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Hugo's Restaurant- Portland

4.6
4.6
1144 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

WE ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19

Founded in 1988, Hugo’s restaurant sits at the edge of Portland’s historic Old Port district. In its third generation of ownership, Hugo’s continues to offer refined and delicious cuisine. We source our produce, game, fish and meat locally—we’re lucky to work with Maine’s best ingredients. With our menu, you can join us for a couple of courses or an extravagant feast!

Like our pantry, our dining room is dependent on Maine’s best: sculptors, painters, carpenters, and iron-workers collaborated to create a space that evokes our location. Wrapped around our open kitchen, a large red birch bar occupies much of the interior. With its exposed brick walls, soft wood tones, and plush leather, the dining room’s modest luxury sets the stage for an unforgettable meal.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, International

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (207) 774-8538 ext. 1

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Andrew Taylor, Michael Wiley

  • Catering

    Please visit https://bigtreecatering.com/

  • Neighborhood

    Portland

  • Cross street

    Franklin Ave

  • Parking details

    A small lot is located diagonally across the street from the restaurant. You will see a brick building with a large sign reading "OLD PORT SPECIALTY TILE". Please feel free to park here within 20 minutes of your reservation time and be mindful that you are not blocking another vehicle from leaving. Thank you.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Blind Tasting

  • Blind Tasting$90.00

    We ask for the participation of the entire party

    Smalls

    • Chop Salad$12.00

      capicola, kale, charred rosemary

      • Scallop Crudo$13.00

        sesame salsa macha, miso, oyster mushroom

        • Beef Tartare$15.00

          smoked oyster, horseradish, potato chip

          • Pork Croquette$12.00

            cranberry mustard, whipped feta, fennel

            • Mackerel Toast$10.00

              caramelized onion, marble rye, dill

              • Citrus Salad$11.00

                smoked cashew, frisée, pink peppercorn

                To Share

                • Charcuterie$27.00

                  flax cracker, pickled & fermented accompaniments

                  • Half Roasted Chicken$45.00

                    mole, hominy, queso fresco

                    • Whole Monk Tail$45.00

                      coconut, bánh xèo, sunchoke

                      Snacks

                      • Hugo's Sourdough and Cultured Butter$4.00

                        • Pickled Oysters$12.00

                          • Mushroom Tempura$7.00

                            • Smoked Mussels$8.00

                              • Salt Cod Brandade$8.00

                                • Candied Pecans$5.00

                                  Larger

                                  • Sablefish$26.00

                                    mussels, dashi, bok choy

                                    • Monk$24.00

                                      soubise, roasted shallot, littleneck

                                      • Pappardelle$22.00

                                        duck confit, carrot, hazelnut

                                        • Beef$28.00

                                          beet, blue cheese, dill

                                          • Pork$24.00

                                            hakurei turnip, apple, braised leeks

                                            • Squash Soup$18.00

                                              confit potato, cabbage, pepita

                                              Dessert

                                              $10

                                              • Sweet Potato

                                                chocolate crémeux, buckwheat mousse, kombucha syrup

                                                • Brioche Brûlée

                                                  pistachio, lemon confit, cultured cream

                                                  • Bananas

                                                    black sesame, ice cream sandwich, cajeta

                                                    • Rice Pudding

                                                      blood orange, shiso, lemon verbena

                                                      Coffee

                                                      • Coffee by Tandem Coffee Roasters, Portland, Maine

                                                        Our selection of single origin coffees from around the world change often. Each roast is paired with an ideal brewing method

                                                        Last updated: February 27, 2020

                                                        What 1,144 people are saying

                                                        Overall ratings and reviews

                                                        Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                        4.6
                                                        4.6 based on all time ratings
                                                        • 4.7Food
                                                        • 4.7Service
                                                        • 4.5Ambience
                                                        • 4.3Value

                                                        NoiseModerate

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                                                        1. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          New England

                                                          17 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          17 reviews

                                                          Dined on March 13, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Hugo’s is the most consistently amazing cuisine in portland. We shared a baked monkfish tail...wow! Sunchokes, kimchi... Great salad and appetizers as well. Service is exceptional always. This is the place to go in Portland.

