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The Front Room
American Restaurant$$
Today 8:00 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 11:00 pm
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73 Congress St Portland, ME 04101
73 Congress StUSMEPortland04101
$$American Restaurant, BarToday 8:00 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 11:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 11:00 pmTuesday 8:00 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 11:00 pmWednesday 8:00 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 11:00 pmThursday 8:00 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 11:00 pmFriday 8:00 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 11:00 pmSaturday 8:00 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 11:00 pmSunday 8:00 am – 2:30 pm, 4:00 – 11:00 pm
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Brunch in Portland, Maine has never been better. Serving affordable “New American comfort food” from Eggs Benedict to Grilled Meatloaf 7 days a week.
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Quaint, local restaurant for upscale American comfort food, with popular bar & brunch scenes.- Google
People talk about open kitchen, gnocchi, corned beef hash, brown bread and comfort food
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William Eustis
reviewed a month ago
I went here for breakfast and twas quoted a wait of a half hour wait. I was seated within 10 min. When seated It was a wooden bench with some small pillows. I have a bad back and usually can't sit in a restaurant seat for long at all but the seating was perfect. The server was very attentive and friendly. I ordered french toast, 3 sides of bacon, and a side of brown bread. My date ordered an eggs Benedict and said that it was the best that she had ever had. The food arrived in less than 15 min and was piping hot. There was a large crowd there and a surprisingly large amount of small children that were all very well behaved. When the leftovers were packed up for us to bring home the server wrote the name of the restaurant and the date on the box. I will definitely return every time that I go to Portland.
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Jessica Reed
reviewed 11 months ago
Let me start out with my warning: this is not the place to take a toddler. Though the staff was nice, it is a small neighborhood place with a very hushed, cozy atmosphere. The staff was quick to get us a high chair, but many of the patrons gave us disapproving looks as we buckled our 2 year old into the seat. She had one "outburst" that lasted less than a minute, then was her usual, quiet, self the entire time - but I felt like I was imposing on "their place". Having been there, I don't think I would take my toddler there again. We found The Front Room through google search and chose to go there because of all the great reviews. The food was definitely good. I had the Reuben and my husband had the Croque Madame (ham and cheese sandwich with a fried egg on top). I tasted both and they were delicious. They were served with home-made bread and butter pickles - yumm! We ordered the "side" of oatmeal for our toddler, and it was a massive bowl, and it was also really tasty (the waitress gave us some sort of fruit preserves to add to it). Overall it was delicious, and would be a great place to go with adults or older children, but the place is small and typically quiet - so out of courtesy to the other patrons I would not suggest taking younger children.
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Brandon Tarbet
reviewed 3 years ago
It was noisy (not that you wouldn't expect that on a Saturday evening), the steak was so-so, and overall overpriced for what you get. Service was pretty good- hostess much better than waiter. Two years ago, I gave it a 5. It's gone down hill.
Liked: Service
Disliked: Atmosphere, Value
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Rob Hoyt
reviewed 4 months ago
As someone who lives nearby, I have to say that The Front Room is NOT a good neighbor! Despite the many times people have complained about the way the customers park, the business hasn't done so much as post a sign asking people to not block Howard street (or people's driveways!) If you come here, please respect that the homes were here first. Also, they seem to think they own the sidewalk, too. They have tables and chairs far out onto the sidewalk so that a person can not go by in a wheel-chair, or even a stroller! They have umbrellas that hang down less than six feet from the sidewalk, so, watch your head, too! Don't be alarmed that while you're enjoying your nice sunny day meal, a neighbor curses while they TRY to navigate what should be an open passage.
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Henry Lyons
reviewed 6 years ago
We had a half hour wait on a busy Sunday morning for brunch. This is an "open kitchen" style one-room restaurant on upper Congress near the Eastern Promenade. The tastefully decorated room was crowded, but we were fortunate to find a comfortable booth open at the time we sat down. As others have noted, the chowder was delicious. Their menu carefully warns patrons of the potential dangers of menu items with uncooked egg, so I opted for the Croque Monsieur as opposed to the Croque Madame and was happily impressed. It had a wonderful cream sauce. Biscuits were giant and bacon was thick and flavorful. Our waitress was quite accomodating and mentioned to us that a new location and sister restaurant were both in the works. (The Grill Room).
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Johnathan Taylor
reviewed a year ago
Favourite brunch place and delicious food, always.