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Fore Street, 555, Street & Co. & Hugos Alternatives

ellieeggplant Nov 9, 2007 04:50 AM

Taking Fore Street, 555, Street & Co. & Hugo,s off the table. Where would you go in the Portland Maine area for a nice evening--good food, service and ambiance.

  1. ScubaSteve Nov 9, 2007 05:23 AM



    that should get you started.

    1. n
      Noreaster Nov 9, 2007 05:30 AM

      Taking into consideration that a nice evening may involve more than an hour's worth of eating but rather the entire experience of the restaurant there are serveral options. Unfortunately, as you have previously noted in other posts, service can be hit or miss in this town. With this in mind, in order from the not to be missed down, Bresca, Caiola's, David's 388, Rachel's L'osteria

      1. Bunnyfood Nov 9, 2007 06:04 AM

        I second Caiola's and Bresca, and add Ribolitta(servers at Ribolitta are wonderful), Cinque Terra, and Back Bay Grill... oldies but goodies...

        1. jspear Nov 9, 2007 09:00 AM

          Drive to Brunswick and try the Back St Bistro.

          1. m
            Mainegal Nov 9, 2007 01:19 PM

            You can never go wrong with Back Bay Grill. It's not a trendy as the others, but it's always been one of Portland's best fine dining choices. A bit out of the way--it's down near the main post office.

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            1. re: Mainegal
              Noreaster Nov 9, 2007 09:08 PM

              I am remiss in not mentioning Back Bay Grill. Absolutely.

            2. Dual Nov 10, 2007 07:58 AM

              Back Bay Grille is hampered a bit by somehow having become the place that retired folks and college kids dining with their parents gravitate to. The food's quite respectable, but the atmosphere is kinda... safe.

              Bresca and Bar Lola would top my responses. Vignola and Cinque Terre can do very nice things. Rachel's L'osteria: very nice, but more of a neighborhood boite than competition to the places on ellie's list.

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