                                                        2. P

                                                          Peihwa

                                                          New England

                                                          22 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          22 reviews

                                                          Dined on March 13, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Beautiful and delicious food. Awesome service. Great environment.

                                                        3. j

                                                          jeanneg

                                                          New England

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on March 11, 2020

                                                          overall4food3service3ambience4

                                                          Very sparse vegetarian offerings. Service was not well coordinated. Cocktails delayed resulting in dinner served before finishing. Wine served near immediately after cocktails. Desserts served (small tablespoon ice cream) well before coffee that was like warm. Personnel very pleasant.

                                                        4. b

                                                          breira

                                                          New England

                                                          34 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          34 reviews

                                                          Dined on March 11, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          A first rate, varied, experimental, different and great restaurant Not an inexpensive venue. Really good wine list

                                                        5. LK

                                                          LonnieK

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on March 5, 2020

                                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                          Service was top notch. The food was interesting, artful, and delicious. We had a reservation, but, when we arrived, the hostess wanted to sest us at the bar. We asked for a table or booth and the hostess was accommodating and seated us at a window table. The only complaint is the chairs at the table were very uncomfortable and low to the table.

                                                        6. JW

                                                          JeffW

                                                          New England

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on March 1, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                          Hands down one of the best food experiences I've had. I would highly recommend the chef's choice. Sit back, so to speak, and let the chef take control of your taste buds. A truly wonderful taste treat.

                                                        7. F

                                                          Ffeeney

                                                          New England

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 28, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          The food was amazing. It was my first time dining there.

                                                        8. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on February 28, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                          Excellent food, beautifully presented, and excellent service.

                                                        9. TR

                                                          TerryR

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on February 28, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                          Definitely the place to go if you’re looking for a true dining experience. I highly recommend the chef‘s tasting so you can enjoy food the way it should be based on what the chef Feels are the ultimate taste combinations. I would highly recommend Hugos to anyone.

                                                        10. MC

                                                          MegC

                                                          New England

                                                          9 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          9 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 22, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          We had a wonderful meal to celebrate my husband’s birthday. The meal was innovative & excellent, the wine list extensive and the service was some of the best we have experienced in Portland. We are renewed fans!

                                                        11. FC

                                                          FCUISSE

                                                          New York Area

                                                          36 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          36 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 22, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          What do you say about a restaurant you have been to over 100 times? It’s good? Probably it’s a little more than that. We came when it was new, stayed as two different sets of chef/owners won James Beard awards and continue to come back for the creativity, passion and open mindedness to invent and re-invent.

                                                        12. RG

                                                          RonG

                                                          Las Vegas

                                                          22 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          22 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 20, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Fantastic as always. Food, drinks and service are always exceptional. Collaboration with Izakaya Minato was delicious.

                                                        13. S

                                                          Shom

                                                          New England

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on February 16, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          The food is absolutely fantastic here. Though it's on the pricier side of the restaurants in Portland, it's an amazing place if you're looking to indulge! Can't recommend this place enough.

                                                        14. F

                                                          Frostyfeet

                                                          New England

                                                          8 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          8 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 15, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Every single person was friendly and engaging. The food was more than amazing. The flavor combinations were out of this world and the wine pairing was perfect. I cannot recommend this place enough and I can’t wait to go again.

                                                        15. CB

                                                          CharlesB

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on February 14, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          I would recommend the Chef’s Tasting; the experience of trying many different courses was a real treat. Outside of the food, the atmosphere and staff made our Valentine’s Day evening special.

                                                        16. f

                                                          foodies2

                                                          New England

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 8, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Incredibly kind devoted interactive staff. Happy confident beautifully presented food, open kitchen, fine dining

                                                        17. WM

                                                          WesM

                                                          New England

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 8, 2020

                                                          overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                          Food great, atmosphere good. But we had reservation and expected a table/booth. we were instead seated at Bar near front door. Seats at bar were comfortable, but still a surprise. I asked and they said all tables reserved, even though we had a reservation. This should have been made clear upon reservation.. can't imagine how we'd have felt if we were older (or had handicaps), or if I brought my 92 year old mother, or if we had special celebration night and wanted privacy. Service good and well informed. Food portions smalls and shared mostly.. order a lot (you'll pay for it too - very expensive for smalls).

