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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
Another couple and us were in Portland for a meeting. We wanted dinner and found Grace. The steak was too big for any one of us so each couple shared the 20 ounce steak. It took 30 minutes to arrive, but with the wonderful cheese boards available and the reasonably priced wine, time went very fast. In fact 2 1/2 hours surprised us when we realized we needed to move the car in 10 minutes.
The name, Grace, and being in a church provided a great ambiance.
I would return again, next time in Portland, ME.
The food and service were excellent, all within the ambience of a former old church, stained glass windows, vaulted ceilings and all. We were pleasantly surprised at the unique dishes blending unusual tastes into sublime entrees. Desserts matched that high standard. Highly recommended!
Beautiful setting in a very old Church, great staff, awesome food, and a nice small and quiet table for our 10th Wedding Anniversary. The stained-glass windows and upper level balcony looking down onto the first level makes for a magical dining experience. The cheese plate and fried green beans were simple starter plates that were full of flavor, and the main course that followed was complex and delicious. It was a rainy Thursday night, so restaurant was only half full, which was a perfect as we had an intimate table where I surprised my wife with a ring. The staff was very enthusiastic and courteous. We will definitely go back again and tell lots of our friends to check it out. Highly recommended!
Thought the food was exceptional - service was great. Sat upstairs - was a little surprised and disappointed - the chairs looked a little "shop-worn" and needed to be replaced - almost looked "seedy" -- Considering how much work was put into restoring the church, little things like this make a difference. My friend who visited Grace a couple of months had the same impression. I liked Grace, but would definitely consider other venues considering the price point, ambiance, etc.
We got in a bit earlier than usual because we were going to see a concert that started pretty early. It was rainy and pretty miserable outside, but coming in, the restaurant and staff were warm and welcoming. Our waiter, Bert, was knowledgable and as passionate about their offerings as he was about the show we were about to see (and he was about to miss.) My wife had the chicken and I had the hanger steak - everything was cooked and seasoned to perfection. I can't wait to find an excuse to go back.
We loved Grace. There were four in our party and we tried everything we could: oysters, charcuterie, bone marrow, sweet breads, pate, rib eye, skate wing, flank steak, flounder, cocktails and wine. Service was exceptional, food imaginative and amazing. We loved the space. We were seated downstairs and it was a busy holiday weekend. It was bustling and lively; however, the noise level wasn't disturbing.
Grace is a restaurant that combines an absolutely stunning atmosphere with excellent food at really quite reasonable prices for what one receives. The owner clearly has amazing taste and has renovated this huge open church into an historic interior with gorgeous central bar. Every detail was considered. The menu was varied and everything that we tried was excellent. Steaks appear to be very popular, although we didn't try one this time. A must visit if you are in Portland.
Dinner was a bit off as the ribeye special was not in good time with the roast duck. The ribeye was delayed and the duck was luke warm. The duck was very good. The ribeye was good not great. Grace is not a steak house and as such it was not steakhouse quality.
I typically order their steak entrees and have always enjoyed it but I wanted something slightly lighter in terms of the protein. I decided to try their vegan entree this time - buckwheat udon noodles with mushrooms, carrots, turnips, and a mix of spices.
It is one of their least expensive entrees, and it was phenomenal - the sauce was complex, the buckwheat noodles were perfectly cooked which is no small feat, and the dish altogether is now my new favorite.
I have not had a bad meal at Grace yet; the staff is attentive and knowledgeable, the wait for food service is just right, not too quick and not too slow, which gives you time to enjoy the ambiance and amazing set up.
Grace is inimpressive as you enter the vestibule and climb the stairs to the restaurant level, but once you enter the dining space it is like another world. There is lots of open space with dining along the exterior walls and in the balcony. We were seated next to a group of 15 in the balcony and didn't really notice any distraction due to noise from their conversations. The food was superb and the service was top notch. Will definitely return for another meal soon!
This is the most impressive restaurant building I've ever eaten in. The restoration and development of this church into a restaurant is a beautiful feat. The food and cocktails were equally impressive. My husband's duck was one of the best duck dishes I've ever had and cooked perfectly! The bone marrow appetizer was very good but maybe just a little to much.
The staff at Grace is wonderful. I noted in my reservation that I was bringing my Mom here to celebrate Mother's Day; they gave us the "best seat in the house" overlooking the kitchen on an upstairs terrace. My Mom really loves ghost stories and many members of the staff indulged hers with some Grace stories. We each started with delicious salads (greens and artichoke/hearts of palm), which were both delicious. My Mom's steak and my fish were equally delicious. The cocktails were also amazing! Definitely want to go back during daylight to see how the space lights up with the stained glass. Wonderfull place for a nice evening or celebration!
