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Guide to the Best Restaurants in Portland Maine and the Casco Bay Area

Portland has emerged as a culinary capital in New England, attracting top chefs to put their best plates forward. Culinary magazines have discovered the delectable food in this Port City – awarding them all sorts of accolades but ultimately the diners are the winners.

Chefs at Fore Street, Street & Co, Scales and 555, to name a few, have been heralded for their clever cuisine using Maine seafood and native ingredients. Surprisingly some of the top sushi restaurants are in Portland Maine using native sea urchin, eel, shrimp, crab and lobster.

Just walking the Old Port you will see many unique and inviting cafes and bistros, micro-brew pubs, coffee shops and homemade ice cream parlors. Many Portland restaurants offer waterfront dining; you can even dine on DiMillos floating restaurant. Bring your appetite to Portland Maine’s best restaurants.

dolphin marina restaurant

Dolphin Marina Restaurant l  515 Basin Point Rd l Harpswell

About 40 min from Portland on a most spectacular point in the heart of Casco Bay lies the Dolphin with extraordinary waterfront views and delicious hand prepared Maine food. This family owned and operated restaurant and bar in beautiful Harpswell serves fresh seafood and homemade baked goods like our legendary blueberry muffins, in a panoramic restaurant. Try our famous fish chowder and lobster stew, or see  the Blackboard for the daily catch or lobster and save room for our homemade desserts. Come by car or boat to our Dolphin Marina docks. Open for lunch and dinner. 515 Basin Point Rd,  Harpswell, Maine, 207-833-6000


Portland Maine Restaurants and Dining

Steak & Seafood
Dimillo’s Floating Restaurant l 25 Union Wharf, Portland l 207-772-2216
J’s Oyster l 5 Portland Pier, Portland l 207-772-4828
Union at Press Hotel l 119 Exchange Street, Portland l 207-573-2425
High Roller Lobster l Exchange Street, Portland l 207-536-1623
Old Port Sea Grill and Raw Bar l 93 Commercial Street, Portland l 207-879-6100
The Grill Room and Bar l 84 Exchange Street, Portland l 207-774-2333

Boone’s Fishhouse and Oyster Room l 86 Commercial Street, Portland l 207-774-5725
Old Port Tavern Steakhouse l 11 Moulton Street, Portland l 207-774-0444 
Scales l 65 Commercial Street, Portland l 207-805-0444
Street and Company l 33 Wharf Street, Portland l 207-775-0887
Ri Ra’s Irish Pub, 72Commercial Street, Portland l 207-761-4446

Flatbread Company l 72 Commercial Street, Portland l 207-772-8777 
Anthony’s Italian Kitchen l 178 Middle Street, Portland l 207-774-8668
Becky’s Diner l 390 Commercial St. Portland l 207-773-7070

The Salt Exchange l 245 Commercial St. Portland l 207-347-5687
Hot Suppa  l  Congress Street Portland l 207-871-5005
The Grill Room and Bar l 84 Exchange Street, Portland l 207-774-2333 
DuckFat l 43 Middle Street, Portland l 207-774-8080
Bayside American Cafe l Portland Street, Portland l 207-774-0005
Eventide l Middle Street, Portland l 207-774-8538
Andy’s Grill l 849 Forest Avenue, Portland l 207-347-3187
Binga’s Stadium Smokehouse and Sportsbar l 77 Free Street, Portland l 207-347-6072 

Asian, Chinese, Japanese 
Pia Men Miyaki l Congress Street, Portland l 207-541-9204
Wing Lee Chinese Cuisine l St John St, Portland l 207-774-8899
Saeng Thai Cuisine l 803 Forest Avenue, Portland l 207-773-1001
Honey Paw Restaurant l Middle Street, Portland l 207-774-8538
Ginza Town Japanese Cuisine l 1053 Forest Avenue, Portland l 207-878-9993
Thanh Thanh Restaurant l 782 Forest Avenue, Portland l 207-828-1114
Boda  l Congress Street, Portland l 207-347-7557
Mekhong  l 658 Forest Avenue Portland l 207-773-8424 
Benkay Japanese Restaurant l 2 India Street, Portland l 207-773-5555

India Palace l 565 Congress Street, Portland l 207-773-1444
Emilitsa Greek l Congress Street, Portland l 207-221-0245
Susan’s Fish and Chips l Forest Ave, Portland l 207-878-3240

Piccolo  l Middle Street, Portland l 207-772-1330 
Roma’s l Congress Street, Portland l 207-761-1611
Anthony’s Italian Kitchen l 178 Middle Street, Portland l 207-774-8668
Petitie Jacqueline Restaurant l Market Street, Portland l 207-553-7044

Latin, Mexican, Spanish
Amigo’s Mexican Restaurant l 9 Dana Street, Portland l 207-772-0772
Margaritas Mexican Restaurant l 11 Brown Street, Portland l 207-774-9398

El Rayo Taquiera l  Free St. Portland l 207-780-8266

Taco Escabarr l Congress Street, Portland  l 207-541-9097

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