Where to Eat in South Portland: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Ying Subia

South Portland is a city in Cumberland County, Maine, United States, and is the fourth-largest city in the state, incorporated in 1898. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 25,002. Known for its working waterfront, South Portland is situated on Portland Harbor and overlooks the skyline of Portland and the islands of Casco Bay. Due to South Portland's close proximity to air, marine, rail, and highway transportation options, the city has become a center for retail and industry in the region.
Things to do in South Portland

1. Back Bay Grill

65 Portland St, Portland, ME 04101-2827 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +1 207-772-8833
Excellent
86%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 613 reviews

Back Bay Grill

Reviewed By John M - Scarborough, United States

For the first course we have Pemaquid Mussels with shallots, white wine, leek & chive cream, fine herbs and Maine Crab Cake with smoked paprika aioli, pickled red peppers, arugula. For the main course we both had Lavender Marinated Duck Breast with duck confit, braised radish, roasted cauliflower puree, melted leek. It was all served in a relax manner. The noise level was just enough so that it did not interfere with your conversation.

2. Bite into Maine

1000 Shore Rd, Fort Williams Park, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107-1916 Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards American, Seafood, Fast Food, Street Food, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch SGD 8 - SGD 26 +1 207-289-6142
Excellent
88%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 359 reviews

Bite into Maine

TEMPORARY CLOSED<br><br>Bite into Maine food truck is closed for the season. Please visit us at our new takeout location at 185 US Route One in Scarborough, Maine!<br>We look forward to feeding you.

Reviewed By dbae27 - Staunton, Virginia

We stopped here for lunch on Tuesday, October 24. We shared a traditional lobster roll and a chipotle roll. Delicious! If you are in Portland area or anywhere near Cape Elizabeth, this is a must stop. (Closed from late October until springtime.) This food truck...MoreThank you so much for your kind words and taking the time to review us on Tripadvisor! We greatly appreciate it! Karl and Sarah

3. David's 388

388 Cottage Rd, South Portland, ME 04106-3912 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner 207-347-7388
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 198 reviews

David's 388

Reviewed By carolinagirl523

When dinning with friends, we always share bites. So I tasted all four entrees served at our table. My entree was night special filet, mashed potatoes & asparagus & it was superb! My friend had lamb, it too was delicious. From chowders to salad, all was good. Desserts that we enjoyed was bourbon chocolate cake & featured lemon cream brûlée. Our waitress, Erin was a delight!! Not only was she a great serve, she also recommend some great area travel spots.

4. Emilitsa

547 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3307 Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night SGD 43 +1 207-221-0245
Excellent
83%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 692 reviews

Emilitsa

Emilitsa is a Greek restaurant located in the arts district of Portland, Maine and boasts a contemporary and casual atmosphere. Emilitsa brings a wide array of Mezethes (small plates), Megala Piata (large plates), and pristinely fresh seafood to the seacoast area. We honor the breadth of traditional cuisine from all regions of Greece. We prepare our Greek dishes with as many local, fresh, organic and natural ingredients as are available to us. We also accommodate those with food allergies.

Reviewed By Jim B - Old Orchard Beach, Maine, United States

Our son's in-laws in Chicago are Greeks by heritage and conviction, so we habe been treeted to their cuisine-- excellent at home and in their favorite restaurants, but mostly traditional and conventional. Emilitsa re-imagines many of those dishes, so they manage to surprise, and to delight in new ways. Service is friendly and professional, and it's a delight to be able converse with friends without cupping your ears or straining to hear. This is one of the favorite restaurants we recommend to friends when they visit Portland.

5. Isa Bistro

79 Portland St, Portland, ME 04101-2827 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks +1 207-808-8533
Excellent
74%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 156 reviews

Isa Bistro

Isa is a cozy neighborhood bistro serving an eclectic, yet seasonally driven menu. Open for lunch and dinner daily and closed Tuesday. We offer a brunch menu in addition to the lunch menu on Saturday and Sunday. Open all day.

Reviewed By suzinvt - Middlebury, Vermont

Eight of us dined here again, although it was my 1st visit. I am a vegetarian who also does not eat foods made of eggs, so I sometimes have very limited options dining out. That was the case, unfortunately, for me at Isa's. After viewing the menu the day before, I even had called ahead to explore options....but all their vegetarian entrees are made with eggs and they didn't offer to get creative for me. I ended up eating the Cheese Plate starter, a side of brussel sprouts and the Roasted Beet Salad for my main course, which was fortunately sizable and delicious. No dessert for me, not even ice cream.

However, the other 7 of us had wonderful dinners....fabulously chunky lobster chowder, steaks cooked just right with french fries and green beans, lasagna with freshly made egg noodles, and one said "the best ever" pork chop with Dijon mustard/butter sauce. Delicate Flan, liquer-infused Roasted Pear.

This little corner restaurant has lots of charm: black and white tiled floors, tin ceiling painted black, exposed brick walls, and the tables are nicely spaced. We had fine service and a wonderful dinner together. If my family wanted to return, I would be glad to...but unless the menu changes, my options would not increase.

