40 Paper - Camden, Maine
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11 Unique & Local Camden Maine Restaurants to Satiate Your Taste Buds

Camden Maine is a foodie’s paradise! For a small town of under 6,000 residents, Camden Maine restaurants pack a real punch.

Located directly on the Atlantic Ocean, the town has an abundance of seafood, and you can’t find it fresher anywhere else. No matter what kind of cuisine you enjoy, though, you’re likely to find it in Camden restaurants.

Even though some restaurants are seasonal, many others stay open all year. Here are just a few of our favorite Camden restaurants!

Long Grain - Camden, Maine
Long Grain | photo via @wayfarerchic_eats

International Dining Restaurants in Camden Maine

Long Grain

Asian cuisine isn’t typically what you expect in MidCoast Maine, but Long Grain has changed that perception. This intimate downtown restaurant seats 40 and has people rethinking what local food is all about.

“What an absolute joy to finally enjoy a meal at Long Grain on our first stay in Camden! [We] were absolutely blown away by the papaya salad and handmade wide noodle pads. The dishes were perfectly balanced and deeply satisfying. The happy crew, both in the back of the house and front, are consummate professionals without any of the pretension one often experiences in bigger markets. Thank you!”

John R.

Chef owners Ravin “Bas” Nakjaroen and his wife Paula Palakawong brought their Thai culture to the Camden Maine restaurants scene and combined it with the tastes of Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Japan.

Flavor is what they specialize in. Using locally sourced produce, meat, and fish, they create flavorful soups, noodles, and other authentic Asian fusion dishes.

40 Paper

Traditional Italian fare with Mediterranean twists is served at 40 Paper. While the food is traditional, the atmosphere is contemporary. A huge bar and an intimate dining room make this a great place for date night. Come in for drinks and stay for dinner.

“Oh my word the food was sooo good. I got the lamb shank and literally couldn’t get enough of it. It melted in your mouth it was so tender. The atmosphere is very cozy and the staff was very kind and personable. Highly highly recommend going here.”

Renee D.

Located downtown in the historic Knox Woolen Building, the restaurant combines handmade pasta with ingredients provided by local farmers, fishermen, and foragers. The menu changes frequently depending on what’s available.

NOTE: 40 Paper is open for dinner only, and almost any meal can be created gluten-free or vegetarian.

40 Paper - Camden, Maine
40 Paper | photo via @storysilomedia

Fine Dining Camden Maine Restaurants

Natalie’s Restaurant

Overlooking Camden Harbor, Natalie’s is located in the Camden Harbor Inn. This award-winning restaurant highlights the bounty found in Mid-Coast Maine.

Local farms and fishermen provide the ingredients that find their way onto your plate. With a Parisian bistro vibe, the restaurant is formal, and while jackets aren’t required, they are expected.

“Fantastic! A superb dining experience I haven’t had for a long time. All of the courses are delicious. I particularly love the fresh scallops and the lobster bisque. Both have a hint of smokiness to add depth. The cocktail “remember the Maine” achieves its aim: it is to be remembered and missed! Even the final touch of the espresso is top-notch. It comes with fresh lemon zest – love that little detail! The decor is romantic. The service is excellent.” — G.C.

You eat with your eyes first, and you’ll find the meals as beautiful as they are delicious at Natalie’s. You can dine à la carte, or opt for the four-course menu with or without wine pairing.

Also, the five-course Maine lobster tasting menu is everything a lobster lover could want. The lounge offers more casual dining with small plates to complement your cocktails.

Hartstone Inn & Hideaway

Located in the Hartstone Inn & Hideaway, this fine dining restaurant in Camden Maine is open for dinner to both guests of the Camden Maine inn and the public Wednesday through Sunday. Dinner is offered as a three-course chef’s menu of New England favorites with an international twist created from the freshest local produce, meat, and fish.

“My friend and I had dinner here and it was the best food we have ever had. We decided to indulge with the 5-course meal they offer and we were impressed with every single course. The gnocchi was the best I have ever had as well as the Mellon sorbet, and the pecan tart. Phenomenal food and service. Five-star rating!”

Anna V.

An exceptional fine wine list is available to complement your meal, which is served on fine china. The menu is guided by seasonal ingredients and may include lobster, lamb, or salmon. Should you want to learn to cook one of the meals, you can enroll in a cooking class with the chef.

Hartstone Inn & Hideaway, Camden - Camden Restuarants
Hartstone Inn & Hideaway | photo via @hartstoneinn

Farm-to-Table Restaurants in Camden Maine

Fresh & Co

If you have an adventurous palate, Fresh & Co will provide the thrill you’re looking for. With a global approach to cuisine, the menu changes daily with the freshest ingredients available. The restaurant’s approach to food is casual and exciting.

“Amazing experience! Great dinner, outstanding friendly service, and the food was so good! I highly recommend the house dip and the lobster ravioli…. such unique flavors and really wonderful! The chocolate dessert was put off this world… so decadent!”

Kim W.

The wine menu is sourced from obscure vineyards to challenge you to try something new and unique. The house dips and fresh house-baked bread change daily. The atmosphere is as simple as the food is complex. Come with an open mind to try something new, like Brazilian stew or deviled eggs with caviar.

NOTE: Fresh & Co. is open seasonally and closed during the winter months.

Camden Maine Bistro & Cafe Dining Restaurants

Franny’s Bistro

Located in a pretty cottage on Chestnut St, the exterior of Franny’s Bistro is a welcoming sight with hanging flower baskets and twinkling lights on the patio. Inside, some diners share church pews, which gives it a warm, cozy feeling.

