Portland

Discover Maine's urban mecca

Northern New England’s urban mecca, Portland was chosen as the “foodiest small city in America” by Bon Appetit and boasts a lively music scene (with local, regional, national and international acts) and a thriving working seaport. Discover amazing restaurants around every corner, as well as local clothing designers, great cocktail bars and "very Maine" shops featuring handmade goods and curated designer wares. With abundant art galleries (including a great one right onsite at Pomegranate Inn), spas, historic homes, and sightseeing, Portland is thriving.

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Indulge in eclectic surroundings. Colorful and curated with works of art literally everywhere, the Pomegranate Inn is truly a celebration of bold elegance and whimsy.

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Where to Dine

Petite Jacqueline

(207) 553-7044   View Website   190 State Street, Portland, Maine 04101

French bistro food at it's best, you will love the steak frittes, boeuf bourguignon and everything in-between. The atmosphere is as French-inspired as the menu, plus a great (if small) wine list and a massive picture window overlooking Longfellow Square.

Piccolo

(207) 747-5307   View Website   111 Middle St, Portland, Maine 04101

All the entrees are good, but the homemade pasta is phenomenal, original, and changes daily. Think squid ink fettuccine with swordfish or puglia semolina pasta with pork leg, charred tomato, onion, and ricotta. Desserts here are a must.

Portland Lobster Co.

(207) 775-2112   View Website   180 Commercial St, Portland, Maine 04101

This waterfront restaurant is all about the location. Order your roll at the counter and head outside to a picnic table overlooking Portland Harbor. Your lobster-shaped buzzer will let you know when your order is ready, and there's cold beer and live music to enjoy along with your roll.

Outliers Eatery

(207) 747-4166   View Website   231 York Street, Portland, Maine 04102

This neighborhood restaurant is tucked away in the West End and has a great porch that overlooks the Fore River and the Casco Bay Bridge. Enjoy a charcuterie board or some steamed mussels with a specialty cocktail.

Otto Pizza

(207) 773-7099   View Website   576 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101

Great on-the-go, by-the-slice pizza with creative topping combinations and a perfect crust. Be adventurous and try the Butternut Squash, Ricotta and Cranberry or the White Bean, Roasted Tomato, Herb & Red Flake. Two locations in Portland.

Local 188

(207) 761-7909   View Website   685 Congress Street, Portland, Maine 04102

A local (no pun intended) favorite, this restaurant offers both weekend brunch, as well as dinner Monday-Friday and a great bar that's open until 1 AM. For dinner, you'll find Spanish-inspired cuisine and for brunch, items include a Summer Scramble, Biscuits & Gravy and a Breakfast Paella.

LolitaBuzz-Worthy

(207) 775-5652   View Website   90 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101

Located by Munjoy Hill culinary dynamos Guy and Stella Hernandez (former owners of the beloved but departed Bar Lola) and partner Neil Reiter, this “Vinoteca & Asador” has been knocking it out of the park since day one. A custom, wood-fired grill produces everything from blistered shishito peppers to clams to a massive porterhouse for three. Other items are super-original and unexpected, such as dandelions and nettles with garlic-almond puree and speck.

Mr. Tuna

View Website   Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101

This food truck can be found in Portland's Old Port down by the water, where you can snack on sushi hand rolls and sushi burritos. Mr. Tuna uses all locally caught (Maine and Massachusetts) seafood and rolls it up with flavor-packed ingredients like fried shallots, tobiko and eel sauce. Look for the truck on Commercial Street.

Slab

(207) 245-3088   View Website   25 Preble Street Extension, Portland, Maine 04101

Home of the original “hand slab” Sicilian-style pizza, this restaurant and bakery also features a beer garden, well-stocked bar, and a ginormous meatball sandwich. But is it the “slab” — which comes in individual, half and full sizes (enough for 8) — that will have your eyes rolling back in your head. In a good way. Bubbly hot cheese and flecks of herbs mingle with a sweetly spicy tomato sauce that conjures up visions of Sicilian grandmas stirring steaming pots.

Sonny’s

(207) 772-7774   View Website   83 Exchange Street, Portland, Maine 04101

Latin-inspired menu with a few serious stand-outs — the scallop ceviche and fried sweet plantains. Empanada of the day is always superb. Great refurbished interior with original tile floors, floor to ceiling windows, and a stunning bar area.

