Hartstone Inn
Hartstone Inn

Hartstone Inn

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hartstoneinn.com/dining/
  • Phone: 2072364259
  • Hours of Operation:
    5:30pm-8:30pm every night
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Washington St. and Free St.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from Hartstone Inn
Butter poached Maine lobster over angel hair, Pistachio Crusted Lamb chops, and grilled Salmon Niçoise are just a sample of what diners might experience at the Hartstone Inn. Steps from Camden harbor, Fodor's considers the Hartstone Inn "An elegant and sophisticated retreat and culinary destination offering a unique experience in pampered luxury." Our cellar list offers a selection of 150 bottles, starting at $24, and lauded by Wine Spectator.

Proud recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award and the American Culinary Federation Achievement of Excellence award.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Hartstone Inn reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (18)special occasion (15)fit for foodies (15)neighborhood gem (9)notable wine list (9)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Excellent as usual
    Lilly
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner here recently and once again were treated to a delicious meal. A must stop for us every time we are in Camden.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Conestee
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Fabulous food prepared and presented beautifully.our favorite dining experience in the Rockport Camden area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wonderful experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    My husband and I stayed two nights at the Hartstone Inn and had dinner in the resturaunt. We enjoyed everything about our stay! The food was great and the service was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice dining experience
    Debbie
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My husband & I had reservations on Aug 31 st for dinner. As we waited a short time for our table, we had delicious cocktails and were served complimentary appetizers, which were very good. Our dinners and the servers were simply the best. I highly recommend Hartstone for a truly great dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Enough
    PamAla
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We found the service to be friendly from Jeangie, but the other server was rather cold and abrupt. The food was nicely prepared and the chef very friendly (more so than the blond server) though rather bland. Its located in a Victorian house and is also an Inn, though we didn't stay there, it seemed very pleasant. Restaurant was small but well appointed. Not a bad choice for dinner but there are others we liked better.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • PERFECTION!
    LINK
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Our dining experience at the Hartstone Inn was perfect. From the moment we were greeted to the last bit of dessert, everything was "top shelf". The food was absolutely delicious and served in a beautiful setting. It was a pleasure to be in a restaurant that was quiet enough to be able to talk. The staff was attentive but not smothering. It was truly a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • superb meal
    eatright
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food at the Harstone Inn is a work of art. From start to finish, the presentation, flavor combinations, textures, colors and nutritional value of the menu items were perfect. The only problem was the service, which was a little frosty and inattentive. We had tea pots served but no cups and saucers. The server was very polite, but would not sustain eye contact and seemed a little cold.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tinajane
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Tasting menu was delicious. Was able to accommodate my husband who is gluten intolerant. Small intimate dining rooms. Service was outstanding. Would highly recommend .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good
    Fitz
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We sat outside on the porch on a lovely evening. The wine and food were delish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Hartstone Inn was an awesome place to dine. Service was excellent as was the ambience and character of the Inn. The menu although not extensive, was enough to provide a variation for selection. Would not hesitate to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    MikeT
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Romantic setting and great food. Perfect for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second time, and still great!
    Wayne
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed a delightful evening dining experience at Hartstone Inn last week. We both had the asparagus risotto with a lobster claw and half lobster tail. The risotto was made from stock, without cream. Superb! My wife enjoyed her (very thick and perfectly cooked) pork chop and I delighted in the sole, stuffed with crab. Unlike so many similar dishes elsewhere, the "hint" of lemon was perfectly balanced. You knew it was there, but it did not overpower the fish (sole is so delicate) in any way. Service was excellent and the table was quite romantic. Slightly not to my liking was the Tanqueray martini--it was warm. Clearly, I should have asked for it to be shaken (with ice). I'll know for next time there. Recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful dinner experience
    texasD2
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I took my wife to the Hartstone Inn for her birthday, and we had a fantastic dinner. We both opted for the chef's tasting menu - each course was well thought out and expertly prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top dining experience
    Lover4food
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We celebrated my birthday at Hartstone having one of the best meals ever. When I first reserved a table it was for 4 people. We called and requested an in crease to 5. They were so welcoming and readily welcomed the 5 people in our party. We all experienced the outstanding tasters menu . Every course was beautifully presented and beyond amazing with fabulous sauces and perfect food. One of our party had an overdone beef tenderloin and they replaced it with another perfectly prepared tenderloin and even comped their drinks. My husband thinks we experienced one of our top experiences of dining ever,even in line I with places we dined in France and Italy! We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    likestoeat
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This restaurant is caught in a time warp. The type of food preparation that was considered fine dining 20 years ago. Everything smothered in thick sauces.
