The Cliff House Dining Room
The Cliff House Dining Room

The Cliff House Dining Room

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.cliffhousemaine.com/dining/
  • Phone: (207) 361-1000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 7:30am - 10:30am; Breakfast Buffet: Sunday: 7:30am - 1:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm (8:30pm closing after Columbus Day), Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm (9:00pm closing after Columbus Day)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Daniel Crook
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact our Sales Office for details, we are a full-service resort with a variety of offerings, our Sales Office can be contacted directly at #207.361.6251. functions of 15 and under can be booked directly through the dining room by contacting our Dining Room Manager at #207.361.6235.
  • Private Party Contact: Charlene Banulis 2073616251
  • Entertainment: We offer entertainment in our Ocean Terrace Lounge every weekend we are open and everyday during our high season. Please visit our website http://www.cliffhousemaine.com for our current entertainment offerings.
  • Special Events: Our beautiful Maine resort on the scenic coast near Ogunquit has been the scene of countless weddings, meetings and social events, since opening in 1872. Call 207.361.6251 today to make your arrangements!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between York & Ogunquit
  • Public Transit: Seasonal please call the resorts' front desk at #207.361.1000
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Plenty of parking -- after dropping off guests at entrance the lots will be ahead of you to the right.
A word from The Cliff House Dining Room
The Cliff House offers fine and casual, ocean-view dining with menus based on Maine-raised and locally grown products.

Fine dining is available in the Main Dining Room serving breakfast and dinner daily. Open Table reservations are available for the Main Dining Room and recommended for dinner. Business casual attire is expected for the dinner hours.

Casual dining is available in Ocean Terrace featuring a light fare menu, cocktails & desserts for lunch and dinner daily. Although reservations are not accepted for the Ocean Terrace we do love to hear in advance if you will be a party of more than five guests, special accommodations will be provided.
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The Cliff House Dining Room reviews from OpenTable diners
7 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating2.7
  • Food2.6
    Service3.1
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelQuiet
20% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (5)romantic (2)vibrant bar scene (1)good for groups (1)fit for foodies (1)special occasion (1)Show More
  • Sadly disappointing
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Had great expectations based on reviews. However, mediocre food, bland ceasar salad, had baked stuffed haddock - stuffing bland, uninteresting; service attempted to be attentive however failed on carry-through, e.g. mains served without cutlery, had to ask for cutlery, and server we talked to didn't understand the word 'cutlery'; inconsistent service used across restaurant - we had red wine, served in 6 oz glasses, others had large bowl stemware with larger portions; espresso served in a full-sized coffee cup; no special dessert served for birthday boy, however, had been promised on reservation which was acknowledged when we arrived; view over ocean was marred by dirty windows.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great view, bad food
    doug
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Firs the pluses: the window tables have breathtaking views, service was okay, clam chowder was excellent, as was the Caesar's salad. Regarding entrees, they were terrible: mine was some mixture of lobster, macaroni, a flavorless cheese and a funny sauce. As I was incredibly hungry I ate a third before I retired to my room for a much more satisfying Snickers. My wife had brie baked in a "boule." Prior to this meal we didn't know that you could a) make a boule out of Wonder Bread or b) transform brie into soup, if indeed there were any brie in it in the first place. Completely inedible. Save your wallet and your digestive tract dicomfort and find a littl clam shack on Rt. 1.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good view. Not fine dining.
    Mainer
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food- average; wait staff poorly dressed, wore sneakers and ill-fitting clothing. No sign for entrance. Not welcoming, building structure is a cement block-no character. It's fine for what it is, but classifying it as fine dining is misleading and lead to disappointment. It's not the quality of the Cape Arundal Inn.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.5
    • Food3.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 153 reviews are from the The Cliff House Dining Room reviews archive.
