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Fore Street

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American, Seafood, Contemporary, Eclectic
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288 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101-4109 (Franklin and Pearl)
207-775-2717
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 607
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  • 110
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  • 54
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  • 31
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Personalized Service & Great Food

My wife and I went here for our elopement dinner. We had been here before in the Summer of 2013 on a recommendation and loved it. The inn we stayed at (The Danforth) was able to get us in and it really turned out to be a magical night. A personalized greeting from the hostess and a hand written... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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Lawrence, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Lawrence, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

My wife and I went here for our elopement dinner. We had been here before in the Summer of 2013 on a recommendation and loved it. The inn we stayed at (The Danforth) was able to get us in and it really turned out to be a magical night. A personalized greeting from the hostess and a hand written card... More 

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Riga Region, Latvia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

I've been here several times in the past four years. The food and service have always been worth it. Given the amount of great places in Portland, this one always stands out.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We loved Fore Street! My husband savored the squid appetizer that was so tender and flavorful, while I was over the moon delighting in the chicken livers and mushroom creation that defies description-- just order it! The pork was amazing, too. Generous and impressive! I enjoyed the monk fish and emmer (also called farro, which were well prepared and tender),... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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52 reviews 52 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We love this place. The fire grill and locally sourced ingredients are so special. The open kitchen is entertaining and the wait staff is friendly and hospitable. We loved the duck and pork as well as the desserts.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The food here is fantastic. Menu boasts local food, and is ever changing. The bar is great; our bartender was knowledgeable and kind. We were walk-ins, and were seated right at 5:30, when the dining area opened. The atmosphere is fun and interesting-- perks include the walk in vegetable and root refrigerator, the open kitchen, and the huge windows at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

the service was great, and the food was unique and wonderful. I had the beet ravioli, the person I was with had the bass and both were great. And the desserts were great too!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Rich but delicate. Unique cuisine. Lots of local ingredients. It's a must try in Portland. I love it and recommend it to visitors regularly.

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Playa del Carmen
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The food at Fore St is always first class. That being said it is crowed, which is good for business, but the tables are so close it can be difficult to have a conversation. Not idea for a romantic evening.

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Portland, Maine
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We had such an amazing time dining at Fore Street. We had the Charcuterie, the Atlantic Char, the Lamb and a couple of desserts and everything was so amazing, I wouldn't have changed a thing! Our server was attentive, polite and knowledgeable. Fore Street has a great atmosphere and I love the open-kitchen, farm-to-table feel. It is on the pricier... More 

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Portland, Maine
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Fore Street has an inviting atmosphere but, the second time I have eaten there with very disappointing experiences.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 288 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101-4109
    (Franklin and Pearl)
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: 207-775-2717

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Contemporary, Eclectic

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?