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About Muddy Rudder Yarmouth

Matthew Witham is proud and excited to invite you to The Muddy Rudder Restaurant. We provide our guests with exceptional food, coupled with impeccable service, has materialized on the picturesque coastline of Maine. Welcome and enjoy…..

1335 US Rt. 1
Yarmouth, ME 04096
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 11am - 9pm Friday - 11am - 930pm

Saturday 10am - 2pm Brunch 10am - 930pm Dinner

Sunday 10am - 2pm Brunch 10am - 930pm Dinner

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(207) 846-3082

Website:
http://www.muddy-rudder.com/

Entertainment:
Come listen to out talented piano players that play on Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Happy Hour daily from 3pm - 6pm



Let us cater your special event.

Muddy Rudder Yarmouth Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

3.9

ambience

4.1

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (14)
Waterfront (14)
Special Occasion (11)
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Casual (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Live Music (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Romantic (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Fun (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Business Meals (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Cozy (4)
Authentic (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Seasonal (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Happy Hour (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

We had great seats overlooking the water. Our waitress was efficient and friendly. Three of us had the fried scallops which are always our favorite. They have a light, tasty batter and certainly are filling. The other person in our party had the stuffed haddock. He has that quite often when we go out. He said it is the best he has ever had-anywhere.
I almost forgot; we can never pass up the rudder chips with shrimp. Tasty and a wonderfully large serving. Great evening.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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·Dined 7 days ago

Good food. We always enjoy it there! Never disappointed and always a pleasant waitress or bartender, depending on where we sit!

Tags: Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Fun, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Would definitely go back for a second try. I was there on a Sunday so perhaps the regular chef was off. Hostess was pleasant and we got seated pretty quickly although about 12 minutes later than our reservation (not required but we made one so we shouldn't have to wait.). Lots of tables were open but I guess they were not assigned wait staff.

Waitress was a little slow in service and lacking in ongoing follow-up. Had to keep asking for water refills, finally asked how food was about half way thru the meal.

Mussel appetizer was excellent but the large serving only can with two slices of bread.

Flank steak special was tough, more fat than normal and disappointing. Lobster tail add on was presented very well but cool even though overcooked so it was tough and chewy.

Seafood deep fry combo was excellent.

Table bread was excellent.

Tags: Business Meals, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

A friend and I meet here every year, and this time, while the food is always good, it was GREAT! I had the Chicken Pasta - Beer battered chicken, spinach, crumbled bacon, tomatoes, Parmesan cream and cavatappi. My friend had the Ravioli - Ricotta and spinach stuffed, grilled artichokes, and oven-roasted tomatoes in a basil butter sauce.

We looked at each other when we had the first bite and were amazed at how great both dishes were. We each had a dessert, and that plus our great waitress made us both say - 'We've GOT to do this more often!'

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Great for Brunch, Waterfront, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food was outstanding but the ambiance was lacking. I would go here again just for the food!

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

We have eaten here a few times (coming from NB Canada). We enjoy the food and area.

Tags: Waterfront, Romantic, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food was very good.
Seating was a problem. We had a 5:45 open table reservation. Arrived at 5:15 and was told we would seat you at your reservation time of 5:45 even though a number of tables were available.

Tags: Casual, People Watching
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

Our waitress had an "I don't care" attitude. Tuesday evening family dinner. Restaurant was not full, bar was almost empty , not many patrons. Piano music was lovely. Glad we had reservations though. We "waited" for everything, water, food, refills, had to ask for dessert menu. Had to ask for check. All the meals were delicious, but the most expensive meal was also the smallest portion (seared scallops). We are local to the area.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great food and service.

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·Dined on September 25, 2017

Nearby and reliably good. Terrific view of the tidal river and snowy egrets.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 23, 2017

What a beautiful night. Happy hour was terrific. Musician excellent. Highly recommend.

