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Elsmere BBQ & Wood Grill

448 Cottage Rd, South Portland, ME 04106-4925
+1 207-619-1948
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good36%
  • Average14%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“mac cheese” (8 reviews)
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Bar, Barbecue, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
448 Cottage Rd, South Portland, ME 04106-4925
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We have been here several times. I have to say that the first few times going we weren't impressed with the meal options. The food was pretty dry, especially ribs and pulled pork. We tried these on different occasions and just felt they were average....More

Thank Chris G
Reviewed April 11, 2017

If you want to really enjoy your time here, sit at the counter that is in front of the cooks. The food is really good and it's fun to see how it's made. The grill is pretty cool. The people are always nice.

Thank beachmom561
Reviewed February 24, 2017 via mobile

BBQ is a topic that can occasionally conclude at the wrong end of a shotgun, so i will say only that the BBQ here is mighty good, possibly very good and certainly amongst the best in Maine. now go order yourself a Mama Plate of...More

Thank Ayuh04108
Reviewed February 14, 2017

Elsmere is located just 5 minutes from downtown Portland, on the way to Portland Head lighthouse. Small, friendly and parking is a breeze. Great BBQ and bar.

Thank MaineTourLobsterette
Reviewed February 6, 2017

We found this place on Tripadvisor and decided we would take a flyer and check it out. We were feeling the need to switch it up a little and not hit our usual haunts in Portland. I'd like to preface this review with an important...More

Thank Kgosselin
Reviewed February 5, 2017

Without a doubt, the best BBQ we have had in Maine. We have tried many over the years but this is the one we will not go to. Everything was great, 1/2 rack of the ribs, pulled pork and the brisket were the plates ordered....More

Thank Glorydays56
Reviewed January 29, 2017

The brisket was extremely tender and the tornado burrito was a smoked meat wonder. The side dishes were just ok. The server did an excellent job taking care of my family.

Thank Justin E
Reviewed January 27, 2017 via mobile

Elsmere is a very popular BBQ spot in an unlikely place that locals love! The owners knew their business when they built this great venue and filled it with great food, a terrific bar and take-out that is worth the hike. Don't miss it if...More

Thank John M
Reviewed January 23, 2017

We have had several excellent meals at Elsmere. For our family, it is important that a restaurant is accessible and can accommodate food restrictions. Elsmere excels in both of these areas and the service is great. We love the bbq, but if you don't like...More

Thank AccessibleRoaming
Reviewed January 20, 2017

Elsmere is a recent addition to the South Portland-Cape Elizabeth restaurant scene. It has great BBQ and numerous great local and national beers on tap. The pulled chicken and the BBQ brisket are super. The atmosphere is fun and informal. Good takeout too. Highly recommended.

Thank DavidandGee
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 448 Cottage Rd, South Portland, ME 04106-4925
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  South Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-619-1948
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No gas touches our product, guaranteed. We use only the highest quality, all natural, meats and vegetables and we offer locally crafted beers alongside a full service bar. Elsmere BBQ and Wood Grill is a family restaurant nestled into the South Portland, Willard Beach neighborhood. Located inside a garage renovated with reclaimed woods and whiskey barrels—Elsmere provides an intimate year round environment for BBQ and food lovers alike. Whether you're craving savory slow smoked meats, amazing appetizers, grilled seafood or vegetarian/vegan options; we have something for everyone to enjoy. Seasonal outdoor seating and big opened doors for flowing summertime breezes makes Elsmere the place to be during the hot Maine summer months, and the always stocked wood grill keeps the space warm and cozy all winter long. Come on by and grab a bite and a drink!