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

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  • 12
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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
Exemplary food and smooth service,

This is a great restaurant for dinner with friends, from the moment you are greeted on entry to leaving. Service is impeccable, the food is uniformly superb with the duck as my favorite, since I don't cook that dish at home. The smallish size lends itself to a being-at- home sensation. The staff... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Tenore90
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Portland, Maine
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Portland, Maine
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56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a great restaurant for dinner with friends, from the moment you are greeted on entry to leaving. Service is impeccable, the food is uniformly superb with the duck as my favorite, since I don't cook that dish at home. The smallish size lends itself to a being-at- home sensation. The staff are eager to coach you on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I never review anything but this restaurant is exceptional. The quality of the food was only surpassed by the exceptional service .

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Thank Jeff L
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Back Bay Grill will remain a favorite in Portland. Food, staff and atmosphere are all perfected! I highly recommend the mussels and arugula salad and for the non seafood fan, the duck is awesome and very rich.

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Thank Suzanne M
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When was the last time you entered a restaurant and they took your coat and hung it in a closet? After a well prepared meal, great drink from the bar and amazing evening. The staff helped us with our coats, asked how our evening was and welcomed us back anytime. Old school charm is the new feel at the Back... More 

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Thank thebrickhouse
Portland, Maine
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had the most wonderful evening starting with our coats being checked! Adrien and staff are gracious, welcoming and provide excellent service. We ordered mussels to share as an appetizer and they came already divided in two dishes. My husband's steak and my scallops were perfect. They easily substituted a vegetable upon request. Excellent food, drinks and service.

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Thank chap5
Marblehead, Massachusetts
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71 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

We spent New Year's Eve dining at the Back Bay Grill because it was my husband's birthday. They had a fixed price 4 course dinner with an optional dessert add-on. The first course was 2 mini rounds of rabbit which I didn't care for but the remainder of the meal was the best we've had. The highlights were a mushroom... More 

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Thank youngatheart3663
East Bridgewater, Massachusetts
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44 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Very nice place with a charming ambiance and open kitchen. Great service and great food all around. The menu changes so keep in mind the online menu might not be entirely accurate. I started with the mussels and a salad which were delicious. Entrees were great. Nice wines and cocktails. Great atmosphere and dining for couples who want to have... More 

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Portland, Maine
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

There are so many wonderful restaurants in Portland Maine it's easy to forget the ones opened long ago. I recently went back to Back Bay Grill and was delighted. The service is warm, friendly - excellent. The food was delicious and there was something good for everyone (vegans, carnivores, fish lovers - our party of 5 had everything).

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Thank Kathr910
Alexandria, Virginia
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

This restaurant was recommended by friends who are locals, and we were glad to get a bit out of the "touristy" section of Old Port. The restaurant is very intimate, and service reflects the small space-- very attentive and friendly. We started by splitting the foie gras, which was excellent. Our respective soup/salad starters were also quite good. Reviews were... More 

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Thank alexis b
Detroit, Michigan
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Everything about this place was perfection. The service was outstanding with Jessie on the spot at every turn with out being obtrusive. The food was some of the best I have ever had. The filet was like butter and the rack of lamb was prepared to perfection. Although the menu is limited what they do is exemplary. My expectations are... 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, Barbecue, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
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?