Batson River - Portland

4.7
144 reviews
$31 to $50
American
Batson River Brewing & Distilling brings over 9,000 square feet of inviting atmosphere & craft flavors to the Portland, Maine restaurant scene. Incorporating local New England ingredients, their artfully prepared gastro-pub style food pairs nicely with their Maine craft beer and cocktails. With a large roaring stone fireplace, four private mezzanine-style dining settings, and a 360-degree bar, Batson River Brewing & Distilling is a unique Portland, Maine dining experience all its own. Grab a drink at the bar and enjoy a round of games in our full game lounge, featuring everything from pinball, shuffleboard, darts, and more. Come see all that Batson River Brewing & Distilling has to offer during your next night out in Portland, Maine.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 144 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.9
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Alex
New England
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Downtown Portland experience. Great location and decor.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fun date spot

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HollyA
Puerto Vallarta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Batson River has a very well curated cocktail and dining menu. I've eaten off both the brunch and dinner menus and haven't been disappointed! Portion sizes, prices and quality are all right on point for the location and unique characteristics of this building. The hostess, server and manager are all attentive, kind and energetic which only ads to the dining experience. This is definitely in the "must visit" category for out of town visitors and will be a regular date spot for us locals.

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Steve
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

Great ambience and great vibe. The high top tables with the optional curtain is a great idea.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was incredible. The food was outstanding. The restaurant itself seems like an experience. Very cool decor. Music just the right volume and great songs playing. Really enjoyed and can’t wait to come back.

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BuffParents
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place was a very welcome surprise!

We were driving through Portland and decided last minute to find a place to get a good meal on OpenTable.

We had a couple of their own beers (an IPA and a lager) which were excellent and ordered from the Sunday Brunch menu. The Salmon Toast was exceptional, as was the French Toast!

Ambiance was great - decorated in a western lodge style a huge bar in the center. They told us they opened in December 2020 and you wouldn’t have noticed as they were well comfortable in the location. Plenty of nooks and crannies to hide away in and spend hours there sipping beers or craft cocktails, playing games or socializing.

Definitely recommend stopping by - we will, the next time we’re in the area!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience5

We were the first people at the restaurant and we placed our order right away. Our food took 50 minutes to come where as everyone else had finished their meals. When we shared this concern to the busser lady she was extremely extremely rude and had so much attitude.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favorite places I’ve been to in a long time.

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JULZ33
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Been there many times. Great place for a simple meal that is so good.. Drinks are fabulous too!

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Brianna
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Beautiful place. Great drinks / food. Would definitely recommend trying!

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CandaceF
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, the ambiance was wonderful. We had an excellent server who allowed us to take our time and was able to answer any questions we had about the food or drink. The menu covered a wide variety of food which we all (5 people) thought was very good. Parking was easy, too. We had a relaxed, wonderful time and will definitely be back again.

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Everett
New England
15 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Claire provided the kind hospitality that made us feel at home, the reason why we’re in Portland. Beautiful interior space and good drink. The food was far better than could be expected and delivered by a team of kind people. Best tip of the trip and a must visit. Truly a jewel of the Bayside.

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CathyP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service1Ambience5

We sat at the bar. The beer and the food were awesome. The problem was the service. My friends got their dinner, I did not get mine. No one noticed, no one asked if everything was fine. Finally we caught someone’s attention and they brought my burger out. It was cold from having sat so long. The one man who we managed to catch the attention of did help. He put a rush on a new burger and comped us for it. Service recovery was appreciated, but shouldn’t have been necessary.

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LisaG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

excellent service a HUGE table for 3 but damn some of ya food is expensive

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EmilyL
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful viist to Batson River! We enjoyed drinks and small plates.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service and the atmosphere is awesome. The only drawback was sitting on a stool.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

A great lunch with family right by the fire! Always a wonderful experience at Batson!!

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vipMeghanH
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favorite places to go in Portland. Excellent food and service.

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JillS
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had been to Batson in Kennebunkport and loved it. Portland is even better!

