- Alana Jajko
Hugo’s offers a classy environment with an intriguing tasting menu and a long list of wine, beer, and spirits. With an extravagant tasting of items like lamb tartare, fluke crudo, and blue hubbard soup, you can choose from menus foraged and farmed, from the sea, or forest and field. The elegant flavors, gracious and knowledgeable staff and open kitchen allows you to experience every step of the fine dining craft, from the beginning pairing of flavors to the finest of presentation.
Hugo’s, 88 Middle St, Portland, ME, USA + 1 207 774 8538
Grace serves sophisticated American cuisine in the spacious sanctuary of a former church. There’s an extensive menu of appetizers, small plates, and entrees, as well as beer, wine, cocktails, and desserts. Pair a grilled skirt steak or pan seared halibut with a glass of sauvingnon blanc or one of the appropriately named cocktails like Redemption (red or white sangria), Holier than Thou (St. Germain, grapefruit juice, sparkling wine), or the Fallen Angel (house infused beet-cucumber-tarragon vodka). Grace also offers a selection of local brews along with smaller plates like the lobster quesadilla, BBQ pork slider, the grace burger, or chicken empanadas.
Grace, 15 Chestnut St, Portland, ME, USA + 1 207 828 4422
Eve’s At The Garden Restaurant
Eve’s At the Garden Restaurant is an upscale venue with a cozy, intimate atmosphere. Overlooking a charming courtyard garden, Eve’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a Happy Hour. Executive Chef Tim Labonte visits the Portland Farmers Market routinely and uses fresh local ingredients when possible including seafood from Browne Trading Market and from Harbor Fish, located on the neighboring Commercial Street. Choose from appetizers like the crab bruschetta with sherry dijon infused ricotta, olive oil toast, and citrus dressed tomato, or the lobster roll presented with cured lemon, roasted corn dressing, and chervil popover. Main courses include pan seared scallops, seafood lo mein, grilled swordfish, steak and potatoes, and grilled Australian lamb loin.
Eve’s At the Garden Restaurant, 468 Fore St, Portland, ME, USA + 1 207 775 9090
The Corner Room Italian Kitchen & Bar
The Corner Room Italian Kitchen & Bar transports its visitors to Italy. The menu presents a selection of fresh, house-made pastas, pizzas, antipasti and artisanal breads. Try the Maine steamed mussels, prosciutto and arugula pizza, pan roasted scallops, chicken parmigiano, fettucini Bolognese, linguini, or lasagna with a glass of wine from the list of over 50 red or white wine selections.
The Corner Room Italian Kitchen & Bar, 110 Exchange St, Portland, ME, USA + 1 207 879 4747
Back Bay Grill
Back Bay Grill serves appetizers like the Bangs Island Mussels or Truffled Beef Tartare, perfectly paired with wine from their extensive list of sparkling and champagne, chardonnay and burgundy, pinot grigio and pinot noir, sauvignon blanc and merlot. For the main course, Back Bay Grill offers a number of extravagant dishes like grilled filet mignon, North Atlantic salmon, hand rolled pappardelle, lavender marinated duck breast, grilled molasses brined pork chop, or cast iron seared scallops.
Back Bay Grill, 65 Portland St, Portland, ME, USA + 1 207 772 8833
Five Fifty-Five is an upscale two-level eatery presenting sophisticated American fare in a quiet, romantic setting with an open kitchen. Though a consistent favorite of visitors remains the truffled lobster mac & cheese, you might also choose to enjoy something else from the a la carte menu like local honey roasted pumpkin soup; Applegate Farm venison carpaccio; seared sea scallops; or summer valley chicken. Dessert choices include pumpkin pots de crème, sweet corn cake, fresh fig tart, or dark chocolate-citrus mousse cake.
Five Fifty-Five, 555 Congress St, Portland, ME, USA + 1 207 761 0555
Fore Street‘s staples include wood oven roasted Maine mussels with garlic almond butter, wood grilled natural hanger steak with a tomato and horseradish vinaigrette, and the turnspit roasted and dry rubbed pork loin with sauerkraut and pickling spices. Fore Street’s wine list features flavors from around the world that have been carefully selected to compliment the menu selections.
Fore Street, 288 Fore St, Portland, ME, USA + 1 207 775 2717