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Batson River - Portland, Portland, ME

Batson River - Portland

4.7
4.7
423 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

Please note we offer reservations for large parties of 6 or more. All others are encouraged to walk in!

Batson River Brewing & Distilling brings over 9,000 square feet of inviting atmosphere & craft flavors to the Portland, Maine restaurant scene. Incorporating local New England ingredients, their artfully prepared gastro-pub style food pairs nicely with their Maine craft beer and cocktails. With a large roaring stone fireplace, four private mezzanine-style dining settings, and a 360-degree bar, Batson River Brewing & Distilling is a unique Portland, Maine dining experience all its own. Grab a drink at the bar and enjoy a round of games in our full game lounge, featuring everything from pinball, shuffleboard, darts, and more. Come see all that Batson River Brewing & Distilling has to offer during your next night out in Portland, Maine.

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Booked 6 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Brewery, Distillery

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
    Brunch
    Sat, Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm
    Dinner
    Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Sun 2:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (207) 800-4680

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Looking to host a private event in Portland, Maine? Batson River Brewing & Distilling offers a unique atmosphere, craft beer and cocktails, and delicious cuisine. Email infoportland@batsonriver.com to inquire about event booking!

  • Neighborhood

    Portland

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 423 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Maine

    Best Ambiance

  • Maine

    Good for Groups

  • Maine

    Hot Spot

  • Maine

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. HT

    HillaryT

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience5

    I had a lovely time for my birthday dinner however our waitress wasn’t very personable and at times bordered on rude. The night would of been more enjoyable if we had someone taking care of us who seemed to be enjoying herself and not put out. Thankfully the food was great!

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was so good, thank you!

  3. LM

    LizM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a great experience! 6 of us, and everything was outstanding. Great selection of drafts, spirits were well made, and food was awesome. Server was knowledgeable and real professional, as well as good-natured. We had a wonderful time, thanks!

  4. SM

    SarahM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great time with friends; will return. Great beer, good food, terrific service.

  5. MM

    MMLen

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Service was excellent. Food, though yummy, was on the pricier side for a brewery.

  6. KC

    KathleenC

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love this attractive restaurant with different spaces and sitting options. We were seated in a “crypt” of our own, so it was easy to have a conversation with friends without too much noise around us. Our server was efficient, helpful and friendly, the beer and cocktails were tasty and the food was delicious! We’ll be back!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    We were overcharged for 3 extra drinks that we never ordered and had to have our waitress recalculate our bill. Waitress was very sweet and apologetic.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    Margherita Pizza was not good when it’s usually great-too thin almost no topping-other food was great-always a treat to be there

  9. SB

    StevenB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    great service. Good Food. Nice Brunch; I would do it again! Beer is OK, drinks are is at.

  10. K

    Kgsmithmaine

    Las Vegas

    70 reviews

    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Great beer / drinks and the food was good too. Love the ambience. My new favorite casual eatery!

  11. K

    Kathleen

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved Batson River's atmosphere, spirits, and food on a snowy Sunday! I had a table near the fire, so the ambience was particularly great! It is a lively place, so if you are looking for a quiet environment, this is not it. You feel like you are in a big ski lodge after leaving the mountain, but with better food, beer and spirits. Great spot!

  12. l

    lovetogoout

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a great place. Sat at bar and was served the best cocktails. Such a cool vibe.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing! Food and drinks were delicious! Awesome service!

  14. C

    Carlos

    New England

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5

    Great food! Cocktails are great but the wine offerings are mediocre, at best. Prosecco was flat and when offered a different offering after commenting on it, we were charged for both. Atmosphere is great. The pizzas are excellent.

  15. TM

    TomM

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5

    Great room and atmosphere, but it is a shame that the food is so pedestrian. No real vegan or fish options. I know it is a brewery and distillery, but it is a bar and three mediocre wines by the glass is ridiculous.

  16. JM

    JoleneM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    The is was our first trip out to a restaurant in a couple of months and our first trip to Batson River. We had a wonderful time. The food was great. Service was fine. The only thing that was awkward was the tipping. The server held the smartphone towards us and asked us to choose a percentage. Kinda took the magic out of it all. It was efficient but not customer friendly.

  17. KA

    KimA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Personable staff; efficient service and fabulous recommendations for food choices!!

  18. DS

    DeShaunU

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The burger I had was one of the best I’ve ever had and the atmosphere was lovely.

  19. TH

    TerriH

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Well kept establishment in the city with a country field house feel. Stunning fireplace!!! Great people and the food was delicious!

