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I need recommendations for lunch in Portland. What are the best places open for lunch serving well prepared seafood?

Cabbagehead

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  1. I'll be interested to see what others recommend. I live in Portland but, taking your phrase "well prepared seafood" as I imagine you mean it, I can't think of a place, not for lunch.

    I know. Hard to believe.

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    1. re: Mister Meatball

      Thanks, MM for the pessimistic response. It is hard to believe. Maybe someone out there knows of some place. By "well prepared," I didn't mean haute cuisine, but rather something more than fried fish.

      1. re: cabbagehead

        Well prepared fried scalop, clams, oysters, smelt, and shrimp seafood? Go to Susan's fish 'n Chips on Forest Ave. Well prepared enough for Gourmet Mag and a host of local award and BYOB. Kinda funky.
        I'm an optimist
        Sashsimi & sushi?

        1. re: Passadumkeg

          Susan's Fish & Chips is not only terrible, but dirty and only fried......
          Commercial Street has at least 6-8 places that serve fresh fish and do a great job. Dimillio's, Becky's, Old Port Sea Grill, Porthole, plus many many more..... Don't think you will be happy at Susan's Fried Fish House.

          1. re: irwin

            That's why I love it and am a Dumkeg.

            1. re: Passadumkeg

              Dimillos? Susans, dirty, yes,decent fried food, yes.

        2. re: cabbagehead

          Old Port Sea Grill and Raw Bar on Commercial is probably your best choice. DiMillo's does a decent job--can't beat the location (restaurant is in a converted ferry boat)--pretty reliable, but very touristy (as you get later in the season, this is less and less the case), and it gets bonus points for free parking. That said, you'll find seafood on a lot of other menus. For example, The Salt Exchange has a lobster BLT, tempura fried local fish, and cioppino on its lunch menu. And of course, Miyake if you like sushi.

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          The Salt Exchange
          245 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101

          1. re: Mainegal

            Two other options that require a short drive are the Falmouth Sea Grill and Royal River Grill in Yarmouth. Both are on Rt. 88 and both are on the water next to a marina with good views. They both have a good seafood selection that's fairly well prepared.

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            Falmouth Sea Grill
            215 Foreside Rd, Falmouth, ME 04105

            1. re: hicow

              hicow,
              Have you been to Royal River recently (within last year)? Was so disappointed my last two tries that I haven't been back. Would LOVE to know that it's good again.

              1. re: hitpas

                I haven't been there in over a year. It was OK on my last visit but the scenery had a way of making up for some of the shortcomings. I believe the Falmouth Sea Grill and the Old Port Sea Grill used to have the same owner but I'm not sure that's still the case.

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                Falmouth Sea Grill
                215 Foreside Rd, Falmouth, ME 04105

                Old Port Cafe
                111 Main St, Winterport, ME 04496

            2. re: Mainegal

              I concur that by far the most reliable location is Old Port Sea Grill.

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              Old Port Cafe
              111 Main St, Winterport, ME 04496

              1. re: mainemal

                Here is the scoop !!!
                Old Port and Falmouth Sea Grill has the same owner.....
                Old Port location is much - much better. Falmouth, as much as I love the scenery, it has a musty smell as you enter, and probably this is because its on the water. I still like the food better at Old Port.
                I have been to Royal River many times, and heard only negative about it this summer, so i had to try it. I was disappointed. I will give up the view for a better restaurant that is not on the water.
                One of my favorites is Parker's on Washington and Allen Avenue.
                Its a fun place, great variety, good food (not gourmet) but good and very reasonable. Fri and Saturday nights offer Roast Beef with a salad for around $20.
                Two of my favorite lunch places is as follows:
                a) Steve & Renee's on the corner of Veranda and Washington St.
                real down east home style cookin -- very reasonable and large portions, with extremely friendly servers.
                b) Miss Portland Diner on Marginal Way.....
                easy to park, good food, reasonable, and always open.

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                Falmouth Sea Grill
                215 Foreside Rd, Falmouth, ME 04105

                1. re: irwin

                  Thanks to Irwin and everyone else. Anyone else out there with an Old Port recommendation?

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                  Old Port Cafe
                  111 Main St, Winterport, ME 04496