Family owned and operated Maria’s Restaurant has been proudly serving the finest and most authentic Italian dishes in Portland since 1960. For a tantalizing start to your meal, enjoy the roasted jumbo shrimp and the roasted garlic bread, both of which offer a rich flavor. Some of Maria’s Restaurant’s most popular entrée dishes include the New York sirloin steak pizziola topped with mozzarella and marinara sauce, the crab-stuffed filet of haddock and the stuffed breast of chicken stuffed with pistachios and ricotta. In a pasta mood? Then Maria’s Restaurant has you covered, as it has an array of homemade pasta delights, such as the classic spaghetti and meatballs Florentine, the mushroom ravioli ala Wendy and the spaghetti carbonara with a creamy egg and cheese sauce.
If you find yourself in the mood for a sweet treat post entrée, enjoy Maria’s Restaurant homemade spumoni.
Overall we enjoyed our meal, I found it very basic food, nothing special. The service was great.
Parking was difficult and right across from the homeless shelter, which made me feel bad about eating a nice dinner. The eggplant parm was great, but I was surprised when I wasn't offered freshly grated parmesan cheese. The garlic bread wasn't anything to write home about and should have been offered with the meal rather than purchased separately. The desserts were good. The table and seats could have been cleaner. The waitress was very nice and we enjoyed talking with her. Overall, the food was a bit pricy. It was nice for something different and for a special occasion, but I wouldn't be in a hurry to return.
As always, Maria’s feels like family! Dinner was delicious!!
It was wonderful we enjoyed all of our 6 course meal!
Having heard great things, I was, quite frankly, expecting more. The Caesar’s salad had badly wilted romaine, which was overdressed and had too much cheese; in fairness, the anchovies were delightful. Our entrees were mediocre at best. My eggplant was bland and not properly seasoned and the same could be said for the sauce, which was acid-forward and no spices discernible. Our other entree was meatballs and pasta. The meatballs lacked flavor and the sauce was the same as above. The garlic bread was decent, but added little to our enjoyment. Service was alright, but had our server paid closer attention I would have liked another glass of wine. By the time the inquiry was made, I’d finished eating. The leftovers were retooled, the sauce bolstered with onions, peppers, mushrooms, zucchini and garlic, and the meatballs deconstructed and recontextualized in my own version of what sauce should taste like. So while we were disappointed, we salvaged the investment by bringing some much needed enhancements to the dishes.
We have now eaten at Maria’s many times and we have never had anything less than delicious food. First class professional service and a kind of old fashioned classic atmosphere. Soft Italian music. Convenient parking in the back. Portions are very generous. We will continue to eat there as long as it is there.
This was our second visit to Maria's. The food was excellent but the service was subpar. Unfortunately the wait staff was not as attentive to our needs as our first visit. We did not feel waited upon in a timely manner. We were not checked on at all during our visit. Our salads were served before we even received our drinks. It took a long time to "catch" someone to ask for bread, which took a while to get. Unfortunately it was not our best experience, and we really like to support local businesses, but we will not be rushing back.
Excellent food and service. Huge portions, great wines, veal could have been a little hotter but as a complete meal, enjoyable and excellent.
Made a reservation, arrived at the door. was turned away due to an accident in the kitchen and someone headed to hospital. Next day I read their facebook page and it said they were closed for a catering event that night. Why lie to us? Just tell us you made a mistake and forgot to cancel our reservation? I think we deserve a free meal.
We had reserved a table for a party of four and was seated immediately on arrival. Waitress introduced herself to us and was very friendly and professional. Service was excellent and she checked with us on a regular basis to make sure we had what we needed. The food was excellent and the sauce was fantastic homemade with a tomato base. All four of us were completely satisfied and will return.
Read previous reviews and was alittle susceptible about going.
Boy am I glad I did not pay attention. This was old school Italian food and ambiance.
Servers were great from start to finish. Wish I remembered her name, but there was an East Longmeadow, ma La Florentine bakery connection
Will return First time patrons
small neighborhood restaurant, old world charm, but way past its prime. went there with groupon which was the only redeeming factor.
waiter was young, but un-trained. Had to ask for bread, did not offer specials, did not clear dishes...
food was s0-s0. do not see a future for this restaurant.
