We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Congress Bar & Grill

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
617 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3301
+1 207-828-9944
11:30 - 01:00
Open now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 11:30 - 01:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

77 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 77: English reviews
Falmouth, Maine
Level Contributor
30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

This is a restaurant I used to frequent but for some reason it fell off my radar. We decided to check it out. Surprisingly, many of old faves were still on the menu which was great. Ordered fish and chips, grilled steak salad and a pulled pork sandwich. All three were spectacular. The fish and chips was extremely fresh haddock... More 

Thank moxie88
Portland, Maine, USA
Level Contributor
32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

There was a time I would recommend this place in a heartbeat, but with the new chef the quality of the food has gone down. It is hard to give up a place I have been going to for at least 7 years, but I am going to have to stop going.

Thank TandyR
Stamford CT
Level Contributor
289 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We shared the grilled lamb salad – delicious – plus the roasted eggplant with grilled pita -- very tasty. Don't be mislead by the unassuming exterior. Service was pleasant and casual – food took a while to come out of the kitchen but we were in no rush. Would recommend and return.

Thank SandyRiver
Level Contributor
289 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

When we asked our tour guide at the Longfellow House for a recommendation near the Art Museum she didn't hesitate to indicate this place. It has a large menu with many straigtforward choices. Nothing fancy but good food

Thank Mike G
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Amazing! Drink were on point. Appetizers were amazing and dinner was GREAT! Wonderful atmosphere!!!!

Thank Sarah W
Baltimore, Maryland
Level Contributor
25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Excellent food, good vegetarian options, and charming waiter with nice ambience and music choice. My only suggestion is that it would be nice if they had more salad selections that did not include meat.

Thank ecogirl1000
Level Contributor
213 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Came with friends who love the place and they are right. Love the funky atmosphere. The service was outstanding and the food just amazing. What a margarita! The fried calamari was crisp and delicious. I had a pulled pork sandwich that was huge and mouthwatering. The pan-fried fish looked great and the fried oyster I tried was perfect. But the... More 

Thank KaseyME
Saint John, Canada
Level Contributor
110 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

I've ate at the Congress Grill a number of times and never been disappointed.. It's a staple restaurant on Congress St. Seems like they get a lot of regulars which gives it a nice personal touch! Our server, Thomas was awesome!

Thank rcroz2
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

Haddock Chowder 5 stars! Hummus plate appetizer excellent! We also had a special request that the chef went above and beyond to accommodate. Our waiter was outstanding! Highly recommend!

Thank lambapotomous
Guilford, Connecticut
Level Contributor
112 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Probably the best fish and chips I have had out side of Ireland. The fish was very fresh and home made French fries. It was so good that I went back a second time while I was visiting.

Thank CTTraveler203

Travellers who viewed Congress Bar & Grill also viewed

Portland, ME
Portland, ME
Portland, ME

Been to Congress Bar & Grill? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 617 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3301
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-828-9944

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Congress Bar & Grill staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?