Best Contemporary American Restaurants in Portland (Maine)

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Best Contemporary American Restaurants in Portland (Maine)

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David's Opus TenDavid's Opus Ten
139 reviews
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Contemporary American | Portland, Maine

It's really nice when the owner/chef is present and can answer your questions. One of our courses included a "frozen" vodka. The bottle was encased in ice and the vodka was even colder than the blueberry taste-treat over which it was poured. David poured the vodka and explained how he made this course. More

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Hugo's Restaurant- PortlandHugo's Restaurant- Portland
993 reviews
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Contemporary American | Portland, Maine

Hugo's is a wonderful restaurant. The food is terrific, always imaginative, carefully prepared and cooked, perfectly flavored, and leaves you feeling good at the end of the meal. Eating at the counter fives you a front row seat on how your meal and drinks are put together. The floor, and kitchen, teams are welcoming, warm, and very informative. More

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ScalesScales
669 reviews
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Seafood | Portland, Maine

We had an amazing dinner both the food and atmosphere. Our waitress was wonderful. More

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EmilitsaEmilitsa
532 reviews
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Greek | Portland, Maine

one of our favorite places to dine in Portland. The Greek inspired food is savory, cocktails are wonderful and you can get retsina too. More

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UnionUnion
678 reviews
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American | Portland, Maine

The restaurant is close to the office. We were greeted as we walked in by the friendly smiling hostess. Service was very quick and efficient. Food was excellent and we really enjoyed the choices. The Congress Street lunch special really hits the spot. It's just the right size and a great combo with soup, salad and 1/2 a sandwich. We shared dessert as it is large enough for everyone to enjoy. We had a wonderful time and will be back again. I do recommend reserving a table to cut down on the wait time. More

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Fore StreetFore Street
1508 reviews
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Contemporary American | Portland, Maine

The understatedness of Fore Street's elegant decor with the huge magnolia branch at its center, brought in in bud and bursting into bloom and the lovely predominance of conversation rather than music so that we can speak in normal tones of voice speaks also to its inimitable and utterly reliably delectable cuisine - also, like the magnolia, natural and local in ingredients and like the decor, understatedly inventive so that its subtle savors sneak up on you, like the crunch of almond bits in the mussels' sauce or the cannellini beans in place of the rice or potatoes beneath the scallops. And what can we say about a chocolate cherry torte so light that it hosts the salted caramel ice cream, various whipped creams and even - another inventive note - the caramel corn nuggets' richness without overwhelming us. ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS, beginning to end, with lovely attentive service from our waiters. More

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Solo ItalianoSolo Italiano
753 reviews
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Italian | Portland, Maine

My new favorite restaurant. Food, excellent! Service, excellent! More

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Petite JacquelinePetite Jacqueline
1080 reviews
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French | Portland, Maine

I should first say, I reserve 5 stars for just a few restaurants. Our server Kristy was very attentive and personable. The space is quaint café stylish which fits with the vibe. My husband and I shared several plates. Next time we will definitely advance order the raclette. If you haven't, you should absolutely order the fondue to share. I love the open large windows. As I've referred to, we will be back for sure. More

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Five Fifty-FiveFive Fifty-Five
2240 reviews
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Contemporary American | Portland, Maine

Ambience was great for a date night. Service was fantastic and on point. Food was tasty and delicious, maybe a bit on the heavy side. The winter drinks recommended by the waiter was excellent. Would definitely visit again. More

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Woodford F&BWoodford F&B
397 reviews
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American | Portland, Maine

I always have a great experience at Woodford F&B. The staff is friendly. The atmosphere is fun. The service is great. The food is delicious. What more could you ask for?! More

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David's RestaurantDavid's Restaurant
1825 reviews
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Contemporary American | Portland, Maine

We love the dining experience at David's. Food is outstanding, drinks delicious. Staff is super friendly. Will come back for sure. More

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Kon Asian Bistro - Portland, MEKon Asian Bistro - Portland, ME
93 reviews
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Asian | Portland, Maine

Celebrated my gf’s 50th birthday with her boys doing the hibachi. Our chef, Victor, was the best by far that I have ever had. He was entertaining, hilarious (for all age groups present), great energy and made a point to make it special for the birthday mom. The food was delicious and cooked precisely to order. Everyone in our party raved about the food and experience. Thank you Victor! The service from our waitress was exceptional as well. Courteous, timely, available and pressure free. More

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Evo - Portland MaineEvo - Portland Maine
466 reviews
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Mediterranean | Portland, Maine

