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A new restaurant has just opened on Wharf Street in Portland, Maine


If there’s one thing Portland is known for, it’s bites and booze. With our city teeming with local craft beers, cocktails made from scratch, and menus orchestrated by professional chefs, it can be hard to compete in this scene.

If you’re a true local blues you’ve noticed that the iconic location of 51 Wharf Street has been vacant for almost five years and you wonder when and what will make its new home on the cobblestone street.

Rathskeller on Wharf just opened on Tuesday and is the epitome of everything that happens on Wharf Street: jazzy and chic dining vibe in the evening and bar scene in the evening when the chairs are pulled out for room on the ground.

Nestled right at the entrance to the wharf in front of the Portland Harbor Hotel, you walk through the door to a tucked-away oasis.

The first thing you will notice is the warm ambiance, exposed brickwork and subdued lighting. But keep walking, because the best part is the mural on the back.

Whether you are looking for tavern food, prime rib style steak, a handmade cocktail, or a local draft beer, this place has you covered.

The menu is reasonably priced and their grains are shipped fresh each week from the Carolinas; in particular, cereals which are disappearing in order to bring them back to the food market.

If you’re tired of the dive bar scene but don’t want to ditch groups at Portland’s fine dining restaurants, this is a great in-between.

For me, it’s a perfect place to grab a cocktail and free spicy popcorn at the end of a long day at the office. With soothing jazz, dim lighting, and friendly staff, it is sure to please you.

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