6. The Green Elephant

608 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3304 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 20 +1 207-347-3111
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 525 reviews

The Green Elephant

Asian-inspired cuisine made with love.

Reviewed By farfromhome2003 - Brewer, Maine

This has long been a favorite restaurant of mine in the greater Portland area. I’ve found their menu to be reliable, consistent, and always rotating seasonally based on what’s available. My favorite dishes are the Brussel sprouts & spicy green leaf salad for starters and the spicy vegetable medley, panang curry, & Siamese Dream for dinner.

7. Vena's Fizz House

345 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101-4112 Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Drinks +1 207-747-4901
Excellent
77%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 217 reviews

Vena's Fizz House

Reviewed By Actondad - Acton, Massachusetts

I enjoy a good cocktail. I enjoy experimenting. But the cocktails we had at Vena's Fizz House were across the board horrible. There's simply no other way to describe them. I ordered the Traditional Old fashion. I got a shot of rye in a glass with a round ice cube and an orange twist. The rye wasn't bad, but it was clearly not an old fashion lacking any evidence of any other ingredient besides the rye. This was our best drink because I could actually finish mine. My son-in-law ordered the Sazerac. It tasted like bitters and absinthe - no hint of rye or sugar. It was undrinkable. My daughter ordered the grandma's bourbon which should have had bourbon and raspberry shrub yet tasted so bad it was impossible to tell what was really in it. She did not drink more than two sips. And my wife ordered something but at this point it not important because it was also bad.

How did this happen? We walked in 30 minutes before our 8:15 reservation at Fore St (a truly outstand establishment in every way) for a quick cocktail since the Fore St bar was packed. The hostess was the best part of our experience. She told us we could get a drink while waiting for a seat, took our name and pointed us to the standing room area. Before a waitress ever appeared, she told us our table was ready and showed us up stairs to a nice table. The hostess was great. She did her job, we are at a table with 25 minutes to go. 10 minutes later, no waitress. There was one waitress running up and down the stairs to the standing room area and four bar tenders behind a full 12-14 person bar. No sign of a waitress interested in us. After 10 minutes we went to the bar and ordered our drinks. After another ten minutes, two drinks were delivered by the bar tender and briskly slopped (as in they actually spilled) onto the table. Five minutes later the other two were slopped onto our table at which point we asked for the bill. What we did to piss these people off is a mystery to me, but the poor quality of the cocktails and rudeness of the service can not be normal based on the other reviews for this establishment. I do not think it is unreasonable to expect to be served a single round of decent cocktails in a bar in 30 minutes. Beware.

8. Micucci Grocery

45 India St, Portland, ME 04101-4208 Takeout, Parking Available Italian, Pizza, Delicatessen Lunch +1 207-775-1854
Excellent
71%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 219 reviews

Micucci Grocery

Reviewed By KRISTY B

The tour guide on our duck tour mentioned the Sicilian pizza at Micucci’s season we decided to try it. Monday was buy one “slab” get one free day...one “slab” is enough for two but hey, it was free so we got the second. Crust is amazing and sauce has a sweet taste to it. We’d definitely recommend a stop at this grocery with a visit to the pizza shop in the back!

9. Evo Kitchen + Bar

443 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101-4025 Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards Contemporary, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Seafood, Israeli, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night, Drinks, Lunch SGD 20 - SGD 66 +1 207-358-7830
Excellent
72%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 155 reviews

Evo Kitchen + Bar

Maine food. Bold flavors. With a chic, energetic vibe, Evo puts an unconventional twist on the traditional. Maine&apos;s micro seasons enable our Chefs to play. For you, this means they are always coming up with new dishes and creative ways of preparing the Maine foods you know and love. Immerse yourself in this experience at our open kitchen while the Chefs strive to wow your senses. Evo&apos;s dishes are meant to be shared. Modeled after mezze - groups of small dishes that are meant to be enjoyed together - you&apos;re encouraged to order a variety of shareable plates. If you&apos;re not into sharing, our menu has you covered too. Thanks to our farmers and purveyors, the food in our kitchen is the freshest you can get.

Reviewed By Ricardo V - Seminole, Florida

I believe it was Hana , its a petite pretty hostess that was very attentive and kept checking on us and everyone else plus the door ! The Chickpeas were a generous portion for a app and delicious ...So glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience here at Evo! The chickpea fries are always a favorite!

10. Boda

671 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3303 Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +1 207-347-7557
Excellent
69%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 362 reviews

Boda

Reviewed By DeborahandAndy - Los Angeles, CA

Found Boda for dinner at 10:30pm. Loved the grilled quail and wide rice noodles with shrimp, Chinese broccoli and tomato. The wait person asked what level of spiciness we wanted- 2 being average so we said 3 as we like spicy food- this was very spicy. Also has the grilled mushroom salad- not our favorite as a bit dry. Good beer and service.

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