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About Clay Hill Farm
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.
Ogunquit, ME 03907
Contemporary American, American
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)
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
LIVE MUSIC Nightly (Mid-June through Mid-September)
Customized menus for backyard casual to black-tie formal.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Clay Hill Farm Ratings and Reviews
We were visiting the local area for the weekend and made reservations at the Clay Hill Farm for dinner. It was also our 13th wedding anniversary.
We arrived and were seated promptly. The dining room looked very cozy - but the way the tables and seats were arranged was very awkward. All of the patrons were seated to be looking out the large windows - into the pitch black night. I guess in the summer months the view would be better.
The food was OK - nothing outstanding. From the time we were seated until we received the check only 45 minutes had gone by. I have had lunch at McDonalds that lasted longer.
The reviews of this place were super positive and it felt like it was fresh food focused. We love farm to table so we decided to check it out.
We thought it was odd upon arriving to have valet service, but now it makes so much more sense. The decor was nice, but dated. It felt like going to a formal restaurant from the 90s. As the night went on, we were the youngest people there by about nearly three decades...and we're in our mid 30's.
The food itself was good, but heavily relied on use of dairy. Bummer when much of the food was fresh and didn't require butter or cream to be delicious. There were a number of gluten free options available and the kitchen was willing to modify based on dietary restrictions. Still, portion sizes were unnecessarily large.
Service was painfully slow. Our waitress disappeared for almost 20 minutes just after we ordered one drink. She was at the hostess stand taking a call for almost 15 minutes, when they had a hostess! They said they worked in teams but no one else paid us any attention even though there were only 3 tables seated.
The fireplace was nice and the gentleman playing piano was lovely. Overall, it has potential, but fell short for us.
We went to Clay Hill Farm for my wife's birthday. The entire evening was perfect. The staff was very friendly and helpful, the atmosphere was great, and the food (I had roast duck and my wife had Cornish game hen) was excellent. It could not have been a nicer evening.
Although you confirmed my reservation when we got there the place was in darkness ! I went on line and got their number ,called and I believe they owner answered ! She said they had just left because there were no reservations, and asked if I had booked through open table ! She said she was sorry but she and the Chef went home ! So we were disappointed
This was our first time dining at Clay Hill after hearing years of recommendations so we were excited to finally eat there. We went with another couple who had also heard good reports about this place. It turned out to be a big disappointment and I doubt we'll go again. Not sure if it was just an off night in the kitchen but our dinners were barely edible. My husband ordered a Virgin Mary which was served in a smallish wine goblet(and cost $10!!). With no alcohol you would think it would be a more generous amount served in a tall tumbler. Then we shared an order of the house salad which consisted of baby spinach, dried cranberries, candied pecans and a vinegarette. It was split it for us but the portions were fairly small and rather unspectacular for the $$. The house smoked salmon was a very generous portion but extra smokey & was served with a very small portion of toasted baguette. The men ordered the braised beef shank . There was barely any meat on the bone and my husbands plate was literally covered with big hunks of fat. We have ordered this dish in other restaurants and do expect there to be some fat but this was unacceptable! Both entrees were in this condition. My girlfriend and I ordered the roasted vegetable risotto which sounded delicious but in reality had very little taste. It wasn't seasoned with any herbs or spices and no cheese added. We expected the roasted veggies to add flavor(brussel sprouts, onions, asparagus, sun dried tomatoes, etc) but it was very bland. Our portions were generous. The waitress was very nice and accommodating and offered to bring us another entree but we declined as we were ready to leave. I had mine packed up and the next day I added sautéed scallions, peppers and spinach with some spicy cheddar. It was delicious!
She also took both beef shank entrees off our bill which was the right thing to do. All in all, it was a very disappointing experience.
The thing that impressed us the most about Clay Hill Farm was the high quality of service - both of our servers were friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. The food was very good; we had the seafood stuffed haddock and the prime rib and the Autumn seasonal salad to start. I didn't really like the mixer which they used for my Vodka Collins but it was certainly drinkable!
We had a nice window table in the Fireside Room, which offered a gorgeous view of the grounds and the many bird species. All in all, it was a very enjoyable evening.
This was a surreal experience. Booked reservations based on it being advertised as serving local garden foods, live music and the hip name. It reminded me of my parents country club. Lots of nice people waiting on you hand and foot. Disappointingly bland food. Yes there was live music, although I'd say the pianist was barely alive. The decor was of interest in a uniquely bizzarro 1950's country club kind of way. Truly all would have been fine if only the food wasn't so blah.
This is a subtle surprise -- an elegant, white tablecloth restaurant, 'way back from US1 on a bumpy two-lane country road. Gracious , welcome, Impeccable service, informal gardens on all sides; valet parking. I thought, If it weren't for the trees, I'd think I was dining in a Park Avenue Manhattan restaurant.
