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Bresca - CLOSED

111 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101-4104
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Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Franklin

72 reviews from our community

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English first
Portland, Maine
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013 via mobile

Had a good reputation, but phone is out of service and they are no longer in this location.....or anywhere near that I can easily find..... No new phone number....website list some place in Garland, Maine (where is that exactly?) Perhaps if you go out of business you can send a note to be removed from Trip Advisor or perhaps Trip... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

I have been to Bresca for both lunch and dinner. Absolutely everything I have had - drinks, appetizers, sandwich, steak, desserts - have been superb. It is a tiny restaurant with a small menu, but I would recommend it to anyone who is going to be in Portland.

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Bradford, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

or you won't get a table for lunch. It's a fabulous jewel of a restaurant. The sunchoke soup was so good I would have dived in if the bowl had been a bit bigger: it's right up there with their fabled shaved Brussels sprout salad. Me and my two companions pretty well covered the whole admittedly short menu but all... More 

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Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Finally got to Bresca! My husband and I ate lunch here today and it was wonderful. It has a very limited menu, but the food was fresh and expertly prepared. I had read many reviews about the shaved Brussels sprout salad, so we felt compelled to try it. I can't say I loved it and would probably not get it... More 

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Portland, Oregon
Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

A friend recommended Bresca & I walked by a couple of times & kind of kept walking, but figured I would give it a try. So stopped in for lunch. It's a small but so comfortable spot. A bar with 4 seats & maybe 6 tables. The owner is also the chef & clearly this woman takes such pride in... More 

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Portland, Maine
Top Contributor
315 reviews 315 reviews
280 restaurant reviews
196 helpful votes 196 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Otherwise I'll never get in. OK, the secret is out. Anyone with a brain - sorry, stomach - knows that Bresca is one of the (deservedly) top restaurants in a town full of fabulous eating. And now that they're open for lunch - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and (I believe) Saturday - is just icing on the cake. Besides delicious cake...eh,... More 

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Lyman, Maine
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51 reviews 51 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Knowing that Bresca served one of the most memorable meals in my life, I was hesitant to eat lunch there. Why run the risk of diminishing the memory for a luncheon meal? I have to admit that I was concerned on reading the menu when I arrived. Pork meatball sandwich? Hamburger? I should have had more faith in the owner/chef... More 

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Portland, Maine
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57 reviews 57 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

This restaurant just started serving lunch several days a week and is a real must to visit if you like tasty food. The deserts are wonderful. The prices are moderate for such delicious fare. It is some place to go for a delicious leisurely meal.

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Cape Elizabeth, Maine
20 reviews 20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013 via mobile

A sweet restaurant that has a small menu with fresh big tastes. A great place to have a business lunch or to meet a friend and enjoy a long and leisurely meal.

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San Francisco, California
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91 reviews 91 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

We stumbled on this restaurant which feels like a Parision Bistro. Best food in Portland says a longtime Portlandite. I was on my way to Duck Fat, but very happy to discover this jewel.

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Additional Information about Bresca

Address: 111 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101-4104
Phone Number: 207-772-1004
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
Cuisine: Italian

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