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About Twenty Milk Street

Twenty Milk Street is a casual, yet elegant restaurant located at the Portland Regency Hotel at Spa. A hidden gem in the heart of the Old Port.
The menu offers a wide variety of choices, steaks, seafood, vegetarian and much more, all at very reasonable prices. Sit by the fireplace, overlooking the courtyard and enjoy a well prepared meal with top notch, friendly, professional service. Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, 365 days a year. FREE valet parking to all our guests, no driving around looking for a parking spot, just pull up in front of the hotel and we'll take it from there. Join us for a memorable dining experience that will bring you back for more.

20 Milk Street
Portland, ME 04101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 1:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am, Saturday: 7:00am - 11:00am

Cross Street:
Market and Silver Streets

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(207) 221-5916

Website:
http://www.theregency.com/

Entertainment:
Live piano music on Saturday nights during the winter.

Parking Details:
Free valet parking.

Executive Chef:
Jim Fitzgerald

Private Party Facilities:
We have private dining rooms available on request.

Private Party Contact:
Tina Kaczowka: (207) 221-5916

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch

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92% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2015

Twenty Milk Street is a terrific oasis of quiet and warmth amidst downtown Portland. Comfortable is a great description of the space and food. We had a business lunch and were professionally accommodated by the staff: the table we reserved was ready, the staff was unobtrusive but always there, and the food was good. Highly recommended if you're looking for something more traditional and a nice place to do business or just enjoy a quiet meal.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 11, 2015

We enjoyed a romantic dinner over the weekend. The meal and service was excellent and the ambiance was romantic with a corner table for two. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 2, 2015

I am always amazed that this restaurant continues to be a best kept secret in Portland ... we enjoy everything about it ... from the exceptional wait staff, to the always amazing menu, to the valet parking ...

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 29, 2015

It was a rainy Tuesday night and we were staying at the hotel so it was very quiet at the restaurant....three other tables...The food seemed to be somewhat lacking in flavor and originality. The menu was small but had a nice variety. I had the potato gnocci and it was pretty tasteless (tasted like from freezer) My husband enjoyed his salmon but it was covered in sauce. The hotel is very nice and maybe breakfast/lunch would be better...they were setting up tables for breakfast as we were having dinner which was a little off-putting with the dining room so quiet....don't think we'll be back. The staff was very nice though!!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 5, 2015

We started with mixed drinks, which were well made. Everyone enjoyed their dinners. We ordered lobster with mussels, a chicken dish, and a chicken wrap.The outdoor dining is set up overlooking a historic street and the weather was an incredibly beautiful September evening. We had a very memorable experience.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2015

My husband and I have had great meals at this restaurant in the past so we made reservations for his birthday dinner. Since we live in Massachusetts we also had to make arrangements for an over night stay. When we arrived for our reservations the restaurant was dark so we asked at the front desk and they told us that they were serving outside that evening. This was rather unfortunate since it was a drizzly, cold evening. When we went outside the receptionist said she had thought about calling us but didn't really explain why she didn't bother. We were willing to give the outdoor experience a try. However, the menu was really limited with a wine list that only included a few choices and the vast majority of the food offerings were sandwiches or similar. Needless to say we didn't stay and were left to go find something suitable for a celebration on the spur of the moment without reservations, not a good situation in Portland in the prime vacation season. I don't think we'll be going back there again. I would have appreciated the phone call to give me a chance to find alternate arrangements.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2015

We brought visiting friends who loved the chowder. Everything else was good too. Dining outdoors in the middle of the Old Port Is always a treat!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on August 5, 2015

Outdoor cafe is attractive place for lunch. Lobster salad tasted fine but the size was tiny and the asparagus was cut like celery and only stalks no tips. We were hungry after.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2015

Excellent breakfast. The pancakes were incredible.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2015

Given the prices, we expected better food. It was fine, but pretty ordinary. Our server was nice, but seemed inexperienced - he was nervous and forgetful. Ambiance was a bit stuffy feeling. We were really hoping to sit outside, but it was raining so we ended up inside. I think outside would have been really great.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2015

great menu for a light supper, within easy walking distance of the Merrill for concerts and opera.
Tried to check in survey above that e would definitely recommend to friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on July 28, 2015

We had made reservations for our 10th anniversary my wife and i have been there before and loved it. We arrived to see that the restaurant was closed and they were seating dinner outside in a court yard which we did not want to eat outside, we had book there for the intimate experience you receive in the main dinning room. SOMEONE SHOULD HAVE CALLED US TO AT LEAST ADVISE US OF THE CHANGES TO OUR RESERVATION….we went to the front desk and when we asked the young man what had happened he said" yeah… well… oh well" you can go down to the lounge to eat inside. He didn't know why no one had called us. SO MUCH FOR A ROMANTIC DINNER WITH MY WIFE THAT NIGHT. There was nothing on the website saying the dinning room was not in use at this time.

