The Ultimate Guide to Group Dining in Portland

Team bonding doesn’t have to stop once the meeting ends. Attendees can continue connecting over a delicious meal together. But where should your group go for a tasty meal? No worries. Portland, Maine, has more restaurants per capita than any other city in the country, which means there are many delectable options to choose from.
Follow our guide to navigate the dining scene in this seaside town and treat your attendees to amazing dishes and drinks they’ll love.

For the Seafood Lovers

Portland is a seafood lover’s paradise. Whether you want to sink your teeth into a perfectly steamed lobster, enjoy a hearty lobster roll, or satisfy your appetite with a bowl of creamy clam chowder, you can find it here. Our seaside town is filled with an array of welcoming seafood restaurants that serve tantalizing dishes made from the freshest “catches of the day” and other local ingredients.

Italian Anyone?

Looking to experience authentic Italian cuisine? You’re in luck. Portland is home to some of the best Italian restaurants in Maine, and they don’t just serve pasta, pizza, and wine. The menus are filled with traditionally made dishes that are prepared just like they are in their country of origin. Dishes include fettuccine bolognese, penne arrabbiata, classic spaghetti and meatballs, and much more.

Mouthwatering International Cuisine

Does your group want to try something new, like Thai, Irish, Mediterranean, or Japanese food? Portland has you covered there as well. Our city has many international restaurants offering mouthwatering eats that originated in different places around the world.

Portland, Maine: Restaurant City

Now, you and your attendees can diversify your palates and go on an international food adventure without leaving New England. Hungry yet?

Want to know what else Portland has to offer besides its diverse culinary landscape? Here are more reasons to meet in Maine.

The Best Pub Fare in Maine

After the meeting ends, treat your attendees to a spread of classic American favorites at one of Portland’s popular pubs. Everyone is welcome in our taverns, so bring your appetites. From savory burgers accompanied by hot crispy fries to juicy wings and cheesy nachos, our pubs sell it all. Plus, they all feature domestic and craft beer from Maine.

And Don’t Forget the Drinks

Portland was ranked third for the most breweries per capita in the U.S. by the Brewers’ Association, which means it’s easy to buy a round of drinks for your group in our pubs.

Health-Conscious Dining Options

Have members in your group who have food allergies or other dietary restrictions? No need to worry. A variety of Portland restaurants offer healthy food options that don’t skip on flavor. Your attendees have their pick of appetizing dishes—that taste just as delicious (if not more) than the classic versions—while meeting one or more of the following dietary requirements:

Ready to Meet and Dine in Portland? Start Here

Want to explore Portland’s robust dining scene with your attendees after your meeting? Submit an RFP to start planning with our team. We are also happy to answer all questions you have about our destination.


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Your Maine Meetings Team
Greater Portland CVB
1375 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04102