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111 Middle St.
Portland, ME, 04101, United States
TEL: (207) 772-1004

With just 20 seats in all (four of which are at the bar), Middle Street newcomer Bresca is one of Portland’s most coveted reservations—with good reason. Owner-chef Krista Kern, a former pastry chef for Guy Savoy in Paris and Las Vegas, strikes a rare balance between comfort and fine dining. Here, in the intimate mix-matched space strung up with old-time snapshots, one feels more like a dinner guest in Kern’s home than a restaurant patron. You’ll undoubtedly wonder how she does it all, as a one-woman show in the kitchen and with just two servers. “All” being lots of little Mediterranean-inspired bites, like her addictive fried Marcona almonds with lavender, chorizo and Gorgonzola-stuffed dates, and fennel salad with anchovy beignets. Kern’s delight in unusual ingredients and novel combinations shines through in bigger dishes like Tuscan black kale with pancetta and honey-glazed duck breast with Roman trading spices, poached nectarines, and mascarpone polenta. Frenchified daily desserts and a thoughtful wine list of rare but reasonably priced bottles from Italy, Spain, and Portugal also help make Bresca one of Maine’s most alluring dining experiences.


Open / Closes
  • Destination Dining
  • Dinner
  • Full Bar
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Monday - Closed
  • Notable Wine List
  • Notable Chef
  • Romantic
  • Sunday - Closed

Cuisine Type:: American Nouveau


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