  • The Gastronomes
    GastrognomesVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The Cliff House Dining Room has one of the most spectacular views anywhere. Unfortunately, the menu could use an update. The only item that sounded the least bit interesting on the menu was the skirt steak and it was wonderful. My husband's strip steak was also very good but none of the other items screamed-try me. When we saw that the menu was laminated we knew it did not get changed very often---hint, they don't use seasonal ingredients. Also in an area of the country where lobster is prevelant, there were only two choices-a lobster roll and lobster mac and cheese. The chef can create, like the skirt steak I had. Let him do more!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENT
    cazzyVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We enjoyed this restaurant two times during our stay at the cliff house resort.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food, and Great View - WOW
    cazzyVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    This was a pleasant surprise! We actually returned a second night. The menu was not huge, but the food was outstanding. The lobster was to die for and the brie was great!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wiggleworm
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food was excellent. I would recommend people to definitely make it a point to do meals at the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Smiths Escape
    Outstanding
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Very happy with our Dining experience. We both liked the menu changes especially the small plates selection. My husbands baked stuffed haddock was cooked perfectly. My crab cakes and house salad was just the right amount of food. The salad had 3 different greens and dressed perfectly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Maine Gem
    NCHRmanVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The views of the ocean crashing into the rocks while dining was spectacular. The flavor, presentation and service were just great. We there were four of us dining and we all had either the fish & chips or the baked stuffed haddock, presentation and flavor were just perfect...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    Mustgo
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My husband and I went for the weekend to celebrate my 50th birthday. It was our first time going to the Cliff House. The views were spectacular. We ended up having a different room the first night because of booking issues. The first room was excellent. Plenty of room and a great view. We were a little disappointed in our second room. While it still had a great view, it was not as big and accommodating as the first room. Our dining experience was wonderful. The dining room has a spectacular view and the service was excellent. We had two dinners there and two breakfasts. The dinners was superb. Everything was very fresh. The atmosphere was very calm and quiet. Overall we had a very enjoyable experience at the Cliff House.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dinner with friends
    vac2014
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We were staying at the Cliff House and had friends meet us there for dinner. It was off season and mid week so the dining room was exceptionally quiet. The fact that it was off season may also have been responsible for the fact that the staff seemed to be somewhat inefficient. There were some mix ups with the food. We also had breakfast one day and experienced the same thing. The toast served was not what we ordered. I also heard another diner near by complaining that they had given her bacon when she ordered ham. The food was quite delicious though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very romantic hidden gem
    TreblienVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Celebrated our wedding anniversary at this out of the way restaurant and had great seats by the window in the corner. Wait-staff very attentive and thoughtful. The Lobster dinner was perfect and my wife enjoyed the baked stuffed Haddock. The lobster bisque was well seasoned and freshly made. My wife liked the balance of the bacon and clams in the chowder. Save room for dessert!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible view for dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    A wonderful spot if you like to watch the ocean as you enjoy a delicious dinner. Situated right on the ocean, The Cliffhouse has an amazing view. Ask for a table by a window for the best view but then enjoy wonderful service, a very ice menu selection and soft background music for a completely enjoyable dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    PhilVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Always a pleasant dining experience. Had a great birthday dinner with the family. Food was outstanding and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful experience with a view
    RaylafVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We had window seats overlooking the ocean and the food was great. The waitress could have been a little more attentive but was not bad. It was a great evening and meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • beautiful views
    smithfamily
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Nice restaurant and good food. We loved the views
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view & great food
    ShalinaG77
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The decor of the restaurant could definitely be updated but the views are gorgeous and the food was delicious! I had the baked haddock and my boyfriend had the chicken sandwich. The vanilla raspberry creme brulee was also very tasty! Our waitress was very nice also.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun, great
    yearlybday
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    great dinner, we were late but this was not a problem, fun waitress, good food although we could have lived on the warm bread and flavored butter w drinks, delicious. Of course the view is always amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic view, mediocre food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Our 2nd time here in a month, the view of the crashing ocean on the cliff is magnificent but the food is just OK. Presentation is very good but the main course quality was lacking, especially for a facility with this view and price.steaks not tender, chicken was dry and lacking flavor, haddock was under cooked. My impression is this is group function food, not high end restaurant. Even wine list is lacking good higher end wines. Staff was very nice and helpful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    While the view was nice it didn't make up for the poor service, outdated interior and mediocre food. The strip steak was thin and tough.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not impressed, just OK
    FlowerGirlandGuy7
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    A bit on the shabby side interior and exterior, some charm updating/refreshing needed. View was just okay, but it was dark outside so I don't know how nice it would be during the daytime, but it wasn't anything special at night. The lighting from our booth was not helpful-serious glare on the window, inhibited our view. The lighting is all wrong....large, bright lamp behind and to the side. The steak (filet mignon) was excellent BUT hardly any crabmeat in the crablegs...as we realize since then having had King crab other places, this was a teeny amount for a lot of $$$. My dish was not impressive, portion pretty small and not worth the money. I could've done better at home, I remember thinking.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our waitress was outstanding
    djsfamily
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Our waitress was outstanding as was the food and view! Will Be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special visit to the Cliff House
    drdave
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    This was our first time to visit the Cliff House. The menu was excellent with entrees for everyone, vegetarian, fish with a focus on Maine. A great selection of appetizers also. We booked an early dinner so we were the only diners and had a table overlooking both the cliff and the ocean. As we ate the full moon came up over the horizon. Very special!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed in the quality
    Johnny
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    Disappointed in the quality of the steak dinner I had though the other members of my party enjoyed their lobster dinners.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Autumn destination
    Katie
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    We headed to the Cliff House on a beautiful Autumn day. The scenery was great. Our first stop was at the bar for a before dinner drink. The bartender was very friendly and even let us know when we could go into the dining room. Once we were in the dining room the waiter was right there to take our order. We both had the sirloin steak , which was cooked to perfection, We had requested a window seat and the view was spectacular.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent ambiance
    Rik122w
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    We were seated near a gas-powered fireplace, at a window seat that overlooked the ocean crashing against the cliffs below us. As the sun went down, spotlights lit up to allow us to continue to watch the water crash below us. The huge lobby and the comfortable bar provided us with an elegant after dinner drink. Simply awesome!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
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    Jenus
    Dined on 10/8/2013
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    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant!
