Welcome, students! Whether it's your first semester in town or your last, the Portland area is full of restaurants to explore, new and old. There seems to be no end to the dining boom in Maine's largest city, and Eater is here to guide you to the right spot for every situation, whether you need a reliable late-night slice of pizza, a swanky place to impress a date, or the perfect restaurant for your parents' next visit.
First things first, let's talk basics — these are Eater's signature maps, updated regularly to highlight the best of the best and the newest of the new. Most maps on the site feature points statewide, but as you can imagine, many of the major players are within the Portland city limits.
- Eater Maine 18 — Updated quarterly, this map features 18 of the most essential restaurants in the state, spanning multiple cities, cuisines, and price points. Naturally, many of these major players are within the Portland city limits.
- Eater Maine Heatmap — Updated monthly, this map features 12 of the hottest new destinations in the state.
- Eater Maine Cocktail Map — For the 21+ crowd, this map tracks the bars and restaurants with the strongest cocktail programs.
- Eater Maine Brunch Map — You're deep in brunch territory. This map will guide you to the choicest spots.
What are you craving? Let these maps show you the way.
Nightlife & Adult Beverages
Looking to eat and drink well without without spending too much? Jump right to these maps and guides:
- 15 Restaurants in Portland With Amazing Happy Hours
- Eating Out on $10 a Day in Portland
- Maine's Top Cheap Eats and Restaurants
Need to pick up a pal from the airport, impress grandma with a gorgeous view, or seat your extended family? These maps will empower you to do that and more with your guests.
- 14 Restaurants That Can Handle Big Groups in Downtown Portland
- 17 Maine Restaurants With Stunning Views
- 24 Classic Restaurants Every Mainer Must Try
- 15 Iconic Dishes That Scream Maine
- Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Portland, Maine: 15 Great Spots
- Where to Eat Near Portland International Jetport (PWM)
Even with its outrageous selection, sometimes Portland just won't have what you're after. Use these guides to nearby hotspots when planning a getaway with friends:
- 11 Hot Places to Eat and Drink in Kennebunkport
- The 13 Essential Restaurants and Bars in Kittery
- 12 Restaurants for a Coastal Escape to Castine
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Eater Maine is updated multiple times every weekday with breaking news stories (restaurant openings, closings, etc.), features, and more. Here are a few ways to stay in the loop:
- Keep an eye on the Eater Maine homepage. New stories will always show up near the top and flow down toward the bottom of the page as they get older, while important recent stories or major maps will stay pinned at various points on the page. Also, check out our big sister, Eater.com, for national and international food news.
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- Interested in upcoming restaurant openings? Here's our fall 2015 openings primer.
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