Tags: Scenic View, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Romantic, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Sadly, cup of chowder delivered with entree, salmon and sole overcooked. Waitperson appeared to be new which could explain lack of attentiveness.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Calamari is the best we have ever had. Baked haddock and surf and turf special was delicious. Service was great and views were lovely.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The only good part of this experience was the piano player & great waiter we had at the high top in the bar area. personable and responsive despite the many things he was juggling which appeared to be bartending, bar backing and waiting tables. We had a reservation and though there were plenty of tables around the windows and in the main dining room we were led to a table in the remote off shoot dining room that was void of what ambiance existed. We politely asked to wait for a different table noticing there were quite a few empty tables and the host rudely informed us "well....it will be awhile". When we noticed the high tops available in the bar area, we asked to sit there and proceeded with our evening. The high top gave us a perfect view of what was happening. It became all too clear that the focus and preferential seating was reserved for the regulars because the host obviously knew those he was seating. This restaurant needs to find a way to balance that given the fact that Freeport is a destination area. Give the host a lesson in courtesy if he is going to run the entrance. He seemed put out that we had found an alternative to his rebuff. If you are visiting from out of town, don't bother.

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 (Panama)·Dined on September 7, 2017

This I said a very nice settlement no and service was friendly and efficient. However, the food was a bit disappointing. It was just OK, nothing special, and given the other options available in the area, we probably will not return anytime soon.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 3, 2017

It is one of my "go to" places and very much enjoy it. Few places have a piano and that is very enjoyable.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on August 27, 2017

This is one of those times that you just found a gem!! Love the food, love the place a bit too loud the piano that was playing but over all I'll come back without a doubt!!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Live Music
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

We enjoyed going to the Muddy Rudder overall, however, there were a couple issues. I ordered the sea bass, which I had heard was one of the best fish to eat. It didn't look like pictures I have seen of sea bass dishes. It appeared to be thinly filleted, possibly taking away from the flavor. It almost appeared as if it was actually tilapia. To me, it definitely wasn't worth the price. My wife totally enjoyed the fried clams, stating they were the best she had ever had. Service was slow. The waitress was very good, but appeared to be overloaded with customers. It was long periods of time for our orders to be delivered to the table. We realize it was a busy night, but 20 minutes to get a drink order is a little long. Irregardless, we will visit again sometime, just maybe not during the summer or a Saturday night. Thank you

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The white sangria is very good. Light fruit finish, not syrup.

Omelotte perfectly prepared with my choice asparagus and cheese.

Quick service at 12:30 Sunday brunch

Tags: Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 18, 2017

It was a rainy day and we were looking for a place to go. This was OUTSTANDING! The atmosphere was great, patio would have been nice, but alas, the rain! The food was amazing and the wait staff were friendly and very helpful. Great place for a meal or special occasion. parking can be a challenge, especially in rainy weather

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 17, 2017

The Muddy Rudder in Yarmouth was just the right restaurant to take our family who was visiting from out of town. Great food with a variety of choices for everyone, great atmosphere and we really enjoyed the piano music. We will definitely be a regular guest of the Muddy Rudder and brings family and friends as well.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Live Music, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on August 15, 2017

We have eaten at The Muddy Rudder several times, but have to say that this time it was a poor experience. The restaurant doesn't have enough servers so we waited for everything, drinks. Food more water, etc. Our server had 9 tables. Too much for any one person to handle. Not her fault, but not a nice dining experience

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on August 9, 2017

We had an early evening reservation, 6:00 pm and were seated immediately upon arrival. We sat outside on the deck because the weather was beautiful and because inside was a bit loud due to how busy they were. Service was a bit slow but we were in no rush so it was fine. The food was terrific, tasty, nice presentation and generous. I have been here several times before and will be back!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

