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Diners' Choice: Best Food restaurants in Maine

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall cuisine in Maine? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


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5.0
5 (879)
$50 and over
Bistro
Bangor
About the restaurant
Novio’s is an inspired bistro offering a small and selective menu that includes items that are representative of the education, training, travels and experiences of our team.  We feature meats & seafood and produce from local farms, fisherman and other purveyors. The menu offers vegetarian and gluten free options, beautiful soups and salads, and fresh pasta. Novio’s offers a full service bar that showcases an elegant yet approachable wine list, craft beers, and signature cocktails and an extensive scotch & bourbon list. Items on the menu change often as our team becomes inspired by the stories of experiences had by our guests. While guests seated at tables and booths order from the four course menu with an optional wine pairing guests that book reservations at the bar have an option of ordering à la carte.
Top review
TimPvip
Dined 4 days ago
Always solid. Every detail was Paid attention to. Great summer menu regarding both food and drinks.
A photo of Frannys Bistro restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1482)
$50 and over
American
Camden
About the restaurant
Located on Chestnut Street, a neighborhood restaurant serving delicious food.




Top review
DonniW
Dined 5 days ago
Is it any wonder that Frannies is our go to place when we have company. The specials tonight were fabulous. Swordfish with pineapple salsa. I am so glad they have plenty of summer staff. Everything was seamless. Love Love 💗
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4.9
4.9 (3835)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Portland
About the restaurant

Located in Portland's Old Port District, Fore Street opened in June, 1996. The interior surrounds a unique brick and soapstone hearth with a wood-burning oven, grill and turnspit; visible from most tables. We believe that good food travels the shortest possible distance between the farm and the table. Our menu changes every day and is founded upon the very best raw materials from a community of Maine farmers, fisherman, foragers and cheese makers. Most of the Maine foods are organically grown or harvested wild, each brought to us at the peak of its season. In 2002 and again in 2007, Fore Street was named by Gourmet Magazine as one of the Top Fifty Restaurants in the United States. In 2004, Chef-Partner Sam Hayward was named Best Chef: Northeast by the James Beard Foundation.




Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Fantastic choice for our first visit to Portland! Halibut was exquisite as was the corn and blueberry salad (along with everything else we ordered. Top notch service with extremely high quality food.
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4.8
4.8 (2083)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Kennebunkport
About the restaurant
Discover Ocean's exquisite dining experience with our prix fixe menus, offering three courses for $105 or four courses for $125. Enhance your culinary journey with Chef Joe Schafer's wine pairing, priced at $68 for four courses and $60 for three. Start your evening with drinks on the terrace or at the bar, enjoying breathtaking Atlantic Ocean views from every dining table. Our seasonal menu showcases the finest Maine seafood and locally sourced ingredients, ensuring a memorable dining experience. Join us at Ocean for an unforgettable meal that highlights the best of coastal Maine cuisine.
Top review
craigk
Dined 7 days ago
We celebrated our 52nd anniversary (live in Yarmouth). Your team gave us the best table and impecable service. A very memorable evening. Our thanks to you and your team. We will be back in the fall.
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4.9
4.9 (2221)
$50 and over
American
Kennebunkport
About the restaurant
Our contemporary New England cuisine has been rooted in the local and seasonal long before they were the mots du jour on menus across the country. At our AAA Five Diamond, Forbes Five Star restaurant, we showcase incredible ingredients sourced through specially cultivated relationships with the farmers, fishermen and foragers of coastal Maine and just beyond for beautifully-presented, always inspired dishes that encapsulate the very essence of our spectacular setting.

We have a smart casual dress code; jackets are preferred, but not required. Shorts, sportswear, and flip-flops are forbidden in the dining room.

Top review
Yong
Dined 2 days ago
Service as usual is immaculate and food is top gourmet quality. Plus lovely ambiance and good piano music.. White Barn Inn never disappoints!
A photo of Earth at Hidden Pond restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3151)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Kennebunkport
About the restaurant
Indulge in an unforgettable dining adventure at Earth, one of Maine's top restaurants. Nestled among balsam and birch trees, Earth embodies community, connecting exceptional cuisine with dedicated farmers and foragers.

Our farm-to-table menu celebrates locally-sourced ingredients, including meats, seafood, and vegetables from our organic gardens. Crafted by Chef Justin Owen, each dish boasts distinct, handcrafted flavors.

For intimate gatherings, reserve the Potting Shed for up to six guests or the Painting Shed for up to 12 (food & beverage minimum required, call to reserve).

Note: Table reservation durations: 2 hours for parties of two, 2.5 hours for parties of four or more. Walk-ins currently unavailable. Check for new openings regularly.

Top review
BEH5vip
Dined 5 days ago
Very fresh seafood options. Personal service. Beautiful setting.
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4.8
4.8 (5978)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Portland
About the restaurant
A traditional New England restaurant with modern touches, Scales is located on Maine Wharf next to the Casco Bay Ferry Terminal. Enjoy classic fried seafood as well as locally sourced land fare, while enjoying the view of a quintessential working Maine harbor.

Bar seating is available for dinner service by reservation only. Please check with the host to inquire about bar seating.

Our lounge is open for cocktails and raw bar every day beginning at 4:30pm Sunday - Thursday, and 4:00pm Friday - Saturday.

We are only able to seat complete parties at this time. Please note: our patio reservations are weather dependent. If we need to make a change because of weather, we will call you on the day of your reservation to cancel or reschedule your booking.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Amazing food and service! Everything we got was delicious - highly recommend the cornbread, steamers, scallops, and steak. 10/10
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4.8
4.8 (211)
$31 to $50
French
Kennebunkport
About the restaurant
Chef Kyle Robinson inspired by our local seafood, farms, and pastures creates a unique take on French comfort food classics. Located in a romantic New England Barn, right in the center of town. Tucked in a corner of bustling Kennebunkport Dock Square, let yourself be transported to the laid back French country side.
Our menu is ever changing with what the season have to offer. Our signature dishes are the Pollock Wellington and our house made rotating charcuterie program.
Always offering some French staples such as cheese fondue, onion soup and steak frites. French Chic bar offering seasonal craft cocktails.

Top review
Lindavip
Dined 5 days ago
Just wonderful. Delicious food. We are very fortunate to have Chez Rosa in our town! Thank you.
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4.9
4.9 (215)
$30 and under
Comfort Food
Biddeford
About the restaurant
Magnus on Water is a cocktail bar and restaurant that features Peruvian-inspired comfort food from Chef Rafael Zimmerman. Bar Director Brian Catapang helms the Pinnacle Award winning cocktail program at Magnus, with rotating, seasonal drinks to compliment the big flavors of Raf's food. Sustainability is paramount to us, and we work with farmers & fisherman who are respectful of Mother Earth, while working diligently to minimize waste.

Our space is polished, but still intimate and cozy, and in the summer Magnus on Water has a large outdoor patio, complete with gardens and fire pits. We also have a private dining room for large parties and are available for full or partial event rentals.

Top review
johnrob
Dined 2 days ago
Portions just the right size, beautifully presented and delicious. Wait staff personable attentive but not intrusive. A lovely evening on the patio.
A photo of Dunstan Tap And Table restaurant
4.8
4.8 (639)
$31 to $50
American
Portland
About the restaurant
A neighborhood joint serving elevated pub food and drink with an upscale casual vibe.
Top review
jvhartiii
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
Had a great time with excellent service. Will be back.
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