An email to a future guest at a Camden Bed and Breakfast:
Dear Guests of Camden Maine, There are a lot of great restaurants in Camden Maine. There are some that you will need reservations for. Here are my suggestions:
Long Grain – they do 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 out B&B. The Chef of this restaurant was just nominated for the 2015 James Beard Award.
Atlantica Seafood Bistro. The location of this restaurant is great – right on the water. On a sunny day, sit on the deck and watch the boats. Ken, the Chef, is dedicated to using local farm ingredients. It is a nice restaurant. http://www.atlanticarestaurant.com/ You will need a reservation and it is walking distance from the Inn. I hear this will be there last year (2015) at this location. Make sure you get there before they leave.
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, bot menus are great. Primo is a true farm to table experience.
Natalie’s in Camden is also recommended for super special occasions. I personally am not too fond of this restaurant but it has made a name for itself. 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 great and has many options that can accommodate, Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten-Free. http://freshcamden.com
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).
There is a new place in Rockport Maine, 1 town South of Camden, just opened last year and is becoming popular– Salt Water Farm Café https://saltwaterfarm.com/unionhall/ . I have not been there yet but you might want to check it out. Peter Ott’s in downtown Camden is moving down by the harbor in Camden Maine. You might want to check it out when you come.
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