White Cap GrilleWhite Cap Grille...How Portland Does Casual Dining!

164 Middle & Market St

January Hours:
11:30 am Tues – Sat; Sun & Mon by Reservation Only

Welcome to White Cap Grille . . .

We are locally owned, managed and staffed. We are one of Portland's newest and finest dining values; located at the heart of the Old Port creatively fusing New England's freshest ingredients from local sources in a clean & comfortable

Comments from our guests...

Salad was Delicious and Fresh!
Submitted: August 23, 2014

I had the strawberry goat cheese salad and a small shipyard summer ale. The drink was much bigger than I expected, which I guess is a good thing. The salad was delicious and fresh. My cousin had the lobster roll and practically devoured it.   S.G. New Jersey

Best Burger I've Ever Had!!
Submitted: August 2014

Best burger I've ever had! I will be back!

Great Gathering Place in The Old Port!!
Submitted: June 2014

“I really enjoyed the hospitality at the White Cap Grille. The location is great along with the menu and bar. It reminded me of locations I used to visit in Seattle and I intend to return when I come back down to Portland. Your staff treated us well, especially considering how busy you were this evening. Again, congratulations to you and (Staff) for pulling off a great gathering place in the Old Port”

If you're looking for a relaxing meal and drink...
Submitted: June 18, 2014

This place is great, the bartender was very charismatic and knowledgable about the menu. I had some fresh mussels locally sourced and the venue was lively and bright. If you're looking for a relaxing meal and drink at good value, check it out.  M.M. South Portland, ME

Amazing Lobster Rolls!
Submitted: May 24, 2014

The lobster rolls arrived on grilled buns and had huge chunks and generous amounts of lobster that did NOT drown in tons of mayo. It was pretty much just lobster with some celery and greens on the side. Having tried so many lobster rolls all over Maine and in New England overall over the years, both my husband and I were very impressed with these rolls - in a word, amazing!

The restaurant also had a nice selection of draft beers. The service was excellent overall. At one point, the owner came out to greet us as well. Generally, this was a great accidental discovery. J.M. L.A., California

Amazing Lobster Roll!
Submitted: May 23, 2014

Amazing Lobster Roll and fun atmosphere!  Meg S. Elmira, NY

I can't Wait To Go Back!
Submitted: May 7, 2014

I can't wait to go back, i love everything about
this place! i went with one of my friends, i used to live in portland...i
went all out and got french onion soup, a really great appetizer, and a
burger which was cooked to perfection. I sat at the bar the service was
nothing less than stellar! the bartender told us about the different
infusions that he made which was beyond cool! my friend had a great martini
and we had amazing dessert.  Nicole, Newburyport, MA

A Great Dinner In Portland!
Submitted: May 3, 2014

We just had a dinner at the White Cap Grille. It was a wonderful meal. We had their lobster bisque, a nice garden salad and their steak dinner and their haddock. We shouldn't have had the creme brûlée or the flourless chocolate cake, but what the heck! They were a nice way to finish off this meal. The waitress we had was very friendly and the owner or maitre d came over twice for a chat. We'll go back.  J.B. Indiana

Impressed with how friendly the staff was
Submitted: February 24, 2014

We came for a pre-show meal and were immediately impressed with how friendly the staff was. Our cocktails came quickly after recommendations from our server on what might meet our mood for the evening. The beet and blue cheese salad was awesome. French Onion soup was tasty but a little heavy on the pepper that night. Their Creme Brûlée was very satisfying. The owner stopped by to check in on how our experience was which is always a nice touch.   Trip Advisor- Windham, ME

I'm coming back the next time we are in Portland!
Submitted: Feburary 6, 2014

We had a delightful meal here (there were seven of us) and there are a few more items on the menu that I want to try. Service was delightful and timed just right--not too fast and not too slow. At the end of the meal, the owner came to the table with bite-sized gourmet whoopie-pies made by his wife. Delicious. The perfect end to our meal.