We arrived at your restaurant a little before 7 pm, as our reservation was for then, we had requested to sit outside and the table that we dined at was empty when we got there. The hostess directed us over to the bar area and said she would be right with us. No one came to ask us if we wanted a drink, my husband finally went over to the bar and was told just a minute as the bartender went to deliver food to a table. Several people arrived after us and were taken to their tables, I would guess about 15 were seated before us, then the hostess came to get us and seat us at the table that was empty the whole time it was then 720. We got a menu , ordered a drink and a bottle of wine and was never asked again til 815, how things were. We were never asked if we would like another drink, or even given a glass of water. The meal finally arrived around 845, mine was warm at best , my husbands was better. We ate our meal, served our own wine and went back to our hotel,we had gone to Freeport especially to go to your restaurant. I asked the server if it was really busy, she said she had been called in and that she usually works the day shift a couple of days a week.. Our experience was far from good , the best part was the appetizers and the table outside,the wine was even flat. I had heard this was a lovely place to eat, to bad I did not get that experience.

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Excellent service from Jeremy. Had a very relaxing meal. Food varied from excellent to moderately good. Good menu choices.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Great atmosphere . Nice view of the water .
Very nice setting.
Food is prepared well. Nice presentation!

Tags: Romantic, Live Music, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Cozy, Scenic View
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 3, 2017

I hadn't been to this restaurant for years. Sadly, it was pretty disappointing. There were 6 people in our party. I had picked the restaurant mainly for convenience. It took at least 15 minutes for our waitress to even approach our table. The food was mediocre and pretty cold. Sorry, but they need some improvements for sure!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Terrific food, fish was perfect!

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

This was my second time eating here in about 7 years. The food was outstanding and our waitress was perfect..

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We were seated immediately and server was quick with taking order but slow on follow up. Food did not appear to be made fresh. My wife's french onion soup was so hot it had to have been microwaved and my lobster bisque was just barely warm although had good flavor. Our entrees were ok portion wise but again not hot. My fried clams had definitely been sitting for a while. With drinks and placing an appetizer order prior to ordering our meal they had us in and out in 30 minutes. This was not a great experience. Too many options in the area to make a return.

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·Dined on July 28, 2017

We were staying down the road on a road trip from Canada to Pennsylvania. We had a most pleasant dinner there. Our table was in the "back room" where we could enjoy the lovely pianist at the grand piano (but softly).
Our meal was Very good, but we want to send a special thank you to the bartender who mixed our Manhattans to perfection: straight up -- stirred, not shaken --

Tags: Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

Enjoyed our meal ar Muddy Rudder. Good food, good service. Pleasantly pleased with the improved atmosphere since I last dined there maybe 5 years ago. I would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant and look forward to doing there again in the near future

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Great Beer, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Good for Groups
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

We are visiting from New York. Went to Muddy Rudder in May and had to come back on our latest trip. Excellent food and nice service. Will be back again when in Freeport.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Authentic
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·Dined on July 21, 2017

Not horrible, but very much a tourist trap that skates by on its great location. Service was rather slow, my stuffed haddock was dry and bland, and my grandmothers fish and chips were chewy. There are many other better dining options in the area.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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 (New England)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Arrived at 6pm Friday evening and was escorted to our choice of outside seating. Beautiful night, able to converse easy, service by Rosaline(sp)was perfect and food was delicious. We love our time at the Rudder.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Worst service ever. My son received his appetizer 15 minutes before I received my salad. When salad arrived, it arrived with my main course and my son's main course making the table a huge cluttered mess and my dinner cold by the time I ate my salad. Waitress never checked on us or asked how she could make it better. Manager nowhere to be seen.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 17, 2017

The Muddy Rudder *always* pleases and satisfies me and my guests. I look forward to my next opportunity to enjoy this delightful restaurant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Fun, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on July 17, 2017

We have been coming to the Muddy Rudder for years and I always get the fishermen's platter and it seems to be getting smaller and smaller each time. I was very disappointed the past few times with the portion. Two scallops a very very small piece of fish and a couple pieces of shrimp and clams.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Excellent food and service. Pianist was a little loud to have intimate table conversations over.

Tags: Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on July 7, 2017

We are locals and have been coming to the Muddy Rudder for years. We took some guests this evening and what a disappointment. We were embarrassed by the food choices and quality of food. You can tell it's the summer. They cater to the group from away instead of the people who help keep them in business all year round.

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