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How We Review

First, we only mention places we've visited and tried out personally.

Everyone's tastes differ, of course, but we've eaten in restaurants from the 5 star Stone Barns to random food trucks, and we know what good is.

If something looks good but you have questions, give us a call and we'll try to advise you.


Bath | Bristol | Damariscotta/Newcastle | Freeport | Harpswell | Lincolnville | New Harbor
Port Clyde | Portland | Rockland | Whitefield | Wiscassett | Yarmouth



Mae’s Cafe & Bakery

breakfast and brunch and lunch and art
open year-round
160 Centre Street • 207-442-8577 •

Winnegance Restaurant & Bakery
casual country store and restaurant all seeming home-made — a good lunch spot
open year-round
36 High Street • 207-443-3300
NOTE: Find them on Facebook

Bristol —

Hanley’s Market
pizza! Plus a gas station and convenience store
open year-round
Route 130, 2.2 miles south of the Barn Loft • 207-563-1388
NOTE: Pizza from a gas station?  Strange, but true. And it’s good!  This is take-out only. You will not find “exotic” toppings such as broccoli. Think pepperoni, sausage, cheese, mushrooms, onion.  Like that.  They close at 7 and REALLY want you to order by 6 or earlier.
The Sea Gull Cafe

breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with an ocean view
open in the summer season, closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Located in the Pemaquid Lighthouse Park
3119 Bristol Road, New Harbor, Maine • 207-677-2374 • 
NOTE: BYOB. They do not offer alcohol in the restaurant. A gift shop is attached to the restaurant

Damariscotta/Newcastle —

Damariscotta River Grill
American, and seafood, of course — Open year round
155 Main Street • 207-563-2992 •
NOTE: Reservations recommended in the busy summer.

King Eider's Pub
oysters and crab cakes — open year-round
2 Elm Street, Damariscotta, corner of Elm and Main Street • 207-563-6008 •
NOTE: Popular, so make a reservation during the summer months.  Known for its local brews and fabulous oysters. Great pub food! 

Midcoast Escape Rooms
4 rooms of puzzles with a limit of one hour to solve them and unlock the door!
Open year round
281 Main Street • 207-315-0772 –

Wicked Scoops Ice Cream Shop
Ice cream! -- open weekends from 5/16; all week from 6/7
95 Main Street, Damariscotta • 207-682-0150

Round Top Ice Cream
Homemade ice cream
Open Mother’s Day until October 15
526 Main Street, Damariscotta • 207-563-5307 
One of Will's faves — They make it right on site. Stop by and take out a gallon or pick up a cone and enjoy their deck overlooking the field rolling down to the Damariscotta River. Three other words — Heath Bar Crunch!

The Shuck Station Raw Bar
Fabulous raw bar, lobster rolls, wine/beer, and outdoor seating — open most of the year
68 Main Street, Damariscotta • 207-682-0129
NOTE:  Best to call for hours, just to be safe! Find them on Facebook.

Newcastle Publick House
Great pub food — open year-round
52 Main Street, Newcastle • 207-563-3434 •
NOTE: Call for a reservation if you have 4 or more in your party. 

Freeport —

Gritty McDuff’s
Pub food, brewery
Open year-round
187 Lower Main Street, Freeport • 207-865-4321 •
Philly cheesesteaks are a fave and a great selection of their own beers (very popular with parts of our family!)

Johnny Rocket’s
classic diner food with a 50’s theme. It's a chain place, but still fun and well done.
open year-round
1 Freeport Village, Suite 300, Freeport • 207-865-6070 •
NOTE: The restaurant is across the street from LLBean’s, in the center of a walk-able shopping plaza.  Very popular, so bring your patience.

Harpswell —

The Dolphin Marina & Restaurant
Seafood and views! — Open year round
515 Basin Point Road • 207-833-6000 •

Lincolnville —

McLaughlin’s Lobster Shack
Open April to October
Casual, tasty seafood and ice cream, served by pleasant people and overlooking the harbor.
12 McKay Road • 207-789-5205 •


New Harbor —

The Bradley Inn
Superb food, wedding venue, and inn (and very nice folks!) — Open spring-fall
3063 Bristol Road • 207-677-2105 •

The Cupboard Café
Fabulous baked goods, and a café for breakfast and lunch — Open year-round
137 Huddle Road • 207-677-3911 •
NOTE: If unsure about their hours, please call them.  This is a family business, aka “relaxed”.

