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Back Bay Grill

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65 Portland St, Portland, ME 04101-2827
207-772-8833
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Portland, Maine
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64 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is not in the main downtown tourist jam but is definitely worth the effort of getting there. First of all, the dining experience is elegant - well trained waitstaff and a refined dining room, not the noisy hubbub found in so many Portland restaurants. The bread is sublime, baked there every day and probably the best I have ever... More 

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Long Island, NY
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The overall atmosphere is warm and inviting. The food is amazing. The service and staff are wonderful. It all adds up to a remarkable dining experience. If you are in Portland do not pass up a chance to enjoy Back Bay Grill.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We were lucky to get a reservation seated at the bar (closest to the kitchen). Watching the chefs in action was mesmerizing. The food was just as delicious. Waitstaff amazing. You will be lucky to get a table here too.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very good service and excellent food. As an added boost, we were driving to Portland that day and traffic was going to make us late to our hotel and therefore late for our reservation. The manager couldn't have been nicer when I called to let them know and said he'd just hold our table. Period. Very nice. Food and wine... More 

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Leominster, Massachusetts
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219 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Back Bay Grill has been in business for over 20 years and it is easy to see why. Excellent service, delicious food and Adrian the manager is worth the price of admission. My wife and I split a crab cake appetizer (very good) and the caprese salad (excellent). I especially enjoyed the Lavender Marinated Duck Breast, perhaps the best... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I can't say enough about how wonderful our time there was. My wife found it and made a reservation for our first anniversary. The service was warm and friendly while impeccable and precise. The food, start to finish was perfect. I had the lobster in a sherry sauce over risotto; incredible, amazing. My wife had the filet; perfectly seared, so... More 

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Northbrook, Illinois
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a truly marvelous little place with outstanding food and an equally great wine list. Adrian, the manager, went out of his way to make sure our first visit was enjoyable. Because we were late making reservations, we ate at the bar which, by the way, was fun, active and close to the open kitchen. Starting with the mussels... More 

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Palm Coast, Florida
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our meal at the Back Bay Grill rivaled the one we had had the week before at the Château Frontenac in Québec City. With apéros, amuse-bouches, Hudson Valley foie gras, large choice of main courses, salads and desserts, we also had superior service from the entire staff. My husband had special requests, and the chef accommodated those needs. If one... More 

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New York
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104 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Do not be deterred by the neighborhood surrounding this gem. The location is not within the usual tourist areas downtown.Open the doors to a wonderfully decorated food sanctuary. Service was informative and very responsive to our needs. Started with a wonderful heirloom tomato and mozzarella salad. Others ordered fabulous English pea soup. Split an order of foie gras. Delicious! Main... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Made reservations for Saturday night just 4 days before. We were welcomed and seated right away. The dining room is handsome and comfortable. We ordered the salmon and rack of lamb, both were delicious, as were accompanying vegetables. Service was quite good, waiter got my wife a glass of Reisling that was not on the "by the glass" list. We... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
American, Vegetarian
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 65 Portland St, Portland, ME 04101-2827
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: 207-772-8833

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?