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The Tiller Restaurant at Cliff House

4.3
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424 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Rediscover Maine dining. Native ingredients honor Maine’s indelible heritage. By partnering with local fisherman, farmers, distillers, and ranchers, The Tiller Restaurant combines the region’s distinctive culture and tradition with culinary innovation and sustainable practices for authentic and nuanced dining experiences. Upscale contemporary design meets with charming rustic elements, combined with a bright and inviting dining destination surrounded by ocean views suspended over the cliffs. Seasonal breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus are prepared with farm-fresh local produce, line-caught fish, hand cut meats , and homemade recipes passed down from generation to generation.

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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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4.1
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4.6
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vipNewenglandgirl
New England
22 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfect

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vipOpenTable Diner
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

My husband and I can here for a getaway from Boston very nice restaurant with beautiful views! The servers need to have knowledge of their wines. The morning breakfast was painful the wait was 25 mins and it was quiet. Dinner service was much better!

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vipShrink2346
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We have visited The Tiller on two previous occasions. The setting is beautiful and this time we chose to go as part of Maine Restaurant Week. The Restaurant Week menu included a salad, an entrée and dessert. Unfortunately our experience was mediocre at best. We ordered beverages to start and they didn’t arrive until after the salad and after another request to the staff. The salad itself took 20 minutes to appear. We both ordered salmon, which was tender but the vegetables on the plate were cold and inedible. These arrived an hour into the time we had arrived. All in all, a meal with little preparation time took two hours, most of it waiting for the next course. Our server was very nice but two hours for a very pedestrian meal is not acceptable. Despite the beauty of the setting, with such slow service and only mediocre food, we will not be returning.

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JSmith
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Went to Tiller House at Cliff House this past weekend, and couldn't have been more disappointed. Everything from the hostess who sat us late, to the bartender with the bad attitude (so rare!), to the waitress- it was truly awful. The sad part is that we were here last year, and it was wonderful. Was there a recent change of management??

The ambience is just gorgeous, but the service and food were severely lacking. I ordered the lobster mac 'n cheese, and it came out lukewarm at best, and tasted as if it had been in the fridge for a few days (maybe more). I ordered a cocktail, and it took about 30 minutes after having to ask our waitress twice for it (and, no apology when it finally came, and she just looked at us blankly). Mind you, it was a very quiet evening in the restaurant, so it's not like she was managing many tables. My husband ordered a steak, and there were huge amounts of fat left on the cut of meat. He said it tasted, ok, but just not what you'd expect at the Cliffhouse. The food and service simply did not live up to the venue. Disappointing dining experience overall.

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vipPriceIsRight
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The view of the Atlantic Ocean was stunning. The food on the other hand was rather mediocre.

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Foodie7
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

It was a bit louder than I remember it from last year but enjoyed it nonetheless.

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Lucie13
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

This restaurant was very overpriced for the meal we received, it was just ordinary. Would not recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
16 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Cliff House and this is my second stay here.
Tiller's Restaurant never disappoints and I am thrilled that I have had the same table each visit which is a prime view table for one ‼️
The food is always delicious today I came for the brunch and tonight I have a table booked again ‼️
Highly recommended.

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Guert
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Vue incroyable sur la mer (demandez une table près de la fenêtre). Prix un peu élevé mais en ligne avec la qualité de l’endroit. Cuisson de mes œufs à parfaire!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The restaurant itself has a beautiful view. This was our second time there and we weren’t impressed. The food was just ok, salmon was very dry. I didn’t eat more than a few bites and the waitress never asked how it was or why I didn’t eat more. Waitress was pretty aloof the whole meal. Wouldn’t go back to the cliff house because of this experience, given that it is the only fine dining Restauant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Voyage en famille

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viptreatsnsnoozin
New England
47 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

We dined at the Tiller restaurant twice during our recent stay at the Cliff House. We enjoyed a very nice dinner with the perfect seat by the fire place. The food was very enjoyable. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. Service a little slow - but they were completely full and thankfully we had the luxury of time that evening so it wasn't a problem for us at all. We returned for brunch on Sunday and it was just as good, if not better. The seafood cobb salad was particularly outstanding. Coffee was great and our mugs never less than half full. We would absolutely recommend the Tiller Restaurant, whether or not you're staying at the Cliff House and we look forward to returning some time!

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SteveC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The view of the ocean from our table against the window was spectacular. Unfortunately the cold draft from the ventilation system detracted from the ambiance , so much so that we had to move our table. Food was average at best. Steak tartare tasted not fresh. Caesar salad bland. Sirloin steak had no flavor, not juicy at all. Whoopi pie for dessert very dry and a bit stale and dollop of ice cream for additional $4 was insulting.

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Babs
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute perfection. Mr. Carmichael & server
saw to our every need. Fabulous meal & atmosphere. Planning a return visit very soon.

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TJMc
New England
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We visited The Tiller for my sister's 40th birthday. Food and service were great and they even brought over a delicious piece of cake (without anyone asking) at the end for her.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, views and service!

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PatriciaH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Tiller Restaurant has become my new favorite place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions ... it has outstanding views, wonderful food and great ambiance. I plan on returning more and more ...

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CherylM
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had Markie as our server and she was an absolute doll! Super friendly and always accommodating. Next to the view she impressed me the most about this place. The food was very good but for the prices and portion size the taste should have been truly outstanding. The cauliflower soup was good but had a spice I could not identify and tasted a little strange. The beet salad was fantastic. I had a quinoa bowl and most of the veggies in it were broccoli and cauliflower, mostly the stalks unfortunately. It was just meh. My fiancé had the gnocchi and it tasted amazing. The portion was really tiny though. For dessert we had the sticky toffee cake and they had written happy anniversary on it in chocolate. That was such a nice touch! The Whoopie pies were sadly a little stale. The view and cleanliness of this place can not be beat. Truly loved the vibe and the service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view during daylight is outstanding. The service was excellent. My burger and sweet potato fries were among the best I’ve ever had. My husband loved his lobster roll.

