Upon walking into the restaurant, I immediately felt uncomfortable. It has a very stuffy vibe. The drinks were overpriced and absolutely awful. We had the lobster risotto with scallops which were over cooked. The other entree was the bone in pork chop. It was unimpressive and lacked taste. The desserts were fantastic however. Service was painfully slow! We had a $50 open table gift certificate and it took over a half hour to get the bill and the certificate applied. This is definitely a restaurant I won’t go back to.
Real nice overall ! Nice choice for an upscale dining experience !
Pleasant staff, soft piano (live) during dinner, meal had great flavor & very good service & nice ambiance !
This is the restaurant we are always looking for but seldom if ever find. Subdued elegance, with surroundings and service from another time. We were enjoying a rare evening with a treasured friend, and this was the perfect setting for intimate conversation. Plus perfect martinis, perfect Caesar salad, and wonderful entrees from a skilled kitchen. The shrimp and grits sparkled; the special scallop and lobster risotto was rich and satisfying. When we return to this fair town, we will head here.
I can't stop thinking about Twenty Milk Street's lobster stew! We were passing through Portland on our way south and the valet graciously took our car a couple hours before our dinner reservation. After exploring Portland on foot, we sank into the comfy dining room and enjoyed wine & an appetizer of fried oysters and Brussels sprouts. Our server was exceptional - professional, friendly and appropriately attentive without being overbearing. In addition to lobster stew (really the best I've had anywhere) our 3-generational table enjoyed scallop-stuffed haddock & pasta - also delicious. I need to find a reason to go to Portland to visit again.
We thoroughly enjoyed our experience eating here. The food was excellent and the service was very good. I have also had the pleasure of enjoying their outdoor lunch during the summer. Such a quaint spot.
20 Milk Street is a good restaurant in a lovely hotel. Unfortunately, I was taking two 19 year olds out for brunch and the description on open table did not tell me this was a hotel. On a normal weekend, we would have stood on line at one of the more fun brunch places but on Columbus Day weekend, a reservation was imperative. Unfortunately for my teens, this was a little stuffy and not really fun. I only wish the description had said the restaurant was in the Regency Hotel!
Excellent kitchen with good ingredients and talented chefs. When the baked stuffed lobster is available it is the best in and around Portland by far. Reliable and under-rated this is a fine place to dine.
Busy Saturday summer evening in Portland, but Twenty Milk St. was quiet. They were seating people outside in the little garden adjacent to the main entrance of the hotel and apparently had decided not to serve in the dining room. When I booked, there was no mention of outside dining and since I am not a fan, I was happy to see that staff did decide to open up the dining room. We made reservations for 7pm and we had the restaurant to ourselves until three other parties came in around 8pm. Loved how we could chat in normal voices all evening even after other people were seated--felt like a pleasant little oasis in the midst of Saturday night's bustle and booked-solid status at many other restaurants across the city.
While the menu had limited entrees, each of the four of us chose something different: gnocchi, chicken, seafood and steak. Everyone seemed very happy with the dinners. There were quite a few appetizer choices, a couple of specials, and a nice dessert menu as well.
Service was good, but we had to ask for bread. I'm glad we did because we were given an entire round loaf of warm bread that was excellent. Butter was soft for spreading, but only three small piped pats came with the bread. I would have liked at least twice as much. I ordered the filet mignon and it was a substantial portion, arriving a bit overcooked around the perimeter, but the center was close enough to the medium I ordered that I was pleased--it was an excellent filet, well-seasoned and wonderfully tender. We also had to ask for drink refills.
Our waiter was just a tad inattentive, but pleasant enough and unobtrusive, always coming to the table and waiting patiently for our conversation to end and our attention turn to him, before he spoke.
The bill came to $250 (not including tip) for 2 appetizers, 4 entrees, 3 desserts and 3 non-alcoholic drinks.
Valet parking was great, although there is a public parking garage close by.
First time at Twenty Milk Street--we'll be back!
Very nice dinner in the lounge area as the main dining room was closed. The bar was well stocked, the bartender knowledgeable and our server was excellent. Only issue was not finding out until we arrived that the main dining room was closed and seating was to be outside, which we weren't interested in. It ended up being fine, however, as the lounge was comfortable and charming. We will request the lounge next time we go. Lovely and intimate space! This was our second visit and the food was excellent again although a little quirky. Highly recommend it!
I had a reservation at Twenty Milk Street, but received a somewhat confusing voicemail about The Garden Cafe at The Portland Regency Hotel. It wasn't clear that they were moving all reservations outside. This was really not the dining experience I was hoping for. The Garden Cafe is adjacent to the hotel driveway, and not as charming as they build it up to be. The food was fair. I had a watermelon tomato salad that was nice but perfunctory. And the Tomato Gnocchi was horrible. Floppy pieces of coral-colored dough thrown in the water by someone who didn't care about gnocchi. It was really sad looking. I ate half because I was starving, but then I sent the rest back. The restaurant docked half the price of the gnocchi, which was considerate. I did have breakfast at the Hotel Restaurant Twenty Milk Street, which was a very nice experience, but dinner really fell flat.
A lovely, quiet dinner in the outdoor garden of the Regency Portland's Twenty Milk Street. The beef was local, aged and perfectly prepared. The vegetables were seasonal and the service was perfectly timed. I did not order a special drink but the one I was served was beautiful and good. The restaurant called to ask if we minded eating outdoors ahead of time. We are from the South and have been cloistered indoors for a month so we were delighted to enjoy a meal in a quiet city garden that is beautiful, clean, with a view of the hotel which a lovely repurposed Armory. I do not take pictures of food but do of perfectly preserved, landscaped buildings. If you are looking for a quiet summer dinner this is your place.
We were Not informed that Tweny Milk does not serve in the summer. We had out of town and state guests. We wanted a quiet elegant restaurant. We are dressed up and arrive to discover only serve in the Garden Cafe. In the courtyard/drive way of the Regency. Behind the shrubs of an adjoining business was loud punks music blaring. Then the bugs started buzzzing and was a very chilly evening for July. Finished our drinks and left.
After trying to get a reservation for 8 to have brunch on Sunday and finding most places either wouldn't take a reservation or couldn't seat 8, I decided to try 20 Milk Street. We have stayed at the hotel several times in the past and had positive experiences so I thought I would give it a try. The service was top shelve! The food was well prepared and though nothing to brag about, like exotic taste or unusual combination of ingredients, it was well prepared with a decent portion size. The restaurant was quite, allowing you to have a conversation without having to shout to be heard. The valet parking was also a plus in the old port section on a weekend. Will certainly return again.
We ate in the garden and the setting was superb - inside restaurant was closed on Sunday. Very friendly staff and attentive. I started with a lobster stew - had quite a lot of meat and very tasty. For my entree, I had a salad with lobster, avocado and mango. Quite good but I could have had a little more dressing. My husband had a daily special - a shrimp/scallop with linguini pasta. He said he loved it . Would recommend this place.
What a delightful place! We dined outdoors, but they offered indoor seating because it was threatening rain. The lobster stew was divine, and shouldn't be missed! I had scallops, and they were excellent, perfectly cooked. The service was a little odd at first, but the server, Matt, relaxed as the evening continued. I think he was concerned that they were going to have to rush everyone indoors when it started raining, but the rain held off and dinner proceeded. Give this place a try!