"Lobster Chowder & Bouillabaisse were Fantastic!"
Submitted: November 6, 2013

Delicious food, great service and a nice bottle of
wine. The Lobster Chowder and Bouillabaisse were fantastic and my husband
enjoyed his steak. Highlight of the night was our server Trevor!   H.S.-Durham, NH 

"...it was the freshest lobster I've ever had..."
Submitted: May 2013

"Being from Md, I was desparate to find a restaurant that served lobster the way I'm used to eating it, steamed, in a shell and drenched in butter so I was disappointed to find yet another place that offered Lobster Rolls but no whole Lobster. As I am walking away the owner comes out, kindly listens to my dilemma, refers me to Dimillo's which has the lobster I want, gets a map so I don't get lost and then says, "Come in, try the lobster roll, ifyou don't like it, I'll eat it and you pay nothing but you have to at least open your mind to something different", and am I sooo glad I did, it was the freshest lobster I have ever had, it was sweet and jucy and delicious :) My husband had a burger which was also very good, service was excellent, staff was qick, kind and welcoming and Michael (the owner) has made a customer for life! Trip Advisor

Milton, MA
"The burger menu alone is worth the trip."
Submitted: October 8, 2012

We came upon this place by accident (located near Casablanca comics) and was pleasantly surprised. The burger menu alone is worth the trip. The food was all good and reasonably priced. In addition, the service was perfect and everyone was very friendly.

It's a nice place for pub food a step up and for hanging out on a cloudy afternoon.  -- 375JulieSF via TripAdvisor

"The Bride & Groom had a vision for their rehearsal dinner party..."
Submitted: September 2012

And the experience there was everything they wanted.  So we were very happy.  And the staff was very attentive and personable.  Great job by all.  E.M., 30 guest dinner party

Sit at the Bar and have the Scallops!
Submitted: August 26, 2013

Great margaritas and unparalleled scallops, lobster roll and sweet potato fries....we wandered in a couple of times and truly enjoyed the nice bar service, laid back vibe, really fun people watching, and fabulous food.

PG - From Yelp

Best French Onion Soup Ever!
Submitted: November 2013

Best French Onion soup ever and incredible service! Definitely recommend making this a priority stop when in Portland!

Ella N. - Trip Advisor

Beautiful Space!
Submitted: November 9, 2013

Wonderful service in a beautiful space. Very good
prices for excellent food and unique cocktails. Thank you.

-Michelle, from Montreal

Delicious Food, Great Service!
Submitted: November 6, 2013

Durham, NH
Delicious food, great service and a nice bottle of
wine. The Lobster Chowder and Bouillabaisse were fantastic and my husband
enjoyed his steak. Highlight of the night was our server Trevor!

-Heidi S.

"Lobster Chowder-Outlandishly Amazing"
Submitted: September 30, 2013

My sister and I were visiting the area and went in - loved it! I can't say enough about how great the food and the service were. We started off both with a lobster chowder which was outlandhishly amazing. I'm not normally one for heavy soups, either, but this was a perfect portion for a first course, and was absolutely so good. We had the seafood bouillabaisse and grilled haddock, respectively, and both were fresh and cooked to perfection. We ended with the maple creme brulee .. the absolute best treat possible. I was, too, surprised as the lack of patrons there. It was a Wednesday night and we had called for reservations, but definitely didn't need them. I hope that people really head this way because all of that, plus a bottle of wine and some salads, was only a bit above $100. I know there are a million food options in Portland, but this is definitely one of the greats. 
--D.W. via Yelp.

Southern Maine
"Get the word out!"
Submitted: November 30, 2012

Had a nice business lunch, food much better than average. Best service in a casual setting in a long time. Server refilled beverages without asking, knew the menu, and chased us in the street because we forgot a doggie bag.  -- Jim M. via Trip Advisor

North Carolina
"I highly recommend this restaurant...."
Submitted: August 31, 2011

We had some time to pass before our flights departed and spent some time in Portland (highly recommend!). It was lunch time and we happened to park in front of the White Cap Grille restaurant. We noticed they offered outdoor dining and we had two small dogs with us. We asked if we could bring them to join us outside and not only did they welcome them, they brought a bowl of water over for them. Our waitress was very friendly and made great suggestions from the menu. The food was exceptional! I highly recommend this restaurant and will go again when I return to Portland.  -- NcLuv2Trvl via TripAdvisor

