Batson River - Portland

4.7
201 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 201 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.9
ambience
4.4
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MarieC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely chose Batson River for their beautiful venue but what ended up wowing us was the food. The halibut with corn succotash was presented beautifully and had so many great layers of flavor. The online menu presents very limited choices - the in-person menu was much more extensive. The Batson River G&T was delish! Highly recommend.

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Lori
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything was very good. the service, food, and atmosphere. will definitely look forward to returning and will recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First date night out in a long time and what a great place to pick! Food and drink were wonderful, lovely staff and some limited parking which can be a challenge in Portland.

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CEdiner
New England
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice place in Portland's Bayside community. The food was really good. But I would say the menu is limited which may translate into better food. In any event we had never been there and all 4 of us enjoyed.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner out with friends, such a great evening. We sat in the mezzanine-style table and it was private and cozy. We stayed as long as possible until we had to leave for the next reservation. Drinks, apps, and pizzas were delicious. Never disappoints! 🖤

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Friendly atmosphere and staff. Nice upgrade from usual pub food. A little noisy for easy conversation.

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kcport
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great setting. The music was too loud, making it feel more bar-like than restaurant.

KH
KathleenH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely setting for our large group, Brooke our waitperson was wonderful, food was great, and cocktails inventive and tasty

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DianeT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

really fun place to eat at!! Food and service is great!!

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Michaela
New England
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! Batson River will always be my #1 choice for bringing out visiting family/friends.

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MrsHudson
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Tried with my family (party of 9) for the time. LOVED the decor and the fireplace. Drinks/food were great. I wish their were more food choices ont he menu (we went for brunch) but it was awesome either way.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my new favorite place to come, relax and dine. The atmosphere is everything here! You won’t be disappointed 🤍

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LC2000
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Has great potential once they work through minor kinks — will be back and would recommend to most friends. Very “grammable” as well.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a fantastic experience here! I chose to come here for my birthday and it was just awesome! Staff is exceptional!

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Ordered a mezze platter, got brought pretzels, was told I was wrong. Spent 16 for sandwiches that were soggy with no sides. Totaled over 200 after tip for 0 technique driven food.

I’m not in the business of bad reviews, but this was highway robbery. The kitchen needs some help

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

The waitress may have been having a bad day; not so fun for us.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent burger! So flavorful with their choice of cheeses and prefect crisp on the burgers.

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Mike
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was awesome. Pub atmosphere with a very upscale presentation. Our table was a a huge tree! One group even asked to take a photo of it as we dined. It was that cool. Appointments were very high end and you felt like you were in a 5 star restaurant...but the atmosphere was delightful, energetic, and fun...like a cool pub.

KJ
K1JJS
New England
28 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wanted to try something new, and something different. Presto! Batson River. Food, drink and ambiance my wife will be comfortable with. All of which came to be. Our server is one of my wife's students at a local university. So, Bavarian Pretzels and burgers, cocktails and a beer for me. The pretzels were warm, a bit crunchy outside, soft and chewy inside, served with pickled, mustards, pickled onions, and a few other items. Nice and fresh. Burgers and fries, oh, and a pickle. Burgers, yes there were actually two of them in one bun, were properly cooked, juicy, still very warm even with cool toppings, hot fries. Drinks: my wife had the special Gin & Tonic. She said it was really good. I had a bourbon special and one of their own beers. Both were excellent.
So, will I go back, yes, but not at a hi-top. I'm just not comfortable, and certainly not on a stool with no back. Make a reservation in advance and try for a table if having a meal or a couch if drinks and apps. Nice place to sit and relax.

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vipSimoneC
11 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The cocktails are amazing. Lovely atmosphere and the food was really great! Try the mussels and the wings (my favorite were the Carolina Mustard BBQ) Very cool atmosphere - good for groups or a couple's date night at the bar.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, incredible ambiance and wonderful service.

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SamanthaA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at a high top for a birthday party. Service was great, food was better (the BURGER!), overall a great experience. We have enjoyed the Batson River in Kennebunkport and this one is just as good.

