Bolster Snow & Co.
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Wed to Sun from 5:00 pm on
My wife and I had an absolutely wonderful meal at BSC. From start to finish, the food was delicious and unique. The service was great and she was very knowledgeable of the menu and gave perfect recommendations. The atmosphere is quiet and cozy with very few tables. We also loved that the chef, Nicholas, came over to our table and chatted for a bit. BSC definitely makes our cut for a regular spot we will go to when in Portland.
I ordered the squab dinner. I asked for well-done and it came to my table pink. The chef then cooked it properly. But the portion was tiny-hardly filling. They did offer us comped desserts which was very nice. I left the restaurant feeling hungry and had to go out for more food an hour later!
Our dining experience at Bolster, Snow, and Co was outstanding. Very creative appetizer
of shishito peppers. My seafood entree was absolutely perfect, and my wife’s clams and linguini
Was terrific. 2nd time we’ve dined there this summer and loved it both times
We've been to Bolster & Snow 4 times. The first several times were fantastic, the last time wasn't. The experience was completely different, we we're wondering if the chef has changed.
We selected this restaurant because it was listed in the 2018 Best of Portland. It was listed as best new restaurant & 2nd best overall restaurant. We were VERY disappointed. As a vegetarian the selection for me was limited to 1 entree, Zucchini Fettuccine, and it was MUCH TOO salty and the other dishes my friends got were too!!! The best thing on the menu was the avocado toast.
Loved the pasta that was freshly made and mixed with lamb and exquisite sauce and spices, and for dessert the blueberries in a tasty shell with fennel ice cream. Great place for a date or special occasion, or dinner with your foodie friends. Very understated yet sophisticated dining room and bar. You will love this place!
Amazing experience and I will definitely go back. Only 2 issues were that the home made pasta was over cooked and I would recommend the chef using bigger pasta bowls (the bowls used were filled up to the rim). Those small tweaks will make it one of the very best dining experiences in Portland!
Creative, imaginative flavor profiles, food as art. Really delicious!!
Our group of five tried two pastas, the special sea bass, and the zucchini noodles with a soubise sauce. We started with three breads (avocado and lobster toasts, and a maple butter/loaf.) Everything was superb except the rather plain loaf/butter and the woody tomatoes with the sea bass--in August that was rather shocking. The zucchini noodles dish was a revelation. The toasts were perfection.
Seating was comfortable. The service was attentive.
The restaurant should be fully booked and the only reason I believe we could get in last minute on a Saturday night is that there is SO much new competition in Portland. Also, the restaurant could use some exterior pizazz to attract the Tandem crowd.
Small, warm & lovely space with food that knocks it out of the park. Chef Nick creates dishes thoughtfully, with terrific flavor and visual appeal. The mixologist behind the bar made a perfect Perfect Manhattan, too. Will look forward to what the future holds for this talented chef who clearly loves making great food & sharing it!
This place is fantastic! My husband and I loved our meal here. We started with the bread & maple butter, which was freshly baked and absolutely delicious. We then had the pappardelle and the zucchini fettuccine, and both entrees were wonderful as well. The service was very attentive and the restaurant itself is beautiful. I highly recommend this place!
Choix d’ingrédients créatifs, belle exécution et jolie présentation. Sans prétention mais vraiment bien fait! Service attentif.
Une recommandation sans hésitation.
We live in foodie Boulder and where blown away with our meals. From our fun corn dog apps. To the dessert. Lamb sausage was fabulous, the Hake fish was amazing and the zucchini fettuccine was so great. We shared bites of every dish. We where all amazed.
