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5 Best New Restaurants in Portland, Maine

Portland, Maine has gained a celebrated reputation for being a major foodie city in the U.S., and for a very good reason! There are nearly endless delectable restaurants to choose from, with new establishments cropping up regularly. These are 5 of the best new restaurants Portland, Maine has to offer!

1. Helm Oyster Bar & Bistro

Helm Oyster Bar & Bistro is a chic and intimate experience, bringing the best of both the coast and farmland to the table – literally! Located in Portland’s downtown waterfront, their menu frequently changes based on seasonality and what’s available locally. With a full raw bar including a variety of oysters, littleneck clams and scallops on the half shell, as well as incredible dishes such as bone-in short ribs and steamed hake with local vegetables, Helm is truly an ode to Maine’s finest offerings.

2. Leeward

If you love fresh Italian food, you’re in luck! Leeward boasts an incredible pasta-focused menu with plenty of mouthwatering dishes (the restaurant lovingly refers to their menu as “notoriously fickle” as it can change based on what’s available for fresh ingredients.) Start with homemade focaccia, then perhaps try the Maine scallop crudo or pork & lamb pâté campagnola; for dinner, try the rigatoni, beef & pork ragù bolognese or mushroom & potato casoncelli. Whatever you end up choosing, it likely won’t be your last visit to Leeward!

3. Ramona’s

For those that love a big, fully-stacked sandwich, Ramona’s in the East End is for you! A Philly-style hoagie shop with delectable sandwiches, you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. We recommend going with the classic Italian combo hoagie, with the traditional mortadella, Genoa salami, hot capicola, provolone, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, olive salad and hoagie dressing. They also serve hearty breakfast sandwiches all day!

4. Radici

Another new East End favorite, Radici isn’t your average pizzeria. Their pizza dough is naturally leavened and fermented – meaning made without yeast! – that are thin yet deliciously chewy. All the pizzas they have available are wonderful, but we’d especially recommend their Sundays-only Napoletano-style ragù, made with a slow-simmered meat sauce using their homemade pork sausage and plenty of garlic. It’s hard to hold off until Sunday but worth the wait!

5. Ruby’s West End

Across town in the West End is the lovely Ruby’s, which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner in a warm, cozy setting that exudes the comfort of your grandmother’s kitchen. There are so many delectable options it’s hard to name just a few! For breakfast or lunch, try the Dutch Babies, shrimp and grits, or the Croque Madame. For dinner, the hibiscus-tomato glazed brussels sprouts and Ruby’s burger make a great pair! This is the type of restaurant that will make you want to sit down, make some memories and stay a while!

Cumberland Crossing by OceanView

One of the many benefits our active senior living community at Cumberland Crossing has to offer is our close proximity to the beautiful city of Portland, Maine. We are only a few minutes from the best new restaurants in Portland, Maine, along with endless fun activities to take advantage of! 

At Cumberland Crossing, our inclusive monthly maintenance fee and 100% refundable entrance fee means you can spend less time worrying about the burden of homeownership and more time doing what you love. To learn about our community, please contact us today.