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Muddy Rudder Yarmouth
Muddy Rudder Yarmouth

Muddy Rudder Yarmouth Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.muddy-rudder.com
  • Phone: (207) 846-3082
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday 11am - 9pm Friday - 11am - 930pm

    Saturday 10am - 2pm Brunch 10am - 930pm Dinner

    Sunday 10am - 2pm Brunch 10am - 930pm Dinner
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jeff Miller
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Come listen to out talented piano players that play on Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Happy Hour daily from 3pm - 6pm Wine, beer and appetizers for $3

    Let us cater your special event. You can sit down with Chef Miller and design a menu that suits your needs.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Muddy Rudder Yarmouth
Owners Matthew Witham and Jeff Miller are proud and excited to invite you to The Muddy Rudder Restaurant. Bringing a combined 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Matt and Jeff‘s vision of providing their guests with exceptional food, coupled with impeccable service, has materialized on the picturesque coastline of Maine. Jeff’s extensive culinary experience working in many of the finest restaurant kitchens in The Lakes Region of New Hampshire add a unique flare to an already balanced menu that also offers many a traditional Maine classic. Matt’s gregarious personality manifests itself through “The Rudder’s” friendly knowledgeable staff; eager to help, and quick to serve. Welcome and enjoy….. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We always enjoy Muddy Rudder Yarmouth when visiting Maine. Since it was off season, it was easy to get a table. They were really great adapting the menu for food allergies. All 5 of us enjoyed our meals. The menu was original and creative without being snobby."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I have not been to the Muddy Rudder in years. My boyfriend and I went there for my 30th birthday. His prime rib was to die for. It was cook perfectly, melted in your mouth, and had tons of flavor. I got the fishermen’s platter. It has more food than you can ever eat but the quality was subpar. It had no real taste to it. Their tartar sauce has a strong horseradish taste, and the seafood tasted kind of like old oil. I would recommend the Muddy Rudder because it has a very nice and relaxing atmosphere, a nice view, and I think I just got a dud. I would recommend that they update their chairs because a couple of them were holding on for dear life. Our waitress was friendly but it she took a long time to get our order."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "appetizer and dessert were very good but the entree was barely warm."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "…but the food and service will bring us back. My husband and I visited to celebrate Valentines Day. We shared a bottle of wine and then a Caesar salad. The entries, a special salmon and the seafood casserole, were delicious. We finished with a warm apple tart with vanilla ice cream and coffee. Our server, Angela was attentive and made good recommendations. All in all, two thumbs up. Thanks for asking."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Another great dinning experience at the Muddy Rudder which we have been patronizing for many years, always good food, service and nice setting"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I requested a simple table by the window for my newlywed bride. And they pulled through! :) It was very romantic abs simple at the same time, not a single thing to complain about!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The food and service is always good. Do so enjoy the piano music at the bar."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We went with friends and we're able to sit a talk for a lengthy time, it was a wonderful experience. And they were able to seat us before our reservation time."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We booked a table for 3 for 7pm on Christmas Eve. We opted to have two portions of mussels to share between the three of us, two of us ordered seafood casserole and one a seafood pasta dish). And then the wait began ! The waitress, would disappear for 10 mins at a time and after about 25 mins eventually informed us the kitchen was really backed up and running about 45 mins behind. The bill took another 10 to 15 mins for the bill to arrive, by now the restaurant was at least half empty In summary if you are going to open on key dates like Xmas Eve, please resource the restaurant and especially kitchen, appropriately because the wait we experienced, followed by both starters and mains arriving almost simultaneously was frankly ridiculous."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "We visit Freeport every year an the Muddy Rudder is a must stop for us. I had fish and chips that was out of this world. Specials looked pretty good too. Wish I remembered what my fiance' ordered.... but she loved it. Service was excellant."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "We've dined at the Muddy Rudder every time we're in Maine and enjoy it greatly. On Saturday night they have a talented pianist creating a lovely ambience. Unfortunately for my significant other, their version of "medium" for her prime rib was very much too rare. After sending it back twice it finally looked like medium. On the other hand, my grilled salmon was wonderful, perfectly prepared. After seeing the difficulty we had with the prime rib, the manager offered complimentary desserts for both of us, which we enjoyed."