Top Restaurants in Maine
Collected by Hilary Nangle , AFAR Local Expert
Farm-to-table or lobster-boat-to-dockside-shack, Maine's eating options are pretty attractive. With ingredients like local maple syrup and blueberries, just-caught seafood, and the freshest produce on the menu, your meals in restaurants from Portland food trucks to coastal resort dining rooms are bound to be good.
288 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
21 Wells Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107, USA
You’ve heard of farm-to-table, but the Well at Jordan’s Farm takes it to another level: farm-as-table. Culinary Institute of America grad Jason Williams sources most of the ingredients for his daily-changing menu from what’s in...
515 Basin Point Rd, Harpswell, ME 04079, USA
Decisions, decisions: What’s the best reason to visit Dolphin Marina and Restaurant? Some come for the panoramic views over Casco Bay and its many islands. A few like the location on a working marina, where boats come and go. The savvy come...
315 Island Rd, South Thomaston, ME 04858, USA
Traditional lobster shacks edge shorelines all along Maine’s coast, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a more idyllic one than McLoons, tucked away in Spruce Head, south of Rockland. It’s situated on a working harbor, where you...
2 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841, USA
It is all about farm-to-table cuisine at Primo, where two-time James Beard Award–winning chef Melissa Kelly hangs both her toque and her garden shears. Behind the restaurant, in a Victorian house on the Rockland–Owls Head town line, are acres of...
9 Thurston Rd, Bernard, ME 04612, USA
Slip over to Bass Harbor, on the quiet side of Mount Desert Island, for an authentic taste of Maine. Unlike most harbors on the island, Bass is filled with working boats, not pleasure craft, and lobster traps, crates, and other gear top the...
15 Peabody Dr, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662, USA
Skip the crowds at the Jordan Pond House and opt for tea and popovers at the Asticou Inn instead. Say "Asticou," and most people think of the lovely, 2.3-acre, Japanese-style pocket garden famous for its 70 varieties of azaleas, rhododendrons, and...
111 Main St, Machias, ME 04654, USA
At Helen’s, it’s all about the pie. Sure, there’s more on the menu, but the wild-Maine-blueberry pie at the restaurant has earned fame far beyond the state’s borders. For starters, it’s an authentic taste of down east Maine. To be truly down east,...
24 Reed Rd, Stratton, ME 04982, USA
Begin with a rural farmhouse rescued from abandonment and masterfully restored and renovated into a restaurant retaining its architectural bones. Not many folks would consider an unorganized territory with a population numbering fewer than 200...
1888 Golden Rd, Millinocket, ME 04462, USA
One of the best ways to experience Maine’s North Woods—the wilderness expanse of mountains, lakes, rivers, and forests north of Bangor—is to immerse yourself in it by staying at a Maine Sporting Camp, but that doesn’t always fit into a schedule or...
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