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Hugo's Restaurant

4.8
838 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies
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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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Cuisines
Contemporary American, International
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Wed, 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, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 838 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Spectacular presentation of food. Superb service! Simply delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Great service and attentiveness. Intimate setting. Tasting menu was devine.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great meal! I would add it to the list of great Portland restaurants!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Spectacular food and remarkable wine pairings made for a sensational dining experience.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Absolutely incredible. We came here for a date night and tried the Chef's Blind Tasting menu and were not disappointed. Walking through the door the ambiance of muted browns and grays by way of wood, leather, and wrought iron are paired with low, intimate lighting and modern dimensional art.

While we have yet to try the rest of the menu, the Chef's Blind Tasting menu is what I would recommend to any newcomer at Hugo's. It changes by the day based off what the kitchen has in stock at that time, and it never disappoints. We were served about 10 dishes of impeccable design and flavor and left incredibly satisfied. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for fine dining in Portland.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Ordered the tasting menu with wine. Every pairing was a amazing with just the right amount of food and wine per course. I’m not sure how many courses it was, but the pace was just right. The service was friendly and attentive. In my view, it ranked with The French Landry in Napa and Menton in Boston but at a fraction of the cost and the pretense.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Hugo’s is amazing in every way! We love the new menu!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We had an absolutely wonderful meal! We took my parents for their wedding anniversary and it was so special for them. We did the tasting menu and it did not disappoint. They even printed the menu at the end of our meal for us as a keepsake. The service was great and the entire staff was friendly and engaged. We will definitely be coming back!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

What a wonderful wonderful place. Outstanding and imaginative menu. One of the best dinners in Portland. Has to be a go to place if you go to Portland. Don’t miss this one

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Excellent food and service. Chef's taster menu is unsurpassed, but new a'la carte menu looks very interesting and we will be visiting again soon.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

OMG, such a unique and amazing experience, hard to put into words. Only for true foodies, as others may not "get it". The chef's capacity to excite the palate continued to build throughout the evening. They were able to accommodate my food sensitivities seamlessly. This place is a gem, and beyond our expectations, for sure. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Thank you for making our engagement night special! Food was so delicious and unique!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

This was our seventh yearly visit to Hugo The food and service is excellent. We look forward to going again next year. We do the tasting
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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The menu always blows me away!! Every-time we have opted for the chef tasting option and it’s fabulous.The service, cocktails truly top notch.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

This was our second evening at Hugo's. We enjoyed the experience almost more then the first time. The staff from when they meet you at the door until they are helping you with your coat could not have been more professional and personable!! The food was excellent. One of the best dining experiences we've had in Portland!!

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Had the tasting menu with wine pairing was fabulous. Great experience

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Loved it. Great staff great food

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

If you're a bit adventurous, Hugo's is so rewarding. You wont find familiar dishes on the menu, but everything we tried was perfectly cooked, interesting and most of all, really delicious! Don't skip dessert! We ended up with a seat at the bar after making our reservation on opentable, which I thought was odd, and the bar seats were really awkwardly uncomfortable, so it loses a few points there. But we still had a truly special night and a fantastic meal.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

From the time we walked in the door to the time we left, Hugo's was AMAZING. the service was a solid 12 out of 10. We went with the Chef's selection, it was outstanding, every dish was a surprise and each dish seemed to be better than the last. It was my wife's birthday and boy did they remember. From the card to the champagne! HIGHLY recommend a visit to Hugo's!

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2.0Dined on February 22, 2018

The lobster/pasta dish was very salty. The service was not up to fine dining standards. One wait staff for a full room, table was not cleared of crumbs etc between courses, waited over 20 min for coffee and finally had to cancel the order.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Service was impeccable, thanks to Sarah! Parking is in a lg. lot ~1/2 block down the street; there are 2 stairs up, w/out railings :( yet they do offer bringing out a ramp, for mobility impaired diners; restrooms, very nice & are on the same floor, no add'l steps. Interior warm wood & leather decor, but cushions a bit worn (not great support, but not horrible either), the booths worked well for us. Each dish we tried was FAB!! I loved my chicken roulade, hubby enjoyed the beef & the desserts were uber creative! First time visitors must listen well, as your server explains how their menu is set up, in regards to quantity of food. These folks do Fine Dining in a creative & fun way....I was so glad we chose Hugo's for my B.Day dinner; we will def. return! Did I mention....Sarah is a peach!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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!!

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Christmas gift

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Blind chef’s tasting was amazing!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 26, 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on December 13, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 11, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 9, 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!

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