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Fore Street

4.7
1323 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
  • Romantic
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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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1323 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.8
ambience
4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I've loved Fore Street for many years. I think it was the first "open kitchen" in Portland. It's still terrific. I now think there are better options at a more reasonable price point in the Portland market.

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2.0Dined on April 15, 2018

First of all let me say that the food here ranges from very good to excellent. That being said, as a lot of other reviewer‘s have noted the service leaves much to be desired. We visited Fore Street on a Sunday evening, and let me preface this by saying that the restaurant was not completely full. Never have we ever felt so rushed to order, to eat, and to leave! We had such high hopes for this restaurant but sadly the pool was serviced left a bad taste in our mouth, we will not return. TOTAL DISAPPOINTMENT

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

It was a great treat to eat at Fore Street. Living locally, you would think we would have dined here before knowing Fore Street's exceptional reputation, but this was the first time for us. The food was fantastic, as well as the service. A wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Visited from DELAWARE for my Husbands 40th Birthday 🎂
Read the reviews and took a leap of faith! It was just Awesome 👏🏽
Thank You Open Table and Fore Street for making my husband Sooooo 😊 Happy!!
Keep up the Outstanding Customer Service👍🏽🤗

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

This restaurant is everything that it is cracked up to be. Great good. Great ambiance. Wonderful service. And not overly priced. Well worth it. Will definitely be coming back.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

This was our second visit to Fore Street. We arrived early and enjoyed a drink at the bar before dinner. Our table was ready on time and we were pleased to be seated in a corner. Our waitress Emily was attentive and helpful. The food was phenomenal. From our organic greens salad to the chocolate mousse cake dessert, each bite was delicious! If you are in Portland you should try to eat at Fore Street

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Everything was amazing. From the squid appetizer to the lamb and sea bass entrees to the sumptuous desserts (we ordered three!), we were in foodie heaven. Our server was a delight, the wine list is superb, and the atmosphere was on point. When we come back to Portland, Fore Street will be at the top of our list.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

After doing a lot of research into the best places to eat in Portland, we decided we couldn't miss Fore Street. The atmosphere is incredible - very warm and cozy - and it was fun to look into the open kitchen. The food was fantastic. Some of the freshest seafood and fish I've ever had. Our waiter was very helpful and friendly. We really enjoyed our experience and recommend it to anyone visiting Portland!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The mussels were the best I have ever had and my fish was perfect for my entree. A perfect evening!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

It seems impossible to make a bad choice dining here. All the food is extremely good, and the staff terrific. On this occasion, we split the grilled squid app, I had the whole stuffed black bass, my husband had the roast chicken and we split mashed potatoes and a chocolate souffle cake.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Enjoyable meal and experience. Would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Fore Street was recommended by our daughter. Everyone was gracious from the time we opened the door. Our waitress was well informed on the menu and gave a detailed explanation of steak fondness. She was attentive but gave us time to enjoy our meal.
She also was able to answer our questions about the history of the space. Wonderful meal.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

The meal was outstanding and my favorite so far in Portland. The mussels and the whole sea bass were the highlights, and the small plates were great as well. We ordered a ton of food for 2 people, but finished every last bite, including the dessert. If you had to pick one place to go in Portland for a special night out, for sure check out Fore Street.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This is the first time I went to Fore Street as I randomly found a reservation time available as its usually booked. Not sure why all the hype. Ordered Hanger Steak and it was just “Meh.” In fact, the entire restaurant, atmosphere and service was just “Meh.” Far better places in Portland. Would rather spend that kind of money on a much better meal down the street. Don’t waste your time trying to get into a place that’s just “Meh.”

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Really an enjoyable dinner. Be sure to make a reservation.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

This restaurant never disappoints! The food is so fresh, locally sourced and the chefs take pride in making everything delicious and fantastic. I will keep coming back again and again.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

It was absolutely wonderful. Best date night we’ve had since having our son.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The food was great. I got the scallops and my husband got the steak. Everything was cooked perfectly and we got the potatoes and carrots as the sides. Which were extremely good. The bread they serve is great and baked fresh downstairs. The dessert of the doughnuts were great too. The service was great too

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Outstanding food was fantastic and what a unique atmosphere. Loved every minute.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Always great!

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Wow! First class Dinner! Lamb Chop was super good as well as the sides etc. good wine list and cheese tray.

Wait staff were attentive and knowledgeable

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Always awesome. Every time I am in Portland I try to get here!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Simply fabulous !

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Favorite restaurant in Portland for a long time. Will always be. With all of these new places popping up, all of the food competition. I've tired it all. This place is a Portland ORIGINAL and nothing will ever compare. I keep coming back, over, and over again.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Excellent food and presentation. Wait staff was was very good. Server suggested a bottle of wine that ended up pairing perfectly with our meal.

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2.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Everything was fine, but the staff are too rigid on the menu and substitutions, even when made aware of dietary restrictions. I won’t be returning .

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Great food, great staff, nice ambiance! Highly recommend it when in town.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great service, love the ambiance, creative menu. 😄 Limited vodka and beer choices.🙁

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

We will be back! Amazing food and quality servive.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

I had an amazing experience here, great food , and great service.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Great food!!

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent as usual

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Needed to remind waiter a few times

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

Unbelievable!

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