Maine's Top 10 Restaurants
Maine is obviously known for its delicious lobster, clams, and fresh seafood dishes. However, there more to dining in Maine - with many delicious restaurants, and top chefs, it is easy to find a unique meal, in each town you visit. Many Maine restaurants use local produce, seafood and meats that help make the meals ultimately farm fresh and unique. Award winning Maine chefs receive rave reviews including James Beard Awards and Top Chefs. Bon Appetit and Wine Spectator have made Maine restaurants famous for their settings, high quality food and pours. Portland is the Foodie Capital of Maine with many unique restaurants, and annual food, beer and wine festivals. You will enjoy the food wherever you choose to dine during your vacation in Maine, but here are some of our picks.
White Barn Inn l Kennebunkport - The White Barn Inn Restaurant is a AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star dining experience that has been featured on many cooking programs and magazines. Set in old restored barns that date back to the 1800s, the White Barn Inn offers a truly unique dining experience perfect for a romantic dinner or a special celebration. The five-diamond service makes the White Barn special ocassion dining. White barn's menu changes weekly, based on the freshest available ingredients, blending classic New England flavors in a stunning setting with supreme service, the price fixed menu is $118 per person.
Earth l Kennebunkport - Nestled in the woods amongst Hidden Pond, Earth focuses on "farm to fork" freshness in a really fun setting. Using ingredients hand picked from their onsite organic gardens, Earth chefs serve up delicious hand-made pastas, grilled veggies, local seafood and meats in a rustic chic setting with a grand bar and open concept kitchen. Craft cocktails outside by the artistic firepits and spa pool are a nice start to the evening at Earth. Ask for the private Potting Shed for a particularly intimate culinary setting.
Hugo's l Portland - Hugo's offers a high end, sophisticated dining experience in Portland's Old Port District. Whether you are looking to indulge in the local chef specialties such as Casco Bay Skate, Lobster or Vermont Quail, or simply looking to enjoy a cocktail and something light from the tasting menu, Chef Evans will satisfy your palate.
Fore Street l Portland - Fore Street's atmosphere will charm any diner; lined in brick and soapstone with an open view kitchen showing wood-burning oven, grill and turnspit, you can watch your meals cooked live. Although Chef Sam Hayward's menu changes daily to accommodate the freshest foods available, some favorites that are always on the menu include the wood-oven roasted mussels, turnspit pork and chicken, and grilled hanger steak.
Street & Company l Portland - A member of the same restaurant family as Fore Street, Street & Company has made a name for itself as one of the best seafood restaurants in Portland. Best for true seafood-lovers as the menu is almost entirely seafood - with favorites like lobster diavolo, mussels marinara and grilled halibut or swordfish. Scales on the waterfront is another fantastic dining spot- same succesful ownership- stellar water view on the pier.
Union l Portland - In the boutique Press Hotel, former Press Herald newspaper headquarters, have drinks at the Inkwell, before dinner by Maine's Chef of the Year Josh Berry. Union's delicious menu includes tasting plates, seafood dishes, and farm raised fare.
Boathouse l Kennebunkport - Overlooking the Kennebunk River, just steps from Kennebunkport's Dock Square, this spectacular dining spot has sevearl bars, a huge outdoor deck, a chic dining room, and a lobster bar. Great spot for lunch, or happy hour, watch the boats go by and the tide rush in and out. Boathouse Waterfront Kennebunkport
The Contented Soul l Pemaquid Harbor - This casual, owner operated restaurant has a big waterfront deck and oyster bar overlooking pretty Pemaquid Harbor. There is even a beach for launching kayaks and dock slips. You should be "content" here eating Pemaquid oysters, rope mussels and fresh seafood with a view. The Contented Sole is just beyond Fort William Henry to explore before or after dining, so bring the kids - they have a kids menu. The Contented Sole is open for lunch and dinner, the fresh fish sandwich is a fantastic treat before or after kayaking around the bay.
Natalie's at Camden Harbour Inn l Camden - This chic bed and breakfast just a short walk from Camden village has a top Maine chef, and a AAA four- diamond rating. Chef Chris Long, Exec Chef at Natalie’s won Maine Lobster Chef of the year in 2013. Chef Long's winning dish of lobster poached in butter, served with grilled maitake and oyster mushrooms and a corn-and-parsnip ragout is delish and just on inspiration on the ever changing menu. 83 Bayview Street, Camden, Reservations 207-236-4200.
Dolphin Marina Restaurant l Harpswell - This spectacular setting in the heart of Casco Bay sits out on Basin Point in Pott's Harbor - home of the annual Harpswell Lobster Boat races. Dining at the Dolphin offers obvious water views from its multi-level restaurants and the freshest fish, famous chowder and lobster stew, and blueberry muffins. See the Blackboard for the daily catch or lobster and save room for the homemade desserts. You can come by car or boat to the amazing Dolphin waterfront dining spot, open for lunch and dinner.
Palace Diner l Biddeford
Nothing is finer than an old school diner, except wthen the chefs are young anf resh anf fun. This little gem is super popular, in an old fashioned diner car, with a hip menu serving classics eggs, hash, flapjacks, fried chicken, sandwiches- super yum.
The Lost Kitchen l Freedom
This culinary retreat is so popular you send in a postcard to get a reservation by lottery! Single mom Erin French has created a culinary dream success story in the quiet town of Freedom, her amazing flavors from her humble restaurant - lamb, scallops, local grown veggies, and desserts, has spawned a cookbook and James Beard award attention.
The Reading Room l Bar Harbor - Located at the beautiful Bar Harbor Inn, the Reading Room Restaurant offers delectable cuisine, nightly piano entertainment and gorgeous views of the harbor and Bar Island. The Reading Room serves up delicious local catches like salmon, haddock and lobster and house favorites like vegetable wellington and filet mignon.