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“Sad disappointment” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Five Fifty Five

Five Fifty Five
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Ranked #21 of 601 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Oak Street
Description: Steve and Michelle Corry, the proprietors of Five Fifty-Five, arrived in Portland armed with a passionate vision and extensive experience in the restaurant industry. Steve began his culinary career as a brew master at several breweries in Northern California. In 1999, he attended the New England Culinary Institute in Burlington Vermont. After graduating in 2001, he returned to California to work at Domaine Chandon in Napa Valley. A graduate of Boston University with a Bachelor's Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration, Michelle Corry has worked at numerous prestigious establishments, including the French Laundry in Napa. Together, they have envisioned a dining experience that would combine a comfortable atmosphere, professional service, and fresh, simple, and delicious food sourced locally. Steve and Michelle Corry would like to welcome you to their first collaborative, Five Fifty-Five.
maine
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“Sad disappointment”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2010

Wanted a special evening with my wife and after reading all the reviews this looked like a good fit, but wasn’t. If you like truck stop or diner food then this will be a pleasant surprise, but if you eat out a lot or are a foodie don’t bother with 555 congress.

One soup and 2 entrees was almost $100 with tip (no drinks just water) We have come expect a certain amount of creativity, plating style, unique flavors and sauces in this price range of dining and sad to say this place had none of the above. That compounded with the dreaded “we are doing you a favor by serving you” attitude just ruined what I had hoped to be a great evening.

Made our reservations with open table online for 8:30 did not get seated till 9pm with other coming in after us and getting seated before us, that always makes for a great start. The hostess was almost annoyed to see us compounded with fact that there no place to wait but at the bar. There we got the stink eye for just sitting there, so we bought a drink out of guilt, now that customer service!!

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English first
Portland, ME
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11 reviews
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“Tasting menu was not a good value”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2010

The service was excellent and the food for the most part was very good, but the tasting menu for $60.00 per person was overpriced and not enough food. It was five courses, but two of the three were less than 2 bites of food, not counting the cracker//toast. The signature dish, truffled mac and cheese was just OK. Frankly, I have never seen such a small portion of food served as an entree. There were only 7 pieces of pasta. The lobster served in this dish was just slightly overcooked and there was so much truffle oil that I could not taste the cheese. We will return, but next time order off the regular menu.

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1 Thank pamiam53
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Portland, Maine
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59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“Wonderful evening.....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2010

Sometimes expectations are so hyped, you are easily let down. Not in this case... we arrived early (party of 3) and choose to sit at the bar and have some fresh oysters and a glass of champagne. We were offered the opportunity to sit right away, but felt we needed to unwind from roaming the art galleries. They whisked our coats away without a number, and latter when we left, returned them exactly to the right people. Nice touch. Our table was located on the upper section. If you like a quieter location, this is the spot for you. It was more lively and noisy downstairs. The menu, although limited offered something for each of our tastes. Our server was extremely helpful, and when asked about favorites, gave us a great descriptive answer. The seared scallops were fantastic. The lobster truffle mac and cheese was over the top. Its extremely rich, so be prepared. The wine list was well balanced and not overly priced. Unfortunately we never made it to desserts. I lok forward to returning. I would suggest reserving a table in advance, arrive a bit early and enjoy a drink at the bar before your meal. It makes the evening more special. This is a great place for a romantic date, or a place to impress friends.

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Newport News, Virginia
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11 reviews
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“Fantastic food, where did the service go?”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2010

My boyfriend and I dined at 555 tonight and were pleased with the accuracy of many previous reviews about the food. We were seated immediately and greeted pleasantly by our waiter who brought us water and offered us cocktails. We declined the drink and began to examine our menu options. Our waiter brought us a lovely basket of bread with spiced butter. There were two kinds of bread served, one was a biscuit and one a more traditional piece of bread, both were delicious. A few minutes later our waiter came back to check on us and offer his suggestions on the menu. I ordered the lobster "mac and cheese" and my boyfriend ordered veal stroganoff (a special). Our waiter seemed slightly displeased with our choice to skip a starter and not order a bottle of wine. That was the last time we interacted with our waiter for a long time.

The woman we thought was our hostess brought us our meals and offered us more bread. I received a substantial portion of the lobster "mac and cheese"; the lobster was cooked to perfection and the macaroni was perfect. My boyfriend couldn't stop raving about his veal stroganoff which was immersed in a yummy broth and incredibly tender. The food was everything we hoped for, but where was our waiter? We saw him attend to the table next to us more then a half dozen times but kept walking right past our table. He didn't check in on us once to see how our food was! We were left with empty bowls and water glasses and no one seemed to notice. Finally the hostess (?) came and took away our dishes and refilled our water glasses. A few minutes later our waiter came and removed our crumbs (yes, that's clearly what we had been waiting for the whole time). He gave us a dessert menu but at this point we were ready to leave.

The food makes 555 worth a trip but I received better service at the Olive Garden later that night (our choice for dessert).

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Bar Harbor, Maine
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70 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
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“FIve Fifty Five”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2010

We ate last weekend at Five Fifty Five in Portland for the first time in 5 years. We were mightily impressed the first time and just as pleased this time. We were seated in the upstairs balcony from which we could look down on the open kitchen in anticipation. This was both a good thing...and a bad thing. More on this later.

The menu is excellent, focusing on locally sourced meats, fish and cheeses. We started with the best steamed mussels we've ever had. Better than nearby Fore Street. They were plump, meaty, briny and cooked to perfection - touched with chive butter and bits of pepadew. Salads were excellent as well. The grilled caesar is worth a try. The sheaf of fresh romaine is put briefly on the grill, imparting a nice smokiness.

My wife had the Truffled Lobster Mac and Cheese. The handmade pasta is baked in a crock with artisan cheese. It's topped with chunks of butter poached Maine lobster a swirl of black truffle oil. Delicious, warming and filling on a cold winter night.

I had native Maine milk-fed veal loin served with crispy roasted Maine grown fingerlings and a pink peppercorn sherry cream sauce. Very delicious.

We were too full for dessert, although my wife enjoyed just a small scoop of handmade sorbet to cleanse the palate and put a smile on her face.

So...what's wrong with sitting upstairs. While you can watch the chefs on the line work and see your dinners plated, the exhaust fans on the line don't catch all of the heat and odors...which find their way upstairs. If you're hungry it will drive you crazy - in a good way. But you may need to see the dry cleaner the next day. This is just a small nit.

We WILL be back to Five Fifty Five!

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