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About Hugo's Restaurant

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 tasting 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.

88 Middle Street
Portland, ME 04101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, International

Hours of Operation:

Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:30PM - close until Memorial Day.
Memorial Day-End of year: Monday - Saturday: 5:30 - close

Cross Street:
Franklin Ave

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(207) 774-8538

Website:
http://www.hugos.net/

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.

Executive Chef:
Andrew Taylor, Michael Wiley

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please check our Facebook page for information about special events year-round!

Hugo's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

91% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (32)
Creative Cuisine (28)
Special Occasion (27)
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Tasting Menu (26)
Good for a Date (25)
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Local Ingredients (20)
Worth the Drive (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Bar Seating (18)
Romantic (18)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Cozy (15)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Notable Wine List (11)
Authentic (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Hot Spot (9)
Fun (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Seasonal (6)
Organic (6)
Healthy (3)
Tapas (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Business Meals (2)
Casual (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Had the chefs blind tasting menu. All nine, but who really counts?, dishes were memorable. Wait staff were all engaged and clearly on the same team. Definitely a night to remember!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 4, 2017

The service was excellent but the food was very disappointing.

Tags: Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Phenomenal meal and excellent staff who paid attention to us and made us feel special. Well done.

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·Dined on August 1, 2017

Perfect for entering into the world of michelin stars. No food was too crazy to eat and the cocktails matched the price.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We had the tasting menu which was expensive, but definitely worthy of a Michelin star. The wine pairing was also extraordinary. It was a memorable experience.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Delicious food but TINY portions and food arrived to the table lukewarm, for the price you pay food is expected to be perfect, and service was Very SLOW.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Creative, surprising flavor combinations. The staff is friendly while completely professional and the atmosphere elegant without stuffiness or vanity.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Absolute perfection! From the outstanding service- Patrick is such a fantastic and knowledgeable server. The wine section that was chosen for us was perfection! a French Chabli and a Pinot Noir from the West Coast. To the beautiful Symphony of food.

Tags: Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 18, 2017

I can highly recommend the chef's tasting. Very creative dishes. Chef is not afraid to take risks which I like. If you are looking to just fill your belly with some predictable chow it probably makes sense to look for an alternative. Some reviewers are stuck on the portion sizes. I found the chef's tasting to be more than enough when you work your way through the total tasting. Each course was clearly inspired and with the open kitchen we were able to appreciate the focus and attention to the execution of the chef's vision. The wine pairing was worth it. excellent selections that were interesting, uncommon and all wonderfully paired. Our server Patrick was attentive but not overly intrusive. All the staff seemed focused and positive with a sense of alignment on the restaurants vision and purpose.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 15, 2017

The most creative and extraordinary food prepared by fine culinary experts and served in the most attentive style! This was the best dining in my life and I have been to some of the top restaurants in the world. It is the finest food set in a warm and friendly casual atmosphere. Perfect pairing in every way.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Well the food was great and expertly prepared, the portions were almost insultingly small. While I'm not looking for a Cheesecake Factory experience, I expect my main entree to fill up more than a quarter of the plate. I was warned that it was overpriced for a tiny amount of food but we decided to try it because we loved Even Tide. The atmosphere is great. The staff is great. The food tastes great. But, you will leave wanting more.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Food was a delight. Service was impeccable. We will be back.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 13, 2017

We had the tasting menu along with the wine pairing. Both were good, but nothing all that memorable. The food was prepared well and was mostly aesthetically pleasing to look at, but some of the dishes lacked needed acidity or spice and there needed to be more in the way of savory offerings. The wines were good, but at times the pairings did not work as well as intended. The sommelier was pleasant and knowledgable, but the rest of the staff that served us seemed to lack the necessary culinary knowledge to really make a tasting menu experience "pop". And the courses came out a bit too quickly, for our taste.

Overall, it is not a bad value for a nine-course tasting menu ($90 apiece) and wine pairing ($75 apiece), and if I lived in Portland I would visit again, but I would likely not opt for the tasting menu.

Tags: Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on July 12, 2017

One of the best restaurant in the USA we have eaten at. Creative an extremely delicious tasting menu. Every dish was masterfully prepared with a great combination of ingredients. The tasting menu is one of the best ways to evaluate the team of chefs....and we give them a 10+

Tags: Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Place fit for Foodies! Tried the 9 course tasting menu, everything was artistically designed and plated. I enjoyed every morsel was tastefully satisfying.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Organic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on July 7, 2017

I come here every year for my anniversary and have the tasting menu. We come back at least once a quarter for dinner and drinks.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on July 6, 2017

This was a very expensive restaurant offering a multi-course tasting menu with unique, creative dishes served in very small portions and accompanied by good wines. Despite spending $360, our appetites were not exactly satiated. The pace was appropriately leisurely. The service was friendly and attentive. The room was too cold for my wife.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on July 1, 2017

