Little Giant

4.7
343 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.

Support Little Giant during COVID-19

Experiences

  • Portland Bach Experience at Little Giant

    $15.00 per personPrepaid

    Jun 10, 2021 only

    Please join us for Handel Happy Hour - thirty minutes of music followed by a brief opportunity to speak to the musicians, brought to you by our friends at the Portland Bach Experience and Classical Uprising. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the musicians. Dinner will be a la carte. This event will be hosted at Little Giant's outdoor covered patio. Tables are limited to party sizes of 4 people so bring that favorite couple of yours for great food, superb music and good people!

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 343 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.6
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DanielleT
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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katieg
New England
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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ReneeB
Miami
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great elevated bistro style food. Been in Portland for 10 years and love it when we find another gem! Casual but upscale. Mussels, gem salad, lobster roll and hangar steak. Nice wines and drinks. Service impeccable but not
Pretentious at all. $140. Good value for sure. Aready planning a return trip.

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RUNDMC
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Amanda the server was outstanding!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice ambiance and patio. Servers were nice enough. Creative menu but felt like chef is trying too hard. The quality of the ingredients used were masked by overpowering spices in the burrata and fluke. Black rice was excellent. Grass fed hangar steak was good meat but over-seasoned and too much sauce. Excellent cocktails. Would highly recommend the Knife Fight. Overall, good not great. Do not regret going but probably wouldn’t go again.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. Wonderful dinner with excellent
service.

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SamanthaF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and cocktails were delicious. The outdoor dining area was perfectly fine during this COVID pandemic, I just didn't enjoy our table that was right next to the doorway where everyone walked past.

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

Our first visit to this great neighborhood restaurant. Great food, and a really impressive adaptation to outdoor, covered, heated dining.

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vipRisaM
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect! Everything about it. Great food, great drinks, great service!

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revdoc
New England
14 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely going back! WE sat out in the patio, which was quite comfortable. The service was great, and the food was wonderful! The charred beet salad was amazing, and burger and mussels we very tasty.

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TimM
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I love this place. The service and food are incredible. I mistakenly booked the wrong day for my wife's birthday and the host could not have been better about finding a spot for us despite being busy. Highly recommend.

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KelseyG
New England
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Little Giant was great-food was delicious and service was accommodating and so friendly. will go back again soon!

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DavidH
New England
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have good food and a safe environment. Definitely worth visiting

DM
DMBFan29
New England
15 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The potatoes were crispy and salty on the outside, soft and creamy on the inside. The salad was perfectly dressed. The staff was friendly and accommodating.

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JohnA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing but good. Food, drinks and service were alk great.

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DaVinci
New England
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff personable and on their game
Loved, loved the appetizers!

JB
JennyB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Okay. Everything was very spicy and flavors didn’t seem that complex or interesting.

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WilliamA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Rachel was our server. Great job.

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vipCals
New England
18 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delectable brunch selection. I have now eaten all the items on the menu and am happy to start over again.

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Elvis
New England
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good option for outdoor dining. Great food and back terrace is quiet and comfortable

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KathyF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic! We were all so happy with our meal choices that we shared it all!!

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EllieL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely Easter Brunch at Little Giant. Their new outdoor dining space is fantastic. We will be back!

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Marty
New England
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a gift certificate from our son. It took two old folks outside their comfort zone and it was all wonderful!!!

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MaryK
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food - especially the polenta/mushroom appetizer!

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

Great service. Very safe and well organized as per covid requirements. Highly recommended. Love it!

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SheldonT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The porch setting at Little Giant was extremely comfortable for our family birthday gathering for my youngest son. The heated seats and shelter from the wind made the 50 degree evening a comfortable one. Many of us have been at least partially vaccinated so we felt safe to gather outside. The food was tasty and great for everyone from meat eaters to pescatarians. The service was kind, professional, and attentive. We will be back!

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JessicaG
New England
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a great place! I recommend trying things you normally wouldn't go for and enjoying the wonderful flavors and new taste!

the seating is only outside, but very comfortable and has a great ambiance. they will inform you only will have 90 minutes but that was plenty of time for Apps/Drinks/Entrée and dessert! highly recommend getting the Mexican toast!

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Tony
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The outdoor patio space was comfortable. Seat warmers and heaters worked well.

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CynthiaF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Little Giant was delicious as always - and the new back room is a gem!

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JeanneC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Considerate service. "Outdoor" dining during covid warm and comfortable. Loved the heated seats!

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CCBaxter
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful outdoor space with wonderful service. The food is good, but not extraordinary; the restaurant week menu may have affected that a little.

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vipCals
New England
18 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So comfortable on the patio that I took my coat off to eat oysters and mussels and feel delightfully normal.

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TimG
New England
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Little Giant and their restaurant week specials were fantastic! Great customer service, great outdoor heated seating! Would recommend!

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NativeMainah
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Dinner with friends

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SophieS
New England
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new outdoor space makes outdoor dining comfortable in the middle of winter! Brunch is great and there are menu items for everyone

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JoanB
New England
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a lovely brunch today at the Little Giant this Saturday with friends, finally! We sat in the heated outdoor area and were very comfortable, it was nice to look up and see the sky.
I had the Shakshuka and a Bloody Mary and both were excellent! Making reservations again for this Saturday-with two different friends who have never been!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Sooooo, the food was good. If we weren’t eating outside it would have made the experience even better. The food came out and it was effected by the cold of sitting outside. Very cool and unique dishes that you don’t find everywhere. Small portions and small drink portions but very delicious. Service was incredible. Definitely worth it to come back when they are serving indoors and can appreciate the restaurant for what it’s meant to be!

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Susie
New England
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

We were seated at the table closest to the open wall. It was quite chilly which we expected. We had just ordered drinks when a table opened up closer to the warmer end of the deck. We asked if we could move to the open table and the server said that after she cleaned it, we could move. When our drinks arrived, the server told us we couldn’t move because we had already taken off our masks. The table remained empty for quite awhile.

The fried chicken arrived in a bowl with no lettuce or veggies. It was a lackluster presentation with a bland flavor. The burgers were passable but the rolls were beautifully burnished and delicious!

Little Giant
Responded on March 8, 2021

The inflexibility around table choice simply should not have happened. I sincerely apologize for that. I will write to you separately on that. On the fried chicken, thank you for the feedback, which we will take under serious consideration. Thank you for taking the time to help us improve our offering! Yours, Ian.

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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 343 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.