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JP's Bistro

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496 Woodford St, Portland, ME 04103-2461
+1 207-899-4224
Tue - Wed 16:00 - 21:30
Thu - Sat 04:00 - 22:00
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47 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Three couples visited on a Friday night at 6:00 (make reservations). A real neighborhood gem - you can tell that those dining that night love the place, and we soon found out why. Teri, a server who has been with JP's for 8 years, was outstanding. Ask her anything about the many menu choices and she will give you details.... More 

Thank Lewiston_MEDoogie
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We just heard about JP's. Not sure what rock I was under, this place was incredible. They have an amazing amount of choices for a small restaurant. Everything our party had tasted amazing. The scallop marsala was delicious. I can't wait to go back.

Thank Randy939
Spring, TX
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49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

We were 3 ladies staying in a condo in the Rosemont neighborhood of Portland. The owner of the condo recommended JP's and we are so glad he did. The atmosphere is charming and everyone who worked there from the hostess to the waitress to the owner was so very friendly. Not sure what Bruce's job is, but he was so,... More 

Thank BlairCher
Wellesley, Massachusetts
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118 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

Small and cozy neighborhood style restaurant. There was music in the background but it was not needed because the clanking from the kitchen, and chatter from the diners made great music in itself. A smallish dining area with regular tables and high top in bar area, with a tight bar facing the window. The open kitchen sits a couple of... More 

Thank RCS3rd
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6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Food is great, atmosphere is quaint, some staff is less than accepting of customers wanting certain things. Terry to be specific, very nice to most, not to all, she picks and choses. I want my drink a certain way and when I request it I get very nasty eyes and not the best comments. It could cause me to stop... More 

Thank Theology19
Portland, Maine
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535 reviews
423 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

A friend and I met here for dinner on a rainy/windy weekday night, without a reservation. He lives in the neighborhood but had never been. This was my second visit. The place was packed, which isn't hard to do seeing as they have about 8 tables (I counted them) and 4 seats at the bar. Yes, this place is tiny.... More 

Thank James F
Portland, Maine
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

We had a great dinner and great appetizers here. The menu is extensive-more specials than menu items, so lots to choose from. Make a reservation-they are good about keeping to the times scheduled which was amazing in such a tiny place. We ordered the beef short rib appetizer as many recommended and jokingly were saying we would just order 4... More 

Thank feathers134
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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

That was such an amazing meal. Absolutely enjoyed every single bite. Everything was so fresh! Cutest little restaurant, with such a cozy feel. Definitely a great place!

Thank Elizabeth V
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60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Our son suggested JP's for a recent dinner as we were visiting Portland. We greatly enjoyed our meal and the atmosphere. JP was able to take a few requests not on the menu and that was greatly appreciated. We enjoyed speaking with JP and look forward to a return visit.

Thank Maine_Traveler74
South Portland, Maine
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459 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 241 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We were lucky to get a last minute reservation in this small restaurant in the Deering section of Portland. Very small inside, it has a great intimate feel. We enjoyed some wonderful wine and the bread was delicious. Trying to be good I ordered the pecan chicken versus pasta and though the chicken was good, the rice and vegetables were... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
16:00 - 21:30
16:00 - 21:30
04:00 - 22:00
04:00 - 22:00
04:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 496 Woodford St, Portland, ME 04103-2461
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-899-4224

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?