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Back Bay Grill

65 Portland St, Portland, ME 04101-2827
207-772-8833
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Ranked #2 of 535 restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse, Vegetarian
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
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  • Italian first
  • Russian first
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English first
Portland, Maine
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Sent here by family members as their own special occasion spot. From the extremely gracious handling of our reservation for party of 8 on a very busy Fri night to the tiny taste treats Adrian slipped over to our table, this dinner was a high point of our visit. Leaving the rugged natural beauty of Cape Elizabeth Headlights late afternoon... More

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Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Ok, I try to reserve my "5 stars" for the best, and Back Bay Grill is one of the few that is in the league! Wow! We were discussing our experience after and we agreed - it was amazing! The service was great. I had a question about 2 specific wines on the wine list and the waiter was well... More

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San Francisco, California
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58 reviews 58 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We returned to this restaurant after many years away and found it as good, if not better, than in our previous visits. Maitre d' accommodated us with a reservation on a busy Friday night and wait staff were friendly and efficient. My salad and the chicken dish were nicely prepared and presented. And the caramel ice cream for dessert was... More

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New Jersey
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

My husband and I came here for our combined birthday dinner. We have traveled pretty extensively and lived in the NY/NJ metro area for several years, so we have eaten at 5 star restaurants plenty of times. This was, we both agreed, just the best dining experience we have had. The restaurant is small and intimate. The temperature was perfect--I... More

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Stow, MA
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Had dinner here alone on July 10th. They were great in seating me by a window so I wouldn't look so alone in the middle of the dinning room. Food is terrific. Duck was great and loved the Swiss Chard that came with it. Chocolate Semifreddo dessert was super. Loved that they start you with a small "taste" - it... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

From the moment we walked in the door, our experience at Back Bay Grill was superb! The area where the restaurant is located is sketchy but don't let that deter you. The atmosphere inside is small but nice. The service was perfect, friendly and attentive. I had the chilled cantaloupe soup and my husband had the crab cake. He gets... More

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Covent Garden
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105 reviews 105 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

about this place, which hasn't already been said. It really is the number one restaurant in Portland. We were originally recommended this restaurant by the Inn by the Sea Hotel where we were staying and for the 3rd consecutive year Adrian and the team delivered the best dining experience in our 2 week stay. Food and service are just fantastic...enough... More

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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We had a last-minute reservation and were fitted in towards the end of service - we even had our choice of tables. We chose the larger dining room which was well appointed in comfortable surroundings. Adrian looked after us from start to finish and was a consummate host. The food was superb and he managed to find us a bottle... More

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Portland, Maine
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269 reviews 269 reviews
240 restaurant reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

And it starts the way it always starts, by calling and making a reservation with the finest GM this "reviewer" (and jaded New Yorker) has ever known, Adrian (who tends to every single aspect of the dining experience). It continues - as it did with my wife and me as we celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary there this evening -... More

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