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“Worth the visit”
Review of Back Bay Grill

Back Bay Grill
Ranked #1 of 605 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed August 5, 2014

The service and food were excellent. I felt that everyone went just a little further to be accommodating and make the evening special. This was apparent from the first contact to make a reservation in which we called too early and were told when we could book. The restaurant contacted us on that date and confirmed our booking. This was a first for us and very much appreciated.

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Reviewed August 2, 2014

The food was very good at this upscale restaurant, but it was the service that made it stand out. Adrian worked hard to find a reservation that met our needs, then remembered us from the phone calls and introduced himself when we arrived. The table staff were very friendly and accommodating, splitting our single salad into two plates without being asked, and when they heard it was our anniversary they surprised us with a crime brûlée with "happy anniversary" written in chocolate. These are the types of details that make us want to return for future special occasions.

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2  Thank Pearl B
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Reviewed July 25, 2014

I used to take clients here when entertaining. The food, service and experience made it an easy choice. Over the years, lifestyle changes meant most of our (wife and I) dining was focused on casual neighborhood places around Portland. I am embarrassed to say we somehow forgot about Back Bay Grill. We rediscovered it last winter and have been back several times since, both at a table and at the bar for dinner. Nothing else to say other than this place is one of the best dining experiences you will have in Portland - or elsewhere. Highly recommended.

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4  Thank portlandme61
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Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

Sent here by family members as their own special occasion spot. From the extremely gracious handling of our reservation for party of 8 on a very busy Fri night to the tiny taste treats Adrian slipped over to our table, this dinner was a high point of our visit. Leaving the rugged natural beauty of Cape Elizabeth Headlights late afternoon to then land here for dinner was a dreamy experience. This is definitely the place to go and get out of "the box" - challenge yourself to order something different and you will not be disappointed. The lavender marinaded lamb was exquisite- tender, flavorful, and cooked to perfection. I also selected the gazpacho appetizer which was perfectly sneaky with a slow, heated jalapeno finish in the cool puddle of red. Desserts deelish. And tiny surprises found their way to us periodically between courses. When you can visually see that each plate is being created for Your Personal dining pleasure, a little wait is acceptable. We had well-behaved 6 yr old in tow for wkend and they came up with perfect pasta dish. As a finale, Adrian may surprise you with a trick or two. It was clear that this is a long standing favorite spot for special occasions and rightfully so. Bon appetite!

2  Thank MardyR
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Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

Ok, I try to reserve my "5 stars" for the best, and Back Bay Grill is one of the few that is in the league! Wow! We were discussing our experience after and we agreed - it was amazing! The service was great. I had a question about 2 specific wines on the wine list and the waiter was well versed with the list and was able to compare and contrast the wines. They were happy to be creative with the menu offerings. I wanted the pappardelle but did not want the lamb… no problem, the waiter had some great suggestions and we created a wonderful dish. The setting and feel in the restaurant were relaxed and delightful. It was one of those experiences that was all substance; no facades, no pretentiousness, and no airs - just a wonderful dining experience. A big "miss" if you don't go!

2  Thank HereAtLast
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