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288 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101-4109 (Franklin and Pearl)
+1 207-775-2717
17:30 - 22:30
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 17:30 - 22:30
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Boston suburbs
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Birthday celebration with friends. Had reservations and seated at nice table. Love the decor. Waitress seemed a bit put off and a bit impatient with our menu questions. Waited quite a while for meals to come but worth the wait. All four dinners were excellent and good size portions. No room for dessert! Will go again.

Thank PTlady
Hyderabad, India
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38 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It took us a bit to find in the dark (not from the area), but well worth it! Cocktails are delicious and so many options for food! We closed the place out, having about five dishes total - all delicious. But pricy, but worth it. The open kitchen is fun to watch too.

Thank Ashlett823
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61 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Business dinner for 5 on a Thursday early evening. Reservations are strongly recommended. Local catch included cod& flounder. Oyster selection is limited but satisfying. Clams too - nice surprise. Portions on the smaller but heathy side - good news: room for dessert. I've been there before and am always happy to eat here. I'll be back.

Thank Christopher L
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can't beat the food. Open kitchen in the middle of the restaurant, perfectly cooked. But the cocktails were awful. I ordered a Moscow Mule and they gave me a cup of vodka with a warm bottle of ginger beer on the side. Very weird for a high end place

Thank Steve S
Scarborough, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been to Fore Street a few times. Always as a couples night out. The open atmosphere and relatively rustic ambiance may or may not suit everyones idea of a romantic dinner though. The food and service are always good. Everything is cooked over wood in the center of the place.They are always booked way in advance, but leave... More 

Thank Bob D
Dover, New Hampshire
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76 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been dining at Fore St. since the restaurant first opened.They have a wonderful assortment of appetizers and salads to start .The big attraction here to us is the wood cooking methods they use.There are many items on the menu that are available wood roasted ,grilled or spit roasted.All are excellent.Wonderful wine list and great desserts as well.Try the... More 

Thank T4349TOinfo
Tampa, Florida
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While spending the day in Portland, we were more than excited to score a last minute cancelation at Fore Street - a highly recommended spot that generally requires reservations. The atmosphere is quaint, open kitchen, candle lit tables, hipster clientele. We were seated within moments of arrival so kudos on the hostess stand staff for that. Sadly, that's when things... More 

Thank ashley s
Svalbard, Norway
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This very expensive restaurant almost lives up to its price. The mussels are unbelievably good, as is the bread. But the flounder was salty and dry . . . and probably not flounder. If you've had flounder often, you'll recognize this chewier, opaque, meatier fish as maybe swai/catfish or tilapia (skin was tan in color). Vegetables with the fish were... More 

Thank knot000irish
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109 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic meal at Fore Restaurant last night after making a reservation several weeks out. Wine list is extensive and definitely pricey- we chose an Italian blend in the advice of our server and we were pleased. For dinner, the Menu is created daily based on available fresh ingredients except for a few staples. I chose one of the staples- Hanger... More 

Thank FoodieAB
Portland, Maine
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Some local folks recommended this place as THE place in Portland. I hope not, based on our experience. For my taste this is really over the top on red meat options. The seating is aligned with what really popular restaurants think is OK. Right on top of one another where forced conversation with your neighbors is required. I may have... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, International, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
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

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