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Restaurant & Bar Guide

Top of the East Lounge

Top of the East Lounge information

// Location157 High St. (in the Westin Harborview Hotel)
Portland, ME 04101

// Hours2 to 11 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday

// Contact207-775-5411

// Price Range$$$$

// Cuisine Type Contemporary American,

// Features Great Cocktails, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Wheelchair accessible,

// Reviews

⇢ Bar Guide: Gussied up Top of the East still boasts big view

⇢ Top of the East has promise, but its views outshine dining

With arguably the best view in town of Portland and its waterways, the Top of the East lounge can cut a lot of corners and still attract customers – largely because of its newly enhanced architectural assets. When the former Eastland hotel was renovated and reopened in late 2013 as the Westin Portland Harborview, its rooftop bar/restaurant was the recipient of a high-profile makeover. Today, it is bigger and indisputably lighter, but the space now feels off-kilter, thanks to some refined touches (satin throw pillows and modern sofas) that sit alongside inelegant ones (tempered glass surfaces and a large, chrome-rimmed table), bland reminders that you are indeed in a corporate hotel. Enjoy your visit by sticking to the expensive, yet competent cocktails, like the Cynar margarita or the floral Top of the East 75 ($14), a slightly fizzy, high-octane affair served in a champagne flute. If you’re hungry, bypass the small plates and aim for one of the menu’s few large plate options, like a deconstructed yellowfin tuna salade niçoise, or the luxuriously tender 16-hour short rib. Not only are these among the best items on the menu, they are not much pricier than the appetizers. For dessert, there’s a perfectly agreeable Kahlua crème brûlée ($9), and if you’re lucky enough to visit on a clear night, a view of the sunset over the Fore River that really can’t be topped.