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Back Bay Grill

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65 Portland St, Portland, ME 04101-2827
207-772-8833
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 253
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  • 10
    Average
  • 3
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A great place to get on a knee!

We arrived a bit early for our reservation to have a cocktail and were happy to be seated early. The staff was extremely welcoming and although located in the less gentrified area of Portland the decor is extremely comfortable. We had the steak tartar which was wonderful in presentation and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
joddski
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Central Massachusetts
via mobile
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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298 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Central Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

We arrived a bit early for our reservation to have a cocktail and were happy to be seated early. The staff was extremely welcoming and although located in the less gentrified area of Portland the decor is extremely comfortable. We had the steak tartar which was wonderful in presentation and flavor. For dinner we had the salmon to die for... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

If you are going to serve food at Four Star prices, you had better deliver on the taste and the service and the atmosphere, and all of the above. When I am worried about where I am parking my car. for one thing, it is hard to relax and enjoy yourself. One of the, if not the worst part of... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

From the moment you walk in until the moment you leave, you will feel like the most special guest in the place but this cannot make up for a fairly lackluster meal. Four of us went for the hamburger 'event' so other than a soup and a salad, we all got the hamburger. For $16, I expected more. Other than... More 

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Kennebunkport, Maine
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214 reviews 214 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015 via mobile

Great hidden away restaurant on a back street in Portland. I had the filet steak which was cooked to perfection. One of our group had the lamb two ways... he said the chop was delicious but the lamb sausage was "a little strange." The caramel ice cream dessert was delicious. Portions are a little small, but quality is good. Elegant... More 

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Massachusetts
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348 reviews 348 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The Back Bay Grill is the place to go in Portland if you want to splurge a little and have an amazing meal. It's on the far side of town from the Old Port area ... it's near the Post Office, not far from I-295, down the hill from the Maine Medical Center ... not the ritziest part of town,... More 

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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Only found at the last moment that I would have leave and be able to get away for New Year's Eve....owner Larry Matthews found (made) a spot for us at the bar and it was as much fun and good as food as any restaurant as we have been to Great time sitting at the bar with views into the... More 

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Kennebunk, Maine
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84 reviews 84 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We both had the rack of Lamb. It was excellent! It was served on a bed of pesto chick peas, which I thought would be odd and it turned out to be quite nice. The entire menu boasts of creativity. The wine list was good but pricey. I had the Fransiscan Cabernet to accompany the lamb and it costs 12... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We tried one of Portland's top-ratted restaurants. The overall experience was very good, but perhaps not worth the cost. For 1st courses we had the roasted cauliflower soup, which we assessed as the best thing we had. The mixed green salad with walnuts and Stilton cheese was quite good our dining companions had the romaine lettuce wedge, which seemed fine,... More 

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Yarmouth, Maine, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

I have eaten at dozens of restaurants in the Portland area over the past 10 years but had never tried the Back Bay Grill (for varied reasons). Our dinner here was the BEST dinner I have ever had in the Portland area. The filet was simply delicious. My husband ordered a chicken dish that was outstanding. The meal began with... More 

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New England
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 via mobile

We go to Back Bay Grille every year for our anniversary. We got engaged there a few years ago and have made it our annual tradition. The menu is a la carte and pricier than many other restaurants in Portland, however, if you have a finely tuned palette you will LOVE the dishes created in this restaurant. The wine list... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 65 Portland St, Portland, ME 04101-2827
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: 207-772-8833

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?