Portland >Fore Street
Good but not Great. I went to Fore Street this past weekend and it was good but certainly not great. I've been to Portland numerous times and Fore Street has always been recommended as a top place to eat. I made a reservation a few days before and they called me in the morning to confirm (which was quite nice actually especially given the poor weather). Our waiter was pleasant and helpful. In deciding on a wine, he insisted on bringing a sample so that I would be pleased with the choice. Apparently, the menu changes every night. My girlfriend and I split a fettucine with mushrooms. I got the pork loin for an appetizer and my girlfriend got the duck. Later for dessert (we saved our appetites knowing that Fore Street's reputation), I tried a banana chocolate tart while my girlfriend tried a chocolate peanut butter souffle. For every course, I can say the same thing. The food was good but not exceptional. Perhaps my expectations were higher given the numerous reviews I've seen on tv and in the print media but the food was just good. It is very heavily concentrated om meat, chicken and fish and less on vegetarian/pasta meals. Also, the meat/fish are served separately from side dishes so the combination can be a bit disjointed. The parsnips were good but I'm unsure if they really went with the duck and the pork loin (this particular side is big enough for 2-4 people). I think I was also hoping for something more savory and perhaps some sauces as opposed to a well cooked meat. I'm sure that many will like this place, especially if you a meat and potatoes type but I certainly won't hurry to go back. I would try Fore Street again but I think I would try a few other places first.
The best food we've had in Portland. Made dinner reservations (reluctantly) for New Years Eve not expecting too much other than the standard New Years Eve fare. We were wonderfully surprised! The choices were varied. Ordered a duck and a scallop dish that were out of this world! The portions were generous and the food was just...well it was outstanding! The service was impeccable and we didn't feel the least bit rushed, even though it was New Years Eve and there were people waiting. We sat at the bar which is set up very well for dining...very wide with lots of elbow room. Even though they were super busy the bartenders were very attentive and took the time to explain the menu. If you want a top notch dinner in Portland and you don' t have sticker shock you must eat here.
An awful experience.
I love an amazing dining experience....
I had never been to Portland before and nor had my boyfriend. I thought this would be great- go to a restaurant which so many people speak so highly about. My boyfriend is a chef and owner of a very popular restaurant in Boston. We both were so excited to try somewhere new.
We sat down no problem.....We were shocked when our waiter came over and could barely make out his name let alone answer any questions we might have. We ordered the scallops which were in a heavy cream sauce and the liver pate. The liver was prepared 3 different ways- all of which were very greasy. Next we had the salad with apples and nuts. This was great - until we had some lettuce that as my boyfriend put it "tasted like urine"
Ahh main course- I ordered the pork loin and my boyfriend ordered the duck. Both were extremely fatty and could hardly eat it because there was so little bit of meat that wasnt encased with fat. Dessert- you cant mess up dessert- oh yes- they did......we had the caramel babba - all it was were donuts with banana and caramel- wow....pft.
SO the food was awful- but our romantic weekend was going to be ruined because we had to take turns in the bathroom all night- both of us were sicker then dogs!!! Never going back!!! This place wouldnt hold up if it was in boston or was competing with other places of the same cost- ex. Abe and Louies or Excellsior! I think I will stay with the restaurants I know around Boston- worth spending $200+
If you like noise, chatter, and a smoky atmoshpere, this is the place for you. Fore Street is overrated in my opinion. The service is strictly mediocre and the food average. They probably were good at one time and their reputation has created a following. But they've gone downhill and I won't return. Fore Street is expensive and the quality doesn't deserve the price. Additionally, they should spend some of their profits and invest in better fans (if they actually HAVE fans) in the kitchen to rid the dining rooms of smoke created while grilling. Kind of like being in a bar. I would not recommend Fore Street to anyone.
