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Grace Restaurant

15 Chestnut Street, Portland, ME 04101
207-828-4422
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4.9
24 Reviews
Erica
7/14/18
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Grace is a gorgeous venue that all of our guests keep talking about. The food and drinks are delicious and are far above what I have experienced as a wedding guest at other venues. Our guests have complimented the food and drinks consistently since our wedding day. This was my dream venue so there's not enough words for me to describe how in love I am with Grace. Meghan Buck, the event coordinator is a real professional. She is very knowledgeable, very helpful, she's a dream for any bride like me who didn't have a clue about planning a wedding. She is a real asset and will make everything about your day perfect. Get married at Grace, it'll be the best day of your life!
Allison
5/26/18
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Grace Restaurant was one of the best parts of our wedding. First of all, the venue is STUNNING, so you save a lot of money on decorations because any additional decor would only take away from the beautiful architecture and style that's already present. Second, the food, (actually this should have been listed first), the food is absolutely perfect and is likely one of the best dinners I have ever had. I'm not sure how they make 100 meals so perfectly, but everyone was raving about it for months afterwards. They even saved the groom and I our own little platter of appetizers for when we got to cocktail hour, which was 1. delicious 2. necessary, I was starving 3. thoughtful, just goes to show their attention to detail. Meghan was the coordinator we worked with, and she is incredible. She was so easy to work with and made the process fun and exciting. She responded promptly to e-mails (since i did not live in the area); she was more than willing to set up in person meetings to go through everything when I was in town; she asked all the right questions to make sure we'd thought through everything; on the day of, she was this super-woman behind the scenes coordinator who seamlessly moved about the reception getting things done according to schedule without being intrusive or annoying. I don't think that I can thank her and the staff enough! In all seriousness, this is by far and away the best place for a reception in Portland. We got the best food and service for our money. Grace didn't charge extra ridiculous fees; we simply paid for what we ordered for food/drinks, which all went to the minimum food and beverage tab we needed to hit in order to use the space (which was already very reasonably set for a price). Excellent, excellent, excellent venue!!
Grace Restaurant responded with the following comments:
Hi Allison, Thanks so much for evereything you have to say about us here at Grace! I hope married life is treating you well, and please dont be strangers, come back to visit us soon!
Adam
4/28/18
Categories: Venues
4.5
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 4.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 4.0
Flexibility: 4.5
We just had our tasting with Grace and so far, our experience with Grace has been AMAZING! It was the first venue we visited and we fell i love instantly. We have been working with Meghan Buck and are so happy that we are. She has it together and provides excellent service and recommendations. We went for our tasting two weeks ago and it was the first time tasting Grace's food. The food was exceptional! Pretty much everything met or exceeded our expectations. For me, food is one of the most important aspects to a wedding and I am confident that we nailed it. When we arrived, we felt the warmth of the atmosphere and finally got to see the space in action. We had a private table setup on the main floor and got to try an abundance of food. The drinks we were wonderful too and we got complimentary champagne. All-in-all, we couldn't be more pleased with our selection and look forward to our big day!
Hillary
4/21/18
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Grace was the perfect location for our wedding – it was elegant, classy and yet casual all at the same time. Our guests were wowed with our ceremony on the balcony, the cocktail hour on the main floor, and the reception in the greatroom. The food and drink service was perfect, and so many people complimented the food from cocktail hour and from the plated dinner. The best part of having our wedding at Grace was working with Meghan. Meghan was the ideal event manager for our wedding day. She was always prompt and thorough when I had questions leading up to the day. She was very organized on the day of and helped us set up the details around the space to make the venue really stand out. Meghan was the ultimate professional and also was able to soothe any last minute concerns of mine and really helped the event flow smoothly – I couldn’t imagine the day without her!
LARISA
11/11/17
Categories: Catering, Planner, Event Production, , Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Grace made our wedding magical! The venue space is amazing, with the large open floorplan and incredible stained glass and lighting. Our coordinator Meg was so fun and easy to work with. She was prompt with responses and offered perfect suggestions to our many questions. Countless family members and guests commented on the one of a kind space, the great service, THE DELICIOUS FOOD and Meg's fun professionalism! The price was just right for our budget, and we weren't charged any hidden fees, just what we ate and and drank and a small venue fee. The staff took such good care of us, making sure we had every thing we needed at all times. I wish it were possible to give Grace and all that comes with it a million stars, because they deserve it!
