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Great Lost Bear

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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540 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04101-1507
+1 207-772-0300
11:30 - 23:30
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Sun 12:00 - 23:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 23:30
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Orono, Maine
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43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Arrived with a large party, was seated quickly and our server was patient, helpful, and kind. It was a tad crowded and noisy but the food was good and the decor was warm and interesting.

Thank Linnea973
Bangor, Maine
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155 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate lunch at the Great Lost Bear on Christmas Eve and really enjoyed it! We ordered a chili burrito and a couple chicken sandwiches. I had a fig beer, in honor of the season. I have nothing bad to say about any part of the meal. Everything was absolutely delicious. There was hot sauce on the table for me... More 

Thank aaronmhuotari
Brockton, Massachusetts
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183 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the Great Lost Bear for dinner and I was quite surprised. The place is pretty big with different rooms and eclectic décor. The menu has a good selection with everything from burgers to fish tacos to spanakopita. The beer selection is also pretty vast. The service was good, the food was good and the selection was good!

Thank CrystalN320
Portland, Maine
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great selection of local, Maine & New England beers & national and international taps. Very local, neighborhood bar/ restaurant feel. Great nachos; nice bar. Large restaurant also with all ages if clientele- from kids, college students, middle age and older couples and families. Huge vegetarian and carnivore menu.

Thank workoutfoodie
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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154 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Both my friend and I ordered this that comes either open face or in a sandwich. Fish very fresh tasting. Not your typical bar, great service from Sara.

Thank paddler4x
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152 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

After a matinee at Portland Stage Company, thought we would pop over for a quick bite with family, hadn't been in years! Although not very busy, we waited 10 minutes for the table to be cleared, what? Ordered various burgers, kids chicken fingers meals, haddock roll up, and The Lewiston cheesesteak. From feedback given at the table, would say our... More 

Thank GottaloveMaine
Falmouth, Maine
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

The Great Lost Bear is a terrific place to meet friends for a good time. The food is delicious and interesting. The restaurant has a pub-like atmosphere, and many people do order beer with their meal, especially in the evening. At lunch, less beer might be consumed, but the fun atmosphere and pub food is still prevalent. The restaurant is... More 

Thank Nancy W
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

We had dinner at GLB with another couple. Hostess greeted us and seated us promptly. A wide selection of food on the menu. Servers are friendly and thoughtful. The other couple had dietary issues which the server and kitchen readily accomodated. Have a whole GF menu. They have a ton of beers on tap and cool drinks. I had the... More 

Thank Dana L
North Wales, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

This place has a wonderful beer selection, delicious food, and a fun eclectic atmosphere. A must try if visiting Portland.

Thank OlsenkdNY
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77 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

This is a lively bar with a wide selection of beer. While we came for the beer, we ended up having dinner. The pub has an extensive menu with many tasty options. It also has many vegetarian options. Service is friendly and helpful.

Thank chefDC

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 540 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04101-1507
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-772-0300

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