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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, Late Night, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 10
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  • 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
They never fail to deliver!

We were on our way home from visiting Washington & NYC and were planning to go home but decided to stay one night in Portland so we could go to our favourite spot - The Back Bay Grill was well worth staying the night for. It is a restaurant that makes you feel so welcome - there is no pretense... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
Gradon22
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Rothesay, Canada
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Came to Portland for a weekend and wanted to have a great dinner, and were not disappointed tho not the best dinner we had in Portland . The staff were great and attentive, and the food was good, but not as great as we had anticipated . But still one of the best restaurants in the city. Nice wine list... More 

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Rothesay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We were on our way home from visiting Washington & NYC and were planning to go home but decided to stay one night in Portland so we could go to our favourite spot - The Back Bay Grill was well worth staying the night for. It is a restaurant that makes you feel so welcome - there is no pretense... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

we were celebrating my wife's birthday. every part of our experience was top shelf. service was impeccable, the food was superb and the ambiance was just right. Being from the NYC area we have access to great restaurants. Back Bay Grill ranks up there with the best places we have been to in Manhattan. such a wonderful find in Portland.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

It was our fourth visit to this esteemed spot...this time there were five of us on the last April Saturday night...We arrived at 530 because we had Theatre tickets with a curtain rising at 8...we were joined by a gazillion opera buffs on there way to celebrate the?90th birthday of the Portland Opera...little did we know that we were in... More 

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Williamsburg, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 via mobile

The highest level of cooking. At the Back Bay Grill, food is an art. My favorite gourmet restaurant! Fabulous!

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Kennebunk, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Want to experience one of the best restaurants in Portland, Maine? Back Bay Grill would be an excellent choice. Jessie our waiter was suprerior in being there, but not. Adrien's wine selection is always a stunningly complementry pairing to the meal. Wejust leave it him to choose the wine. Paul's salad preparation is fabulous. The Bang Island muscles are great,... More 

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

I had been meaning to try this restaurant in town for a while, and was really impressed. Down sides are parking (it's in a slightly dodgy part of town with no valet assist) and furnishings - could do with a "freshening." But the food and service were outstanding. My friend had the asparagus appetizer with Humboldt Fog cheese (fabulous) and... More 

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Williamsburg, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Cozy atmosphere. A bit tooo noisy. Tasty rack of lamb, 4 lambchops would be better than 3 for $34. Erica's and Ian's servce reminiscent of an evening at the well known Inn at Little Washington in Virginia. Best creme brulee ever. Will definitely be here for dinner next time we are in Portland.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

My husband and I often travel to Portland for the restaurant scene and Back Bay is the best the city have to offer in fine dining options. We originally were placed at a small corner table. Our waitress immediately noticed we were not comfortable and offered to move us. She was fantastic throughout the meal! Ask for Erika. The only... More 

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Portland, ME
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Restaurant has been in an odd part of town forever - ownership changes - atmosphere fairly ordinary - but the food always remains excellent!

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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: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business, Romantic, 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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