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The Front Room, Portland, ME

The Front Room

4.7
4.7
156 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Due to volume we are unable to accept reservations for Brunch. Tables are available on a walk-in basis. Reservations are available for Dinner. For parties over 6, please call 773-3366 during business hours to make reservations.
Nestled atop Portland’s Munjoy Hill neighborhood, The Front Room, offers dishes & drinks with comfort in mind.
A local Brunch destination, enjoy plates such as house-made Corned Beef Hash, Veggie Gnocchi, & Eggs Benedict. Pancakes & French Toast are always a go to. Serving a variety of Mimosas & Bloody Marys, local coffee & teas.
Dinner at TFR is relaxed & pleasurable. Plates are made with local components & thoughtful recipes. Enjoy the Casco Bay Scallops, Roasted Brussels, the Goat & Beet Salad, or neighborhood favorite Lamb Shepard’s Pie.
Serving a variety of local beer, wine, and cocktails to suit every taste- Come get Happy 4-6 !




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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Mon, Thu–Sat 9:00 am–2:00 pm Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (207) 773-3366

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Edward McGregor

  • Neighborhood

    Portland

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 156 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Maine

    Fit for Foodies

  • Maine

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Maine

    American

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  1. JS

    JulieS

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food was delicious in the service was great. There was no air-conditioning and that was really unfortunate because it was very hot in the restaurant, which made it hard to fully enjoy the evening. Other than that, I would highly recommend the front room.
  2. JS

    JimS

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was great and the staff excellent!
  3. SM

    StevenM

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic as always.
  4. KT

    KristineT

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. Front Room never disappoints!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Open Table sent me an email that I was no show. Not true.
  6. DS

    DanS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Loved getting back after two + years away. Missed some of the old employees no longer there. Still very nice experience with good food and happy hour drinks!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Good food, in-experienced server and bartender
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We got a little bit of everything and it was all SO good! Our server was great and the atmosphere was chill. It’s a comfy, homey spot that is brought to the next level with a top notch menu. Would love to come back again!
  9. JK

    JohnK

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Every one enjoyed their meal and we appreciated a table for 4 outdoors.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was lovely
  11. J

    Jenna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food! Serve was wonderful! I would go back!
  12. KD

    KristineD

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, drinks and service are excellent.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it. Great service. Excellent dinner. Salmon and scallops were terrific. Short rib poutine alone was worth going back for.
  14. v

    vinoperson

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We have eaten at The Front Room for years and always thought it was great! Not so much yesterday. Scallops were good, the Short Ribs were dry and not very appetizing. We’ll try it again but must improve service and food.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Excellent meal in a casual, almost pub like atmosphere, feels like a friendly neighborhood favorite, but the food is FANTASTIC. Comfort food plus some more complex dishes make it a very fun menu. Fun cocktail list. It was quite loud when we started our meal, but as the crowd thinned out later in the evening it was much quieter. Portions are generous and prices very reasonable for Portland food scene. Loved it, will be back!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Didn’t have our Open Table reservation, but everything else was great
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was quaint and comfortable.. the food was delicious!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    It’s a solid fine. Cozy neighborhood joint for a regular night out. Maybe not a great option for a special occasion. Friendly and good service.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience! Would go again tonight
  20. b

    betsyg

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great cozy space! Mussels,Scallop dish, Cubano sandwich, and Reuben delicious.
  21. SO

    SteveO

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    Food was amazing. The spot we were in was by the bathroom and looked like it was just added there last minute. The worst part was when I was sitting against the wall my back was half on the window molding and the other half on the wall. It was not comfortable. Other than that; the food and service was amazing
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came for a birthday dinner and had a 7pm reservation. Our table was not ready and we did have to wait a while, but the hostess kept us informed all along. We all had something different from the menu and each dish was excellent. Very enjoyable evening.
  24. H

    johnH

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, good service. Neighborhood feel
  25. N

