The front Room restaurant & Bar

New American Comfort Food | a neighborhood gathering spot

Harding Lee Smith, Chef, Restauranteur

17+ Years of Service

The Front Room is a quintessential neighborhood eatery – loud bustling crowds and simple food with rich flavors complemented by The Rooms signature look of an open kitchen and cozy bar. But unlike the other Rooms, The Front Room vetoed the idea of reservations for brunch, opting to be first come, first served (however we do take reservations for dinner!). 

Classic, wooden Hancock chairs adorn each table in this quaint iteration of The Rooms restaurant family, now peppered around Portland, Maine. Serving what Chef Harding Lee Smith has coined New American Comfort Food, The Front Room attracts droves of Mainers with its affordable brunch and dinner menu.

“I wanted to make it a neighborhood gathering spot, to have the home feel like when you come into someone’s living room.” — Chef Harding

brunch menu

dinner Menu

CUSTOMER REVIEWS

stephanie holfus
stephanie holfus
19:53 15 Jul 24
Hostess and wait staff were very friendly, hostess even offered to get coffee before our waitress was able to approach the table. Coming from the South, not used to sausage being sweet and sweet sausage in the gravy was just not my thing. Food needed a little more seasoning. Everything plated well.
Matthew Conner
Matthew Conner
03:29 26 Jun 24
My wife and I had an awesome experience here. The food was delicious and Eva and the staff provided great service. Eva also took the time to tell us about other attractions that Portland had to offer. Looking forward to going to the "Rooms", (Grill and Corner.)
Austin Winchell
Austin Winchell
18:42 21 Jun 24
The food and the service was incredible, best breakfast I have ever had!
Pallavi Shrestha
Pallavi Shrestha
03:35 19 Jun 24
I loved my Bacon gnocchi. We went on a beautiful Sunday. It was a bit busy but we got an outdoor table quickly.
Patricia Gonzalez
Patricia Gonzalez
19:51 05 Jun 24
Nice cozy spot. Good Bloody Mary
Josh Friedlander
Josh Friedlander
03:20 30 May 24
Exceptional oysters. Very good crab pasta. Good cocktails. Friendly service. I’m a fan.
erika frisbie
erika frisbie
22:13 12 May 24
One of the best places in Portland..the food is amazing and the great service..we could eat here every day..tuna appetizer salmon and Reubens entries and creme brule..sooooo good
Hannah Ferguson
Hannah Ferguson
03:15 04 May 24
Our waiter was incredible! All the staff were great. We all tried each other's dishes, and bowls were spotless by the time we finished. Second time here was even more incredible than the first!
Angel L Pesante Velez
Angel L Pesante Velez
04:52 23 Apr 24
Cozy and beautiful place. The food extraordinary 💯 recommended
Alexis DiFillipo
Alexis DiFillipo
15:39 16 Apr 24
My partner and I really enjoyed our dining experience here. The tuna tartar and burger were excellent. House reds were quite good as well.Good food & good service. Will be back next time we visit.
Michael Murphy
Michael Murphy
23:16 09 Apr 24
We've been there multiple times now. They're all fantastic. The staff recognized us and are super personable. The food was delicious and I left nice and full. Cornbeef hash had a fantastic sear on it. Partner LOVED her French toast
Ryan
Ryan
16:31 05 Apr 24
Great food, and clean oysters. I didn't normally eat raw oysters, but I felt safe eating them here. They tasted pristine. All the guys was excellent and service was great too.
Charles Y
Charles Y
23:13 03 Apr 24
We last minute decided to get breakfast at The Front Room before leaving our weekend getaway in Portland... and SO glad we did!!!Table for two with only a couple of minutes wait on Sunday. We shared a cinnamon bun (not to be missed!!), and I got the corned beef hash with poached eggs and my partner got the steak and eggs. Both were excellent, however the in-house made corned beef was over the top delicious!!! Add fresh squeezed orange juice, black coffee, and toast... and we were set for the day!!! (They were also serving their lunch menu which looked equally as yummy)Food, drinks, and service were all outstanding!! (And a special shout-out to our server Jerry who chased me down a block away to return my credit card that I had mistakenly left there!!!)Go to The Front Room, you won't be disappointed!!!
