Hugo's Restaurant- Portland

4.8
948 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, International
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–8:30 pm
Fri-Sat 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(207) 774-8538
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Andrew Taylor, Michael Wiley
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Franklin Ave
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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.
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Special events & promotions
Please check our Facebook page for information about special events year-round!
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 948 People Are Saying
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding all around. We got the chef tasting which was phenomenal. Will absolutely be back.

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RG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Don’t go to this restaurant without eating first. Beautiful presentation but not enough real food.

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J
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice quiet early evening dinner to celebrate a belated birthday. We were stated off with glasses of champagne and then had chefs tasting menu. 9 courses of scrumptious. Paired this with a nice bottle of Tuscan. My wife received a small birthday cake with candle. Service was impeccable, food was seasoned perfectly, menu was varied and designed for foodie exploration of taste buds. Nice quiet booth to share on a frigid evening in Portland, bar/counter looked very engaging to share dinner with others and friendly staff. Hope to return soon.

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JJ
New England
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Hugo's was amazing. I went there with my friend for his birthday and it was the best decision I made. We had the tasting menu and all the plates were exceptionally tasteful. The service was great, very friendly, professional and knowledgeable people. We sat at the counter and had the opportunity to watch as the chefs prepared our food and you can tell they do what they do with heart and its very exiting to create the dishes for us.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef’s selection option was amazing. Must try.

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m
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not our first visit.. a MUST when we go to Portland.. always fabulous

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J
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Would go again and recommend to friends.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and inventive food done with care , and a great selection of unusual wines. Good knowledge of international cuisine techniques and ingredients, that they apply on their own way on local produce in and delicious and inventive way. They really care about their craft. I do not recomendad to avoid to overcrowd the restaurant for me . Keep the gem hidden for crowds please . Service is great and ambiance is unpretentious and comfy. Thanks again!

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KT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought my husband as a surprise for his birthday. He is a foodie! I asked for bar seating so we could watch the food/dessert preparation. We ended up getting the chef's choice menu with the wine pairings. It was perfect in every way. Everyone was attentive, knowledgeable and friendly.

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JG
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the staff were amazing and knowledgeable. Patrick made the evening even more special for us. I will absolutely eat there again!

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hugo’s is our go-to spot to celebrate our anniversary. The tasting menu is amazing... round after round of creative, innovative dishes. The staff is accommodating, friendly and engaging. Well worth the price...

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DK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Amazing food! I dined on the blind tasting for my birthday and found everything to be topnotch. However, the service left something to be desired due to the snobbery of the waiters, waitresses, and especially that middle aged hostess. It's not pleasant to spend this amount of money only to be treated poorly. Overall, would come again with caution...

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GR
New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Dessert was trying to hard and not particularly tasty.

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OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tremendous as always. Patrick and the front of the house have phenomenal knowledge of the cuisine. We brought a new couple and they were completely wowed by the whole experience. Kudos once again to Hugo’s for another memorable chef tasting menu meal and experience.

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GH
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. We have been there before and always do the chefs tasting. Interesting variety of dishes in small quantities. Very relaxed setting. Servers were very helpful friendly and knowledgeable.

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EH
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in USA. The chefs are true culinary artists. They are consistently excellent. Have gone several times. Good work. I give you all three M(e) stars

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P
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 30th anniversary and it was a great evening

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s
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was hesitant to go here because of the negative reviews but I heard the food was excellent, which would put weigh the snobby service in my opinion.

I would argue that the service was actually incredible! We had a reservation well-in advance & I made a note in the booking that this was a special occasion, for my husbands birthday. We were seated at the bar, which was really cozy & oversaw the food plating.

We were created with champagne (birthday recognition). We went with the Chefs Farm-to-table Tasting & it was absolutely incredible. They accommodated dietary preference, letting us substitute dessert rounds with additional savory plates. Service was great. Cocktails were great. Highly recommended.

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hugo’s did not fail
We both had the chiefs tasting menu and it was fantastic
Nine separate small plate meals that were beyond belief
Service was top notch!
Will repeat for sure
Thanks for a great dinner!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hugo’s is on par with some of the best Michelin star restaurants in NYC.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hugo's continues to set a high standard with excellent, creative food, top service and a perfect atmosphere in which to enjoy food and conversation. Can't recommend it enough!

