The Tiller Restaurant at Cliff House

4.3
182 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast:
Daily: 6:30am - 11:00am;
Lunch:
Daily: 11:00am - 2:00pm;
Snacks 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(207) 361-6277
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
Influenced by coastal Maine flavors, The Tiller is inspired by indigenous Maine products, presented with grace and style.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Complimentary for guests dining in The Tiller Restaurant.
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Public transit
York Trolley service Daily from June 25 to September 5.
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Entertainment
The Tiller Bar & Tidemark Terrace offers handcrafted cocktails along with fresh regional dishes. The Terrace celebrates Cliff House Maine's exceptional location with breathtaking views and locally inspired refreshments. Live music every Friday and Saturday nights.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wine
What 182 People Are Saying
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Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent! The scallops were the best I’ve ever had. Service is spotty but atmosphere and food more than makes up for it.

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s
New England
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Great for lunch stop, but dinner was average and expensive. Not recommended for special occasions, just regular dinner. The mussels were very delicious and we enjoyed live music. Lunch and bloody Mary was very good and the service was good. Beautiful views, so great for lunch to enjoy the views, but not dinner because it was too dark to see the views.

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BS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Beautiful venue and great service but the food was just average. When in Maine stick to the down to earth lobster restaurants.

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MI
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We loved our ladies lunch there! Beautiful view and decor.

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DM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very expensive for the quality of food and the menu should be extended for the type of atmosphere provide more options.

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f
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good overall. Excellent dinner and superior service. Very good food overall

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c
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

I was expected more - noise level was extreme - place was crampy - svc. staff rushed - food meh - they were trying to hard to be fancy - food was bland - overpriced and only 6 selections - truffle fries - soggy - ugh

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C
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were a first experience at your restaurant. We have an unforgettable time with my parents and we would like to return in May 2019 with all our family to stay at your hotel and relive this moment. Thank you, the place is exceptional! How can I access specials for hosting?

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FL
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Breathtaking views of the waves and the cliff for which the hotel is named. Decor is vastly improved over the previous and is elegant and comfortable. Great for a fancy occasion or just nice dinner date. Lobster chowder is excellent and the food is very good overall. Will be back.

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LA
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Food was tasteless. Limited menu. Expensive. We were rushed through the meal.

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JM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 1ambience 5

Seating for two was not intimate and service was poor. Food was ok, however the views from the restaurant are stunning

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SB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We have been there several times and think it is the best dining view in Southern Maine, Dramatic rocky cliffs and a beautifully done recently renovated interior.

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DJ
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Our meal was adequate. Service average. The noise level was quite high, probably due to the large number of convention diners as well as the design and construction of the room.

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M
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Atevat bar. Service was wonderful

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ML
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The view from this place is outstanding. I ordered their burger and sweet potato fries. The burger was raw in the center even though I requested it be medium. After I showed them, they made me another one that was well done snd tougher than shoe leather. The fries were burnt. The server was pleasant, but never refilled our water glasses. The food runner dropped our plates with a sourpuss face and bolted. The room was cold that I had to leave my jacket on. If you don’t mind three star service for a five star setting snd views, this is a good spot.

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K
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Absolutely beautiful scenery on the Maine coastline, the food was a bit disappointing. This is a great place to bring a date!

Now for the food.....My girlfriend's steak was kind of a "grayish" color and did not taste all that fresh. My scallops with lobster fried rice was good but not exceptional for what I expected and/or paid.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best views, fabulous food & wonderful staff!!

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BM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great view, food was awesome, waitress was great , music was fabulous. No complaints.👍😊

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s
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were good. Corner table by the window a perfect spot for the view but it was dark so couldn’t see that much but could still watch waves crash on the rocks which was pretty spectacular. The cod dish and blueberry cheesecake were delish!

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TP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! What a view. The dining experience matched the view......OUTSTANDING!!

