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Bayside American Cafe

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98 Portland St, Portland, ME 04101-2829
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7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Crab cakes!

There are crab cakes and then there are CRAB CAKES! They definitely don't skimp on the seafood portions in Portland, ME. Our waiter, Harry, was very helpful and the service was attentive. This place has an interesting cozy upstairs seating arrangement with lots of natural light. Highly recommend... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are crab cakes and then there are CRAB CAKES! They definitely don't skimp on the seafood portions in Portland, ME. Our waiter, Harry, was very helpful and the service was attentive. This place has an interesting cozy upstairs seating arrangement with lots of natural light. Highly recommend for breakfast or brunch!

Thank jdfidler
Southwest Harbor, Maine
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71 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We didn't know what to expect with the new name to our go-to breakfast place when in Portland (formerly Bintliff's) and were exceptionally pleased to discover the name is the only thing that has changed. Still a menu to drool over; I mean how do you choose between Louisiana Bayou Benedict (grilled andouille sausage, homemade corn cakes, poached eggs smothered... More 

Thank islandfoodie04679
Great Barrington, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited twice while visiting Portland for a weekend. Incredible food, and great service. The cinnamon bun pancakes are to die for! Gets really busy after nine, but so worth the wait!

Thank Dak1217
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

This place is worth the weekend wait and takes reservations during the week. We visited as a family with young children and there is something for everyone and enough to bring some home. The pancakes are enormous and delicious. The potatoes have the perfect amount of flavor and were cooked to perfection. Wonderful place for breakfast with friends or family... More 

Thank Dawn S
Cromwell, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015 via mobile

I ordered crab cakes Benedict. The crab had a strong odor of ammonia. This is NOT a good sign. Sent it back and waiter seemed put off. He told me he needed to check with kitchen first. Really?! I don't care what you need to do. I'm not eating spoiled food. Homemade hash was better than average. Pancake was good.... More 

Thank Renee V
Portland, Maine
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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

When we ate lunch there, the place was not crowded, and the service was very friendly and attentive. The food was outstanding. What can I say? It's such a terrific place, you want to keep it all to yourself. Beautiful, huge authentic antique wooden bars grace both upstairs and downstairs dining areas, lending a throw-back feeling to the entire experience.... More 

Thank francesperkins
Camden, Maine
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

Quite popular, trendy breakfast spot around the corner from the Portland main Post Office. We had the spinach eggs Benedict, which my wife corrected as technically not eggs Benedict as it had a cheese sauce. The eggs were perfectly cooked in one of those poaching pans, round, but not actually poached, nicely done with crumbled bacon and "wilted" spinach on... More 

Thank jmact
Sacramento, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

A great local restaurant for delicious, HUGE breakfast plates. Tons of options. Everything was delicious. Had a lot of very fun and interesting options. Under order because the portions are huge.

Thank traveller2332
Wethersfield, Connecticut
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

Great place for breakfast, brunch. We had breakfast Saturday morning, with a wait time of around 20 mins. Small cozy place with breakfast galore. Blueberry pancakes were soft fluffy and just perfect, maple syrup was extra though. Their crabcakes were nothing but crab, soft succulent and delicious with a slight proper crust. Their home fries were well seasoned and perfectly... More 

Thank SPD1234
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

Recommended by family who are huge fans of Bintliffs, their suggestions were spot on. We enjoyed a weekday late morning breakfast after driving up from CT and were seated immediately in a booth in the upstairs dining room. Service was attentive and efficient. We enjoyed Bloody Mary's to kick off our 3 day getaway road trip and they were great.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 98 Portland St, Portland, ME 04101-2829
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: 207-774-0005

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm

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