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Salt Water Grille

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$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
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231 Front St., South Portland, ME 04106
+1 207-799-5400
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sycamore, Illinois
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful views! Delicious Seafood! Great drinks! What else can you ask for, view, drinks, food... all you need is to bring your great company and it's a perfect night out!

Thank lovealwayslisa8
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Lovely view and good food. Love to go for lunch and sit on the patio in the summer and bright sunny window in the colder months

Thank Elizabeth B
Gorham, Maine
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While not busy, the service was a bit slow. Portions were adequate. Salad was not part of the meal. If the cost reflects the view, than it was decent. However, on a foggy night they would need to slash the cost of all entrees to keep it in prospective.

Thank sailme88
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42 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Yes seafood is a specialty here but they always have food for land lubbers too. Usually at least one tasty meat dish and usually at least one vegetarian entree. The cracklin calamari is to die for! Portions are generous the view of Portland harbor is awesome. Excellent bar and wine list. It is the site of an old fish cannery... More 

Thank Pinebabies
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have eaten at this restaurant many times. It is best experienced mid day in the summer outside for lunch. The fare is overall a typical maine menu. I have found dinner to be a bit more expensive and not as outstanding as some other places. The setting is nice overlooking a marina and The city of Portland across the... More 

Thank Joyfullyinme
Newbury, New Hampshire
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love, love, love this gem of a restaurant! A wonderful water view looking out from South Portland across the Fore River to Portland...a great view anytime of the year! The food enhances the view...there's not a bad table in the house! The food presentation is eye appealing & the flavors of my meal were amazing...my taste buds were dancing! I... More 

Thank Prudygirl1
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been coming here pretty regularly for a few years now, once a month or couple months. I have to say, I used to come here with my wife just to enjoy some drinks and the sunsets (amazing views!!!), food was never the greatest, never the worst either, however, the past year or so the food and restaurant in general... More 

Thank Greg S
Wilkes Barre, PA
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So wish the food could match the amazing location and friendly, efficient service. The portions are very ample but it might be time to dial back on size and work on flavor profiles and textures. The black bean burger filling was very mushy with no apparent binder. The fries were the best thing on the plate.

Thank John B
Portland, Maine
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good food, great location. Mark Loring and his whole crew are the best. Varied menu, with focus on American/innovative, are well presented.

Thank John M
South Portland, Maine, United States
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55 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

There are very few restaurants that look across Portland Harbor toward the city. This is the best one. On a sunny day or at sunset, it's great! BUT, the food isn't great. Go for the drinks and the view. You can get much better food in Portland. Having said this, it's a fun place in the summer, looking out on... More 

Thank DavidandGee

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Private Dining
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 231 Front St., South Portland, ME 04106
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  South Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-799-5400
Located on the waterfront, overlooking the harbor and Portland skyline. Located next to a marina.Serving lunch & dinner, seafood is the specialty, but other menu items are offered. Great nautical atmosphere, with water views. Outside seating in warm weather, and a function room upstairs for private parties. High quality.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?