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Three of the four diners had filet mignon and it was not what we expected. Rather tough and sinewy. Not as good as usual, but we'll try again."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "We dine here several times each year. The food is quite good and pretty consistent in quality. On our last visit, the waiter greeted us and recited the daily specials. He asked if we wanted to order appetizers, which we did. He then scurried off without asking if we wanted drinks. It was 10-15 minutes before he came back at which time I told him we would like to order drinks. It was not a busy night. Overall, the food was good. The waiter never brought out a bread basket, which all other tables had. Service was mediocre. Very nice waiter but was not really attentive to our needs."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "When we first arrived, we were brought to our table, the menus dropped on it for us and wished a good meal. Right then I new it had probably gone downhill from the last time we dined there. The ambience was wonderful, the pianist is fun. The waitress was unobtrusive, sometimes to the point of me needing to have to ask for a refill. I ordered my dish without tomatoes and there they were. The waitress did realize it, only after she prepared the bill, and did apologize to me. (We shared the dish, so gave them all to my husband.) The salad was good as well as a tasty soup. I did not care for with the presentation of the Shrimp Scampi nor the flavor. It did not taste fresh and looked like it had been reheated. The scallops were mushy."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Dinner was tasty, ambiance comfortable with background piano music Will return"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "The food was great , service was great, ambience was very nice. Hadn't been there for a few years and was very pleasantly surprised. The whole experience was just great. Certainly will visit there again soon."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Great food, wonderful service and friendly staff! I know that The Muddy Rudder was known as a touristy-but-not-exceptional restaurant for a long time...This is definitely not the case now! Our waiter, Eric, was friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable...Would definitely visit again!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "The Muddy Rudder has been a Yarmouth-Freeport staple for many years and is always a reliable spot for a fried seafood platter, lobster roll, or some other traditional Maine fare. We enjoyed the fried clam, a couple of Shipyard exports, and a lobster roll and after a long days travel to get to Maine, few things say welcome better."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "What a pleasure to have a live musician playing lovely music. The food was fine, the service good, but the ambiance was all quite enhanced by the live music. Everyone I our family large party commented on how that is rare - and much appreciated."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "The lobster dinner was awesome. I can't wait to go back!!! Service was great!"
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "Great menu, ample variety for all ages, tastes and restrictions. Easy to reach location, experienced and pleasant staff. We look forward to many more lovely gatherings at Muddy Rudder. Thanks."
    Dined on 9/8/2013
  • "The first time we ate here a couple of years ago the food was fantastic. This time we were very disappointed. The service was excellent - the decor a bit dated - the steaks looked anaemic!! We wouldn't rush back there unfortunately..."
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "Some of our staff wanted to meet together at nice location and we really enjoyed the setting and the meal...the desserts were just great!"
    Dined on 8/28/2013
  • "We are first time diners at Muddy Rudder. We were looking for a restaurant midway between Kittery and Brunswick for a birthday lunch that included children. MR was perfect. Convenience, not feeling rushed and being able to enjoy our company. It was a nice day at the end of August. Children could go outside toward the end of the meal. View was pleasing. Great ambiance, good beer selection. Our waiter was attentive without imposing on us. Another option was to go to a restaurant in Portland. I am so glad we chose MR."
    Dined on 8/28/2013
  • "The portions seemed a bit on the small side but the prices were great."
    Dined on 8/16/2013
  • "Trout was quite delicious and serving of blueberry pie (a la mode) was enormous. Only complaint was that water refills had to be requested and coffee refills weren't offered."
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "Delicious food and very attentive service. Loved piano music while we ate"
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "It had been years. But the place was still there. New ownership, I am told. But the food was good Maine seafood with a updated twist. Outside by the water was perfect."
    Dined on 8/4/2013
  • "Great place. We had late lunch (2:30) on a Friday and the place was not too busy like it normally is. We came with group of 8 and had nice private a table with view ready for us. Service was great and good was tasty. At our table we ordered Haddock and Steak tips. Portions are decent - we all cleared our plates and were full. Had good experience will go back for sure."