The Thirsty Pig

(207) 773-2469   View Website   37 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101

The Exchange Street purveyor of tasty pig parts slings a Sweet Italian with notes of fennel and a Kielbasa smothered in sauerkraut, among other things! Links are hand made right here in the Forest City. Menu items include a veggie dog, classic dog, apple chicken, BBQ banger, and a handful of soup and salad selections. And, nothing beats sipping a local Maine brew on the back deck while breathing in fresh Maine air.

The Treehouse

(207) 874-0706   View Website   484 Stevens Avenue, Portland, Maine 04103

If you're looking to get off the Portland peninsula, try The Treehouse above Pat’s Meat Market in the Deering Center neighborhood. The menu offers everything from Lobster Saffron Bisque, to Ravioli Crisps, to a Wild Mushroom Flatbread. Not to mention there's a jewel of a private 2nd-floor deck at the back of the building.

The “Rooms”

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Chef Lee Harding Smith has renovated a Room for every occasion. The moody Grill Room proves a match for meat cravings and cocktails. The bustling Corner Room fits the bill for power lunches and pre-show appetizers. Newly opened Boone’s Fish House and Oyster Room offers waterfront dining on Portland’s working harbor. And The Front Room? The Munjoy Hill bistro is all about the burger on focaccia bread.

The Porthole

(207) 773-4653   View Website   20 Custom House Wharf, Portland, Maine 04101

If you're looking for a true blue, old school experience, this is the spot for you. The Porthole offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and has live music multiple nights of the week, not to mention, it's home to Portland's largest waterfront deck.

The Honey PawBuzz-Worthy

207-774-8538   View Website   78 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101

Like bees to honey, people are flocking to Honey Paw - sister to perennially popular Hugo’s - for their savory stir-fried noodles, delectable dumplings, and pillowy potato gnocchi. The large communal table running through the center of the restaurant creates a sense of community, making it even easier to share your love for the array of small plates in front of you with your neighbor.

Thainy Boda

View Website   Portland, ME

One of our favorite Portland restaurants, Boda, brings you Thainy (pronounced like 'tiny') Boda. This food truck brings Thai street food to the streets of Portland. Find skewered grilled meats, sticky rice, and Boda's signature dishes like fried Brussel sprouts and soy fried quail eggs

The Good Table

(207) 799-4663   View Website   527 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, Maine 04107

A restaurant run by family and friends, The Good Table has an extensive breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch menu offering everything from lobster eggs benedict, fish and chips, to blueberry crepes, and a lobster cod salad.

Little Tap House

(207) 518-9283   View Website   106 High St, Portland, ME 04101

Craft beer gastro-pub with a farm-to-table menu of simply prepared and simply good mid-priced staples. Try the cider-brined roast chicken or the burger (one of the best in town). Taps overflowing with locally brewed favorites. Creative cocktails.

HugosNoteable

(207) 774-8538   View Website   88 Middle St, Portland, Maine 04101

When your restaurant boasts sterling reputation, the expectations of your guests run high. Hugo’s meets and exceeds them with inspired cuisine (in the form of inventive, multi-course tasting menus) and truly impeccable and knowledgeable service.

Boone’s Fish House + Oyster Room

(207) 774-5725   View Website   86 Commercial Street, Portland, Maine 04101

This Old Port restaurant is housed in a renovated a historic building right on Custom House Wharf on Portland’s Commercial Street. With decks on two levels overlooking Portland Harbor,  you can dine on local seafood while watching lobstermen haul in their daily catches.

Caiola's

(207) 772-1110   View Website   58 Pine Street, Portland, Maine 04102

This cozy bistro, a longtime Portland favorite, turns out the comfort food classics that it has long been known for. Tuck into eggplant parmesan with spinach salad or classic seafood paella loaded with chicken, chorizo, mussels, clams, and shrimp. Whatever you do, don't pass on dessert – they're legendary.

Central ProvisionsBuzz-Worthy

(207) 805-1085   View Website   414 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101

This small plates restaurant opened with a bang over the winter of 2014 and has been serving up creative meals ever since. Eclectic with arty touches, the food here is the culinary equivalent to the Pomegranate Inn! Dishes arrive quickly with a detailed description from your server. Chris, the beverage/wine manager is a brilliant sommelier and all-around great guy. Don’t miss the smoked carrots (trust us), fluke ceviche, arancini, local mushrooms, scallops...we could go on and on.

Boda

(207) 347-7557   View Website   671 Congress St, Portland, Maine 04101

Putting Boda in the same category as the rest of Portland’s Thai restaurants is like equating grandma’s from-scratch Tuscan with greasy-good college town pizza. It’s a matter of ethnic authenticity. The Thai food at Boda is simply – well – unAmerican. In a very good way. Don’t miss the crispy quail eggs appetizer or the bitter melon soup stuffed with minced pork.

