Little Giant

4.7
379 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Located in Portland, Maine's historic West End, Little Giant is a casual neighborhood restaurant and full bar, serving dinner five nights a week.

Lead by Chef Neil Ross, the restaurant serves delicious food with an eye to New England ingredients.

If you like great food and nice people, you'll love Little Giant.

We currently offer indoor dining, covered outdoor dining and weather-dependent sidewalk and StreetSide dining. Unless specifically referenced as "Sidewalk Dining", your outdoor-selected reservation will be in our outdoor, heated and covered back deck.

Support Little Giant during COVID-19

Experiences

  • Sidewalk Dining

    Multiple dates available

    From May to November (ish), enjoy the sun on the corner of Danforth and Clark Street and watch the world pass by, while dining at Little Giant. We will seat you either on our historic Portland sidewalk tables or on our custom-built StreetSide deck, with tunes and award-winning food and service. Service is weather dependent. If it looks as if summer weather isn't going to cooperate, we will call you to try and accommodate you on our covered back deck or indoors. We appreciate your understanding.
  • 7-Course Vegan Tasting Menu Pop Up by "S+P Foods"

    $96.00 per personPrepaid

    Jun 21, 2021 only

    Taste what plants can be. S+P Foods will be hosting a spectacular Vegan tasting menu highlighting local plant-based specialties featuring local produce for one night only. Both indoor and covered outdoor seating options are available. Two seatings. Please check reservation availability for details. Menu: - New England “fish dip” | Saltines | Hot sauce - Japanese turnips salad | poppy seed dressing - Popcorn “chick’n” and waffles - Dumplings two ways w/ blueberry sweet ’n’ sour sauce - Fig caponata w/ polenta fries - Ricotta fritter w/ custard sauce and preserves - Mocha sipping chocolate w/ churro florentines Price is $75 per person plus Maine Sales Tax, plus 20% gratuity.

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
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 379 people are saying
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, incredible service and away from the tourists. Drinks were great, food was some of the best I’ve had in a while and the service was world class yet causal. Would go back again even tonight…

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livbysea
New England
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service great. Will definitely return. Perhaps $75.00 without tax and tip was a bit steep - but we had a lovely evening and were very happy to support a great local business.

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HalliM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mother and I went to Little Giant for their special Portland Wine Week dinner and were not disappointed. The food was delicious, and the wine pairings were tasty and interesting. I appreciated that they included some wines I wouldn't normally try. Service was great. The sommelier even took the time to come talk with us about chilled reds when my mom asked a question. Can't wait to go back and try their regular menu.

JT
vipJennieT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant! The service and food were perfect for all the generations in our party.

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vipDavid1225
New England
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a wonderful brunch! It was outdoor covered seating in the back, which I didn't even know existed -- it lets the breeze through, but protects you from the direct sun. (If you want more direct sun, there are outdoor tables along the street, too, with umbrellas.) The menu was, by Maine standards, fairly unusual -- only the kids menu had the standards. We arrived at 12:30, and the Huevos Rancheros were sold out -- so arrive early if you're interested in that favorite! That said, it's menu of tasty and artistic takes on brunch fare, so be prepared to explore interesting taste sensations!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The outdoor back patio is cozy and fun little spot to enjoy brunch. The portions were very generous and the food was delicious. I feel the service could’ve been a little more friendly but overall was a good experience. The brunch cocktails were perfect, and everything was very reasonably priced as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic and so was the food! This is a great gem off the beaten path.

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NatalieD
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem this is. Casual but extraordinary food and service.

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MegC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten two times at Little Giant recently. Each of the meals was outstanding. The food is reliably excellent and creative. Our server and bartender made a point of making some of our off-menu favorite martini requests happen, and they were delicious!!

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JennieG
New England
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lots of creative large and small plates. My favorite were the crispy artichokes with anchovy aioli.

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Oooo
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food
Black rice with scallops wonderful
French fries too salty but crispy

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Breit
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way. The food was truly outstanding, atmosphere lovely and the staff was wonderful. I would absolutely recommend it!

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MayaC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great menu… and friendly staff. The food was fresh,,creative , beautiful and satisfying. There were a few hiccups in service, however, we all have those nights. As we creep back in to dining out, I would remind customers to be patient… and kind.

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CynthiaA
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fresh and flavorful cuisine, mostly tapas, great sauces!

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Unexpected gem in Portland west end neighborhood.

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vipKerianne
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing and the service was superb.

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AndrewE
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Nice place with good outdoor seating available

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DickC
New England
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious oysters with LG’s own sauce that was superb. Top notch service to go along with excellent food and its presentation.

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vipCals
New England
18 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting at the bar with a great Manhattan and oysters made the world seem rosy and made me believe that we can create something better as a result of the pandemic

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Rachel
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I have been here before and absolutely loved it! However, this time I was disappointed by the dessert; a strawberry rhubarb sorbet with strawberry rhubarb jam on top. We were surprised that the jam on top was a little bit spicy – we told the waiter and he went back the kitchen and tasted it himself. He then returned and told us that both he and the chef agreed the rhubarb tasted spicy (for some weird reason) but didn't offer to comp the dessert.

KG
KaylaG
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. My husband and I work for local hotels and will definitely recommend this little spot to guests seeking a authentic neighborhood dining experience. Great service from Katie. My husband loved their pineapple cocktail and I loved their yeehaw toast foe dessert!

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ChristopherD
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous, inventive, seafood dishes with great flavor profiles presented beautifully.

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ElizaG
New England
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor space that was heated. We even had them turn the heaters down. Fantastic food.

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JackyW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Yes goodin

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

For the experienced or adventurous foodie would not recommend this if you’re looking for New England comfort cuisine/seafood. save this place for time when you’re eager to try exotic dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The waitress was extremely rude.

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vipTimR
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, low-key neighborhood-y vibe backed by delicious, inventive food. The wait staff was super friendly and very helpful in orchestrating a bunch of fun, shareable dishes for our group of 7.

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Candeleabra
London
10 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Little Giant is a restaurant where one will find new ways of cooking food. New flavors and innovation. It is a refreshing change from the usual fare found around town. It appeals to both young and old alike. Glad to have it among our restaurant choices.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Definitely one of the best in Portland

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OpenTable Diner
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must visit if in Portland, we go here regularly for both easy weeknight vibes or special occasions. The food is awesome, get lots of apps to share. Best burger I’ve ever had. My fav neighborhood spot. Hands down.

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foodgurl224
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The food is a bit overpriced and a bit overdone. Butter on everything. Nice ambience and staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the few places that accepts reservations for Sunday brunch! Delicious! A little overpriced for portions but very good!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal and service

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TillyH
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Everything about our experience at Little Giant was perfect! Everyone is so friendly. The setting is cozy and fun and the meal was beyond delicious!!

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DZ362
New England
13 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Highly recommended......

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vipNancyR
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and service! Will be back.

DT
DanielleT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was all DELICIOUS. Drinks were unique and well done. Service was excellent. Can’t wait to return!

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AmandaG
New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, and the back patio has such great ambiance!

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katieg
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience - amazing food, presentation, service and ambiance - can’t wait to come back!

RB
ReneeB
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Mother’s Day brunch! Delicious cocktails and great food, all on their lovely covered patio. Can’t wait to return for dinner soon!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Little Giant using the Order Online button. Little Giant also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Little Giant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (207) 747-5045.

Little Giant is rated 4.7 stars by 379 OpenTable diners.

Little Giant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://squareup.com/gift/8RZBAMRHG5V91/order.

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.