My girlfriend and I had a reservation for dinner at 7. We were having an after dinner drink at 8:20 when I think it was the bartender starting turning off the lights and asking us if we had an uber. She then asked what time was our ride coming. I would never go to this restaurant again and I'll make sure I let everyone I know about this rude treatment
Overall Clayhill Farm has been much better in the past. It was a group of friends celebrating birthdays. We started with the salads. I had Caesar, which was excellent. Richard had the Spinach salad, which was a bit "miserly" for the price. A few of us also had the Butternut Squash soup, which I loved. Richard thought it was too sweet. He's a chef, so he's spoiled by his own versions. For our mains..half had the seafood stuffed Haddock, the other half had the lemon Haddock. The fish itself was fine. The stuffing, however was as bland as possible. I thought it was definitely NOT made in house. It should have had a Ritz cracker base. Overall, we've had far superior food here. I'm attributing it to a "weekend" chef & not them head chef. I hope I'm correct in this.
From the moment we arrived to the time we left there wasn't anything I didn't like. The staff were very friendly and helpful when making a food choice. There was some entertainment that was just right, not too loud. We could still carry on a conversation without having to yell. The food was spectacular from the appetizers to the dessert. My husband and I will definitely go back. Well worth the 50 minute ride.
We got married at Clay Hill one year ago (Oct. 1, 2016) and went back this past weekend to celebrate our anniversary. We had the most amazing dinner! The food is so fresh and delicious, and the ambiance makes it the perfect place to celebrate a romantic evening. What makes Clay Hill such a wonderful place, however, is the staff. Jen and Rachel coordinated our wedding, and every time we come back to visit and get to see them, it feels like we're seeing family. They made sure our anniversary dinner was perfect, and even brought out our dessert with a candle singing "Happy Anniversary"! Clay Hill and everyone that works there holds a special place in our hearts. <3
The atmosphere is very pleasant and quiet. Gorgeous old farm house. During the winter the fireplace is going so it's cozy. My husband had excellent prime rib. I had the haddock served two different preparations but unfortunately both were dry and or overdone. I was disappointed. The lobster bisque was excellent.
Prime rib was terrible. Risortto with my fish was disappointing. My fist glass of wine, my glass had many waterspots in glass and second glass had dirty rim spots. Just left without complaining as we were celebrating our 50'th wedding anniversary. We have been there before and was looking forward to a great meal. Too bad.
My husband and I went for a special evening out while visiting the area. The setting is out of the town area but a perfect secluded quiet place. The staff were very attentive and professional. Everything we ordered was well prepared and the portions were generous to say the least! The quiet environment was a welcome change to other places we had been during our visit to the area. If you want a nice quiet place in a scenic area to be able to enjoy your dining with great food, this is it! The piano music was great but not too loud as not to be able to enjoy conversations with my husband. Enjoyed the evening greatly!
This was our first visit and it was recommended by a friend for after theater dinner. It was fabulous. Beautiful inside with beautiful views of outside. Our server Brenda made us feel relaxed and special. She even has a history with the farm house. The food was excellent and a work of art. There were six of us and everyone was happy! Good place for a special occasion. Piano player Katherine, added light music to the background. It is a magical place. My husband and I enjoyed the experience!
This place makes you feel like you are in a retirement home it's so old feeling and the clientele is also very much older. We started with the lobster bisque and fried zucchini and both were just ok. For entrees we had the seafood stuffed haddock and the lobster two ways. Both were very good but nothing special. Although we had two people waiting on us it seemed like the service was just ok and disconnected. Id go back if there were no other options but I wouldn't go out of my way for this restaurant
From the time my husband and I arrived at venue for dinner, 30 minutes prior to our reservation everything was rushed. It was supposed to be a relaxing evening to celebrate our wedding anniversary. They had us in and out within an hour. Hot appetizer was served lukewarm. Dinner was acceptable not worthy of value.
My wife and I have been to Clay Hill Farm several times and once again everything was outstanding. We were celebrating our 42nd anniversary and the food, service and ambiance was excellent. The food and cocktails are always well prepared and the service is performed with style and professionalism. The ambiance is not overdone with muted dining room noise conducive to quiet conversation. The background piano makes for a nice diversion. We will be visiting Clay Hill Farm again for our next special occasion.
We were married at Clay Hill Farm 20 years ago and went back for our Anniversary. Host and server were both aware it was our 20th but did not acknowledge or welcome us back. Food was bland and very expensive for what was a less than average meal. I had the stuffed Haddock and my husband has the Prime Rib. We will not be returning.
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