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Portland (Maine) Restaurants

EmilitsaEmilitsa
506 reviews
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Greek | Portland, Maine

As always, one of the best in foodie-centric PORTLAND. More

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Fore StreetFore Street
1473 reviews
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Contemporary American | Portland, Maine

Have loved Fore Street for many years! The best and most comfortable restaurant we’ve ever been to. The ambiance is delightful, so warm and cozy. The employees are all professional and friendly. And the food is superb, esp the incredible salads and veggies. If I could, I’d have every meal at Fore Street! More

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ScalesScales
616 reviews
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Seafood | Portland, Maine

Super fresh seafood, great ambiance, looking forward to my next visit. The oysters were so delicious. More

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Hugo's Restaurant- PortlandHugo's Restaurant- Portland
961 reviews
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Contemporary American | Portland, Maine

Wonderful experience at the bar doing the tasting menu! Food and service were fantastic. More

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Solo ItalianoSolo Italiano
684 reviews
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Italian | Portland, Maine

Excellent meal at Solo Italiano! Paolo's pasta is the best. Every dish was exceptional, great quality ingredients and beautiful presentation. The service is very good, making you feel very well taken care. Highly recommended. More

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UnionUnion
677 reviews
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American | Portland, Maine

Nice place in a historic location. Very attentive staff. Some imagination in the menu. We all had fun. More

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EvoEvo
434 reviews
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Mediterranean | Portland, Maine

Evo is my #1 special dinner choice. Ever dish is artful and fresh, and the service feels sincerely personal. More

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Five Fifty-FiveFive Fifty-Five
2199 reviews
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Contemporary American | Portland, Maine

Love this Restaurant! The food is delicious and fantastic service! More

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David's Opus TenDavid's Opus Ten
134 reviews
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Contemporary American | Portland, Maine

We had a wonderful New Year's eve at David's Opus 10. It was our first time dining there and we were so delighted with the food. My favorites were tuna carpaccio with quail egg and truffles (this was actually a substitution for beef carpaccio and it worked perfectly!) and a really thoughtful halibut dish served with truffle micro greens over shredded potatoes (the flavors worked well together). I don't eat red meat or chicken, and the substitutions they gave me were fantastic. I recommend the wine pairing- they were well suited to the dishes. This is one of the best meals I've had in Portland. It was pricey, but the service and food were great. More

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Petite JacquelinePetite Jacqueline
1030 reviews
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French | Portland, Maine

Great food, ambience, and location. Such a cozy place to have dinner. French onion soup was amazing, as was the rest of the food. Definitely a must when in Portland and will be returning! More

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East EnderEast Ender
392 reviews
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Contemporary American | Portland, Maine

This place is fantastic! We just moved into the area and had gotten a recommendation for this restaurant and it was delicious. The tarter sauce with the fish and chips is some of the best I've ever had. They also have a fantastic selection of beer/ciders and a great cocktail menu. More

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Woodford F&BWoodford F&B
355 reviews
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American | Portland, Maine

The food and service at WF&B was, and always is, exceptional. On this visit the seafood stew special was terrific. And they make a great cocktail! More

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David's RestaurantDavid's Restaurant
1759 reviews
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Contemporary American | Portland, Maine

A group of 7 of us went for dinner, everything was great from the Charcuterie board and the delicious filet all the way to our after dinner drinks! Service was good and the food came out faster then expected. Even though the waitress was busy she Appeased us by taking a few moments and getting pictures of our group and also made my husbands dessert extra special. More

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Street and Co.Street and Co.
923 reviews
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Seafood | Portland, Maine

Great for a date night. Cozy bar area. Dining area can be a little tight and crammed. But overall a great dining experience. The Sole Francaise accompanied with roasted potatoes and broccoli is nicely seasoned. The Lobster with butter and garlic over linguini is a great meal for someone with a big appetite. The portion sizes are reasonable for the price. We would definitely be back for another date night. More

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The Grill Room & BarThe Grill Room & Bar
268 reviews
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Steakhouse | Portland, Maine

Best filet minions we’ve ever had. We’ve eaten here many times and it’s always very good. Bring your wallet- it’s worth every penny. More

