I've eaten here many times over the past few years. Like many other restaurants in Portland, the Front Room offers solid fare but don't expect to be blown away by originality. Some items, such as the fish chowder, are simply average but overall the menu is very satisfying.
The place is very cozy, has a very comfortable bar (it's usually where I eat) and is not at all pretentious. If you want a decent bite but don't want to think too hard, this is a great spot.