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Portland, Maine Restaurants Reopened For Outdoor Dining

A running list of the reopened Portland, Maine restaurants where you can eat and drink outside.

Written by
Alana Dao
Updated August 14th, 2020

There is nothing like Maine in the summer. And Portland has been able to take full advantage with outdoor dining starting June 1st and indoor seating beginning just a little over two weeks later on June 17th.

Maine has provided clear, state-mandated restrictions for restaurants with guidelines for guests including wearing a mask at all times where social distancing is difficult (like waiting in line for pickup, entering or exiting, walking to the restrooms), providing physical barriers to protect waitstaff, and allowing no more than 50 people per room, including outdoor seating areas.

Now that we got all those logistics out of the way, here’s a running list of Portland restaurants where you can sit outside. A lot of these spots have also chosen to open for outdoor dining only. For these places, which we’ve listed out below, make sure to bring along a few extra layers in case it randomly rains for twenty minutes and you won’t have the option to move inside. Remember, there’s no bad weather, just bad gear.

Know of a restaurant open for outdoor dining not on this list? Email us at portlandmaine@theinfatuation.com.

Parkside

Figgy’s Takeout and Catering

$$$$ 722 Congress St

Outdoor only

It’s business as usual at Figgy’s where you can order fried chicken and homemade ice cream sammies at the counter Tuesday through Saturday from 3-8pm or whenever they sell out. Picnic tables are available while you wait for takeout or enjoy a winner of a chicken dinner under a shaded picnic table.

Hot Suppa!

$$$$ 703 Congress St

The covered patio behind the building is open for brunch with four to five four-top tables set up. Reservations for the remote waitlist are available, and the restaurant is open Monday-Friday from 7am- 2pm, and Sunday from 7:30am-2pm.

Isa Bistro

$$$$
American  in  Bayside
$$$$ 79 Portland St

Outdoor only

Serving a full menu of Mexican-inspired dishes, Isa is open with a fenced-in and tented patio with an additional side area for outdoor seating. They’re open Wednesday-Monday, from 3-8pm, for dinner service and Sunday brunch from 11am-3pm. Reservations are required, and the largest party size allowed is six people.

Pizza Villa

$$$$ 940 Congress St

Basically a historical landmark for Portlanders, Pizza Villa has opened up a patio in their parking lot with around seven tables with covered seating. There is plenty of open space to enjoy a beer, soup, or pizza on Valley Street also - they’re open from 4pm until close.

Quinn's Bardega

$$$$ 79 Mellen St

Open every day within Mellen Street Market, Quinn’s Bardega has six to eight covered picnic tables set up on a roped-in patio from 11am-8pm. The menu varies from bánh mì wraps to braised beef shanks with a full bar and beer on tap.

Salvage BBQ

$$$$
BBQ  in  West End
$$$$ 919 Congress St

Outdoor only

Salvage BBQ has a full-service patio and some tent-covered outdoor tables with limited seating available Tuesday-Saturday from 12pm-8pm (or until they sell out). Reservations are recommended but not required for BBQ platters, sandwiches, and more. They also have a full bar available as well.

West End

Bonobo

$$$$ 46 Pine St

Outdoor only

Sidewalk seating is available at this cozy and quiet corner of the West End. Bonobo is serving their wood-fired pizzas, salads, and cocktails Monday-Thursday from 2-8pm, and Friday-Saturday from 2-9pm.

Chaval

$$$$ 58 Pine St

Outdoor only

Chaval’s colorful back patio is full of planters, benched seating, and about six or seven tables. This West End neighborhood brasserie’s French and Spanish menu is served outdoors alongside their extensive wine list and dessert menu. Dinner on the patio is open from Tuesday-Saturday from 4-9pm.

Little Giant

$$$$ 211 Danforth St

Outdoor only

Little Giant has a couple of larger tables for parties of four or smaller, and some more intimate two tops on a twinkle-lit patio and garden where you can enjoy items such as fried clam tacos, lobster rolls, cocktails, and natural wine. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Quiero Cafe

$$$$ 3 Deering Ave

Located right In Bramhall Square, Quiero Cafe serves Latin American cuisine seven days a week, 11am-8pm, except on Mondays, when they’re open from 11am-2pm. Beer and cocktails are available as well as a long list of coffee options and tropical juices to have with homemade empanadas, Cubanos, and more.

