Batson River - Portland

4.8
111 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 111 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.9
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4.4
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BethanyW
New England
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to dinner for our one year anniversary and it was amazing!! The service, beer and food were fantastic! Thank you for making our special day even more special!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First experience was great! Love the ambiance and the food was so yummy! Beet salad, mushroom and pea pasta and cauliflower app were delicious! My drink seemed like a weak pour though... looked pretty and tasted nice but seemed like it should have been fuller for $13 a glass. I plan to go back next week with girlfriends. Looking forward to it!

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JeffreyT
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great new place in Portland. I had a gin martini made with their own distilled gin that was very good. The food was great and the service was top notch. Thanks for having our group of eight!

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JohnR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great space, really friendly staff and the food was good!

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KatieS
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, drinks and service! Always a blast at Batson

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Angela
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great happy hour! Ordered the pickles, pretzel, fries, and margarita pizza. The pizza and pretzel with beer cheese was excellent. Really enjoyed the beer, too. Very cool spot, high ceilings, very spacious.

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JorgeO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks and superb food; limited menu but good quality. Servers and waitresses make you feel as if they have known you forever; very professional and attentive to detail

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Sunny
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great atmosphere, fun cocktail menu. Very loud so if someone has trouble hearing, it's a problem.

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TCGroup
New England
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food and atmosphere were great! Loved the food and drinks we got. We ordered the vodka/seltzer water and one of the specialty drinks. They were delicious. The food was delicious and savory! Thank you again for a great night. The only thing is that we were asked to leave after 2 hours of being there because they needed our table. We were planning on ordering more drinks and food. We would have stayed longer.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mothers day

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FromTheHill
New England
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I booked a table for a gathering of old friends. I called and left a couple messages to confirm which table I desired (weeks in advance) and no one ever got back to me. I had heard service was just OK, so I chalked it up to that. Once I let go of that expectation, I could enjoy the time there. The food was good. The service was OK. I love the atmosphere. I hope that the service improves over time. I will most likely go back anyway.

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BrendaP
New England
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was lovely and the food and drinks were good all the way around. We started out with some $5 plates and happy hour drinks and then between all of us at the table, we had the roasted beet salad, a gluten-free pizza, a reuben and the grilled cheese & smoked Tomato soup. They were all excellent.

The atmosphere is lovely with high ceilings, private spaces, and good airflow and distance between people. We were fully vaccinated, but still appreciate the attention to safety.

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Timmmm
New England
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful space with great food and beverage. Can’t wait to return

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samanthas
New England
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Place was beautiful and the steak was great! Didnt love my drink but id definitely go again!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday dinner. I was delighted when our party of 5 was brought to a table that was roomy and sectioned off by curtains, giving us the feeling of a private dining area. Batson has a large space and they are doing a great job utilizing it to have the tables very well spaced out. I tend to do outdoor dining when possible these days, but we felt very safe indoors there. The drinks were creative and delicious. The food was elevated pub style food that felt fancy without feeling pretentious. We would highly recommend and will definitely return.

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FLYGIRL
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food and service was wonderful. My only criticism is I requested a standard table in open table and we were seated against the back of the restaurant in a cramped high top for 4 that would have been ok for drinks but not for dinner and drinks. We had no room for our drinks and plates. The restaurant was not full and would have been so much more enjoyable at a standard table in the main part of the restaurant .

Beers were enjoyable and the tap wine was a tad expensive for an average red blend .

Our server was fantastic and were treated like valued customers . I am in the service industry so always wonderful to get top notch service when having a night out.

We look forward to dining out again and trying more of the delicious menu.

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LynnF
New England
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the high ceilings, friendly staff, tasty drinks and the food , pickles, cornbread, poutine amazing.

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sdboy
New England
30 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I went here specifically for the Happy Hour specials. The food choices on the Happy Hour menu consist of A burger, a salad , a pizza, for $10 each or a selection of snack items such as fries, pretzel, or pickles for $5 each. Also all beers are $5 each and they offer a special cocktail of the day for $8. Be aware that the burger offered on the HH menu is not the same burger offered on their regular menu. The HH burger is much smaller and served with simple basic toppings on an average bun. Not worth the $10 in my opinion. This is a gorgeous restaurant. Very modern and clean. The decor is sort of a modern industrial take on a hunting cabin. Capacity is limited to 50% because of Covid protocols. They do practice excellent Covid hygiene practices here which was a good thing to see. Service was very efficient and friendly. I’m definitely going to return and try their brunch menu next time. One complaint I do have is that the restaurant only accepts reservations for parties of two or more. Sorry all you single diners you are not welcome here. What’s up with that?

