Fore Street has won slews of cooking awards and accolades on this website. We are happy to report, based on our experience, that it has earned them.
Fore Street is in a warehouse-looking building along the edge of the main visitor area in Portland. It is an easy walk from the hotels in the central part of town. It's between more modern buildings, but despite the small sign it's pretty easy to find due to the distinctive structure.
The inside has kept the old warehouse elements, but somehow you know you are in an elegant restaurant. The kitchen is basically part of the restaurant with the ovens, stoves, and food preparation areas all in view, but in an aesthetically pleasing way.
Our service was genuinely pleasant and knowledgeable. The food, seafood of course, was excellent. We had a seafood sampler for the appetizer, which had 3 very different and equally delicious selections. The menu changes nightly, but when we were there the appetizers include a section on “chilled meats and offal.”
While we thought the meal was terrific, we very fortunately left room for dessert. We couldn’t decide between the chocolate torte or cake and got both. We expected very good desserts, but thought these were among the very best we had ever had.
Our dinner lasted about 2 hours. There were one or two places where I thought they were a little slow, but truthfully the time flew by.
This was the “splurge” restaurant for our trip. Dinner for 3 with tip and drinks ran about $80 per person.
One note: You really do need to book well ahead of time. We booked two weeks ahead and got a 5:45 time (which actually worked for us), but there weren’t any later times until about 8:45. We would recommend booking a month ahead or more if you want a more popular time.
The Fore Street restaurant lives up to its excellent reputation.
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