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  • Somewhat disappointing
    Eltoro
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Food was better than average for a fine dinning establishment; however, the service was much too fast, even hurried. Although not full, I guess with so few tables the need to hurry people in and out is necessary?
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  • Disappointing
    Olivier
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Our experience was very disappointing. Service was sloppy. I had to get up from my table to get my own wine. Server rushed us at the beginning and then were more focus on setting up breakfast for the the next morning instead of taking care of the costumers in the dinning room. I had to get in the kitchen and wave one of the cooks to get my check. The worst is to come, the restaurant will charge you an automatic 15% gratuities without any mention somewhere when looking at the menu. Food was very average. The website advertise great food with wonderful picture, but reality is far from those pictures.
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  • Fantastic everytime
    MikeFama
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Fantastic food, service and wine selection definitely five star --- love the 5 course meal option -- select that on every visit
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    My husband and I made dinner reservations at the Hartstone Inn for our 10th anniversary. The food that was prepared for us was outstanding! Every little detail had been perfected. All of the food had wonderful flavor and the portions were just enough to fill us up and leave us very satisfied. The waitress and other staff were very kind and not at all stuck up like some other places! We felt very welcome there. My husband and I will definitely return again next time we are celebrating a special occasion, and will also be recommending this restaurant to our family and friends! Wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner for the girlfriend
    FreddieHubbard
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    This is a great spot for couples celebrating a special occasion. Great food! My girlfriend loved the chocolates that the waitress brought out after dessert with the birthday message for her.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.9
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.8
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 27 reviews are from the Hartstone Inn reviews archive.
  • Very Expensive for okay
    hopingformore
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    We had two servers - the main server was excellent. The decor is quite exquisite. The food was competently prepared but not distinctive - certainly not distinctive enough to justify the prices in any way.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A Delectable Meal
    Lilly
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We recently had an outstanding meal at the Hartstone Inn. The Rack of Lamb was cooked and seasoned to perfection. From the appetizer, to the entrée and finally the desert all was cooked excellently. The service was top notch and friendly. We will definitely dine here again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice fine-dining experience
    theatereater
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We enjoyed the Hartstone Inn very much. The service was excellent. Because it was a busy night in Camden we had booked early and they were attentive and our food came quickly. The portions are not large, but European style portions of delicious items: quality, not quantity. The food was freshly prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Excellent food and service. Very limited menu but delightful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • $55 Christmas Special
    DinerBound
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    5 course. Shrimp in porcelain spoon was a little new, duck starter was surprisingly delicious, lobster bisque was a little intense, surf and turf was 50/50 (great lobster tail but steak was dry). Can't recall Dessert? I love foods of many cultures, but the kind you would find in private homes in other cultures, such as cuisine of the Portuguese, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Greek, Jamaican, Ethiopian, Uruguayan, etc. Real food from real people. That essence can sometimes be lost in upscale restaurants and limit ones palate in an attempt to do the opposite. I'm only one opinion.
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  • Disappointing!
    MaineMom
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    We were really looking forward to this dinner but ended up a disappointed! Overall it was ok but we were expecting so much more! The food was fine - the one exception being the chilled seafood platter which was superb. We both ordered the bistro steak as an entree and it really did not have any flavor. The ambience was ok as well, again nothing to really get very excited about. We did get to meet the chef which was very nice. The most disappointing part of our evening was the service! There was no one to greet us when we walked in and we had to look around to find someone to seat us. Our waitress was borderline rude and rushed us through what we had hoped would be a leisurely dinner.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Miracle on Elm Street
    Millcove
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    This is an exceptional place that grew up from a humble B&B into a true inn in the classic sense of a place of lodging and dining. The food was first rate from the bread to the salad to the entree. The dishes were explained, the variety was good, and the execution was superb. One gripe: the martini was anemic both in size and potency. It claimed to be Beefeater's. I am skeptical.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful spot
    anne
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    found this by chance and what luck..wonderful chef's tasting...great wine list with good wines of reasonable price....will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice cozy dining with great food
    AvidMainer
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    Very nice inn; dining room is cozy and service was great. Not a large menu, but it changes frequently, and food is fresh and well prepared. Wild mushroom soup was the best I've had. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful.
