Duckfat – Small European-leaning sandwich shop & cafe known for its duck-fat Belgian fries & milkshakes.
43 Middle St. 04101 - (207) 774-8080 - http://duckfat.com/
ISA - Seasonal New American fare is served in this brick-walled bistro with tile floors & tin ceilings.
79 Portland St - (207) 808-8533 - http://isaportlandme.com/
Davids - Imaginative fish dishes & more in a classy space with large windows overlooking Monument Square.
22 Monument Way 207-773-4340 http://davidsrestaurant.com/
Eventide Oyster Co. - Tiny, busy seafood joint with a raw bar, lobster rolls & creative New England fare, plus cocktails.
86 Middle St 207-774-8538 - http://www.eventideoysterco.com/
Central Provisions - Eclectic restaurant serving small plates & cocktails in a rustic, brick-walled setting.
414 Fore St. 207-805-1085 - http://www.central-provisions.com/
Emilistsa - Traditional Greek dishes are reimagined at this eatery with a chic, exposed-brick space.
547 Congress 207-221-0245 - http://emilitsa.com/
Back Bay Grill - Quiet, contemporary spot in an out-of-the-way location serves refined American & European cuisine.
65 Portland St. 207-772-8833 http://backbaygrill.com/
Five Fifty-Five - Upscale eatery has sophisticated American fare like lobster mac 'n' cheese plus a large wine list.
555 Congress 207-761-0555 - http://www.fivefifty-five.com/
Petite Jacqueline - There's usually an upbeat vibe at this quaint & cozy French bistro overlooking Longfellow Square.
46 Market St 207-553-7044 - http://bistropj.com/
Miyaki - Creative Japanese cuisine including sushi, omakase meals & dishes sourced from the owner's farm.
468 Fore St 207-871-9170 http://www.miyakerestaurants.com/
Union - Seasonal New American fare, house cocktails & craft beer offered in a casual, sophisticated space
390 Congress 207-808-8700
Frog and Turtle – Gastro Pub with live music, cocktails Mellow eatery & bar serves upscale takes on hearty American comfort classics.
3 Bridge St, Westbrook, ME 04092 - (207) 591-4185 - https://www.thefrogandturtle.com/
If you are visiting Kennebunk or Kennebunkport we suggest the following
Old Vines - Rustic-chic bistro in a converted bi-level barn offering inventive small plates, cocktails & wine.
173 Port Rd, Kennebunk, ME 04043 - (207) 967-2310
Davids KPT - Sophisticated hotel restaurant offering regional cuisine & a raw bar, plus 2 bars & outdoor tables.
21 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, ME 04046 - (207) 967-8225
The Ramp - Comfortable, easygoing American pub located directly below the more upscale Pier 77.
77 Pier Rd, (located inside Pier 77), Kennebunkport, ME 04046 - (207) 967-8500
For dining north of Portland if you are visiting or returning from Freeport
Royal River Grille - Upscale yet casual spot for wood-grilled seafood & steaks, with sweeping marina & water views.
106 Lafayette St, Yarmouth, ME 04096 - (207) 846-1226
If visiting Portsmouth, New Hampshire on your way to or from Maine
Gas Light - Hopping, historic, multilevel haunt with a tavern, pizzeria, nightclub & a deck with live music.
64 Market St, Portsmouth, NH 03801 - (603) 430-8582
Portsmouth Brewery - Upbeat tavern serving pub fare with global accents plus house-brewed beer in airy digs with a patio.
56 Market St (603) 431-1115
Cava -Rustic-chic bistro & wine bar offering Mediterranean-inspired tapas, a tasting menu & chef's table.
10 Commercial Alley, Portsmouth, NH 03801 - (603) 319-1575