We really enjoyed eating here. We had no wait to get our table and the staff was very friendly. We loved the family pictures around the dining idea, giving you the feeling of having a nice dinner and a friend or family member’s house. The food was excellent and served very fast and very hot. When we go back to Portland we will definitely be visiting Maria’s again!
Maria's needs an overhaul!!!! I've been there multiple times over the past three years and they are struggling. And don't listen to them blame the neighborhood, Isa and Back Bay Grill are doing fine, and they're in worse sections. Maria's is stuck in the 70's. Their ambience is terrible. Their bar is always dead. Their maitre d' is a dick. Their menu is bland. Their beer selection sucks. They charge you for salad with your entree which is a story in its own. If they don't start welcoming the 21st century while keeping to old-school traditions (don't show my girl where she can hang her jacket, you do it), they're gonna be dead as dead in five years.
The staff was great! The atmosphere was mostly great! The Italian Soda was great for my 8 year old. The food selection wasn't the best (just wanted more or better options), the food quality didn't leave me singing utmost praise, but it was good. Nice wine selection. The price for the quality and selection of food was a little off. I do think a little refreshing on decor, the viewing window with the old fake fruit and flowers? Just one of those things restaurants should do every few years :)
Also - can we please fry the calamari? It's just a personal preference, but I was excited to order it, then the waitress forewarned me, good catch on her part, but it seems like she's gotten used to having to let people know when ordering. I think maybe cooking it the way people expect would be a good move.
Great food, great service. All around a great experience!
Maine Restaurant Week special was more than we had expected. Food was excellent, service outstanding. This vintage location maintains its classic character and "old charm". The only downfall was a very "loud and happy" table across the room -- other than this minor point, good not have asked for a better evening out with friends
Amazing all the way around!!! Service and food we wonderful!
There actually was a problem with the reservation. The restaurant said they had blocked out time with open table and the App still gave me a reservation time. This put the restaurant in a tough position as they did not have my reservation listed. They did however fit us in when I showed them my confirmation from Open Table. Aside from that the food was excellent. Maria’s is always a good choice
Old style restaurant. Nothing fancy, and very simple, but good and good value.
I‘m very sorry but your food was not good. The bottle of white wine that we ordered was warm. We did take our leftovers home and I decided to taste again and a few bites tasted like seafood in one part and my dish was chicken Parmesan..? Sorry maybe it was just a bad night in the kitchen.. I wouldn’t tell anyone to not eat at your place but At the same time I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend it to someone.
Having not been at Maria's for maybe 20-25 years, I found it disappointing. Bland food, no sausage in the sausage lasagna...eggplant overcooked....calarami even disappointing, again sauce very bland with it. Waiter forgot salad. Gelato not available....My husband liked the beer.
The service was terrible. The waiter never came back to our table in inquire if I wanted another glass of wine ... mine was empty for a long time or never asked how our meal was. The only time we saw him was when we asked for the bill. The food was just okay ... on the high side for what you get. No bread with the pasta meal and salad had to be purchased for $5.00. Not planning on going back
Dinner was great but seemed that they were a bit short-staffed on a Friday evening, was a bit of a wait to put in initial drink and food order.
Good server. No choice given for pasta. Sauce not to my taste and I’m Italian. Salad full of radishes. Chicken too thick and small portions for the price.
Won’t be coming back and drove over 30min. to try out restaurant.
Bruschetta and chowder very good! One of best spaghetti carbonara’s I’ve had!
So glad to see Maria’s on Open Table. Has long been my favorite Italian restaurant in Portland. The decor is somewhat dated but actually adds to the ambiance of the place. Family owned and operated you can tell the pride they take from the impeccable service to the fresh made delicious food. My favorite is the chicken parmigiana with Eggplant. A perfect combo and always incredible. If you haven’t been to Maria’s yet, give yourself a treat and make the reservation.