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CarolC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous! Food and service were outstanding! Will def be back!

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Suze
Cancun
10 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Loved this place and it’s upscale decor and spaciousness! The food was ok but not wonderful. I’d say they have some work to do on their pizzas and wings. The beer lovers enjoyed their brews. Me as a wine lover, had little to choose from.

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vipReeesia
New England
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, excellent service and top notch Covid standards. Very great experience

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DinnerTroll
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Got to be honest and say that my guest and I got sick after our meals there. Ambience was cool and I think this place has potential. Beer needs work. Service was great. Really awesome space.

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HeidiK
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant! The fingerling potato pizza is amazing.

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JocelynS
New England
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The steak was very good and tender. The burger was flavorful as well. I will be returning in the near future.

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Scott
New England
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the decor and the food & drink were delicious. A friendly waitstaff as well!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This place has an absolutely great atmosphere! The bourbon wasn’t quite the taste we like, but the gin was spot on. Loved the mix of eclectic and simple foods so everyone has something to enjoy. Overall a great place for a date or night out with friends!

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SarahM
New England
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Batson River is awesome, the food is great, the service was amazing, but the seating was not what I expecting when I made the reservation. I selected "High Top Seating" and was expecting to therefore be seated at a high top table, we were seated on a couch. This would have been great for just a drink, but we wanted to eat dinner and that made things pretty awkward considering the table was below our knee level.

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JimA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good selection of beer, good food, very good service and great atmosphere.

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vipPopees
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great space / cool vibe / fun place for group

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Sunday
New England
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time visiting Batson River after my sister raved to me about them. All expectations were highly met. Cocktails are amazing. The food was all delicious. Atmosphere is a bit noisy so be prepared if you prefer quieter locations. Batson is high on my "return to soon" list.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The atmosphere was very cool. Loved the food. One of the best restaurants in Portland

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Good food.

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ROBIN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We have been guests at your place many times and have always had an outstanding experience. This time, we had brought out of state family for a birthday celebration. We had reserved a regular table so we would have more room and wanted more comfortable seating. Our reservation was moved to one of your curtained areas with high top bar stools, causing some discomfort and claustrophobia with a couple of our family members. We were also disappointed at the absence of pizza on the menu. As business owners, we understand the difficulty finding employees. But, our birthday celebration didn't live up to the expectation that we had. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience as always!

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MarkC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Great ambiance. Great food. The company that built-out this restaurant is super talented-they nailed it. Chic-boutique meets urban-country. The service staff needs some training. A MUST GO! Make that reservation.

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KimO
New England
12 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

What a fantastic space!
Server was prompt and unobtrusive. Great happy hour prices! Two things... Caesar salad had a lot of dressing, ask for it on the side. Second although cooked perfectly, the fries with my burger were way over-salted. I like salty fries but it was too much. Would have told server but her check in was minutes after our plates hit table and I had not yet sampled them. Will go back but with these things in mind. Only other thought is the volume of the musics could be a notch or two less. It’s a big space and the sound was overwhelming at times.

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KarenD
New England
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautiful space with very high ceilings, large rustic chandeliers, black walls that are perfect. Happy hour prices on drinks, snacks, and meals were fantastic. And the food and ale were delicious. Large wall fire place is so warming and inviting. We will definitely go back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & Service was top notch. Atmosphere was so warm and cozy. Can’t wait to go back!

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TomC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Was excited to try a new place, but we left unimpressed. The food we ordered was ok, but the menu was 'meh' overall. No wine list, and only house/ Batson River liquor (which is fair enough).

Ambiance/decor can only be described as a hipster's interpretation of Leon L. Bean's living room. Felt synthetic, and lacked character. We were seated right next to the door, so it felt as if we had waiting parties standing right next to the table... Comes with the territory, but has me feeling that I won't go back.

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Batson River - Portland is rated 4.8 stars by 111 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.