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The Front Room Restaurant & Bar

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73 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3661 (Formerly Front Room)
+1 207-773-3366
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Today
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun 16:00 - 21:00
Sun - Sat 08:00 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Front Room was incorrectly listed under "vegan" on Portland's restaurant week website. But that's not why it gets one star. When my friend and I asked about the vegan options and were told we were mistaken, the waitress was nothing but rude and condescending. Instead of apologizing for the mistake and offering to try and find something that she... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been frequently this place for years, particularly at brunch, but it stands up to dinner as well. Amazing and creative menu of comfort food classics and new takes. Prices are very reasonable, and the drink options are always great. Small spot, so be prepared to wait, but it is well worth it.

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Lewiston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic food and friendly service! We enjoyed the Potato Gnocchi Benedict, 3 Egg Omelette and the Brioche French Toast. The brioche is homemade and delicious! Got there early and no waiting for a table.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

We were staying just down the street, went here twice for brunch and one for drinks at the bar. Love this place! Second time had to wait a while since it was January 1st, totally worth it. Only complaint is since it is an open kitchen I think they could use better extractors but it was not something bad, unless... More 

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Bellingham, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Went several weekends ago, stopped in Sunday AM perhaps 10AM. We found this place through other reviews on social media. It's a decent size, kind of rustically decorated breakfast place in a residential neighborhood. We were sat within a couple of minutes, got coffee and ordered a Bloody Mary and Mimosa, and got those quickly, so it was off to... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We recently visited Portland for a weekend get-away and happened upon this restaurant close by to our Air B&B. It was POURING rain outside that night and a little cold, so entering the quaint, warm room made for instant comfort. We arrived at 7pm - was seated at a booth shortly after arrival. There isn't much seating, so we were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Awesome breakfast / brunch. Typical breakfast offerings with tasty variations and emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. Almost always a wait, so call ahead or expect to wait (at the bar). Great area to walk around too.

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Monroe, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We heard great reviews and thought we'd give it a go. Its located in the East End neighborhood amongst residential apartments. The restaurant itself is tiny (about 40 seats) with the kitchen right there next to the tables. We got there on a relatively early Friday night and got seated within 15 minutes. Our waitress Sara was friendly and the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Greatly enjoyed our food, and great service. Got luck to get there early enough to avoid a wait. Biscuits and gravy were scrumptious, as was everyone else's food. Overall, great brunch!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Arrived late in Portland and the nearest restaurant was The Front Room. Food simple in presentation but all cooked to perfection. I had the duck and goats cheese sandwich with a side risotto, excellent!!!! The carbonara was tasty .....as in Italy and finally we had a good espresso!!!! Well done, it shows that the cooking and waiting staff love their... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 20
Cuisine
American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Television, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
Monday
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
08:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 73 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3661 (Formerly Front Room)
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-773-3366
Description
If you’re looking for a great brunch spot in Portland, Maine you have come to the right place! The Front Room offers a variety of affordable dishes that the entire family will love. Chef Lee Harding has dedicated his life to the culinary arts and focuses on using only the freshest Maine ingredients in his creations. His philosophy is simple; use the best local ingredients to convey the boldest flavors. With a vibrant atmosphere and open dining room, The Front Room continues to be a hit among Portland locals. Huge portions of sensational dishes will fill you up without breaking your wallet. The Front room is the third restaurant founded in Harding’s “The Rooms” brand of restaurants, so don’t miss out on this local hotspot! Remember, The Front Room serves brunch seven days a week and with menu items like Biscuits and Gravy or Omelets and Silver Dollar Pancakes. You can’t go wrong! If you are interested in dinning with us later in the day, try some local favorites like Short Ribs or Lamb Shepard’s pie. A fully stocked bar, open from 8am-11pm, complemented by an energetic atmosphere makes the Front Room a must for those who crave a great neighborhood spot to call their own.

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