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Portland, ME: Dog-friendly Outdoor Dining

heathermb Jul 17, 2008 09:17 AM

Visiting for the day and bringing my dog. Looking for recs for a tasty (early) dinner where we can sit outside with the pooch. On my last visit we ate at DuckFat and I would go again in a heartbeat but thought I'd check first on what else might be good. Looking for casual - any type of food is fine. Walking distance (15 min or less) from Munjoy Hill area is ideal. Price - $20 or under for entrees I'd say.

Thanks in advance!


  1. heathermb Jul 24, 2008 12:35 PM

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm bookmarking this thread for the next time I visit my sister!

    We ended up at The Front Room, which was a short walk from her place. Sat at one of their three outside tables and my chowpup enjoyed the shade under the table and the water they brought him. I had the duck/goat cheese/onion marmalade sandwich and my sister had a salad of greens, goat cheese and beets. Her salad was huge and delicious. My sandwich was tasty, but the filling was meager in comparison with the enormous slices of brioche on which it was served so I really tasted nothing but the bread.

    My sister and my mother both love the place and there were many things on the brunch menu that tempted me along with the great service so I will definitely go back, just maybe not for that sandwich.

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      foodquest Jul 23, 2008 10:34 AM

      The Lobster Company on Commercial is very dog friendly. They even used to have a doggy happy hour once a week. Not sure if they still do that. The deck is huge, lots of seating. I can't speak to the food, but plentiful outdoor space.

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        sciencediet Jul 23, 2008 09:37 AM

        I like the Port Hole--nice views, good food, very nice to dogs.

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          joss2 Jul 23, 2008 02:43 AM

          The shaded garden behind Silly's is a great place to eat with a dog in hot weather.

          1. BostonZest Jul 17, 2008 10:34 AM

            J's Oyster let our little one sit under the table on the dock and even made sure we had water for her. I was told that there is one waitress who is allowed to refuse dogs because she has had a problem with a bite in the past.

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            1. re: BostonZest
              Bunnyfood Jul 18, 2008 11:20 AM

              Portland is so dog-friendly, but it is hard to find place that allow dogs...Aside from the aformentioned, there is Dry Dock. My recommendation? Drinks only...Food isn't even fit for dogs( not even the one on my street that ate my gardening glove last weekend...)

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              eenie1 Jul 17, 2008 10:23 AM

              I've eaten at Flatbread Company several times and it's always been good. My family has a dog and we've sat out on the deck, which is on the water, and had great meals, service, etc.

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