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Back Bay Grill

65 Portland St, Portland, ME 04101-2827
+1 207-772-8833
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  • Excellent86%
  • Very good10%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“duck” (66 reviews)
“filet” (38 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
65 Portland St, Portland, ME 04101-2827
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We celebrated our wedding anniversary here, and enjoyed a wonderful meal. The Bangs Island mussel appetizer was plentiful and the staff divided it into 2 portions for us. In addition, we had the duck and filet and both were delicious. "Happy Anniversary" was written in...More

Thank LuckyLobsters
Reviewed 1 week ago

Friendly and prompt service and they always accommodate if possible. Did I mention the food is always amazing and the portion sizes will never disappoint?

Thank AmyBarnard
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Back Bay Grill will never disappoint the most discriminating of food critics. From when you are welcomed as you enter to and asked to hang your coat to offering craft cocktails, delectable appetizers, a variety of fish, meat, poultry and vegetarian main courses. Then the...More

Thank John H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sometimes tough to get in which is why it's always so highly rated. Excellent bar and outstanding food.

Thank Greyhavens13
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If Back Bay Grill isn’t the best restaurant in Portland it is certainly one of the few best and it’s been that way for maybe 20 years. Consistently excellent—over many years. Great service. Very nice ambience.

Thank Lysanderraf
Reviewed 9 February 2018 via mobile

Much to my pleasure we ate extremely well as two older cooks are likely to do. Romaine Hearts with Parmesan was simple and direct. Filet and Rack of Lamb were spot on. Bread and Butter has a lovely service. Notably great coffee. I had my...More

1  Thank David G
Reviewed 5 February 2018

Came here on a Saturday evening based on its reputation as one of the best restaurants in Portland. It held up to its reputation! A quaint place, we had barside reservations and reservations are your best bet. Starting off with Truffle Popcorn that was addictive...More

2  Thank MRVEGAS711
Reviewed 4 February 2018

For the first course we have Pemaquid Mussels with shallots, white wine, leek & chive cream, fine herbs and Maine Crab Cake with smoked paprika aioli, pickled red peppers, arugula. For the main course we both had Lavender Marinated Duck Breast with duck confit, braised...More

2  Thank John M
Reviewed 4 February 2018

As soon as we walked in we were greeted by who we presumed was the manager or owner, who offered to check our coats for us. The room was cozy and tastefully furnished. We had the local mussels, salmon, scallops and chocolate mouse, and all...More

2  Thank PortlandRover
Reviewed 22 January 2018

I am a Portland native and I have seen many restaurants come and go over the years, but Back Bay Grill has been going strong for 30 years in a location off the beaten path and not in the Old Port. The service is top...More

3  Thank jeanrI9560UV
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16 February 2018|
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Response from riptide | Reviewed this property |
I had an early seating - about 5:00 pm because that was the only slot available.....so, we were one of the first tables seated....the restaurant filled up as we were eating so I cannot comment on the noise level once it gets... More
21 November 2017|
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Response from oldwoodboats | Reviewed this property |
I don't, but the Back Bay Grill does - lots
30 July 2017|
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Response from MartiHawkins | Reviewed this property |
I have never not had them return my request for reservations and to be honest I didn't know that they don't use OpenTable, though I've used OpenTable before....this website is not always accurate. Example in point, I... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 65 Portland St, Portland, ME 04101-2827
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-772-8833
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