    Number25

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Every time I come to this restaurant I want to like it. I really really do. But every time I leave and I ask myself, “why did I come here again?” The service is OK, the food is OK, and the prices are not exactly commensurate with quality. It does have a nice neighborhood feel to it, though, which keeps me and I’m sure others coming back. And when I do, I’ll go through the exact same head scratching afterwards. “Why did I come here again…”
  26. SS

    SailorS

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Scallop special with white wine asparagus risotto was the best I've had. Great atmosphere and service.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was very good (although the Brussel sprouts appetizer was slightly under-cooked). The service and selections ate excellent. Unfortunately the noise was overwhelming. The kitchen is open to the dining area and the tables are packed in tightly. This creates a busy, noisy ambiance and, if you are hearing-impaired or like me you are still Covid aware, produces a sense of anxiety. Because of these reservations, not sure if we’ll return.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    I used to frequent The Front Room years ago. Loved the brown bread. The local Casco Bay fish entrees like cod and salmon. I decided to go back recently for dinner. Menu had changed. No brown bread. No local fish entrees other than mollusks - mussels in a soup or scallops only. I can't eat shellfish. So, I opted for a Reuben, the Front Room house salad and a side of roasted brussel sprouts. Sandwich was tasty. That was the one bright spot. The salad though was bland (dressing was more just oil than a vinaigrette) - no attempt at flavor, and I could barely stomach the brussel sprouts. So bitter. Hard. Undercooked. Too big. Couldn't finish. Too bad it changed.
  29. ME

    MaryE

    New England

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were in Portland for two days. Had dinner at the Front Room the first night, amazing! When my husband asked where we were going the second night, I said The Front Room. Why tamper with perfection?!
  30. S

    Smartypants

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attentive and kind wait staff. Great menu choices. Accomdating to food concerns. Not the best French Onion soup I've had (not much taste to it) but other items I had were delicious.
  31. JK

    JohnK

    New England

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    Great food, happy crowd, excellent service, but no parking and smoke and food smells from the open kitchen in the dining area. More of a walk in neighborhood place than a destination restaurant.
  32. P

    Picard

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    A cozy warm place with attentive wait staff and bartender. Prices are very reasonable.
  33. FN

    FinnsNana

    New England

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Cozy neighborhood place with nice variety in the menu and good service. Although they out of the appetizers we wanted, the server offered a bread basket as we finished cocktails. The salads (Caesar and Front Room) were quite good. The meatloaf and chicken pot pie were wonderful. The wines by the glass were good and not overpriced. The creme brulee was terrific.
  34. JP

    JamesP

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server was friendly and efficient, the food was hot and good and the service was excellent. Very fairly priced.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal, service and value! Can’t wait to go again!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks are great, portions equivalent to price and lots of different options to please everyone.
  37. RE

    RichardE

    New England

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Very disappointing. This is the 4th time I have been here but I doubt I will return. Three of four entrees were lukewarm or cold when served and we were told they could not be warmed up due to Covid restrictions. The fourth entrée, the fried chicken sandwich, has less chicken than 2 McNuggetts. They comped a soup but I would have preferred a hot meal.
  38. NK

    NancyK

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had an outstanding meal in a great atmosphere. The service was quick and just right. Friendly but not obtrusive. The food was delicious, the best scallops I’ve ever had. The portions were generous but not overwhelming. The focaccia bread was fantastic as well as the Brussels sprouts. We will certainly return to the Front Room.
  39. KG

    KatherineG

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Small place. Tables very close to each other. Food was very good. Drinks very good. Service excellent.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Front Room is one of the best restaurants in the East End. Food is always amazing, and the ambiance is very cozy!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Front Room using the Order Online button. The Front Room also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (207) 773-3366.

The Front Room is rated 4.7 stars by 156 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for The Front Room

73 Congress St Portland, ME 04101

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Portland

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Mon, Thu–Sat 9:00 am–2:00 pm Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Edward McGregor

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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