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Restaurants in Maine

You’ll be hard pressed to find many restaurants in Maine that don’t include lobster on the menu in some way—but Maine restaurants also offer plenty of grilled shrimp and crab salads, and all manner of great local produce. You can sample great seafood and farm-to-table fare at some of the best restaurants in Maine.

Fore Street is a Portland institution helmed by chef Sam Hayward, who was doing farm-to-table long before it was cool. Everything here is cooked in an open, glassed-in kitchen, and much of the menu changes daily. The big crowd-pleasers include anything roasted or grilled, such as the wood oven–roasted mussels appetizer. Leave room for dessert—house-churned ice cream made with seasonal berries from a local farm.

The Lobsterman’s Wharf is a Freeport, Maine, restaurant in East Boothbay overlooks the Damariscotta River, which feeds into the Atlantic and is decked out with antique lobster buoys, hurricane lamps, and nautical paraphernalia. It’s long been a local favorite for its hit parade of seafood greats, such as excellent clam “chowdah,” the grilled haddock sandwich, and the freshly picked crab roll. For dessert, try the homemade three-berry pie à la mode.

  • Annabell’s Pub

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    The food is nothing fancy—fish chowder and the like—but the breezy Maine ambience is the real deal. More
  • Arrows

    No self-respecting food-lover on a tour of Maine would skip a visit to this restaurant, only three miles (yet worlds away) from Ogunquit’s busy dow... More
  • Bagaduce Lunch

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    The ospreys are often circling overhead at Bagaduce Lunch, a no-frills take-out restaurant on a tidal river in Brooksville—and recipient of a James... More
  • Bar Lola

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    This Munjoy Hill restaurant and bar serves a rotating selection of New American dishes utilizing organic, seasonal ingredients. The menu is organiz... More
  • Barnacle Billy's

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    In 1961, longtime fisherman and lobsterman Billy Tower started scouring nearby waters for seafood to serve at his casual, Perkins Cove restaurant, ... More
  • Bayview Market & Takeout

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    This roadside spot on Highway 175 isn’t far from Northern Bay on Maine’s central coast, and it's open only in the summer. Owners Larry and Freda Re... More
  • Blue Sky

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    This sleek and modern restaurant is a new entry from celebrated Boston chef Lydia Shire, whose menu includes her famous lobster pizza (way better t... More
  • Bresca

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    With just 20 seats in all (four of which are at the bar), Middle Street newcomer Bresca is one of Portland’s most coveted reservations—with good re... More
  • Buck's Naked BBQ

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    One whiff of the hickory wood–smoked BBQ, and you’ll be seduced by this roadhouse restaurant, one mile south of downtown Freeport. Here, under Chri... More
  • Caiola's

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Pronounced "kay-o-las," this restaurant in Portland's tree-lined West End area specializes in down-to-earth New American food with splashes of Medi... More
  • Cappy's Chowder House

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    This family-friendly joint has famous thick chowder, plus burgers and lobster rolls. More
  • Castine Variety

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
  • Chase's Daily

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Part farmstand and part restaurant, Chase’s Daily is owned and operated by Penny Chase and her family. The restaurant, housed inside a refurbished ... More
  • Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    This massive red-roofed building remains open daily throughout out the year (with truncated hours from Mother’s Day to Columbus Day) and specialize... More
  • Cinque Terre

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    When chef Lee Skawinski travels around Italy each year, he's not just sourcing recipes. Strains of beans, squash, and lettuce from the area wind up... More

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