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Back Bay Grill

65 Portland St, Portland, ME 04101-2827
207-772-8833
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Ranked #2 of 536 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
new york
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Couldn't plan far enough in advance to get into our favorite, Fore Street, but reviews from all sources are so stellar for this place that we decided to give it a try. No online reservations, so took a while to find out if we could get in, but interaction with Adrian was extremely pleasant and by the third call we'd... More

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Sanibel Island, Florida
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

My husband and I celebrated our 43rd anniversary at this restaurant on 8/14/14. The service was impeccable, our waitress was very attentive and we enjoyed our ongoing conversation with her. The maître d' was also very attentive. Oh! And the food was totally excellent. When we return to Maine next summer we will return to the Back Bay Grill!!

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Pace, Florida
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We dined here last week and had an outstanding experience. Charming restaurant with attentive, friendly staff. Our starters included Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Lobster - creamy and delicious- as well as Bangs Island steamed mussels - small, sweet and enjoyed much more than the Food Network recommended roasted mussels we had last night at Fore Street. Our entrees were:... More

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CT
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The food, service and ambiance once you step inside are wonderful. The restaurant itself is et in a slightly sketchy area but was not an issue. Kitchen is creative and uses local fresh ingredients with the right mix of seasoning and spices to present an excellent meal.

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Astoria, New York, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Stayed for only one night and wanted to find a place for which Portland is known to be a foodie town, Back Bay Grill was it! We came a bit early (about 4:50 pm, dinner starts at 5) on a Thursday evening. We did not have reservations, but got lucky - there was one table that had reservations for 7,... More

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Boston... ish
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

(full disclosure, I'm a mom who was away from her family for the first time in a while, so anything I didn't have to cook was appreciated =). My sister lives in the area. She has a knack for finding really spectacular, hidden gems of restaurants -- an overlooked trattoria in the North End or a tiny deli in Newton... More

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San Francisco, California
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154 reviews 154 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We've eaten at BBG a number of times over the years but hadn't in 3-5 until we went back about a month ago. BBG not in the center (centah in Maine-speak) of Portland's busiest tourist streets, but it's not more than a few blocks away either. Our hotel delivered us and then came back to get us using a nifty... More

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new jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The service and food were excellent. I felt that everyone went just a little further to be accommodating and make the evening special. This was apparent from the first contact to make a reservation in which we called too early and were told when we could book. The restaurant contacted us on that date and confirmed our booking. This was... More

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Dartmouth, Massachusetts
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The food was very good at this upscale restaurant, but it was the service that made it stand out. Adrian worked hard to find a reservation that met our needs, then remembered us from the phone calls and introduced himself when we arrived. The table staff were very friendly and accommodating, splitting our single salad into two plates without being... More

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Portland, Maine
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I used to take clients here when entertaining. The food, service and experience made it an easy choice. Over the years, lifestyle changes meant most of our (wife and I) dining was focused on casual neighborhood places around Portland. I am embarrassed to say we somehow forgot about Back Bay Grill. We rediscovered it last winter and have been back... More

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