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Hugo's Restaurant

817 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies (25)
  • Creative Cuisine (21)
  • Tasting Menu (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 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, International
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Hours of operation

Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:30PM - close until Memorial Day.
Memorial Day-End of year: Monday - Saturday: 5:30 - close
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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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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!
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 817 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7  based on recent ratings
Noise · Quiet
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

We traveled 3 hours for this meal - it was our second trip just to eat and we expect to travel to eat with Hugo’s at least 2/3 more times this year

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

My boyfriend and I were visiting for the weekend. We stubbles upon Hugo’s on a Saturday and had one of the best meals! Our waitress Sarah was very friendly, she was very knowledgeable of the menu which is always a plus! We were offered a piece of fried smelt to start our meal which was excellent. We ordered the tuna poke, fluke crudo, smoked lobster & squid ink pasta, whole branzino, oyster stew and finished with crepe Suzette. The whole roasted branzino was probably my favorite. We cleaned the plate! It was one of the most memorable meals for us. Definitely worth a trip!!

vipdono (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Incredibly delicious food with unusal gourmet presentation. Servers there when you need them. Very relaxed atmosphere.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

3rd time and we feel lucky to have Hugo's nearby. We have a fish focussed tasting menu and all the dishes were creative and tasty. The sommelier paired us a bottle from Sean Thackrey which was just beautiful. If you live in or near Portland do yourself and a loved on a favour and book soon.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Guests from out of town so we wanted to give them a special food experience in Portland. Couldn't have chosen a better place. We stuck to lots of small plates with imaginative food pairings, fabulous cocktails, great wine list, quiet so we could actually carry on a conversation without shouting and very attentive wait staff who carefully explained each item as it was brought to the table. Next time I'm going back to sit at the bar and watch the show.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s day. Paul and Justin terrific. Tasting menu never seemed to stop. Thoroughly enjoyable. Look forward to next opportunity to go again.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Christmas gift

SD89 (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

We had an outstanding meal at Hugo's. Our server was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Attentive but not annoying. The chef sent a few special mini courses to us in between apps and dinner course and for dessert. The meal was incredible.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Blind chef’s tasting was amazing!

vipCourtneyS (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Everything was outstanding. My cocktail was one of my favorites ever and the beet bolognese was one of the top 5 dishes I have ever had! However the smoked carrot dessert was lackluster.