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Fore Street Restaurant

288 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101-4109
+1 207-775-2717
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good20%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“mussels” (231 reviews)
“hanger steak” (110 reviews)
“bread” (186 reviews)
Open Now
5:30 pm - 10:30 pmAll hours
American, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
288 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101-4109
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We returned after many years to celebrate an anniversary. The venue is as beautiful and rustic as we remembered and the service is professional and attentive. We had great wine and bread. The house made sodas are superb. The food was hit and miss. Ginger...More

Thank npjsullivan
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ambiance was warm and welcoming. We started with salads but found the portions relatively small. The main course made up for it though, it was delicious. Our server was rather passive (short hair blonde lady) and we could hardly get a word out of her...More

Thank yourgas
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were able to get to restaurant a few minutes before 5 and then sign up at 5 for the open seats - per hostess a third of the seating. Loved the unique menu each night and the open kitchen. The fish dishes were terrific...More

Thank ECB17
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I always do my research, especially when we’ve never been to a city. Fore Street kept coming up as a “don’t miss.” We landed a dinner reservation on our last night in town after five days of sightseeing and great cuisine. We were seated quickly...More

1  Thank Charlene M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were transferred from Kennebunkport to Portland by our hotel when the hurricane struck last week and our hotel in Kennebunkport had no electricity for 48 hours. Our meal at the Fore Street restaurant was probably the best we had in 8 days of dining...More

Thank Brian872
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We saw that they opened for drink service at the bar beginning at 5:00pm, with the kitchen starting at 6pm. Since we wanted to sit at the bar anyways, we headed in around 5:15pm on a Friday. We got the last two seats available at...More

Thank Mike S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

30 years ago we dined at 22 Lincoln in Brunswick, ME. It was a brilliant meal. We have followed Sam Hayward's career over time. Last spring we dined at Fore Street and had an amazing meal with an unforgettable starter; wier caught mackerel in a...More

1  Thank naufrage123
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everything we tried from the appetizers to dessert was food to remember - service was excellent and the ambiance is special. There were 6 of us and every one of our meals was a special experience - it is not surprising it has the reputation...More

Thank Downeastme
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ate here for the first time and we’ll definitely be going back next time we’re up in Portland. We sat in the bar area for 30 minutes while waiting on our table. We were quickly served drinks, the Robert Mondavi Cab is EXCELLENT! As soon...More

Thank Kay S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The appetizers included a class of meats they call offal. Dear God, said I do they KNOW the meaning of the word OFFAL? ( The entrails and inedible portions of a butchered animal) That observation did not please our waitress and she was bordering on...More

Thank Rochester_NHEcv
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Maggie M
5 November 2016|
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Response from SebV79 | Reviewed this property |
Restaurant and Bakery are separate businesses, within same bldg. No elevator available. There is very close hcap pking available both front of bakery and on the street near restaurant above. Bakery has no cushioned seats... More
1 December 2015|
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Response from Olywajdock | Reviewed this property |
The dress code was "casual" but we saw everything from "all dressed up" (formal) to relaxed-casual but neat. Hope that helps. Enjoy!
21 July 2015|
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Response from ThreeRosettes70 | Reviewed this property |
I have no idea if they do or not, but the wait staff is very knowledgeable and if they don't know they will inquire for you.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 288 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101-4109
    (Franklin and Pearl)
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-775-2717
  • E-mail
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