Fore Street

New American Restaurant and American Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Portland, Portland
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  • The experts at Eater and Epicurious recommend this place
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  • From Away
    "Mussels and a glass of wine at the bar are always an excellent bet."(28 Tips)
    Frances C.
    "Highly recommend the wood roasted mussels and the tomato tart."(2 Tips)
    Noah @Noah_Xifr X.
    "They amazingly cook so much more than lobster in Portland Maine!"(2 Tips)
    Mari G.
    "Beautiful open kitchen!!"(2 Tips)
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  • Tracey Z.
    Great restaurant that's a fun dining experience in Maine! Open kitchen concept with the menu changing daily. Just ask the waiters for a tip - it can be overwhelming to choose through all the options!
  • Christine L.
    We couldn't get a dinner res even weeks in advance, but we were able to walk in and order app's at the bar from a pretty extensive menu. Grilled squid, foie gras, mackerel & mussels 👌👌👌
  • Four T.
    Try the mussels! Almonds flour dissolved in the sauce
  • Matt B.
    Matt BruchMarch 12
    The chicken here is unbelievable with sourdough croutons
  • Sunny N.
    Sunny NasonJanuary 7
    Smoked mussels and fish dishes are so delish. Great wine selection
  • Emily
    EmilyDecember 20, 2016
    Every dish we tried was perfect. Fantastic charcuterie options, mouthwatering bass.
  • Laurie D.
    Laurie DennessNovember 1, 2016
    One of the best meals I've ever had. Amazing ambience, couldn't stop watching the kitchen. Lamb was divine
  • Benjamin B.
    Benjamin BlackSeptember 12, 2016
    If all seafood tasted this good I would easily hit my healthy food target. Delicious bread and soft butter is an extra bonus for this perfect experience.
  • Lauren
    LaurenJune 9, 2016
    "Mussels & gin gimlets are fantastic here. You won't be able to get a reservation, but if you arrive 4:40 (doors at 5:00) you can usually get a seat in the lounge. Don't be shy to ask for more bread!"
  • Marcia D.
    Marcia DunsmoreJune 4, 2016
    The roasted mussels, pork loin , smoked and cured seafood tasting. All seasonal sides. These are great. The others are all damn very good. Incredible professional service.
  • Scott R.
    Scott RichardsApril 27, 2016
    Everything is good there
  • Cormac R.
    Cormac RiordanDecember 5, 2015
    When you want a good fancy dinner in Portland, there's really only two options. This is one of them.
  • Vinnie D.
    Vinnie DaboulNovember 15, 2015
    Just had drinks. Prices are very reasonable. However the clientele seem to have sticks up their rear-ends.
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TewfikOctober 25, 2015
    Everything here. Especially the roast chicken.
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronAugust 12, 2015
    The ambiance here is so trendy/sexy. Low lite. Staff looked sharp and attentive. Decor was that of exposed brick. Food was amazing order anything. Nice selection of beer/liquor. Old part of Maine.
  • Carmen N.
    Carmen NJuly 21, 2015
    Ever changing seasonal menu, guaranteed fresh delicious choices and excellent cocktails.
  • Hutch L.
    Hutch LeeJuly 18, 2015
    Amazing restaurant. Staff is super friendly. I recommend the fresh green salad, the lamb pastrami, and the Hanger Steak. The bread is unbelievable.
  • Frances C.
    Frances CivelloJuly 16, 2015
    Believe the hype. Our experience here was exceptional from start to finish. The food was exquisite, the service perfection. Highly recommend the wood roasted mussels and the tomato tart.
  • emma t.
    emma tangorenJuly 7, 2015
    stop by early for a same-day reservation. the food is incredible so make sure you go at least once while in portland.
  • emma t.
    emma tangorenJuly 4, 2015
    incredible food at fore street. if you don't have a reservation, wait in line around 5pm when the doors open for a same-day table. definitely worth the wait.
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITMay 23, 2015
    Portland on a plate.
  • Ross M.