Arts District

Ada's Portland

$$$$ 642 Congress St

Outdoor only

In partnership with Sagamore Hill, the cocktail bar around the corner, Ada’s Portland offers fresh and homemade pasta and pizza with a full bar right on Congress Street. Ada’s is open Tuesday-Saturday from 12-9pm, and offers Sunday brunch from 11am-3pm. Wine and meal kits are also available for takeout.

David's Restaurant

$$$$ 22 Monument Sq STE 600

Outdoor only

This New American spot has patio dining available for lunch and dinner, Tuesday-Saturday, 12–8pm. The restaurant has detailed safety guidelines on their website so you can check them out before you arrive for comfort food and cocktails.

El Rayo Taqueria

$$$$ 26 Free St

One great way to experience a Maine summer is having margaritas and tacos on a patio overlooking the water. El Rayo’s bright patio is open daily from 11am-9pm with Mexican dishes like rice and beans plus rotating specials like Maine lobster quesadillas and micheladas.

Emilitsa

$$$$ 547 Congress St

This upscale Greek spot serves a menu featuring the best local produce a Maine summer has to offer, like Maine day-boat scallops in a creamy Ouzo sauce, North Star Farm baby lamb chops, and Greek yogurt cheesecake with Maine blueberries. That along with their list of Greek liqueur, wine, cocktails, and excellent location for people watching makes this is one of our favorite outdoor situations in the city.

Lazzari

$$$$ 618 Congress St

Wood-oven pizza, soft serve, cocktails, and beer are back at Lazzari’s outdoor picnic-style tables. For parties of four people or more, online reservations must be made 24 hours in advance on their website. And parties are limited to eight people with reservations lasting for a maximum of one hour and fifteen minutes unless you call ahead and arrange to have more time.

Leeward

$$$$ 85 Free St

Leeward opened three days before Portland shut down and started quarantining. But they’ve sprung back into action with an intimate, built-in patio where they offer handmade pasta, local produce-forward specials such as fresh corn polenta with Maine fava beans and a great dessert menu with items such as olive oil cake with Maine raspberries and buttermilk creme anglaise, brown butter pizzelles, and ever-rotating gelato and sorbetto trios.

Lio Restaurant

$$$$ 3 Spring St

Outdoor only

Open Tuesday through Saturday, you can go to Lio’s patio for Happy Hour starting at 5pm or for dinner which goes from 5:30pm until close. The menu changes frequently at this wine and tapas bar, but you can count on good pastas, steak frites, and housemade bread. Dinner reservations can be made online or over the phone (call 207-808-7133) and are especially recommended for parties of six or more people.

Nura Hummus and Falafel

$$$$ 1 Monument Sq

Right in the heart of Monument Square, Nura’s a great place to stop at during a walk through the city to grab housemade falafel and hummus with fluffy pita. Order from their vegetarian- and vegan-friendly menu at the counter then enjoy on their patio where they have four or five tables available.

Slab Sicilian Street Food

$$$$ 25 Preble St

Outdoor only

As the name suggests, you can enjoy slabs of pizza, meatball sandwiches, and other Sicilian-style street food on this Preble street spot’s patio that has ample picnic-table seating. They also offer a hefty local draft list that rotates regularly. Slab is not accepting parties larger than eight people.

Yosaku

$$$$ 1 Danforth St

Open seven days a week for lunch (12pm-3pm) and dinner (4:30pm-8pm), Yosaku is a Portland classic. Their beautiful Japanese-style garden has always been a highlight, and now more so than ever, you can enjoy the best of Maine seafood on their spacious patio. Reservations are recommended but not required.

Old Port

Black Cow Burgers & Fries

$$$$ 83 Exchange St

Outdoor only

Black Cow is one of the restaurants on Exchange Street that’s benefitting from the blocked-off traffic - they’ve set up umbrella-covered tables overlooking Kennedy Park along with some covered seating along Exchange Street. This hamburger joint is also reliable, serving a bunch of different burger options, shakes, and fries, with easy-to-follow safety guidelines and online ordering.

Central Provisions

$$$$
$$$$ 414 Fore St

Outdoor only

Central Provisions has launched Tiki Takeover 2020, where they are serving up cocktails like mai tais and daiquiris as well as small plates like Maine lobster tempura, caviar, and coconut fried chicken on their ever-changing menu. Their patio has around five individual picnic tables, allows dogs, and operates seven days a week, Monday-Thursday from 4pm-10pm, and Friday-Sunday from12pm-3pm for lunch and 5pm-10pm for dinner.

Eaux

$$$$ 90 Exchange St

Outdoor only

Eaux serves items like grits and cornbread with Maine haddock as well as Southern-inspired cocktails like spiked sweet tea and local beer. They’re open for dinner Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 5pm-10pm, and do Sunday brunch from 10am-3pm.

