I have eaten at Fore Street several times, without ever enjoying the experience. The food is good and I would have rated the restaurant higher except for two things; it has the reputation of being one of the best places to eat in Portland, a totally undeserved reputation, and the atmosphere is so incredibly noisy it is impossible to have a conversation. Also, as most of the neative reviews point out, the service is poor, one waits forever for their order and the wait staff are not very pleasant. The only other restaurant I know of in Portland that is even noisier than Fore Street, is Street and Company, which has the same owner.
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