Portland's restaurant scene excites with global influence on native Maine cuisine

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.

The Flatbread Company
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With locations throughout New England, the Flatbread Company specializes in wood-fired organic pizza that is both tasty and healthy. This establishment prides itself on using organic ingredients whenever possible and goes to great lengths to...  Read More

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Katahdin is a popular spot for the arts and culture crowd. The atmosphere is busy, high energy, and fun. Loud conversations and laughter are common throughout this popular eatery. The cuisine is a hodge podge of different tastes and sensations...  Read More

Natasha's Restaurant
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Natasha's delightfully combines Maine foods and infuses them with delicious Latin and Asian flavorings. The atmosphere is fun and friendly as diners explore the global fusion influences that abound throughout this establishment's menu....  Read More

Cinque Terre
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Cinque Terre offers a delightful, fresh twist on the Italian dining experience with its focus on northern Italian cuisine with its rich, creamy white sauces and fresh meats. The restaurant tirelessly seeks out the freshest ingredients from local...  Read More

Five Fifty Five
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Five Fifty Five's owners, Steve and Michelle Corry, bring a wealth of culinary and restaurant experience to their Portland eatery and it shows. Their expertise and passion have created one of the most distinctive and highly acclaimed restaurants...  Read More

Fore Street Restaurant
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Fore Street has become one of the most celebrated eateries on the northern New England restaurant scene. Simplicity is key here. Chef Sam Hayward focuses on local, organic ingredients to bring forth the best out of his recipes. The menu changes...  Read More

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Hugo's nicely balances the high expectations of date night dining with the casual flair of relaxed, late night cuisine. Located at the edge of Portland's beloved Old Port District, Hugo's features deep, rich wood tones, wrought iron railings and...  Read More



Long a fixture in Portland's East End neighborhood, the Front Room Restaurant and Bar overlooks city's scenic Eastern Promenade. This cozy establishment, which has become a favorite gathering spot for locals and visitors alike, claims that it...  Read More

Street and Company
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Street and Company focuses on the fresh and simple when it comes to their winning formula for success. Their extensive offerings of supremely fresh seafood feature simple ingredients cooked to perfection. The result are dishes that bring out...  Read More

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Bandaloop has quickly become an iconic eatery for both locals and vacationers in Kennebunkport. This restaurant has been rightfully praised for its authentic organic Asian fusion cuisine. The atmosphere is casual and intimate with a choice,...  Read More