If humankind never learned to play with its food, it would never have learned to play with its ingredients, and the world would be one bereft bowl of gruel. Taste the fruits of culinary creativity with today's Groupon: for $35, you get $75 worth of upscale American dining and drinks at Back Bay Grill.
Back Bay Grill crafts upscale American dining with a delectable twist, all within the confines of an intimate, yet casually cool bistro environment. The culinary concoctions of award-winning chef Larry Matthews harness the power of the season’s most plentiful ingredients, resulting in an always-evolving menu that changes with the time’s ever-changing whims and hairstyles. Embark on a tasty expedition with the Maine crab cakes, paired with rouille aioli, shaved radishes, and frisee ($12), or the Bangs Island mussels, steamed in a savory mist of white wine with chorizo, saffron, and herbs ($11). Greener fare includes the poached Bartlett pear salad, adorned with a delightful dusting of watercress, goat cheese, toasted pine nuts, and sherry ($11), or a hearts of romaine salad drizzled with garlic dressing ($9). For the main-course minded, the sautéed duck breast, with potato gnocchi, chanterelle mushrooms, and haricot vert ($27), and the grilled, all-natural flat-iron steak keep incisors occupied from their ongoing online poker games ($26).
Back Bay Grill also offers oenophiles a grape-blood treat with its extensive, heavily lauded wine list. Enjoy the sophisticated, yet casual elegance of Back Bay Grill’s atmosphere as you pair a glass of Imperial Ruby port ($8) with nibbles of white-chocolate ice cream with chocolate spaghetti ($9) and exchange sultry glances with the bistro’s haunted paintings.
Back Bay Grill has been recommended by the Portland Press Herald, Maine Home Design magazine, and Wine Spectator magazine, and their website boasts a large press page. TripAdvisors give Back Bay Grill an average of 4.5 owl eyes and name it Portland's No. 1 restaurant. Four Yelpers give it an average of four stars and 87% of Urbanspooners like it.
- After four years of dining out, I have come to realize how rare it is to encounter excellence in a restaurant. If any place deserves the top rank of five stars, it is Back Bay Grill. – Portland Press Herald
- From the minute we walked in the door, the service was impeccable. The maitre'd greeted us warmly as did every other staff member, including the chef. – dms21466, TripAdvisor