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


164 Middle & Market St

February 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...

Lobster Chower was Amazing!
Submitted: December 2014

Stopped here one cold December night for dinner before catching the Downeaster back to Boston. It was a great atmosphere (we had the window seat looking at historic downtown), the service was wonderful, and the food was really delicious. Definitely made me wish we had spent more than one day in Portland so that we could've gone back!  Erica S, Trip Advisor




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”
NH.-Augusta




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




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.




"...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




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!