Blue Rooster

(207) 747-4157   View Website   5 Dana St, Portland, Maine 04101

The line-up includes sandwiches, specialty dogs and a few daily salad specials, but don’t let that fool you. Sheparded into existence by chef Damian Sansonetti (formerly of Manhattan’s acclaimed Bar Boulud), this “sandwich shop” is anything but ordinary. Case in point — The Red Eye: buttermilk biscuit, pork belly, hash browns, red eye mayo and a runny fried egg. Mind blowing.

Bao Bao Dumpling HouseBuzz-Worthy

(207) 772-8400   View Website   133 Spring St, Portland, Maine 04101

Cute as a button, this dumpling house is perfect in the colder months. Steaming hot dumplings and Asian teas are just the ticket for snowy nights. All the dumplings are exceptional, but don't miss out on the beef and curry (get them pan fried). The greens in oyster sauce dish is truly amazing, and the chrysanthemum tea will set you to rights if you are feeling sniffly.

Bite Into Maine

(207) 420-0294   View Website   1000 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth, Maine 04107

One of the best ways to enjoy fresh Maine lobster is in roll form, but not just any roll – the area's best. Bite Into Maine parks their food truck at Fort Williams and offers a variety of lobster rolls from Original, Picnic, Wasabi, Curry, or Chipotle. Nosh while you soak in the view.

Bite Into Maine

(207) 420-0294   View Website   1000 Shore Road, Cape Elizabeth, Maine 04107

There's nothing quite like a Maine lobster and we think it tastes best in the form of a "roll." Bite Into Maine, which started as a food truck and now with three locations, offers up a list of lobster rolls made in various styles with tasty side dishes and a few dessert options.

Cockeyed Gull

(207) 766-2800   78 Island Avenue, Portland, Maine 04108

Take just a 20-minute ferry from Portland’s Old Port to Peaks Island, to enjoy destination dinner at the Cockeyed Gull. It's a very small restaurant but offers up both a terrific menu and a great deck overlooking Casco Bay, the city of Portland and incredible sunsets — make a reservation first.

David's

(207) 773-4340   View Website   22 Monument Way, Portland, Maine 04101

A staple in Monument Square offering a variety of fish and seafood dishes with a twist. Think Moroccan-Spiced Skewers of Shrimp & Scallops and Ginger-Scallion Crusted Salmon. There are plenty of more "classic" options as well. 

Flatbread

(207) 772-8777   View Website   72 Commercial Street, Portland, Maine 04101

Located on bustling Commercial Street, Flatbread has a deck literally right on top of the water and is worth the wait. It features thin-crust, wood-fired pizza and a boisterous, kid-friendly atmosphere.

Green Elephant

(207) 347-3111   View Website   608 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101

Vegetarian and vegan food with a flair. Asian-inspired dishes range from Indian to Thai to Vietnamese. Don’t miss the Roti Canai, an Indian style flatbread with curry dip.

Holy Donut

(207) 775-7776   View Website   7 Exchange St, Portland, Maine 04101

Even though you get a lovely breakfast at the inn, you’ll want to consider grabbing a dozen of these Maine potato donuts for the drive home. Dense and not too sweet, these are righteous rings of deep-fried deliciousness. Try the chocolate sea salt, sweet potato ginger, and coffee brandy.

Five Fifty-Five

(207) 761-0555   View Website   555 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101

Chef Steve Correy's restaurant was one of the first to spark Portland's foodie renaissance and the stellar menu keeps diners happy year after year. Brunch is quite good and 555 is known for creative holiday dining menus.

Fisherman's Grill

(207) 699-5657   View Website   849 Forest Avenue, Portland, Maine 04103

Lobster lovers that want the most bang for their buck should head to this small seafood shack located on less-than-scenic Forest Ave., where a jumbo roll comes packed with the meat from a 1-1/2 pound lobster.

Eventide

(207) 774-8538   View Website   86 Middle St, Portland, Maine 04101

Best oyster selection in Maine with a set of nuanced small plates designed to sate any appetite. The savory lobster stew with notes of paprika delights, and the lightly cured artic char melts on the tongue. For a unique twist on a classic, try the brown butter lobster roll. Cocktails are crisp and original. 

