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Bresca

111 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101-4104
207-772-1004
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Ranked #58 of 530 restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Franklin
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English first
Portland, Maine
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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
5 helpful votes 5 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
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 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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Maine
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31 reviews 31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
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114 reviews 114 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
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238 reviews 238 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
139 helpful votes 139 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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41 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 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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90 reviews 90 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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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