The Tiller Restaurant at Cliff House

4.6
249 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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VB
New England
4 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely time at the Cliff House. The food was exquisite, the service was stellar and views were breathtaking.

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DG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress Kayla was excellent and very informative!

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A
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Beautiful setting, delicious food. Reservations don’t actually get you precedence for seating, which was disappointing.

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MD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

You just can't beat the atmosphere at this place. You don't have to sit by the window to enjoy a fabulous view of the ocean. We went for Sunday breakfast and both of us had Eggs Benedict and shared a fruit dish. The food was good, but not outstanding, so you are basically paying for the ambience, which, I must say, makes it worth it.

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C
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I went to The Tiller Restaurant for our anniversary dinner on our trip to Maine and it was fantastic! The cocktails were tasty and strong. My boyfriend had the scallops with lobster fried rice and he loved it. I had the strip and it was perfectly seasoned and cooked. Our waitress, Susan, made our night very special when we ordered the ice cream sandwich with blueberry ice cream (amazing!!) and lit a candle on top. Besides the delicious food, the view of the cliff was incredible. We will definitely be back the next time we're in town!

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RM
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Overall it was a lovely experience. We had a perfect seat facing the ocean. I had asked if there was an alternative salad dressing and was told "no, only what is on the menu, no variations". I was a little taken aback by that response, thought it unfortunate and made a second choice. Our bill, with tip was approximately $80. That included french toast, waffles with lobster, sangria & a cocktail from the menu. I thought that was pricey for two people at brunch. The hostess was warm, welcoming and delightful. The waiter very business like, not very friendly.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Food was cold and overpriced. Wine served warm and ran out , only one glass was available. Very loud party there , hard to have a conversation.

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C
New England
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

This is just one of those great places where the food isn’t the primary reason for going there. The views are just spectacular.

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EO
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a beautiful space with a spectacular view and outstanding food to match -- a rare combination.

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Inverness
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and ambiance. Our server, Brigetta was warm and welcoming. She made our 30th Anniversary extra special. Will definitely go back again.

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WL
Montreal
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I would certainly recommend the Cliff House and Tiller to friends. The view is spectacular, the ambiance is relaxed and the service is overall very good. The food, for the price, was a little underwhelming. The ingredients were fresh, but more could have been done to enhance the flavor. The first night both of our dishes arrived and were cool (temperature wise), we commented and the waitress was fully understanding and promptly returned the dishes to the kitchen and the plates were remade. This was appreciated. However, the steak was not that flavorful and the gnocchi was a bit dense, rather than light and fluffy. We returned the next day for lunch, which was fabulous. The lobster bisque included beautiful lush pieces of lobster. The burger was good. For dinner the second night, we had the lamb special and the salmon and again, while fresh ingredients, the dishes themselves were okay in terms of flavor and preparation. All this said, we would still return and recommend staying at the Cliff House because it is a special place.

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JF
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal while staying at the Cliff House. Staff was kind and attentive without being overbearing. Made the meal special for the family. Food was tasty and view made the day great.

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful location, well decorated space. Was expecting better quality of food based on price. Overall lovely breakfast if you don't mind spending $80 on breakfast for 2.

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PO
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Bergette (sp?) was amazing, the food was very good and the view spectacular!
Laura and Paul

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S
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My son went there with his wife for his 50th Birthday. He had a table by the window. The view was spectacular. Good food, great service, and reasonable prices.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious brunch! We will definitely return!

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JN
New England
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

This place is simply fabulous don’t waste anymore time reading reviews just book your stay… I live 45 minutes away and thought I was in another part of the country can’t wait to go back !

Worth every penny!

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A
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the restaurant is tucked inside a beautiful resort... it was so worth it! water views, excellent food and great service. prices reflect a resort restaurant, but not terrible if you're willing to spend a little more than usual for a brunch. bf and i had the banana bread french toast & the lobster & waffles - highly recommend. a really lovely afternoon in all

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KK
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

I love this place, it is breathtaking! I was bummed when I visited the other day because I had first made an open table reservation, received the confirmation email but when I had called to make sure and request oceanfront seating, the waitress said they never received it. So on the phone I made another reservation requesting oceanfront, it was a special occasion, and when we got there they said they did not have it! After telling them that I had now made two reservations, the hostess was not able to reciprocate my frustrations, with the reservation service. I have been to Tillers before and the gentleman that served us for brunch was amazing and had great service. This time not so fortunate, the waitress was slow on everything from first cup of coffee to cocktails, to refill coffee and water. I would still highly recommend going as the food and the overall experience of being there is divine. Just felt bad that the first time I brought people that the service was not as great in the past and that we waited longer than usual.

