Like the city of Portland, Maine,

Hugo’s restaurant has evolved dramatically. Since opening its doors in 1988, the once-humble family eatery has gone on to garner national attention for its refined cuisine. Seated at the top of Portland’s Old Port in the burgeoning India Street neighborhood, Hugo’s marks the division between the old and new, embracing tradition and pursuing innovation.

Now in its third generation of ownership, Hugo’s continues to improve. With intellectual curiosity and modern technique driving the process, our ingredients are farmed, fished and foraged almost exclusively here in Maine, reflecting the dramatic seasonal shifts of Northern New England.

Wrapped in soft leather, wrought iron, and 160 year-old reclaimed red birch, the sumptuous dining room looks into an open kitchen. Custom finish work by local craftsmen ornament the space, from bespoke china to hand-stitched menus, Hugo’s dining room truly is an expression of Portland.


5:30PM–Close · TUESDAY – SAturday

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Hugo's is owned and operated by Big Tree Hospitality.

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The Restaurant

Hugo’s welcomes guests with a luxurious and comfortable dining room: custom-made leather booths, reclaimed wood tables, and an expansive tasting bar that looks into our open kitchen. Whether at our tasting bar, in a booth, or at one of our two tables, please trust us to make your dining experience comfortable.

We offer three tasting menus nightly that cater to vegetarians, pescetarians, and omnivores. For a lighter meal, guests are free to choose just two courses. For a more opulent meal, consider a Chef’s Tasting menu—our most elaborate and involved dining experience can be arranged with advanced notice. Please call us for details.

Our kitchen is ready and eager to accommodate your preferences and dietary restrictions. In order to prepare a meal tailored to your needs, we implore you to notify us of any dislikes, restrictions, or allergies when making your reservation.

Parking is available in the Old Port Specialty Tile parking lot across from Hugo's.



To make a reservation, please call us at 207.774.8538 or reserve online

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Founded in 2015 by Arlin Smith, Andrew Taylor, and Mike Wiley, Big Tree Hospitality is the Portland, Maine group behind nationally-acclaimed restaurants Hugo’s, Eventide Oyster Co., and The Honey Paw. The group acquired Hugo’s restaurant in March of 2012 and, two months later, opened Eventide Oyster Co. to popular and critical acclaim. In April of 2013 they embarked on an ambitious renovation of the Hugo’s space. In early 2015, they opened their third Portland restaurant, The Honey Paw. Guided by a commitment to generosity, hard work, and innovation, Big Tree specializes in creative and unique restaurant concepts that aim to create and sustain community.



Owner & Chef

Upon graduating from Bates College with a degree in economics in 2003, Chef-Owner Andrew Taylor did the only sensible thing: enter the restaurant business. After stints with Thierry Rautereau at Rover’s in Seattle and Ken Oringer at Clio in Boston, Taylor headed north with his wife in 2009 to become the Sous Chef for Rob Evans at Hugo’s. In 2012, Taylor along with Wiley and Smith purchased Hugo’s from their mentor while simultaneously opening Eventide Oyster Co. Taylor spends every free moment hunting, fishing, foraging, hiking, camping and generally enjoying the splendor of Maine with his wife, Rachel and their three sons, Lincoln, Oliver, and Julian.


Owner & Chef

Chef-owner Mike Wiley studied literature and creative writing at Colby College and Rhetoric at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He worked at various kitchens in Colorado including the Black Cat in Boulder, before returning to Maine. Hugo’s proved a perfect fit: a kitchen that fosters creativity and enjoys access to the finest ingredients. Mike is tickled to be cooking right here, in the thick of it.


Owner & General Manager

General Manager Arlin Smith earned his Bachelor’s degree in Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. After making his mark in the Hudson Valley, he then set his sights on Portland. A tasting menu at Hugo’s under former Chef Rob Evans prompted the fortuitous move. He was hired soon thereafter and later became an owner in 2012. He enjoys being a player in the Portland restaurant scene and hopes to one day meet a nice young lady who won’t ask him to be home on Sundays.


Please call us at 207.774.8538, or email us at PR@HUGOS.NET


We do events!  For off-site inquiries please contact catering@bigtreehospitality.com

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