Falafel Mafia

View Website   Portland, ME 04101

The sleekly designed navy blue food truck serves falafel sandwiches, with a signature "dreamy tahini" sauce stands, making for vegan-friendly pita pockets. You can find Falafel Mafia every Sunday from 5pm-8pm on Portland's Eastern Promenade.

Back Bay Grill

(207) 772-8833   View Website   65 Portland St, Portland, ME 04101

Old fashioned elegance with white tablecloths, ever-present waiters, and classic, well-made dishes. Great for a special occasion celebration.

Where to Drink

Tempo DuluBuzz-Worthy

(207) 879-8755   View Website   163 Danforth Street, Portland, Maine 04102

This Asian-inspired hideaway opened in June 2015 with great anticipation, and we can heartily recommend the lounge. Mixologist Trevin Hutchins conjurs up truly original cocktails including the Jim Thompson, with Jasmine infused gin and rose "air" served in a vintage Chinese teacup, or the Jakarta, a spicy and smoky twist on the Manhattan.

Rising Tide Brewing Company

(207) 370-2337   View Website   103 Fox Street, Portland, Maine 04101

This brewery has expanded twice in the past year, making more room for drinking, beer production, and barrel aging. Order a flight of four to sample beer styles from the robust Cutter Imperial IPA to the malty Ishmael, an American copper ale. The tasting room frequently has live music and a food truck, with corn hole boards and outdoor seating in warmer weather.

Portland Hunt + Alpine ClubBuzz-Worthy

(207) 747-4754   View Website   75 Market St, Portland, Maine 04101

This is a cocktail lounge with truly amazing finger food. Featuring creative and nordic-inspired shared plates and open-faced sandwiches, it’s a wonderful option for an early snack before or after a concert or play. Or, for a pick me up after walking the Old Port. Cocktails are inventive and stellar.

The Jewel BoxBuzz-Worthy

(207) 747-5384   View Website   644 Congress St, Portland, Maine 04101
Moody lighting, soul and R&B on the stereo and the town's funkiest wall mural distinguish this special new cocktail lounge. And lounge you will! Creative signature cocktails change weekly (giving you plenty of reasons to go back) Tasty finger food and super-friendly service from "the Bearded Lady" and his team make this a must-stop spot.

The Maine Brew Bus

(207) 200-9111   View Website   79 Commercial Street, Portland, Maine 04101

With stops like Cellardoor Winery, New England Distilling, Rising Tide Brewing Co., there is sure to be a "taste" for everyone aboard the bright green Maine Brew Bus! While tours vary, they're all " all inclusive" – providing transportation to and from Maine’s award-winning breweries as well as smaller, upcoming breweries, pub snacks, a brewery tour, beer trivia, fun and of course BEER (or wine and spirits)! 

Vena's Fizz House

(207) 747-4901   View Website   345 Fore Street, Portland, Maine 04101

Originally opened as a soda bar by the current owners' great grandmother in the 1920a, this reincarnation has added alcoholic drinks with a kick to the menu. Fresh ingredients, flavored syrup, spices, and innovative bitters take center stage in nonalcoholic drinks, fizzes, and cocktails.

Urban Farm Fermentory

(207) 773-8331   View Website   200 Anderson Street, Portland, Maine 04101

You'll find everything from beer to hard cider to kombucha on tap.

Oxbow Blending + Bottling

(207) 350-0025   View Website   49 Washington Avenue, Portland, Maine 04101

This is home to, you guessed it, Oxbow's blending and bottling facility and where they age their barrels of beer. Stop in for one of the flagship Farmhouse Pale Ale or a refreshing summery saison.

Novare Res Bier Café

(207) 761-2437   View Website   4 Canal Plaza, Portland, Maine 04101

If you enjoy Belgian beer, don't delay. While there are over 230 bottles of Belgian beer to choose from, there's also a healthy draught list of Maine favorites like Allagash, Oxbow, and Liquid Riot — Novare's sister restaurant, brewery, and distillery. 

Cellardoor

(207) 536-7700   View Website   4 Thompsons Point, Portland, Maine 04102

Enjoy a glass or a flight of wine, with a side of gourmet cheese, crackers, and other accoutrements. You can also sign up for wine pairing dinners, party planning classes, or reserve the tasting room for a private event.

Bunker Brewing

(207) 613-9471   View Website   17 Westfield Street, Portland, Maine 04102

Bunker, so-called for the appearance of its squat brick building, is the home of the popular Machine Chez Pilsner, which will make you rethink your opinion of light beer.

