As spring slowly approaches, and as eaters begin itching to get outside and dine al fresco, patio dining in Portland, Maine is re–emerging. The City of Portland has expanded its rules for outdoor spaces, which means diners will find more open-air options than in previous years. After a snowy (and freezing cold) winter, who doesn’t want to take advantage of as much time in the sun as possible?
Head to South Portland for great pub food and beer, East Portland for BBQ and Tex-Mex, West Portland for French and Spanish food, and more. (Portland isn’t only lobster rolls, after all. But by all means, head to Eventide, Highroller Lobster Co., or the Lobster Shack at Two Lights — when it reopens in May — sit outside, and devour a lobster roll. When in Maine...)
For folks who still don’t feel comfortable dining out, many of the restaurants on this map offer takeout and delivery. Grab something to-go, along with a bottle of something good to drink (the Juice Caboose, which delivers wine to people’s doorsteps, is a great new addition to the Portland food and beverage scene), and dine outside on a sunny patch of grass, or even a stoop.
Without further ado, here’s where (and what) to eat outdoors in Portland.
See also: The Eater Boston Outdoor Dining Guide for 2021
Please note that a number of restaurants in Maine have resumed dine-in service. However, this should not be taken as an endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in Maine, please visit the state’s coronavirus website.
Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. Visit the state’s website for up-to-date information about COVID-19 safety guidelines for restaurants.Read More