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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on July 9, 2015

We came here for breakfast two days in a row while staying in Portland because it was SO good! Definitely recommend the lobster Benedict and smoked salmon! Get a mimosa while you're at it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 2, 2015

We were pleasantly surpised. The food was very good and the service was excellent. The surroundings were very pleasant.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 1, 2015

The dining room is well-appointed but not luxurious. The ambience was gentle, with 1930s-40s music playing in the background. Comfortable chairs and good service. The dinners were tasty -- I enjoyed the salmon and my friend raved about the kabuta pork chops. We returned for brunch to find a very friendly staff and a full menu of excellent brunch choices. The waitstaff were again attentive and very friendly and the dining room was bathed in warm sunlight from the ample windows. Both dinner and brunch were great fun. I would recommend this spot in old Portland,

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on June 21, 2015

Loved the romantic ambiance! Service was exceptional! Would prefer more choices not to include liquor based foods due to allergy. For example, the French Toast Foster are brandy based, and it would have been great to have an alternative choice for French Toast. Other than that, choices were great!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 18, 2015

My partner and I have eaten here many times and enjoyed it. I made a reservation through OpenTable for my birthday. When we arrived we were told the inside dining room was closed and they only had dining outside. One would have thought that the restaurant would notify people of this change of service! It was in the low 60's! Too cold for dining outside!!!! We chose to go elsewhere.

Not everyone enjoys sitting in the cold and eating cold food. Get it together and notify people of changes in your service!

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 (New England)·Dined on June 12, 2015

My friend and I met for lunch and I had my dog with me. I called to see if it was okay to bring her and a very nice man who answered the phone was very sweet and changed my reservation to 2 people, plus 1 dog and said there would be a water bowl waiting for her! When we showed up John greeted my friend and I, plus Rosie, my dog with great enthusiasm and gave us wonderful service! Sure enough there was a water bowl waiting for us. Loved the atmosphere. I thought my Portobello Mushroom sandwich was okay. I think I will order something different next time. My friend loved her haddock sandwich though. Overall, I would highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on May 29, 2015

My wife and I ate here to give it a try as an alternative to what are often very loud dining rooms in the area. It was quiet, so that objective was met. We were one of only two tables with people on a Friday night at 7:30. Not a good sign.
The server was either new or clueless. We were not told anything about specials. We figured they must have none. But when the other couple came in she somehow remembered to READ them off to them. We had already ordered so no sense listening.
My salad came pretty much immediately after the appetizer was set down. What's the rush? Then the server was basically hovering to see when I finished my salad and as soon as my fork was down our entrees were delivered. Terrible timing. And based on the lukewarm temp of my food, it was apparent it was waiting for me to finish my salad so it could be delivered.
The food was okay but it was a bad experience and the fact that the server, the cooks (they must not be chefs), and the house manager have no idea how to time meal prep, made it even worse.
The menus are one page on laminated plastic - reminding me of a bad deli in Jersey.
We will not return. We also have used this location for business events, I am definitely rethinking that for future needs as well.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 27, 2015

Cold wind off the water, dust, pollen and tree debris landing on the table. Not the quiet dining experience our party was expecting. Dining room closed, meals served outdoors. The food was excellent though only warm when served and was soon cold. Wait staff was doing their best though they were very cold. I feel that the meal should have been moved inside where it could have been enjoyed. May is still too cold for outdoor dining in Maine evenings.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 16, 2015

Overall dinner at twenty milk street was quite good. Everyone enjoyed their meals minus those in our party who ordered the Fennel-Leek Ravioli dish. They both didn't like the taste and texture of the dish. Everyone else was happy with their choice, minus the small portion sizes on the beef filet dish. Overall twenty milk street was a classic take on fine dining. The menu isn't as creative as many of it's Portland counterparts, but their food was good overall. The space is small, but elegant. They were able to accommodate a large group at a single large table which was also quite refreshing, as this is quite difficult to come by on the Peninsula.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2015

Nice enough restaurant. Fantastic service. Very nice presentation and the staff was able to make changes to the menu to accommodate my partner. Disappointed in my filet mignon...requested medium-rare, received medium-well. Tasty, nonetheless. Not a mashed potato fan, but didn't see any alternative on the menu. Highly recommend the white chocolate martini. Glad we tried it, but many better places to dine in Portland.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 18, 2015

Hash was fantastic, eggs not so much. Severely overcooked. They were hard - not over easy as I had asked. Waiter was friendly and attentive, for some reason the hostess didn't seem to want to check us in for our OT reservation, I had to go back out to ask her again to do it. That was strange. Blueberry waffle was amazing, probably the best I have ever had! It's pricey though for the quality - I wouldn't expect to pay $14 for eggs that weren't cooked properly.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 14, 2015