Very interesting menu. The waiter was attentive and gave us time. We all had different dishes and shared them. Food was good but nothing outstanding with flavors. Was a little disappointed after reading the great reviews. Will try again another time
I recently dined at BSC with three girlfriends for a night out. One of my girlfriends and I met earlier than our reservation to sit at the bar and sip a cocktail and take advantage of the $1 Happy Hour oysters (which I understand are for a limited time so go while you can!). The bartender was very friendly and the cocktail was delicious. They graciously offered to transfer our bar tab over to our dinner bill, which we declined and settled up there. As for dinner, the food was excellent. We all shared bites and each one was beautifully balanced and presented. The dinner service, however was lacking. I've been to many small plates places in Portland, and one of the things I love is being able to graze. However, when I ordered my first course, I was encouraged to order my main entree as well per the kitchen's preferences. This made me feel like they're interested in rushing people along. While I can understand this, as it IS a small dining room, I don't like feeling like I'm expected to eat and get out, especially as it wasn't even completely full at that time. And because of this, I didn't even finish half my large plate as I was satisfied after my plum salad. We then asked the waiter to split our bill, which we admittedly should have thought to mention at the start but is also a familiar request, and it visibly put him out. As someone who has waited tables, I felt that there was definitely a way he could have handled it better. Based on the food, though, I would still highly recommend to a friend. Looking forward to going back and having a quiet dinner at the bar some night, and the brunch menu also looks fantastic!
Everything was excellent! It breaks my heart BSC will no longer be offering brunch. 😢
Excellent in all respects. Had heard good things, but it exceeded
our expectations. Can’t wait to return.
Wait staff was unassuming and delightful. Non pretentious. Food was on par with some of the best. Great cocktails. Great experience.
OMG it was soo good I'm just sad we went for the last brunch they had and I hope they bring it back in the future, but I will definitely go back for dinner.
Great atmosphere. Excellent service
Really great food and drink list.
The small restaurant is perfect for an intimate meal with friends or family. Since there are only about ten tables, the restaurant is not very noisy, which is surprising with their open kitchen.
Brunch was CRAZY DELICIOUS!!!! Best food we had on a 2 week vacation across the state of Maine.
Menu offerings were uniquely different. Service is knowledgeable and attentive but not overbearing.
Easily, the best OpenTable find I've ever made. Phenomenal service, phenomenal food, excellent and stylish location. The chef clearly loves his work, and it was evident in his every action- he really took take to make sure your meal was perfect! A separate thank you to the wait staff; our server was incredibly attentive without ever being overbearing. Just lovely, indeed! My parents are super picky (read: snobbish) about restaurants, and they left the place raving about how much they had enjoyed everything!
We do not get to Portland as often as we like, and definitely have our favorites; however, we heard about Bolster Snow Company and were excited to try a new place. We chose to sit at the bar with direct view to very small but efficient kitchen. We went early which was a treat, as Executive Chef Verdisco and team were congenial and shared with us their experience, training, and influences for the menu. We started with the oysters and shrimp which were so fresh and delicious we ordered. We moved on to the fried olives with harissa and a lovely field green salad, with beets and goat cheese, which I would recommend as they were prepared perfectly and very flavorful For our final selections we had the Duck and Papparedele. The duck was perfectly prepared and generous in portion. The Peach and Apricot were a nice surprise and paired beautifully. The Papparedele was so delicious and we could taste the freshness of being made in house. The Lamb Sausage was so delicious; we savored every last bite and left us wanting more. The presentation of the food and selection of wine was impressive, the service impeccable, and restoration of the space and history makes for an inviting and comfortable experience. We will be back
The food was perfect. It was an amazing brunch
The waiter was very good at explaining the menu options and attentive. We were seated in the back room which makes ambiance and felt very claustrophobic. My fiancé and ordered fried olives and the asparagus appetizer. They both had the taste and presentation of a chain restaurant. For our entrees, we both ordered the Hake. Although the fish was very fresh, it lacked flavor such as some time of emulation to give it flavor. The accompanying peas were fresh, yet added to the bland taste of the entire entree. We eat out weekly at other venues such as Union , Walters, Hugo’s, and Boda. This experience fell short of their creativity.
