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About Grace - Portland

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, Peter Sueltenfuss.

15 Chestnut Street
Portland, ME 04101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm;

Cross Street:
Congress

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(207) 828-4422

Website:
http://www.restaurantgrace.com/

Entertainment:
Check our events page!

Executive Chef:
Peter Sueltenfuss

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Grace - Portland Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (39)
Romantic (35)
Good for a Date (30)
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Good for Anniversaries (29)
Creative Cuisine (28)
Bar Seating (26)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Pre/post Theatre (21)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Local Ingredients (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Worth the Drive (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Authentic (11)
People Watching (10)
Business Meals (8)
Cozy (8)
Healthy (8)
Fun (7)
Seasonal (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Casual (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Scenic View (2)
Vegan (2)
Organic (1)
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 (New England)·Dined a day ago

Bread and butter is excellent!
Deep fried Foire gras was flavorful but a bit overly fried and left an oily impression. Sea scallops main course overcooked and oversalted. Presentation is too busy. Pomegranate does not go well with the sea scallops at all. Very friendly staff. Ambience and decor very nice.

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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined 2 days ago

Beautiful setting and wonderful staff. One of my best meals in awhile. Very tasty dishes with a variety of flavors. Loved the Italian Chicory Salad and the Monkfish. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

server was awesome food was average. loved the bar and bartender

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

We had a wonderful experience at Grace. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. We had an excellent waiter. The ambiance was lovely. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I have been to Grace before for late night snacks & always enjoyed the bar menu. Took my wife for dinner this Saturday, food was phenomenal and Rachel our waitress was outstanding. The only thing I would have hoped for would have been placed upstairs rather than by the staircase especially when I reserved our table well in advance.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Valentines.

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent food, beautiful place and a great waiter - Thank you Burt!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

It was my wife’s birthday. We had a great dinner: hanger steak, scallops and lamb. Marlin appetizer and pot de creme and angel cake dessert. Great service too.

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

This was our first visit to Grace; it definitely will not be our last. The setting, food, ambience, and the server’s GENUINE interest and attentiveness all exceeded our expectations. Although it is more expensive than a Portland restaurant we tried last month, we felt that overall, we’d prefer to pay a little more at Grace for a memorable meal (and really pleasant atmosphere) than pay a little less for an unmemorable one.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I'm always surprised that Grace is not busier than it is on a Friday night.... The location is great, the setting is wonderful, the food is of very high quality and the service is lovely.... But the atmosphere is a bit flat for some reason and the kitchen staff (which we can look at from the gallery tables upstairs) doesn't appear to be rushed in any way...... The seared foie gras and squash gnocchi were very good, as were the duck breast and short ribs. Good wine list too, and again, friendly efficient service. So I'm surprised it's not packed every night (but I also don't mind a little quiet...)

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 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Interesting food, great ingredients. A bit overpriced in comparison to alternatives close by. But it's a really cool space! Great place to grab a drink.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Savannah)·Dined on January 30, 2018

We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and going to the symphony. The service was outstanding, the food well prepared and very well presented; the menu offered more than sufficient choice. We always thoroughly enjoy our visits to Grace and heartily recommend it to all.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great place. Amazing dinner!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Much of the original church still remains making for unique ambiance not to mention the food and service was fabulous! We will be back!

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Grace is a very unique restaurant with gorgeous cathedral lines and a fun bar space. We were slightly concerned about the parking when we arrived at the side street but we had luck right away and noticed a lot of turnover while we ourselves parked. Our server was particularly knowledgeable and personable and took the time to make us feel like she was not overworked. Then menu was extremely unique and we had several questions on the sides. That being said, its really nice to have sides included. The only negative was that we did not have the best table for ambiance. Other than that it is a really special place for a fun or romantic night out.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Grace is a lovely restaurant, very conveniently located. Unfortunately, the food has become more disappointing with each visit. As nothing on the entree list looked appealing this time (or at least was accompanied with anything I wanted), I limited myself to a salad and another starter, both of which were decent enough but not enough to come back for. Grace is such a perfect place to go before or after a concert at the Merrill Auditorium, which is why I go. But I always feel let down by the meal I'm served.