Those carrots!! Everything we had was delicious (and gluten free!).... carrots, hummus, lamb, falafel, tuna and some delicious dessert. Waitress was very nice and knowledgeable about the wines . Great experience, would come back to Portland for those carrots. More

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East EnderEast Ender
419 reviews
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Contemporary American | Portland, Maine

This place is great. The menu is just right and food is top notch. Love the atmosphere and excellent service. More

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Street and Co.Street and Co.
951 reviews
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Seafood | Portland, Maine

Great food. Nice and informative server. Relaxing atmosphere. More

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The Grill Room & BarThe Grill Room & Bar
297 reviews
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Steakhouse | Portland, Maine

Was there for the restaurant week menu - shrimp was delicious as was the steak - perfectly cooked, really good flavor. More

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Blue SpoonBlue Spoon
590 reviews
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American | Portland, Maine

The short ribs and brussel sprouts were amazing and very flavorful. More

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Otto - 225 CongressOtto - 225 Congress
15 reviews
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Pizza Bar | Portland, Maine

So glad to find a yummy pizza place and not have to wait! More

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Ri Ra Irish Pub & Restaurant - PortlandRi Ra Irish Pub & Restaurant - Portland
218 reviews
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Irish | Portland, Maine

My friends arrived a few minutes ahead of me and were seated quickly and were able to enjoy the view before I arrived. The staff was on top of keeping our needs met. The food was delicious and the experience was wonderful for our out of town guest. More

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The Corner RoomThe Corner Room
218 reviews
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Italian | Portland, Maine

Would have been a great experience even without the gluten-free pasta. The gf pasta made it fantastic! More

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Local 188Local 188
807 reviews
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Spanish | Portland, Maine

Honored a special request for vegetarian paella and provided separate checks for our party of 8 without visible distress. Thank you! More

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Little GiantLittle Giant
120 reviews
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European | Portland, Maine

Need to have a bigger menu. Neighborhood gem. A good place for drinks. More

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Vinland- PortlandVinland- Portland
321 reviews
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Organic | Portland, Maine

Great we dine here a lot More

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El CorazonEl Corazon
21 reviews
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Mexican | Portland, Maine

The food here was very good and as close as we've come to authentic Mexican food outside of California and Arizona (and other places). Laura was very welcoming and attentive and we enjoyed our conversation with her. Comfortable atmosphere, felt like a Mexican restaurant. We had the Chile Relleno and the Fish Tacos (one fish, one shrimp) and both were great. More

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Boone's Fish House & Oyster RoomBoone's Fish House & Oyster Room
327 reviews
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Seafood | Portland, Maine

The fisherman’s platter was great as was the selection of oysters. The homemade blueberry pie was delicious. Would definitely go back. More

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TIQATIQA
374 reviews
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Mediterranean | Portland, Maine

Dinner with friends, we all enjoyed our meals-very flavorful. More

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Old Port Sea GrillOld Port Sea Grill
652 reviews
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Seafood | Portland, Maine

Great location with beautiful views. Always excellent service and good food! More

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Twenty Milk StreetTwenty Milk Street
311 reviews
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American | Portland, Maine

Everything was perfect! Loved the scallops More

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Roma PortlandRoma Portland
230 reviews
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Italian | Portland, Maine

Our experience at Roma's was a delight. The waiter we had was new, and Matt made sure that we were well taken care of. The mussels in red sauce were delicious and plentiful. My eggplant parm was crisp, and the seasonal vegetables were a treat. My husband loved his chicken dish. We both enjoyed the bread that came with a wonderful olive oil sprinkled with parmesan cheese--a nice touch. If you go from 5 to 6 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, you can get a good glass of wine for $5. The prices at Roma are fair. Roma is our favorite Italian restaurant in Portland. I love the fact that Matt remembered who we are. So many restaurants don't make an effort to remember you even when you have been to a place half a dozen times. More

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Otto - SacoOtto - Saco
14 reviews
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Pizzeria | Portland, Maine

Great food and beer selection. More

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Bluefin North Atlantic SeafoodBluefin North Atlantic Seafood
36 reviews
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Seafood | Portland, Maine

The restaurant is lovely and the wait staff could not be nicer, more helpful or efficient. While the presentation was terrific and the food quite good my husband's filet of beef was not as expected and the calamari was not crisp. We do love the hotel and the staff and will dine there again. Get a drink at the bar - so well made! More

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Maria's RestaurantMaria's Restaurant
12 reviews
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Café | Portland, Maine