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RB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Rude host and waitstaff immediately ruined the evening. Scallops while fresh were overcooked. Fried artichoke appetizer was burned. Lobster fried rice dry. Hotel is beautiful and the view breathtaking but food and staff need work

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Anniversary

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was fabulous. We had reservations and arrived a little early and they seated us immediately.
Our waiter was so helpful with ordering. Our meal came very quickly and was hot and delicious. We also had breakfast on Saturday and Sunday there. Again so courteous friendly and willing to please. We were there for our anniversary and they did not disappoint us. We are recommending the Cliff House and most
definitely the Tiller Restaurant to our friends and family.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing view terrific staff. Excellent food!

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W
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had breakfast and dinner at the Tiller restaurant during a stay for our anniversary. We enjoyed the restaurant very much and will definitely return.

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MT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

The restaurant has so much potential but the food was pretty bad.

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F
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Service was poor. Rude servers. Go for the view, grab a drink and go get dinner somewhere else. We ended up deciding to leave after the appetizers.

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JV
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner and breakfast were both outstanding and servers at both meals informative and friendly.

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K
New England
23 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just breath taking views. The food done perfectly. Our server was very attentive and sweet. Treat yourself to one of the best places in Maine!

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New England
55 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a reservation for 7;45 and didn’t get seated to 8:30. Our food didn’t arrive until after 9. That is unacceptable. Our waitress was amazing and the food great, but we were very disappointed in how the wait was managed and communicated.

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AC
New England
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been summer residents of Southern Maine for five years and had never been to the Cliff House for dinner. The view is spectacular, the service was excellent, the menu varied and the food extremely tasty. We can’t wait to go again and maybe just sit in the lounge and enjoy the entertainment in that atmosphere.

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NN
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

The Cliff House is outstanding as a hotel experience. The decor, amenities and staff were all exceptional. The Tiller restaurant falls short of the expectations related to such a wonderful experience.
I have eaten there twice. The food is good not great. Some of the waitstaff act arrogantly, and the menu has a fairly limited selection. Overall I would not eat there again on a return trip I am sorry to say because the hotel is lovely!

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LK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

This is a beautiful restaurant in an amazing hotel right on the coast of Maine.

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CL
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stayed at the hotel and had dinner at the Tiller- service by Diane was nothing short of excellent...She had great suggestions for food choices...We had the scallops, Ribeye special, the corn appetizer and Blueberry Cheesecake...All were to die for...We will definitely return to both the hotel and The Tiller..

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Great food, service is below average. Also $30 for fish is quite overpriced

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TP
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The older bartender was somewhat rude and inattentive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was just okay for the price. We had a better meal last summer.

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m
New England
27 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was very expensive. One dish out of three was very good. The others were fair. The balance between main course and side dish on the plate was very strange. I had strip steak and 10,000 potatoes. It would have been nice to have a few potatoes and a vegetable instead.

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RM
Naples
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

Oceanside setting was magnificent! We were seated at a window seat that looked out over the cliff with waves crashing the rocks. We had spent our honeymoon at the Cliff House 47 years ago. We were there to celebrate my husband's birthday and hoped to have a fabulous lunch.

The service was poor. There were only two servers for the whole restaurant. When our server finally came to take our order, we ordered two draft Alligash White beers. I also asked how the fish was prepared on one menu item. The server did not know, but said she would find out. After a long wait our server brought us two bottled beers. When I said we ordered drafts, she tried to convince us that she brought us what we ordered. I asked her again about how the fish was prepared. She said that she forgot to find out. She was harried and it showed. I have shellfish allergies so my question was important. I never got an answer and was forced to make a different choice. The food was just average, small in portion size, and not as described on the menu. I ordered seared cod, but the server brought me fried cod. My husband's double lobster roll was small in size, over cooked and dry. The food was extremely overpriced, the service was abysmal, and our birthday celebration was quite disappointing!

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JB
New England
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

My recent visit for lunch at the Tiller Restaurant was very nice and the food was delicious except for the service. The view is amazing and the menu was good and reasonable. The young woman who was our server was either very new to waitressing or very, very busy. She never came back to our table to fill our waters or ask us how our food was. She also never asked us if we wanted dessert. My one friend ordered fruit cocktail and found a hair in it. She didn't report it but I don't think we saw our waitress enough if she did want to do so. Another waitress was waiting tables near ours and she seemed to be much more attentive to her customers. I'm sorry that I couldn't give a much better review.

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