Tags: Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food and even better staff!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This is truly a unique restaurant, where the service is excellent, the food is outstanding...a superb experience all around!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Overall I liked the place. However, Hosts would not allow us to be seated upstairs, even though we had a reservation, and arrived early, and the hostess was kind of rude. Speaking the Manager, she politely indicated that we needed to request this seating on our reservation at Open table and was sorry. Also one meal was served cold/Room temperature, Braised Short Ribs. The meal when heated was delicious. The Manager and Waitress gave the Braised short ribs for free as compensation.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

I had high hopes before going to Grace and I was pretty disappointed. The ambiance (an old church) and the apps (french onion soup and oysters on the half-shell) were great, but our entrees were terrible! I ordered the steak medium-well and it came out cold and bleeding. I asked for a side baked potato and our server brought out french fries! It took 15 minutes for the baked potato to come out. My husband got the monkfish and it was translucent in the center - completely slimy and raw. All of our food came out cold. Aside from this, it was super expensive. If you're in the area and want some creative cocktails and oysters, go for it! If you're looking for yummy food, there are 100 other restaurants to try in Portland before Grace.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, People Watching
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Never disappointed- great food and great service.
Best onion soup!

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great food service and atmosphere. Exceeded my expectations

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We are always astounded that Grace can be so comfortable inside when it's freezing outside. We found the upstairs seating gave us a great view while not drafty.. Service was professional and not rushed. Our salad was interesting and sharable. Mains were also generous in size and creative.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

It was my wedding anniversary weekend dinner. It was low key with high quality food. The ambiance was great and the whole restaurant offers a scenic contemporary experience. Menu, service, and restaurant was amazing. It was also very baby-friendly while maintaining its sophistication.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Never a bad meal at Grace. Service was excellent. Big fan of the oysters and cheese platters.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This was the perfect spot for our New Years Eve dinner ! We always choose Grace for special occasions and it never fails.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The dinner and se vice were excellent. The atmosphere is unique and stunning.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Food was much too salty. Expectations much higher given price. Onion soup super salty and full of bread. Gnocchi too salty and too much bacon.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 2017

We were a party of 5 and absolutely every meal was amazing! The service was exceptional and the ambiance was perfect! It was an exceptional experience!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 22, 2017

My adult son had dinner here on a weekend visit to Portland.The venue is beautiful,the service impeccable,and the food delicious and beautifully presented!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The location and ambiance cannot be beat. Unfortunately the food did not live up to our expectations. It seems like the chef is trying too hard to be different .... so many variations in each entree left our heads spinning and the taste combinations sometimes didn't work. Our group of five was underwhelmed. I would return to have cocktails at the amazing bar, but would not choose to eat there again.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Underwhelming. I had the sashimi appetizer which was obviously in the refrigerator waiting to come out when it really needed to be at room temperature. And it was pretty flavorless. Same with the short ribs. The short ribs were fatty and tasted less braised and more stewed. My friends had the scallops with risotto - the risotto was hard to find it was such a minor part of the dish. It was all seriously overpriced for what you get. There are much finer dining options in this foodie paradise. The service was slow - drinks came late, dinner plates were confused and my pet peeve, our signed receipts (with added tip amounts) were taken off the table before we left. Our server, however was very friendly and accommodating so no complaints there. Grace needs to step up.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We did the pre-show supper and had a wonderful time. Thoroughly enjoyed our time overlooking the kitchen and watching all the prep workwhile eating a delicious meal. Our server, Marli, entertained us with stories about the church while guiding us to some excellent choices of drink and food. Kudos to the kitchen and wait staff, it made our first visit a very pleasant memorable one.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

My favorite place to eat in Portland. The food is always amazing and the atmosphere is relaxing!

Tags: Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We always enjoy dining at Grace. A very pretty place.....love the stained glass and bar area.
Good food with good service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

This was our second time at Grace in 3 or 4 years and once again it didn't disappoint. It was our anniversary and there was a personalized note of congratulations on our table. They accommodated our special food requests and the service was timely, professional and friendly. And, it goes without saying, the setting is spectacular. Christmas decorations were a bonus.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Excellent meal waitress was friendly and efficient but very busy

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Seating was prompt, service was attentive, kitchen was flexible (like when we asked for a mix of charcuterie and cheese), wine list had SoPo Wines, and we made it to the concert next door right on time! Decent steak, beans (? we get these at home), and my small side salad didn't appear. Love the energetic atmosphere.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I was looking for a great spot for my wife and my 10 year anniversary. I am extremely happy I found this gem! The atmosphere was excellent! We started with a drink at the bar and we were immediately welcomed by the bartender and the drinks were perfect. Our table was upstairs and we both enjoyed being able to look over the restaurant. The appetizer we shared was the gnocchi (amazing!) that was reccommended by our bartender. My wife had the duck (amazing!) and I had the braised short ribs and that was the best short rib meal I've ever had! We shared the skillet sugar cookie and that was mouth watering! Our waiter was very informative and helpful and attentive. It looks like Grace is going to be a tradition for us on our anniversary. Thank you!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Timely, cleanly, friendly, tasty, and interesting.

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