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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (33)
Special Occasion (31)
Creative Cuisine (30)
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Good for a Date (26)
Tasting Menu (26)
Local Ingredients (25)
Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
Notable Wine List (23)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Bar Seating (20)
Worth the Drive (19)
Romantic (19)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Cozy (15)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Authentic (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Fun (8)
Seasonal (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Healthy (6)
Organic (5)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Business Meals (2)
Casual (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tapas (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Good for Groups (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Raleigh)·Dined 5 days ago

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 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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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 10, 2017

If you're a foodie with a wide taste palette and the combination of complex flavors excites you, you'll enjoy this. The food is prepared in the open by a skilled and talented crew.

The menu is pretty limited but artful.

My tastes don't run like the first paragraph and I didn't enjoy this dining experience.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Always a joy to eat here innovative cuisine and superb service

Tags: Comfort Food, Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 10, 2017

25th anniversary celebration. Delicious, creative and thoughtful food. LOVED the whole black bass, honeycrisp apple appetizer, and the chicken. Gin & Tonic dessert was great. Patrick provided spot-on service and guidance. It was evident how much all staff took their work seriously and enjoyed what they did. Fun to watch the food being prepared.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 10, 2017

I am still recommending Hugo's as it has potential to be a great Portland restaurant but it has to work out some kinks. Great atmosphere, good food presentation, interesting menu, good drinks. However our experience could have been improved by the waiter providing clearer answers to our questions on the size of entree portions (small) and not encouraging us to order additional food (small plates) as we indicated we were hungry. To top it off our entree was very good but cold.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We were knocked out from when we walked in to when we left. Having enjoyed the privilege of god's dining around Europe & US over the years I think this could rate as our best ever experience. My wife is in no doubt that for her it was.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

My husband and I enjoyed the tasting menu with wine pairings. Food was excellent. Service was excellent. Highly recommend.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Hugo's remains one of Portland's top restaurants year after year. The wait staff are attentive, humorous and knowledgeable. We thoroughly enjoyed our evening treating a Canadian business colleague who knows exceptional foods to Hugo's dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We were visiting Portland and Hugo's was highly recommended. We enjoyed the entire experience and the food was great. Patrick was very accommodating and patiently explained all of the courses to us. Great restaurant.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Second time as good as the first. Outstanding restaurant. This was a birthday celebration and so we splashed out on the tasting menu - one vegetarian and one not! Food was sophisticated and very flavorful. One of the best food experiences outside of Michelin (Hugo's deserves at least one star).

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

The four of us went for the tasting menu and wine paring. The many courses (they said 9, but we think it was more like 12) just seemed to keep coming. The ingredients, prep and display not to mention taste were all exceptional. The waiter provided very detailed and interesting descriptions on the wines (kept my wife water glass full which is key) which were indeed unique and very good. They accommodated the one special diet request for the tasting menu which was also great. Overall - it was expensive $$$$ but Very Good. Would certainly return for similar affair.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Enjoyed our second time eating at Hugo's as much as the first. We had the tasting menu paired with wine and it was beyond delicious. Fresh, creative and outstanding with every bite. Wait staff is absolutely delightful too.

Tags: Bar Seating, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed the tasting menu & wine pairings. Superb presentations, explanations, portions, ambience and staff watching. If you go, you must sit at the bar to watch the kitchen and engage the chefs. They were fun and informative!!

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great food, great drinks, great service. Definitely do the tasting menu!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Hugo's continues to provide an exceptional dining experience. My date and I took advantage of the tasting menu. While a bit pricey, the menu included several selections that weren't on the regular menu. Everything we ate was excellent, with a few items, like the pickled oysters, being outstanding. The service was excellent, attentive enough without being bothersome, and the waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu. This is a place for a special occasion, and a place that you will want to go back to.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on September 20, 2017

It was excellent until 940pm . We arrived at 730 excited to be there..we looked forward to the tasting menu and enjoyed every mouthful. The staff is very loyal
To the chef and enjoyed telling us about the food. The disappointment came when we were distracted by the cooks and staff gathering in the kitchen to have shots/ drinks. We still had two courses left so it made it seem like they didn't care and the restaurant was closing . When they brought out their cleaning supplies before we had even finished our dessert we felt the overall experience was tainted. They really should wait until the diners leave to start cleaning especially after we spent $500.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Hugo's is for the adventurous foodie, for those who like to try new things, share plates and venture into the unknown.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 11, 2017

We are consistently impressed with the creative and unique offerings, knowledgeable and friendly staff, attention to detail, extensive wine list and ambiance. It's a favorite of ours for every special occasion or a special night out! #1 in Portland and surrounds!!

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Authentic, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays
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 (Savannah)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Delicious food & excellent service!

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