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Gritty McDuff's

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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396 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101-4026
+1 207-772-2739
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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50 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the Old Port for the first time and decided we would try Gritty's for our dinner and Pub experience. I ordered a Reuben sandwich my husband ordered a burger and we also had french fries. The Reuben was not that great, it was actually shredded corned beef, not the deli style, and it was kind of tasteless... More 

Thank Roccfroluke
Gritty M, Manager at Gritty McDuff's, responded to this review

Thank you for the nice review. We are pleased you ventured our way and hope to you will find your way to us again soon. Cheers! More 

Medford, Oregon
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592 reviews
350 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beer selection is poor. Atmosphere is loud and can be fun, but if the beer is bad...... Overall, we won't go there again. We hear it is a cool place, but that is not what we experienced.

Thank YearoftheRabbit
Gritty M, Manager at Gritty McDuff's, responded to this review

After 28 years in business, we have learned that there are many palates to satisfy. We are sad to learn that our offerings don't appeal to your palate, yet appreciate that you gave us a try. More 

Dover, New Hampshire
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77 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Plenty to choose from on the menu,from burgers to chowders to main courses there is something for everyone. Their craft beer is some of the best in the area.Great staff also.

Thank T4349TOinfo
Gritty M, Manager at Gritty McDuff's, responded to this review

Thank you for the short, yet very sweet, review. We appreciate knowing we are one of your favorites,and greatly appreciate the shout out to our wonderful staff. We look forward to serving you again soon. Cheers! More 

Haverhill, Massachusetts, United States
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152 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tried two beers, Halloween and the brown ale. Both were delicious. The long tables are fun for a group.

Thank GwenM100
Gritty M, Manager at Gritty McDuff's, responded to this review

Thank you for the shout out to our beer and the communal tables. The two combined create an opportunity for good conversation and good times. Thank you for taking time to write a nice review. Cheers! More 

Jacksonville, Florida
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Worst meal I have ever had in Portland! A co-worker and I stopped in for dinner. I ordered the special smoked meatloaf sandwich on a pretzel bun and my co-worker ordered a steak Panini along with Pretzel bites and beer cheese. Not sure how you can mess up pretzel bites and beer cheese however Gritty's found a way. Cheese was... More 

Thank WBB7
Gritty M, Manager at Gritty McDuff's, responded to this review

This is not a typical review for us and we would like to learn more so we can investigate what led to this experience. We'd greatly appreciate it if you could reach out to us; gritty@grittys.com. More 

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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for supper on Saturday night and got window seat right away even though it was busy. The waitress was very attentive and pleasant. We got 4 different meals so I'm not going into each one but all were excellent. Not a fan of the home brew but that's just my taste. Bill was reasonable and will definitely return... More 

Thank cjo269
Gritty M, Manager at Gritty McDuff's, responded to this review

Thank you for the review on your positive experience. There are many palates to satisfy and we have many offerings. We are pleased to hear we will be serving you again and anticipate helping you find the brew to fit your taste. Cheers! More 

Cheshire, Connecticut
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137 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

I ate here for lunch with my wife on a Saturday afternoon in October 2016. There is a limited selection of beer, but what I had was quite good. The food is typical pub fare, but was also good, we ordered a series of appetizers, and the Gritty chips were fantastic. Our waitress was fantastic and attentive, and our food... More 

Thank huskyhoops
Gritty M, Manager at Gritty McDuff's, responded to this review

Many thanks for the wonderful review, and for the shout out to our hard working staff. We hope to serve you again soon. Cheers! More 

State College
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

We stopped at Gritty McDuff's for lunch before a tour of Portland. The restaurant was largely empty and we were able to score a table that looked out onto the city's waterfront. The servers seemed almost annoyed that they had to do their jobs and were having a borderline inappropriate personal conversation within earshot of my group and other customers.... More 

Thank dante437
Gritty M, Manager at Gritty McDuff's, responded to this review

We are sorry to learn of your experience, and would like to gather more information in order to do the best job possible for our customers. Please contact us: gritty@grittys.com so we can learn more about the variables involved in your visit. More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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138 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

This place was busy when we got there but there was still places to sit. I didn't really like their beer selection but my friends did. The food was ok but nothing special. My friend really liked the clam chowder and the fries. I had the chili, which I thought was partially from a can. Good place to go if... More 

Thank jclb517
Gritty M, Manager at Gritty McDuff's, responded to this review

We are pleased you were able to find seating and that your friends enjoyed their visit. In keeping with a traditional European pub, the environment varies based on many factors. It sounds as though your visit occurred at a busy time. The energetic environment has been a draw for many, yet we understand if it isn't to all tastes. We... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

From the minute you walk in you are transported to Ireland. Terrific decor, great selection of beers, efficient service, good pub eats.

Thank traveling_ima
Gritty M, Manager at Gritty McDuff's, responded to this review

Awwwww! Thanks! Comparing us to an authentic Irish pub is an extremely high compliment. Thank you for taking time to write this review. May the luck of the Irish be with you! Cheers! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $25
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 396 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101-4026
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-772-2739
Gritty McDuff's, Maine's Original Brew Pub specializes in hand-crafted English style ales and traditional and creative pub fare, in a friendly and fun atmosphere. Both Gritty's fine ales and the pubs have won countless "best of" awards through our twenty-five years of operation. Our standard brews are session beers, Gritty's Pub-Style Pale Ale, McDuff's Best Bitter, Black Fly Stout, allowing one to have multiple beers within a reasonable time period without overwhelming the senses. Our seasonal and varietal ale offerings are more adventurous, some with a higher ABV, and some with higher IBU. We brew a beer for all craft brew palates. For the diner, we offer traditional pub fare alongside not so traditional specialty items. Our pub-style long tables with benches easily accommodate parties of all sizes and add to the camaraderie.

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