S. Florida, FL
"....the glory was my wife's bowl of Prince Edward Island Mussels."
Submitted: May 23, 2012

We stopped by ther White Cap Grille for lunch on Mother's Day before a whale watching trip, and found everything just wonderful - food, service, ambiance. Having maxed out on fried food for the vacation, I ordered a beet, walnut, and blue cheese salad on fresh greens. Everything was fresh, the walnuts lightly toasted, the cheese just "blue" enough -- beautifully balanced. But the glory was my wife's bowl of Prince Edward Island Mussels. Now, to say that she loves mussels is like saying Mario Batali loves pasta. Mussels are a transcendent experience for her, and she's often disapointed. But this was perfect (the best of four mussel meals on the vacation), all perfectly fresh in a light white wine, butter, and caper sauce. We ordered a half loaf of garlic bread so she didn't miss a bit of the sauce (and even without the sauce, the bread was delicioius!  It was Mother's day, and despite the fact that we have no kids, the server brought her a complementary glass of sangria - not too sweet, as it usually is. I had a delightful glass of Viognier - nice to find that varietal on the menu. Ambiance was lovely, with jazz playing in the background, and the service was superb! Oronde (I'm spelling phonetically) was quick, friendly, courteous, and inventive. When we ran out of space, he brought in the next table for us, and when he saw I was walking with a cane, directed me to an upstairs bathroom so I didn't have to fight the stairs to the regular ones on the lower floor. An altogether satisfying visit, and we'll be back when we're next in Portland.  -- KentheEnchanter via TripAdvisor

New England
"We had the mussels (AMAZING!)..."
Submitted: December 10, 2011

We went here for a late night snack after checking into our hotel after a long day. The staff was so kind and welcoming. We had the mussels (AMAZING!), a salad and wine. It was all good.
Nice place. Very clean inside. -- snow_beach via TripAdvisor

Waltham, MA
"...never been let down!"
Submitted: June 22, 2012

I've been here a few times and have never been let down! The food, service and drinks are really great. The margaritas and the sangria are both really good. The margarita didn't have cheap simple syrup that most restaurants use. Oh, and they have mini whoopie pies that they give out as a complimentary gift which is so unique and tasty! I will be going back! -- Nicole K. via Yelp

Casco, ME
"Nice way to relax and finish off the night!"
Submitted: August 12, 2012

After the Mumford and Sons concert came to town, they encouraged us to go to the Old Port and support local. So we went to a little grocery mart and then walked a little farther to this spot. The concert had major food vendor issues. I ate a pretzel at 2 pm so by 9:30 pm I was staaaaaaarving. He was just about to shut it down, but let us in! We got our food quickly. It was good and yummy! And the people were hustling and working hard. Super nice. We made some friends at a nearby table too! Nice way to relax and finish off the night! -- Jurassika via TripAdvisor

Westbrook, ME
"...easily the best veggie burger I have ever had."
Submitted: December 28, 2011

Amazingly yummy. I had the veggie burger and it was easily the best veggie burger I have ever had. They make the burger hand made...not out of a box. The bread was fresh and fries were great! -- Dave P. via Yelp

Davis, CA
"...food was very good, and the service was excellent."
Submitted: September 10, 2012

We were looking for place for a late lunch after a visit to the Portland Museum of Art.  We walked by the White Cap Grille and decided to stop and give it a try. I had a lobster roll and a pint, and lunch partner had a Reuben, sweet potato fries, and a glass of wine. The food was very good, and the service was excellent.  We enjoyed sitting outside on the deck/porch and watching people passing by. Afterwards, we visited a couple of nearby galleries.  -- Steve B. via Yelp

Newton, MA
"...the wine selection is GREAT!"
Submitted: September 12, 2011

From the service to the food - everything was absolutely amazing. Everyone was very happy and seemed to be really excited about working there. I was fully happy with everything we had and the wine selection is GREAT! They are doing Wine Wednesday - and we have been looking for a new place to have ladies night. Everything is reasonably priced and the food is beyond our expectations. OH and they have an amazing outdoor patio seating --- perfect. not too many places have nice outdoor seating in this area that we saw. -- LynnNewton via TripAdvisor

