Reviews of Back Bay Grill (Restaurant)

65 Portland St, Portland, ME 04101

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REVIEWS OF Back Bay Grill IN Maine

Cjk K

With all the eateries in Portland, this place definitely stands out. The staff, food quality, wine list and atmosphere are amongst the best. Like the old saying goes, you get what you pay for!!!!!

Anastasia Isabella Poetry

Jason Trease

Very good!

Ronald Jones

John Kreutzberger

In my opinion, this is the best restaurant in Portland. Absolute top quality fare with no pretension. Love this place!

David Mantz

Andrew Desmarais

Daniel Doucette

Food, staff and "the experience" wows me every time.

Joseph Babich

Carmen Amaro-Knight

Excellent food, and cocktail, and service.

Jennifer Adams

Anne Morin

Outstanding food and service!

Mohamud Abdurahman Ahmed


Benjamin Moore

John Pentecost

Good food and great service, but for the price and the difficulty in getting a reservation, I’d take Fore Street 10 out of 10 times.

David Kennedy

Consistent excellent new American food. Great for 30+ years. Our favorite high end restaurant in Portland!

David MacDonald

This has to be one of the top restaurants in Portland ME. Everything was incredible.

Brandy Alexander

A FANTASTIC experience, very knowledgeable and kind staff. If we had known better, we would have dressed up. Instead we were in 'bar' clothes rather than nice dinner clothes, but as the manager said... It's Maine, we're happy you're here. I would 100% visit again.


Easily one of my all time favorite restaurants. Treat yourself!

Amanda Maldonado

The food here is phenomenal. We ordered the foie gras and the crab cake for apps, then followed with the lobster for our main course... best lobster we had during our visit to Portland. Dessert included the chocolate torte and creme brulee. I felt the service could have been better for a fine dining establishment. The staff were friendly but left large amounts of time when we were not checked on. Was a shame as we would have ordered more drinks had someone asked about it.

Robyn Violette

Amazing. Adrienne is also.

Sue Leonard

Never disappoints. From a quick cocktail to a full meal, the staff always treats the patron with a genuine desire to make the experience the best possible.

Tom Lovett

Amazing experience. We asked for a table at 7pm but could only get an 830. Forty-five minutes later Adrian, the maitre d', called back and let us know he could seat us at eight. We called back and said we'd stick with 830pm. Then we changed our minds and asked for the 8pm slot. Adrian hooked us up and got us a table for eight. He was really patient with us changing our minds - which we appreciated - and then got us a great table when we sat down at eight. The food was incredible. I had never eaten food that good in my entire life. It took me forty-five minutes to eat my filet mignon simply because it was so rich and delicious. The veggies were fresh and full of flavor, too. The waitstaff was very friendly and courteous and helped my friend and I not feel intimidated by the quality of the restaurant. Amazing restaurant, highly recommend, will certainly return next time I'm in Portland.

Janelle DeNormandie

Wish I could select 4.5 stars....outstanding service, flavorful fresh bites (very good, yet not great for small plates at Portland pricing), extensive wine list, classic atmosphere, and nice music play list. Love the marble sinks and cloth hand towels in restroom. Superb quality olive oil, cute homemade chip with ricotta dip, and use of garnishes for presentation. Bar area may get loud depending on the crowd; dining room may be prefered & definitely recommend making a reservation for date night.

Pauline Jancin

Wonderful meal and service. We mistakenly thought our reservation was for Thursday and arrived a day early. They were able to seat us at a nice table by the window. Salmon was the best I have had and my husband loved the muscles. We will definitely recommend Back Bay Grill to friends and will dine there during our next visit to Portland.

Richard Lewis

Amazing service! Phenomenal food must try!

mike renfro

Scott C

They managed to fit or group in on somewhat short notice and turned out to be a great highlight to the trip. Ordered a blackened orange rye cocktail which went well with the rich food. The mussels were by far the best I've ever had. I enjoyed the tartare and the fois gras as well. The salmon was even more than expected wonderful, also was able to try the duck and the rack of lamb which also impressed. The creme brulee and the chocolate bete noir for dessert both get full marks. Perfect service and overall experience, came away impressed.

Paul Bouchard

The food was terrific. But the big plus was the exquisite service. We really felt that the staff cared deeply about our evening

Ellen Blanchard

My parents have been raving about this place for years. I finally had a chance to go last week and I fell in love. The food was amazing - my kids are still talking about it. The staff was so thoughtful and genuine. The whole evening was as relaxing as an evening at home with amazing food.

