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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

4.3

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (44)
Romantic (44)
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Good for a Date (39)
Good for Anniversaries (37)
Bar Seating (31)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Local Ingredients (22)
Quiet Conversation (22)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Authentic (18)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Fun (15)
Notable Wine List (13)
Business Meals (12)
Good for Groups (10)
Healthy (10)
People Watching (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Cozy (6)
Seasonal (6)
Casual (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Organic (4)
Great Beer (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Scenic View (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tapas (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

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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·Dined 6 days ago

Timely, cleanly, friendly, tasty, and interesting.

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·Dined on December 5, 2017

This is a special venue - inside a church, and they kept a lot of the architecture. It is BEAUTIFUL! Food was wonderful, wait staff was terrific! Definitely going back.

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

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!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Service and ambience are great and the restaurant is very convenient to Merrill Auditorium. Food was too salty. Even the delicious bread had huge salt crystals on it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Western NC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Grace continues to be one of Portland, Maine's prized gems. The menu continues to evolve and remains one of Portland's best. A must-see ambiance. Great for tourists or locals.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Anniversary

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

First time at Grace and everything went very well. Our server Joy was the best. Noting was missed and she was superior regarding my GF request. Exceptional service. We had the Best night and my date was equally happy beyond expectation. Thank you!

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Good food, creative dishes, but very slow in coming out. Unique atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Food okay, setting was beautiful. Mainly service was very very slow.

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

This restaurant is an absolute gem! We enjoyed every single bite! The food was prepared to perfection!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Healthy, People Watching, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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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 (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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 (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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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Friends recommended Grace to us, as we were headed to Portland for our Anniversary. Grace was the perfect place to go for a special occasion. The restaurant is gorgeous, cocktails/beer selections were exceptional, and the food was absolutely delicious. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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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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