The Corner Room

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$31 to $50
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Italian

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The Corner Room is an Italian restaurant that serves brunch, lunch and dinner. No matter where you sit, you should have an easy time viewing The Corner Room’s pasta making station. You can sit back with a glass of wine from the all-Italian list and watch your pasta go from dough to an amazing dish crafted by head chef Harding Lee Smith. Menu items include things ranging from lasagna to specialty pizza to lamb sirloin, and there are plenty of starters, sides and desserts available as well. If you would like to reserve a table for a party of five or more, please call 207-879-4747 during regular business hours. If an online reservation is booked for a party of four, and there are more than four in your party (this includes children), we may not be able to accommodate your party at the time that you've selected.
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LH
New England
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are never disappointed when we come here for dinner! The staff is always very friendly, the food is always spectacular, and the atmosphere is relaxed. Always a great experience!

E
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for Italian. Best house-made pasta in Portland, highly recommend.

JR
New England
23 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A family favorite restaurant , great cocktails like espresso martini , appetizers like the Crispelle , & pan roasted olives ,roast duck with Brussels& roasted carrots & my wife had an Italian seafood stew that was grand .

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We were seated immediately for our reservation and then proceeded to wait, and wait ... and wait for service . A clue should have been the table next to us that resorted to going to the bar themselves for drinks . A gentlemen finally came to our table with water but never introduced himself and did not take drink orders until we finally asked him if he could . The rest of the evening proceeded in the same manner but our food was actually quite good. I need to add this evening occurred a month ago prior to the recent COVID-19 situation for which I feel extremely sympathetic to the entire restaurant industry and we would absolutely return to The Corner Room in the future

OT
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

It was my first time there. Good selection on the menu. The chocolate mousse was a little dense; but tasted good.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always!

SD
New England
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got great service. I like the open kitchen part of the Corner room. It is a great entertainment. We ate bolognese pasta and seafood pasta (tomatoes base sauce) it was delicious. The Tiramisu was excellent.
We love going there.
I strongly recommend the Corner room. Good Italian food.

ML
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience per usual, and great food.

W
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a waitress who was in training. She did an excellent job. We had a lovely meal. I had the chicken sandwich which could have used a little more seasoning, but was still delicious.

c
New England
19 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great brunch spot before the Pops. Eggs Benedict, French toast, pancakes, Bloody Mary's and Mimosas all delicious. Good wait staff.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Food was amazing and service was fantastic! Worth every penny !

AP
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Doug the waiter was very abrupt. If you can get past that and stay away from altering your meal at all, the food was excellent. He had an attitude right when we sat down doesn’t seem to want to engage with the customers. Food excellent, service snobby.

BC
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat there every time we are in Portland and they never disappoint.

V
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

My husband was not impressed it took the cook 3 times to know how to cook his chicken parmesan.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Our waitress (older woman)was absolutely one of the least helpful I’ve ever had.
Everything was painful, and awkward with her. Definitely wouldn’t return cause of her. Food was good but she left a bad taste in our mouths.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Late valentines day date, been here multiple times before but always got the fettuccine bolognese. That is fantastic, but tried the chicken parm, and that was pretty terrible. Most things are the menu are outstanding, but the chicken parm was pretty amateur at best. Breading came off immediately, the chicken itself wasnt good, but my girlfriend got the fettuccine bolognese like i usually get and that is great! Just be aware some meals arent that good while others are some of the best in town

l
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious! There was some confusion in the kitchen with part of our order so some of our food was a little delayed. The staff could not have been more considerate, and even took the two delayed items off of our bill. I am so impressed with their high level of customer service! This was my second time dining here and will certainly be back.

H
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

We had to wait 20 minutes even though we’d made reservations weeks ago. And though there were bread plates on the table, no bread was ever brought out. The food we ordered was not as described on the menu (“cream sauce” was just oily pasta), and it was SO bland. If a restaurant isn’t going to put salt and pepper on the table, then the food is expected to be flavorful. Waitstaff was friendly, cocktails were good but that was about it.

L
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place was great. Very good food and service.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

The place was empty and we got there ten minutes before our reservation and the hostess wouldn’t seat us. We stood there awkwardly and a little annoyed. There was literally three other parties seated in the dining area. Tried to order a drink at the bar and we didn’ t exist I. The bartenders world bartender. When we got seated at our reservation “time” our waitress rushed us out the door through every interaction. Very disappointed as it was Valentine’s Day and wanted to enjoy our evening out. We got an app, salad and two entrees and the app and my entree was luke warm at best. Overwhelmingly a disappointment!

