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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

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food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

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4.4

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91% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (34)
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Good for a Date (28)
Tasting Menu (28)
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Bar Seating (21)
Local Ingredients (21)
Romantic (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Worth the Drive (20)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Cozy (16)
Notable Wine List (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Authentic (11)
Hot Spot (9)
Fun (7)
Seasonal (7)
Organic (6)
Pre/post Theatre (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)
Great for Lunch (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Chefs tasting option was an amazing experience! Very unique atmosphere and the service was stellar. Highly recommend giving Hugo’s a try!

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Organic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Really great food. Enjoyed everything we ordered especially the beet soup and scallops. Our server was friendly and helpful. It's a little cold sitting in a booth by the brick wall but then it was only 9 degrees out.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great tasting menu. The place is cozy. Rich and warm natural woods and fibers. Our only issue was in the below zero night the frigid air from the front door was distracting. We did the tasting menu: 11 courses with pairings. Food was really creative and surprising —- like the deep pink beet stew which covered some amazing beef. Wine matches not too great. Still worth the money.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Simply fantastic. Loved being by the large open kitchen. The chefs answered all questions and were extremely good natured Loved the whole evening from beginning to end.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Hugo's is wonderful. The food, the service, the atmosphere, everything. It is a place where you dine rather than eat and you need to plan to make an evening of it. Absolutely fabulous!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

My husband & I dined at Hugo's on Saturday evening 12/16 and it was amazing. We both selected the tasting menu that encompasses nine very different courses. Each small course is a mystery until it arrives at your table. The food was delicious and it was such a fun way to enjoy a meal. As this tasting menu is pricey, it is not something you would select regularly. I would be inclined to dine again at Hugo's tasting their regular menu.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2017

While food was exceptional, the cost was too high to recommend to any of our friends.

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·Dined on December 12, 2017

Experience was spectacular, but the overall temperature was chilly. Bring a sweater!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

As always dining at Hugo’s is an unforgettable experience. The food is second to none. It is creative with unexpected flavors melding into food that makes you close your eyes and embrace the flavor.
Hugo’s never disappoints!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Our favorite way to celebrate our anniversary. The tasting menu brings an endless stream of beautiful dishes that please both eye and palate. Our waiter helped pick the perfectly matched wine. Outstanding experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 4, 2017

This is one of the best meals I've had in Portland. The food was creative and well-done. The service was just the right balance of professional/attentive and friendly. The food may be a bit too "exotic" (e.g. duck tongues) for some, but it was a nice balance of traditional and creative. Yum!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Unforgettable! Thank you for an amazing evening. Service and food were impeccable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Never disappoints! From the spectacular service from Patric and his team to the innovative and fantastic culinary feast. We always look forward to coming back over and over again.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

There is the tasting of the chef that was delicious the only issue is that you token to long to get the courses and A meal that it it starts at 6:45 can end at 8:45 that's two hours Long. It's very tiring and not the optician.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Hugo's delivers excellent food and this is an important statement, given that Portland's standard is quite high. The dining experience is a team effort by the entire staff and the pace of food is spot-on. Most importantly the food portions are perfect and the flavors are very well done. Nothing over the top (i.e. truffle oil). But confident seasoning. And creative too. For either the prix fixe or a la cart, it is a memorable dining experience and well worth the time and money spent. Great job, Hugo's.

Tags: Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

just extraordinary! all my wife's dietary concerns were handled perfectly. my beet soup with beef shank and beef chicharon was just an unexpected treat. my whole bass was cooked perfectly and the baby bokchoy and sticky rice maed it just scumpcous . the real beauty was our apple desert with a rose on top, but the rose was thinly sliced fresh apple slices to appear as a rose, just wonderful!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The restaurant was, as always, fabulous. The food is unusual and at the same time completely familiar. I would heartily recommend Hugo's to anyone.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The best meal I have ever had in my life. Great service, very accommodating to my dietary restrictions. Chef’s tasting menu is the bomb.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2017

One of the best restaurants on the planet. No joke.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Incredible, as always. I have never had a negative experience. I love the menus and the staff. I can not recommend Hugo’s highly enough. ...try the white negroni. You won’t be sorry!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Dining at Hugi’s Is a great way to spend an evening!! The food was spectacular, the service excellent and the value is good. I would recommend it to anyone - and be sure to give your self the time to really enjoy the experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Organic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