    Scotty
    Dined on 9/17/2013
    Charming spot. Delicious food, nicely presented. Good service. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Melanie
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    Even though we are frequent visitors to Camden, this was our first time at Hartstone and we were very impressed. The food was exceptional. The atmosphere is very quiet, so this may not be the best place for a group. Perfect for couples.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was overall good,
    lmdoelling
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    The food was overall good, but the pork chop I had for my entree was overcooked and somewhat tough. The service was adequate, but they seemed too busy to talk to us about anything for more than a minute or so. Their brevity made them appear snooty. We then realized at the end of the dinner that they decided to add their gratuity on the check! I have never had a restaurant add gratuity on for serving just two people. No wonder they didn't feel the need to talk to us much- they knew that they didn't need to actually earn a tip!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic romantic dining experianc
    LovingCamdenMaine
    Dined on 9/10/2013
    My wife and I recently at here for during our 12th anniversary getaway trip and it was amazing. The dining room is small and perfect to have a quite romantic dinner. The service was always perfect and the food was delicious. I would highly recommend anyone who is near Camden, Maine to visit.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice dinner
    JPTierney
    Dined on 9/2/2013
    Hartstone delivered a fabulous dinner and is a very quaint setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not what I expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2013
    This restaurant was highly recommended for its tasting menu, but I thought the food was very average. The gazpacho was very ordinary and the poached lobster entree was not very special. The restaurant was hot and the service was ok, but not great. I would not go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday dinner at Hartstone Inn
    Lilyluv2dine
    Dined on 8/19/2013
    The dinner was delightful and the setting was magnificent. Definitely a home run for my friend who was having a birthday. The only negative feedback I have is that they added an automatic 15% gratuity to our bill and we were only a party of four. The server definitely missed out as our typical tip is 20% plus. And it was a little offensive. If we can afford the prices at Hartstone, we can afford the tip but weren't given the opportunity to do so.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food good, service disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    The place is dreary. No bar. Waited for reserved table in Inn's breakfast room. Were told mixed drinks were premixed. Ordered Ketel One martinis. No Ketel One. Drinks finally came in beautiful handblown glasses (Grey Goose) and were good.Were forgotten in room. Relaxing. Then hustled to table in dining room.Chose prix fixe 5 course menu. Food good, but service not. A contrast to quality of meal. Ordered great wine-was served poorly. Seemed odd.Servers were bored and remote and VERY hurried. By the time the dessert came ( it was the only tasteless dish), the servers clearly wanted us to move on. Bill arrived with 15% tip included (only the two of us). We chose not to add any further tip. Unusual as we often tip above 20%.We would not go back
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • World class dining in Camden, Maine
    Beth
    Dined on 8/5/2013
    Doesn't get any better than this. And I've eaten at Alinea, Charlie Trotters, the French Laundry and the Inn at Little Washington. Perfect execution, flawless service, intimate atmosphere. A special place for our 30th Anniversary dinner. And I'm hoping to be able to go on their Italian cooking class some day soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine cuisine, special evening
    Mainelover
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    We have eaten at the Hartstone several times in the last few years on our annual trip to Camden. Each time we have been delighted with the excellent food, prepared imaginatively and in such a way that enhances the natural flavors of the top-notch fresh ingredients. We shared an appetizer of lobster prepared four ways, which was wonderful, and we both had the parmesan-crusted cod with tiger shrimp and arugula pesto. The food was amazing and the wait staff was very attentive but unobtrusive. We look forward to going back next year!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mix and Match Menu
    Bruce79
    Dined on 7/31/2013
    We've been coming to the Hartstone Inn for years to enjoy the 5-course tasting menu. This year we mixed it up and worked off the a la carte menu and enjoyed some of our favorite dishes. Another wonderful evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.