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JaneP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We arrived early for our reservation and they were able to seat us early. Excellent service, food and atmosphere.

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1991
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I hesitated to write this review because I want to keep this place a secret! But that's too selfish and everyone needs to know how good it is. The atmosphere is phenomenal. It's like one of the hippest places in Boston or Manhattan. You feel like you've walked into another world. The staff had the perfect balance between being present when you need them without hovering. I plan to go back often. It's the best new place I've been to in years!

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Super cute decor, fabulous cocktails! Had the potato pizza and it was delish!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Very nice atmosphere, chill upscale vibe. Good spot for friends or a date. Good food menu. The beers I tried were very good

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HannahZ
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came here for a Bachelorette Brunch for my sister. Batson was everything we could have asked for and more! the food was INCREDIBLE, the service was excellent. The decor is very cool. Try the french toast, it will make you fall in love.

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Rachaelw
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and drinks! Such a gorgeous spot. I highly recommend!

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Ashley
New England
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience4

Definitely a different experience. The ambiance is cool and the food was good without being too over priced. However, I went for my 21st birthday and despite selecting the “birthday” occasion I didn’t receive any sort of free drink, appetizer, or even a dessert. I’d also like to note that the drinks were not very good. My friends didn’t mind the beers but the mixed drinks resembled battery acid and made me feel like I was gonna have a nose bleed. Now normally I would associate it with being an inexperienced drinker but my friend (an alcohol veteran if you will) also had a tough time stomaching the strange drinks. Overall it wasn’t a terrible experience but I would not likely go again.

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KayC
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful interior with a relaxed vibe. The cocktails are inventive and divine, and the food is top notch.

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NancyM
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful building recently restored. Architecture is exquisite. Very large with multiple selections for dining or socializing. Food was wonderful!

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lisaD
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, drinks and atmosphere!! It’s was a fun stop on our visit to Portland

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lemonlips
New England
17 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

Burgers were totally overcooked. If I want well done beef, we can go to mom's for pot roast on Sundays and it would be FREE. Duckfat cornbread was good, but NOT as good as what we had at happy hour a few weeks ago when we were served cornbread about half as thick, but crispier around the edges, it was served HOT and it was excellent.

I'm so disappointed as $18 is expensive for a burger and then they had the audacity to pair that over cooked burger with FROZEN fries. So disappointing and no, it's not worth $18 and not worth going back for more mediocre food.

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RLamb
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a beautiful establishment! We had a great time. The food was delicious and the drinks were so good. We sat in one of the private alcoves which was nice. We would definitely come back!

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SusanR
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

amazing food, atmosphere and service!!! must stop when in Portland Maine!

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BethanyW
New England
16 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to dinner for our one year anniversary and it was amazing!! The service, beer and food were fantastic! Thank you for making our special day even more special!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First experience was great! Love the ambiance and the food was so yummy! Beet salad, mushroom and pea pasta and cauliflower app were delicious! My drink seemed like a weak pour though... looked pretty and tasted nice but seemed like it should have been fuller for $13 a glass. I plan to go back next week with girlfriends. Looking forward to it!

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JeffreyT
New England
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great new place in Portland. I had a gin martini made with their own distilled gin that was very good. The food was great and the service was top notch. Thanks for having our group of eight!

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JohnR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great space, really friendly staff and the food was good!

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KatieS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, drinks and service! Always a blast at Batson

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Angela
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great happy hour! Ordered the pickles, pretzel, fries, and margarita pizza. The pizza and pretzel with beer cheese was excellent. Really enjoyed the beer, too. Very cool spot, high ceilings, very spacious.

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JorgeO
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great drinks and superb food; limited menu but good quality. Servers and waitresses make you feel as if they have known you forever; very professional and attentive to detail

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Sunny
New England
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Great atmosphere, fun cocktail menu. Very loud so if someone has trouble hearing, it's a problem.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Batson River - Portland using the Order Online button. Batson River - Portland also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (207) 800-4680.

Batson River - Portland is rated 4.7 stars by 144 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.