If you’re celebrating a special birthday, or just enjoy a quick glass of Champagne and oysters as much as we do, then Scales should definitely be on your shortlist for dinner reservations when visiting. In a town where seafood is on the menu nearly everywhere, this place sets itself apart by keeping things elegant and simple with quintessential New England classics like homemade breads, fish and chips, and a stunning dessert list that features New England pudding, frozen custard, and a rotating Baked Alaska. Between the great service, airy dining room, and beautiful waterfront views, it’s one of the best places to start thinking about booking your next trip to Portland, or maybe just never leaving.
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