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Elsmere BBQ & Wood Grill

448 Cottage Rd, South Portland, ME 04106-4925
+1 207-619-1948
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good36%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“brisket” (45 reviews)
“collard greens” (15 reviews)
“mac and cheese” (14 reviews)
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Bar, Barbecue, Grill, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
448 Cottage Rd, South Portland, ME 04106-4925
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A TripAdvisor Member
El Paso, Texas
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

After viewing the BEAUTY of Maine, and with Keto being killed days ago (insert Homer Simpson voice....hmmmm carbs), the family went to see the Portland Lighhouse (A MUST). As we left, the hunger pains set in our 2 little monsters so this place was selected....More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago

Have never dined in here, but when we visit South Portland and want something quick for take out - this fits the bill. Pretty good food and would try it again for sure. Unsure about dining in here - have not tried that yet.

Thank William M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Decided to get BBQ for Father's day and chose to travel to SoPo from NH and try Elsmere BBQ. Well worth the trip and will go again, great food, drink and service. Jane took care of us, gave suggestions and even took us on tour...More

Thank Rocky L
Reviewed 8 June 2018

First visit to Elsmere on a warm Saturday evening in June. Short wait, maybe 15 minutes and chose to sit outside because the air conditioning was not working at all. Waitress was adorable, friendly and attentive. My husband ordered the ribs and he said they...More

Thank lnewc0mb
Reviewed 31 May 2018

We liked the place and the feel. Nice bar too to enjoy. Open kitchen. We chose the mixed platter for $24 with a couple of sides. The sides were very good but the meats were just OK. Sausage could have been more spicy, brisket could...More

Thank CS1Portland
Adam P, Owner at Elsmere BBQ & Wood Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

We hope you'll give us another try... thank you for your feedback!

Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

We stopped her with the intent of the best BBQ in south Portland. And we got just that! The food here was so delish and felt homemade. There was about a 20 minute wait but it went by quick. Our waitress Autumn was fantastic. Although...More

Thank Bpd1031
Adam P, Owner at Elsmere BBQ & Wood Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Thank you for this review! We're so glad you were pleased.

Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

we came here for dinner to try the BBQ. boyfriend had 1/2 rack ribs and I had chicken wings. DELICIOUS!!We had jane as our waitress. she was great. we will be back.

Thank dianaonacki
Adam P, Owner at Elsmere BBQ & Wood Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Wonderful! We're so glad you had a great experience.

Reviewed 2 May 2018

Dropped in for lunch at the bar recently. I went with the basic pulled pork sandwich with a side of beans. The sandwich was very good, but the beans were lacking something, I'm not sure what but I wouldn't choose them as a side again....More

Thank nucenturion
Adam P, Owner at Elsmere BBQ & Wood Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Thank you for your feedback!

Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

Wanted to grab a quick bite got lunch and was impressed. Smoked wings were very good. Pulled pork nachos were awesome. Mac and cheese was the best dish. Decent cocktail list. Nothing too crazy but better then average. Bartender was friendly. Will go back.

Thank Kirk J
Adam P, Owner at Elsmere BBQ & Wood Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2018

Awesome! Thanks for coming in, Kirk!

Reviewed 28 February 2018 via mobile

We ordered takeout the other night and were surprised at how little flavor they put into their food. We ordered the bbq chicken, Mac and cheese and it came with cornbread. The bbq chicken had only the taste of a grill. No seasoning what so...More

Thank kimbe1211
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:30 PM
12:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 448 Cottage Rd, South Portland, ME 04106-4925
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  South Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-619-1948
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No gas touches our product, guaranteed. We use only the highest quality, all natural, meats and vegetables and we offer locally crafted beers alongside a full service bar. Elsmere BBQ and Wood Grill is a family restaurant nestled into the South Portland, Willard Beach neighborhood. Located inside a garage renovated with reclaimed woods and whiskey barrels—Elsmere provides an intimate year round environment for BBQ and food lovers alike. Whether you're craving savory slow smoked meats, amazing appetizers, grilled seafood or vegetarian/vegan options; we have something for everyone to enjoy. Seasonal outdoor seating and big opened doors for flowing summertime breezes makes Elsmere the place to be during the hot Maine summer months, and the always stocked wood grill keeps the space warm and cozy all winter long. Come on by and grab a bite and a drink!
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