An email to a future guest at a Camden Bed and Breakfast:
Dear Guests of Camden Maine, There are a lot of great options for dinner in Camden Maine. If you are visiting during the summer, you will need reservations for some of them. If you are coming to Camden in the Winter, please call ahead to see if the restaurants are open. Camden is not like Bar Harbor, where the sidewalks are rolled up and nothing is open, but we do have limited open good restaurants in the downtown during winter. There are nearby towns with some dining choices. Here are my suggestions:
Long Grain – this small restaurant does not have a website, but here is a write up about them: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/12/travel/restaurant-report-long-grain-in-camden-me.html?_r=0
You will need a reservation for Long Grain. The restaurant is very small and a local favorite. Sometimes I tell guests if they cannot get a reservation they can order take out and come back to the Inn and eat in our dining room. – Long Grain Restaurant is walking distance from Windward B&B. The Chef of this restaurant was just nominated for the 2015 James Beard Award.Long Grain announced in the summer of 2015 that they will be moving to the old Zaddick’s building on Washington Street. This will allow them to have more seats and have an Asian style market. We at Windward House are looking forward to this expansion of Long Grain.Here is the text of their facebook post regarding the move:
We really excited to share with you “future home” of “Long Grain”.
The building was former home of beloved Zaddik’s pizza and Fromvianduex. It is only one block from our current location.
Long Grain is not expanding just relocating with maybe a few more tables (adding to our current 27 seat capacity).
The real new addition will be “Asian Market” as part of the restaurant (homemade-Long Grain goodies, selected Asian products and what not).
However the building needs love and to be taken care off big time. Potentially we should be there next season (2016)
Until then we are still here at the same place as we began our 1st day in 2010.
Love to you all and much appreciated for your love and support
Atlantica Seafood Bistro. Permanently closed. I am putting this mention here because many of Windward House guests have eaten at Atlantica over the years. it is sad to see them go.There is a sign in the window advertising for a new restaurant lease. I can not wait to see what goes into this great location.
Drouthy Bear – New Scottish pub in downtown Camden Maine. Newly opened in summer of 2015. Very limited seating and very popular.
The Rhumb Line – a new restaurant has opened in Camden. It is located on the far side of the harbor. It is not located in the downtown, but in the boatyard. The old Wayfarer marine, which is now Lyman Morse boatyard, has opened up to boat people and the town folks. I like this place because the view is unique. The view is of the beautiful downtown of Camden Maine. You can see the sun setting in the west as you enjoy a cocktail at a formal table or a picnic table. Pricing is moderate. This new restaurant is a nice easy walk from Windward House.
PRIMO: For super extra special occasions, we recommend Primo in Owls Head Maine. http://www.primorestaurant.com/ The chef at Primo just won the James Beard award for best chef in the North East. You will have to drive to Primo. Sometimes our guests take a cab back and forth so they can have a drink with dinner. You will need a reservation. If you do not have a reservation, you can try to get a seat in the bar upstairs. The bar area has a different menu than the restaurant, both menus are great. Primo is a true farm to table experience. Primo reopens for the season early May 2016.
Natalie’s in Camden is also recommended for super special occasions. I personally am not too fond of this restaurant. The restaurant is very expensive and fancy http://www.nataliesrestaurant.com/ – You will need a reservation and it is walking distance from the Inn.
Waterfront Restaurant is a very casual restaurant in downtown Camden. It is a large restaurant and you do not need a reservation (reservations can only be made for parties of 6 or more). They have a nice bar and a wonderful deck. If you are lucky you can sit on the deck and look for harbor seals. When I go, I only order from the bar menu – it is lovely – local burgers and mussels, oysters, lobster. http://www.waterfrontcamden.com/ Walking distance from the Inn.
Fresh Restaurant – Fresh Restaurant just changed hands in management, but still has the same Chef, in fact the chef is the owner. I prefer chef owned restaurants. There seems to be more attention to detail with that kind of set up. The menu is eclectic and has a few options that can accommodate, Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten-Free. http://freshcamden.com . Unfortunately, since they changed their menu there are less options for those that do not eat meat.
I could go on and on for a while, but these are just a few. If you heard of a place and want an opinion, please let me know. If you were thinking about Lobster Pounds let me know (that is a completely different list). LOBSTER POUNDS ARE ONLY OPEN IN THE SUMMER!
Lunch Favorite: Camden Deli
FYI: One of the traditional Camden Me Restaurants has closed: Cappy’s has changed hands to the Maine Chain Restaurant. The new Sea Dog Me Restaurant will open in early June.
Coming up the coast and stopping in Portland Maine and have a Vegan Diet: http://greenelephantmaine.com/
There will be a new restaurant in the Harbor in 2016. The owner of the SlipWay is opening another restaurant in the old Wayfarer property, now known as Lyman Morse. The entrance will be from Sea Street, 1 block from Windward House Inn.
Kind Regards, 🙂