    Dined on 8/2/2013
  • "Four of us ate here. Above average food, diverse menu, good service."
    Dined on 7/22/2013
  • "For two weeks we have recommended the Muddy Rudder, meeting out of state friends there for lunch and again for dinner. We greatly appreciated an opportunity to visit without struggling to hear over loud "background" music. For dinner we were a group of five, seated toward the back, next to a large window that was steamed up preventing us from seeing out the window. We live in Kennebunk while our friends were vacationing from the Bath area (for lunch) and the Freeport area (for dinner). We had other choices but we chose the Muddy Rudder. We will come again!"
    Dined on 7/22/2013
  • "Menu had varied choices, good food, good service, lovely atmosphere. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/21/2013
  • "This was our 3rd time in this place and it was a little less good than the last times. Service and ambiance was excellent but the food was not as good as I remember the last two times. We passed our impressions on to the manager - maybe they just had a bad night."
    Dined on 7/13/2013
  • "Baked stuffed haddock was over cooked. The stuffing was wet and the shrimp were small and not deveined , there was one scallop, no lobster. But 15 small shrimp. One of my apertizers came out with my meal. Desert was good."
    Dined on 7/7/2013
  • "While the atmosphere was pleasant and the food was tasty (other than the undercooked French fries), the service was less than stellar. With reservations, we were greeted with merely "you'll have to wait, we're not ready for you". No estimated time, no "make yourself comfortable" or guiding us to the seating area behind the podium. Overall not a very welcoming greeting. We were seated at a wet table, and everything was slow coming out. A drink we ordered when our food arrived was not delivered until we had finished eating. Granted, this was the busy summer season in Maine, and we may return once more to give it another shot. The salmon with risotto was delicious, and there was something very yummy about the butter served with the warm rolls."
    Dined on 7/5/2013
  • "It took over an hour once we ordered to get our food. We ordered 2 lbs lobsters and after waiting 1/2 hour we were told they did not them. So we ordered twin lobsters. 45 min later they arrived burnt. Overlooked chewy and not good. We were not very happy."
    Dined on 6/28/2013
  • "Love the view and atmosphere. Quiet, clean, and friendly welcoming staff. Came to fulfill the craving for the outstanding Butternut Squash Ravioli. Disappointed that it was no longer available. Had the Seafood Casserole but it was only ok. Fabulous servers and atmosphere. Will return when the Butternut Squash Ravioli is available again."
    Dined on 6/28/2013
  • "We went to Muddy Rudder for Father's Day brunch. In the past this restaurant had a Sunday Buffet Brunch. It was different now with new ownership. It was pretty decor, but smelled a little like old seafood when you entered the restaurant. It did not have a buffet brunch. It was not very crowded considering I had tried booking a 10:30am reservation on this Open Table and it did not have any tables available online. When we got to the restaurant, there were only 2 or 3 other tables in use at that time, so they have room for improvement by adding a Sunday Buffet and improving the smell and Open Table reservation. Besides that, the hostess,waitress and food were nice/good. There were a lot of staff standing around doing nothing- overstaffed."
    Dined on 6/16/2013
  • "This restaurant has standard Maine food. I enjoyed the fried clams. They were full bellied and crisp, cooked in crumbs. The lobster bisque was full of lobster meat. The service was prompt and accommodating. The view overlooks a shallow river estuary that is more interesting at high tide than at low tide. It appears that there is outdoor seating. However, it was too chilly the night we visited and there were no tables on the deck. I would not go out of my way to go to this restaurant as there are many more interesting places in nearby Portland or even Freeport downtown. Having said that, if it's on one's way to another destination, if you want traditional Maine food, or if you live nearby in Yarmouth or Freeport, it's a solid choice."
    Dined on 6/8/2013
  • "While the service was a little slow, we made the best of our time at the Muddle Rudder and enjoyed the beautiful view of the tidal marsh. We also befriended out neighboring table. We ce;ebrated a birthday and the restaurant brought our a delicious chocolate souffle and ice cream and sang happy birthday, much to the embarassment of our birthday girl."
    Dined on 6/4/2013