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Harding Lee Smith has dedicated his life to bringing quality local ingredients back to the tables of Maine. Known for his affordable, friendly neighborhood restaurants, this former graduate of Portland’s Deering High School spent the better part of 10 years traveling the world to develop the classic creations that keep Mainers coming back for more.

The Corner Room, founded in 2009, is this award-winning chef’s third successful restaurant. Preceded by “The Grill Room” (an urban steakhouse) and “The Front Room” (serving new American comfort food). Master chef Harding then created a winning, Italian-inspired, rustic dining experience at The Corner Room.

Patrons can expect a warm, comfortable atmosphere, marked by the rich aromas of house-made pastas, pizzas, antipasti and artisanal breads. Come and enjoy the taste of Venice in the heart of Portland, ME!

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Chip Carlson
03:15 13 Mar 22
Sat at the bar and started with a hot spicy toddy to warm us up as it was snowing. I was wanting a specific Italian dish and the chef was able to prepare it perfectly! The service and food was amazing and we left with big smiles on our faces! Highly recommend!
Marc Dionne
13:00 15 Feb 22
The Corner Room was a delight. Fresh made pasta, with GF option available. Good atmosphere, attentive service. The place was very busy too, which is a good sign.
Donna Theriault
00:52 15 Feb 22
The pasta is made fresh. The bolognese was excellent, and I like that you can choose a large or small portion. We ordered a margarita pizza for an appetizer and that was great too.
James M
01:42 05 Feb 22
Visited while we were in town for 2 nights. Sat at the bar. Great atmosphere, terrific bartender, terrific food! Highly recommend.
Katie Hannon
13:02 21 Dec 21
This was a great restaurant. Ambiance was nice and good was very good. Our waitress was friendly and gave knowledgeable recommendations on both food wine. I much prefer Corner Room to Solo Italiano on Commercial St.Two things to be mindful of: tables are fairly close together so if you are being Covid cautious you may want to see if you can request a booth and the kitchen is open so that always comes with a bit of a food smell on your clothes when you leave :)
Lisa Steele l Fresh Eggs Daily
00:43 02 Dec 21
Probably the most perfect dinner I've had in a long time. From the quiet ambience, to the superb service, from the heady scent of garlic to the soundtrack playing in the background, The Corner Room delivered. Wonderful, hearty Italian fare. The bruschetta appetizer was the best I've ever eaten. Thick crusty grilled bread was the perfect chew beneath tomato, fresh mozzarella and fresh basil with a drizzle of balsamic and olive oil. The foccaccia came warm from the oven with olive oil, salt and herbs for dipping. For my main course I choose papparadelle with mushrooms and truffle cream sauce. Expertly prepared and garnished with fresh grated Parmesan. A Paloma fizz accompanied my meal. The portions were hardy, bit I couldn't resist ordering cannoli for dessert ( although I did get one of the two to go!). The plating was phenomenal - in keeping with the delicious ricotta chocolate chip filling and crisp shell. Even the decaf coffee was good. Served with cream and sugar. Five stars all around !!!!
Bettsy Fick
22:34 23 Nov 21
Samantha our waitress was fabulous...food was great...a little noisy, so if you want an intimate place, probably not here, however, everything was great!!!
Mr. GrAndpa
17:34 21 Oct 21
Perfect!! They were so busy but still took such great care of us.
Teddy O
00:08 18 Oct 21
Awesome/perfect give it a go 🤠
ben bartlett
20:25 11 Jun 20
Fantastic charcuterie. Risotto balls are great.
Will Hodgkins
22:42 14 Dec 19
The building is undergoing a rebuild so don't be put off by the staging outside. The menu is varied and can easily satisfy many a person's hunger. In house pasta and bread. Great place for a lunch or dinner. Mixed drinks and good selection of beer.
Jonathan Little
14:11 09 Nov 19
The food is very good here with generous portions. Prices are reasonable. The service sometimes is great and sometimes leaves something to be desired. They seem to recommend reservations and then sound a bit put off when you call to make them.
Sarah Adelaida McIntire
15:30 23 Aug 19
If I could give this restaurant six stars I would. This is the best Italian restaurant I've ever been to- and I used to frequent Boston's North End. Every dish we ordered was unimaginably good. We couldn't have ask for a better server than Josh. The ambiance was cozy and warm. The wine was perfect. The whole restaurant smells heavenly. I can't say enough good things about this place. If you're in Portland you must go!
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