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East Ender

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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47 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101-4213 (India Street)
+1 207-879-7669
11:30 - 15:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon 11:30 - 15:30
Tue - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Somerville, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

East Ender is a really nice spot for dinner. Every dish was very good, and unlike many other good restaurants in Portland these days, there are many very reasonably priced options. Our server was very friendly. We'll definitely go back.

Thank Martha S
Salem, Massachusetts
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34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I walked into this place and immediately knew they would have the best onion rings ever; and boy was I right. My burger was cooked PERFECT. The food came out right on time, everything was what you would ever expect. This eclectic little waterfront restaurant is amazing. Fantastic cocktails, amazing service, and HUGE ice cubes. I love this place, don't... More 

Thank juneof87
Limestone, Maine
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and friends went here as we were all in the Portland area visiting. The servers were friendly and that was nice. The food was nothing to rave about, mediocre at best. It's highly over priced due to the lack of quality. My rural community further north has much better alternatives. The quality was low enough that none of... More 

Thank heatherdube5
Level Contributor
46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been wanting to try east ender for a while and finally got to experience this palce. We went as a group of 4 on a Friday night and were able to make reservations that same day which was nice. The decor is nothing to rave about. The service was great. The menu seems like classic dishes nothing to... More 

Thank Jason A
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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313 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

With the most amazing places to eat in portland- this is probably the worst. Too many bad things to even mention. The 'seafood chowder' special was served with huge hunks ( needed a knife !) of hard potato and the fish was thrown on top of the stew in big hunks, probably from another menu item? The other 3 people... More 

Thank Hafkiwi
Wellesley, Massachusetts
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84 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

On this first Monday in October on a sunny and beautiful fall day, 2 Cruise ships were docked in Portland. We could see part of the ship from our cosy window table on the first floor of the restaurant. There is a full bar and more tables upstairs, and a few tables outside. We were the first one to arrive... More 

Thank RCS3rd
Miami Beach, Florida
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70 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Stopped by one late afternoon for a cocktail. Had an Americano with a side dish of warm olives and almonds. The bartender was friendly, the drink well made and the olives complimented it perfectly. Sadly had no chance to stay longer and try their food, hopefully next time..

Thank MiamiMimi
Portland, Maine
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

a lot of friends have gone to the East Ender and been perfectly happy, so maybe this was just an off night. however, my friends grilled escarole salad, while tasty, was huge and almost unnavigable in the bowl. my salad was unbelievably gritty and bitter; I could've possibly dealt with one or the other, but those two things combined were... More 

Thank Ayuh04108
Portland, Maine
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216 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We have been here before a year or so ago. Now we have moved to Portland we need to select our favourite restaurants. Nice atmosphere, even nicer upstairs. Good simple reasonable wine list. Great sauce with wings; delicious chicken liver pate toast; the pork chili is superb; lovely Brussels sprouts; good service; its a very good kitchen here with OK... More 

Thank CS1Portland
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67 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Had a reservation and got seated quickly at a window table which is one-of-a-kind. The server was fast and really knew the menu when we asked questions. It was a wedding going on upstairs that slow the kitchen down. Our food came out a timely manner and was good and slightly eclectic. We would go back again and try something... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$30
American, Bar, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 15:30
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 47 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101-4213
    (India Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-879-7669
The East Ender offers new American food with bold New England flavors. Chefs Karl Deuben and Bill Leavy . We source products from local farmers and purveyors. Quality local ingredients allow East Ender to create a menu from scratch and present it in an approachable and affordable way. Seriously good food in a seriously casual environment. A neighborhood meeting place to enjoy house cocktails, craft-beers, and wine that caters to the cuisine. Our menu offers seasonal snacks, salads, sandwiches, entrees and desserts.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?