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Art Museum
“My favorite! Been a member for years and even a docent at one time. Permanent collections and a special exhibit room that changes frequently - look it up; you won't be disappointed. ”
144 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“You've probably already heard of Eventide because it's the most highly rated place in Portland, in this case believe the hype. There will most likely be a long wait, so prepare for that before you go, it's worth it. If you're visiting in the off season and visit at unusual hours you may get lucky enough to be seated immediately (it's happened to us a couple of times). You must try the brown butter lobster roll, you won't regret it. They also have a killer late night happy hour if you need a bite after drinking in the Old Port.”
109 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“One of our favorite brunch spots in town! Be prepared for a wait, but it's worth it. Friendly staff, delicious cocktails, and amazing, southern classics. Our favorite item is the Fried Green Tomato Eggs Benedict - with a Bloody Mary of course!”
66 locals recommend
Bar
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“An excellent combination of fine local dining with a larger than average layout and a more relaxed vibe. We often take groups here. It's a bit easier to get in, but it's probably worth calling ahead if you're inclined.”
67 locals recommend
Japanese Restaurant
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“Go here if you're looking for ramen. They have a small menu, but it's all delicious! Also, of course, a large selection of local beers. This place is a great option for an affordable and filling dinner!”
70 locals recommend
Museum
“Cool historic place with amazing views from the top. Climb up stone curved steps to each floor on the way to the top. ”
54 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Old school vibes where locals and hipster transplants coexist. I stand by the cocktails and food”
48 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“This is our date night restaurant. Its quiet and cozy and the food is just what you want on date night. ”
36 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“"Grounded in the belief that vital communities are activated by experimentation, conversation, and camaraderie, SPACE engages a wide audience with provocative arts programming and category-defying events. As a nexus for curious minds, we collaborate with original thinkers and invite the public to participate in the ongoing pursuit of adventurous ideas. From our versatile home at 534-538 Congress Street, we: ● Curate visual art exhibitions ● Showcase music ● Present film screenings ● Facilitate lectures and discussions ● Foster a platform for contemporary experimental performance ● Rent below-market studios to artists with active practices ● Oversee a statewide granting program for artist-led initiatives and projects ● Invite national artists to stay in Portland through our residency program ● Encourage conversations about issues of social justice ● Engage the public in community events and open forums ● Collaborate with other nonprofits, artist-run projects, and performing arts organizations"”
41 locals recommend
Bar
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“My neighborhood bar. It's cozy and funky (gets a little loud and wild on Friday and Saturday nights, otherwise it's pretty tame and good for conversing over a drink or playing cribbage). ”
41 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Amazing seafood in the heart of the Old Port. Reservations recommended. 35 minute drive from the cottage.”
52 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Upscale-casual neighborhood gathering spot serves inspired American fare & wine in snug quarters. They do take online reservations for dinner and recently added brunch service.”
37 locals recommend
Bar
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“A great place to try tons of different beers from near and far with a fun outdoor deck with corn hole. ”
53 locals recommend
Museum
“Make a day and visit this amazing city; the children's museum is a special treat.”
37 locals recommend
Bowling Alley
“Not your fathers bowling alley. Great place, super updated, AMAZING rooftop bar, and great food to go along with it.”
49 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“This is great pizza and it’s 100 feet from our door. Good beer selection too and a terrific staff”
51 locals recommend