                                                        18. RK

                                                          RachitK

                                                          New England

                                                          26 reviews

                                                          3.0

                                                          26 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 8, 2020

                                                          overall3food5service1ambience5

                                                          I was very disappointed with my experience . We had informed the restaurant earlier that it was a special occasion . When we reached , our server automatically assumed we would not try the tasting menu since we had our baby with us . It seemed like they weren’t happy we brought our child with us to the restaurant ( which was something we had informed them earlier when making the reservation ) . Lastly, all the good restaurants offer a small token of appreciation at the end , like a small dessert acknowledging your special occasion ( birthday in this case) . There was nothing from this place .

                                                        19. TD

                                                          TDLong

                                                          Portland

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on February 8, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          My fiance and I had the blind tasting menu as a celebratory dinner immediately following our engagement. The courses were spaced perfectly and unfolded thoughtfully. Highlights included the monkfish with sunchokes prepared in four different ways, chili covered scallops on a sheet of pasta topped with pepitas, and a delectably crisp octopus tentacle served on a garlic puree with pickled onion and tiny citrus fruit. The sommelier was fun to talk to and steered us well, and an espresso martini recommended by our bartender was the perfect nightcap. Looking forward to returning the next time we visit Maine.

                                                        20. S

                                                          Skisme10

                                                          Naples

                                                          13 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          13 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 7, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          As always Hugo’s was wonderful. Perfect for a birthday dinner!

                                                        21. JR

                                                          JackR

                                                          New England

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on February 7, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Just our second time. Great experience in all ways. We'll be back.

                                                        22. CV

                                                          CathyV

                                                          New England

                                                          8 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          8 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 6, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Hugo's remains a delight. One of the finest restaurants in an amazing restaurant city. First class in every way.

                                                        23. EH

                                                          EvangelineH

                                                          New York Area

                                                          42 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          42 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 5, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                          Hugo’s remains my favorite restaurant topping the more famous Patrick’s Inn of Little Washington, and Jose’s (?) Matchbox in DCand Jean George in NYC. SERIOUSLY. The flavors were like perfect harmony at one moment, and like a choir the next. We had the Tasting menu with many wonderful courses. My favorite, if I dare say that because each was very good, but what stand S out are the sweet potato and carrot with mint, and the sable fish. There was another particularly excellent pairing that I can’t remember, but with Tahini. The service was very hospitable. They shared our enthusiasm. We have gone to a Hugo’s several times over many years and it has maintained it excellence, which is also remarkable. As for a,Bierce, our only comment was a slight chill in the air, but after all, its Maine in February.

                                                        24. CD

                                                          ChrisD

                                                          New England

                                                          6 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          6 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 2, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          This continues to be our favorite restaurant. Our dinner there this past Saturday 2/1/20 (our wedding anniversary) was terrific. The welcome, helpfulness, and friendliness of front of house and cooking teams was great. The food -- pork croquettes, scallops and sun chokes, beef with blue cheese and duck papardelle were wonderful.

                                                        25. B

                                                          Becky

                                                          New England

                                                          7 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          7 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 2, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Great experience!

                                                        26. CD

                                                          ChrisD

                                                          New England

                                                          7 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          7 reviews

                                                          Dined on January 1, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          This is our favorite restaurant. The food is consistently delicious, imaginative, and beautifully presented. Just as important for us, the Hugo's team is always welcoming, friendly, and enjoyable to be with.

                                                        27. JK

                                                          JamesK

                                                          New England

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on January 1, 2020

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                          New Years. Best food in Portland!

                                                        28. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          New York Area

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on December 31, 2019

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                          Amazing food! Menu was incredible!

                                                        29. JK

                                                          JKBAgassiz

                                                          New England

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on December 27, 2019

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Excellent food and service; lovely atmosphere and perfect for a date.

                                                        30. l

                                                          lauriec

                                                          Toronto

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          4 reviews

                                                          Dined on December 26, 2019

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Great restaurant. Beautiful food. Wonderful atmosphere.