“Had a wonderful meal and small town community experience on Friday. We couldn’t get a reservation but arrived early and were greeted by the owner Jen (aka Franny) who seated us at the bar where the bartender Mike provided us with excellent and friendly service. Some locals who frequent Franny’s often highly recommended the halibut and BBQ rib entrees which we ordered. Both were excellent dishes with interesting flavors and generous portions as were the side order roasted roots. We highly recommend this restaurant for its excellent service, atmosphere and food.”

Amy M.

The menu includes Southern favorites, such as shrimp and grits, along with Italian seafood specialties and French classics. You can enjoy a glass of wine, cocktail, or craft beer with your meal too.

NOTE: Franny’s Bistro is open for dinner only, Wednesday through Saturday.

Peter Ott’s on the Water - Camden, Maine
Peter Ott’s on the Water | photo via @woofpie

Seafood Camden Restaurants With a View

Peter Ott’s on the Water

Located on Camden Harbor, Peter Ott’s on the Water is one of the Camden Maine restaurants where you can have lobster in as many ways as you could possibly want. If you love Maine lobster like most people, this is the place to enjoy lobster corn chowder, lobster quesadilla, lobster BLT, lobster roll, lobster fettuccine Alfredo, and steamed Maine lobster.

“Excellent service. We enjoyed the crab cakes which were delicious as our main dish. Lobster chowder and clam chowder as appetizers – delicious!”

Georgia P.

But don’t worry if you would prefer something other than lobster. There’s plenty of good American fare to be had. Plus, you can dine inside or outside, and the overall feel is casual.

NOTE: Peter Ott’s is open seasonally and closed during the winter months.

Waterfront Restaurant

As the name implies, Waterfront is located on Camden Harbor and offers wonderful views of Penobscot Bay. Outdoor dining is available when the weather permits, or gather around the cozy fireplace in the cold weather.

“Perfect ending to a day of hiking in Maine, the food was beyond delicious, the dining room setting with the fireplace glowing was right out of a winter wonderland scene. Awesome staff, we will be back!”

Josh V.

The atmosphere at Waterfront is warmly casual. And, the menu features American classics with a focus on local seafood and produce.

You can get lobster here, but if you prefer whole belly clams, crab (including crab cakes!), scallops, shrimp, haddock, calamari, or mussels, you’ll find it alongside salads, soups, sandwiches, and lunch-size mains. Dinner offers lots of options too, including pork, beef, salmon, and chicken.

NOTE: Open all year, Waterfront is closed on Tuesdays.

The Waterfront Restaurant - Camden, Maine
The Waterfront Restaurant | photo via @emilyrunsboston

Casual Dining in Camden Maine Restaurants

The Jack

This pub is located in the former Knox Woolen Building in downtown Camden. The Jack offers casual dining with lots of appetizers, sliders, and tacos. A full bar is available with craft beers and mixed drinks as well.

“We went into The Jack before dinner to get a drink and play some games. We ended up staying for a few hours and played bocce and Cornhole. The service was great, the bartender, Gwen, checked by regularly to refill our drinks, even when we were playing games. After dinner, we went again, and the owner, Caleb, welcomed us back. The drinks were fantastic, lots of options for beer and mixed drinks. Love it! Highly recommend to anyone that comes into town!”

Edward M.

The outside terrace provides views of a waterfall. In warm weather, you can play cornhole or bocce while enjoying your food, drinks, and the view. Or, stop by on a Thursday for trivia night.

Camden Restaurants for Coffee & Sweet Treats

Owl & Turtle Bookshop Cafe

When you feel like a good cup of coffee or tea, a locally baked pastry, and a good book, The Owl & Turtle offers something really special in downtown Camden. Whether you prefer a cup of black coffee, a specialty coffee, or a cup of tea, you’ll find it here, and the selection of treats is fresh and delicious!

“This place is just cozy and refreshing. We received very kind and prompt service at the coffee counter. Despite coffee not being the only focus of this place, they do it right, offering quality coffee, and traditional drinks, not just the syrupy lattes and gas station brew coffee. We got an El Salvadoran pour-over, and a cappuccino, both prepared with great care. After you get your drink, you have the pleasure of browsing a moderate, but rich collection of books available for perusal and purchase. The “staff favorites” section even includes handwritten reviews on small cards inside the covers of the books. The upstairs area features children’s books and beanbags and kid-sized chairs for kids to enjoy while reading. This was probably our favorite spot in Camden, but get there early because the small space can feel a little crowded once the late morning visitors filter in. Definitely a “don’t-miss” spot in Camden!”

Jesse W.

The books are the big attraction with a carefully curated collection of the latest in fiction, children’s books, magazines, and cookbooks. If you enjoy supporting independent bookstores, this is the perfect place to do just that and relax with a drink and snack.

River Ducks Ice Cream

This ice cream stand in downtown Camden is hard to miss — It’s bright green and pink! Only outdoor seating is available, but you get to indulge in river views along with your cone, milkshake, or sundae.

“This place is so cute. Tucked away off the Main Street. The ice cream was delicious and there’s a little walk you can take nearby. They have soft serve, hard ice cream, sundaes, and more with a huge variety of toppings.” — Jordynn B.

River Ducks Ice Cream is family-owned and a family favorite for frosty treats. You can enjoy a cone of soft serve or traditional hard ice cream. The hard serve comes in 20 flavors, including Maine Wild Blueberry and Camden Cappuccino Crunch.

NOTE: River Ducks is open seasonally.

River Ducks Ice Cream, Camden - Camden Restaurants
River Ducks Ice Cream | photo via @cheatdayorfeastday

Savor More Than Camden Maine Restaurants

Enjoying Camden Maine restaurants is just one of the things to do in this charming seaside town. You can spend a day or a week relaxing and soaking in all the charm and ambiance that MidCoast Maine has to offer. Be prepared to fall in love with the delicious food and friendly people.

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