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Kon Asian Bistro - Portland, MEKon Asian Bistro - Portland, ME
80 reviews
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Asian | Portland, Maine

Great service, food and atmosphere . Menu has a wide variety to choose from. More

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Blue SpoonBlue Spoon
560 reviews
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American | Portland, Maine

Brunch with my sister and daughter More

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Tuscan TableTuscan Table
513 reviews
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Italian | Portland, Maine

All was great - but if there were more than 5 stars for service; Emma deserved them! More

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Local 188Local 188
786 reviews
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Spanish | Portland, Maine

The experience was very nice. We were intrigued with the special and asked about it prior to order, but was way too much food for just the two of us. It was great to have the recognition of our anniversary which made the night and experience that much better. More

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Boone's Fish House & Oyster RoomBoone's Fish House & Oyster Room
307 reviews
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Seafood | Portland, Maine

Had a memorable mid-week lunch with an out of town friend - sat in front of a warming fireplace on a cold Maine day, our Server was amazing (engaging without imposing) and efficient. Food was great - from Oysters to Calamari to Baked Stuffed Lobsters - and servings were more than generous. Just a great lunch! More

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Ri Ra Irish Pub & Restaurant - PortlandRi Ra Irish Pub & Restaurant - Portland
207 reviews
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Irish | Portland, Maine

Made a reservation for New Year's Eve, seated upstairs it was a little noisy but it was a holiday. Food was good, I had the Pub Burger, others at the table had Fish and Chips, Gnocchi Mac and Cheese and the Lamb Burger, all were very good and fairly priced. Good selection of local rotating drafts. Also, the pub area downstairs is great to walk in and get a drink. More

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The Corner RoomThe Corner Room
182 reviews
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Italian | Portland, Maine

Nice luncheon spot. A tart (quiche) with salad was delicious. Service was fine, price reasonable. I would return without question. More

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Old Port Sea GrillOld Port Sea Grill
638 reviews
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Seafood | Portland, Maine

Absolutely love this place. Make a point to go there every time we’re in Portland. Amazing food, great service and ambiance. More

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Little GiantLittle Giant
113 reviews
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European | Portland, Maine

The food was great, staff were accommodating to our big group, and they managed a birthday cake with sparklers at the last minute. More

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TIQATIQA
359 reviews
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Mediterranean | Portland, Maine

The food, service, setting, and music were excellent. We will be returning soon. More

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Roma PortlandRoma Portland
201 reviews
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Italian | Portland, Maine

Pleasant. Good music, not loud. Easy to talk. More

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Twenty Milk StreetTwenty Milk Street
299 reviews
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American | Portland, Maine

We got married at the Regency on New Year's Eve five years ago, and so we came back from dinner at Twenty Milk Street. The staff was wonderful and welcoming, and it was a joy to celebrate our anniversary there. More

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Otto - SacoOtto - Saco
13 reviews
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Pizzeria | Portland, Maine

Great food and beer selection. More

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Maria's RestaurantMaria's Restaurant
5 reviews
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Café | Portland, Maine

Dinner was great but seemed that they were a bit short-staffed on a Friday evening, was a bit of a wait to put in initial drink and food order. More

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El CorazonEl Corazon
17 reviews
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Mexican | Portland, Maine

Great food and experience. We were on vacation from New Orleans and were not looking to eat Mexican, but this was one of the few places open the day after Christmas. We were definitely glad we ate here. A must try in Portland, Maine. More

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Vignola & Cinque TerreVignola & Cinque Terre
1043 reviews
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European | Portland, Maine

We’ve been here several times. Pleasant surroundings, inventive, locally sourced menu, kind and attentive staff. I should mention that our Portland visits are generally off-season, so crowds not an issue. The Portland scene has a certain “foodie” aura in places where the chefs and staff see themselves as a priesthood---a little off-putting, given what ultimately arrives at the table. None of that is true here. More

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Bluefin North Atlantic SeafoodBluefin North Atlantic Seafood
32 reviews
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Seafood | Portland, Maine

