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The Front Room, Portland, ME

The Front Room

4.4
4.4
194 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

9:00 PM


Booked 5 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 194 people are saying

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Maine

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Maine

    American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food outstanding. Server Jerry outstanding as well
  2. A

    Annie

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent dinner and dessert and amazing waiter!!!
  3. LF

    LeniF

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    We really wanted to like our meal here but it seemed everything was against this. The front door was kept open all evening making it quite cold. Like many places these days they were seriously understaffed and the ones there were very stressed. The noise level was so loud we couldn’t hold a conversation. The worst part was the food- I ordered the pork and it was drowning in a cloying sweet sauce. I was struggling to cut it until someone came around to check and offered a steak knife. It was a large serving but there was so much sauce I was afraid it would get everywhere as I attempted to cut it up. My husband had the duck and it was under seasoned and nothing special. At the price of each entree one expects more care and effort.
  4. W

    Worldtraveler

    St. Louis

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    The restaurant was very crowded and noisy. The food was not exceptional. I received my meal 10 minutes before my husband received his. The cornbread was really good!
  5. DG

    DebbieG

    New England

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Worst prime rib I've ever had; potatoes were tasteless. My husband enjoyed his lobster sandwich. Liked the vibe but no where near worth the price. Won't be returning.
  6. B

    Biz207

    New England

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Harding Smith was the chef the evening we visited The Front Room and it was a pleasure to be there. Unfortunately my husband’s steak was a little over-cooked, but the food overall was delicious. We will always consider TFR to be one of our favorite, go-to restaurants in Portland.
  7. KT

    Krs10T

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Such good foodie food. Chefs playground!
  8. L

    Lark

    New England

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic as usual
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience5
    Ran out of short rib by 7 pm. All good came out at once except for the lamb burger ( of all things would seem the easiest). Ten minutes later it came. The chicken I ordered extra crispy was not.
  10. TS

    TerryS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I brought friends from Alaska to the Front Room expecting their great normal menu choices. That night the owner was cooking so we had a special menu that he created. Everything was fantastic from drinks to dessert (which we couldn’t even finish) and coffee. It continues to be my favorite restaurant as it never disappoints!!!
  11. CM

    CherylM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very quaint Excellent menu good service Did not rush you even though busy
  12. m

    mab1

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal! Great “comfort food” style menu. Definitely would return on a future visit to Portland
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    The food was hit or miss. Mostly miss. It seems like many things were mis-described on the menu. I started with a blueberry seltzer- it turned out to be a blueberry cider - the can didn’t say “seltzer” anywhere but the menu did. The online menu, which we viewed to make our reservations still listed the duck meatballs with whipped ricotta but the menu didn’t have them because the chef moved on and took the recipe with him. Our group ordered the poutine, the mussels, and the peppers with aioli for an appetizer. The peppers were good, the mussels were great and the poutine was…not poutine. It was polenta fries. Which was fine because the menu said polenta fries but they were more like bricks. We then tried to order crispy chicken sandwiches and front room salads. They were out of chicken so we settled for carnitas tacos and steak. The pork carnitas were made of pork belly which was extremely fatty and the fat was not rendered properly, plus the pork belly was slightly cold. The tortillas were so strongly flavorful that they overpowered the rest of the dish. We each took a bite of our taco and didn’t finish. The salads were interesting but the dressing was under seasoned. The steak was cooked properly as ordered but not seasoned at all. Wanted to like the place because the ambiance was interesting and the server was great but the food was so disappointing we won’t be back.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Both food and service was great. Although we both loved the recommendations we want to come back and try more! Very happy with all Rooms!
  15. NM

    NMAK

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an excellent dining experience! We loved the small, intimate neighborhood feel. The wait-staff is professional and welcoming. Food is incredible! The only concern a diner should consider is that the small intimate atmosphere does not lend itself well for people who have hearing issues. The proximity of tables, size of room and the open kitchen can make it hard for people to hear each other at the table.
  16. MP

