Maine's Top 10 Restaurants
Maine is obviously known for its delicious and succulent lobster and seafood dishes. However, there is much more to dining in Maine - with so many delicious restaurants, it is easy to find a unique and savory meal that will have you craving more. Many Maine restaurants focus on using local produce, seafood and meats that help make the meals ultimately fresh and delectable. Award winning chefs and rave reviews including James Beard Awards, Wine Spectators have made Maine restaurants known for their top-notch service and high quality food. Portland is appropriately referred to as the Foodie Capital of the US with so many unique restaurants. We're sure you will enjoy the food wherever you choose to dine during your Maine vacation, 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 with friends and family. Chef Jonathan Cartwright adds to the menu weekly, blending rich and classic New England flavors in a stunning setting with supreme service.
Earth l Kennebunkport - Nestled in the woods amongst the Cottages at Hidden Pond, Earth focuses on "farm to fork" freshness in all of its dishes. Using ingredients hand picked from their onsite organic gardens, Earth chefs serve up delicious hand-made pastas, local seafood and meats. Chef and restaurateur Ken Oringer is a Boston-based chef who operates six successful restaurants. With years of experience and talent, he has brought a unique and unforgettable dining experience to this artistic environment.
Arrows l Ogunquit - Mark and Clark are the master chef duo behind one of Ogunquit's top restaurants. Named the James Beard Best Chefs of the Northeast in 2010, Mark and Clark are known for their unique dining menus and most of the ingredients come from their on grounds garden. Menu items range from prime steak and lobster to collections of oysters, lamb, trout and even goat.
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 and Lobster or Vermont Quail, or simply looking to enjoy a cocktail and something light from the tasting menu, like lobster stew - Chef Evans will satisfy your palate.
Fore Street l Portland - The atmosphere inside Fore Street will charm any diner; lined in brick and soapstone with an open view of the wood-burning oven, grill and turnspit in an open kitchen so you can watch your meals cooked live and fresh. 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. Make sure you are a true seafood-lover as their menu is almost entirely seafood - with favorites like lobster diavolo, mussels marinara and grilled halibut or swordfish.
555 l Portland - Voted the "most romantic" restaurant by Maine Magazine, top 25 brunches in the country, and Chef of the year by Maine Restaurant Association. 555's delicious menu offerings include tasting plates, small plates, seafood dishes, and mouth-watering desserts.
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 the freshest of 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. Summer time brings entertainment certain nights. The Contented Sole is open for lunch and dinner, the fresh fish sandwich is a fantastic treat before or after kayaking around the bay.
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.
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.