Chebeague Island Inn

4.6
293 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Led by Executive Chef, Hannah Ryder, our culinary team prioritizes eating local by utilizing produce from local island farms and our own kitchen garden, and lobster and oysters caught right offshore.

Our menus change seasonally, and feature casual upscale fare that makes the restaurant perfect for both a regular night out or a special occasion.

We offer snacks and cocktails from 4:30-9pm on our porch, making it a great gathering spot for anyone with guests, out for the day on the boat or meeting up prior to dinner. Enjoy the beautiful sunsets
from the porch, and relax with a craft cocktail or a glass of wine from our carefully curated wine list.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 293 people are saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SheaJ
San Antonio
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I dined on the porch and enjoyed the beautiful views. Then was fortunate enough to enjoy the amazing food. The heirloom tomatoes were sheer perfection and o only made better being paired with buratta. Tomatoes featured prominently again in main course of bavette steak, fried green tomatoes, grilled pattypan squash with some more heirlooms in the mix. Overall, it was a wow. Thoroughly enjoyed the relaxing stay. Thanks!!

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vipMerandfamily
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We’re New Yorkers staying in Portland and curious about the islands in the Casio Bay. We eagerly took a ferry to go to Chebeague island and have lunch at the Inn. Food was mediocre. I ordered a strawberry green salad and paid extra for the addition of chicken salad. I was hungry after and asked to see the menu but the waiter told me the kitchen was closed. I asked if there was cheese or nuts I could munch on. We had another hour before we were leaving for the return ferry. The waiter apologized but said nothing was available. As I sat there waiting for my friend to finish her meal, I saw the waiter bring out meals to other diners. Eventually he brought me some sugared nuts, said that was all they had and charged me $8 for the small bowl. I have never had such inconsiderate service.
Unfortunately the Inn is run down though it is in a beautiful spot. On the same trip we drove to the Farnesworth museum in Rockland and stayed at the Strawberry Hill Inn with a view of the bay (Penobscot) and a lawn and landscaping that puts the Chebeague Inn to shame.

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vipSarasotaFLT
Miami
136 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

After making an Open Table reservation and requesting a table “on the porch”, we arrived twenty minutes prior to our reservation and checked in. We indicated that we reserved a table on the porch and asked if it would be OK to have a drink in the outside section of the porch (unscreened area) with a clear view of the bay before proceeding to our table. We were advised that would not be a problem. At that point, the screened in area of the porch where the vast majority of tables are located was virtually empty. We returned to be seated five minutes before our reservation time expecting to be seated in the screened in area where we always sit but were told that all of the tables were reserved. When I informed the person working the checkin desk that we had made a reservation for the porch she condescendingly stated that the restaurant considered all of the outside dining tables to be “on the porch”. We were then seated at one of only two tables outside of the screened in porch area. I had the water serving station approximately a foot from the back of my head throughout our meal. Had this occurred in the evening when mosquitoes are a problem we would have walked out.

We own a home on the Maine island on which the Inn is located and have been summer patrons for over twenty-five years. We have never encountered a problem with screened in porch dining during that entire time.

Following the initial problem, the service was very good. The menu is very limited but the food quality/taste was also very good. The quantity of mussels served was on the low side.

Chebeague Island Inn
Responded an hour ago

Thank you again for your wonderful feedback! We will most certainly weigh your worldly experiences accordingly, along with the guests who genuinely believe that is a beautiful table to enjoy one of Chebeague Island's iconic sunsets. We're very happy, however, that despite your spacial challenges you were able to enjoy our fantastic Dinner entrees. Please phone us or stop in and chat next time you make a reservation so we can meet each one of your seating needs. See you next time!

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MTB1
New England
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Nice lunch - very limited choices on the menu. Staff was pleasant but didn’t seem fully engaged or trained - and yes there were enough staff. Major problem was that there were at least four flies and a small wasp where we were sitting indoors. A little surprised by the lack of attention to detail given the prices. Also - wouldn’t it make sense to use umbrellas for the tables you have outside if you have them? A couple of easy fixes that would improve dining experience.