AF
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Excellent food and nice atmosphere.

SA
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Breakfast panini was amazing. Little cold sitting by the window currently due to construction. Coconut mimosa was also great.

MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was phenomenal! He was extremely attentive and very friendly. We were seated near the door which is unfortunately very chilly during the winter months, but nothing that would deter me from dining here again ( just make sure to wear your finest sweater)!

Thank you for making my sisters birthday dinner one to remember!

BN
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Corner Room was recommended to us by a friend who is a long time resident as her favorite Italian restaurant. There are so many fine choices. We were not disappointed. The hostess was very welcoming. The waiter was very attentive and the perfect friendly, close by but not intrusive. The garlic bread was superb as were our means, bolognese and Chicken Parm. We’ll look forward to a return trip.

AP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just a fun night at your restaurant. Dinner and service was fabulous. The cocktails were great as well. Just wish we hadn’t been seated near some of the construction that you had going on. But overall great night.

L
New England
61 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Service at bar was very friendly and quick; hosting staff very pleasant and attentive; server was knowledgeable, positive/ encouraging of our food food was really well prepared and plated, served very hot, and tasted great. Wine selection very interesting and well priced. Thank you!

RT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Normally a full 5 stars across the board. Only reason I didn't do it this time was that there was construction going on in the restaurant and instead of pulling a couple of tables to accommodate the construction they just moved tables uncomfortably close to each other. Every time someone got up from the tables adjacent to me their back sides were rubbing against my table tipping the table from both sides.

NV
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service and food were amazing. Did not know the restaurant was undergoing a major renovation when we made our reservation. Plywood walls and plastic in the dining room isn’t my favorite anniversary vibe but the staff made up for it. Steak was cooked perfectly and the waiter suggestions were right in point. Will try again when they finish the construction.

m
Wilmington
17 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service are always good here. They make their own pasta and have a variety of items on the menu that include traditional Italian fare as well as fish and vegetarian options. The restaurant is quite noisy but that is par for the course in Portland.

DF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious!

a
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pre symphony dinner. Efficient, wonderful waiter!

M
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We have gone to The Corner Room many times, but found a few things not up to their standard. The surface of the half wall was tacky from grease residue, which prompted us to look at the space a little closer, I think the restaurant is need of a good cleaning.

The brussels sprouts were unusually oily and the proscuitto, which was supposed to be crispy was overcooked and very hard and we couldn't taste the sherry mustard vinaigrette. The chicken parmigano and bolognese dishes were very good, the tomato sauce was well balanced and very fresh tasting. Even with these areas not being up to par, I wouldn't stay away from this well established eatery as this is the first time we have experience these situations.

A
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They are currently under construction, but that did not take too much away from the ambiance the restaurant has. Service was absolutely amazing! Food was delicious. Can't wait to go back!

S
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I had a great meal and experience, they seem to make all the bread in house and it was fantastic! I love open kitchens and they had 2 - the menu has good variety and the service was friendly. We tried the eggs benedict (doesnt' come with homefries fyi) and a panini (came with a tasty side salad) Def worth a try and hope you enjoy!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Food and service were decent, but the place was under renovation the tables were super close together and it was freezing in there !

B
New England
15 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The restaurant is doing the best it can maintaining a nice ambiance even though an entire was of windows is currently plywood. It was a really cold night and they had the heat cranked up, but my toes were still cold. All that said, the food was good and the service was good and we all enjoyed our meals.

F
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food is always fantastic. There are renovations of windows at present so there is scaffolding and wood. The one window area not being renovated is quite cold. Our food came out in a timely manner and was delicious as always. Go for a great meal, but you might need to wear your coat.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. Great hand made pasta and cocktails

MI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were well fed and well cared for. The special pork chop dish was generous and delicious. The scallop dish was superb. The staff was amazing. Portland ME is a top-tier city for restaurants and the Corner Room is a top-tier restaurant!

BA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good food and service was outstanding. We enjoyed the garlic bread, chopped saled, brussel sprouts, arugula and prosciutto flatbread and tiramiso. All was delicious. server was very attentive.