Grace - Portland

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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Grace Restaurant offers a first rate menu in an atmosphere of artistic mastery. In 2009 the historic Chestnut Street Church, in downtown Portland, was restored to its original beauty while creating a modern interior that both complemented the sculptural details of the church and reflected the innovative cuisine of chef, Adam Flood
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday 5:00-10:30pm
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Phone number
(207) 828-4422
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Adam Flood
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Cross street
Congress
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Entertainment
Check our events page!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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JB
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. To bad it's closing for dining, only open for events.

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h
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the good fortune to receive a gift certificate to Grace. It was an elegant experience to dine there, surrounded by the good cheer of families and couples on a Saturday night. Our table was perfectly located on the second floor, overlooking activity around the bar, the kitchen and the church interior. Food was excellent, prepared to perfection. Michael, our waiter, was genuine and attentive. It was a divine culinary experience.

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MC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So sad they’re closing but glad I got to experience it before they do! Wonderful place and very kind employees.

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M
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Grace for the last time on Friday, and our meal was spectacular, as was the service. We are so very very sorry to see Grace close as a restaurant. Hope to attend a function at their new venue.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food and atmosphere was exceptional.
Our waitress needed a personality transplant. No idea whether she was just having a bad day, tired, upset to possibly be loosing her job (restaurant is closing for daily business soon) but I found her abrupt and not terribly informative or helpful. As a result, we left a 15% tip rather than our customary 20%.

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MR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The staff was off and the kitchen was down 2 cooks...the stressful energy was felt immediately upon entering the building. I made a reservation and still had to wait 15 minutes. Food was bland. Unfortunately not a good outing at all.

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RO
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

They are closing soon....but no reason to be running out of food....and the steaks were not cooked right - but it took so long to get them served - we didn't say anything. A lot of money for a subpar food.

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H
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! It's a shame that Grace is closing. It's a beautiful gem with the absolute best food!

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CP
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

She sad to find this gem only to learn that it’s closing.

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SE
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had dinner before going to a concert at Merrill Auditorium and ran into a couple friends doing the same thing, a four friends out for dinner, and a friend hosting an office staff party. Plenty of reasons to select Grace: nice ambiance, varied menu, delicious food, attentive service. Great start to a delightful evening!

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AM
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting Maine & this was a great spot for dinner!

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M
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. The only criticism is that it was a bit chilly inside.

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RP
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, beautiful venue, great staff. We had a wonderful time!!

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S
New England
15 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meals and amazing setting!!! But the restaurant is closing forever at the end of the month!

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BS
New England
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. Our server Garrett was attentive to all of our needs, friendly, and genuine. I would recommend Grace to anyone!

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NT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was great along with the service.

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a
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing - attentive knowledgeable staff- food with sauces that leave you wondering how’d they do that!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Server forgot my meal. I saw lots of lovely vegetables listed on the menu and requested a vegetable plate. He served my husband the fish he ordered and walked away. We later stopped him and asked where my vegetable plate was. He said he forgot and brought me the roasted cauliflower and green beans. Very disappointing. My husband’s vegetables were delicious.

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PL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Grace for a light re-theater dinner. The service staff facilitated our schedule and graciously (no pun intended) split three appetizers and a dessert between the two of us, and ably met our requirements for relatively speedy prep and service and a just-full-enough dinner. The food was creative and excellent. It was our second trip to Grace.

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B
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in Portland - we drove up from NH to visit one last time before they close at the end of the year to pursue a different venture with the space. To the team at Grace, thank you for some of the most memorable dining experiences my wife and I have ever had. We’ve been coming to see you (and Abby, the best server ever) for years, since we first started dating, and our times with you have been an essential part of our relationship and connection. You’ve set the bar so high not only in food (like that seared foie with potato chips and almond butter you did once) but also in the warmth of your service, the pride you take in maintaining the awe-inspiring space, and your humble balance of high standards with high comfort.

All good things must come to an end, but way to go out on top. A huge congrats and heartfelt gratitude to the many souls who have poured themselves into Grace over the years. We’re eternally grateful.

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b
New England
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So sad Grace will be closing their doors, except for special events! Delicious dinner, lovely atmosphere, superb service!

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PL
New England
21 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal at Grace was outstanding. This was our first visit to Grace where we had dinner prior to a show at the Merrill Auditorium. We split the arugula salad and had the chicken and monk fish entrees. Everything was great.

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r
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Salad was great. Short ribs outstanding. Lamb chops a little fatty. Service wonderful.

