Boutique Portland hotel’s restaurant celebrates the sea and the surrounding city
When you walk down the spiral staircase and out the front doors of the Portland Harbor Hotel, you are walking right into a seacoast town. And that town is celebrated at the boutique hotel’s BlueFin North Atlantic Seafood restaurant. Relax in a plush booth or on the lush garden patio and enjoy seasonal menus that highlight Maine’s bounty of fresh seafood and local ingredients. Farm-fresh eggs and griddle specialties make for memorable breakfasts; the tasty lunch menu features lobster rolls, burgers and fish tacos. For dinner, start with the raw bar (or ask for the Portland Harbor Lobster Popover), then move on to the Lazy Portland LobsterDinner, cioppino, short-rib pot pie or rack of lamb. Lovely meal, lovely atmosphere: Perfection.
29 South Main StreetKennebunkport, ME, 04046Phone: 207-967-3993Toll-Free: 800-879-5779
Casual dining in a cozy Maine Cove
Open Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day weekend, The Dory at the Lodge at the Cove offers a unique dining experience for guests at the colorful poolside bar. Just minutes from Dock Square, this serene, outdoor bistro overlooking the cove offers a laid back atmosphere for friends, lovers and family. The menu features build-your-own burgers, homemade milkshakes and clever sides such as sweet potato tater tots, as well as quesadillas, lobster salad, local seafood. Creative cocktails, a daily Happy Hour (4pm to 6pm) and live local music make it festive for the adults while ping pong, lawn games and retro ice cream bars keep the kids happy. Tucked away from downtown Kennebunkport, it’s the perfect spot for a relaxing time.
265 Long Beach AvenueYork Beach, ME, 03909Phone: 207-363-5112
Relaxed atmosphere, great seafood (and more) at this oceanside restaurant
Remember when dining by the water was a relaxed affair, maybe savoring a lobster roll or chowder or fried clams while the sun shone and the sea breezes wafted by? You can recapture that at the Anchorage Inn’s Sun and Surf Restaurant, where they’ve been serving up casual fare at their dramatic surfside location since 1963. Enjoy your meal on one of three outdoor patios or in their colorful dining room. Seafood’s a specialty, but you can order up everything from burgers and salads to steaks and pasta. Or, go for some extra creamy Maine-made ice cream at their takeout window. For quick snacks, light breakfasts or a cocktail, seek out the inn’s poolside cafe.
Feast on Maine lobster and don't miss the creme brulee
For distinctive dining on Maine's coast, head to Jonathan's Ogunquit. You'll enjoy casual fine dining in a contemporary lounge atmosphere with exquisite gardens and a 600-gallon aquarium. We offer a menu that will suit all, with both innovative dishes and deep-rooted local favorites. We use sustainable, local products whenever reasonably permitted. We're open for lunch Wednesday thru Sunday and for dinner every day. Do you crave something harvested from the sea? Try our boiled lobster, seafood-stuffed haddock, or seafood chowder with lobster, shrimp, and fresh scallops. Among our other entrees: chicken piccata, Jaerger schnitzel, wild mushroom pappardelle, and Black Angus hand-cut steak. Don’t miss our award-winning chocolate mousse or our legendary creme brulee.