gary scott
gary scott
16:43 30 Mar 24
Excellent breakfast,best hash ,best coffee in NE
Alexa
Alexa
02:07 27 Mar 24
Wonderful experience. Quality of the food was great, our waiter provided quick, friendly service, and we will be back! Highly recommend the beef short rib, and the espresso martinis for dessert were the perfect way to wrap up the evening!
Maria Arcuri
Maria Arcuri
22:25 24 Feb 24
Sat at the bar, and our server was very friendly. All the food was perfectly seasoned, and I have never had an omlette, so fluffy!!
Jonathan Quintanilla
Jonathan Quintanilla
19:35 20 Feb 24
This is a wonderful, off the beaten path, brunch spot. Friendly service, delicious drinks and great food. Bacon is perfectly crisp too. Highly recommend
Kevin Donoghue
Kevin Donoghue
23:18 27 Jan 24
Eggs Benedict is delicious as were the other dishes. Coffee poor.
Mike Barnes
Mike Barnes
17:43 21 Jan 24
Great food.Tight tables.Packed....no reservations but will text when your table is ready.
Mark Dartnell
Mark Dartnell
17:41 18 Jan 24
Great dinner spot that's out of the way a bit. Just a great little spot with the Best food , prepared right there and so delicious! A must is the devil eggs for an appetizer!
terri hallenbeck
terri hallenbeck
01:13 16 Jan 24
We go to Portland every few months and when we do The Rooms in Portland are a must for us.
Deighton
Deighton
15:41 28 Dec 23
Best French toast in New England, if not the world
Steve R.
Steve R.
13:24 23 Dec 23
Food , service , atmosphere are all top notch at the front room. Best brunch in Portland
H Reilly
H Reilly
17:33 17 Dec 23
Cute place, small, but service was fast for a Sunday morning! Staff is wicked nice and the have good brunch specials.
Philippe St-Aubin
Philippe St-Aubin
03:35 12 Nov 23
Great experience. Sea food were amazing and the service... We were just waving randomly and the waitress just showed up whit an other wine bottle. Thank you for everything. For the prizes, if you compare with our best Canadian seafood restaurants, it's very cheap amd quality is top nutch.
Amber W. Chambers
Amber W. Chambers
13:57 03 Nov 23
The most quaint and beautiful breakfast/brunch spot! Excellent service and food! So glad we came here and we will be back when in Portland!
Stef Khairallah
Stef Khairallah
13:43 26 Oct 23
10/10 super yummy biscuits and gravy
Tammy Spruill
Tammy Spruill
02:18 25 Oct 23
Ventured off the cruise ship and found the best breakfast we’ve ever had!!! Our waitress was very pleasant and friendly and the cooks were very accommodating to our food allergies!!! Highly recommended!!!! Fantastic find!!!!
Michael Uhler
Michael Uhler
03:07 23 Oct 23
Exceptional brunch.Delicious food, great service, yummy beverages…this place screams go-to brunch spot.Cool bar area that seems like it is always sought after by regulars. Otherwise, the restaurant is bustling and you may have to wait a few minutes but it is worth it.The BYO omelette is killer. I didn’t see anything come out of the kitchen that didn’t look delicious.I suggest trying the front room and when you’re done, take a stroll down a few blocks to the water and enjoy the scenery.
Chelsea Tryder
Chelsea Tryder
14:09 22 Oct 23
One of our go-tos for a cozy brunch. The French toast is delicious!
Lucy Garber
Lucy Garber
15:00 20 Oct 23
Theeee most delicious French toast I’ve ever tasted!! Also got an omelette; it had actual big chunks of ham and sausage. So tasty. Everything tastes homemade and real, no fake ingredients. We also tried the corn beef hash, which was new and interesting for us
Jeremy Garber
Jeremy Garber
14:58 20 Oct 23
Amazing French toast as well as omelettesand excellent service, definitely need to try out this place for an amazing breakfast
Edgar Jaramillo
Edgar Jaramillo
19:36 18 Oct 23
Absolutely THE BEST CORNED BEEF HASH I've ever had!!! Hostess was kind and responsible (very busy). Chef was very conscious of each plate. Wait staff was excellent. Will return again and again.
Josh Hardy
Josh Hardy
16:22 13 Oct 23
Great breakfast and friendly staff!
Seth Jamison
Seth Jamison
14:44 07 Oct 23
Some of the best food in Portland. You won't be disappointed.
C J
C J
15:32 05 Oct 23
Halibut fish entree was delicious.
Brendan Wallace
Brendan Wallace
13:59 02 Oct 23