North Conway, NH
"This is worth the drive for!"
Submitted: November 18, 2011

My boyfriend and I had the pleasure of dining at White Cap Grille last Sunday night. The whole experience from start to finish was perfect, and just the type of meal we were looking for on a chilly night in Portland. We sat at the bar and were served by Ryan, a great bartender with a fun personality. We ordered the Lobster Risotto Cakes as an appetizer- delish- crunchy on the outside and creamy risotto on the inside. These are AWESOME! I had the Family Farms Burger and my boyfriend had the Chicken Confit. As much as I enjoyed my burger- the Confit- stole the show. Extremely tender and juicy with mouth watering flavors- and perfectly accompanied by super fresh veggies and mashed potatoes. This is worth the drive for! We ended our meal with the heavenly Maple Cremee Brulee- and I picked a martini off their after-dinner menu. Drinks, Food and a great atmosphere! This is a great place to go!! -- lobsterkmd via TripAdvisor

Boston, MA
"Interesting choices, large portions, and great service"
Submitted: December 31, 2011

We stopped here for an early dinner and were seated right away. The beer selection was great - I had a Tuckermans Pale Ale and my companion had The Shipyard Export. What drew us to the White Cap was the variety of options. As a vegetarian I am used to having only one choice at restaurants featuring American food. At the White Cap, however, there were several choices. I settled on the beet and blue cheese salad and then a veggie burger with some amazing toppings. I had arugula, carmelized onions, and truffle mayo, but I think I could probably eat here ten times before exhausting all the delicious topping combinations. Oh, and did I mention that the veggie burger was homemade? Yum. My companion had the roast chicken with mushroom ravioli. Judging by the cleanliness of her plate, I would say she enjoyed it. Actually we both had extra food on our plates, but that was because the serving size was so generous. Since we only spent about $25 each for our food and drink, I would say the value was very good. The atmosphere was pleasant and the service was friendly and accommodating. The only drawback I can think of is the bathroom - it seemed kind of "eh." What we liked most were probably the choices, the large portions, and the responsive staff. We will try this place again the next time we are in town.  -- mkmarcoux via TripAdvisor

Medway, MA
"It was delicious!"
Submitted: September 3, 2012

Went for lunch and drinks and, to get out of the rain! Sat outside and Josh, our server, was very helpful suggesting an herb infused bloody Mary. It was delicious! Had the swordfish club, very tasty and my husband had a huge hamburger. Josh was a great server, friendly and helpful with narrowing choices. We will go back again.  -- Paige M via TripAdvisor

Portland, ME
"The food was awesome..."
Submitted: March 27, 2012

My friend and I went for lunch and it was delicious! I had the chicken caprese sandwich and they had the farmstand salad with lobster risotto cakes. The food was awesome and prices very reasonable. Loved the ambiance, especially the lighting and the upscale feeling. The waitstaff was helpful, attentive and friendly. We both will be back and try dinner, if it's anything like lunch it will become a favorite place for sure! -- Ann F via TripAdvisor

Portland, ME
"Everything was perfect!"
Submitted: March 27, 2012

We had an awesome time at this restaurant.  It was our first time here and it came highly recommended.  I had the chicken caprese sandwhich that was wonderful with sweet potato fries and my friend had the farmstand salad with the lobster risotto cakes.  She took one bite of the cakes and wouldn't share!  Everything was perfect!  The waitress was so helpful and nice.  I'll definitely be back! -- Ann F. via Yelp

"...a perfect night."
Submitted: June 15, 2012

Friends and I went to the White Cap Grille last night. There were 5 of us. We sat outside on their patio. It was a perfect night. The waitress was awesome. She was very attentive, and offered great suggestions. I was either going to have the lobster roll or The Peaks Island. The lobster roll was going to be my first choice, but the deal breaker would have been if they were to put it on a hot dog roll. To me, having lobster on a hot dog roll is like buying a 1 carat diamond and putting it on an aluminum ring. Anyhow, I asked the waitress about what kind of roll it came on. She said a hot dog roll. I said that was a deal breaker for me. She then offered that they could put it on another type of bread and offered putting it on ciabatta. Well all I can say, fantastic!! One of the best lobster rolls I've ever had. Everyone seems to want to make their lobster rolls with hot dog rolls. I think if White Cap starts making it with ciabatta, then they'll have something a little different, that tastes SOO much better. We all had drinks. I had a margarita. It was pretty good. A man came out with a tray of little tiny whoopie pies. I believe he was the owner. He said his wife had made these and offered us each one. They were delicious. I'm pretty sure this isn't a regular thing he does, but it was a nice touch. Anyhow, a great experience and we'll definitely think about going back. -- MaineTechieGuy via TripAdvisor

