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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

PORTLAND, ME - JUNE 5: Seared yellowfin tuna at Top of the East in Portland Monday, June 5, 2017. (Staff photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer)

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.