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DB
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Waitress and chef were not attentive to a restricted diet order at our dinner. Other meals and waitresses were fine.

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b
New England
28 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though we didn't get to sit by the window, the view is still exceptional. Beautiful place, excellent food (we were there for brunch) with a nice farm-to-table perspective, excellent service and very comfortable seating. We shall return! (Check out the spa, too. It's terrific.)

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EB
New England
19 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a good meal in a beautiful setting with a terrific waitress.

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MR
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our birthday's at the Tiller Restaurant at the Cliff House in Maine, and it was perfect!
We had requested a window table with a view of the ocean, and the hostess was able to provide that for us. Our waitress was very friendly and accommodating. We enjoyed our meals immensely. I had the scallops dinner, and my husband had the Hanger Steak dinner. Both were delicious and the portions were great! It was a very enjoyable dining experience, and we were both treated to our own choice of birthday desserts! It was a great night!

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B
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Menu items were not consistent with descriptions. The food tasted ok but was not worth 45 per person.

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LC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant for a special dinner. Charcuterie board is a must to enjoy! Wished that we had skipped the organic baby romaine salad as it had no taste ( should have been garlic confit-lemon dressing). We had the strip steak that was unbelievable! ( no foraged mushrooms on the plate as described on the menu though) and the day boat scallop dinner that was almost inedible as the scallops were over seasoned with salt. The spiced honey cauliflower was wonderful as well as the truffle fries. To finish, we had the lemon/blueberry cheesecake- we were glad that we decided on dessert as it would have been a sin to miss this treat.

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JK
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fabulous! From the food down to the server - and you cannot beat the view!

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NG
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. Our waitress, Susan Wass wonderful. We had a very enjoyable evening.

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AI
New England
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great experience! We sat right by the window overlooking the cliffs that were beautiful. Great food!

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JO
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Tiller Restaurant is a wonderful dining experience. This was my second time there amd highly recommend it. I look forward to my next visit!

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b
New England
32 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very pretty decor
Food delicious and interesting
The hotel needs to heat the dining room and other open spaces or people could freeze to death.. ok that’s a little exaggeration but they have several fireplaces in the hotel and dining room and most of the time for 3 days we were there one or two or all were never lit
Our waitress was a touch strange but I can overlook that.. haha!

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s
New England
27 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is good. Service is impeccable. But of course it's all about the view!

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JA
New England
64 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We had lunch on this beautiful sunny winter day in Maine. Had a table right by the windows and enjoyed watching the waves hit the rocky coast. Our cocktails were perfect. Our meals were OK.

Two things I'd like to bring to the restaurants attention. When I booked this reservation I specifically asked for a table by the windows. When we arrived we were escorted to a table no where near the windows. We then stood around waiting for a table to be cleared and setup. So, I'm assuming that someone is not reading the requests made in OpenTable reservations.

Also, we asked to split the lobster chowder as a starter. The waiter informed us that the Chef does not split the chowder. So, we had to push the bowl back and forth as we ate. Someone needs to tell the Chef 'it is all about the customer and all reasonable requests ought to be satisfied.'

Anyway, we will return but maybe just to enjoy a cocktail at the bar and the wonderful view.

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P
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great atmosphere and location food wasn’t up to par with pricing and overall feel of business. Good menu but the quality wasn’t there.

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TF
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Valentine’s Day

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z
New England
23 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW...this is a wonderful restaurant with the most amazing view. Great food, service and ambience. Not to be missed if you are visiting the coast of Maine.

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RB
New England
19 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

Absoulutely spectacular views, good food, good service.

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CN
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service and ambiance was really wonderful. Wine options were great as well. We did expect to be blown away by the food and just weren't except for the meatballs, those were delicious! Everything else including butternut squash soup, the hanger steak and the scallops were just ok, not overly flavorful or something we would have again.

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B
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Can’t wait to go back!

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B
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious!!!

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday weekend.

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