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K
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and delicious food!

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n
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a great night eating out at Grace. I have been before for just drinks but never for dinner. The food was so good and we were not at all rushed. I would recommend the hanger steak, or the Chicken breast. There was nothing left on our plates.
We also had a 5 year old as we were going to the Merrill. ( which by the way is just around the corner), They were so good about giving options, as they don't have a kids menu.
We will def. be back.

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MP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The six of us where celebrating a birthday and a retirement. Our waiter was attentive, informative and friendly. The food was exceptional. We look forward to our next visit to Grace.

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MF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

There were a lot of high points about Grace, but the best among them are the food. The smoked scallops were wonderful, and the salad unusually fresh and flavorful. We all enjoyed our entrees so much that sharing dessert was the only option--we were too full to eat our own. Our only critique was the ambiance, which was a bit "cold"--at least where we were seated. If we were to return, I would request upstairs seating.

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e
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite spot for my husband and me. Took our son here and he bragged about the lamb dish lamb .Great selection of cheeses and staff very helpful.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful building. Service was great. Food was very good.

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PH
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, immaculate and impressive interior structure that somehow felt cozy. Amazing experience. Thank you. I will put it on my Airbnb recommends!

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LH
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience at Grace! Our server was fantastic- attentive, easy-going, friendly. We had the charcuterie, chef's choice with three meats and three cheeses- all we fresh and delicious options, we definitely recommend. My boyfriend order the steak and was overwhelmed with how large of a portion it was- although it notes 20 oz right in the name of it. Either way it was cooked to perfection and truffle twice baked potato was to die for! When it comes down to it, we came here for the interesting experience of dining in a church and it was well worth it. We had a great view of the restaurant on the second level, and I would recommend requesting a table up there if possible. Although there is no bathroom on the second level- not a big issue. Thank you for providing a great date night!

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CC
New England
36 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food. One request, warn us if you're making a change to a menu favorite. We went just to eat the smoked scallops as we loved them last visit. This time, they came sitting in a mysterious white sauce.; this wasn't indicated on the menu. Now, as a lifetime mayonnaise hater, this was a disappointment. Had I known, I would have requested it on the side.

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l
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were a party of six here for a birthday. The space is very unique, with beautiful stained glass windows and pews to sit on. The cocktails were delicious, I recommend the strawberry-jalapeno-pineapple margarita. Among the dishes we ate, the monkfish and 20oz rib-eye were DELICIOUS. I think all six of us hope to come back again and would recommend Grace for dinner.

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CC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every bite was scrumptious, from the charcuterie to the chicken dinner to the opening bread basket (with maple butter). I only wish I had saved room for dessert!

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DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening, food was excellent, nice quiet relaxing atmosphere!

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DA
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Rack of lamb, short ribs and other mains -- along with the venue -- are out of this world! In a competitive food market, I don't mind overall paying for the absolutely breath-taking setting. Brilliant use of the antique Baptist church space, with a soaring cathedral (literally....!!!!) ceiling, stunning open kitchen that EVERY seat affords a view.... Bar is set in the middle of the former sanctuary and a tasteful use of formerly religious space is evident throughout. Great place just to meet a client, date, significant other for drinks and apps, dinner before any number of Portland entertainment venues. Convenient especially to Merrill Auditorium, Port City Music Hall and, of course, the Old Port and all it has to offer -- short walking distance. We like starting up on Congress Street at Union (in the very cool Press Hotel....) for a cocktail and then stroll on to Grace....practically across the street. Overall, a bit on the pricey side (other great foodie spots are around town for $10-15 less per plate....) however, I get and don't really mind paying up for the Grace special experience. It's very cool! Will be going back for special occasions.

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C
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved Grace!!
Atmosphere, service, and the food was all exceptional.

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TB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Visiting Portland for first time. Relied on open table reviews. While our server was nice and kind. We found the facility was not as clean as we sat on the second level and saw a lot of dust below and above the bar. Food was medicore.

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KH
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The setting is gorgeous. The food and service were excellent. Our waitress was very accomodating. We had six people and the noise level was perfect for conversation even though we were located close to the cooking area. My son had a fabulous steak and I had wonderful monkfish with very creative hushpuppies.
We loved it and will be back!

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U
New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, creative menu, delicious food; beautiful space; elegant without pretention.
Desserts are not quite up to the rest of the menu...
Highly recommend for everything else!
Indulge in the appetizers. Have a cocktail at the bar, then ask for mezzanine seating.

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