    Ross ManiaciFebruary 21, 2015
    Probably the best restaurant in Portland. ( Food - Service )
  • Colby S.
    Colby SpikesJanuary 6, 2015
    Really hyped about my meal, and sorely disappointed. Food was ehh..at best.
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CaldecuttDecember 28, 2014
    Skip the mussels, but check out the chicken liver and pork belly if it's on the menu, which changes daily.
  • Stephanie V.
    Stephanie VNHDecember 10, 2014
    Amazing farm to table restaurant. Very pure, Organic, local cuisine. Beautiful open kitchen. Nordic influences. Bit pricy though.
  • Claire E.
    Claire EvanoffNovember 3, 2014
    This place is heaven. Reservations fill up early but do what I did - stop by when they open and grab one of their walk-in slots. Then have a drink at North Point or Portland Hunt + Alpine Club. 💣
  • Maggie P.
    Maggie PierceNovember 1, 2014
    Fantastic bar seating. Reservations only.
  • Nason
    NasonSeptember 18, 2014
    Great place for special occasions. Located in the hip and trendy old port.
  • Brent G.
    Brent GatewoodSeptember 7, 2014
    Great food options, nice atmosphere.
  • Christi E.
    Christi EubanksSeptember 1, 2014
    Lives up to expectations every time. These guys do offal really well. Pasta is fresh made. Put your name in at the bar for a shorter wait without reservations.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 1, 2014
    Check out Fore Street as seen on Unique Eats Read more
  • Lori M.
    Lori MitchellAugust 26, 2014
    Everything I've had here is SUPER! Tonight...desserts & coffee.
  • Phillip C.
    Phillip CampionAugust 6, 2014
    All the food here is excellent. Make sure you reserve your table way in advance.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 3, 2014
    From the wood oven–roasted mussels to the seasonal fruit desserts, such as caramelized pear tart—and you get one of the finest restaurants not just in Portland but in the Northeast. Read more
  • Michael
    MichaelJuly 28, 2014
    F&W: mussels with almonds and garlic
  • Nawaf A.
    Nawaf AlojrushApril 21, 2014
    I got the table on the corner back view to the ocean. The foods menu are changing daily. I recommend this place for sea foods lovers.
  • David
    DavidMarch 16, 2014
    Arrive at 5 to grab a bar seat, or make a same day reservation.
  • Maddie C.
    Maddie CollinsDecember 30, 2013
    The best roasted chicken you'll find anywhere.
  • Caroline O.
    Caroline OsseDecember 28, 2013
    Fantastic, plump mussels. Even though they're on the appetizer side of the menu, they're filling enough as an entree with a salad.
  • Trevor
    TrevorDecember 7, 2013
    Wonderfully spacious post-industrial interior with quality service. Drinks were excellent and the seafood wonderfully fresh and inventive. Pork Belly was ludicrously tasty.
  • Kymberlaine B.
    Kymberlaine BanksNovember 1, 2013
    the sea bass was incredible! loved the salad with beets too!
  • Sarah D.
    Sarah Decker SextonOctober 13, 2013
    I've had the whole fish twice now and it's been fabulous both times! I also highly recommend the mussels as an app! Possibly my very favorite restaurant!
  • Eric
    EricOctober 12, 2013
    Had a fantastic dinner her on October 10th. Our server M.J. was wonderful! Get the mussels. Great place for foodies
  • Greg S.
    Greg StoneSeptember 29, 2013
    If you are ever going to Portland Maine, book dinner prior to going. This place is great but also extremely popular.
  • Kim W.
    Kim WrightSeptember 15, 2013
    Beware...delicious but pricey!! bring the wallet......
  • Keith K.
    Keith KohlAugust 29, 2013
    The halibut is amazing
  • Mari G.
    Mari GarciaAugust 24, 2013
    Beautiful open kitchen!!
  • Amir Z.
    Amir ZonoziJuly 11, 2013
    The duck in your mouth is like a pillow fight of deliciousness between your tongue and cheek on elephant tranquilizers.
