Clay Hill Farm

4.5
1095 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Originally built in 1780 as a working farm, Clay Hill Farm is now a 220-seat restaurant and special occasion venue nestled amidst 11+ acres of rolling lawns, protected woodlands, and colorful gardens. Tranquility waterfall brooks, a pond, two generous garden-view decks and a picture-perfect gazebo, now accent the traditional Maine beauty of the original working Farm. With modern cuisine in a classic setting, Clay Hill Farm has become a popular dining destination in a country escape just 2 miles West of Ogunquit village. With a passion for seasonal and locally-sourced food supporting Maine growers, Clay Hill Farm has won numerous local, regional and national awards for food, ambiance and service. Voted #1 on the Seacoast for weddings & romantic dining.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Serving Dinner Nightly from 5pm.
LIVE MUSIC Friday-Monday in the Lounge!
LIVE MUSIC Nightly starting mid-June
Indoor/Outdoor Seating - (In Season)
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Phone number
(207) 361-2272
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alexis Janes
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Catering
Customized menus for backyard casual to black-tie formal.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Valet Parking
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Entertainment
LIVE MUSIC Nightly (Mid-June through Mid-September)
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A most pleasant atmosphere; timely service. The menu selection was varied, the food tasteful. The servers were pleasant and always available.

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OT
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

We were disappointed in Clay Hill. The facility is run down and the meal was just ok. I wouldn’t recommend it, nor will we return.

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EC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great to come here after Ogunquit Playhouse to celebrate our yearly fall get together with six ladies of friendship for over 50 years. Seated right away and waitress came immediately to introduce herself and presented menus. One person has fish allergy and waitress (Kristii) really knew the menu to assist and make suggestions. She and another waitress were there to answer questions and deliver appetizers, wine and meals, not rushing us, making us feel very welcomed. Butternut soup was delicious and entrees were outstanding. Steaks were cooked to perfection. “Risotto was the best” “Cod special was delicious”. The one common theme was the service. We all agreed Kristie was probably one of the best waitresses we have ever had, detailed, happy, great personality and knowing when not to come to table as not to interrupt donrond sharing a story. These ladies have traveled far and have dined many places and they were so glad I chose Clay Hill for dinner. It was perfect!

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SJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We took my parents for their 50th anniversary and my dad is still talking about our meal and experience. We are looking forward to going back in the spring and walking the grounds of the bird sanctuary.

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MG
New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious!
The roast duck was perfectly prepared!
Prime rib was juicy and tender- large cut wasn’t that large, though.
Service was pleasant and attentive.
Atmosphere is very relaxing and comfortable.
Beautiful gardens on property.

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JD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food with very unique menu options but not "crazy" stuff... I had the coffee rubbed NY Strip with a maple whiskey sauce - incredible. We went there for our 26th anniversary and it's the perfect place for a very nice romantic dinner. The live piano player provides a nice ambiance.

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SM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Wonderful country setting, nice clean facility, excellent service, but unfortunately food was a major disappointment. Lobster bisque ($11) was an extremely small portion for that price and came out cold, we were told later the kitchen staff did not notice the breaker had been tripped not the heating element.
Strip Steak ($32) was an average piece of steak you would find in the grocery store, it was cooked uneven but had decent flavor. Baked Stuffed Haddock ($32) was served at barely room temperature, possibly undercooked. Did not eat, returned to kitchen. Very disappointed.

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JP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation and were seated right away when we arrived. The waiter was there promptly and gave us outstanding service. The appetizers and salads were outstanding. The lobster bisque was the best I ever had. The wine pairings on the menu were helpful. We were six people from out of state on a weekend vacation and all of us were impressed with the experience. The prime rib one of us ordered was the best he ever had. We plan on returning next year!

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MA
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere and ambiance. Waitress was very attentive and the food was excellent!

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RP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it all... the people, the place, the food and the hospitality...
Katie the bartenderess was wonderful as was Kiera the waitress...
Nick Spinelli was warm and his music a perfect background for a perfect Dinner!!
Thank you!
Maddy and Dick Pearlman

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CD
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has ruined all future dining experiences for me because the food was so amazing I don’t think anything can ever compare.

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JB
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

had my daughters rehearsal dinner at Clay Hill and have never had a bad meal there.

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous experience dining at Clay Hill Farm. From the moment we pulled up to the restaurant the staff was super friendly and welcoming. This is the perfect spot for any special occasion. The grounds are beautiful and inside is so nice and cozy. The piano in the background was a nice touch. Our meals were fabulous! We truly can’t wait to come back here!

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B
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Truly enjoyed the experience. Excellent food and beautiful setting

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JA
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded our expectations. Lobster bisque and mussels were among the best I’ve ever had. Service was excellent. Setting was beautiful. Right balance between elegant and casual. I highly recommend it.

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KA
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived after an afternoon at Ogunquit Playhouse. I love the valet parking! Seated quickly and waitress came right away with menus. Gave us time to look over wine lists and came back and took the drink orders. After serving drinks, reviewed all the specials for the evening and left us to decide on dinner. While discussing our choices, we glanced around to see how full the dining room was. Very cozy and our neighbors were very friendly. They were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. This was my 4th or 5th time at the restaurant. I brought my three friends who had never been there. We choose some of the specials which were excellent. Pumpkin soup and beet salad! The special was a salmon dish which was delicious. Two of us enjoyed the salmon and two enjoyed the filet Mignon and stuffed haddock. The staff was very attentive from filling the water to bringing hot rolls. After the meal we enjoyed the blueberry cheese cake which was very creamy and after dinner drinks. When we left, we felt very full and satisfied with such a wonderful meal and service. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Clay Hill farm, and it was a really special experience. The service and attention to detail were excellent. The food was amazing. The location (both inside and the grounds outside) was beautiful. We would highly recommend this restaurant.