What a great little breakfast spot! If I could rate the food more than 5 stars I would! The steak and eggs was fantastic, and so was the eggs Benedict!
Lanette Enman
Lanette Enman
18:14 01 Oct 23
My food was very good and my husband enjoyed his food very much too. The mango mammosas are very good.
Wow!We came for dinner, BEST scallops I've ever had . We returned for breakfast the next morning and the bacon gnocchi did not disappoint.THIS PLACE IS A MUST !!
Morgana Lazarus
Morgana Lazarus
16:14 27 Sep 23
Food and service were both great!
Joseph Dolan
Joseph Dolan
14:47 27 Sep 23
Get the gnocchi and corned beef hash
Yew4eya
Yew4eya
10:04 27 Sep 23
First time here and the dinner was great! I eat a lot, and I guess the only thing I could say is I wish they put a few more potatoes under the fish. Definitely a big meat and potatoes kind of guy and along with an appetizer my wife and I were content when we left, but I could have used a few more bites.. I believe reservations are a must and the price is very expected for the times. I think we're about 60-70 bucks a plate with an appetizer and a couple drinks (including tip)
Tobias Jones
Tobias Jones
02:11 26 Sep 23
Great little spot to grab brunch! My partner had what she described as the best pancake of her life. I don't like them but apparently it was God tier. The classic Benny was delicious, with a toasted gourmet English muffin and real ham. The hollandaise was rich and flavourful too. Our server was nice and attentive. Great experience.
Yamil Perez
Yamil Perez
17:20 25 Sep 23
Great place . I love it .
Samantha Jackson
Samantha Jackson
00:20 25 Sep 23
I really enjoyed my experience here. I love the local food sourcing, the beautiful presentation, the service, and everything right down to the decor. If I were still local I’d eat here regularly & I’m a little sad I didn’t know about it prior.
Stephen McKinney
Stephen McKinney
12:02 23 Sep 23
Shrimp and grits dinner special just fairDrinks were excellent. Others within our party raved about the halibut special. Service was excellent. No issue breaking the check down into fourths. Waitress did not miss a beat. Prices were upscale but felt fair. Great atmosphere. Open dining area with open kitchen in a corner of the large room. Comfortable.
Nicholas Randal
Nicholas Randal
20:42 20 Sep 23
This is where the locals go, expect a wait but it's good
Lalita U
Lalita U
14:09 19 Sep 23
Delicious! Definitely homemade! A great gem!We got the steak and eggs & biscuits with gravy! Yummy!
Muy bueno el ruben sandwich! Y la hamburger! La atencion perfecta!
Karen H
Karen H
12:23 12 Sep 23
It was a nice evening. We dined outside on the lit up patio. We shared a tuna appetizer, which was excellent. Service was great and our food came out quickly.
Carrie Tavenier
Carrie Tavenier
20:57 09 Sep 23
Very well constructed flavors! Everything felt like it was made from scratch and they took their time perfecting recipes.Service was fast and friendly.Mimosas were also well balanced and didn't taste like cheap champagne.
Greg Trotter
Greg Trotter
13:03 04 Sep 23
It was Cheers of Munjoy Hill. Locals heaven mostly. Great atmosphere staff, food and drink. Give them a try.
Kevin
Kevin
22:38 27 Aug 23
The lobster benedict was delicious and service was good. The only disappointment was 'MP' was $40, while you can walk a mile down the road and get a whole lobster at other restaurants for ~$25-30; which is what I would have expected to pay. Very good, but better options for the price.
Kurt Lechner
Kurt Lechner
13:20 20 Aug 23
Went to The Front Room for brunch with my buddy and had great service from a very handsome tatted stache daddy. My only complaint is that the gravy wasn’t hot enough to burn my mouth, but stache daddy definitely made up for it all.
Steven Ellis
Steven Ellis
12:47 20 Aug 23
Always delicious and friendly. The wait staff was friendly and professional, as well as communicated very well with what was happening. Highly recommend!
BETTY Rodriguez
BETTY Rodriguez
10:27 19 Aug 23
Quaint and lovely atmosphere. Excellent customer service. Nice selection of wines and cocktails. The Seared Tuna was delicious on the Farm Salad but the salad itself could be more flavorful.
Oscar Gomez
Oscar Gomez
13:12 17 Aug 23
Great place for Sunday brunch 😋
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