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The Front Room Restaurant & Bar

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$$ - $$$
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73 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3661 (Formerly Front Room)
+1 207-773-3366
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 16:00 - 21:00
Sun - Sat 08:00 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying just down the street, went here twice for brunch and one for drinks at the bar. Love this place! Second time had to wait a while since it was January 1st, totally worth it. Only complaint is since it is an open kitchen I think they could use better extractors but it was not something bad, unless... More 

Thank Marilola15
Bellingham, Massachusetts
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50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Went several weekends ago, stopped in Sunday AM perhaps 10AM. We found this place through other reviews on social media. It's a decent size, kind of rustically decorated breakfast place in a residential neighborhood. We were sat within a couple of minutes, got coffee and ordered a Bloody Mary and Mimosa, and got those quickly, so it was off to... More 

Thank schmitty233
Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We recently visited Portland for a weekend get-away and happened upon this restaurant close by to our Air B&B. It was POURING rain outside that night and a little cold, so entering the quaint, warm room made for instant comfort. We arrived at 7pm - was seated at a booth shortly after arrival. There isn't much seating, so we were... More 

Thank Tara V
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Awesome breakfast / brunch. Typical breakfast offerings with tasty variations and emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. Almost always a wait, so call ahead or expect to wait (at the bar). Great area to walk around too.

Thank ABassler54
Monroe, New York
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49 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We heard great reviews and thought we'd give it a go. Its located in the East End neighborhood amongst residential apartments. The restaurant itself is tiny (about 40 seats) with the kitchen right there next to the tables. We got there on a relatively early Friday night and got seated within 15 minutes. Our waitress Sara was friendly and the... More 

Thank Rlean5031
Denver, Colorado
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Greatly enjoyed our food, and great service. Got luck to get there early enough to avoid a wait. Biscuits and gravy were scrumptious, as was everyone else's food. Overall, great brunch!

Thank GarrettG373
Saint Julian's, Malta
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69 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Arrived late in Portland and the nearest restaurant was The Front Room. Food simple in presentation but all cooked to perfection. I had the duck and goats cheese sandwich with a side risotto, excellent!!!! The carbonara was tasty .....as in Italy and finally we had a good espresso!!!! Well done, it shows that the cooking and waiting staff love their... More 

Thank Alex P
Boston, Massachusetts
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

The staff was excellent and the food was fabulous. The menu was varied and specials were delicious. Even the dessert was amazing. I usually have something unpleasant to report, but not this time as John C. really went the extra mile to make it memorable.

Thank trvlr_steve
Honeoye, New York
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

What a great neighborhood restaurant! Visiting family in the area and they had been here before. Did not take any time at all to be seated on a Saturday evening. Busy but not too noisy as we were able to talk in normal voices at our table. The server was very good; friendly and explained the dishes well. Interesting take... More 

Thank Orlando32792
New York City, New York
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for brunch in this cool & quaint place in Portland. Worth the wait. Great service and the best blueberry pancakes EVER!

Thank fargetroid

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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 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
American, Bar, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Television, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
08:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 73 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3661 (Formerly Front Room)
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-773-3366
If you’re looking for a great brunch spot in Portland, Maine you have come to the right place! The Front Room offers a variety of affordable dishes that the entire family will love. Chef Lee Harding has dedicated his life to the culinary arts and focuses on using only the freshest Maine ingredients in his creations. His philosophy is simple; use the best local ingredients to convey the boldest flavors. With a vibrant atmosphere and open dining room, The Front Room continues to be a hit among Portland locals. Huge portions of sensational dishes will fill you up without breaking your wallet. The Front room is the third restaurant founded in Harding’s “The Rooms” brand of restaurants, so don’t miss out on this local hotspot! Remember, The Front Room serves brunch seven days a week and with menu items like Biscuits and Gravy or Omelets and Silver Dollar Pancakes. You can’t go wrong! If you are interested in dinning with us later in the day, try some local favorites like Short Ribs or Lamb Shepard’s pie. A fully stocked bar, open from 8am-11pm, complemented by an energetic atmosphere makes the Front Room a must for those who crave a great neighborhood spot to call their own.

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