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DanielleG
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Angie and Kai were so wonderful to us. Amazing service, excellent food and a beautiful space. Thank you so much!

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LKaye
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Coolest ambiance ever. Great vibe. Not huge selection of food but very yummy. Maybe add some healthier options. Wanted to play pinball!!!!

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scrt8gntman
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The poutine was smothered in gravy to the point that the fries became a soggy mess. The peppers also seemed out of place and essentially took over the dish. It was called poutine but tasted nothing like it.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

I’ve been to the Kennebunkport location several times and am obsessed so I couldn’t wait to bring my boyfriend here. It was so disappointing. The Nashville hot wings were terrible and even the cornbread was subpar. I’ll give it to you guys on the poutine though. That was still bangin’. I’ll definitely give it another chance but the first trip was very underwhelming.

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vipLooking4localgoodness
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The shrimp and grits were delicious!! Fun atmosphere!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Gorgeous space, amazing cocktails, super cool vibe

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Lisa
New England
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent venue-we will be back for apps and drinks

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JaneG
Charleston
23 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! This exciting new space is definitely a notch above anything else in Portland. We enjoyed happy hour with perfectly cooked burgers, honey fried cornbread, and a Caesar salad large enough for two to share. And of course, beer, and a bourbon infused pana cotta for dessert! There is just the right balance between a wrap-around bar perfect for dining solo or date night, and tables comfortable for 2 up to a very large group of friends. I must compliment the staff keeping a watchful eye, as a team, on our needs. Take a peek upstairs at the game room, perfect for a night out with friends.

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ChadF
New England
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve lived in Portland for 25 years and along with everyone else have watched the food scene explode. In that context, in my opinion, Batson River is the coolest, most balanced experience in Portland at present… from the decor, food, drinks, service and overall vibe, they have nailed it.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Kai was amazing! Delicious food!

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Drew
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I was very pleasantly surprised by Batson River. I made last-minute reservations for dinner while on vacation in Portland. They only had high-top reservations left, which was fine for my group (although there were plenty of unused regular height tables around us while we ate - curious). We were helped quickly, the food came out quickly, and we were impressed by the quality of everything we ordered. Between the fried chicken sandwich, mushroom pizza, grilled octopus and drinks, we had an excellent dining experience. The atmosphere at Batson is interesting - it feels like a large-scale speakeasy or a private club at an Ivy league school. For a last-minute birthday dinner, it hit all the right notes!

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SH207
New England
28 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great experience (our first time visiting). The drinks were great, the service friendly and helpful (and had spot on advice when asked for recommendations), and the food was terrific. I look forward to coming back again.

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vipSamadams
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Batson River is great for drinks or dinner! Unique seating, ranging from private booths to more conventional seating with a good sized rectangular bar. They make most of their beers and spirits which we enjoyed!
The food is on par with the top notch restaurants in Portland. Give it a try, you will not be disappointed. Try the cornbread........it is amazingly scrumptious!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Limited selection depending on when you go. They do not offer beer flights. Server was very awkward and did not really speak to us. I ordered shrimp and grits and the shrimp was very tough and they only give you 3 pieces for $18! I was honestly grateful because it wasn’t good. The table had haddock sandwiches which were good and a burger which wasn’t bad. Bacon was almost non-existent. Drinks are good though. Overall, they need to up their customer service a bit and up their food a bit more.

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OscarG
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fun atmosphere, good company, and everyone working there was very friendly and welcoming. There was a birthday party happening and that was fun.

LC
LisaC
New England
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great beer, great ambiance!

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lookinforyum
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent selection of beer and cocktails. Five of us shared a grilled octopus and roasted cauliflower to start - very tasty. Rave reviews for the flavorful fish sandwich and the burger. Perfect atmosphere for a festive evening. Service was prompt and attentive. Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance was amazing… the food was great. Menu was a little limited but whatever we ordered was amazing. Waitstaff was so helpful and lively. They brew their own beer and spirits. Definitely worth a try and it was great. Special place. I’d return back here in a heartbeat! Absolutely RUN to try this place! You won’t regret it

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Batson River - Portland is rated 4.7 stars by 201 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.