Best Contemporary American Restaurants in Portland (Maine)

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Best Contemporary American Restaurants in Portland (Maine)

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

It's really nice when the owner/chef is present and can answer your questions. One of our courses included a "frozen" vodka. The bottle was encased in ice and the vodka was even colder than the blueberry taste-treat over which it was poured. David poured the vodka and explained how he made this course. More

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

Seth the sommelier recommended a very appropriate wine for our group. Jordan our waiter was incredibly knowledgeable about our food and respective libation accompaniments. Very attentive without being intrusive. We will return! More

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ScalesScales
670 reviews
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Seafood | Portland, Maine

We had an amazing dinner both the food and atmosphere. Our waitress was wonderful. More

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EmilitsaEmilitsa
532 reviews
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Greek | Portland, Maine

The menu was limited at best. No specials the night we were there. The service was wonderful and the food quite good. More

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UnionUnion
678 reviews
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American | Portland, Maine

The restaurant is close to the office. We were greeted as we walked in by the friendly smiling hostess. Service was very quick and efficient. Food was excellent and we really enjoyed the choices. The Congress Street lunch special really hits the spot. It's just the right size and a great combo with soup, salad and 1/2 a sandwich. We shared dessert as it is large enough for everyone to enjoy. We had a wonderful time and will be back again. I do recommend reserving a table to cut down on the wait time. More

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Fore StreetFore Street
1511 reviews
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Contemporary American | Portland, Maine

Fantastic from start to finish once in the restaurant. The bar area was a bit hectic and the bar tender was a bit unfriendly, but once we had our seat it was a wonderful experience. More

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Solo ItalianoSolo Italiano
753 reviews
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Italian | Portland, Maine

Superb meal - chef is amazing. Wait staff great job. Don’t miss this place - we’ll be back More

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Petite JacquelinePetite Jacqueline
1082 reviews
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French | Portland, Maine

Fabulous as always!! More

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Five Fifty-FiveFive Fifty-Five
2242 reviews
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Contemporary American | Portland, Maine

We were able to be seated a little early. Our table was in an excellent location on the mezzanine level. Service was excellent, with much more attention to service than other restaurants sometimes provide. The server was very knowledgeable about the variety of wine choices, as well as, providing details regarding our menu choices. More

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David's RestaurantDavid's Restaurant
1826 reviews
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Contemporary American | Portland, Maine

Great food, very good service. Prices very high ($9 for a green salad - not a specialty salad, just a very minimal green salad. Ouch.) But Haddock with peekytoe crab was superb. That was well worth the hefty price! Definitely worth going to for special event. More

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

Great all around, seevice, location, food wonderful. More

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

Celebrated my gf’s 50th birthday with her boys doing the hibachi. Our chef, Victor, was the best by far that I have ever had. He was entertaining, hilarious (for all age groups present), great energy and made a point to make it special for the birthday mom. The food was delicious and cooked precisely to order. Everyone in our party raved about the food and experience. Thank you Victor! The service from our waitress was exceptional as well. Courteous, timely, available and pressure free. More

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Evo - Portland MaineEvo - Portland Maine
466 reviews
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Mediterranean | Portland, Maine

Those carrots!! Everything we had was delicious (and gluten free!).... carrots, hummus, lamb, falafel, tuna and some delicious dessert. Waitress was very nice and knowledgeable about the wines . Great experience, would come back to Portland for those carrots. More

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East EnderEast Ender
420 reviews
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Contemporary American | Portland, Maine

Excellent service and food, locally sourced and creative More

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

Great food. Nice and informative server. Relaxing atmosphere. More

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

Hands-down one of the best dinners I have had in quite a while, everything was perfect, as a chef I find myself sometimes a bit Let down when someone might recommend a place, my wife is from Maine and has been wanting to take me in here for years. so glad we went well up here . value ambiance ,service ,personality and quality of food is spot on .a must stop if you’re in Portland. guten appetit!!!!! More

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

So glad to find a yummy pizza place and not have to wait! More

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Blue SpoonBlue Spoon
590 reviews
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American | Portland, Maine

The short ribs and brussel sprouts were amazing and very flavorful. More

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

My friends arrived a few minutes ahead of me and were seated quickly and were able to enjoy the view before I arrived. The staff was on top of keeping our needs met. The food was delicious and the experience was wonderful for our out of town guest. More

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

The Corner Room continues to be one of my favorites. The service is excellent and they offer smaller portions of signature dishes. And, the Happy Hour is one of the best in Portland. More

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Local 188Local 188
807 reviews
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Spanish | Portland, Maine

Honored a special request for vegetarian paella and provided separate checks for our party of 8 without visible distress. Thank you! More