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Nancy
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, delicious gourmet food, excellent service, friendly attentive wait staff, breathtaking view, nostalgic porch. Worth every penny. Take the time to treat yourself to a memorable meal with friends and family.🤗🤗🤗

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vipKgsmithmaine
Las Vegas
62 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful setting and lovely porch. My friends and I came over with our bikes. We were hot and sweaty from our ride to the ferry from Falmouth and welcomed the porch and cold water. There was no regular iced tea available, but we did try the flavored tea which was nice, but disappointed that it was not automatically refilled. The food was good, though the portions are small (over $5 for a 1/2 cup of chicken salad on our green salad??). Service was slow but we wrote it off for "island time" and as long as we had water, we were fine. The nicest feature: the bus girl filled up our water bottles with ice water so we were well hydrated for the remainder of our bike trip. Thank you!

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KSinMaine
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I was not prepared for the cost to get there. Using the Chebeague Island Transit - the Ferry ride over was $18 a person on top of $15 for parking at the bus location. As a local, I thought this was steep for the experience. I wished the Inn had offered a discount or something for those wishing to eat at the restaurant.

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hswanzy
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t say enough about Chebeague Island Inn! Amazing experience and their lunch and dinner were delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely lovey meal! Got to eat on the porch, with a beautiful view and a gentle breeze coming from the ocean. The food was delicious, and the service was wonderful. I would absolutely return!

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freeportcrew25252525
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We were disappointed to learn on the day of our reservation that the launch service to bring boaters in to the dock was not working. As a result, my husband had to wait on the boat until a space opened up on the dock and was late for the reservation. We would have appreciated a heads up. Also, they were out of some of the menu items, and the service was slow. This was out of the norm for the restaurant. We will go back, since we love it there, but it was not their best showing.

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MeredithV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Situated high on a hill above the ferry terminal with sprawling views of the water and a gorgeous golf course, the setting of the Chebeague Island Inn can't be beat. We were a bit surprised to find, then, that the service did not live up to the atmosphere--we had requested to sit outside, but were instead twice offered a table on a covered porch with plastic curtains covering the windows (kind of strange on a gorgeous sunny 75 degree day?). It took 20 minutes until we were finally seated outside and 20 more until we got water and were able to place our order. Luckily the drinks were cold and the food was delicious (BLT and mussels). Our server professional and polite. I would say go for the stunning atmosphere and just don't expect a world class dining experience and you'll do just fine!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They took great care of us at the Inn. A rainy night was festive and the food delicious. We had a reunion of cousins and the staff was wonderfully accommodating! Perfect for celebrating the holiday. Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, ambiance and service. We sat on the porch and enjoyed everything about the evening.

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MyteeQ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Ferry ride to island was well worth it. This is a "throwback" establishment not fancy and in your face like most inns and restaurants around here now. Don't ever change! The Chebeague Island Inn is a dying breed. Simple and elegant.

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SusanS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The Chebeague Inn is quintessential Maine. It’s sophisticated but not fussy, yet cozy and welcoming. The food and service was excellent. It did take time to get our meals but it was busy and I imagine staffing was a bit limited. Overall we had a lovely experience.

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ColleenK
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting is spectacular. I had the best burger of my life. The water glasses was always full. They mix a great drink. Loved it!

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stephaniek
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding lunch and dinner! The staff are so friendly and eager to please!

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BonnieG
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect is back. Great food, wine list and service. Location is, of course, unbeatable.

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BrendaJ
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From beverage service on the gorgeous porch overlooking the ocean, lovely gardens, and the 9-hole “island golf course” to friendly, efficient service at our table, we enjoyed a wonderful several hours at the Chebeague Island Inn. The lobster rolls and french fries were delicious! As day trippers, we thought that getting there was half the fun, from the Route One parking lot by bus to the ferry slip, and then a short but delightful crossing from Cousins Island to Chebeague. What a way to spend a memorable day on the Maine coast in the summer!

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HeatherD
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner was beyond amazing! Mussels were cooked to perfection and had a mouthwash sauce. I ordered the scallops that were delicious and was surprised at the large portion size. We ordered a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and our waiter suggested Hunky Dory from New Zealand, it was delightful!

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AllisonS
New England
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

We were very unimpressed by the food. Prices and product did not align. Meals were extremely salty/greasy. Such a shame for an exquisite venue with amazing service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Lovely island location, we went out on our boat on a busy day for brunch and service was “leisurely” but we weren’t in a hurry. The food was average but satisfactory (in past years the food has been more interesting and higher quality). The real reason to go is the summer island hotel ambiance. The staff is very friendly and accommodating, from the boat launch drivers to the front desk to the servers, there’s a cool sea breeze blowing through the restaurant, and there are board games to play in the salon afterward. All in all a very pleasant afternoon “getaway.” If they could up their gastronomic game a bit it would even better.

