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“Very good”

Fore Street Restaurant
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Ranked #24 of 632 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Franklin and Pearl
Reviewed 2 February 2018

This is a well-known and highly acclaimed Portland restaurant. The bread, salads and appetizers were delicious: nuanced flavors, great taste and compelling eye appeal. The scallops were very good.

Thank Lysanderraf
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Reviewed 30 January 2018

Family with two childen had great service in the bar before we got a table in one of the cold corners of the restaurant. Not the best table but we hadn't booked in advance. Food and wine was great. Next time we'll ask for smaller portions for the childen.

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Thank Narnejo
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Reviewed 27 January 2018 via mobile

This has been considered one of, if not the best restaurant in Portland for many years. I think they are resting on their laurels and have slipped from great to very good.

Knowing they reserve 1/3 of their tables for walk ins we went during the slower season and early in the evening. A table for 4 was available but they wouldn’t seat us until everyone was present. One of our group was running late so we changed to 3 and got seated. A few minutes later our 4th showed up and joined us. Did they REALLY need to make us go through these tricks?

The waitstaff are knowledgeable and attentive. The only complaint was our waiter put butter on the table but refused to bring bread until AFTER we ordered, like we might just eat the bread and leave.

The menu is long and detailed. Maybe it is the trend of the times but now you need to order an entree and add a starch separately. Two of us ordered a side of mashed potatoes ($8) and the tiny size of the dish that arrived was comical.

It was scallop season so I would have ordered them but the only main dish with them was a complicated concoction with too many ingredients. They have always been known for hanger steak but it was not on the menu either. I did get a seafood appetizer with scallops but their flavor was overwhelmed by beets.

All in all Fore Street seem to have dropped from their peak and while the food is delicious, the choices seem to stress numerous ingredients instead of good simple (and complete) dishes.

The open kitchen is fun to watch but after leaving we all smelled of smoke like the exhaust fans weren’t working.

Thank Maine-ahh
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Reviewed 24 January 2018 via mobile

The glow of the open fire works through this room and the bar.
It sets the tone for Portland's most established fine dining
destination. Warm and busy with a stylish bustle of service
and presentation of truly delicious food that is proud and local.
Complimented easily by selections of first class cocktails, beers
and an impressive wine list by glass and bottle.
Smoked Maine Haddock is rich and subtle and the Sweetbreads
with Caramel and Grits are an almost perfect starter. Duck,
complete with a Caraway Bacon Dumpling, is earthy and surprising.
Wonderful bread, butter and coffee and desserts are not a surprise. Fore St. delivers on its promise every time you
come to dinner.

2  Thank David G
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

A real treat from start to finish. The bread is so fresh and delicious, I think I could have made a meal of it. I had the scallops which were good size and cooked perfectly. My husband enjoyed the short ribs. The exciting component of dining here is that the menu is different each night. The dessert was nothing short of delectable. The atmosphere and the service were super. It appeared to be very well run and it was obvious that everyone was well trained. We look forward to our next visit!!

Thank Colleen C
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