Grace Restaurant responded with the following comments:
Thanks Larisa for being so wonderful! Wishing you and Kendra an endless amount for beautiful days together, and I couldn't have asked for a better group for our unofficial end to 2017!
Ian
10/14/17
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We chose Grace because we wanted a beautiful and downtown location for our ceremony and reception. It's also one of our favorite restaurants in Portland, so we knew the food was going to be amazing! Meghan was such a pleasure to work with and made our wedding a surprisingly stress-free experience. She was refreshingly open about what works and what doesn't, making sure that we focused our time and energy on celebrating with our family and friends. We had our ceremony in the Great Room, cocktail hour in the Sanctuary (so beautiful in the autumn sunlight!), and reception/dance party in the Great Room. We were so impressed with how the staff at Grace were able to create an atmosphere that was welcoming, cozy, and professional. We were happy with the wide range of food and beverage options, which happen to all be ridiculously delicious, so good luck deciding! Meghan ensured us that she would take care of everything at our wedding so that we could enjoy ourselves and she really did. We had such a great time at Grace and can't say enough about how the entire team made our wedding such a special day to remember. Thank you!!
Grace Restaurant responded with the following comments:
Happy New Year Ian! We all had such a great time sharing your day. I just saw all of your pictures, and they really were fabulous :) Congrats again, and I wish you nothing but good health and happiness in the year to come! Best, Meg
Joy
10/7/17
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
From the start, Grace Restaurant and its staff were exactly what we had hoped for in terms of wedding planning and executing our big day. Event coordinator Meghan was our biggest support from the outset, from initial questions to booking to a pre-wedding restaurant visit and everything in-between and leading up to the end. If you can handle planning your own wedding, she (and the Grace staff) is a perfect day-of coordinator and you can save big bucks on that $Wedding Planner$. Grace itself is a gorgeous venue; just go visit (or check the photos online). There's a certain magic and grandeur to it that must be felt in person, especially the upstairs. If you choose to hold your event in the lower level, you won't be disappointed. Photos don't do the space justice: it's spacious, comfortable, and a perfect size for a crowd of roughly 100 people. The intimacy is what we wanted and still got to enjoy the upstairs space during our brief cocktail hour. Food-wise, we'd argue Grace is one of the best. As frequent wedding-goers (too many to count in our ripe late 30s...), this was the best food we'd ever had at a wedding and the bulk of our guests (yes, I made an informal poll) said it was also the best food they'd ever had at a wedding. Hands down. If you're reading this and plan on having your wedding in Portland, shoot Meg an email and go visit yourself. You'll be able to make an instant decision, it's that solid and wonderful. Congrats and enjoy Grace! [photo credits: Kendall Pavan Photography]
Rosalind
9/30/17
Categories: Venues
4.9
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 4.5
Flexibility: 5.0
My husband and I had the most spectacular wedding at Grace in September 2017. Meg was so great to work with. She simplified everything, and she really put us at ease. She was super responsive to our calls and emails during the planning process, and she even made herself available during the day for a couple in-person meetings when we were in town. Even though the space is already gorgeous and needs little addition, Meg and the Grace staff were able to accommodate our small design extras, and they worked great with the other vendors. The staff put together an exquisite meal plan for us, and they were very flexible with changes to our head count. They helped us find creative ways to hit our f&b minimum. The rehearsal and the ceremony were as smooth as could be (at least from our vantage point!) and our guests were awestruck by how the space transformed. Everyone raved about what a special wedding it was - from the beauty of the space to the service and the food. Seriously, people won't stop talking about the food! Although we considered different venues in and around Portland, now that all is said and done, we couldn't be happier that we chose Grace. We were in good hands the whole way, and it was as magical as we hoped. Thanks Meg and Grace staff!
