Don't Take Our Word for it.


"As on trend as it may be, Elsmere stands out with fall-apart tender ribs and savory, tangy house-made sauces."
- Maine Magazine

"Elsmere is not just a BBQ joint, it's a neighborhood restaurant that's keen on giving back to the community and sticking around for generations. Owners Adam Powers and Jeremy Rush work the line every night, are eager to be part of the South Portland family of restaurants and take a lot of pride in their product. The bar scene is cozy and pleasingly boisterous. Patrons come to watch the game, drink beer, but most of all, chow down on excellent BBQ."
- Susan Axelrod, Portland Press Herald

"Elsmere offers all the trappings of good meat sans the anxious self-righteousness with which too many chefs serve it and talk about it. Everything about Elsmere feels laid-back, from its out-of-the-way Cottage Road location, to its haphazard parking lot, to its kitschy mix of decors."
Portland Phoenix

"Whether you stop by to dine-in after work, have a drink at our full bar or order take out on your way home after a day at the beach, Elsmere BBQ and Wood Grill is the neighborhood restaurant you can count on daily to deliver fast, friendly and delicious BBQ."


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