Fore Street

New American, American
$ $ $
288 Fore St (btwn Franklin & Custom House)
Portland, ME 04101
(207) 775-2717
5:30pm - 10:00pm
5:30pm - 10:00pm
5:30pm - 10:00pm
5:30pm - 10:00pm
5:30pm - 10:30pm
5:30pm - 10:30pm
5:30pm - 10:00pm

Fore Street's wood-roasted menu has been bringing diners in steadily since 1996. Locally harvested mussels, diver scallops, turnspit-roasted chicken and pork loin, marinated hanger steak, and other basics, accompanied by vegetables grown or foraged from nearby farms and fields, are the staples of the seasonally changing menu here. Fore Street is all about hearth, rustic charm, and a lack of artifice. The open kitchen center stage fascinates, its chefs behind a vast butcher block working the brick oven as open flames lick the meat that turns on a rotisserie, embers flying. Co-owner and chef Sam Hayward was a pioneer in locally derived, simply cooked restaurant fare at Fore Street. While this farm-to-table location brings the freshest menu to the north side of town, Hayward’s Portland restaurant family has grown to include Street & Company and Standard Baking Company, and there are plans for him to open a new seafood spot with restaurateur Dana Street on Portland's Maine Wharf this summer.

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015



  • The James Beard Award-winning chef was the first in Portland to incorporate ingredients from local farmers, fishermen and foragers. His rustic, seasonal menu changes daily. [Eater 18 Member]
  • Fore Street was one of the first restaurants in Maine to feature an open kitchen with a wood-burning oven, grill, and turnspit and is still famous for its tight network of local food suppliers.
  • Total foodie heaven. Ambiance. Service. Prep. Presentation. They amazingly cook so much more than lobster in Portland Maine! Get ur res early, it's worth the wait.
  • Recommended by chef Ana Sortun of Oleana in Cambridge, MA: "Chef Sam Hayward goes to all ends of the world to find the best ingredients."
  • Watch this video highlighting why Fore Street is such a popular foodie destination!
  • Just had mussels!!! Awesome! Maine farm Russian boar is next...stay tune...
  • Ask for a table where you can see the kitchen and the waterfront - both excellent views. Order a dozen oysters, because you'll see none of the usual suspects here.
  • Really hyped about my meal, and sorely disappointed. Food was best.
  • The best roasted chicken you'll find anywhere.
  • Avoid the long line and need for a reservation by sitting at the bar, the best seat at Fore Street.
  • Get dessert!
  • Portland on a plate.
  • Beautiful open kitchen!!
  • Order dessert- don't even think twice about it.
  • Fore Street's market-driven, changes-daily menu is amazing, which makes for long waits. Make a reservation a day in advance, or put your name on the list right at 5, if you want to eat before 9 p.m.
  • The mussels are divine
  • If you're in Portland for any amount of time, make this your first choice of places to eat. Quality is second to none which is no small feat in a city with a fantastic food scene.
  • Incredible place! Get the mussels and anything on the menu. My trout tonight was amazing!
  • The only restaurant in the City of Portland that we have never heard a bad review about. This place has been ranked in the top #100 restaurants in the U.S.A!
  • Andrew Zimmern took his father to lunch at Fore Street in Portland, Maine. Award-winning chef Sam Hayward pulls out all the stops. As seen on Bizarre Foods.

Nearby places

4 Canal Plz (at Exchange St)
396 Fore St (at Exchange St)