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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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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 298
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    Very good
  • 10
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  • 4
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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
Well done dining

We enjoyed an excellent celebratory meal last week. I appreciated the good acoustics and adequate space between tables, making it easier for a group of 7 to converse at a rectangular table. Something special for everyone -- the duck was the entree favorite. The mushroom dusted scallops and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
Julie H
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Stamford, Connecticut, United States
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  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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Stamford, Connecticut, United States
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed an excellent celebratory meal last week. I appreciated the good acoustics and adequate space between tables, making it easier for a group of 7 to converse at a rectangular table. Something special for everyone -- the duck was the entree favorite. The mushroom dusted scallops and the beet soup were especially good starters. Fantastic desserts!!!! Couldn't pick a... More 

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Coventry, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

I have never written a review for a restaurant but after our experience last night I knew I had to share it. We were driving through on our way to Bangor and my husband googled recommendations for restaurants and we were right at the exit so we quickly jumped off. I honestly hesitated when he told me it was the... More 

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Portland, Maine
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Back Bay Grill provides a high quality, New York style dining experience without the attitude or the prices. We've been coming to this restaurant for years and are never disappointed. I have found that, among locals in Portland, this is the go to restaurants for birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. While the food is great, the best thing about... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Definitely lived up to the hype of being #1 Tripadvisor Portland restaurant. We came early on the Thurs night (only reservation we could get) and the placed was full by time we left around 7 pm. Service was excellent and all food was top-notch and reasonably priced. We had mussels as appetizer and they were wonderful and the portion was... More 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

The restaurant is in an older building with lots of great history and is on the smaller size with great ambiance. Due to the older building, There was a step to get inside but they have a portable ramp they put out for wheelchairs which is great. Most places don't go to this trouble and we end up having to... More 

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Wells, Maine
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

#1 on tripadvisor for good reason! From the warm fresh home made bread to the white chocolate ice cream with hot fudge sauce and chocolate "spaghetti". A meal to remember. Rating the dessert first, what can I say. It was really great. The spaghetti was a thin chocolate cookie cut into strips and then baked. Added a nice crunchy texture... More 

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

From the warm welcome, to the wonderful service and delicious food we will definitely return to this restaurant. Everyone loved their entrees and we all had something different- a superb lobster, rack of lamb and duck.

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Back Bay Grill is tucked away in a neighborhood that you may not frequent but it is well worth the trip. The food is among the very best in Portland. The staff work like a well-oiled machine. I had a reservation for 4 for needed to make it 5 and the staff did everything to accommodate us. Above and Beyond!... More 

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California
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45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Back Bay Grill is an amazing little find. They get five stars because of their attention to detail(linens on the bar for example) and amazing food and drinks. The bartender made our drinks right in front of us and added edible flowers to our lilliet rose. We had the crab cakes and fried scallops and they were out of this... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is a spectacular restaurant. The food was creatively prepared and absolutely delicious. We were a party of 4 and everyone was impressed. The waiter was attentive, welcoming and let us eat at a leisurely pace without rushing us out the door. This is a restaurant that earns its place at the top of the restaurants in Portland.

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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, Barbecue, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Doing business, Romantic
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?