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Amazing Waterfront Restaurants in Maine

The Maine Waterfront Dining Experience

Food and water. These are the most vital elements for our health and wellbeing – our need for them is a reminder that we are alive, energetic and unconditionally tied to nature. The best Maine dining is to feast on a delicious meal, satiating your appetite, while enjoying waterfront views that provide food for the spirit. Waterfront dining is the best of both worlds – quenching your thirst for gorgeous views of the ocean and river, over a splendid Maine meal. There’s nothing more satisfying than savoring delicious seafood while gazing out to the ocean or watching the flow of the river. It’s food for the soul.

As you enjoy your waterfront dining in Maine, you escape from the news, the noise, the Facebook,  to truly be present in your beautiful surroundings, face to face with real flavors anmd tastes! Feast on your delectable fresh baked Maine lobster while enjoying the company of family, friends and waterfront views. There’s no better place to revel in the pleasures of waterfront dining than Maine for world renowned seafood and lobster served in a variety of waterfront places. Casual dining on the coast comes at lobster pounds and family friends restaurants close to the beach, to fine dining at Maine’s best restaurants overlooking the water.


Maine is ideal for getting away to take in the beautiful natural landscape of winding rivers, the ebb and flow of the oceans and ever changing tidal salt marshes. Foodies will discover top Maine restaurants with oceanfront dining in York, OgunquitKennebunkportPortlandBoothbay, Castine and Bar Harbor. There is also great riverside, harbor and lakeside dining in Maine resort towns like Kennebunk, Camden, Rangeley, Moosehead and Sebago Lakes region.

The best and most convenient waterfront dining locations in Maine are beachfront resortsoceanfront hotels or lakeside accommodations, but there are also mom and pop clam shacks near lighthouses serving lobster in the rough – outside by the sea. Maine invites you to a vacation to revitalize your thirst for nature and satisfy your taste buds.


Dennetts Wharf  l Castine

Waterfront restaurant and Oyster Bar located in the heart of Castine on the docks. Dennett’s is one of Maine’s best-known and loved places for local seafood, pub fare and plenty of beer on tap. Sit on the deck overlooking the waterfront, or inside the classic sail loft for cocktails and a fresh Maine menu. Dennett’s is always fun with great food. Live music, Maine lobster, oysters, clams, calamari and mussels, served by a friendly staff.  15 Sea St. Castine. info@dennettswharf.net 207-326-9045

1637 and Ships Cellar Pub l York Harbor
Country Living Magazine selected York Harbor Inn as Inn of the Month, mentioning the Inn’s Ship’s Cellar Pub as great for casual lunch or dinner. Executive Chef Bonsey has been recognized as one of the top chefs in Maine and one of only a few hundred Chefs accredited by the American Culinary Federation to the American Academy of Chefs. Whether you dine at “1637” or in the Ships Cellar Pub, you are certain to have an enjoyable experience. 480 York St. York Harbor. 207-363-5119, 800-343-3869

Dolphin Marina Restaurant l 515 Basin Point Rd l Harpswell

About 40 min from Portland on a most spectacular point in the heart of Casco Bay lies the Dolphin with extraordinary waterfront views and delicious hand prepared Maine food. This family owned and operated restaurant and bar in beautiful Harpswell serves fresh seafood and homemade baked goods like our legendary blueberry muffins, in a panoramic restaurant. Try our famous fish chowder and lobster stew, or see  the Blackboard for the daily catch or lobster and save room for our homemade desserts. Come by car or boat to our Dolphin Marina docks. Open for lunch and dinner. 515 Basin Point Rd,  Harpswell, Maine, 207-833-6000

Boathouse Waterfront | Kennebunkport

The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel and Restaurant is located on the Kennebunk River, just steps from Dock Square in central Kennebunkport. With a creative menu, a vibrant bar, Raw Bar offerings and spacious outdoor deck with cozy seating for Happy Hour daily, The Boathouse has quickly become a locals’ favorite. 21 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, Maine 877-266-1304

Dining at Osprey restaurant

Osprey Restaurant l Georgetown

Osprey Restaurant in beautiful Robinhood Cove in Georgetown, serves the freshest seafood and fun pub fare overlooking Robinhood Marina and the picturesque cove where osprey and seals play. Located 50 minutes north of Portland, southeast of Bath and west of Boothbay, in quiet Riggs Cove off the Sheepscot River, you can arrive at Osprey by land or sea for lunch or dinner, sitting inside or out.  Enjoy live music Sunday afternoons and Jazz Friday nights, cocktails specials and a casual Maine seaside setting. 340 Robinhood Road, Georgetown, Reservations 207-371-2530 

Nonantum Resort | Kennebunkport

Platinum Plate award-winning (TV Diner) water view dining with live entertainment in 95 Ocean. Favorite dishes include fresh seafood, varied lobster preparation and famous Blueberry Chipotle Ribs along with funky coctails and creative menu at Heckman’s Pub onsite. Foodies can also enjoy dancing to live music view grand views of the Kennebunk River. 95 Ocean Avenue, PO Box 2626, Kennebunkport, Maine 207-967-4050

OCEAN l Oceanfront Dining – Kennebunkport

Ocean at Cape Arundel Inn overlooks Walker’s Point, so you can enjoy a gourmet dinner with a presidential view of the Bush Compound. The dining room and the wrap around porch are extraordinary. A sophisticated menu features local seafood and farm raised fare artfully prepared. Go to Ocean before sunset so you can enjoy the ocean view, for cocktails on the classic porch. Cape Arundel Inn is at 208 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, 207-967-2125

More About the Experience of Dining at Waterfront Restaurants in Maine

You may think “dinner and a show” is the best combination for dining in Maine. Even better than dinner and a movie is waterfront dining in Maine where the scenery is the real attraction. Dining out for a gourmet meal or satiating seafood dinner where an ocean view or a sunset on a Maine lake from your dinner table is the show.

In Maine, waterfront dining is about relaxation, real local-sourced food, unplugging from your everyday realities and reconnecting with Maine’s natural beauty. Disconnect from your digital world and dig into a fresh Maine lobster with a view of the Atlantic, or loons gliding across a glassy lakes. You will be glad you did, seaside food just tastes better, fresher.

Maine offers a variety of waterfront dining settings from ocean views, coastal tidal salt marshes to quiet river views, and bustling scenic harbors dotted with boats. You will find every style of waterfront dining in Maine too, from casual clam shacks clinging to the coast to upscale gourmet dining with bold oceanfront settings.

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