great dining experience. Over Labor Day weekend, we had friends in from out of town, and wanted a special dining experience to share with them. Fore Street delivered. We got there at 4:30 to ensure that we we would get one of the non-reserved tables, which are allocated at 5:00 p.m. The wait was worth it. From 5:00 - 5:30, we had cocktails in the bar, which has a lovely atmosphere, comfortable seats and couches, and a pleasant staff. We were seated promptly at 5:30, when they start serving dinner. Dinner, across the board, was delicious! Our appetizers ranged from the goat cheese and tomato tart in puff paste, to arugula and tomato salad (with amazingly fresh tomatoes) to a lobster role appetizer that was to die for. Dinner entrees at the table included an amazing venison dish, duck breast with vegetable polenta, and the signature pork loin. All portions were more than sufficient. While vegetables are all seperate, one portion is sufficient for two individuals, and you have the benefit of ordering the vegetable that you really want. For desert we had warm chocolate cake, house made chocolates, a fruit cobbler, and a caramel mousse. No one was dissappointed. The entire dinner experience lasted a liesurely two hours, and we neither felt rushed or hurried to leave, despite a substantial number of people waiting for tables in the bar. All of the food was delicious - fresh, interesting, and original, with generous portions all around. The service was friendly and attentive, with the only small blip coming when our appetizers arrived before our bottle of wine. That, however, was quickly resolved and we ended up having a delightful dinner experience, and our guests from Boston loved the meal. While Fore Street requires a certain amount of planning - either in a reservation made well in advance or a 5:00 p.m. arrival to guarantee a table - it was well worth it, and while expensive, we all felt that we received true value for our meal, and will definitely go back in the future.
It all comes together here....
Excellent food, wine selection, service, atmosphere....it really came together here for me and my girl.
We decided not to make reservations (mostly out of laziness) since it was a Sunday evening, and when we showed up there was an hour long wait. They suggested we sit at the bar, but we decided to wander Portland until it was time. We came back a half-hour early and they were already ready for us. We had a close view of the kitchen that was neither crowded nor unfcomfortable. Our waitress was knowledgable and professional, and even suggested another wine after I picked one that she said was a little light...well, it was too light (my fault), and I should have listened.
The food was simply awesome, I had the venison steak while she had salmon, with an appetizer of mussels. All of it was fantastic. I couldn't get enough sauce or beans on my plate, and would definately go back. I've even looked into going back to portland just to go here again. It really wasn't that expensive, especially when you compare the experience and the prices with places like Ruth's Chris.
Good, but overrated.
If you live in Portland, you hear about Fore Street. People rave about it. I went on my birthday with no reservations and felt lucky to get one of the tables they reserve for walk-ins.
I enjoyed the food, but I didn't think it was any better than, say, Blue Spoon. Prices are high, and if the food was a notch lower, I'd be upset. In other words, they charge a lot, so I expect the food to be good. I still recommend it because it's very good food. Everyone who can should try it; some people do think it's amazing-- maybe you will too.
Overrated restaurant. The food was EXTREMELY salty. We waited 1 hour 40 minutes for a table since local diners recommended this restaurant. Appetizers and service in the bar was good. Food in the main dining room was so salty that I still have a burn on my tongue this morning. When I made that comment to the waiter, it was explained to me that it was just the cheese that made the pizza too salty. Another diner with me - who cannot seem to ever get enough salt! - was unable to eat the food becasue of salt content as well. There was nothing done to correct the situation. For the price the food was well below average - especially considering the wait time for a table. Highly overrated and expensive for what you get.
overcooked monk fish and raw pork not my idea of good cooking.
Time to go back to basics and learn how to cook.
Way overpriced for the poor quality of the cusine.
Don't believe the hype.
After dining here on three separate occassions and with three different servers I can honestly say this place is highly overrated.
Expensive entrees that are only slightly above average in taste are the norm at this over-hyped, metro-wannabe, restaurant.
If you are planning on having dinner make sure to pack a sandwich at home, you will be hungry.
I am not sure if the wait staff's attitude or the table shared potato and vegetable plate was more of a turn off.
Portland and its immediate surroundings have many fine restaurants at lower prices with better food and less obnoxious servers.
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