Falmouth, ME
Submitted: August 7, 2012

Very yummy sandwiches, great bar and fun servers. I stopped in here with some friends before a night out in the Old Port and it was convenient, had good food and an inviting atmosphere. Nice outdoor seating as well. -- Anna S. via Trip Advisor

Portland, ME
"Everyone was incredibly friendly..."
Submitted: September 26, 2012

It is hard for me to pick just one thing, the attentiveness of the staff, cooks, management, owner (everyone) to my guests, details, and food.  Things were well organized and perfectly run.  Everyone was incredibly friendly and available to make my event a dream come true.  Thank you so much for a wonderful experience!  I am beyond thrilled with the way everything came together to the make the party an A+.  The food was delicious and well prepared.  The servers did an amazing job at making sure everyone has exactly what they needed and wanted and did it with a very friendly smile.  I am so impressed with the establishment and the overall experience. Thank you, thank you!

Portland, ME
"We both said that we'd definitely go back again."
Submitted: August 18, 2012

This is a relatively new restaurant among the plethora of eating establishments in this little gem of a foodie city, so I was keeping my expectations low. A friend and I were meeting for lunch and were wandering about the Old Port checking-out menus, and decided to try the White Cap. We have no idea what the name means. It's got mid-scale American food and pub fare, with a pleasant indoor atmosphere, though we opted on this nice weather day to sit on the outdoor balcony overlooking Market St. My friend had a beer and a chicken wrap variety of sandwich and fries. I went for an iced tea and a dressed-up pastrami sandwich with onion rings. We were both pleasantly surprised at the decent-sized portions, quality and tastiness of our respective meals. They will even serve your burger on a gluten-free bun if that is an issue for anyone in your party. Our server was friendly and competent. The prices were good, and overall it was an unexpectedly nice experience. We both said that we'd definitely go back again.  -- James F. via TripAdvisor

London, UK
"Family friendly, and great food"
Submitted: September 2012

We were looking for somewhere where our toddler could have dinner at 5pm, while we enjoyed a few drinks and some 'grown up' food. White Cap Grille was perfect - friendly atmosphere, good kids menu and great adult menu! -- grg25 via Trip Advisor

Beverly, MA
"...the best service we have had in a long time."
Submitted: October 6, 2012

Wonderful surprise, the best service we have had in a long time. From the hostess to our waiter Brian who was so friendly, efficient, and didn't rush us. The beers on tap were cold and local, food delicious. It was so refreshing to see the younger staff with such great customer service skills. Thank you White Cap Grille.  -- racytrubin via TripAdvisor

Portland, ME
"...the food and drinks were great..."
Submitted: February 10, 2012

Came in for Dinner and was very pleased. I found the atmosphere very comfortable, the food and drinks were great, well priced and we had some of the best service I've recieved anywhere. I live close and will be returning often!    via Google Places

setting featuring local beers, lively cocktails and contemporary cuisine. (see our video)

Whether you choose to dine on the portico during the warmer months, or at the bar to enjoy some of the best people-watching in the Old Port, or in our 3 contemporay dining rooms, we're confident that we've created the right environment for your dining experience.

Signature dishes include fresh fish caught from Maine's cold waters, beef from local farms that believe in the value of grass fed cattle, and vegetarian entrees that are created from scratch and help set us apart.

We also offer 2 private dining room for functions such as rehearsal dinners, corporate meetings, holiday parties, or simply a large gathering of friends and family.

We're also proud of our beverage menu which includes select micro-brews from Maine and New England as well as creative cocktails that are unique and delecious. We look forward to serving you!