Located in Portland's Old Port District, Fore Street opened in June, 1996. The interior surrounds a unique brick and soapstone hearth with a ... More
Located in Portland's Old Port District, Fore Street opened in June, 1996. The interior surrounds a unique brick and soapstone hearth with a wood-burning oven, grill and turnspit; visible from most tables. We believe that good food travels the shortest possible distance between the farm and the table. Our menu changes every day and is founded upon the very best raw materials from a community of Maine farmers, fisherman, foragers and cheese makers. Most of the Maine foods are organically grown or harvested wild, each brought to us at the peak of its season. In 2002 and again in 2007, Fore Street was named by Gourmet Magazine as one of the Top Fifty Restaurants in the United States. In 2004, Chef-Partner Sam Hayward was named Best Chef: Northeast by the James Beard Foundation.
Not sure why the reviews are mediocre for this restaurant. We just went and had a great meal with some friends, and while it was pricey, the quality of the food was worth it. As far as the ambience, it has exposed brick and some pipes, but I believe they are going for an urban vibe. The service was excellent, which you would expect, but it's all about the food. From the salad and bread, to the steak, garlic mash and beets for our main, we really enjoyed the meal and the experience. The desserts will also very, very good.
Service was prompt and curtious, the atmosphere is wonderful set in an open mill building layout with the kitchen open in the middle. The menu changes daily and always has something new and exciting to try.
My boyfriend took me for my birthday. The atmosphere was romantic, but I thought the dress was too casual for the prices. The entrees and side dishes we had- lamb & steak, sweet potatoes and turnips- were completely unimpressive, considering it was rated one of the 50 best by Gourmet. I would go again for the dessert however- he had pear d'anjou cake with dulce de leche and I had apple pot pie with bacon ice cream- two of the best desserts I've ever sampled.
After hearing and reading about the great restaurant fore st. we were severly disappointed. Our least memorable meal in maine.
Apps seem to have some creativity, but the entrees were just bland and plain. A piece a meat, with a very small side, no creativity. Actually, you need to pay extra for sides like mash or zucchini. Find that absurd, especially after ordering a $27 duck dish. The duck dish was not very special at all. I can't really explain our feelings nor the hype about fore st.
Dessert was good. Wine list overpriced for Portland, found better deals in Bar Harbor and mid-coast.
My wife and I went to Fore Street for our anniversary. I was a little dissapointed to see that it wasn't more elegant. The atmosphere is certainly nice in a pub-type way, but considering the prices, should have had more ammenities. I can't really remember what my wife had, but I had scallops in a nice sauce. The price for 5 scallops was $25. Add to that the cost of vegetables and wine and dessert and all and our bill with tip came to about $160 for the two of us. For my money, there are many restaurants that are a much better value. I believe that Fore Street survives on snob appeal, not value. I would much prefer to eat at the Dogfish which has comparable food for about half of the price. If you want a realy bargain, go to Espos where you can get good Italian and feed ten for the cost of two at Fore Street.
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