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The Porthole

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20 Custom House Wharf, Portland, ME 04101-4708
+1 207-773-4653
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good38%
  • Average16%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible6%
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“twin lobsters” (35 reviews)
“lobster roll” (80 reviews)
“fish tacos” (27 reviews)
Open Now
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
20 Custom House Wharf, Portland, ME 04101-4708
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Came to town to avoid rain at the lake. 3 couples had lunch on the deck. Lobster roll, fish tacos and beer battered fish all good. Watched the lobster boats unload. Service a little slow but friendly.

Thank Glen M
Reviewed 6 days ago

Our first meal in Maine had to be lobster. Went to The Porthole (which has pet friendly seating outdoors). We both ordered twin lobster dinners. The lobster was really good, sweet and tasty, and the price could not be beat - market price at the...More

Thank Eric K
Reviewed 6 days ago

We enjoyed lobster rolls and salads at a picnic table out the back deck. The place was hopping and service kept things moving.

Thank David S R
Reviewed 6 days ago

My sister and I had heard about the Twin Lobster Special, so we thought me might share it. They have a $5 plate sharing charge, so we changed our minds, and I decided to get the Lobster Pappardelle instead. My sister still talks about how...More

Thank Jerianne J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very accommodating wait staff, good music playing. Draft beer in a plastic cub for $7 a pop seems a bit high but that's not a complaint. They have a great spot and I'll gladly pay for the view & good music.

Thank Tish's Travels
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Can’t review the food because we never got that far. We had a party of 6 people and got seated fairly quickly. Twenty minutes later we were still seated without even a staff member coming to our table for drink orders. We got up and...More

Thank Rogerm213
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I hate to write a less than positive review for any restaurant, but since I happened to end up at the Porthole two times in 5 days, I feel that I should be up front and share my disappointment the second time around. My first...More

Thank HWWoman24
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited on a Monday and the place was pretty quiet. I had the fish tacos, which were quite tasty, with flaky fish, pico de gallo and some relatively mild tartar-sauce like dressing. Onion rings were good too. My friend had fried clams which were really...More

Thank TravelinFamilyBoston
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I read some negative reviews but thought we would check for ourselves. Man, I’m glad we did! Awesome food all the way around and a good value. Picnic table seating outside wasn’t bad although it was a hot day. Our server, John, was terrific. Great...More

Thank Airmcnair
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed some drinks and some of the happy hour snacks at the port hole. We didn't stay for dinner but we enjoyed being outside with a whole bunch of people on the gigantic deck outside. The people are friendly the band was fun and...More

Thank TomOH
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Questions & Answers
Tom B
July 3, 2016|
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Response from Ayuh04108 | Reviewed this property |
they do, but this time of year, the deck is hot and crowded. it's probably more about what your dog can endure, rather than what the restaurant allows.
July 13, 2015|
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Response from Dominique L | Reviewed this property |
Gillette Statium is South of Boston, the Porthole restaurant is in Portland Maine, at least 3 hours away
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
7:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 20 Custom House Wharf, Portland, ME 04101-4708
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-773-4653
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