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“Not what it's all hyped up to be.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Fore Street

Fore Street
Portland, ME
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Ranked #15 of 136 things to do in Portland
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Portland, Maine
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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“Not what it's all hyped up to be.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Perhaps we just did not get the "pick of the night" but are expectations were not met. It was packed with an hour and half wait; service was slow (maybe because it was so busy); sitting right next to neighbor; and our meal was just, o.k. nothing special - no unique or surprising flavor combinations. Given the rave reviews, we may have just hit it on a bad night.

Visited December 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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45 reviews 45 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Outstanding food, ok service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

I went here with a large group. We shared a few things and I loved everything I tried. The food is on the heavier side but everything was delicious. Only sub-par aspect was the service. Granted we were there late but our waitress left us mid order and was nmoy the most helpful throughout the night. I would still go back and definitely recommend it!

Visited February 2014
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Mayville, Wisconsin, United States
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“Fresh Seafood with Courteous Staff”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

Although you pay a premium for the food, the quality and flavor were worth it. We had each of the sides so we could taste test everything. Also did various appetizers. There was nothing we didn't like, with the staff being courteous and on the ball. The only negative is the noise. It wouldn't be a romantic setting unless you were there early or late evening.

Visited January 2014
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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“Gorgeous Atmosphere Friendly Staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

It is so refreshing to go to a nice upscale restaurant where the food is delicious and most importantly, the waitstaff is so friendly! We went to Fore Street for New Year's Eve. The warm and cozy atmosphere of Fore Street is a huge attraction, along with the great cocktails, extensive wine list and of course the fresh and ever-changing menu. But to me, none of that matters as much if you don't feel welcomed. The hostess was friendly, funny and made us feel like old friends, even though it was our first time there. We will certainly visit Fore Street again.

Visited January 2014
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Belfast, Maine
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“Always Great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

We make a reservation and eat at Fore Street every time we go to Portland to stay overnight. The entire experience from making the reservation, to having a drink at the bar, to eating the meal is just superb. The atmosphere is unique with the ability to see the open kitchen at work from any seat in the main dining room. We ate there last week we always marvel at the fact that no matter what night of the week we go it is always busy. That busy atmosphere is part of what makes it exciting and special. The wait staff is excellent. Lance waited on us this time and he gave us the service that always makes us feel special. We recommend this restaurant frequently to our friends and we have always gotten good feedback. The mussels for an appetizer are a must. Go to Portland, stay at the Portland Regency Hotel and eat dinner at Fore Street. You won't be dissappointed.

Visited December 2013
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