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Bruno's

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33 Allen Ave, Portland, ME 04103-3708
207 878 9511
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11:30 am - 1:00 am
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Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Bruno's is a casual family run restaurant serving everything from steak...
Bruno's is a casual family run restaurant serving everything from steak sandwiches to homemade pastas. Customers can enjoy lunch or dinner in our dining room with an open kitchen, or you can also choose from our full menu in our tavern side complete with 10 TV's and varied seating. Outside seating is available on our deck or newly built patio. We also have a new banquet room that can accomidate anything from weddings to business meetings; outside catering is available too. Bruno's has been serving the people of greater Portland for over 30 years. We attribute most of our success to our strong flow of regular customers who return week after week to get the same excellent service and delicious food as their last visit.
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  • 23
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent with a few minor hiccups

We live locally but had never been to this restaurant and decided to try it for a family birthday celebration with 9 people -- 7 adults and 2 children. I had called in the afternoon to see about reservations. The woman who answered said they only take reservations for 10 or more, but said if I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 13, 2015
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Portland, Maine
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66 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Bruno's is a wonderful local Italian Restaurant with an extensive menu, very good service and nice atmosphere. The food is fresh and very well prepared. Some of my favorites are Pasta Fagiol, Veal Parmigiana, Salmon Saute and Lasagna. I recommend Bruno's to anyone who appreciates a fine Italian meal.

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

My family and close friends had a gathering of about 65 adults and a dozen children in the Ocean Star Banquet Room. The food, service and the setup was excellent. From the moment we arrived until the last dance we were catered to our every whim. Despite the chaos caused by all of our little ones, the wait staff continued... More 

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Middle island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This was my go to place for dinner the night before the Portland half marathon. I saw pasta and wasn't disappointed at all. Even the bread to start was awesome. Everyone in my group was extremely happy with there meals. Prices weren't terrible for the quality and quantity you get as well. This is A must go restaurant.

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Portland, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We live locally but had never been to this restaurant and decided to try it for a family birthday celebration with 9 people -- 7 adults and 2 children. I had called in the afternoon to see about reservations. The woman who answered said they only take reservations for 10 or more, but said if I give her our name... More 

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Stafford, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We were up in the Portland area this past weekend and were told to check out "Bruno's". We were a party of eight, so we stopped in at lunch on the patio. From start to finish, everything was fabulous! We order three plates of calamari and everyone in our group agreed it was the best we ever had. The breading... More 

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New Jersey
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50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We arrived at Bruno's at 7pm on a Saturday, and they instantly earned big points by having a huge parking lot! Such a relief to get away from the snow covered streets and expensive parking garages of the old port. We were told the wait for a table in the dining room would be about 30 minutes, but we peeked... More 

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Bruno's is our go to at least once a week. I am originally from NY where great Italian food is a staple. Bruno's can hold their own against some of my back home favorites. They have a decent wing special Mon-Tues and many homemade items! One of our favorite apps is the arancini. Right now they are serving a lobster... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I travel to Maine frequently and I always dine at Bruno's. The food is excellent and reasonably priced, and the service is always superior. Full menu (over 30 entrees), with homemade appetizers, soups and desserts. The adjacent bar is a perfect alternative if you don't feel like a sit-down dinner. It's nice to have the owner on-site too. Highly recommended!

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Downeast Maine
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58 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Nice ambiance, great service, and best of all Great Food. When we want Italian in Portland we find it hard to not go to Bruno's even though there are many great Italian restaurants in Portland. No special menu items, just plain good 'ole Italian food. We tend to order from their appetizer menu because we don't need as much to... More 

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Portland, Maine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Used to love this restaurant, but the last time there, we were sadly disappointed. The problem was with my meal. Ordered the eggplant parmesan...waited 30 minutes, which is fine for fresh and hot food...but it was barely warm...the ziti macaroni was cold and stuck together...not even the sauce was hot. The worst part was the lukewarm eggplant...One tiny square piece.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 33 Allen Ave, Portland, ME 04103-3708
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: 207 878 9511

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 20
  • Cuisine: Italian, American

Description

Bruno's is a casual family run restaurant serving everything from steak sandwiches to homemade pastas. Customers can enjoy lunch or dinner in our dining room with an open kitchen, or you can also choose from our full menu in our tavern side complete with 10 TV's and varied seating. Outside seating is available on our deck or newly built patio. We also have a new banquet room that can accomidate anything from weddings to business meetings; outside catering is available too. Bruno's has been serving the people of greater Portland for over 30 years. We attribute most of our success to our strong flow of regular customers who return week after week to get the same excellent service and delicious food as their last visit.
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Friday
11:30 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:30 am - 1:00 am

Questions & Answers

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?