20 Milk Street is a warm, cozy spot, perfect for a snowy winter night. This small, intimate restaurant with a fireplace, comfy chairs and white tablecloths is also very romantic. The food is good - the cranberry wheat bread and lobster stew are especially memorable. The service is good although our dinner felt a little more rushed than on previous visits. We enjoyed the piano player on Valentine's night.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 8, 2015

We had a wonderful brunch at Twenty Milk Street in the Regency Hotel. We hadn't been there in quite a while and were so pleased with the offerings and the waiter who served us. We look forward to a return visit.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2015

ordered steak med rare was delivered well done at forty dollars a plate very embarrassing would not bother trying again

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 (New England)·Dined on January 10, 2015

Really great food, both had salmon, which was a good sized portion and well prepared. Atmosphere was very warm and inviting. Sit by the fireplace. Service was quick and friendly but not intrusive. Good wine list, too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2014

Great atmosphere! We went for a special evening out. The server was very attentive and did his job well.
The meal started with a basket of delicious homemade bread. We all enjoyed our entrees and dessert.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2014

We had our holiday lunch and it was wonderful. The food was fabulous and everyone was very pleased with their selection. The service was outstanding and very professional. We will definately be going back to have more company luncheons there. It was nice to sit at a table and not have to yell to speak to the person sitting next to you. We were not rushed through lunch and it was very elegant. There were linens on the table and the room itself reminded me of vintage library with comfortable chairs. Definately we will be going back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2014

This place is perfect for date night! It is hidden between 2 popular streets in the Old Port and what a gem! We had a table right next to the fireplace with Christmas Music being played live on the piano it was wonderful. The Christmas lights outside the windows added to the ambience. The food was amazing they cook on cedar planks. We had the scallops for an appetizer and the cedar plank added so much flavor. I had the filet mignon and my boyfriend had stuffed lobster on a cedar plank. They both were amazingly done. Our waiter was wonderful and attentive. He was so friendly and called us by name, which doesn't happen very often in the dining world.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving day was also my wife's birthday so this year, having her cook for my family was not an option. I surprised her with a trip to Portland, ME and reservations/stay at The Regency. Dinner was a traditional turkey dinner but one truly fit for royalty. We loved the roasted artichokes but the roasted turkey was the best I've ever had. Service was fantastic, despite having served almost 300 meals before 7pm, we were treated as if we were the only table of importance. A meal and memory we won't soon forget!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 27, 2014

The food was bland at best. Everyone in the party order a different dish with no one giving good reviews. Pork was overlooked. Sole was covered with a tasteless cream sauce. Turkey was ok but cut into very thin slices. Scallops not cooked enough.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 22, 2014

Elegantly prepared food, served in a comfortable, relaxing setting. I thoroughly enjoyed their perfectly braised lamb shank, creamy buttermilk mashed potatoes, and roasted seasonal vegetables. The caramel apple martini was expertly crafted; not too tart, not too sweet. Most dessert selections were paired with restaurant-made ice creams and sorbets, and the brownie skillet and chocolate flourless cake were heavenly! I am very much looking forward to returning to Twenty Milk Street!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 14, 2014

Nice setting in historic hotel beside fireplace with view of courtyard as requested. Good start with excellent lobster stew with chunks of lobster meat. Broiled sole entree was somewhat disappointing, but homemade ice cream desert completed meal.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2014

It was a busy Saturday evening, but waiting nearly an hour between courses is too long! As a result of sitting, perhaps, one of our entrees was dry. The other two, however were excellent.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2014

We came up from NH to meet some out of state friends here on short notice. Friends being from Telluride we clearly needed a nice place with seafood and lobster that could also accommodate 4 plus their new 1 year old... Service was great, food was a delight - better than I expected for an early weeknight (the Lobster stew was a hit). I chose an off night (Monday) as I was afraid we could be the loudest in the dining room, they understood and made our quick visit with old, far away friends and a new child a really great memory, thank you.
Lots of great places in Portland, but I'll be coming back to this one again for sure.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on September 14, 2014

French toast was amazing. Service was attentive and personable.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on August 29, 2014

We had our rehearsal dinner here with out of towers and it was a great way to show off Portland. The food was great, the drinks were excellent, the service was impeccable. Almost everybody ordered a different appetizer and entree and they were all delicious. 20 Milk Street did us and Portland proud. They will be our "go to" place for future group gatherings.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 5, 2014

Brought my mother here for her 72nd birthday. The food was very good but a very limited menu. There baked goods are incredible and worth indulging in. We sat outdoors so am not sure if there is even a indoor resteraunt since we were not given the option and since it looked like rain I thought this was odd. I would definitely recommend because the food was so good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2014

We at in the bar because of the weather, and everything was perfect. The drinks were especially good and the mussels were the best. Our sandwiches were excellent and our server was a delight. We are looking forward to returning for dinner

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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