Help Needed: Anniversary Dinner in Portland
I'm looking for a reccomendation for a romantic dinner in Portland for our 7th wedding anniversary (this Wednesday night). The top criteria is atmosphere, but food/creative quality is a close second. I'd like to avoid the restaurants we've been to many times or recently: Paley's Place, Le Pigeon, The Heathman, Alberta Street Oyster Grill, Ciao Vita. Any help is appreciated!
I'd recommend Carlyle (http://www.carlylerestaurant.com/) first and foremost. It's my favorite place in town.
Also worthwhile are:
Places I don't like as much, but still contenders:
I've never been, but Carlyle's former chef is there now, so it is on my list (though it is a huge space and may not be the atmosphere you are looking for):
If atmosphere is tops, I'd suggest Fenouil, perhaps. I think the food is solid as well, but I really like the room.
Otherwise, Jill makes plenty of good suggestions. I wouldn't choose Clarklewis, though, if you want a quiet, comfortable meal.
Among the others, I'd say Hurley's is best for atmosphere. It has more of a cozy elegance, like Paley's.
Thanks to all - we ate at Carlye and liked it a lot. I had a great monkfish dish and my wife had the anglioti.