10 Restaurants In Maine With The Most Amazing Dockside Dining
By Michelle|Updated on February 21, 2023(Originally published February 16, 2023)
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As the weather continues to warm, all we want to do is spend time outside. Between hiking, swimming, and boating there are plenty of ways to while away the hours with a fresh Maine breeze. But, I think we can all agree that everything is better when it involves a meal. So, today we’re talking about the best way to enjoy the fresh air AND a solid meal in Vacationland. Check out these spots for some of the best waterfront restaurants in Maine.
Please note that many of these waterfront restaurants in Maine operate seasonally, so be sure and check the restaurant website before you go in order to confirm hours!
It’s lucky for everyone in Maine that eating here is just as great even when it’s not on the water, as evidenced by these amazing waterfront restaurants in ME! Have you been to any of these establishments before? Talk about dinner with a view!
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What are the best restaurants in Maine?
Looking for the best restaurants in Maine for your dining bucket list? Whether you're searching for waterfront restaurants, fine dining restaurants, or casual seafood shacks, here are some of the best restaurants in ME you need to try:
River Drivers Restaurant, Millinocket. While there are certainly plenty of restaurants with astounding views here in Maine, this one might be one of the best. Sitting right on Millinocket Lake, the winter views of Mount Katahdin are incredible, making this easily one of the best waterfront restaurants in Maine.
Schulte & Herr, Portland. Some of the best and most authentic German food in Maine can be found at this restaurant just outside the Old Port. Equally as great is that the restaurant is family owned!
The Chebeague Island Inn, Chebeague Island. It's hard to beat the views from this waterfront restaurant in Maine. If you love eating locally, you'll be in heaven here. Second Wind Farm, located on the island, provides much of the produce used in dishes. And, the Chef’s Garden provides herbs and smaller vegetables. Please note: this island restaurant can only be accessed by boat and it’s well worth the trip!
MC Perkins Cove, Ogunquit. M.C. Perkins Cove is a Maine Coast waterfront restaurant with fresh seafood, steaks, and craft cocktails. The seafood is as fresh as it gets and the menu is the product of head chefs Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier, who were named "Best Chefs in the Northeast" by the James Beard Foundation.
What are some other must-try waterfront restaurants in Maine?
With more coastline than California there's no shortage of waterfront restaurants in Maine! From the ocean to lakes and rivers, here are some great waterfront restaurants in ME to try: