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A traditional New England restaurant with some modern touches. Located on Maine Wharf next to the Casco Bay Ferry Terminal. Enjoy classic fried seafood as well as locally sourced land fare, while enjoying the view of a quintessential working Maine harbor.
Portland, ME 04101
Hours of Operation:
Bar & Raw Bar:
4pm to Close (Daily)
5pm-9:30pm Sunday through Thursday
5pm-10:00pm Friday & Saturday
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
We have complimentary Valet for those who are dining with us. Parking in Portland can be difficult, so we're glad to be able to offer this amenity to our guests.
Frederic Eliot & Travis Olsen
Beer, Full Bar, Wine
Scales Ratings and Reviews
Clean well spaced open kitchen restaurant on the waterfront. Reservations highly recommended. The service was perfect and the food was outstanding. Best fried clams I’ve had anywhere. My wife’s haddock was very good and she can be pretty picky. The drinks were well made and the in house made desserts were spectacular. Highly recommend the sticky toffee pudding. Will be going back for sure
Nothing surprising - everything excellent.
Scales was exactly as you'd expect. Wonderfully executed food in a bright, energetic space. If you're looking for creative, innovative cuisine, or want a quiet, cozy, romantic spot - there are better choices in Portland. But everything at Scales was wonderfully prepared, from the oysters (that had a fantastic mignonette), to the salads to the scallops. Good cocktails, too. Really a can't miss spot - a low risk, high reward dining experience.
Added bonus: because it is an open, lively space, there were a number of tables with children - it worked for both the families and for those around them. We'll bring our daughter next time.
Great for families or small groups. Not as great for a date night.
The best way to summarize the experience at Scales is "meh." Beautiful location and decor and the service was excellent, but the food was disappointing at best. For the most part, the seafood was fresh and of good quality but the execution of each dish was seriously flawed. The lobster bisque (a cup is shockingly priced at $9) was extremely over-salted, most likely to compensate for its lack of flavor. The baked haddock was bland and tasted like a dish you could get in an English pub. The grilled whole branzino was the best of the bad dishes we had in that the fish actually tasted good and it would have been a successful dish if it hadn't been swimming in a pool of oil on the plate.
I was surprised to see how many positive reviews this restaurant has received, but when I read through them more carefully I saw that many people pointed out the same kinds of issues with the food. My guess is that its location and big, open layout attract many tourists who perhaps don't have the highest standards when it comes to dining. Given the prices, though, the consistent lack of quality in the food makes this restaurant simply not worth it.
this was a repeat visit. staff are exceptional. food is terrific in general. for example, mussels, fried oysters, fish and chips are the best ever. swordfish preparation was disappointing this trip (compared to the absolutely fabulous preparation last summer). blueberry frozen custard was a delicious finish!
First visit since they opened and rocketed up the ratings. The entire experience was outstanding, from the attentive service, obvious devotion to high quality, and wonderful, tasty food presented and prepared meticulously. Their version of clam chowder was rich, smooth and unctuous, almost like a fine sauce. The artcic char was perfectly done and coupled with a marvelous mixture of braised greens, beans and chopped up something zippy. My dinner companion was wowed by his Branzino. The wait person recommended what turned out to be the perfect pinot noire accompaniment for my char. The extra Brussels sprouts side dish was yet another successful take on the popular Portland specialty. Two dinners, one cocktail, a lint of beer and a glass of wine plus two delicious deserts came to $156. It's not often that a trendy-rustic fish place costs that much, but I'd pay it again in a heartbeat.
We absolutely love this restaurant. Went again on a snowy night. Service with John was outstanding. Great wine list, specials and starters. The tartare and fried oysters were amazing. Garlic bread deserves an entirely new name - just heavenly. Scallops and duck entrees are faves we keep ordering again and again. Unless we are having a burger night at the bar! Thank you to the entire team at Scales. You’ve created a very special place that we affectionately call “our spot”, and that makes this Mainer very proud.
The waiter was wonderful but the food was phenomenal !! Such fresh seafood and such a creative menu. The Oysters were wonderful we liked the Casco Bay the best. The signature cocktails are just wonderful and worth a try. Their wine list is equally impressive. I ordered the scallops and it was one of the best dishes I've had in Portland. The apple and Endive salad was selfish as well. We frequent other reputable restaurants in area but this was one of highest on our list now for sure !! Call a week or more early for resi's - well worth it !!!
Exceptional! One of the best restaurants we've been to in the past five years. Grilled octopus was phenomenal I cut it with a fork. Calamari was crispy and tender. My wife had lemon sole and said it was delicious. Yes, it's expensive but you know that going in if you read anything. And yes it is loud, but again the reviews warn you. For a special occasion this should definitely be considered.
Ask for a booth, quieter and lots of room. Top notch wait staff, upbeat ambiance. Contemporary Scandinavian-ish decor. Great fish and chips, friend clams good but not best. Didn’t have any, but seemed very focused on fish. Overall highly recommend for a tasteful meal.
Mixed Reviews from table- some of us really enjoyed their meals while others were rather underwhelmed. The oysters , mussels and steak was awesome! All of the salads were extremely bland and the scallops were really tough and rubbery. We also ordered the maple glazed carrots and they were completely tasteless and under cooked. Would consider returning for the raw bar and wine selection.
Great room. Great service. Nice energy. Scallops were excellent! Our only complaint was the halibut was super-buttery. Over the top really. We had to cut it with some lemon to get it to place where it was somewhat enjoyable. Wasn't a deal-breaker, though. Would definitely go back.
Food and service did not merit the high prices. Especially do not recommend purchasing the $12 glasses of house wine, most likely poured from a gal. jug! The lobster bisque, chowder, or whatever was so disappointing that we sent it back. The waitress did subtract it from the bill. Very expensive meal, but we liked the location, and there was no lack of patronage. The location is a tourist spot and that is being taken advantage of by the operators. We even had to pay to park.
This was my second visit to Scales- reservations are hard to obtain! Their appetizers are unique and among the best I have ever had. The seafood selection is extensive and there are a wide range of preparations offered- my fish was moist and well seasoned! Despite being very busy both times we have eaten at Scales, the service was warm and just the right amount of attentive. This is a pricy restaurant but for seafood lovers and for those who like a unique menu, it is well worth a visit.
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