Michelle DesChenes

Always amazing and not to be missed. Duck, scallops and dessert are all a must.

David Thompson

Hreat food service was great

Ian Dunn

Consistently the best restaurant in Portland. True "white glove service" that will accommodate any reasonable request, and of course the food. BBG has been in the same "up-and-coming" area of Portland for decades which to me says volumes about the quality of the experience once you step in the door.

Kyle Britt

PRO'S: Is this place good enough to visit twice in one week? We did. Classic and modern dishes shine in this 35+ year restaurant. Daily menu changes show off great seafood. Superb wine list. Outstanding service. HINTS: Superb duck breast in beet reduction is a break from seafood. CON'S: None except typical Portland parking issues SUMMARY: This place is worth a special trip for a splurge dinner.

Autumn Edwards

The service and food are top notch. Every bite was to die for. They have amazing drinks and wine selection. Jesse was a fantastic server as well.

Matt Peters

Jilly Devine

Matthew Campbell

Richard Batteese

Celebrated wedding anniversary. Atmosphere warm and inviting, sat at the bar and enjoyed the open kitchen concept. Staff was welcoming and personable. Food over the top delicious..

bonnie clariot

Always the best of the best!

Lisa Castonia

You get it all at Back Bay Grille - the VERY BEST in food, service and atmosphere! They do everything perfectly. I consider it the best dining experience in Portland, Maine.

Brian Steele

Amazing food.

Nelson Mondale

Jordan Rogers

One of the best restaurants I've visited without doubt. Service was absolutely impeccable.

Mat Yerkes

Barbara Spreng

Jennifer Merriman

We dined at the backbay last night for valentines day, LOVELY! I know its a crazy night for the service industry but you could not tell from the very professional staff:)Our server was very knowledgeable and the greeting upon entering and overall table service from bussers etc. was perfect. We used to go out a lot but recently had a baby so this was an exciting night for us and they made us feel very special. I spent the last 20 years in the service industry and kudos to the backbay! The food was so amazing and perfectly seasoned, I had the beef tartar and the tuna. All I can say is PERFECT! Thank you backbay! A very greatful mommy:)) please excuse typos am holding baby

Meghan Abbott

Judy Doyon

Service was excellent, food was delish, I would certainly recommend Back Bay Grill

Ken Childs

Jason Wentworth

Stephen Pagkalinawan

Mike Faria

Iscander Casaude


Yong ho Shin

Atmosphere is quiet and nice, and the food is just amazing.

Sean Lague

BEST dining in Portland ME, bar none. Super friendly staff and 5 star food.

Brenda Mitchell

Kari Downs

Dorothy Morrell

Michael Valentine

Great service and great food! We Definitely will be coming back

William Higgins

Excellent food, service & atmosphere.

Sharon Allen

Upscale dining, excellent menu, great service and wine and delicious food!

Priscilla Schuyler

My favorite little restaurant in Portland, Maine! Service is fabulous and the food is amazing! Order a bottle of wine because you're going to want to spend a few hours here!

Wil Thieme

Marc Dionne

Food and service are outstanding. One of the best restaurants in Portland. But it is also pricey. So be prepared to splurge.

Erin Urick

Beautifully romantic restaurant. Great place to celebrate an anniversary or event. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I cannot recommend this enough.

Chris Sodoski

James Callahan

Doug Smith

I often forget about this place. It's not "on the beaten path" so I often forget that this is one of my favorite places in Portland. The food is always amazing and the service impeccable.

Taylor Noyes

Not the best

David Gwatkin

Anna Barclay

Phenomenal food, cozy atmosphere.. definitely will be returning the next time I'm in Portland!

Lika D

Attentive service, heavenly tender steak tartare (best I've tried), juicy and tender rack of lamb, very flavorful scallops. But, extremely strong cocktails. People don't come here for cocktails, I guess.

frank connelly

Great place make a reservation before you go.

Mark Roy

The finest of dining in the Portland area. Five Star/ Five Diamond in all aspects. Highly recommended!!!

Karen Matluck

Always enjoy the food here. Reservations are hard to get so reserve in advance. The service is wonderful. The Manhattans are delish. I had the pasta with wild mushrooms. ...delectable.

Steve Bartholomew

Brenda Ridlon


Rohan Dsa

Shawn Blair

Service and food was excellent. The menu had a multitude of delicious choices. It was a very enjoyable evening.

Karthik K

Nicolas Goulet

Incredible food and service!

Melissa Stoker

My niece had her wedding reception there, the food was excellent and the service was amazing.

Baxter Key

Classic Fine Dining. Never disappoints.

