G & R Dimillo's Bayside
118 Preble St, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 699-5959Add Hours
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This restaurant is located in a rather downscale part of town, accross the street from the homless food kitchen. The decor is rather depressing, and it is time for the half dead plants in the window to be removed. The remaining ones can be dusted.
The server, while very nice, had a black apron on that looked as thought it had not seen the laundry for quite some time. Kinda takes your appetite away. In any event we decided to give the food a try. The red pasta sauce is actually quite tasty, but the word "al dente" is not on the chefts radar screen. The pasta was so overcooked that would fall apart before you could even try to twirl it. The meatballs, were tasty and the bread that is served is very good. Overall, this place needs a lift so it dows not look so dingy. Don't think we will return. You can find much better atmosphere and food in portland. Surprised by this, as the owner is from a well known and respected restaurant family.
Having been around for 20+ years and seen the come and go of bars and eating establishments,(some less eating, and more bar), I found G&R's a refreshing redesign of an otherwise overlooked location. Accross from Skillful Vending and a facinating historical salvage store. What could you ask for.
The menu is great for a quick meal or a family. Onion Rigns are great. All Fish specials are just that. SPECIAL.
You can relax and watch sports, or look over art in the back room, and waist away on the open air patio.
I have read several other reviews by locals. My suggestion is that they express where they came from and what they know. I would like them to remove their boots before they come in. I have seen food butchered on the tile floors, grinders of hamburger not washed, etc. at places I would bet most of them have had a burger or a quick oriental rollup.
What you see is relative. Service is generally the best the time of day can support. To rank a new enterprise the way they have shows, what little they know about what it takes to generate a new business in an area that has been depressed for several generations. Go across the street from the Post Office for YOUR true night life, and sleep well by the undergrowth. Those areas will be next to revitalize.
Gene and his wife will be self starters and follow the path set by the DiMillo family I have know for 20+ years.I expect this location is the start of something new for Portland.