Steaks were amazing, paella was terrible. Over cooked in every way. My husband just sucked it up and ate what he could as not to embarrass our guest More

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C2-Congress Squared RestaurantC2-Congress Squared Restaurant
149 reviews
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Contemporary American | Portland, Maine

Great food and service! Creative cocktails, however the drinks were a bit on the heavier side. If that’s your thing, then they were perfect. More

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Otto - 225 CongressOtto - 225 Congress
12 reviews
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Pizza Bar | Portland, Maine

Wonderful pizza including vegan options for some of us. Very friendly staff! More

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Vinland- PortlandVinland- Portland
310 reviews
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Organic | Portland, Maine

Vinland is one of the most creative restaurants we've visited! Each dish was prepared with care and originality and taste. Wonderful flavorful food and great organic wine list. Their foods are only locally sourced! For you "gluten free" folks you have it made - a brown bread for dipping and eating! Vegan and non- vegan plates were great to try - small and large plates are offered for each preparation. Lots of choices and lots of flavor! Thank you Vinland - Portland is lucky to have you!!!! More

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Portland (Maine) Diners' Choice Winners

Portland (Maine)'s best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
EmilitsaEmilitsa
506 reviews
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Greek | Portland, Maine

As always, one of the best in foodie-centric PORTLAND. More

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Hugo's Restaurant- PortlandHugo's Restaurant- Portland
961 reviews
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Contemporary American | Portland, Maine

Wonderful experience at the bar doing the tasting menu! Food and service were fantastic. More

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EvoEvo
434 reviews
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Mediterranean | Portland, Maine

Evo is my #1 special dinner choice. Ever dish is artful and fresh, and the service feels sincerely personal. More

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Fore StreetFore Street
1473 reviews
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Contemporary American | Portland, Maine

Have loved Fore Street for many years! The best and most comfortable restaurant we’ve ever been to. The ambiance is delightful, so warm and cozy. The employees are all professional and friendly. And the food is superb, esp the incredible salads and veggies. If I could, I’d have every meal at Fore Street! More

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UnionUnion
677 reviews
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American | Portland, Maine

Nice place in a historic location. Very attentive staff. Some imagination in the menu. We all had fun. More

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ScalesScales
616 reviews
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Seafood | Portland, Maine

Super fresh seafood, great ambiance, looking forward to my next visit. The oysters were so delicious. More

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Five Fifty-FiveFive Fifty-Five
2199 reviews
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Contemporary American | Portland, Maine

Love this Restaurant! The food is delicious and fantastic service! More

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Street and Co.Street and Co.
923 reviews
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Seafood | Portland, Maine

Great for a date night. Cozy bar area. Dining area can be a little tight and crammed. But overall a great dining experience. The Sole Francaise accompanied with roasted potatoes and broccoli is nicely seasoned. The Lobster with butter and garlic over linguini is a great meal for someone with a big appetite. The portion sizes are reasonable for the price. We would definitely be back for another date night. More

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Solo ItalianoSolo Italiano
684 reviews
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Italian | Portland, Maine

Excellent meal at Solo Italiano! Paolo's pasta is the best. Every dish was exceptional, great quality ingredients and beautiful presentation. The service is very good, making you feel very well taken care. Highly recommended. More

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Woodford F&BWoodford F&B
355 reviews
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American | Portland, Maine

The food and service at WF&B was, and always is, exceptional. On this visit the seafood stew special was terrific. And they make a great cocktail! More

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Discover Portland

If you are going to visit Portland, Maine, make sure to plan your day around your meals so you can experience as many Down East restaurants as possible. In addition to the classic New England clam chowder, Portland is renowned for its fresh oyster bars. Competing with seafood fresh off the fishing boats, some of the best steakhouses in New England can be found in Portland. For the more adventurous diner, the international selections include French, Italian, Thai, Mexican, and Middle Eastern cuisine. For a more casual dining experience, you can indulge in comfort foods like macaroni and cheese or Belgian fries fried in duck fat and made with local potatoes. Complete your meal with the perfect cocktail and a view of the water, and you'll be wondering how soon you can eat again.