Danielj Shagoury

Ecellent food quick and courteous staff. It was a really fine evening.

Alejandro Trinidad

thomasa fiato

Incredible each time I visit. I try to bring my favorite people here to show them the class Portland has and the high-end food industry demonstrated by the staff at this fabulous eatery. <3


This place smiles so bad

merrill johnston

Great food and exceptional service combines for a wonderful dining g experience

'Ishah Price

I celebrated my birthday here last night and I enjoyed a wonderful dining experience. I loved the 1920's-inspired decor; the calm, relaxing atmosphere; and the friendly, professional, and collaborative staff. Food: I started with the apple cider mimosa which was delicious. The chef provided a complimentary baked goat cheese something-or-other bite to get our tastes buds going. It was delicious and flavorful. My boyfriend and I shared the mussels which were good and the smoked salmon appetizer which was lovely. I especially enjoyed the greens that came with the salmon, and dill creme fraiche on the side. Then we each had a beet salad which were excellent. At this point I ordered a pear martini just to try it and I regretted it. The drink was so sickeningly sweet I couldn't even drink half of it. I should have ordered a nice glass of wine from the extensive wine menu. For his entree my boyfriend had the filet mignon, cooked to perfection, and I the scallops. I thought the scallops were very good but there were so many powerful flavors at work it was almost overwhelming. For dessert we had the very rich chocolate bete and the classic creme brullet. Overall the meal was fantastic and extremely flavorful. I look forward to going back to the Back Bay Grill.

Christine McHale

Perfect. Always perfect

Paul Russell

Mike Hammen

Brandon Tarbet

Best steak I've had in a long time. They're consistently good, with a nice atmosphere for a special date.

Michael Estes

Best meal I've had in years. Best crabcake I've had ever!

Caleb Orrall

Tim Poitras

Tim Barlow

Liana Lemke

Tony Lonergan

Wow. Just go there!

Christopher Douglas

Without question one of the Portland areas top five restaurants. Fabulous service and impeccable food. Also may be in the top five most expensive, thus exclusive.

Sarah Lentz

Just the best

Kurt Shillington

Don Chamberlain

Great atmosphere, great service, great food. Four of us were here, all had different food items. All were very pleased. I had the filet minion, wife had the duck, nephews had the cod, and the other pork.

Renee LeMieux

Attention to detail, cozy, romantic, special occasion place. Food is to swoon over. Always perfect all the way around!

Peter Shellito

An evening of fine dining that places Portland on the map with Paris, Florence, and New York. With a party of 5 selecting from their 4-course new years eve menu, the winners of the night were the sirloin, the lobster with truffles, and the sushi grade tuna. At the end of the night, the chocolate torte was the best I've ever tasted. My only critique was a slightly noisy dining room. We were seated at a table meant for 6 in the center of the room, so we surely had the worst of it.

shawn LaGrega

John Poulin

3 hour dinners are priceless...go here and let these folks take care of the details... Thanks BBG Angela for our double birthday dinner. BBG is one place to always get it right... Cheers!

Ann Jones

dede wilder

After hearing about this place for ages (the best place in Portland) and seeing it on several top food lists, I went here for dinner tonight w a friend and was expecting the food and experience to be classic, crisp, professional. Sadly it was none if these things. I left feeling sorely disappointed and that I’d wasted $110 on mediocrity. Why? 1. There is no literally ambience or decor - the dining room was crowded and lacked style or elan. It’s dark beige, not well lit... and it just felt tired and over the hill. If you look at Google map photos of the exterior you’ll see what I mean. 2. The service was fair but not engaging or attentive, I.e. nothing special. The one valuable exception is that they really paid attention when I told them I didn’t want to eat carbs. My amuse bouche of salmon mousse came on cucumber slices instead of a bread crouton etc. .. that was thoughtful and attentive. 3. The food was the real problem. My friend and I informally shared one appetizer each. She ordered the heirloom tomato salad. Big disappointment. Small sections oflpppp. W a tarragon dressing. It was awful. But my “Salmon in Scotch” was even zworse. it was composed of 6 seriously scraggly bits of salmon, a few cubes of beets and (supposedly) some dots of horseradish cream ... all carelessly plated in a sloppy circle. A huge thumbs down for this $14 waste of money. We both had the rack of lamb main course. The lamb was well cooked but that’s the best one could say about the dish As an alternative to roasted fingerling potato they kindly gave me a smear of cauliflower cream. Very creamy but the cauliflower was over caramelized. The other accomplishments were grilled (dry) scallions, some maitake mushroom chunks and some port wine sauce. Never was lamb so badly served. We skipped dessert.

Saad Qasim

Kerry Tull

Eat at the bar!

The Rev. Thomas C. Jackson

One of the best meals of my life. The salmon was exquisite. They are a little salad divine. Equally important, the service was attentive and friendly. My first 5-star review

Brian Leighton

Sally Schimelpfenig

Lori Colby

James Keller

The salmon was excellent. So far the best old fashioned I have had in Portland. I will absolutely be back to this restaurant.

Mark Hickey

Excellent food and outstanding service. I understand why it is so popular. I was very pleased with the wine list as well, something I evaluate a restaurant on. Varied and reasonably priced wines that compliment their menu. Enjoy your meal!

Debbie deGroff

The best restaurant in Portland. Delicious food and wonderful staff.

G de Koeijer

Pleasantly surprised to find such terrific scallops at this restaurant. Best I’ve had in the USA sofar! Bread is another matter. It’s too sweet a taste for my european tastebuds. As many bread in USA, it tastes too much like cake. Would be certainly something to improve. Oh, and valet parking would be a good addition, since parking in Portland, especially around the restaurant is NOT easy. (The parking is restricted in the area around the restaurant, so you may have to walk a few minutes). Then, the wine list. One word: Excellent. Very comprehensive. It has an open kitchen and it’s wonderful to see how the chefs are hard at work to prepare this terrific (sea)food that is served on your plate. The meat was cooked perfectly to request. Even though I indicated I still had to drive the Bartender gave me a small sample glass of red wine, so I could taste it with my filet mignon, very good! (I already had a glass of sauvignon blanc with the scallops). Then the dessert: crème brûlée, was also very good. In short: visit this place as often as you can, it’s worth it!

Kari Beaulieu

Lauren Manera

Gail Smith

It was the most exquisite dining experience I have had.

PC Slader

Joan Hendricks

Andrew Graves

The best resturant in Portland, Maine

Peter MacDonald

Deb Anctil

This was the nicest and most relaxing dining experience I have had in years! Even before we set foot inside, they were helping us with the parking. The service from the entire staff was impeccable. The food was beyond compare. It was phenomenal both in presentation and taste. And when they found out we were celebrating a special event, they took extra care to make sure it was a special experience. Love this place!

Darrin Lary

Perfect service, delicious food

Shannon Woods

Dugald Thomson

Good beer, great food, seemed like a win from what I can recall...

Jessica Thomas


Fantabulous service. Good attention to detail.

Tyler Gwillim

Michael Frodyma

A great birthday meal at my parents favorite restaurant can’t be beat. This restaurant has been around a long time and it’s really one of Portland’s best.

Susan Matteson

The whole team at Back Bay Grill are phenomenal especially Adrian and Chris. Ask Chris to make you a Susie Q cocktail

Theodore Wilbar

A fantastic restaurant

John Kosmark

We are infrequent regulars. Every course of every meal has been superb. Wine selection is also a treat. Superior dining experience in a relaxed, unassuming atmosphere

Klint Dobra

Jeffrey Anand

Roger Dickinson

Good food, cozy atmosphere

Varinthon Chiewcharnvalijkit

SallyAnn Gray

Everything is amazing here. One of the best restaurants in Portland. This is my go-to for very special occasions or to fully impress someone.

Amber Pingree-Felts


Brett Jensen

Kevin Fay

Excellent duck. Great service.

Adam Cohen

Sharon Randall

john dimambro

Have a family member former employee. FOOD is usually great, good atmosphere, and decent well motivated (when present) ownership. Very friendly wait staff, very personable. EXTREMELY poor lower totem-level management, whitenessed first hand kitchen manager demand HIGHLY sick employee to come into work, or be terminated obviously leading to termination. Would rate absolute 5 stars, if this highly unprofessional person either was not in management position, or treated kitchen staff with any remote modicum of respect.

Carter Maslan

Marcus Williams

max rivadeneira

Great Food

catherine knott

I wish I had come here sooner! What an incredible evening. The General Manager did some serious reservations/seating Tetris and managed to squeeze us in on a Saturday during peak busy time (which in itself was impressive to watch). The cocktails were delicious. The truffled popcorn snack made me want to order some to go... And our meals were perfect. It was such a great experience, I will for sure go back again very soon.

Sharon Mariner

Mike Steele

Tom Dougherty

Excellent wait staff provided constant service without seeming intrusive. The food was almost as good -- wasn't able to cut my filet mignon with a fork, but at least it was rare! Would definitely go back + recommend to a friend.

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