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.
Portland, ME 04101
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
Market and Silver Streets
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live piano music on Saturday nights during the winter.
Free valet parking.
Private Party Facilities:
We have private dining rooms available on request.
Private Party Contact:
Tina Kaczowka: (207) 221-5916
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch
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Twenty Milk Street Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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!
A very good overall dining experience. My wife and I have eaten here several times, and the filet is always a top choice. This time my wife's filet was actually over cooked, and the cut of meat was not up to its usual standards. When the waiter asked us how everything was, my wife mentioned the issue with her steak. The waiter didn't hesitate to take the steak, on a separate plate, back to the kitchen, and within 15 mins a new, perfect steak arrived. The manager also checked in with us to apologize and assure us that they would make things right. In all our experiences here, this is the first time it wasn't perfect the first time around, but they made a great recovery. They also removed my wife's dessert from the bill, which was a nice gesture. We'll certainly be back.
Overall excellent, often overlooked Portland restaurant. Attentive efficient service and comfortable surroundings plus good ingredients and well prepared food. Treat yourself to the BEST baked stuffed lobster in the Portland area by far - stuffed mostly with seafood. This is a signature dish. Valet parking is an additional big plus. Highly recommended.
The food was great. I had the tomato gnocchi and my friend had the salmon. Our server Matt was awesome. Attentive, but never intrusive. We had the potato chip appetizer. It was delicious. Our only complaint: it was too quiet. We are in our forties and felt like the youngest, by far. The Frank Sinatra tunes were a real throwback. If you like eating dinner in a library, Twenty Milk Street is for you.
5 for dinner, rainy Friday evening - pre concert, early reservation at 6:00pm. The room was cozy with a welcoming fire roaring. Our group had a number of cocktails, a bottle of wine, keeping dinner on the lighter side due to a time constraint, The group ordered from the appetizer menu - salads, soups/chowders, crab cakes & steamed mussels for the table.
Our server (Rob?) served our table with a warm professionalism and efficiency, it was a delightful experience or all.
It was very quiet when we arrived at the early dinner hour but the dining room began to fill up throughout the hour 1/2 we were there, all great for the wait staff, kitchen & economy.
On the down side, the dining room décor is dated, or gives the impression ~ browns, tans, a stab at Victorian I guessssss but misses the mark. An update would go along way to elevate this experience. Thanks for the opportunity to comment, keep reinventing yourself!
A nice cozy restaurant inside the Portland Regency hotel. I wanted lobster and I got it!! Michael, our waiter was attentive and helpful explaining some of the offerings.
Perfectly chilled martini to start and Shrimp Cocktail app started my evening off.
An added benefit, there was live music, soft piano playing, which made the night even more special.
We were 2 couples, and had a 7:30 reservation, and ended up being the last table to leave. We were never made to feel rushed.....Great job everyone!
We had a wonderful meal at 20 Milk Street after drinks downstairs in the Amory Lounge. I had the Surf and Turf with generous portions of both shrimp and filet mignon. The service was was great, not too pushy but we didn't feel forgotten. A quiet and relaxing atmosphere, with a nice fire going on a chilly night.
Quiet, out of the way gem if you're looking for a high end restaurant at the top of mid range prices. Staff is friendly and provides outstanding service without being ostentatious about it. Food is fantastic. Nice get together with friends, special occasions or high end business meetings all work here.
Five of us went to this restaurant February 1, 2017, for dinner and 4 of the 5 entrees were sent back to the kitchen. This restaurant was rated 4.2 and I thought it would be the perfect place to have dinner. Wrong... Three of us order the Piedmontese filet and all three were not cooked to our request. Mine was medium rare, the other was rare and the last one was medium. All three were over cooked. What a waste of a great steak. Another person ordered the baked stuffed lobster tails and after weeding through all the breading the lobster was under cooked and watery. It was disgusting. The waiter apologized and asked if we wanted to order another steak or something else. Obviously we did not. The Chef never came to the table to discuss the situation. The only people in the restaurant was one other table that two people were sitting at so there was no excuse for the entrees not to be done to perfection. The waiter finally agreed to remove all four entrees from out bill. We left him a $75 tip as we felt that it wasn't his fault the Chef can't prepare five entrees.
Don't know where they got their 4.2 rating when it should be a minus one.
New Year's Eve/husband's birthday meal. Good food, but limited menu due to the holiday, which is typical. Also, I used Open Table to reserve a table at 7:30 and received a call advising me that slot was not available and that we could choose either 6:00 or 9:00. We chose 6 and noticed there were many open seats at 7:30.. however, service was good and the food as well. I would return. They nicely surprised the birthday boy with a dessert too! This restaurant is inside a hotel and has a nice, lively bar to go to after dinner!
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