The Rooms Portland

The Rooms Portland


Harding Lee Smith, Chef, Restaurateur

17+ Years of Service

I wanted to make it a neighborhood gathering spot – to have that homey feel like when you step into someone’s living room…” Harding Lee Smith (chef and owner of The Front Room Restaurant & Bar, The Grill Room & Bar, The Corner Room Kitchen & Bar & The Mountain Room) is a Mainer by birth. Once he graduated from Portland’s Deering High School, Harding left Maine to experience the rest of the world. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University, he moved to the San Francisco Bay area and attended the Culinary Institute of America’s West Coast campus in Napa Valley.
After an apprenticeship in Venice, Italy, Chef Smith relocated to Maui, Hawaii where he was the chef of several well-known restaurants. After six years on the island, family and the Red Sox were calling and he returned to Maine in the fall of 2003. After spending the winter of 2005 at the venerable Back Bay Grill in Portland, Harding embarked on his dream, the opening of a casual neighborhood restaurant and bar…

Our Restaurants

A Culinary Journey Awaits. Join Us for a Memorable Dining Experience or Explore Our Website to Whet Your Appetite!
84 Exchange St. Portland, Maine 04101
110 Exchange Street at the corner of Federal Portland, Maine 04101
73 Congress Street at the corner of Howard Portland, Maine 04101
Peak Lodge, 15 Three Mile Trail, Newry, ME 04261, United States
97 Summit Rd, Newry, ME 04261

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