well...a pork chop. I will definitely go back and expecting it to be better next time.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Needed to remind waiter a few times

vipChoosyDiner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Delicious vegetarian options and interesting wine selection (in a good way) 🍷

OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2018


DMBFan29 (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  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

Emmanuel (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

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

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

Excellent as always. The whole fish preparation never disappoints.

DavidZ (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 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.

vipBostonphotobill (New England)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent. Very much enjoyed.