Evo Kitchen + Bar

$$$$ 443 Fore St

Featuring local Maine produce, meat, and seafood, this Mediterranean spot has an outdoor seating setup that includes four tables on cobblestone. Evo is open for dinner four days a week, Wednesday-Saturday from 5pm-close. Reservations, guidelines, and more are available on their website.

Flatbread Company

$$$$
AmericanPizza  in  Old Port
$$$$ 72 Commercial St

This spot on Commercial Street serves wood-fired flatbread plus local beer and great salads on a deck overlooking Casco Bay, seven days a week from 11:30am-9pm. The deck has around a dozen umbrella-covered picnic tables, calling in advance is recommended, and the maximum party size is eight people. Before being seated, you will be screened by a host who will ask you a couple of general health and wellness questions.

Gilbert's Chowder House

$$$$ 92 Commercial St

Open daily from 11am-9pm, Gilbert’s serves seafood and chowder with bread bowls on a deck right over the water. There are about 10 large and small picnic tables in the shade.

Gross Confection Bar

$$$$ 172 Middle St

This dessert bar and bakery is now open Wednesday-Sunday serving baked goods outdoors from 8am-3pm. After that, they switch to their full restaurant menu which starts at 4pm and features gelatos, desserts, and meat/cheese boards. Their outside seating includes around 10 socially-distanced high tables under umbrellas and some smaller tables as well. No reservations are needed.

J's Oysters

$$$$ 5 Portland Pier

“If it swims, we’ve got it on our menu!” is the catchphrase at J’s Oyster, a place Anthony Bourdain once claimed he wished he could live above. Right on the water, J’s has expanded patio seating for waterfront dining with around 10 small tables under a covered awning where parties up to four people can enjoy fresh seafood and cocktails.

Luke's Lobster Portland Pier

$$$$ 60 Portland Pier

Outdoor only

Luke’s Lobster on Portland pier is open for full-service outdoor dining Sunday-Thursday from 11am-9pm, and Friday-Saturday from 11am-10pm. Reservations are required (you can make them here), parties cannot exceed eight people, and guests will have an hour and a half for each reservation. Along with fresh-picked lobster, Luke’s also does New England seafood classics like mussels and clam chowder.

Mami

$$$$ 339 Fore St

Outdoor only

The Japanese street food at Mami is back as they’re doing first-come, first-served patio dining Tuesday-Thursday from 12pm-7pm, and Friday and Saturday from12pm-9pm. You can enjoy spicy cod katsu, squid ink buns, miso chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches, a heavy local beer list, wine, and sake.

N To Tail

$$$$ 29 Exchange St

Outdoor only

N To Tail does Korean dishes like bibimbap, Korean fried chicken, and pitchers of Sapporo in the middle of Exchange Street where you can people watch and admire the cobblestone and cute shops around you. Reservations are recommended for their outdoor and generously spaced and tented “dining room.”

Novare Res Bier Cafe

$$$$ 4 Canal Plaza #1

Outdoor only

Novare Res is famous for their beer selection that includes over 33 taps and 400 bottled beers, along with their menu of bar food like crab rangoon grilled cheese and charcuterie boards. Right now, they’re open Wednesday and Thursday from 4pm-10pm, and Friday-Sunday from 12-10pm. Their large and mostly-covered deck requires no reservations to have a socially distanced beer, but they’re only accepting credit cards at this time.

Old Port Sea Grill & Raw Bar

$$$$ 93 Commercial St

This seafood restaurant and raw bar overlooking Commercial Street is open on Sunday, Monday, and Thursday from 12-9pm, and Friday and Saturday from 12-9:30pm for sidewalk seating. Reservations are recommended.

Portland Lobster Co

$$$$ 180 Commercial St

Outdoor only

Portland Lobster Company has a large, outdoor sunny deck where you can have a full steamed lobster dinner or one of the city’s best lobster rolls on the water. Open every day of the week from 11am-9pm, the outdoor deck has a full bar with beer on tap and lots of high bar seating as well as picnic tables. The menu also has what they call the “Lobster Roll World Tour,” which might be the closest we can get to international travel right now.

Rosie's Restaurant & Pub

$$$$ 330 Fore St

Outdoor only

Open 11am-11pm, seven days a week, Rosie’s is practically a historical landmark in the Old Port. They have opened up a patio on Fore Street with cute tables under umbrellas and twinkle lights where you can take advantage of daily specials including $2 beers, soups, and sandwiches.