As usual, Hugo's delivers. My recommendation is go for the tasting menu, and let their excellent chefs have their way with you! It's an almost-endless stream of beautiful, delicious morsels.
Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy, though - dinner with the tasting menu takes about 2.5 hours. Living in New Jersey, I don't get to Portland very often, but when I do, dinner at Hugo's is not an option, it's a requirement.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fun, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We went to Hugo’s to celebrate a birthday and were greeted with a bubbly beverage and ended our meal with the best funfetti cake we’ve ever had. Great dishes with sublime flavors and excellent service.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Another wonderful evening with spectacular food and wine! We are happy to have found your brilliance!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Had a wonderful time and an excellent meal. The presentation was excellent and everything was exceptionally tasty.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

I went to Hugo's with my wife for our 20th wedding anniversary and we couldn't have been happier. We had the chef's tasting menu combined with the wine tasting. While not cheap, it was excellent and was just what we were hoping for. The food was extraordinary and the wines were very out of the ordinary. I would highly recommend Hugo's.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Romantic, Fun
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Huge disappointment. We had been to Hugo's once before and had enjoyed the experience in spite of the huge price tag (see earlier review).... This time, service was truly terrible (first time I leave a zero % tip anywhere in the world in the last 30 years but I think that was fully deserved....) - The sommelier showed little interest in helping us pick a wine to go with the generously priced $90 tasting menu and never checked on us during the evening. The waiter who seemed to be in charge of our table had a serious attitude problem. Once we'd given our order for the very generously priced $90 tasting menu, His Highness disappeared and we never saw him again...... I had the audacity to enquire about the perceived slowness of service and his reply was basically dismissive and rude. He then reappeared magically at check time to let us know that there had been a "clerical error" and we needed to pay more, no apologies, no explanations, no questions as to whether we had enjoyed our dinner.... I can't even say I enjoyed the food as the delivery was so incredibly pompous, slow, indifferent and contemptuous. I don't know who Hugo's management and staff think they are but I think they seriously need to rethink their place in the world of food.... I have dined at many top class restaurants around the world and am not going to take this attitude from a 2nd class establishment who somehow think they're Michelin grade. Worst dinner experience in Portland ever.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

To start with, the tasting menu at Hugos is an experience not a dinner. The menu consists of 9 small courses accompanied by 9 wine pairings. Amazing. We were there over 3 hours.

Hugos is small with a great ambiance - not very noisy. You can talk to each other.

Service is out of this world. The staff knows the food and the wine and treats you like royalty. I'd rate it the best I have ever experienced. You do not have a server - you have a staff that takes care of you!

The tasting menu is eclectic. Portions are small but add up over the night. Everything was very good. A couple of standouts - a piece of cod between crispy paper thin toasts (think an ice cream sandwich) that was unbelievable, fried pork balls/fritters that were crunchy and tasty, cod fillets, and cucumber ice cream (amazing). If it matters many of the items are raw or extremely rare! But those were some of the best.

The tasting menu with wine is expensive but overall worth the cost if you simply enjoy the experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We've visited Hugo's a number of times over the years and it never fails to disappoint. It's as strong now as it was 8 years ago when we first visited. Blind tasting menus are a lot of fun - I could tell you what we had, but it changes continually. Count on it being seasonal and unique. Wine pairings were a particular hit this time around.

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Wonderful restaurant. Staff was lovely and made our anniversary celebration feel very special. Very unique food preparation. We felt like we tried so many different or uniquly prepared foods. Food was prepared & presented in such a delicious & appealing way. It is a wonderful dining experience made more so by the fantastic staff. We highly recommend Hugo's .

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great experience, very creative menu, you will be pleasantly surprised.
On an unrelated note the ac kept blowing cold air to our table so it felt a bit cold..
Would love to go back though for the food and service!!

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

we enjoyed our meal and my wife truly enjoyed her cocktail. The special touches were fantastic, and sitting at the counter allowed us to watch the chef's at work. All service people were very friendly and professional. Food portions were not huge, but they gave you some extras, before, during and after the meal, so that made up for a lot.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Our server Patrick was wonderful and the food was even better! Every bit was delicious.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We went here to celebrate our anniversary and the whole experience was exceptional. From the great service, to the outstanding food, to the dessert wine given to us as an anniversary treat, there wasn't anything I would change! Excellent all-around.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Amazing food: we were able to delete foods we don't like or can't eat. The tasting menu was creative and fun. Everything was delicious, and service was impeccable.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

We had the blind tasting menu and it was fabulous! Seating at the bar allows for a good view of the kitchen and food prep.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Went out for a birthday dinner to Hugo's with my wife; both of us enjoyed the tasting menu. There are some real surprise flavors there. Would recommend.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Your. Stools were too. Soft. Hole In the center. More support. Needed

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

This is by far the best restaurant in Portland. Creative, exquisite offerings in a beautiful setting. Can’t praise it enough

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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