Modern Take on the Classic Oyster Bar
This is an amazing raw bar that serves a couple dozen varieties of fresh oysters and shellfish with innovative accoutrements like pickled ginger or kimchi ice. Dishes like the house-cured herring with beet ice amiably remind you that the kitchen is jamming on all cylinders and knows what it’s doing. The Eventide menu has Asian and Mediterranean flavors stamped all over it and, charmingly, it all works. Take their lobster rolls served in Chinese-style steamed buns with brown butter vinaigrette or hollandaise. I know, it sounds sacrilege, but get over the traditionalist attitude and they’ll win you over. The seafood-centric hot spot is consistently packed, has made it onto everyone’s “best of” list for Maine (as well as Eater’s 38 essential restaurants in America) and earned the chefs a nomination from the James Beard Foundation this year for Best Chef: Northeast.
86 Middle Street
Portland, ME 04101