Great food, great service. All around a great experience! More

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Vignola & Cinque TerreVignola & Cinque Terre
1065 reviews
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European | Portland, Maine

Overall the food was well prepared - small portions More

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C2-Congress Squared RestaurantC2-Congress Squared Restaurant
152 reviews
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Contemporary American | Portland, Maine

Friendly wait staff excellent food, drink menu dessert menu very nice. Arrived early sat us without wait. More

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Portland (Maine) Diners' Choice Winners

Portland (Maine)'s best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
EmilitsaEmilitsa
532 reviews
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Greek | Portland, Maine

one of our favorite places to dine in Portland. The Greek inspired food is savory, cocktails are wonderful and you can get retsina too. More

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ScalesScales
669 reviews
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Seafood | Portland, Maine

We had an amazing dinner both the food and atmosphere. Our waitress was wonderful. More

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Hugo's Restaurant- PortlandHugo's Restaurant- Portland
993 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Portland, Maine

Hugo's is a wonderful restaurant. The food is terrific, always imaginative, carefully prepared and cooked, perfectly flavored, and leaves you feeling good at the end of the meal. Eating at the counter fives you a front row seat on how your meal and drinks are put together. The floor, and kitchen, teams are welcoming, warm, and very informative. More

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Fore StreetFore Street
1508 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Portland, Maine

The understatedness of Fore Street's elegant decor with the huge magnolia branch at its center, brought in in bud and bursting into bloom and the lovely predominance of conversation rather than music so that we can speak in normal tones of voice speaks also to its inimitable and utterly reliably delectable cuisine - also, like the magnolia, natural and local in ingredients and like the decor, understatedly inventive so that its subtle savors sneak up on you, like the crunch of almond bits in the mussels' sauce or the cannellini beans in place of the rice or potatoes beneath the scallops. And what can we say about a chocolate cherry torte so light that it hosts the salted caramel ice cream, various whipped creams and even - another inventive note - the caramel corn nuggets' richness without overwhelming us. ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS, beginning to end, with lovely attentive service from our waiters. More

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Solo ItalianoSolo Italiano
753 reviews
$$$$
Italian | Portland, Maine

My new favorite restaurant. Food, excellent! Service, excellent! More

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UnionUnion
678 reviews
$$$$
American | Portland, Maine

The restaurant is close to the office. We were greeted as we walked in by the friendly smiling hostess. Service was very quick and efficient. Food was excellent and we really enjoyed the choices. The Congress Street lunch special really hits the spot. It's just the right size and a great combo with soup, salad and 1/2 a sandwich. We shared dessert as it is large enough for everyone to enjoy. We had a wonderful time and will be back again. I do recommend reserving a table to cut down on the wait time. More

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Five Fifty-FiveFive Fifty-Five
2240 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Portland, Maine

Ambience was great for a date night. Service was fantastic and on point. Food was tasty and delicious, maybe a bit on the heavy side. The winter drinks recommended by the waiter was excellent. Would definitely visit again. More

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East EnderEast Ender
419 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Portland, Maine

This place is great. The menu is just right and food is top notch. Love the atmosphere and excellent service. More

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Petite JacquelinePetite Jacqueline
1080 reviews
$$$$
French | Portland, Maine

I should first say, I reserve 5 stars for just a few restaurants. Our server Kristy was very attentive and personable. The space is quaint café stylish which fits with the vibe. My husband and I shared several plates. Next time we will definitely advance order the raclette. If you haven't, you should absolutely order the fondue to share. I love the open large windows. As I've referred to, we will be back for sure. More

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Evo - Portland MaineEvo - Portland Maine
466 reviews
$$$$
Mediterranean | Portland, Maine

Those carrots!! Everything we had was delicious (and gluten free!).... carrots, hummus, lamb, falafel, tuna and some delicious dessert. Waitress was very nice and knowledgeable about the wines . Great experience, would come back to Portland for those carrots. More

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Discover Portland

If you are going to visit Portland, Maine, make sure to plan your day around your meals so you can experience as many Down East restaurants as possible. In addition to the classic New England clam chowder, Portland is renowned for its fresh oyster bars. Competing with seafood fresh off the fishing boats, some of the best steakhouses in New England can be found in Portland. For the more adventurous diner, the international selections include French, Italian, Thai, Mexican, and Middle Eastern cuisine. For a more casual dining experience, you can indulge in comfort foods like macaroni and cheese or Belgian fries fried in duck fat and made with local potatoes. Complete your meal with the perfect cocktail and a view of the water, and you'll be wondering how soon you can eat again.