Brittney
8/19/17
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We had our wedding at Grace on August 19th 2017 and everything could not have been more perfect. Meghan and the entire team at Grace are beyond helpful and make a lovely atmosphere for a good time. Our guest have had nothing but amazing things to say about our venue and food. I would 100% recommend Grace to anyone! I wouldn't change a thing about it :)
Grace Restaurant responded with the following comments:
We could not have been more happy to be a part of your day Brittney. Thank you so much for sharing your experience, and we can't wait to have you back! Best Wishes, Meg
Cait
7/15/17
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
I can't say enough good things about Grace - Meg Buck and her team were the easiest people to work with. They not only made me feel completely at ease with the whole planning process, but also answered every question we had, offered up great ideas and suggestions along the way. They thought of things I never would have thought of, and put 110% effort into making it the perfect wedding for us. I felt like Meg knew exactly what I wanted without me even having to articulate it. She also has a natural ease about her - you trust her immediately upon meeting her. They went above and beyond - helping us select the perfect wine pairings, arranging our DIY floral centerpieces, accommodating our large wedding party, working with our vendors, suggesting vendors, answering all our parent's questions, understanding different personalities, you name it - they thought of it and executed it flawlessly. They also knocked it out of the park with food, wine and service. Numerous guests have told us it was the most unique venue they have ever seen with the best food they have ever had at a wedding. Guests were recounting appetizers and sauces - commenting how good they were and how they will go back when they are in Portland. They also took care of everything on the actual day - some of the friendliest servers and bartenders. They made me (bride) a special plate so I could try every appetizer we ordered, without even asking. They also constantly checked in on the wedding party and had a good grasp of the crowd/what was needed. Grace is money well spent. If you want a stunningly beautiful, unique and gourmet wedding and dining experience, it's the best place in Portland!
Grace Restaurant responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much Caitlin! It was wonderful working with you, and your friends & family (new and old) were nothing short of spectacular. We hope to see you all again soon!
Nancy
6/30/17
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
What an outstanding experience we had from start to finish Meghan was amazing to work with and helped us with all the details. My daughter and son in law had a flawless wedding day. Meghan recommended the band, the photographer and worked with us on the menu (our tasting was incredible) , and helped us with the timing of the ceremony that we had in the lower level and the incredible reception that we held in the upper levels. Our guests raved about the food, the venue and are still saying it was one of the best weddings they'd ever been to.
Eunice
6/4/17
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
The term "grace" derives from the Latin "gratus" meaning "pleasing, thankful"; it is defined as both "simple elegance or refinement of movement" as well as "the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the bestowal of blessings." And, truly, I cannot think of any sets of words or phrases that better encapsulate my experience with Grace in Portland, Maine. First of all, the venue itself is breathtaking; every single one of our guests was in awe and couldn't stop staring at the stained glass and architecture. Even with minimal decorations, the venue is stunning in its simple elegance. It was also a blessing to have had the ability to have both our ceremony and our reception in the same space... with a cocktail hour sandwiched in between. I didn't have to worry A SINGLE BIT about the quality of service, food, or drink because Grace does it all and does it to perfection. I literally have people texting me every day since the wedding telling me it was the best (insert food/cocktail) here that they have ever eaten... and I know it's true because during the planning process, I tried to eat here each time I visited Portland. I would be remiss to review Grace without also reviewing the most amazing, creative, levelheaded, and professional events coordinator I think I will ever meet in my life: Meghan Buck. She was a true godsend, and she made sure everything leading up to the event was perfect, that we actually ate our food at the wedding, and that people were safe throughout the evening. There's nothing more to say except that Grace, Meghan, and her team gave me a true fairy tale wedding that was pleasing, refined, and DELICIOUS... and I am truly grateful and thankful, and wish only the best of abundant blessings to everyone involved in making our special evening come to life. Thank you!!!
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What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
0
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
4
Describe your venue:
Historic, Loft, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
City, Eclectic, Vintage
What kind of settings are available?
Indoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
250
What event services do you offer?
Cake, Clean Up, Event Planning, Event Rentals, Liability Insurance, Set Up
What event items are available?
Chairs, Furniture, Tables
What food and beverage items are available?
Barware, China, Flatware, Glassware, Linens
What transportation and access is available?
Wheelchair Access
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