Salvage BBQ

Bar, Eatery

919 Congress St
Portland, Maine, 04102-3150
United States

(207) 553-2100 | map

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Rated: 4.13 by slasich from Pennsylvania

May 16, 2020
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
Stopped in here after Beer Meets Wood with the family and a couple of friends hoping to sop up some of the alcohol we had just ingested. You order at the counter and they give you a flag for the table and you run up to the bar when you need drink so no real table service. Long communal picnic tables are the seating. Food seemed a bit on the pricey side even for Portland and the quality didn't warrant it IMHO. My brisket was a bit dry and only lightly smokey. My daughter didn't enjoy the chili, I did, but it was heavy on the cumin. The other sides were pretty good, no complaints about the hush puppies, mac and cheese or cornbread. The tap beer selection was about 20 deep and was well thought out. I would go back if in the area but might want to try other places first.
Sep 30, 2017
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Reviewed by SomethingClever from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2
Beautiful space with friendly staff, huge picnic tables and old dinner tables to sit at or a long bar. You order at the door and they bring it to your table. Completely separate line need the bar to order drinks. They had a decent if not small tap list, nothing outstanding or rare just a few locals smattered with some nationals and a couple international. Service was quick and competent. The food however, was absolutely awful. The sides were disgusting down to the cold lightly vinegared cabbage they called sourkraut, The pinto beans were undercooked and sweet, the chili was really sweet, the sausage was bland, the meats were not horrible but the ribs were tough. The sauces were not good at all the Carolina was too watery and the regular was just sweet with not much else flavor wise.
Sep 04, 2017
Rated: 4.44 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

Apr 24, 2017
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Reviewed by SpoiledInVT from Vermont

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
Went here on a Sunday night for Bingo. That's right, Bingo. We (about 8 of us) piled in, grabbed a table, started slamming all sorts of Oxbow draft selections, and played Bingo until we were content. We didn't get any food, as we had spent most of the day at all of the local hotspots, but we certainly imbibed to our hearts content. Great vibe, awesome people, and just an all around fun time. It sure did smell wonderful!
Mar 31, 2016
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Reviewed by mynie from Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75
This was right off the highway connected South Portland to Portland. That's how we found it. We were in a bit of a rush and it was the first place we saw.

That, my friends, was some kind of luck.

It's in an old building so the aesthetic is spacious, bricky, and woody. My ladyfriend described it as a combination of a 1950's bowling alley and contemporary northern BBQ joint. There's large tin signs and old beer schwagg and it all combined into a self-conscious, borderline ironic blue collar feel. It's hipsterish, sure, but that's fine so long as the people are nice, which they were.

The setup is fantastic, since even when it gets busy it never feels rushed or cramped. It's got really good whatchamacallit, that Chinese "Feng Shue" stuff. The layout simply feels nice in a manner that's impossible to describe objectively.

Anyhow, they slow smoke a halfdozen different kinds of meat each day. You walk in and order and pay at the counter. Then you grab a beer from the bar and sit down and wait for your food.

The bar had about a dozen taps, all craft. 8 or so were from New England, with a heavy emphasis on Maine locals. The rest were staples from big craft brewers or good import selections. There's a handful of cheaper tallboys also available, along with a full liquor bar.

The beer selection was on par with about a dozen other restaurants in Portland, which is truly a blessed city. The food and vibe are both excellent, however, which makes Salvage stand out above the rest.
Aug 17, 2015
Rated: 4.03 by broadway848 from New York

Jul 08, 2015
Rated: 3.95 by cherche from Washington

Jun 24, 2015
Rated: 4.4 by Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

Feb 07, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by Reds76 from Maine

Nov 09, 2014
Salvage BBQ in Portland, ME
Place rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 10 ratings