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CatherineS
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I ordered the eggs Benedict with ham, which was the priciest dish on the menu. The presentation was very plain and the flavors unmemorable. The fruit bowl added color to the table and I enjoyed the fact that the oranges did not have their skins.

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Rhodygirl
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honeymoon :)

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ReadeP
New England
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been coming to the Inn my whole life and this is by far the best experience I’ve had this far. Thanks to everyone and we’ll be back soon!

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Robert
New England
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food1service5ambience5

Beautiful day... had a great time! Service was very good.

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KevinA
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Location, food and service were outstanding. Portions are slightly small, so get an appetizer, but well worth it! A nice little getaway at a beautiful location.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Hannah Ryder and staff are absolutely wonderful, preparing and presenting the freshest, most delicious, perfectly prepared and presented food.

Chebeague Island Inn
Responded on June 12, 2021

Thank you so much for your kind words! We will pass them along to Chef Hannah and the team!

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StevenS
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very accommodating. We had a great birthday dinner! Two of us are vegan and the chef made an amazing vegan meal on the fly to accommodate us. Probably the best vegan meal out we've had!

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vipSarasotaFLT
Miami
137 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Last brunch of the year. Island ambiance/food fair. Great guitar soloist.

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vipSarasotaFLT
Miami
137 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Excellent service but but fairly pedestrian food. Prices are always a stretch likely due to the logistics of getting everything to an island

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vipSarasotaFLT
Miami
137 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our dinner reservation followed a large wedding party on the premises. While the service was good, the food served seemed to reflect “fatigue in the kitchen”. The mussel appetizers were fine; the pork entree was dry and fairly tasteless. Lesson learned: if you cannot get served before 8:15 offseason, ask why!

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MSCH
Savannah
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A very special place on a very special
island.we We will return!

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vipKiranP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Food was ok, the servers were really helpful. The salmon and mussel broth was really good!

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Aaron
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing service from the moment I walked through the door! The hostess (Cara) greeted us with a very warm welcome, our server (Donavon) was fantastic!! Very helpful, pleasant, and attentive. Some of the best service I've had. Jayden I believe was her name, ensured that we always had a cold glass of water and that our drinks were refilled in a timely manner. The bartender was David, and his mixology was phenomenal!! Most importantly, whoever was working in the kitchen is on the road to great things! Words can't describe how amazing the food was!! 10 out of 10 experience. Will definitely be back!

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LindsayS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

For some reason (maybe the relaxed island life vibe?) I was expecting to pay for the extraordinary view and be underwhelmed by the actual food. I was pleasantly surprised that the food was artfully done with a high level of culinary craftsmanship. The experience of a Maine island dinner on a porch overlooking a grand sweep of ocean had been on my a bucket list. I would recommend putting it on yours!

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khothem
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch! We had family from out of town and the ferry ride to Chebeague plus the service and experience at the Inn was outstanding! Looking forward to future visits for golf and enjoying the Inn.

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vipSabrinaA
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience4

The food was oily and greasy. The portions were tiny, and too expensive for the amount of food plated. No value.

The exception would be my salad which was clean and a great portion. Pretty delicious. The inn is really quaint and charming!

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vipWestchesterFoodie
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about our stay at the Inn and our twilight dinner on the porch. It’s a perfect timeless Maine Island escape, we’ll be back.

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vipJudi
New England
133 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Chebeague Inn is a charming old fashioned Inn right on the waterfront. The wait staff, several from South Africa, provided excellent, unrushed service. Three of us ordered the BLTavocado wrap with French fries. Our other companion had the chicken salad wrap. All were excellent. Our waiter seemed to notice how much we were enjoying the view from the porch and convinced us to order the yummy, warm chocolate chip cookies. It is not simple to get to the Inn, but if you take Casco Bay Lines you can arrange for the shuttle to meet the boat and take you to the Inn. The other ferry is more expensive & complicated but will drop you off right at the Inn. On a beautiful day you can’t beat the Casco Bay Lines ferry & lunch on the porch!

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Chebeague Island Inn is rated 4.6 stars by 293 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.