Lone Pine Brewing

(207) 468-4554   View Website   219 Anderson Street, Portland, Maine 04101

One of Portland's newest breweries, Lone Pine Brewing makes Portland Pale Ale and What What! Wheat Ale. Friday nights bring a summer concert series, where the $5 cover also includes your first pint.

Maine Craft Distilling

(207) 536-1043   View Website   101 Fox Street, Portland, Maine 04101

This distillery offers a full line of spirits, which includes two gins (one made from carrots), rum, spiced rum, vodka and “blueshine.” Yup, you guessed it: blueberry moonshine with maple syrup. All of the stills, silos, fermentation vats, and floor malting spaces were built by hand following historical methods by founder Luke Davidson, who also sources Maine-grown barley for his spirits.

Novare ResNoteable

(207) 761-2437   View Website   4 Canal Plaza, Portland, Maine 04101

The ultimate beer bar, Novare Res is underground, dimly lit, smells like yeast and has one of the most impressive beer lists in the United States. More than thirty taps are always flowing with new finds as well as favorites, and the bottle list tops 300 different ales, lambics, ciders and more.

Maine Mead Works

(207) 773-6323   View Website   51 Washington Avenue, Portland, Maine 04101

This meadery produces seasonal honey wine blends like strawberry, apple, and cranberry that are light and far from the sickly-sweet versions you may have had before. Beer lovers should try the hopped mead, which gives the wine an herbally, citrus flavor.

Bissell Brothers Brewing

(207) 808-8258   View Website   4 Thompsons Point, Portland, Maine 04102

Just a few years old, Bissell opened in 2013 and now boasts quite the large following. If you're looking to get some of their beer to take home, make sure you're in line early! Located at Thompson's Point.

Where to Shop

Portland Trading Company

(207) 899-0228   View Website   157 Middle St, Portland, Maine 04101

One-of-a-kind, well-curated, lifestyle-themed general store offering a mix of vintage and new clothes, select accessories, rare books, body care items, high-end camping gear and home goods. It's almost as eclectic as the Pomegranate Inn! Owner Kazeem Lawhal has truly impeccable taste.

Portland Trading Company

(207) 899-0228   View Website   157 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101

This general store is one-of-a-kind. It's both well-curated, modernized and lifestyle-themed, offering a mix of vintage and new clothes, and home goods. 

Seawall

View Website   237 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101

ocavore approach to clothing. Sustainable model of custom-made shirts made with handloomed Japanese prints, skirts, leather bags and more.

Waterlily

(207) 775-5459   View Website   26 Milk Street, Portland, Maine 04101

Hip boutique featuring local artisans, vintage collections, and an exclusive Waterlily line of clothing. You'll find a variety of scarves, jewelry, and more.

Portland Flea For All

(207) 370-7570   View Website   585 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101

Each weekend the Flea-for-All showcases a rotating cast of vendors selling the very best in vintage and handmade gifts. You're sure to find something to suit your shopping desires!

Portland Dry Goods

(207) 699-5575   View Website   237 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101

If you're looking to find high-end men's and women's wear, shoes and accessories, we recommend this store on Commercial Street. Brands include Gitman Vintage, 316 Denim, Gant Rugger, Redwing, Barbour, Alden, Muttonhead, Southwick, Reigning Champ and Topo.

Eco Home Studio

(207) 899-0390   View Website   334 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04101

The furniture and accessories that you'll find here are not only made in Maine, but they are sustainable and environmentally friendly. 

Flea For AllBuzz-Worthy

(207) 370-7570   View Website   125 Kennebec St, Portland, Maine 04101

Three floors of fabulous vintage finds, handmade items and antiques fill every nook and cranny of this unique shop and gathering spot. Plan for a few hours of poking through stacks of retro vinyl, displays of classic bar ware and vignettes of unusual furniture. Summers feature food trucks in the parking lot to feed the belly as the wallet lightens. Open Friday-Sunday.

Home Remedies

(207) 899-0135   View Website   83 West Commercial Street, Portland, Maine 04101

Home Remedies is a custom home decor showroom with an on-site sewing and reupholstery workroom and staff with years of experience in the design and decor industry.

Pinecone & Chickadee

(207) 772-9280   View Website   6 Free Street, Portland, ME 04101

Pinecone & Chickadee offers shoppers a curated selection of handmade crafts, paper goods, unusual gifts, and apparel.

Angela AdamsNoteable

(207) 774-3523   View Website   273 Congress St, Portland, Maine 04101

Well-crafted modern home furnishings, textiles, rugs, home accessories, bags and personal items inspired by the timeless beauty of nature and the ever-changing landscape of Maine.