We loved this restaurant! Loved the Historical building. Loved the neighborhood vibe. Loved the casual, urban chic of it. We were celebrating our anniversary and we wanted it to be nice, but not stuffy. Good food that would be fresh and cared for and just different enough. Everything here exceeding our expectations. We started with the Lobster Crostini and the fried olives. We are both from maine, and i dont want you to mess with lobster much, but the presentation and flavor was wonderful. For entrees one of us ordered the duck breast, and one of us ordered the spaghetti squash with tomato, pecorino, pumpkin seeds. Both were incredibly satisfying. I will recommend this place to everyone, and in fact already have, to anyone who will listen to me.
the menu doesn't change often enough but the food was very fresh and beautifully prepared and presented; don't skip dessert, the basil granita was so refreshing!!
Inventive, exciting food. Honestly one of the best meals we've ever had. Loved the hake special and the fresh hummus appetizer.
Wonderful dinner, charming restaurant, great staff!
An outstanding experience for a special day. Fantastic food- fabulous service. The restored inn is contemporary in feeling yet you are surrounded with craftsmanship of another time.
very seasonal ingredients nicely prepared; fresh peas were starring; local fish, helpful wait staff
We've been to Bolster & Snow twice, last February when it opened and again in June. B&W is becoming one of our favorite Portland restaurants. We had the hake and the steak this time, both were excellent.
We had a fantastic evening at BSC! We sat at the chef bar, where we had the opportunity to interact with the executive chef, watch the careful preparation and execution of the food, etc. It was delightful! We had a few snacks, split an app, two entrees and a few beverages. Each product was thoughtfully created and tantalizing to the taste buds!
BSC is a delightful, and welcome, addition to the Portland food scene! We WILL be back! 👍🏼👍🏼
After reading the great reviews, we were really looking forward to our dinner at Bolster Snow & Co, so I find myself at a loss for words. Four of us ate, all of us were disappointed and even a little shocked. It was expensive, but it was not good, and for the first time ever, we all left hungry.
Our server was sweet, but unprofessional. Who could blame her. The chef in the open kitchen spent more time loudly conversing with patrons at the counter and the waitstaff than he did supervising. I don't think he even looked at the food leaving his kitchen. Food took an eternity, dishes were skipped, drinks were slow. Beer was expensive, served in undersized, footed snifters.
In fact, everything was miniature--as though the chef had a fetish for doll food. A two-and-a-half inch mini-eclair next to a squash ball of granita, pasta entrees served in cereal bowls (can they not afford full size plates?), a $6 "snack" of asparagus tempura consisted of three pieces of asparagus, not even whole stalks, pieces. The egg "snack" turned out to be a single pickled egg (no mention of pickling on the menu), so over pickled that one of our guests actually gagged on it. I have had better pickled eggs fished from a jar of beets at the family picnic.
Everything was precious and overwrought, but not special. Perfectly good lobster minced into tartar, crumbled broccoli slaw masquerading as an appetizer, and possibly the worst appetizer I have ever eaten at a fine restaurant, the Terrine--a slice of flavorless house-made pork terrine, whose consistency managed to be both slimy and greasy (yes, these were two separate sensations), resting on a puddle of salsa the color of day-old green beans supported by a piece of toast. No one could stand more than a taste of it.
What can I say. We left feeling hungry, disgusted, and a little bit burned by all of the good reviews. So much great food in Portland, but not here.
The brunch we had was delicious. The veggie hash was extremely flavourful and the cornbread French toast was amazing. Portions were small for the hash.
Friendly and welcoming staff and beautiful cozy space. The flavors of all the dishes were delicious always with a twist. We had ....Chicken liver Pate with mole, fried sausage stuffed olives, sherry soaked egg with trout roe and parsnip chips for snacks and appetizers. We each had a pasta dish, each incredibly good - paperdelle with pork ragu and stinging nettles and the cavatelli with spring peas. My mouth is watering just thinking about our meal. Can’t wait to go back!!