    Cindy
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    We spent a too short weekend at the Cliff House, but loved every minute and had an excellent meal! Service was perfect, the food was delicious and we recommend it to anyone considering a stay at the Cliff House. I went here several times as a teenager with my grandparents and it lived up to all my memories!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well worth the trip.....
    SellithardVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2013
    The food is very good, but you don't' go there for the food. You go, and love it, for the atmosphere. Fireplace. Large windows facing the ocean. Surf crashing on the jagged rocks below you. Beautiful. But again, the food and service are very good. My only real wish is that the wine list was improved a bit.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dissatisfied
    Buffalo
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    My meal was wrong twice and I was charged $36 for a meal that was inedible. Horrible service. Horrible food. Would def not recommend! The dinning room was empty and strangely, the service was terrible. There were 3 of us; it took forever to bring our drinks, water glasses were not refilled, I ordered a Medium Filet that was rare, it took 10 minutes to call this to her attention; she brought me a new steak about 5 minutes later that was well done, wasn't seasoned & tasted like it was in the microwave. They forgot the glaze on the new steak, it was extra dry, I couldn't eat half of it & I was starving. The waitress never even came back to see if the meal was right the second time. I tried to again get her attention but she just ignored us.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • spectacular view
    wolfgang
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    We requested and were given a table by the window overlooking the ocean. In my opinion, no better view in the world! We were delighted to watch the full moon rise over the water; it was something we'll always remember. Our appetizers were really good, great portion size and good taste and presentation. Our entrees were OK; mine was a little bland and my husband's fish was overcooked, but honestly we didn't come here for the food, we came for the view.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fall Weekend Dinner
    DanK
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    The dining room has a wonderful view from almost any table but the food was very average. Service was attentive.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great View and Superior Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Our table for four overlooked the ocean, the service was terrific (Niomi) and the food superb. We plan to return and spend a weekend there.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The atmosphere of the fireplace
    dbrook
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    The atmosphere of the fireplace overlooking the ocean from our table made a memorable day in Maine.The house special that night of "surf and turf" was beyond any description.The entire experience would be the reason we will return year after year.What a class act. Thank you for creating memories.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening of dining.
    Adirondacker
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    Excellent food and service. Gorgeous views of the ocean. Actually it is spectacular.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breathtaking
    Sla2today
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    The views of the ocean are absolutely breathtaking. The dining experience was lovely and the food was very good. Our waitress was kind and friendly. The grounds are wonderful too. Only drawback and surprising so was the pool water did not look inviting and clean. Outdoor maintenance was a little slacking. But overall, would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 stars all around. I have
    ROBIN
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    5 stars all around. I have dietary needs so I emailed the chef ahead of time. The chef staff came to the table to tell me what he was preparing to be sure I'd be happy with the choice. Everyone was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Avoid this one
    Frequentdiner
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    We spent the weekend at this hotel and for convenience, we ate at their restaurant. The view was amazing but that was the one highlight. The decor is very outdated, the room was frigid, the waitress was unfriendly and not attentive. The food was ok but not worth the price. I'm sorry to say I would not recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cliffhouse brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    My family have been going to the Cliffhouse for a Sunday brunch every summer for over 15 years ! We started bringing my daughter when she was five. My daughter just turned 20 this summer and we are so looking forward to celebrating her 21st next summer we bring a group of anywhere from 15 to 20 people each time we go and it's always amazing day thank you for having such a great place ! :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining Room is outdated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Great location and amazing views.....HOWEVER, the dining room itself is in need of a makeover. This could be a really great spot with a few updates. The room itself looks like an old wedding function hall, although when you drive up to the resort itself it is beautiful. We were here on a Friday night and there was hardly anyone in the dining room- maybe 5 or 6 tables full and that's it. With a few updates to the room and maybe an expanded menu, this place could do really well.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet