Hours of operation

Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Bar opens daily at 5:00pm


American (New), Seafood, Contemporary American, Organic, Seafood
Dining Style

Dining Style

Casual Dining
Dress Code

Dress code

Casual Dress
Payment Options

Payment options

AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Executive Chef

Sam Hayward

Parking Details

Fore Street has free parking from 5pm to 12am in the parking lot behind the building, depending on availability. Street parking is available as well as customer paid parking in 2 parking garages within 1 block.
Cross Street

Cross Street

Franklin and Pearl


Located in the Old Port District just four miles from the Portland, Maine airport, Fore Street opened in June, 1996 and has been attracting people from across New England ever since. Known for its wood-burning oven, grill and turnspit, the restaurant offers visitors a variety of incredible seafood, meats, game, and vegetable dishes.

Year after year, Fore Street is considered among the best restaurants in Portland, Maine for good reason. In 2001 and 2006, Fore Street was named in Gourmet Magazine's Top Fifty Restaurants of the United States. In 2004, Chef-partner Sam Hayward was named “Best Chef – Northeast” by the James Beard Foundation and in 2011, he won the Chef’s Collaborative “Sustainer of the Year” award for his work in sustainability and local food issues. Fore Street has also been a semi-finalist for “Outstanding Restaurant” a national category from the James Beard Foundation consecutive years since 2011.

Fore Street’s menu changes daily and is founded upon the very best raw materials from a community of Maine farmers, fisherman, foragers and cheese makers. The diversity of ingredients delivered to Fore Street’s kitchen extends far beyond lobster and blueberries to the wilder shores of four-season farms, shellfish gatherers, woodland foragers, day-boat fishers, and abundant pastures. If you’re looking for unique and reputable Portland, Maine restaurants, you can count on Fore Street to deliver incredible dishes.

In terms of reservations, Fore Street is open for dinner only, year round, seven days a week. The bar opens at five-o'clock p.m. and dinner service begins in the dining room at five-thirty. While reservations are encouraged, the restaurant holds a third of their dining room tables for walk-in guests. Walk-in tables are given out on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at five-o'clock p.m. each day.

Explore an example of a past Fore Street menu, below:

  • Chilled and Smoked Seafood Platter
  • Wood Oven Roasted Maine Mussels
  • Charcuterie: house made smoked sausages, confits, rillettes, brawns, terrines and pates Hand Crafted Daily
  • Wood Grilled Natural Hanger Steak
  • Turnspit Roasted and Dry Rubbed Pork Loin
  • Turnspit Roasted Organic Maine Half Chicken Wood
  • Oven Roasted Whole Fish

Additionally, Fore Street's wine list comprises carefully selected wines from around the world. The restaurant ensures that their selection of wines perfectly complements their everchanging menu items.

Fore Street is part of a family of restaurants and bakeries that include Street & Company, Scales Restaurant and Standard Baking Company. All are located in Portland, Maine.