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SpencerJune 2, 2013
    The mussels are more than a mouth full
  • Hussein
    HusseinMay 29, 2013
    Order dessert- don't even think twice about it.
  • Tamara H.
    Tamara HMay 27, 2013
    Fore Street's market-driven, changes-daily menu is amazing, which makes for long waits. Make a reservation a day in advance, or put your name on the list right at 5, if you want to eat before 9 p.m.
  • Steve S.
    Steve SaundersMay 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Wood fired sardines.
  • M K.
    M KApril 21, 2013
    The mussels are divine
  • Maria Silvia M.
    Maria Silvia MoserMarch 24, 2013
    Order the wooden grilled mussels they are the best!
  • Zachary C.
    Zachary ChromiakFebruary 25, 2013
    If you're in Portland for any amount of time, make this your first choice of places to eat. Quality is second to none which is no small feat in a city with a fantastic food scene.
  • Sarah D.
    Sarah Decker SextonJanuary 26, 2013
    Incredible place! Get the mussels and anything on the menu. My trout tonight was amazing!
  • David C.
    David CancelDecember 29, 2012
    Avoid the long line and need for a reservation by sitting at the bar, the best seat at Fore Street.
  • Livy A.
    Livy AmchinOctober 8, 2012
    One word- mussels. And make sure you get extra bread to soak up all the garlic-y goodness at the bottom of the bowl!
  • Michael
    MichaelAugust 25, 2012
    Try the Grilled Wild Boar Chop
  • Michael
    MichaelAugust 25, 2012
    Try the Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Michael
    MichaelAugust 25, 2012
    Try the Quail
  • Noah @Noah_Xifr X.
    Noah @Noah_Xifr XifrAugust 3, 2012
    Total foodie heaven. Ambiance. Service. Prep. Presentation. They amazingly cook so much more than lobster in Portland Maine! Get ur res early, it's worth the wait.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 30, 2012
    The James Beard Award-winning chef was the first in Portland to incorporate ingredients from local farmers, fishermen and foragers. His rustic, seasonal menu changes daily. [Eater 18 Member]
  • Abbey Road T.
    The only restaurant in the City of Portland that we have never heard a bad review about. This place has been ranked in the top #100 restaurants in the U.S.A!
  • Jonathan P.
    Jonathan PercyMay 29, 2012
    Great atmosphere and equally great food. Tell your friends.
  • Michael
    MichaelMarch 17, 2012
    Try the Oak Oven Roasted Mussels
  • Rebekah C.
    Rebekah ChernoffFebruary 20, 2012
    Duck and chicken is amazing here! Like better than any other duck and chicken you've ever had!!!
  • Jamie N.
    Jamie NFebruary 18, 2012
    Food is REALLY salty. I like salt, but wow.
  • M@ S.
    M@ SheppardFebruary 12, 2012
    Big family sitting next to us last night celebrating an elder family member's birthday broke out into a stirring rendition of "Amazing Grace"
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelFebruary 3, 2012
    Andrew Zimmern took his father to lunch at Fore Street in Portland, Maine. Award-winning chef Sam Hayward pulls out all the stops. As seen on Bizarre Foods. Read more
  • Mike B.
    Mike BDecember 31, 2011
    Ate here for wife's birthday and food was horrible. Fish overcooked, pork almost raw, steak rancid. Cooks looked VERY young. Service was very good, terrible shame that food was awful.
  • Find. Eat. Drink.
    Find. Eat. Drink.December 4, 2011
    Recommended by chef Ana Sortun of Oleana in Cambridge, MA: "Chef Sam Hayward goes to all ends of the world to find the best ingredients."
  • Charlie
    CharlieNovember 7, 2011
    Beautiful ambiance as you watch the chefs prepare your meal in the center of the restaurant.
  • Glenn K.
    Glenn KennedySeptember 12, 2011
    Try the fish sampler app. Awesome! Read more
  • Kara P.
