Portland’s historical origins as a major commercial shipping center have greatly influenced its diverse restaurant scene. City eateries feature a wealth of global influences ranging from Hispanic to Asian and other cultures. The quality of the food is also exceptional. Many of the city’s restaurants have been established by highly distinguished and accomplished chefs with years of experience both within and outside of Portland. What’s more, these gourmet purveyors are passionate about their craft, eager to explore and develop new taste sensations and culinary experiences. Their adventurousness in mixing spices, herbs and flavorings to create one-of-a-kind dishes for diners to enjoy has won them dedicated followings throughout the city and beyond. The result are restaurants that have their own unique takes on the dining experience. These range from high end restaurants such as Street and Company, with its emphasis on expertly prepared seafood, to the New American Comfort Food of The Front Room with its signature grilled hangar steak and Five Fifty Five with its one of a kind truffled lobster mac and cheese. Other standouts include Caiola’s with its upscale homage to the neighborhood eatery; Fore Street which works wonders with local foods from the sea and farms; Hugo’s with its old world charm and dedication to food that is tasty and well presented; Cinque Terre which is expertly carrying on the exquisite cuisine of northern Italy; and Natasha’s with its fun and funky infusions of Latin and Asian flavorings with Maine foods. It’s here for you to enjoy.