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“Our Number One” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Blue Spoon

Blue Spoon
89 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3603
207-773-1116
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Ranked #65 of 540 Restaurants in Portland
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Diner
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Merrill Street
Portland, Maine
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Our Number One”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Blue Spoon is a small neighborhood restaurant that turns out remarkable food. The service is excellent; the staff is friendly and efficient; the tiny kitchen produces fabulous meals. After eating there at least once a week for a year or so, we've yet to be disappointed.

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  • English first
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English first
Portland, Maine
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Local fare, fairly priced.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I've been here many times, but have not reviewed before now. What prompted me to this time was due to what I felt was a shift in service. I've always viewed the Blue Spoon as a refined and casually elegant little hideaway on the East End. There's always a cool mix of diners, ranging from the theater crowd to the locals. The food is well priced given the quality and presentation. Love that they buy and use local products whenever possible. Love the happy hour offerings between 4 and 6 pm. Appreciate that you can get small or larger portions in many of their salad and main course selections. And the service is impeccable. Until tonite. I reserved on Open Table and asked for a window table. On entering, I said that to my dinner companion and the greeters response was cool and edgy. We were offered a tiny and cramped window table, but there were other empty window tables that were much nicer, but we're apparently saved for parties of four. We settled instead for for a non-window table and it was perfectly fine, but it then took nearly 10 minutes for the same waitress to come to the table for our drink order. Once things got rolling the food was fantastic as always, but the service was not up to their usual standards. Given that the restaurant is tiny and was half empty, waiting 10 minutes for service is unacceptable. I hope the owners know that they have a very unique and wonderful offering at the Blue Spoon and excellent service is expected by the regulars.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Milton, Georgia
Top Contributor
379 reviews 379 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 134 cities Reviews in 134 cities
753 helpful votes 753 helpful votes
“Casual Feel with Upscale Food Choices -- and Delicious”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

My wife, adult son, and I went to the Blue Spoon for a casual dinner. Service was helpful and attentive. There were a lot of interesting choices for a "small restaurant". Convenient to downtown and the Eastern Promenade.

We consumed the Meze appetizer plate (which is good for 3 or 4 people), red beet salad with added chicken, free range burger, and pork ragu. All were very delicious without a long wait.

Dinner for three with tip (no drinks and no dessert) was about $70.

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  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Portland, Maine
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Not Your Usual Potato Salad”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

My wife and I stopped by one Saturday afternoon for lunch. We each ordered the Bistro Burger and Potato Salad. The burgers were cooked as ordered - hers was rare and mine medium rare. They came on a not your regular burger bun, which was a good thing. The bun had good flavor and complimented the burger. The real surprise though, was the potato salad. It was most definitely not your usual potato salad. It was basically home fries served with a mayo dressing. I don't know who thought of this, but it really worked well. Absolutely delicious!

Just the lunch we were looking for on a warm Saturday afternoon.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Portland, Maine
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“A Gem on Munjoy Hill”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

In our quest to get to know Portland, we ate at the Blue Spoon as part of our walk around Munjoy Hill and a visit to the Portland Observatory. What a delight! The restaurant is small but smartly furnished with clean contemporary lines. There are a few tables outside, street side for eating. We chose to eat indoors and were easily seated at 5 pm. However, the place had a steady flow of guests while we were there. Two delightful wines were available for Happy Hour at $2.50/glass, the first a Sangiovese and the second a Pinot Grigio. Specially priced Starters were also available for Happy Hour (4 - 6 pm ?). the Meze Plate was outstanding with cheese, olives, salami, pickled veggies and grilled flatbread. Another Starter of Warm Feta Cheese dip and Za'taar was so unique and satisfying. Dinner was bistro burgers and Braised Beef/mushrooms over Homemade
Pasta. What was best for me was the option to have a small plate of the Braised entree. The Bistro Burgers were served with optional toppings, adding some savory adventure to a burger. All in all, two glasses of wine each, Starters and fresh delicious Entrees for two people - under $50. this was totally enjoyable and satisfying.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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