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“Excellent food in a great setting”
Review of Fore Street

Fore Street
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Ranked #13 of 636 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Franklin and Pearl
Reviewed September 7, 2013

We ate early (5:45) on a Sunday evening in August, and the joint was jumping. We entered to a very lively bar scene, and dined in the huge open space, which provided lots of visual stimuli, including the wood-fired oven, the open kitchen and the walk-in produce cooler. The wide-open space and high ceiling kept the noise level very tolerable. There's also a much-more intimate room for those who prefer that experience.

Their famous wood-fired mussels were good, but didn't blow me away. The rabbit, however, was fabulous. Our waitress was excellent. Beyond friendly, she was extremely competent. When we asked about the dairy content of one dish, she checked with the kitchen. A bit later, she steered us away from a dish with the advice that it contained creme fraiche.

As you'd expect, excellent food and ambiance don't come cheap, but we've paid more for meals that didn't approach this one.

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Reviewed September 5, 2013

From the time we walked in the door until dessert we had an enjoyable dining experience. The hostess was able to seat us even though we did not have a reservation during August, their busiest month of the year. Waiting in the bar area for our table was fun and energizing due to the enthusiastic waitstaff. When we finally got to our table for dinner, our waitress guided us through their menu and helped us select several items for us to share. That gave us a good variety of the chef's best without ordering too much. Our seats gave us a great view of the busy kitchen. We have already recommended Fore Street to our friends who are planning a trip to Portland.

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Thank Debra W
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

We walked by this place a few times. It is always packed to the rims. So after grabbing dinner at the Portland Lobster Co. we were still hungry for dessert and we decided to try Fore Street. We were greeted as we entered and even though it was late, the hostess said it would be a while before a table opened up. We responded that the bar area would be fine. My husband and I sat on the cushioned chairs and enjoyed a few of the house cocktails and a wonderful "Summer Blueberry Crisp" dessert. It was gone in moments. We are visiting for our wedding anniversary and we decided we should try to eat dinner here, but even on a random Wednesday night, reservations are full, however they do accept walk ups the night you are interested, they leave 1/3 of the restaurant for this. I really hope we can go back because it was incredible.

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

My husband and I have been going to Fore Street for over six years. We have always had a wonderful experience but the service this time was less than desirable. Our server was not attentive and did not offer any suggestions or share any enthusiasm for the menu. We often were left for extended amounts of time with not even a check-in to see how we were doing. Other tables seemed to be getting fabulous service and it appeared that we simply had bad luck that evening. P.S. - be sure to get dessert! It's always delightful!

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Thank Jennifer W
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

We split a salad and a cold sea food appetizer that was spicy and very good. I had a second appetizer for my main course: mussels cooked in a wood fired oven. Plenty for me. The other meal was a pork chop that really was not cooked thoroughly. It was replaced right away. The second one was fine.

Our waiter took good care of us.

One thing to know about this restaurant is that the noise level is way up there.

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Thank mjm814
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