    MPSweeney

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love The Front Room! Always great food and service. Happy that you can make a reservation.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service as always
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great neighborhood place! We had a new server, so service was solid but made a couple mistakes. The food was amazing, great selection of wines by the glass and half-carafe and local beers on tap. They have updated the furniture and the vibe is awesome.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Wouldn’t recommend. The staff is not friendly at all, when we asked the person that was seating us if we could sit by the window he copped an attitude and said they’re all reserved, and the place Wes almost empty, and empty when we left too. He threw our water on the table and told everyone on the staff we were rude. He was just a kid and not professional at all. Macaroni and cheese was good, and our server was the only pleasant person in the place. Still would not go back. Plenty of other places in Portland that I’m sure would appreciate our business.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best experience at The Front Room! The waitstaff was personable, funny and engaging. The food, the food was delicious! We are already talking about what we will order the next time we go!
  21. RA

    RustyA

    New England

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food is always dependably good, and service as well. Easy to secure a reservation on a busy summer evening. Indoor noise level can be off-putting at times.
  22. A

    Annie

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Front Room had outstanding food for a very reasonable price! The wait staff was really hustling and the food is cooked to order so although it takes a little while to come it’s worth the wait! So sit back enjoy a cocktail and an app!
  23. m

    mainelyfood

    New England

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A little disappointed in my dinner, but it’s just one miss. Nothing that will stop a return. Great, friendly service and feels like such a neighborhood place…
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and prices were reasonable!
  25. B

    Bethesdan4711

    Washington DC

    58 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Maybe the A/C was broken, or because it’s in Maine, maybe nonexistent, but the indoor dining room was sweltering & noisy. Although our service was attentive, the food was mediocre, certainly compared to similarly priced places in town. Good thing there are many options, since we probably won’t return.
  26. JC

    JimC

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. The sirloin steak and jambalaya were fantastic. We finished with a piece of blueberry pie a la mode. We will be back. Grab a gin and tonic!
  27. O

    Outdoordine

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Wonderful dinner yet they need to install AC for the summer months
  28. w

    williams

    New England

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall1food2service4ambience1
    Waitstaff was good. That's the end of the positives. Noise level inside was turned up to 11. It's always loud but this was LOUD. We moved outside, which was good. The breeze was nice and even the noise of buses and Harleys was better than the inside. Food? well, it was fine except for the foreign object in the mashed potatoes...a hard, thick, mystery disk about the size of a quarter. I discovered it when I took a big mouthful. Disgusting. It was not organic, I know that. I pointed it out to our waitress who said she would talk to the manager about it. Then...nothing...not a word. I am not the type to complain about service in a restaurant. I get it. A busy Saturday night. But am I wrong to expect someone to apologize? At least? I've been to Front Room many times over the years. I will not be returning.
  29. TL

    ThomasL

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was excellent. He was attentive, friendly, and funny. The food was excellent.
  30. LF

    LisaF

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was delightful and efficient. We started with the special (duck meatballs) and they were a perfect dish. We also had the mac & cheese and chix pot pie…both were tasty and unique. We plan to return and return and return. Great night! #kindreviews
  31. JD

    JoeD

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A great vibe, was hoping to sit outside but nothing open. Since we were seated inside I’d rather that. Watch the chefs, cool vibe and very good food. We’ll be back.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    No AC, staff was friendly but food wasn’t as good as it been in the past. It used to be a staple for us but it was Meh
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting from New York. Booked on open table . Such a cute space. The drinks and food are very good. Quiet neighborhood
  34. PP

    PhillyPhoodie

    Des Moines

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great little neighborhood gem. Good food, fun atmosphere
  35. C

    Chuleta

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Dinner seated outside. Great Caesar salad, half chicken with mashed potatoes, and salmon special. The duck meatballs were unexceptional other than being duck, Brussels sprout appetizer was very good although a bit al dente, chicken was excellent.
  36. SA

    SALT

    New England

    96 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Good neighborhood location with fair prices. Service was friendly and good. Food was good and bad (order basics not complicated items). Overall a good quick evening for a local spot. Nothing to go our of your way for -
  37. ET

    EliseT

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice spot for eating outside! Menu has many things to satisfy every one!
  38. PK

    PaulK

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always a very dependable place for good food, service and value.
  39. CH

    CarolynH

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great, relaxed meal at the Front Room last night! Food was delicous and our waiter (forgot his name sadly - bald, glasses, cool tatts...) was fantastic and very helpful. Drinks were great - loved the vibe, laid back and not too crazy on a Thursday night in Portland. We'll be back!
  40. JS

    JulieS

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    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.

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 4.4 stars by 194 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 5 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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