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Fore Street

288 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101-4109
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Ranked #20 of 535 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Cuisines: American, Seafood, Contemporary, Eclectic
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Franklin and Pearl
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864 reviews from our community

80% Recommend
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Based on a friend's recommendation and glowing reviews, my husband and I decided to try Fore Street. We called for reservations, but were informed the next available was two weeks out. However, a third of the tables are reserved for walk-ins. As a result, we decided to take our chances and showed up at 8:00 on a Friday evening. Upon... More

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Manchester, CT
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

My wife and I had dinner here and it was just amazing. We arrived late without reservations but they were able to accommodate us. While we waited we had drinks at the bar which was really cool and comfortable. It is very laid back casual environment with dimmed lighting. This was one of our favorite restaurants. The kitchen is right... More

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Top Contributor
192 reviews 192 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

From the bread made on the premises to the locally grown ingredients Sam Hayward continues to impress. With an all new menu , for the most part, we look forward to a culinary treat each time we return. The salad and charcuterie were perfect ! We don't see sweetbreads on a menu too often and the kitchen did them justice.... More

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washington, dc
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

I ordered the wild king salmon (3.5 dots), which I had been craving all summer and talked my husband into having whole black Atlantic sea bass (5 dots). Lucky for me we were sharing. We started with pan-seared sweetbreads with hyssop marinated peaches and wood oven roasted pork belly--both excellent. Service was top-notch, and our server was quite knowledgeable about... More

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New York City
19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Fun that you can see the kitchen and the walk-in fridge. Also nice that it's mainly local ingredients (so is many Portland restaurants). But we ordered the roasted chicken for my son, and it was undercooked. Like jelly raw chicken. Not 'just cooked'. For an expert kitchen staff, you'd think roast chicken is an easy dish, so not good. The... More

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Pace, Florida
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

We dined here last night. It had been several years since our previous visit and we had forgotten how comfortable and warm the dining room is. We had a 5:30 reservation and were the first to be seated. The restaurant quickly filled to capacity and was filled with, as my husband described, "a lively noise level." We both had a... More

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Summit, New Jersey
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49 reviews 49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This restaurant came highly touted to us by friends and family who had visited there while on business trips to newly-enhanced Portland. We were really looking forward to it, but were severely disappointed. At first glance, we were hardly welcomed by the hostess/maitre d', who couldn't be bothered greeting us pleasantly or escorting us to our table. Admittedly, it was... More

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Chesterland, Ohio
Top Contributor
243 reviews 243 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
196 helpful votes 196 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Fore Street has won slews of cooking awards and accolades on this website. We are happy to report, based on our experience, that it has earned them. Fore Street is in a warehouse-looking building along the edge of the main visitor area in Portland. It is an easy walk from the hotels in the central part of town. It's between... More

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Westport, Connecticut
5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We went to Fore Street over this weekend with some friends. I was very eager to try it and happy to be able to get in as a walk-in. The space is great. Really comfortable, warm, and funky, with an open kitchen. The service as knowledgeable and attentive (but definitely not "quick"). Our appetizers were lackluster. A peach salad with... More

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Amherst, New Hampshire
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Simply one of the best meals I've ever had. From drinks, to appetizer, to dinner, to dessert, everything we had was really outstanding. The ambiance of the space was comfortable and the service was highly competent.

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