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JonT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My wife and I were guests at the Cliff House and we found the restaurant to be easily accessible.

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Kathyport
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

It’s a beautiful breakfast spot. We ordered waffles which were fine though not hot. The extra 3.00 for berries was for 9 berries-more than half of which were blueberries. The other four were 3 raspberries and one blackberry. The side of bacon was delicious. My daughters Eggs Benedict was good but the hollandaise resembled a mayonnaise consistency...not really a sauce.

We’ve been there before and had better luck with the food. Though the view is hard to beat.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

The service and ambiance at table (near a fireplace) was wonderful. However, the food was really disappointing. My sweet potato gnocchi was without flavor and my husbands seafood was not fresh, tasted mass produced or rewarmed. We were expecting more from the price tag or the restaurant and our stay.

The drinks were great!

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JenniferT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious with very sizable portions. The scenery is breathtaking so even if you don't indulge in a meal you should make a trip just for a drink and take in all of the beautiful views both in and outside of the Cliff House. On this night there was live music just outside the restaurant which added to the ambiance!

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GinaFalz
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Cliff House is absolutely gorgeous and it was such a relaxing place to be. The drinks were great and the food was so delicious. We got the steak, brussels sprouts, and lobster rice. I would highly recommend spending time at the Cliff House and eating at The Tiller Restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Brunch at the Tiller House was fabulous.

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vipBethanyD
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The view and overall ambience at this restaurant is great but it takes so long to get our meals whenever we stay at the Cliff House. The management should be better prepared knowing it is a holiday weekend / vacation week.

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Jimbob
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall very friendly staff. Food was good. The atmosphere was pleasant as they had live music playing. I feel the cliff house is a great get away and definitely family oriented.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, fantastic service, fantastic place. Everything about this experience made for a very romantic and wonderful Valentine’s Day dinner.

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CambridgeDiner
New England
25 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner at the Tiller. Food was fabulous-short ribs and roasted veggies for my partner and lobster chowder and oysters for me. Service was top notch-thank you Kayla! Drinks were well made and hefty.
Fresh bread with oil and balsamic to start, blueberry panna cotta to finish. View is fantastic, ambience is wonderful. Only drawback is the price.

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TimothyD
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The Tiller Restaurant has some very good meals with a great Service staff. We liked the atmosphere and dinning experience. My one complaint would be we ordered the steak on the menu Medium Rare and it came out rare, when this was brought to the manager attention it was an act of congress to have her recognize the mistake and took up 15 minutes of our dining experience. I do not complain often when going out to eat but when you are paying top dollar you should be serviced to when the meal is incorrect not argued with.

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LS22
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food2service4ambience5

Great service, great ambiance, but the food wasn’t anything to rave about. The lobster chowder was good, but I’ve had better clam chowders and lobster bisque. It’s weird that the steak was already pre-cut and for that price that chewy. The whipped potatoes were so salty you couldn’t even eat them! Same thing the next morning on the potatoes- too much salt! For the money we spent I would’ve rather been at Capitol Grille. Maybe we had the off season chef?

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MackenzieL
London
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The atmosphere and views were lovely. The food was very good. We had just finished paying and our last guest was finishing her drink, when we were asked by the Hostess to please finish up as there was another group who wanted our table (there were other options available) and that they had been "patiently waiting for over 20 minutes." We were not lingering for an abnormal amount of time and our total meal time was about 70 minutes. I found it extremely rude how the hostess broached the topic with us making it seem like our fault when really it was on the front of house for not managing their tables/parties better.

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seetheworld
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Had to wait 10 minutes for table to be set even though we had a reservation and, since it was off season, the restaurant was nearly empty. This rubbed me the wrong way. Waited for server, who did bring water but offered nothing else. Waited to order, waited for drinks, waited for bread. Our server was preoccupied with another 2top that was chatting her up and occupying all her tine. She even toasted and had some champagne with them while we waited for a piece of bread. Salads good, soup tasty, meals and dessert were ok, chicken dry and short ribs very fatty.

Went back the next day for brunch where we had excellent service and excellent meals 1 for 2 !

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vipKatherineR
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The view is great, the service is great, the food is not great. Therefore, go for the view and service, not the food.

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vipJuniper
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Brunch menu is great. Cocktails were lovely. One in our party had the quinoa bowl, which was beautiful to look at but way to salty

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Hotel is beautiful. Horrible food. Horrible service in restaurant. I would not spend $ to eat in this restaurant again. It’s really too bad because a location so spectacular should have up to par food.

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vipMoMa
New England
29 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The menu options were very appealing but the execution was flawed. We had the seafood bouillabaisse that was advertised with a saffron broth. The seafood and vegetables were cooked perfectly but the broth had no flavor, including no saffron flavor. The bread served to the table tasted like it was days old. There are easy fixes for both issues with better quality control.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
19 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Tiller was a great location for us to have a business lunch. The views are incredible and the food and service matched. Specials were very good and the purify juice was very fresh.

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vipjan5cee
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the view and food. They ate busy with a great out of town vibe, but always seat promptly with a reservation.
The view of the raging sea is amazing and beautiful.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Would never eat here again when visiting the Cliff House Hotel. The food was over priced and the chef was not very accommodating. For example, I asked to switch my side with another side that came with another entree and they would not do it. Portion were very small.

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