Scales

$$$$ 68 Commercial St

Patio seating at Scales is open by reservation only Wednesday-Thursday from 2-8pm, and Friday-Sunday from 12pm until close. Enjoy waterfront dining and upscale, classic New England food, a raw bar, and a dessert menu with dishes like baked Alaska and Indian pudding.

The Highroller Lobster Co.

$$$$ 104 Exchange St

Outdoor only

From lobster ghee to lobster cheese crisp tacos, High Roller serves fun takes on Maine classics. The restaurant has a spacious patio, and is also located on Exchange Street which will be closed to traffic through November 1st to allow more outdoor seating for restaurants. Not only do they have a bunch of lobster dishes, but they also have a diverse raw bar, burgers, and frozen beverages like frosé slushies and a great local beer list. They’re open Wednesday-Sunday from 10am-10pm.

The Thirsty Pig

$$$$ 37 Exchange St

With two outdoor seating areas that include a dog-friendly portion, the Thirsty Pig is a great place to enjoy a beer from their large list and one of their housemade sausages. At the moment, Thirsty Pig is doing counter service on a first-come, first-served basis Monday-Saturday from 11am-10pm, and Sunday from 12-8pm.

East End

Eventide Oyster Co.

$$$$
Seafood  in  Old Port
$$$$ 86 Middle St

Outdoor only

Eventide’s famous brown butter lobster rolls can once again be yours on their airy, enclosed patio. Tables are spaced evenly and there is a mix of picnic-style and traditional tables. They’re open weekdays from 12pm-10pm, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday. There don’t take reservations, but you can sign up for a table on their mobile waiting list. Parking is available in a lot across the street after 5:30pm.

The Honey Paw

$$$$
KoreanVietnameseFusion  in  Old Port
$$$$ 78 Middle St

Outdoor only

Honey Paw is open every day for outdoor dining from 12-4pm for lunch and 5-10pm for dinner - their patio holds eight larger tables with umbrellas along with three smaller tables. You can find a how-to for their online, mobile waitlist on their Instagram story highlights (which works similarly for their sister restaurant, Eventide).

Blue Spoon

$$$$
$$$$ 89 Congress St

Open Tuesday-Saturday starting at 4pm, Blue Spoon serves up American cuisine and a great Happy Hour with items like homemade Cheez-Its and canned wine on the patio. Outdoor seating features about a half dozen four-top tables on a quiet part of Munjoy Hill near the Eastern Promenade.

Duckfat

$$$$
$$$$ 43 Middle St

Seven days a week from 11am-10pm, this spot’s famous duck-fat french fries, paninis, gelato milkshakes, and more are available on their enclosed, covered patio that is first come, first serve. Beer, cider, and wine are also available. Parking can be found at the lot next door.

Tomaso's Canteen

$$$$ 18 Hampshire St

Outdoor only

Tucked just behind most of the restaurants on Middle Street, Tomaso’s is open 11am– 1am, Monday-Friday, and 10am-1am on Saturday and Sunday for wings, burgers, and fries. They also do brunch on the weekends, setting up around ten tables under umbrellas in a roped-off area.

Bayside

Austin Street Brewery

$$$$ 1 Industrial Way #8

Outdoor only

Patio seating at Austin Street is open Monday-Saturday from 12-8pm, and on Sunday from 12-5pm. The patio, which is also dog-friendly, has around six socially-distanced tables.

Baharat

$$$$ 91 Anderson St

Outdoor only

This Meditteranean spot is open Thursday-Sunday, from 4-9pm, for walk-in-only parties up to eight people on their enclosed, covered patio that has lots of space around the tables and benches. Baharat is also utilizing single-use compostable flatware and having guests clear their own tables as additional safety precautions.

Bayside Bowl

$$$$ 58 Alder St

Bayside Bowl’s rooftop is open for table service every day from 4-10pm on a first-come, first-serve basis in good weather. They are 21+ after 7pm on Friday and Saturday nights, but every other day their outdoor bar, comfy chairs, and spacious rooftop layout are available to all. They also show movies at sundown twice a month (check their website for details).

Miss Portland Diner

$$$$ 140 Marginal Way

Miss Portland is open seven days a week from 8-2:30pm with around four small, umbrella-covered tables. Eat breakfast or grab a milkshake outdoors with a view of the restored diner car.

