Where to Eat in Maine: Camden, Bar Harbor, Rockport, Rockland, Portland

Every road trip to Maine involves lobster. And while there are certainly many seafood shacks to choose from, a meal in Maine can be so much more than lobster rolls and chowder (although those are very, very good). For our Labor Day weekend trip, we made our way through Camden, Rockport, Rockland, Bar Harbor and Portland, and our food itinerary was surprisingly diverse. We had fantastic plates of Asian food in lily-white Camden, hand rolls and omakase in Portland, and delicious blueberry pancakes in Bar Harbor. If you’re looking for a hit-list of places to eat that include a little bit of lobster and a whole lot of something else, check out the recommendations below.

Camden, Maine
Long Grain
20 Washington St, Camden, ME 04843
(207) 236 – 9001
Vibe: Southeast Asian food in country-chic settings.
Must get dish: the Maine crab fried rice.

Rockport, Maine
18 Central Oyster Bar & Grill
18 Central St, Rockport, ME 04856
(207) 466-9055
Vibe: Fresh seafood and raw bar in a modern steakhouse.
Must get dish: Raw oysters and the specials of the day.

Rockland, Maine
Claws
743 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841
(207) 596-5600
Vibe: Quintessential Maine seafood shack.
Must get dish: Lobster roll with a side of butter.

Bar Harbor, Maine
Jordan’s Restaurant
80 Cottage Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
Vibe: Scrappy, local diner that makes one of the best blueberry pancakes in town.
Must get dish: Blueberry pancakes.

Wiscasset, Maine
Red’s Eats
41 Water St, Wiscasset, ME 04578
(207) 882-6128
Vibe: Famous lobster shack with lines out the door.
Must get order: Deep fried clams, followed by the lobster roll.

Portland, Maine
Eventide Oyster Co.
86 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-8538
Vibe: Brightly lit and inviting raw bar. Everyone keeps insisting that Portland’s food is amazing, and this is the restaurant that makes you believe them.
Must get order: Any raw fish crudo / carpaccio / sashimi.

Mr. Tuna
28 Monument Way, Portland, ME 04101
Vibe: Tiny hand roll stand that sets up shop in various spots around Portland. Check @mr.tuna_maine for schedule.
Must get order: Any of the spicy rolls.

Tandem Coffee + Bakery
742 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102
(207) 805-1887
Vibe: Hipster bakery and coffee shop housed in a former gas station.
Must get order: Famous loaded biscuit slathered in jam and butter. Pies are also acceptable.

Standard Bakery Co.
75 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 773-2112
Vibe: Pretty, artisanal bakery that’s serious about its breads and pastries.
Must get order: Croissant or financier.

Miyake
468 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 466-9055
Vibe: Creative omakase in a traditional Japanese setting.
Must get dish: Choose the 4-course dinner option so you can try a little bit of everything. I personally liked the hamayaki–lobster, scallop and crab over sushi rice with kewpie mayo.

Elda (technically in Biddeford, ~20 minute drive from Portland)
140 Main St, Biddeford, ME 04005
(207) 494-8365
Vibe: Sleek, New Nordic atmosphere. (Definitely the most refined and impressive restaurant on our trip).
Must get order: 4-course menu is the only option and changes seasonally. I was impressed by everything, even the bread.

 

 

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