    Kara PoulinSeptember 5, 2011
    You'd be a quack not to have the duck!
  • From Away
    From AwayAugust 3, 2011
    The open kitchen is stunning and cozy, and Fore Street's James Beard award-winning dedication to local food is commendable. Mussels and a glass of wine at the bar are always an excellent bet.
  • Visit Maine
    Visit MaineJuly 17, 2011
    Watch this video highlighting why Fore Street is such a popular foodie destination! http://youtu.be/X13TtZatC6s Read more
  • Charlie
    CharlieJuly 7, 2011
    I highly recommend Fire Street. The food is really good! This restaurant is by far one of Portland's best! I thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience here!
  • Charlie
    CharlieJuly 5, 2011
    The menu changes daily, I tried the Atlantic Summer Flounder Filet...mid-atlantic, cornmeal crusted, rich lobster and Visalia onion sauce in lobster oil!
  • Andrew T.
    Andrew T.June 19, 2011
    Split the rib eye with your date. It's huge, and amazing (the rib eye, not your date).
  • Valerie P.
    the chocolate torte is excellent
  • Visit Maine
    Visit MaineMay 3, 2011
    Make sure you make reservations in the summer as this well-deserved Portland favorite is packed.
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealFebruary 22, 2011
    Ask for a table where you can see the kitchen and the waterfront - both excellent views. Order a dozen oysters, because you'll see none of the usual suspects here. Read more
  • Alison W.
    Alison WatsonNovember 20, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Chilled seafood platter. The best in Portland. The salads are so good, fresh and beautifully presented...
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousNovember 17, 2010
    Fore Street was one of the first restaurants in Maine to feature an open kitchen with a wood-burning oven, grill, and turnspit and is still famous for its tight network of local food suppliers.
  • Jason E.
    Jason EavesNovember 3, 2010
    Pumpkin bread pudding. Uh, yeah!
  • Chris D.
    Chris DodoricoOctober 29, 2010
    Don't trust Ken P if he becomes mayor of this place
  • Ken P.
    Ken PascuaOctober 14, 2010
    Just had mussels!!! Awesome! Maine farm Russian boar is next...stay tune...
  • Dana D.
    Dana DAugust 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    No reservations? Jump in line before 5 PM to get one of their evening seatings. Kick back at the bar for a sipper. Watch the open kitchen work its magic. Menu changes daily with the freshershest catch
  • Dylan M.
    Dylan MartinAugust 10, 2010
    Mussels, pork loin, chocolate torte. All friggin amazing.
  • Alexis M.
    Alexis MerselAugust 8, 2010
    Mussels, tomato tart, duck, flounder, pork, bluefish, chocolate torte and nectarine crisp were all amazing. Worth waiting six years for a table!
  • Brenda G.
    Brenda GarrandJuly 18, 2010
    Best bet? Mussels and martinis at the bar.
  • Rita C.
    Rita ChipalkattyJuly 11, 2010
    The duck is amazing!!! Don't miss the mussels and dark chocolate mousse either.
  • Mike D.
    Mike DoryJuly 11, 2010
    Amazing mussels, a mean manhattan, and the best mousse I've ever had.
  • Gregory L.
    Gregory LomannoJuly 10, 2010
    Rocket and shitake salad is amazing. Wild boar is to die for. Enjoy!
  • Mark M.
    Mark MorrissetteJuly 7, 2010
    Mussels even if you thought you didn't like mussels, brussels sprouts even if you thought you didn't like brussels sprouts, and pork loin to die for. They do everything well. Read more
  • ✨ Larry S.
    ✨ Larry SeaveyJune 25, 2010
    the mussels are yummy..
  • Gail M.
    Gail MichaelsonJune 5, 2010
    Get dessert!
  • Cybele B.
    Cybele BrooksFebruary 7, 2010
    When they have it, the apple or peach tarte tatin is to die for.
  • Jean
    JeanJune 12, 2013
    Moules rôties au beurre à l’ail et aux amandes du célèbre chef Sam Hayward.
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