468 Fore St., Portland, ME 04101

Monday to Thursday 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 9pm; Friday and Saturday 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 10pm

Diners who dream of sushi will fall in love with Miyake, where you can taste everything from fresh sea urchin to thinly sliced raw marinated salmon. To… Read more »


540 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04101

Monday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Sunday noon to 11 p.m.

Although the menu is staggeringly large, and covers about every style of pub food known to man, the burgers here have always tasted like home. This was… Read more »


89 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101

Monday to Friday 11:30am to 3pm; Monday to Thursday 5pm to 9pm; Friday and Saturday 5pm to 9:30pm

The simple wood chairs and globe-like hanging lamps provide a clean backdrop for a continually rotating menu composed of wholesome Maine ingredients. For a truly different experience,… Read more »

Vignola Cinque Terre restaurant, Portland, ME


10 Dana St., Portland, Maine

Open daily, Dinner 5 p.m.; Brunch Sunday 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Behind a curtain of ivy lies this Portland treasure, where Old World Italian food dominates and the service is fittingly formal. Created by the merger of two… Read more »

685 Congress St., Portland, Maine

Open daily, Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Drink until 1 a.m.; Happy Hour: Monday - Thursday 4 - 6 p.m.; Brunch: Saturday + Sunday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Tapas-style dining is popular on this list, but Spanish food? That’s not so easy to find. Fortunately, Jay Villani has answered our foodie prayers with Local 188,… Read more »

Restaurant 555, Portland, ME


555 Congress St., Portland, Maine

Open daily, Bar open at 4:30 p.m.; Dinner 5 p.m. - close; Brunch 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The lobster mac and cheese has the kind of following usually reserved for religious leaders or NFL stars, but everything at this Congress Street restaurant is decadent… Read more »


15 Chestnut St., Portland, Maine

Tuesday - Saturday 5 - 10 p.m.

Who would have thought that an old church would be such a natural home for a modern bar? The appetizers are top notch, and the cocktail list… Read more »


111 Middle St., Portland, Maine 04101

Wednesday - Sunday, 5 - 10 p.m.

Damian Sansonetti and Ilma Lopez’s sweetly compact Italian restaurant, Piccolo, is known for its tight focus on the home cooking of Central and Southern Italy. Lopez’s desserts have… Read more »


576 Congress St. and 225 Congress St. , Portland, ME 4101

Sunday to Thursday 11:30 AM to 11 PM; Friday and Saturday 11:30 AM to 2 AM

If you’re like us, you like a large, thin slice of pizza that can be folded multiple times to accommodate easy and efficient consumption. Fortunately, that’s what… Read more »