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“Lovely Meal in a Lovely Setting”
Review of Grace

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Ranked #53 of 642 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$29 - US$31
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Congress
Reviewed 25 October 2013

It had been a couple of years since we've been through Portland and Grace was still somewhat new to the scene when we were last there. So we'd been interested in trying it for a while.

Yes, the space is very unique. The church shows its age some (the floors are rather creaky), but the central bar area and the kitchen are imaginatively designed and they've done a nice job maintaining much of the architecture and the character of the space. Despite the cavernous surroundings, we found that noise was much less an issue than we'd expected even though the place was quite busy the night we dined there.

The food was all very good. An Anadama bread and molasses butter were a bit sweet for my taste, but a nice change of pace from the usual baguette or sour dough. We enjoyed a special squash "salad" that was unusual and satisfying. The bone marrow starter was without question on the better versions of the dish I've had in some years -- generous bones cooked perfectly with a parsley and lemon accompaniment to balance the richness of the marrow. For entrees we shared the rabbit which was delicious, and a halibut fillet which was perfectly prepared -- a nice crunchy sear on the outside, perfectly tender in the middle. The portions were generous without being overwhelming. As such, there was no room for dessert, even though several offerings were intriguing.

Service was attentive and pleasant throughout the meal. As much as we love Fore Street, Grace provided a delightful Portland alternative.

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Thank Filmprof
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

We had reservations and were seated immediately. I had the hanger steak with root vegetable gratin and green beans. Hubby had the 20 oz steak. Both meals were sufficient in quantity and delicious. Service was good and owner stopped by to chat. Would eat there again.

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Reviewed 22 October 2013

Please in any circumstances do not bring outside alcohol because the owner will wait until nobody is at the table (we were on the dance floor) she will steal your bag or purse, go to the bathroom and empty all the bottles in the toilet including the sealed ones and then she will bring the purse back with the empty bottles and tell you that is within her rights to do so. That is exactly what happened with us when we were there for a family wedding, she did not even bother asking us to take the alcohol out of her restaurant or ask us to leave or even call the police before she acts this way. Yes the bottles were meant for the after party and yes we drink some and I want to specify that the only person under 21 at the table was my son who is 12 and he drink sprite all night. Well police was involved and they showed up 45 minutes later and slap her on wrist and say " Mam you can't do that ! " I wish her well because by the way she is leading this business she will run it in the ground, to tell you how I feel is that she didn't earn this restaurant by being smart ( she still thinks it was within her rights to do what she did). By the way great scenery, great idea to have a restaurant in a church and decent food.

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10  Thank Jake D
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

We had read a review in the New York Times about Grace Restaurant........We had never been to Portland, Maine and we were meeting friends from Newport, Rhode Island for 3 days.....We made our reservation for dinner at 7:30 pm on a Saturday evening for 4 people...Arrived at 7:25 and told that our table was not ready But we could WAIT at the Bar until a Table was Free.......Can we talk WAIT!!!!!!!!!!...............It took 25 minutes to Just get a Bartender to take a Drink Order......The Restaurant was NOT that full, BUT they did have a wedding party going on in the basement.........So The Kitchen could NOT KEEP UP...........After 1 hour and 5 minutes, we had to find the Hostess again , Just to get our Check for the one round of drinks as We NOW want to leave and FIND a Restaurant that can serve their Clients.....We now are approached by , I guess the Manager of the Restaurant........AND I will NOT GO INTO the way we were treated by HER.........Please, If you go to Portland, Go to Fore Street or Walters..........They know how to Treat the Client You will NOT be Disappointed.......Steer Clear of GRACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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8  Thank Michael55962
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Reviewed 20 October 2013

Grace is a lovely place to sit at the bar and have a drink in the lovely atmosphere. We have been here countless times and seen all the rave reviews, but this past weekend we made the bad decision to eat there.

We walked in at 6pm Friday night without reservations and despite the place being half-empty, we were told there were no tables available for 30-45 minutes. We sat at the bar and when we looked over the menu, were surprised at how small of a selection was available. We ordered their pizza special - which ended up being a deep fried tortilla with gobs of cheese and duck on top. Definitely not as visually appealing nor delicious as the server made it sound. They were out of several appetizers and sides.

Service was worse than usual - despite sitting at the bar, our glasses were empty for too long before being asked for another drink or having our water refilled. Another server came over and took our order.

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1  Thank fuzzy_171
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