My husband took me to Portland Maine for my birthday weekend and we had dinner at The Grill Room and Bar the second night of our trip. As a native New Yorker, we're foodies and well versed in what pristine, exceptional food really is. If you have ever been to NYC, then you know what I mean. I never really expected to find exceptional food anywhere outside of the five boroughs of NYC that I am honored to call home, however, the Grill Room and Bar truly BLEW ME AWAY! Everything from the moment we walked in, was top notch. We started with appetizers, which were Shrimp cocktail and a classic Caesar salad. The shrimp cocktail was the best I think I have ever had. Such succulent, large shrimp with the perfect cocktail sauce to match. The caesar salad dressing was homemade and divine. For entrees, we had the Ribeye entrée which was paired with horseradish mashed potatoes, asparagus and a blue cheese fondue. Legit, it was beyond incredible. It was the best $60 I have ever spent. My husband had the Rainbow Trout entrée which he said was top of the line as well. The drinks were great too! My husband had about four of their blackberry lemonade vodka special...I took a taste and it was delicious. I finished the meal with their caramel chocolate ganache cheesecake, which also pleased this native New Yorker! Our waiter was also super personable, friendly, polite and attentive. He was worth every bit of the 22% tip we left! Another great experience was watching the Chef in action, cooking and preparing every meal in front of us. (Just happened to be seated right where he prepares it all). Everything was just top of the line, that I can see why Portland ME is at the top of the countries"foodie list!" If you're visiting Portland, GO HERE! And, if you go and you don't like it, then you do not know good food when you eat it. Simple as that.Thank you to the Grill Room and Bar, Chef, and our amazing waiter for making my birthday weekend one I will never forget. I will miss every bite!