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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (52)
Creative Cuisine (47)
Romantic (45)
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Good for a Date (45)
Good for Anniversaries (37)
Bar Seating (35)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Local Ingredients (26)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Worth the Drive (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (19)
Authentic (17)
Notable Wine List (15)
Business Meals (13)
Fun (13)
Healthy (12)
Good for Groups (11)
People Watching (10)
Cozy (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Happy Hour (6)
Casual (5)
Seasonal (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Great Beer (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Organic (3)
Scenic View (3)
Tapas (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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!

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

LIGHTING VERY POOR NEEDED A FLASHLIGHT TO READ THE MENU,MENU VERY INFLEXIBLE COULD NOT GET A PLAIN BAKED POTATO-DID NOT CARE FOR THE RESTAURANT'S ATTITUDE.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Although it was a neat venue - an beautiful church with stain glass windows- the menu was extremely limited and very expensive. Probably won't go back again.

Tags: Bar Seating, People Watching
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Cozy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Grace is a beautiful restaurant and service is always good. The balcony is best for noise level - the first floor can get noisy. The food was good but not special. It's hit or miss for food. I have been there when the food was great . It's always worth going.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Delicious food, gorgeous restaurant that has quickly become one of our go-to places when we go up to Portland. A must-try!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Would love to rate the food but can’t as they refused to serve us. We asked if we could order from the bar menu as opposed to the regular menu and I believe this upset the staff so they told us we couldn’t be served etc... we had had maybe two drinks prior and they said we were a liability Bc of being drunk which we weren’t even remotely close to being. Would never return

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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Delightful meal! Great menu, great service, reasonable value. Each menu item chosen was prepared to perfection, and presented beautifully… with unique and fresh ingredients put together in unusual, surprising combinations. Each one of our party of four enjoyed every aspect of their meal (and the drink selections) immensely. This, together with the ambience of the beautifully renovated and cleverly newly-designed church setting, made the meal one to remember. Great art too.
Will return when next in Portland.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Authentic, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Menu options were very good. Prices were moderate. Quality of food and service were top notch. Decor (converted church) was extraordinary!

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

This was our first visit to Grace - convenient for a concert evening at Merrill. The setting was spectacular, our server (Madison) was outstanding and we enjoyed our entrees , wine and dessert. While fairly expensive, it was well worth the price for a special evening out.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 1, 2017

we sat on the balcony, which I recommend. Cocktails were strong, wine list very good. Oysters! Get St. John's if you can. Ate duck and risotto with venison. Excellent and quantity perfect.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Brought the wrong entree to me and had to wait while the restaurant prepared the correct entree -- while in the meantime my husband had to eat his entree so it did not get cold. Brief apology from waiter -- nothing from management. Not even a complimentary glass of wine as an apology.

Cookie dessert -- gooey mess.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

😎👍🏼totally tubularr

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Grace is a special gem in Portland. We spent the whole two hours of our dinner oo-ing and ah-ing over how impressive the space is. Our waitress was superb and the food was some of the best I've had since living in NYC. GO HERE!!

Tags: Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene, Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

We were curious to see Grace since it was a converted church. We had dinner there the same night they were starting a new menu. The food was decent, the ambiance was nice, but our waiter was really inattentive and the place wasn’t busy, so there was really no excuse. We will not be returning.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Good victuals in interesting space

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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Inside a gorgeous church. The food was very delicious with a range of goodies for all. Craft drinks were definitely enough to come back for.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We dined here for our anniversary Saturday evening. The atmosphere was amazing and it is an absolutely beautiful restaurant. We had a table for 2 set up on the second floor balcony. Our drinks and appetizers were very good (meat and cheese board, oysters, and strawberry jalapeño margaritas). The menu selection for entrees was very limited and nothing special. We ordered the ribeye and frogmore stew. The stew was very bland with little to no seasoning and mostly potatoes rather than seafood. The ribeye we ordered medium rare, but came served at a temperate below rare as I doubt it even reached 130 degrees. The steak was coated in sauce and salt leaving us asking for more water and not wanting to finish. We let the server know and she told us that it was a new grill cook who was on his second day. Nothing was removed from the bill and they brought us 2 glasses of their house champagne as we politely declined to continue to dessert. Overall, we would definitely go back for drinks and apps at the bar before dinner elsewhere. We left hungry and disappointed.