Rising Tide Brewing Company

$$$$
Brewery  in  Bayside
$$$$ 103 Fox St

Outdoor only

This summer, Rising Tide has joined forces with mobile pizza company Fire&Co for wood-fired pizza and fresh donuts that you can eat while you sit outside. Seating is limited to eight people per table on their multiple patios - one gets a lot of shade and the other is dog-friendly. A host will screen and seat guests or use a text-based waiting list if the patio is full as they don’t allow people to wait on the premises, and you order your food and drinks at outdoor service stations.

Washington Ave.

Anoche

$$$$ 43 Washington Ave

Outdoor only

Anoche serves draft ciders, giant gin and tonics, slushies, and pintxos for outdoor dining on their patio with comfy furniture, padded benches, picnic and traditional tables, a carpet, and a bunch of plants. The cider bar also hosts a DJ on weekend evenings that blasts tunes out of their window.

Forage Market

$$$$ 123 Washington Ave

Outdoor only

Forage Market has opened outdoor seating where you can enjoy their wood-fired bagels, sandwiches, coffee, and fresh baked goods. There is a counter set-up outside, benches, and a few tables along Washington Ave.

Izakaya Minato

$$$$
$$$$ 54 Washington Ave

Outdoor only

Izakaya Minato is open Wednesday and Thursday for lunch from 11:30am-1pm, and dinner Wednesday-Saturday 5-9pm. There are only five uncovered tables outside so reservations via email (info@izakayaminato.com) or phone (207-613-9939) are recommended for parties up to six people. Their menu features dishes like their Japanese fried chicken, sashimi, and sake.

The Duckfat Friteshack

$$$$ 43 Washington Ave

Outdoor only

Duckfat’s sister location, the Duckfat Frite Shack, is a walk-up fry window tucked down the alley of Washington Ave. with Oxbow Blending & Bottling. Featuring Belgian-style fry cones and a menu of changing specials from their wood-fired grill, the Friteshack is open Wednesday-Saturday from 12pm-9pm, and Sunday from 12pm-6pm. Wander to the window to place an order, grab a seat at a shady picnic table to have your food with an Oxbow, or mosey along Washington Ave. if tables are full.

The Shop By Island Creek Oyster

$$$$
Seafood  in  East End
$$$$ 123 Washington Avenue

Outdoor only

Island Creek Oyster’s Portland outpost is open for outdoor dining Wednesday-Sunday from 11am-9pm. Their airy patio includes tables, a bar area, and high tables where you can have Bloody Marys, wine, and beer alongside raw bar options. The menu changes frequently but there is always a solid list of oysters from Maine, tinned fish, caviar, and snacks like clam dip and chips.

Off-Peninsula

Bird & Co

$$$$ 539 Deering Ave

Bird & Co serves beer and cocktails like toasted coconut margaritas with tacos that range from bean and cheese to fried chicken ones. Their fenced-in and covered patio has around eight tables in Woodford’s corner, and reservations for five or more people are required.

Bruno’s Restaurant & Tavern

$$$$ 33 Allen Ave

Temporarily closed until August 18th

This large, old-school Italian restaurant and tavern has been in Portland since the 1980s. This summer, they’ve opened up a large tented and covered patio with over a dozen tables. No reservations are required.

The Great Lost Bear

$$$$ 540 Forest Ave

Outdoor only

A Portland staple for over 40 years, the Great Lost Bear is now open for dining and drinking for parties of six or fewer people. There are around six umbrella-covered tables plus their “big top” section that includes larger picnic tables under a huge awning. Their famously large beer list has 80+ beers on tap and a food menu that includes wings, burgers, nachos, and cheesesteaks.

Tipo Restaurant

$$$$ 182 Ocean Ave

Tipo has a cozy patio with around eight tables under umbrellas where you can have Italian food for dinner Wednesday-Sunday from 4pm-9pm. You can book a reservation here, but they are not required.

Veranda Noodle Bar

$$$$ 14 Veranda St

You can find Southeast Asian food (mostly Thai and Vietnamese dishes) at Veranda Noodle Bar ranging from spring rolls to phở and spicy tamarind duck. They have four tables with optional umbrellas on Veranda street, and they’re open daily from 11am-9:30pm.

Woodford Food & Beverage

$$$$ 660 Forest Ave

Outdoor only

Woodford F&B has created a summer-long pop-up called Woodford Boat Club that is open daily from 4pm-close. The Boat Club includes coolers of mini Miller High Lifes and cocktails, menu items like their beloved burger, and seasonal summertime New England dishes like shellfish towers. Reservations are available here along with a mobile waitlist for a two-hour-max reservation, and parking is available in the adjacent lot.

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