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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.
Portland, ME 04101
Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm;
$30 and under
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
New to the city and stumbled upon Grace. The atmosphere was perfect after or walk around Monument Square and all the cute boutique shopes on Federal and Congress Streets. Menu was eclectic and some of the dishes were already sold out. Hoping the menu in general is not limited to a seasonal rotation, but would recommend for the ambiance and get away. Enjoyable overall!
Another great experience. Delicious food and great service! We live in Atlanta and are used to many choices when it comes to very good private establishments, Grace easily compares with their food and service and the extraordinary atmosphere is icing on the cake. Portlanders should be proud of all their wonderful choices, and Grace is definitely one of them.
We were excited to go to Grace because of the great church-to-restaurant atmosphere; however, I have never been more disappointed with a meal in my life. The food was absolutely terrible. We ordered the steak, duck breast, and foie gras. The foie gras was good, not great. The entrees were so bad we paid and left without eating them. My boyfriend pointed out that our steak tasted like a hotdog after the first bite, and he couldn’t have been more right. He related the duck sauce to spaghettios. We paid our bill, got coffee and walked around, and then went home and ate dinner there.
Extremely disappointing, especially for the price point. We wouldn’t go back for free.
Very disappointing experience, outside of a truly excellent server. We were one of only three or four tables in the entire restaurant. Our three dishes arrived with cold ingredients in each one. This place is no bargain. They charge top-shelf prices and serve cold food. Probably our last visit.
The server was wonderful, the ambiance pleasing. It was a setup for a perfect night out. The cheese plate was an excellent start, and the bread was delicious, but it was downhill from there. I ordered the duck, which came with a strange lentil-flavored sauce that ruined it. My husband got the monkfish, which in itself was good, but the mysterious vivid green sauce also had a strange flavor to it. I was really excited to try the pumpkin coffee cake--all my favorite things in one! But it was a total disappointment. It tasted stale, and I didn't finish it. It came with a little spoonful of ice cream, which WAS delicious. My husband had the apple turnover, but he thought the cheese did not go well in it.
I really wish the food were as good as everything else. Despite the disappointing meal, I left happy.
Grace is a fascinating space as a converted church providing a gracious space for dinner. All three of our meals were very good, and in some instances excellent, with a good range of choices including several, interesting and creative preparations that go beyond the commonplace. The service, while attentive and well spaced, for some reason came across as a bit helter-skelter, but still very good. Grace is a very good place to have dinner in a small city justifiably proud of being an amazing gathering place of good restaurants. Easily recommended.
Grace was a really wonderful date night / birthday dinner place. We were in from out of town and so the place definitely felt like a special occasion ambiance. Food was delicious except we filled up on bread and appetizers before we even got our main course! Everything was too good! Waitress was very knowledgeable and helpful to us seafood newbies.
With so much wonderful food in New England, this meal was a bit of a disappointment. We enjoyed watching the food preparations and the architecture is neat. We had the short ribs, ribeye and flank steak... all were good but nothing to remember. The hostess was very warm and friendly... she may have been the highlight of the evening!
This restaurant was suggested by a tour guide earlier in the day. The decor of a church now restaurant was just beautifully done. The waitress answered all of our questions and made suggestions. The portions were enough that we were satisfied but not leaving over full.
One of the most memorable places for a fine meal. The place is impressive and the food matched the majesty of the massive dining room. We ate on the upstairs balcony overlooking the downstairs bar. Seating was wonderful with nobody else next to us. Our server, named Josh was full of personality and perfectly attentive. If you want great food in an exceptional setting, this place will meet your needs. By the way, we had all courses including wine and an after dinner tawny port.
The steak was not cooked as requested and very salty. The twice baked potato was too sour or almost a hint of vinegar. The gnocchi was very good as was the consume. We each ordered dessert and the tres lechewas horrible. I’ve have this in the past and it was really bad in both taste and presentation. Overall we were all disappointed.
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