Had been eager to fine at Grace for some time. Although food was excellent, the portions were painfully small and both my wife and I managed to leave the restaurant hungry. Bread, salad, entree and wine shouldn't have left us so. There were many open tables but we were seated directly at the base of the staircase which was in heavy use. The noise was tolerable but the steady pedestrian traffic was a irritating. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend as a special occasion kind of place but, for the money, left a little to be desired.
I love this spot. The restaurant couldn't be more beautiful. My choice of entrees was a little misleading in the name and description so I wasn't in love with it - the main ingredient ended up being something I don't really like (and I like almost everything) but I won't hold that against the restaurant and look forward to my return!! Love the atmosphere and the original wood work. My husband's entree was good and the lobster in my meal was cooked perfectly.
Went to Grace back in December '13 despite being told it was overrated. Had a good experience then, and decided to go again with others during our last trip to Portland. Had a BLAST! Service was fantastic! our waiter, David Smith was on the mark and was prompt without making us feel rushed. Food was excellent with awesome flavors and just the right portion size - enough to fill you without feeling bloated. told him that we didn't speak up when we didn't get our limoncello the first time we dined there, so he brought us out a complimentary drink. Highly recommend a dinner at Grace for special occasions!
Set in an old, innovatively restored church, with a unique sculptural venting system for the open kitchen, and an amazing circular bar you can admire from the tables on the second floor balconies, this restaurant never fails to please. The menu changes regularly. The food is different and beautifully prepared. For example, at our last visit, my finicky son had the skatewing with squid ink pasta and littleneck clams in broth. He said it was one of the best meals he's ever had. I had the skirt steak, which was prepared very differently, and equally delicious. My husband had a different fish dish. We had appetizers and some of the unique mixed drinks, and shared a dessert. As usual, we left marveling at the wonderful food and atmosphere.
Upon our arrival to Grace, we were seated immediately. However, we were seated at a high top bar type table which was not comfortable for one of our guest. We inquired about another table. The hostess, Hailey, (sp.) explained we could have possibly a 30 minute wait. All available table were reserved. We decided to make the best of the high top table. However, just after our drinks were served she informed us that a table had just opened up, would we care to look at it. It was a superior table! She and our server quickly moved our drinks and we continue on to enjoy a lovely dinner.
We made reservations here before a concert at the Merrill Auditorium. Food was wonderful and service was excellent. Our server knew we needed to get to the concert and when I selected a meal, she said it would take quite a bit of time to cook and suggested that I select something else. Will definitely come again for a special occasion.
We chose Grace to celebrate our 46th Wedding Anniversary... We arrived half hour early and were made to feel very welcome and were immediately seated. Had an excellant waitress who was very attentive to our needs.
loved the dessert plates with the HAPPY ANNIVERSARY written in chocolate.
would recommend GRACE for any special occasion.
This converted church is a a beautiful place to dine. The service was outstanding, but the food left something to be desired. For the price, I thought the food and wine list were of average quality for a fine doing establishment. It defiantly paled in comparison to the atmosphere and quality of service.
I don't know how it happened but Portland has become the restaurant capitol of New England, there are more first rate restaurants there than anywhere else on the East Coast besides New York. Grace is another example of an excellent Portland restaurant. It's located in a converted 19th century church which gives it a unique ambiance. We started with oysters and fois gras, then had lobster stew and duck. Everything was delicious. I wish OpenTable allowed fractional starts because I would like to have rated them a 4.5 instead of 4. The reason that I didn't rate them at 5 was because I want to reserve that for the absolute best restaurants, in Portland I think that honor still belongs to Hugo's, but no one will be disappointed with Grace.
Food was quite good, as was service. But the amazing thing about Grace was the ambiance. Grace is in a former church, replete with stained glass and soaring beams. I was worried that I would feel uncomfortable, but Grace has worked hard to blend with their atmosphere. Servers wear a distinguished black, ad do the show kitchen staff. Music when I was there was gospel. The circular bar was fairly quiet. The only downside to this experience was the arwa--not one of Portland's finest.
We had a wonderful experience with our evening at Grace. The place was clean, people were attentive and the food was delicious. While it certainly is on the pricey side for a special occasion I think it is worth it. However, if you go and enjoy the entree part the price is reasonable and the atmosphere can't be beat.
I had notified the restaurant ahead of time that we would be going to the theater and our waiter greeted us with this knowledge.
Service was prompt but not hurried. The music was lively but not loud or obtrusive. Thank you for that, Grace!
Nothing we ordered was what we expected but everything exceeded our expectations.
For an appetizer we shared an order of mussels. We were pleasantly surprised when they arrived already shucked. The sherry and creme fraiche sauce was an appreciated twist on the usual tomato based sauce.
Our dinners were superb. My husband thoroughly enjoyed the no-work lobster stew which was abundant with juicy lobster.
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