Tags: Bar Seating, Great Beer
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent service, the interior is very beautiful, food was excellent and very close to most major hotels!

Our waitress was exceptional.

Thank your neighbor, Rebecca from Soakology recommended it!

Can’t wait to go back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Fun, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Absolutely awesome dinner experience. Highly recommend!

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Very special use of an old church. Friendly staff and delicious meal.

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Always a favorite and excited to bring friends this time. We all thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and service!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

As a former congregant of the church that was in this building, I have been resistant to dining here. The conversion from sanctuary to restaurant was very sensitively done and the beauty of the room was meticulously preserved. The finest features of this historic room/building are still in evidence and the food and service are superb. It has Class without pretention and is a great value. Our waitress (Madison) was very good and if she is a sample of the other wait staff, you can't go wrong. We all agreed that we have never had a better wait person. I highly recommend!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Excellent overall experience! They did an amazing renovation of this historic church in downtown Portland. Loved the way they incorporated the beauty of the original wood work and stained glass into a modern restaurant. The atmosphere, service, and food all exceeded expectations. Dinner at Grace is a must when visiting Portland!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Place is awesome, food is terrific. Second visit since 2014 to Portland and we had to go back to Grace. The oysters were clean and fresh. The smoked scallops were delicious. I had the hangar steak, and it was very tender. The monkfish was very flavorful and its presentation was well plated. We had two courses and it took two hours... so top notch food - just be prepared to stay a while.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Amazing food and service. Great recommendations from the waiter. Nice wine selection and beautiful stained glass windows from the original church. Best meal in Portland on this trip.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Unbeatable combination of gorgeous interior, outstanding food and excellent service.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Wonderful setting with nice ambiance! There is so much detail and history inside the restaurant, truly a must see from the second floor. The staff was very pleasant and the food is amazing! A little pricy, but perfect for a special occasion.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great birthday dinner

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 10, 2017

great ambiance friendly and knowledgeable service mad a delicious meal very special

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Perfect in every way and it began the moment we arrived. The old church provides a beautiful space. The open kitchen and bar are impressive and blend surprisingly well with the original stained glass windows and gold organ pipes. Abigail arrived to get Mother and I comfortably seated and the adventure began. We were celebrating a birthday and hoped the Tuesday night fare would be extra special and it was better than we hoped. The staff is enthusiastic and described each dish like a tour guide. The chef is brilliant and the food unique. Mother ordered the ribeye and mushrooms. She declared it to be the best steak she has ever eaten. That is a big statement coming from a Texan who retired in KC. The special pastrami first course was so good it was tempting to lick the plate. The monkfish was perfection and the plate a work of art. Save room for dessert as your choices and the flavors will match the rest of the courses creativity. Love this place so much I may have to schedule another vacation to Maine just to experience Grace again.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Wonderful dinner in an unusual atmosphere. Would recommend to try it.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Ambience was spectacular! Food was delicious and service was great. Great location next to Merrill Auditorium which made it perfect for going to the theatre after dinner. We will be back and we will recommend it to all of our friends.

Tags: People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Delicious food. I had the best (and most expensive) hangar steak ($34..most really nice restaurants of this type charge about $25). But, it was very tasty. My wife had the short ribs at $36 but the portion size was huge. They should charge $25 and provide a regular portion. We don't like doggy-bagging food home for leftovers. Our server was right on top of things in the beginning but service fell off during the meal. Maybe it was because she had to run up and down stairs all night long (our table was in the "balcony"); remember, this restaurant is in an old church. And, that's a problem because the ambiance was lacking. It seemed as if the restaurant was never quite "done." There's a lot of open space on the ground floor which makes it seem empty. The entrance is also very odd; you climb quite a few steps and enter through doors that look like they were in an office building completed in the 1970's. The one very positive comment I can add about the ambiance is that, given the place is so big, and rather empty, the noise level was low which we like. We didn't ever have to yell at one another across the table to be heard. In the end, while I would recommend this restaurant to a friend, it's because the food is quite good and the place is sort of a novelty. Now that we've been there once, I really doubt we'd return. The food is just too expensive.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2017

A real Church! Stained glass windows and all. Very unique. Very cool. Food - good. Not great.

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·Dined on October 6, 2017

We took family for a pre-theatre birthday dinner and it was a lovely experience for all. Interesting garnishes and sides. The beans with the hanger steak was the only disappointment.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre
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