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JP's Bistro

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496 Woodford St, Portland, ME 04103-2461
+1 207-899-4224
04:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Wed 16:00 - 21:30
Thu - Sat 04:00 - 22:00
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Gorham, Maine
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91 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

I'm a local who'd been hearing about this place for several years now and just never got around to checking it out until now. It's the kind of place that seems to fly under most folks' radar screen but once you try it, you know you'll be able to go back anytime and find solid offerings. In fact, their specials... More 

Thank kmk415
Portland, Maine
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

We have dined here several times.Elegant, cozy and friendly.. Food is delicious. Menu has many choices to fit everyone's tastes.We have never had a bad meal here.The wine excellent also.It is small ,reservation is recommended. Outside eating in summer..A jewel of a place

Thank katie31740827
Portland, Maine
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532 reviews
420 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

I've known about JP's for some time, but because I am car-less and it is ' off peninsula ' I hadn't gotten to go - until now; though it's accessible by METRO bus. Wow- WHY did I wait? This small, unpretentious restaurant serving great American cuisine is a gem. A friend was visiting from NH and we chose JP's for... More 

Thank James F
Gorham, Maine
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114 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

The food at JPs Bistro is outstanding. Waiters/waitresses are professional and well-informed as to the daily menu. Reservations are necessary due to the small dining area. Parking is very limited out front. Dishes are varied and are posted on a large chalkboard in the dining area. A separate room hosts a bar. Highly recommend JPs Bistro for a special dining... More 

Thank tim3oleary47
Gorham, Maine
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

Very small restaurant, with a huge specialties board. Has something for everyone. Meats, pastas, seafood,.... Great food and attentive wait staff.

Thank Bob C
North Andover, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

If you are willing to put up with bad service and a crowded, noisy space the varied menu and quality of food is outstanding. On a recent visit we waited 25 minutes before we could convince someone to take our order, and then another 30 minutes to get two appetizers - one of which was incorrect. Shortly afterward the couple... More 

Thank Ron R
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90 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016 via mobile

My wife and I visit Portland every couple of months to visit her mother. We attempted to goto Jp's in December but couldn't get in due to limited seating. This time up I made reservations which I suggest you do because the seating is limited. I have to say service was good and the food rocked. Try the short rib... More 

Thank MacLuvBeer
Portland, Maine
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64 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

Ethan was our waiter - friendly and helpful- attentive We had Shrimp w/ asparagus mushrooms, cherry tom in a white wine sauce w/ linguini - light delucious sauce w/ perfectly al dente vegetables ( medley of julienned carrots, yellow squash, zucchini... very fresh shrimp Started w/ Caesar - perfectly cold & crisp Blackened haddock served on top of sautéed spinach... More 

Bow, New Hampshire
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217 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016

Went there thinking i was going to have the chicken meal i had last time, but there were so so many specials. Meal was excellent I recommend calling ahead for a reservation. Now spring parking is still an issue but not as bad as winter Note all meals are a great value

Thank Ron J
Portland, Maine
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016

All freshly made, finest ingredients, each dish cooked by Chef Owner, JP. I've eaten here many times and always enjoy a fabulous meal. Chef JP will cater the dish to your liking: he often makes me a haddock on fresh spinach with generous crab meat on top. Always on the menu is the best version of Linguine Clam sauce everrrrr!... More 

Thank lesliefreda1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:30
16:00 - 21:30
04:00 - 22:00
04:00 - 22:00
04:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 496 Woodford St, Portland, ME 04103-2461
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-899-4224

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?