One of the more outstanding culinary experiences I've ever had. Absolutely incredible and the service was top flight in every way. I can't believe I haven't been there in over 20 years. My how Hugo's has grown and lifted the entire dining experience.
Can't wait to enjoy it again.
Sincerely.
Sam Surprise

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Our meal was fabulous. Our waiter was knowledgable and entertaining. It surpassed all our expectations and we would highly recommend Hugo's to anyone.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Hugos now has the option of a blind tasting menu or ordering a la carte. We did the tasting menu. Food was incredible! Very creative, exquisitely prepared, top-notch ingredients. Servers knowledgeable and efficient. A suggestion: if someone in your party is averse to certain foods, might be better to order off the menu, as it is a blind tasting menu you will have little control over the selections. Otherwise, the tasting menu is the perfect way to experience what this restaurant has to offer.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Fantastic as always. Service was impeccable and food was delicious.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Excellent TINY portions. Food was delicious and beautifully presented. But when they brought over our dinners, we almost burst out laughing. The pork tenderloin was literally 2-3 inches round. A few radishes and whatnot were scattered around the plate. The torchio pasta was a child's portion. They try to push the tasting menu at $90/person. I am petite and do not require large portions but this was crazy!

Tags: Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Was taken aback when told they have bar seating, but you know what, the concept works. As you wait, you are watching the culinary team craft yours and the other guests meals. We did the blind tasting with wine pairings. The food was creative, unique, and delicious. The paired wines worked perfectly. The staff made this trip into Portland well worth the drive. We live in the NY metro area and if we ever vacation in Maine again, Hugo's will be the first dinner reservation we make.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Magical as always. Food and service are top notch. Tasting menu can be tailored to fit your preference and they don't make you feel bad for doing so either. We will be back again and again.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Organic, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Year after year Hugo's never disappoints, it remains our top dining experience anywhere (and we live half-time in NYC). The food, service, value and ambience are just excellent, without qualification or reservation. Reserved parking across the street, quiet ambiance and stellar service from start to finish, this is Portland at its very best.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on June 9, 2017

We got the tasting menu. It was delicious and interesting-- a full evening of dining pleasure. Pricey, but we expected that.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Capable and interesting staff who chatted as much or as little as the clients wanted, bar seating overlooking the prep, excellent food, well prepared and slightly different presentations.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Not just dinner, Hugo's is a wonderful experience. Tom and Patrick made sure that we had a perfect celebration of our anniversary. This was our 4th visit and we can't wait to go back again!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We had tasting menu and wine pairing which were both outstanding. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Food comes at a good pace; enough to be satisfied but not stuffed. Sat in booth seats which are nice and private but a bit chilly (due to kitchen venting) so bring a sweater.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Amazing meal! All the items we got were delicious and so well paired with everything on the plate. Some creative food combos too. Can't wait to come back when in town again and plan to do the chefs tasting menu. Go hungry!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Great Beer, Organic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 31, 2017

I am on a tour of the country. I research the top restaurants to eat at when I travel. As a New Yorker, it can be hard to match the service and food that some 5 star restaurants provide. Hugo's was fantastic. The staff was great and the food was superb. If I ever make it back to Portland, I will definitely dine there. I take customer service very seriously. There are way too many options so service is what makes a Place stand out to me. I interacted with just about every person who worked their. They made me feel at home.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on May 27, 2017

So delicious! We had the blind tasting menu and wine pairing - love sampling lots of different flavors and dishes. Everything was amazing and service is impeccable.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 25, 2017

This is a special place. We had the tasting menu and it was everything we had imagined and more. It is not cheap so be prepared to spend some $$$$. You only live once...go all in.

Fyi: they do have a regular menu also.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Just a great dinner, with excellent service, in a nice atmosphere. The service is good as well. Good for an anniversary or birthday.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Great place, had the "blind tasting" a series of 9 small plate created by the chefs each night. None are the same & not the same from night to night. Waiter was friendly & funny. Best meal we have had in Portland.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 18, 2017

I have always enjoyed the customer service, the food art and the ambiance.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Fantastic dining experience every time! Our absolute favorite place in Portland.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Great experience for dining. The staff was very knowledgeable and attentive to all our needs. The food however was the best part as it was different from the norm. The presentation was wonderful and the flavor was delicious.

Tags: Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 11, 2017

An intimate dining experience that was very pricey and not good value. The wait safe was attentive and thoroughly pleasant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Andrew and Mike continue to surprise and entertain. Nominally, they won their James Beard award for Eventide. But the creative flair and attention to detail applied at Hugo's are even more impressive.

The canvas at Hugo's is broader as it is not just a seafood restaurant. And the brush strokes are exquisite.

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