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“Lovely barbecue -- and great sides”

Elsmere BBQ & Wood Grill
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Seafood, Grill
Description: 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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Description: 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!
Reviewed 22 January 2018

Elsmere has fantastic brisket, pulled pork, and salmon barbecue. The sides are the best in the area: I love the marinated cole slaw and (vegetarian!!) collard greens.

My favorite is the tornado roll: good pretzel roll and a magic mix of barbecue.

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

Fantastic! Thanks for this review!

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Reviewed 22 December 2017

This place is probably the best BBQ in the area (South Portland, Cape Elizabeth,Scarborough). They do their own smoking etc and the format of the restaurant is informal with a lot of high stools around high tables. The BBQ is excellent but the restaurant is crowded and there is a bit of a rush to move you along once the food has come. The brisket and ribs are very well done.

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

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Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

Elsmere always seems pleasantly busy with throngs of suburban locals tucking into big platters of really good barbecue. Brisket and beer rule; the bar always has good beer choices, and everything comes up quickly. Generous portions, efficient and professional waitstaff, and praiseworthy consistency.

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

Wonderful! We appreciate this positive review!

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Reviewed 11 December 2017

We were here on a Saturday night with our kids. Family friendly for sure. Food is exceptional. Beers on tap are fantastic. Service is fast and friendly. Looking forward to coming back again!

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

Wonderful! Thanks for coming in, Kathy!

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Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

My car broke down at the hardware store next door so I came in to order something to go and wait for the battery guy. The people were so friendly and kind and the food came out very quickly. Then I got a call that AAA would be about a half hour, so I asked if I could eat the to go food there. They could not be more accommodating. It was a wonderful, wonderful experience and that's just about the service. The food was great too. I have now favorite restaurant for the neighborhood, and as a new person to South Portland, that feels good. Thank you for a warm place on a cold night.

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

Oh, we're so glad we were open and able to save you, BJ! Hope to see you again soon.

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