                                                        31. G

                                                          Gcagey

                                                          New England

                                                          10 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          4.0

                                                          10 reviews

                                                          Dined on December 22, 2019

                                                          overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                          Very good food. Could have been paced a touch better at the start. Entrees were excellent but temperature on the proteins was a bit cold. Hard to tell if it was intentional for not. Great wine list and spirits with a very well informed bar tender. We didn’t order the tasting menu and were fine with that decision especially after likely saving $150 or so.

                                                        32. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          Orlando

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on December 19, 2019

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Unique and delicious food. Cocktails are great. Fantastic service. Highly recommend.

                                                        33. KC

                                                          KCrew

                                                          Dallas

                                                          10 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          10 reviews

                                                          Dined on December 17, 2019

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Hugo’s never fails to deliver amazing, unique meals with fantastic service. We don’t go often but know when we do, it’ll be very good.

                                                        34. DR

                                                          DonnaR

                                                          New England

                                                          25 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          25 reviews

                                                          Dined on December 8, 2019

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                          Great restaurant for a special occasion - birthday! Our table did the tasting menu which was delicious. One member of our party had dietary restrictions and they were very accommodating. We enjoyed all the courses and liked the idea of 9 small plates so we could try so many items. Each plate was a work of art!

                                                        35. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          New England

                                                          26 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          26 reviews

                                                          Dined on December 7, 2019

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Fantastic, look forward to returning

                                                        36. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          New Orleans

                                                          8 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          8 reviews

                                                          Dined on December 6, 2019

                                                          overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                          Overall very nice. Service was attentive and friendly Pickled oysters outstanding Bronzini fish shared. Was good but sauce overpowered the fish

                                                        37. MP

                                                          MelissaP

                                                          New England

                                                          15 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          15 reviews

                                                          Dined on November 29, 2019

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          We live in Boston and drove to Portland just to eat at Hugo’s. This is my favorite restaurant in the US, and once again did not disappoint. The chef’s blind tasting is a must do and they are so accommodating of dietary restrictions (Paleo in my case). I can’t say enough wonderful things about this restaurant.

                                                        38. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          Chicago

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          3.0

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          Dined on November 29, 2019

                                                          overall3food2service4ambience4

                                                          Been coming to Portland every year for the last 5 and having dinner at Hugo’s every time, this was by far bad . I think the kitchen staff was off tonite . The charcuterie board meat were oxide. Look brown , like they were cut a few days ago and layer with deli paper . The pork entree was not what you expect for a place and price like this , no flavors except for smoke . Only one dimension. The spaghetti what was list it as on the menu . Was more like Asian noodles drawing is a some kind of squash-cream sauce . Need to try and give wine service too , don’t just open serve a glass and leave it there for the customer to finish pouring them self .

                                                        39. O

                                                          Ocean37

                                                          New England

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on November 26, 2019

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          This is our favorite restaurant in Portland. The food is amazing and the the service is fantastic.

                                                        40. SB

                                                          SBC04101

                                                          New England

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on November 23, 2019

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Hugo's never disappoints. The service is impeccable; and of course, the food is wonderful. Ask your waitperson for a wine to pair with your meal... you will be pleasantly surprised. And for a real treat, sit at the bar and watch the kitchen in action!

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                                                        Hugo's Restaurant- Portland is rated 4.6 stars by 1144 OpenTable diners

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                                                        Google Map for Hugo's Restaurant- Portland

                                                        88 Middle Street Portland, ME 04101

                                                        • Cross street

                                                          Franklin Ave

                                                        • Neighborhood

                                                          Portland

                                                        • Hours of operation

                                                          Dinner
                                                          Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–12:00 am

                                                        • Cuisines

                                                          Contemporary American, International

                                                        • Dining style

                                                          Casual Elegant

                                                        • Dress code

                                                          Smart Casual

                                                        • Parking details

                                                          A small lot is located diagonally across the street from the restaurant. You will see a brick building with a large sign reading "OLD PORT SPECIALTY TILE". Please feel free to park here within 20 minutes of your reservation time and be mindful that you are not blocking another vehicle from leaving. Thank you.

                                                        • Payment options

                                                          AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

                                                        • Executive chef

                                                          Andrew Taylor, Michael Wiley

                                                        • Additional

                                                          Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                        • Phone number

                                                          (207) 774-8538 ext. 1

                                                        • Catering

                                                          Please visit https://bigtreecatering.com/

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