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Twelve

American

Eastern Promenade

$$$$Perfect For:Date NightDrinking Good CocktailsSpecial OccasionsUnique Dining ExperienceFine Dining

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Twelve is everything and more you’d want from an upscale, special occasion New England restaurant. Set on the Portland waterfront, this spot does a seasonal prix-fixe and a la carte menu with dishes on both that re-envision the classics—you’ll see stuff like locally-foraged mushrooms, cod swimming in whey broth with lots of roasted onions, and a lobster roll on a hand-laminated croissant (that’s one of the best in the state). All the food is well-executed, especially any desserts or pastries, while the service feels attentive without being intrusive—which means your water glass will never be empty and they won’t be pretentious when describing the local kamut flour they use to make their croissant dough.

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