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“Always a favorite!”

The Front Room Restaurant & Bar
Ranked #58 of 640 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: American, Bar
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Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast
Description: If you’re looking for a great brunch spot in Portland, Maine you have come to the right place! The Front Room offers a variety of affordable dishes that the entire family will love. Chef Lee Harding has dedicated his life to the culinary arts and focuses on using only the freshest Maine ingredients in his creations. His philosophy is simple; use the best local ingredients to convey the boldest flavors. With a vibrant atmosphere and open dining room, The Front Room continues to be a hit among Portland locals. Huge portions of sensational dishes will fill you up without breaking your wallet. The Front room is the third restaurant founded in Harding’s “The Rooms” brand of restaurants, so don’t miss out on this local hotspot! Remember, The Front Room serves brunch seven days a week and with menu items like Biscuits and Gravy or Omelets and Silver Dollar Pancakes. You can’t go wrong! If you are interested in dinning with us later in the day, try some local favorites like Short Ribs or Lamb Shepard’s pie. A fully stocked bar, open from 8am-11pm, complemented by an energetic atmosphere makes the Front Room a must for those who crave a great neighborhood spot to call their own.
Reviewed March 4, 2014

I love their menu, great fresh variety in a fun open-cook setting. I always have a great meal here whether for brunch or dinner they never disappoint. Expect to wait but it's totally worth it.

Thank Erin K
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Reviewed February 24, 2014 via mobile

Did you an excellent breakfast and brunch. We had egg white and regular egg omelettes. Have a nice variety of vegetables and meats to put in it and cheeses. The breads are all very good ranging from French baguette to standard bread to focaccia . I had to focaccia with an egg white omelette which is very good. I had a side of Ranchero sauce which I recommend. You can also get the rancheros sauce with the huevos. Service is friendly and the atmosphere relaxing with music and bar seating .It is located on the top of Munjoy Hill. We didn't get the lunch items but there's plenty of sandwiches and hot items. The bar serves a good bloody Mary in addition to everything else. Nice spot and after you can walk around the east end and check out Casco Bay.

Thank Todabr
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

I ordered the salmon with pumpkin risotto and was not disappointed. It was cooked perfectly and the portion was very generous. Try the hard Ginger Beer also. The only negative was how LOUD the restaurant was. Had to almost yell to be heard across the table.

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Thank Katrina S
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

We adore homemade pasta, and that's what the Front Room brags about. Good grief, they charge $15 and up for pasta lunches, so they must be proud of them!
Well, the two of us shared a delightful Caesar salad with beautiful housemade lemony dressing, garnished with a parmesan frico and white anchovies -- just outstanding. Then the pasta... Fettucini bolognese was quite nice -- tender handmade noodles and a delicious well-balanced sauce. The pappardelle with supposedly local mushrooms, however, was an inedible disaster. Pasta was thick and undercooked, raw garlic pretty much took over the dish, the mushrooms were also raw, except the soggy ones that tasted canned, and the unthickened cream all ran to the bottom of the bowl without adhering to the pasta at all. Worst, the whole thing was rank with truffle oil, the last refuge of the inadequate chef, unannounced on the menu. They did the right thing and took it off the check, but presenting a $16 pasta dish without bothering to cook garlic and 'shrooms or thicken the sauce enough to stay with the pasta, and then secretly dousing it with nasty truffle oil is pretty close to unforgivable. Plus, the undercooked pappardelle was served at least 5 minutes before the fettucini, thus lukewarm by the time I could eat -- the time could have been better spent cooking garlic, 'shrooms, noodles and sauce to edibility.

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1  Thank mainekings
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

We were looking to find a restaurant for my wife's birthday on the day of this 2014 vicious blizzard and almost everything in the area was closed. We like the Front Room anyway so chose it. After negotiating snowed in streets and finding parking on the corner, we traipsed in. It was moderately busy and were got very good friendly service.
Not that they can help it, but it was freezing; we sat by the windows in zero degree weather and they were thoughtful enough to have provided a small heater but it was still chilly.
Foods and drinks were brought promptly. Good varied menu with standards (salmon, meat loaf, gourmet franks and beans and mac and cheese) with more sophisticated alternatives and specials.
Everything was very good. Caesar could have been a little bigger or more zingy, but it was very good. I got meat loaf and mashed potatoes and the portion was huge. I'm a pig, basically, and almost couldn't finish it. My oldest son got a half chicken, which was very good; very well done breaded calamari for the table, my youngest son got a burger which initially turned him off (it had a tomato tapenade and was on French bread, but once he actually ate it found he liked it a lot!). I've heard some weird comments on this board about The Front Room and in the 2-3 times I've been there have seen nothing to suggest it was anything short of very solid. In fact, at the table next to us was a former neighbor of mine who has just bought a local restaurant and is doing a great job of running it, with one of his daughters who is running it for him, and they obviously thought enough of the Front Room to spend their money there.

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1  Thank chimayred
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