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Thanksgiving in Portland? [Maine]

RnchPotato Sep 29, 2009 11:52 AM

This New York Times article inspired a few friends and I to take a roadtrip from NYC to Portland over Thanksgiving.

We plan to have Thanksgiving dinner in or around Portland--does anyone have any suggestions for places that might be open? A search on this board as well as Google have yielded a couple of prospects:
-Robinhood Free Meetinghouse in Georgetown
-Harraseeket Inn in Freeport

We're twenty-somethings who love restaurants that showcase regional cuisine. We're hoping to spend about $75 per person (including tax and tip). Not necessarily looking for fine dining--just a spot that feels and serves food that's quintessentially Portland. Many thanks in advance!

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    jamtart Nov 25, 2009 12:50 PM

    Muddy Rudder Restaurant is offering Thanksgiving day meals as well. I think it's less than $20 per person, and this includes dessert. It's located between Freeport and Portland.

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      bsomlo Nov 10, 2009 05:37 PM

      We are doing the same thing because of that NY Times article!

      I was really disappointed and surprised to find that almost every restaurant is closed on Thanksgiving Day itself (so unlike NYC).

      I've found these two hotels in Portland that offer Thanksgiving Dinner:

      20 Milk Street at the Regency Portland Hotel:



      157 Cafe & Bar at the Eastland Park Hotel:


      So far the Portland Forum on TripAdvisor favors the Regency over Milk Street, two to one.

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      1. re: bsomlo
        BostonZest Nov 11, 2009 04:49 AM

        The Inn by the Sea is not far from Portland. If they have a reservation available for Thanksgiving in their dining room, I'd take it. The setting is so beautiful and the service so gracious that you'll feel transported to another time and place.


        I have not dined there since the renovation and I'm basing this recommendation on the fact that the fabulous food places of Portland will fill the rest of your stay. If I couldn't have Fore Street or Hugo's, I'd go for grace and setting for my holiday meal.


        Fore Street
        288 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101

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        Harborgirl Oct 1, 2009 05:15 AM

        The Harraseeket Inn has an amazing Thanksgiving spread. They offer everything for the traditional dinner plus many other options.

        The dessert station alone is worth the trip!

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          maina Nov 14, 2009 04:24 AM

          I agree w/Harborgirl. Harraseeket Inn has good food, plus it's in an historic inn. Inn is in Freeport , which is alot closer to Portland than the Meeting House,. Altho Inn location abuts the outlet district, which is not typical of Maine or Portland, the atmosphere at the Inn is very New England. And, LL Bean will be open on Thanksgiving Day and that certainly is a Maine institution!

          Harraseeket Inn
          162 Main St, Freeport, ME 04032

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          PortNH Sep 30, 2009 08:34 AM

          Fore Street in Portland. Great food and atmosphere (wood fire cooking) visible to diners.

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          1. re: PortNH
            HDinCentralME Sep 30, 2009 12:34 PM

            Per their website, Fore Street is closed on Thanksgiving (and Xmas Eve and Xmas).

            Edited to add: Actually, on re-reading, the OP talks about "over Thanksgiving" and probably is talking about more than just T-Day itself.

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            justoneguy Sep 30, 2009 07:14 AM

            Think about calling Frontier in Brunswick to see if they're open on T-giving. That would be a great place to do Thanksgiving.

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              HDinCentralME Sep 29, 2009 02:57 PM

              While I can't confirm it from their website, Robinhood Free Meeting House should be open.

              We went two years ago and they offered a prix fixe dinner, served all day (Noon to 6 or 7??) with a "traditional" option and other choices. Within your price range.Very nice but low key.

              Keep in mind that it is about an hour's drive from downtown Portland. If you go, try to allow time to visit the beach at Reid State Park nearby.


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