As Maine’s largest city, Portland has developed into a major Northeastern foodie destination. From fresh seafood to locally grown ingredients, these top fine dining restaurants really hit the mark. So put on your classiest outfit and check out Portland, Maine’s top five fine dining restaurants.
Top Fine Dining Restaurants in Portland, Maine
Street and Co.
Down an old cobblestone lane in the Old Port District is fine dining establishment Street and Co. Street and Co. offers grilled and broiled seafood and pasta dishes in a rustic, exposed-brick interior.
During the summer months, you can enjoy their simple, seasonal menu in the outdoor seating area. The restaurant also has an extensive selection of wines from around the world. One-third of the restaurant is always reserved for walk-ins, but the majority of seating is by reservation only.
For local seafood in a spacious seaside venue, head to Scales. This seafood restaurant and raw bar is part of the family of restaurants that includes Street & Co. and Fore Street Restaurant.
On the menu, you’ll find elevated New England comfort classics. Get a cup on Maine Clam Chowder alongside the Steamed Maine Lobster or Pan Roasted King Salmon. Enjoy oysters and clams from the raw bar. Or dine on a Pineland Farm Bavette Steak, Pan Roasted Duck Breast, or a Short Rib Pot Roast.
Fore Street Restaurant
Fore Street Restaurant is located in Portland’s Old Port District just one block from the waterfront. Created by the same people who brought you Street and Co., Fore Street Restaurant has a warm, cozy décor centered around the brick and soapstone hearth and wood-burning oven. This hearth is where the restaurant cooks its award-winning seafood, meat, game, and vegetable dishes.
Their menu changes daily to feature a diversity of seasonal ingredients, but they have a small list of signature items that are always available.
David’s Opus Ten
If you’re looking for an exclusive dining experience, David’s Opus Ten is the place to be. This fine dining restaurant is open seasonally from mid-June through August, the restaurant is only open for 40 nights to just 18 guests per night.
Chef David personally will be in the Opus Ten kitchen to prepare a locally-inspired menu that changes each week. You can expect craft cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by a seven course wine pairing dinner.
Once a humble family eatery, Hugo’s has evolved into a refined fine dining restaurant that has gained national attention. The dining room is decorated in 160-year-old reclaimed red birch wood, wrought iron, and soft leather and looks into an open kitchen.
Hugo’s uses ingredients that are farmed, fished, and grown almost exclusively in Maine. The restaurant offers three tasting menus nightly, where you have a choice of five courses or just two courses.
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