Its worth the wait... and probably the best restaurant on Wharf St
I hope you don't twist an ankle getting here. But that's Wharf St for you. A mini street between Fore St and Commercial St, it reminds me of the back alleys in Boston where they dumped the trash. But here, it is a street for restaurants and nightlife. In fact, this is probably the only street in Portland for any night life activity after 10 PM.
We came here earlier in the day to make a reservation, but was told they are fully booked for the night. They do save a 1/3 of the restaurant for walk ins. So we got here at 7:30 PM and were told that a party of 3 would have to wait til 9 PM for dinner. 9??? Wow, that's late to have dinner, even for me. But that's the price we pay for wanting good food.
So we sat around in their waiting area. I think they do serve some food in this area as I saw two girls that were just sitting on bench seats by the window were having desserts and a glass of wine. This place has a rustic feel, with wood panel on every part of the restaurant. I'm not big fan of rustic decor but they somehow pull it off in this restaurant.
So after nearly 2 hours (the people at table that we were waiting for were not exactly rushing to leave), we finally sat down. Here's what we ordered:
1/2 a dozen raw clams (3 different variety) - Good, but I had better in clam house which offers more variety
Mussels - Served in garlic, wine wine, and butter, they were delicious, but each were a bit small. I'm guessing they were fresh caught that's why they were so small (instead of being overfed like farm raised ones).
Lobster Diavolo - The “pièce de résistance”. This is absolutely what did it for me. A huge (probably 2 pounds minimum) lobster split and laid on top of a bed of seafood and pasta. We shared it among the three of us and barely finished it. I love the mix of flavors from the clams, mussels, and huge calamari. I would order this again and again....
Linguine w/ clams - This is the first time I seen a linguine w/ clams dish where the clams are still in their shells. The flavor is there, but even though they cover every inch of pasta w/ clams, there's still not enough clams for me since the shells of each clam are pretty big.
After all that, we had no room for dessert. We actually needed a break to finish the Lobster Diavolo. The waiter was attentive although by the time we were done, there was only 1 other table that was left in the restaurant so he wasn't all that busy. I would definitely come back as the price was reasonable and the food was good. I probably want to make a reservation the next time I am here so I don't have to wait this long.
Decor: 4 out of 5
Service: 4 out of 5
Food: 4 out of 5
Value: 4 out of 5
Street & Company
33 Wharf St
Portland, ME 04101