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LA
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was good but not exceptional. Service and view were great though.

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SD
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

One of my favorite Maine restaurants. Never fails to satisfy. Worth the drive.

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e
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A friend recommended this restaurant while we were visiting in Oqunquit, Maine and we were very pleased with our dining experience. It was a very pretty restaurant with a beautiful setting. We were able to observe the birds, chipmunks and other wildlife from our indoor table. They also had a singer performing while we enjoyed our dinner. They had a varied menu selection and the food was very fresh and healthy, definitely from farm to table. We would highly recommend this restaurant and would definitely return the next time we are in Maine.

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AC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner and service was excellent. There was only one vegan dinner and dessert option but it was so delicious (beet pasta w/aioli; grapefruit sorbet) I didn’t feel I was doing without. My dinner companions loved their meals too.

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DC
New England
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was just a lovely find. My husband and I celebrated our anniversary here and couldn't have been more happy with the food or the service. We started off with oysters, lobster bisque and the mussels. All of them were fabulous. The mussels may have been the best I've ever tried. I had the seafood stuffed haddock and my husband had the lamb shank. Both were flavorful and delicious. My only regret was not leaving enough room for dessert because others around us were ordering desserts and raving about them. We will definitely be back here again!

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TT
Philadelphia
130 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Clay Hill Farms was one of the best dining experiences we had while in Maine. The food was so well prepared and delicious, especially the firecracker lobster stew, stuffed haddock and Caesar salad starter. The only issue we had was with the service, as at times, we had to flag down a server when we wanted a drink, or silverware replacement. This was despite the fact two people shared tabled responsibility but didn’t seem to communicate with each other causing inattentive service at times. Still all in all we’d return again because of the fabulous food.

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DG
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Sadly, It wasn't as good as it has been in the past. We went on a quiet week night for our anniversary, and despite the restaurant being at less than half capacity, we were seated in tight quarters with several other full tables in one corner of a room. Kind of tough to see several empty wind seats open in a half full restaurant while you're seated like cattle. A small annoyance, but the table we were at wobbled, and you had to be careful not to spill a drink. The service was very good, not one complaint there, and the steak I ordered was cooked as I asked. However, they offered only one steak on the menu, and it was not close to tender. I had to chew my way through a $32 NY strip. The sides were bland and looked, and tasted, as though they had been prepared the day before. My wife had the seafood stuffed haddock, which was average at best. With 4 glasses of wine, dinner and tip was about $150 out the door. While not a fortune, you can find much better for the same cost. We used to love this restaurant, but when we return to the area, we'll be trying other places.

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d
Naples
39 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dining and service Excellent food Scenic view of the gardens Great place for a celebration or date

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BD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

There were several mix-ups with the food ordered. perhaps coming after the main summer season may account for that. Cocktails and wine list are adequate, the food was very well prepared.

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OM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was as expected from our previous dining experiences. Only negative was as a result of attending a performance at the local playhouse there playbill contained a 15% discount which we told our waiter about only to find our check did not include it. However making him aware that it wasn't the check was corrected. His assistant was very attentive to us and our needs.

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LL
Phoenix
70 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has been on my bucket list for so long. Finally had chance to go. Did not disappoint it was outstanding highly recommend for all who love upscale food done impeccably upscale but not pretentious. I savored every bite

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ST
New England
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch...all the way. Elegance from the valet parking to dessert.

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JR
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Very disappointing!
Really looking forward to our birthday celebration at Clay Hill Farm, but no mention of birthday (it was put in the reservation and asked for a nice table). We were put in a big dining room that looked like a banquet room. They did seat us in a smaller dining room when requested.

The food was very good, but the service was terrible. There were two bus loads of people that were brought to the restaurant while we were there.

It wasn’t what I expected!

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MW
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal with great ambiance and service. Love it.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Beef pastry appetizer soggy and without mustard sauce would have been tasteless. BBQ chicken main defrosted in microwave was watery and tasteless. Old and tired decor not helpful either. Definite no.

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RT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The prime rib was very disappointing. It was fatty and served rare when it was ordered medium. The lobster bisque was excellent. The decor was tired.

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SB
Key West
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The decor really needs an update. Old gives off a dirty feeling

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E
Naples
32 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed this restaurant. Very nice ambience. Nice menu and great service. They had a piano player in the bar area. They have a larger dining room as well as a smaller one which we prefer.

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e
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

what a wonderful place / food was amazing / service superb cant wait to go back

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J
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was so friendly and the food was great - a wonderful dining experience!

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B
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A fine Anniversary dinner as expected, but with two choices of haddock we will not order the "stuffed" version again as the sage dressing resulted in a flavor conflict with the seafood sauce and rissotto. The lemon broiled haddock was excellent. Would like to see some finishing touches such as an hors d'oeuvre appetizer with our cocktail, a choice of bread/rolls and a small pot of coffee on the table. The valet parking and entertainment are "finishing touches" that will most likely have us return.

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MI
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

the BEST lobster bisque EVER!! have been to this restaurant multiple times and have always left impressed and satisfied!

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c
New England
22 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Clay Hill Farm was good though not excellent. The spot is very pretty but have to say the restaurant is looking a little tired, it could use an update. The food was very good and had a nice menu.
The grounds are nice but inside seemed a little run down for the type of restaurant it is and used to be.

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