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El CorazonEl Corazon
22 reviews
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Mexican | Portland, Maine

The food here was very good and as close as we've come to authentic Mexican food outside of California and Arizona (and other places). Laura was very welcoming and attentive and we enjoyed our conversation with her. Comfortable atmosphere, felt like a Mexican restaurant. We had the Chile Relleno and the Fish Tacos (one fish, one shrimp) and both were great. More

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Little GiantLittle Giant
121 reviews
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European | Portland, Maine

Need to have a bigger menu. Neighborhood gem. A good place for drinks. More

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

Great we dine here a lot More

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

The fisherman’s platter was great as was the selection of oysters. The homemade blueberry pie was delicious. Would definitely go back. More

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TIQATIQA
375 reviews
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Mediterranean | Portland, Maine

We enjoyed the food at TIQA especially the kabob entrees. We loved the menu options and variety. It was a busy night and the server forgot our salad. Next time we'll request a table away from the front door as our table was a little noisy and cold. All in all, a good experience and we will definitely dine there again when in Portland. More

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

Everything was perfect! Loved the scallops More

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

Nice., light airy place for a pleasant lunch with a friend. Relatively quiet... and therefore easy to hear yourself think.. unlike many similar nice places! More

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Roma PortlandRoma Portland
231 reviews
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Italian | Portland, Maine

The food was absolutely superb! The pasta was cooked perfectly and retained a beautiful texture. Our service was EXCEPTIONAL and Matt made perfect suggestions and his recommendations were spot on. The real jewel in the crown was that you could actually hear what the person across from you was saying. All in all it was a delightful evening and I would strongly recommend this comfortable casual main stream Italian restaurant to anyone looking for a relaxed evening with great food and wine...delivered by a trained professional server. More

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

Great food and beer selection. More

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

Great food, great service. All around a great experience! More

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

The restaurant is lovely and the wait staff could not be nicer, more helpful or efficient. While the presentation was terrific and the food quite good my husband's filet of beef was not as expected and the calamari was not crisp. We do love the hotel and the staff and will dine there again. Get a drink at the bar - so well made! More

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Vignola & Cinque TerreVignola & Cinque Terre
1066 reviews
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European | Portland, Maine

Overall the food was well prepared - small portions More

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

Friendly wait staff excellent food, drink menu dessert menu very nice. Arrived early sat us without wait. More

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Portland (Maine) Diners' Choice Winners

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

The menu was limited at best. No specials the night we were there. The service was wonderful and the food quite good. More

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ScalesScales
670 reviews
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Seafood | Portland, Maine

We had an amazing dinner both the food and atmosphere. Our waitress was wonderful. More

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

Seth the sommelier recommended a very appropriate wine for our group. Jordan our waiter was incredibly knowledgeable about our food and respective libation accompaniments. Very attentive without being intrusive. We will return! More

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Fore StreetFore Street
1511 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Portland, Maine

Fantastic from start to finish once in the restaurant. The bar area was a bit hectic and the bar tender was a bit unfriendly, but once we had our seat it was a wonderful experience. More

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Solo ItalianoSolo Italiano
753 reviews
$$$$
Italian | Portland, Maine

Superb meal - chef is amazing. Wait staff great job. Don’t miss this place - we’ll be back More

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UnionUnion
678 reviews
$$$$
American | Portland, Maine

The restaurant is close to the office. We were greeted as we walked in by the friendly smiling hostess. Service was very quick and efficient. Food was excellent and we really enjoyed the choices. The Congress Street lunch special really hits the spot. It's just the right size and a great combo with soup, salad and 1/2 a sandwich. We shared dessert as it is large enough for everyone to enjoy. We had a wonderful time and will be back again. I do recommend reserving a table to cut down on the wait time. More

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Five Fifty-FiveFive Fifty-Five
2242 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Portland, Maine

We were able to be seated a little early. Our table was in an excellent location on the mezzanine level. Service was excellent, with much more attention to service than other restaurants sometimes provide. The server was very knowledgeable about the variety of wine choices, as well as, providing details regarding our menu choices. More

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East EnderEast Ender
420 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Portland, Maine

Excellent service and food, locally sourced and creative More

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Petite JacquelinePetite Jacqueline
1082 reviews
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French | Portland, Maine

Fabulous as always!! More

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Evo - Portland MaineEvo - Portland Maine
466 reviews
$$$$
Mediterranean | Portland, Maine

Those carrots!! Everything we had was delicious (and gluten free!).... carrots, hummus, lamb, falafel, tuna and some delicious dessert. Waitress was very nice and knowledgeable about the wines . Great experience, would come back to Portland for those carrots. 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.

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.