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“Lots of hits and looking forward to a return visit”

Boone's Fish House & Oyster Room
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Ranked #193 of 621 Restaurants in Portland
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: From the creator of Portland’s “Rooms” restaurants - Seafood on the Wharf. Boone’s Fish House and Oyster Room is a historic restaurant located on the Portland, ME waterfront. Just steps from Portland’s Old Port, Boone’s combines a perfect seaside location with the freshest local seafood for an unforgettable dining experience.The original Boone’s was established in 1898 and ran continuously until 2006. Now fully restored, and re-imagined, it boasts 2 beautiful decks, upstairs and down, serving steamed Maine lobster, wood-grilled fish & fried clams seven days a week. Upstairs holds the Oyster Room, with the ability to hold private functions of up to 150 guests and serving a raw bar and wood-fired flatbreads. Harding Lee Smith is Chef & owner with Bryan Dame as the Executive Chef and Sean Doherty as Chef de Cuisine of the Oyster Room.Discover a far-reaching array of seafood, much displayed on ice for your choosing. Pick your own lobster and, on the menu, you’ll find an extensive selection of local seafood like Maine oysters, Maine clams and fresh fish entrees. Watch the boats bring in the day’s catch while you enjoy the oyster bar or crack into a steaming hot lobster with sweet, drawn butter. For an authentic taste of Portland, the New England clam chowder or a famous lobster roll will get you started!Boone’s offers the real Maine dining experience just as it did when it originally opened. Boone’s combines a modern, rustic atmosphere with the best seafood in Portland. The spacious yet cozy dining room makes Boone’s an ideal destination for enjoying a seafood dinner with your whole family, sharing an intimate meal on a special occasion, or hosting a gathering or small event. While you’re visiting Portland, make Boone’s your first choice for enjoying a fresh Maine seafood dinner in a convenient, indoor/outdoor, and waterfront setting.
Portland, Maine
Level 6 Contributor
302 reviews
250 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“Lots of hits and looking forward to a return visit”
Reviewed February 25, 2014

We wandered in on the 22nd without a reservation for dinner before 5 and so glad we did. The interior is a total wow and both floors have a really nice feel to them. We sat on the Custom House Wharf side with Ben as our server. He did an excellent job throughout our meal and it did not go un-noticed how well the staff works together here to take care of diners. We started with the Spicy Shrimp and Seafood Salad. The shrimp rocked and I loved the heat. The seafood salad for my palate could have used a little more acid, but it was an eye pleaser. We added in a popover with house-made blueberry jam…a wow on both! Our entrees were the finnan haddie and the prime rib sandwich. The finnan haddie was good, but we wished it had larger pieces of fish and less mashed potato. The prime rib sandwich was a total winner all the way around! Kudos to Harding and his crew here!! A well thought out and vast menu that would satisfy anyone and such a beautiful space. We will certainly be back and thank you for also providing free off-street parking.

  • Visited February 2014
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Topsham, Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Revived and superb!”
Reviewed February 23, 2014

We enjoyed the salty, basic atmosphere of Boone's back in the 1980s. It was a basic, solid good seafood place. It closed sometime after 2000 and remained so for six years. In August of 2013, it reopened under new management, and this was our first visit since then. We found it quite well-decorated and clean, a real upgrade from the original, and the menu has expanded dramatically. It is now an upscale, larger, and very attractive place. We found the food creative and the service top-notch. A bit more expensive than the old Boone's, but well worth it! We can't wait to come back in warmer weather and enjoy the views from either the upper or wharf-level decks of Portland's busy working waterfront!

  • Visited February 2014
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Yarmouth, Maine, United States
2 reviews
“Wonderful new Portland spot on the water to boot!”
Reviewed February 19, 2014

On out first visit we sat in the upstairs bar.
Great specialty vodka drinks and great wine by the glass.
What fun to watch the open kitchen in front of us.
We usually do raw oysters but tried their app portion of fried oysters.
Best we have ever had.
Lightly breaded, lightly fried.
Absolutely delicious.
Split soup and a salad.
Yum
Cannot wait to return often
Our new favorite Portland restaurant and bar

  • Visited February 2014
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Portland, Maine
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Left hungry and broke”
Reviewed February 14, 2014

I ordered the baked stuffed haddock for $24.00, came with no sides, was very small and overcooked. I ordered a couple popovers to fill myself up (those were good) wait staff did nothing for me when I told them I was disappointed, throw me a bone people!

  • Visited January 2014
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Maine
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68 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
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“First time - very good but pricey”
Reviewed February 9, 2014

It was a cold night when we visited, so the wood fire inside made it very cozy and inviting. Good atmosphere. We visited on a weekday night, so it probably gets crowded weekends. The bar looked great. Our server was attentive and suggested ideas when we asked (seemed to know the food!). The oysters were very good and the server carefully explained the order of the ones we ordered on the plate so we knew which was which. The food was delicious. My steak was much larger than I was expecting and the presentation was done very well. One little thing - we left smelling like wood smoke. Those with sensitivity to smoke may want to use caution - esp. in winter. Another downside was that the bathroom were freezing but it was a very cold evening.

  • Visited December 2013
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