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RW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fifth time visiting. Once again superior to any of my top tasting menu experiences in Boston. Staff is attentive, friendly, and engaging. Pairings are off the beaten path, but also excellent wines, and beware the generous pours!

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OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stellar food and service. One of the best meals we've had in a long time. Highly recommended.

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New England
62 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The presentation to food plates is really enjoyable. Very special chef inspired dishes. We had the monkfish which was perfectly cooked and presented with a tangy relish, bacon grits and Brussel sprouts. We added the wild mushroom tempura as a sharing plate and it was the perfect amount to allow room for the corn pan cotta for dessert. Outstanding in every way.

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AD
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Service and wine pairing was excellent. Tried the tasting menu and some of the food was underwhelming but generally good. I think the tasting menu was a little overpriced for what you get.

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LD
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant by far! People are awesome that work there, cannot say enough about the food, tasting menu is always a hit! Can’t wait to go back!

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b
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was amazing!!! We had the tasting menu with the wine pairing and every bite was divine! I have a gluten allergy and a by-valve seafood allergy and they were super accommodating! The wine selection was wonderful and paired well with each course. The courses were perfect size and walked you through salad, veggies and meat options. The dessert was to die for. My husband and I really enjoyed sitting at the bar and talking to the pastry chef and watching her create beautiful dishes! This was one of my favorite meals of my trip!!

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ER
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb on every level. Never fails at any little thing. And their attention to special dietary requests is very accomadating.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding , and food was fantastic. Menu was limited but you couldn’t go wrong with anything you picked from it. Beverages were top notch!

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KL
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate here as our last meal of a one week trip celebrating our 20th anniversary, and it was the best meal of our whole trip (and there were many good meals). Food was inventive - we both ordered the blind tasting menu so it was also surprising: 9 modest sized courses with each one a surprise. Delicious.
Service / staff was excellent and even gave us advice about exploring elsewhere in Portland.

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ZR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We are frequent Portland diners and wanted a special place for our 3 year anniversary. The food was interesting and delicious, but I wish the server was more friendly and engaging to explain the food more. He was very pretentious and was the only part of the meal that was disappointing. It will be a while before we return because of this. Portland service needs to improve, many places get comfortable and figure people will always leave 20%. Customer service goes a long way.
Zack

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JB
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful experience. Food was outstanding & beyond beautiful. Each selection was a work of art. Seth, our server, was extremely knowledgeable & led us flawlessly through the menu. Looking forward to a return visit.

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CM
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Patrick, our server, is always amazing. We've been coming every other year or so from Florida and this place never lets me down.

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FW
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Magnificent food. Really, restaurants do not get any better than Hugo's.
There are many reasons why it is ranked among the top 20 restaurants in America. The recommendations by the knowledgable and friendly waiter, Patrick, regarding speciality drinks and menu choices were spot-on. Owner Andrew Taylor came out and talked with us for a while; he has three restaurants on the same block and they are a major reason why Portland was recently named by Bon Appetit as the best dining city in the U.S. If we lived there, we would be going to these three restaurants constantly.

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DC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around
Very creative and delicious food, expertly prepared and served

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s
Mississippi
23 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the most incredible dinner in some time and that is coming from somebody that lives in another foodie town. MUST MUST MUST do the Chef's Tasting menu. PERFECT amount of food even though it is a 10 course meal! Highly recommend sitting at the counter where you can watch all of the action happen.

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L
New England
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Maybe Hugos is a fine place to go if you plan on ordering their $90.00 Chefs Tasting Menu or if you happen to personally know one or more of the staff. Otherwise it seems like you aren't a valued customer and besides, some of the food ( chicken dish) was unremarkable at best.

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BG
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Hugo's is a great restaurant. I love the food, the adventuresome menu and the friendly wait-staff. I don't like bar seating for dinner, so if I can't get a table, I look elsewhere. However, the food and service are extraordinary and it's always a pleasure to dine there. My wife and I were saying how lucky we are to live in a city with such great restaurants. Hugo's is arguably the best.

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BG
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

extremely attentive staff, creative cocktails, good wine list, food preperation is top shelf, wonderful blend of flavors great eye appeal, comfortable atmosphere

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was an overall excellent experience, however I have been to Hugos in years past and remember the food being a little bit better. Of course I went in with extremely high expectations, and some of the courses from the blind chef‘s tasting my girlfriend and I has were a little over seasoned and salty in our opinion.

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