  20. PF

    PortlandFoodie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience. I made a reservation and we got an awesome and very private table which I did not ask for so it was a great surprise!!! excellent bloody Mary with a side of pilsner! best drink choice.

  21. JK

    JustinK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The cocktails, beer, and food were all great. The ambiance and the service exceeded expectations. We definitely will be back.

  22. PB

    PeggyB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience5

    We had a lovely table near the fireplace and the evening was a success.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and atmosphere. Loved the games which made it kid friendly. Fun spot!

  24. RT

    ReneeT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A beautifully-designed spot for drinks and snacks. The vibe feels upscale without being pretentious, and the decor is gorgeous and warm. Drinks and beer selection are great, and the food is delicious.

  25. EB

    ElizabethB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always excellent! We love having a date night at Batson River. Food and cocktails are great and their pastry chef is some sort of wizard…

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and fantastic food

  27. E

    Elizabeth

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As expected, consistency, food, ambiance, service and overall experience. Wonderful

  28. DT

    DavidT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful interior, great food, and very friendly staff!

  29. JB

    JoniB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was excellent as always! Fried chicken and tacos were stellar. Our favorite place did not disappoint.

  30. RH

    RHMann

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Our food was very good, atmosphere was very nice. The menu was excellent but a little limited. Service was ok. Could have checked in more to see if we needed a refill on water or coffee. (It wasn’t overly busy at the time of our reservation. )

  31. MR

    MikeR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice atmosphere and good food. Just what I was looking for. I will be going back.

  32. j

    joshuag

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5

    Loved the atmosphere. Waitress was in attentive

  33. DL

    DebraLynn

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Very nice evening at Batson River... service couldn't have been better and our table was as private as could be in a small alcove . Food was good, although I would have liked some heart healthier options, also. I ordered the warm spinach salad, which was delicious, but would have loved to see some fish, or lean protein, also. We tried the Pecan Bourbon cocktail which was delightful. We will definitely return.

  34. K

    Kgsmithmaine

    Las Vegas

    70 reviews

    4.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Fun place for happy hour / good menu, drinks and service. Had a pizza and poutine and both were served warm, not hot. Should have sent them back but we were short on time. Next time!

  35. M

    Mainiac33

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Third time there. Great ambience, food and service!

  36. S

    Siobanny

    New England

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5

    Beautiful space and service was good. Food was mediocre at best. Cesar Salad was full of stark white lettuce. My spinach Eggs Benedict was greasy with no taste hollandaise. No unsweetened ice tea available. Again the space is fabulous but due to the not great food we probably won’t go back.

  37. KC

    KrisC

    New England

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    We love this restaurant and have been many times. It was quite apparent that they have been affected by the pandemic and staffing issues. Our waiter was very slow, and I'm not sure if that was because he had too many tables to manage. When we sat down, we immediately asked for another bottle of water. We never got it and had to flag him down later to get it. We ordered an appetizer, which we never received. Our food took quite a long time to come out, which would have been okay except that it was cold once we were served. Our waiter was not the person who brought it out, so am assuming the food was sitting around for someone to bring to us which is why it was cold. The beet salad is described as having pistachio nuts in it, and there were none to be found. We did not complain about any of this. The only thing we mentioned to someone who came over to see how we were doing (again, not our waiter), was that we never received our appetizer, and did not want it since we were already starting our meals. I have to say the restaurant comped our drinks, because of the appetizer miss, and that is the only thing that compels me to go back. We did not ask them to do this, they just did it. That shows me that customer service is important to them, and I value that more than a one-time service failure.

  38. N

    Nothankyou

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    Love the atmosphere, very warm, cozy, and inviting. We have visited twice now and the food is always spectacular. They are willing to make modifications and the food comes out as ordered. The beer and drink selection satisfies all in our party. The service does seem a little subpar and below the rest of the standards and vibe of the restaurant.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went during the happy hour timeframe (4-6) was definitely less busy and the deals were pretty good! Will be back!

  40. TB

    TBone

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best kept secret in Portland-easily the most striking space in the city

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Batson River - Portland using the Order Online button. Batson River - Portland also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (207) 800-4680.

Batson River - Portland is rated 4.7 stars by 423 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Batson River - Portland

82 Hanover St Portland, ME 04101-1978

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Portland

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
    Brunch
    Sat, Sun 11:30 am–2:00 pm
    Dinner
    Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Sun 2:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Brewery, Distillery

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (207) 800-4680

  • Private party facilities

    Looking to host a private event in Portland, Maine? Batson River Brewing & Distilling offers a unique atmosphere, craft beer and cocktails, and delicious cuisine. Email infoportland@batsonriver.com to inquire about event booking!

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