The Harbor Room
Pub food, and seafood — Open year-round, lunch and dinner.
2477 Bristol Road (Route 130) • 207-677-0178 •
NOTE: casual fun dining, with outdoor tables, live music in the summer, and a bar devoted to sports with 4 tv’s going. Closed a few days/week in the deep winter. Call to confirm they’re open during those months.

Shaw's Fish & Lobster Wharf
seafood, overlooking the harbor — open during the summer season, and into October (call first)
129 State Route 32 • 207-677-2200
NOTE: location for the Kevin Costner movie “Message In a Bottle”, Indoor and outdoor seating; a perfect view of the harbor, often with lobstermen/women unloading their catch on the dock.  The ferry to Monhegan leaves from this dock as well, so there is lots of bustle and local atmosphere to appreciate!

Port Clyde —

Dip Net
Seafood and harbor views
Opens in April
2 Cold Storage Road • 207-372-1112
NOTE: Find them on Facebook.

Yardbird Canteen
roadside shack, known for lobster rolls
picnic tables, take-out
open Memorial Day to Columbus Day
686 Port Clyde Road • 207-372-2068
NOTE: Find them on Facebook.

Portland —

Bao Bao Dumpling House
Traditional and new cuisine in dumplings
Open year round
133 Spring Street • 207-772-8400 •
NOTE: Find them on Facebook.

Empire Chinese Kitchen
Locally sourced Chinese dishes and dim sum. The best Chinese we've had in Maine!
Open year round
575 Congress Street • 207-747-5063 •
NOTE: This place is popular. Time your visit well or be prepared to wait.

Rockland —

Café Miranda
Big portions of fresh, natural comfort food
Open year-round (except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)
15 Oak Street • 207-594-2034 •
NOTE: We’d recommend you make a reservation if you have a party of 5 or more.

Home Kitchen Café
breakfast and lunch served all day. Families will be happy here.
open year-round
650 Main Street • 207-596-2449 •
NOTE: Great sandwiches, homemade breads, and other lunch fair. They do not accept reservations and can often be crowded 'round lunch time, so plan ahead.

Open year round
315 S. Main Street • 207-594-0015 •

Whitefield —

Sheepscot General Store and Farm

Country food, atmosphere, and store — we think it’s charming!
open year round
98 Town House Road • 207-549-5185 •
NOTE: Out in the middle of nowhere, unless you’re looking for simple country fare. (and really good pizza!)

Wiscassett —

Little Village Bistro

Fine dining but not too formal
open year round
65 Gardiner Road • 207-687-8232 •
NOTE: If you’re looking for a lovely sit-down dinner with elegant food, this is a great choice. Not too expensive (most entrees are about $22), small place, lovely décor. Quiet, and the cocktails are reputed to be delicious! Most folks dress up a bit, but you will see the occasional flannel and baseball cap, and that says it all about Maine! Calamari and the steaks have been a big hit.

Red's Eats
lobster rolls, especially, but they also have seafood, burgers, and chicken
open mid-April to mid-October, outdoor seating
41 Water Street • 207-882-6128 •
NOTE:  CASH ONLY. The lines are long – because the food is worth it!  The lobster rolls are famous for the sheer volume of lobster meat in each roll. We also recommend their crab cakes and great fries..

Ship’s Chow Hall
sturdy breakfast, local folks, delicious homemade breads
open year-round; note that they close at 1 p.m.
277 Bath Road, Wiscasset • 207-882-5530
NOTE: Don’t let the no-fuss exterior fool you.  The restaurant is clean, the staff welcoming, and the food is delish. We always enjoy eating here and they make us feel like one of the locals.

Yarmouth —

Muddy Rudder
Seafood, American cuisine
Nothing exotic, but good, solid Maine food
Open year-round
1335 US-1 • 297-846-3082 •