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The Front Room Restaurant & Bar

73 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3661
+1 207-773-3366
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good34%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (64 reviews)
“gnocchi” (25 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (17 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 14:30All hours
American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
73 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3661
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Very cute place, we sat outside with such nice weather and it was a bit loud outside. The food was a big disappointment when it came out. The Croque Madame was dry, the bread was uneven (just slabs) the cheddar sauce was non existent and...More

Thank Hasuchka
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took friends from South Carolina for lunch July 8. The service was terribly slow and the food less than appealing. The meatloaf sandwich was served on burnt bread and the chicken tacos seemed to be missing much of the main ingredient. We will not...More

Thank Bonnie W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Half full at lunch time? Great food, good prices, good service, fun menu. High chairs if needed, clean bathrooms, some outside tables. Highly recommended

Thank Michael C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Front Room was one of the first restaurants I ever went to in Portland - years and years before we ever lived here. This is one of the best brunch spots - and lunch spots in town. It can be tough to get in,...More

Thank surfnbpt
Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

The food here was absolutely amazing. We came for breakfast and each got a soup (French onion and blueberry), I got the eggs Benedict and my husband got the breakfast sandwich. Every bite was amazing. The only hiccup was we ordered the bread of the...More

Thank Lacey C
Reviewed 6 June 2017

This is a small family owned (hole in the wall types) brunch place in Portland. I had stopped here to have brunch while heading to Acadia National Park. The pancakes are out of the world. This place has outside seating available as well. The staff...More

Thank Mandar P
Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

Found this spot via the internet and was very happy. Not a big place but the food was very Good! My wife had the rancheros which she loved and I had the brisket hash. It comes with 2 eggs which I don't eat. I asked...More

Thank Anthony S
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Excellent service, great menu, comfort food, bar, brunch, dinner. Locals favorite restaurant. Great ambience.

Thank Susan T M
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Went for breakfast on a weekday morning. Really nice staff, but more importantly the food was delicious, different, and made quickly. We had some butternut squash bread to start that was really tasty, veggie gnocchi, and the eggs in a boat. Both came with poached...More

Thank Jeanine S
Reviewed 15 May 2017

A little small "gem" so get there early to get a seat! Fairly loud so just be prepared, but so worth it!

Thank Canterbury1860
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Response from Sarah R | Reviewed this property |
Yes. The Grill Room and The Corner Room are also owned by the same person.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Television, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, 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
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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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