Your culinary ship has come in when you explore Bath Maine restaurants in the “City of Ships.” Bath Maine is a Mid Coast Maine community with plenty of appetite-building outdoor activities.
The town has water on three sides, with the scenic Kennebec River offering Bath restaurants on the water. From big breakfasts to sweet snacks to delightful dinners to one of the best lobster rolls in Maine, Bath is filled with year-round options to keep up with the growing tourist crowds.
Start Your Day at Southgate Family Restaurant
25 Centre St, Bath, ME 04530
Southgate Family Restaurant might be tucked into a small space, but the menu is more extensive than you can imagine. Breakfast platters, overstuffed omelets, and six brands of eggs Benedict come with home fries, corned beef hash, or biscuits and gravy to carb load for the day ahead.
Lunch is also served with burgers, wraps, and grilled sandwiches paired with soups or salads. Breakfast and lunch are served all day, and you can order ahead to avoid waiting in line for one of the 10 tables available.
You could get your food to go and head to Linwood E. Temple Riverfront Park to watch the river and shipbuilding activity.
Look for the Luck of the Irish at Byrnes Irish Pub
38 Centre St, Bath, ME 04530
Byrnes Irish Pub makes you feel like you left Bath and arrived in Dublin. This restaurant is the flagship location but became so popular that a second one opened in Brunswick two years later.
Ordering is almost as fun as eating here, with dishes like cashelmole (guac with blue cheese and jalapenos) and leprechaun balls (buffalo chicken stuffed with two cheeses and jalapenos and fried). Heck, they’ve even created an Irish quesadilla!
Additionally, pints of Irish beer are on tap, and live music is scheduled throughout the year.
Stand the Test of Time at the Kennebec Tavern
119 Commercial St, Bath, ME 04530
When looking for a Bath Maine restaurant on the water, look no further than the Kennebec Tavern. For 26 years, the tavern has encouraged guests to “Kick Back on the Kennebec” with a menu that’s as rich with Maine flavor as it is with class. Dress casually but eat like a king.
Whether you’re craving a big burger or a unique dish — like lobster tortellini — there’s an option for every palate. Save room for dessert to try the Maine wild blueberry pie because Maine grows some of the best blueberries you’ve ever tasted.
The restaurant is open seven days a week throughout the year and creates themed menus — like a taste of France for Valentine’s Day. Every seat has a window to the river and a view of classic Maine cuisine.
Experience Witches, Gypsies, & Ice Cream at Witch Spring Hill Ice Cream
60 State Rd, West Bath, ME 04530
The flavors at Witch Spring Hill Ice Cream are enough to make the trip, but it’s the folklore around the site that will really get you cackling. The menu board resembles a book with so many sweet treats to choose from — cones, splits, scoops, parfaits, sundaes, frappes, and “The Witch’s Brew.”
Witch Spring Hill Ice Cream plays the theme well, especially considering that the actual Witch Spring has been buried since 1938. The history of the original “witch” sighting in 1780 earned the name, but the stories of the healing springs and gypsy stops will forever be Bath legends.
Whether you’re looking for sugar-free sweets or coffee-flavored concoctions, the menu is worth sampling a few times during your visit.
“Great start to a ride down the west bath Over the Hill trail system or great ending to a Ride.”
Review by Matt Beal
Read Your Fortune at Yum Mee Chinese Restaurant
67 Centre St, Bath, ME 04530
In a land of lobster, the fine folks at Yum Mee Chinese Restaurant still bring in crowds for the robust all-you-can-eat lunch buffet. With traditional Chinese food mixed in with some chef’s specials, the buffet allows you to sample them all.
Food to go is available with a special discount through the app. Yum Mee also has affordable specials. A menu section covers healthy food for those who crave Chinese without the calories and MSG.
And, don’t miss the Authentic Chinese Menu for unique dishes like stir-fried tomatoes with eggs, rib tips with black bean sauce, and young chow fried rice.
Yum Mee redefines fast food by making the pickup contactless, and it’s ready 20 minutes after you place the order. Yum Mee truly lives up to its name.
Get “The Only Real Pizza in Maine” at The Cabin
552 Washington St, Bath, ME 04530
The Cabin pizzeria is on land, but you’ll swear you were walking into the Captain’s quarters of a ship when you open the door. The fact that it faces the Bath Iron Works building only adds to the rugged charm.
The pizza offerings are big and bulky, yet it’s the shrimp scampi that got the nod from Down East magazine. Subs, salads, and apps round out the menu, but at least sneak a peak of the hand-tossed pizza dough if you’re not trying a slice.
When one pizza isn’t enough, consider the Party Pie that is 28″ — the equivalent of four pizzas with topping limitations because it would be too heavy with more! There’s a beer and wine menu, along with traditional drinks for all ages.
TIP: Ask about the history of the building while you’re waiting for your meal, and check out the historical photos on the walls.
Take a Travel Break at Winnegance Restaurant & Bakery
36 High St, Bath, ME 04530
Since most Bath Maine restaurants are grouped around the town center, it feels like you’ve missed a meal while heading to the coast if you didn’t stop. That’s where Winnegance Restaurant & Bakery comes to the rescue.
It looks like a traditional restaurant until your eyes get wider with every line of daily specials — fresh-picked crab salad melt, Thanksgiving sandwich, surf ‘n turf scrambles, and crabcake-stuffed haddock omelet.
Top off the delicious food and fresh baked goods with a view of Winnegance Creek. As one reviewer said, “Very nice little place kind of off the beaten path. Locals definitely frequent here!”
Enjoy the World’s Largest Lobster Roll at Taste of Maine
161 Main St, Woolwich, ME 04579
Taste of Maine, just 3 miles from Bath in Woolwich, has many claims to fame. It has the world’s largest lobster on its roof, serves the largest lobster roll in the world, and made the Top 3 of the 2022 Down East Lobster Roll Competition.
While the 70-foot Larry the Lobster inflatable will greet you outside from the rooftop, the service inside really hooks you. The business has been a family-owned staple of Maine since 1978. Of course, the view of Pleasant Cove doesn’t hurt either.
As a lobster restaurant in a sea of lobster restaurants, Taste of Maine has continued to stand out for generations. The menu is a treasure trove from the sea, including baked haddock, scallops, and fried everything that swims.
The World’s Largest Lobster Roll is the showstopper, though. Measuring around 2 feet long, it seems like a sharable, but a few brave souls have eaten the entire thing themselves. That includes TikTok star Sam Ramsdell who touts her talents as having the World’s Largest Mouth.
Dining at Bath Maine Restaurants Will Fuel You Up for Adventures Ahead
The flexible options of Bath Maine restaurants offer affordable meals and chances to splurge on a fancy meal. And if you’re here celebrating a special occasion or milestone, you’ll be more than satisfied with the variety of cuisines.
If you’re looking for dog-friendly restaurants in Bath, you should know that Maine laws prevent dogs (other than Service Animals) from being inside a place where food is served.
Look for restaurants that have a deck that doesn’t require you and your dog to walk through the inside. When in doubt, ask. There’s also the South End Dog Park, where you can let your pup run while you chow down a to-go order.