- Figa, Munjoy Hill. Reclaimed wood tables, exposed brick and sackcloth dishtowels as napkins define tiny Figa's rustic aesthetic. A stickler for sustainability, chef/owner Lee Farrington used recycled materials to create her cozy, storefro
- Emilitsa, Arts District. Pale colors warmed by wood finishes serve as a modern backdrop for John and Demos Regas' authentic Greek food. A cotton version of the traditional flokati shearling rugs softens a roughly textured brick wall, at t
- Grace, Bayside. The building, on the National Register of Historic Places, dates to before the Civil War and was painstakingly restored by current owner Anne Verrill. The 5,000 square-foot space is at once awe-inspiring and romantic; at n
- Sonny's, Old Port. Outside, the grey facade of the former bank stands imposingly at the top of Exchange Street. Inside, the vault stands open, now serving as a wine cellar and a focal point for a shabby-chic bar area that has the feel of
- Local 188, West End. A wide open space decorated with a mix of funky estate-sale finds and a changing exhibit of photographs strung on wires, Local 188 is airy and warm at the same time. Church pews and crushed-velvet upholstered sofas cr
- Miyake, Old Port. The serene design creates a hushed, reverent environment for appreciating Masa Miyake's superb sushi, with some of the best seats at the high bar, which is uncluttered by the displays of fish found at most sushi restaura
- Petite Jacqueline,West End. The curtain-swagged front window looks out onto a Portland, not Paris, square, but at on a stool at the stainless steel bar, or seated at one of the marble-topped tables, you can almost conjure up the Left Bank
- Carmen at The Danforth, West End. One of Portland's newest and most-heralded restaurants blends seamlessly into its gracious surroundings at a boutique inn. Tall windows, formal fireplaces and white linen-draped tables create an atmospher
- Hugo's, Old Port. The dark, spare, clean-lined space, punctuated with wrought iron sculptural elements, serves as neutral backdrop for the headline act - the award-winning food that played a large part in putting Portland's reputation as
Presenting Portland's nine most iconic restaurant dining rooms, in no particular order. Each of these spaces is an utter original that brings something unique to the local restaurant scene, whether it's a modern, farm-to-table restaurant in a historic church, like Grace, or a funky neighborhood hangout in what was once a supermarket, like Local 188. Was your favorite not included? By all means, leave a comment. Otherwise, click through the gallery for images and captions and enjoy the visual feast.
· Carmen at The Danforth, West End.
· Emilitsa, Arts District.
· Figa, Munjoy Hill.
· Grace, Bayside.
· Hugo's, Old Port.
· Local 188, West End.
· Miyake, Old Port.
· Petite Jacqueline, West End.
· Sonny's, Old Port.
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