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Roost Café and Bistro

4.2
471 reviews
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$30 and under
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International
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A warm and welcoming Cafe and Bistro where our philosophy is hand-crafted, a la minute entrees and appetizers that are exquisite, yet affordable. We pride ourselves on classical cooking techniques with contemporary flavors and creations that are perfect for a bistro..Eclectic International.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
International, Contemporary American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Please check website for specialty dinners and hours

WINTER Hours: Breakfast/Lunch/Brunch:
Friday, Saturday: 8:00am - 2:00pm; Sunday 8 am to 4 pm
Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday 5 pm to 9 pm



SUMMER Hours - Open Daily 8am to 11:30 Breakfast, and 11:30 to 2pm for Lunch/Brunch (Breakfast all day till 2 PM)
Light Fare and Dinner 2 PM to 9:PM (or close)
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Phone number
(207) 646-9898
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chef Jesus Peralta
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Private party facilities
Private Room for up to 30 persons. Rehearsal dinners, showers, training sessions, board meetings
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Private party contact
Rob Pinkham: (207) 646-9898
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Catering
Off-site catering available for up to 150 persons. Menus are custom designed with the imput of the client, from a BBQ to Passed Hors d'oeuvres and plated meals.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ledge Road
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Parking details
approx 40 spaces on premise
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Special events & promotions
Private Dining room upstairs for up to 25 people for showers,rehearsal dinners, birthdays, breakfast meeting, training sessions, Holiday parties.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 471 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.7
ambience
4.0
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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great experience-super charming, excellent food and very friendly! Would go back in a heartbeat!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Warm ambiance with great hosts. The food is terrific! Strongly recommend .

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great food! Will be back!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Food was excellent. The staff did a great job explaining the options.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

The Roost is a cozy spot for dinner in Ogunquit -- and the eclectic menu offers a nice respite from the area's fried clams and lobster salad rolls (not that we don't love those, but variety is the spice of life!) The chef at the Roost is Cuban, so we ordered accordingly. We had Cuban pork with beans and rice, corn tortillas with marinated pork and grilled pineapple, topped with salsa verde and lime. Coconut flan for dessert. All excellent!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We had a Gift Certificate (lucky us!). We used to vacation in this area for many years. Visited Roost many times. Moved to Ogunquit a year ago and have had the pleasure of having lunch and dinner a few times. Also have enjoyed the bakery. It is a great place all around!!🌟

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

NY food Brat. Loved it. Very nice setting, service was spot on and very friendly. 10 stars. Found you on Open Table and laughed when I saw someone give you 3 stars, good JA stay home. Our meal could not have been prepared any better. Thank you and we will be back

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3.0Dined on January 14, 2018

The app let us book a spot when they were closed... you need to get updated hours.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We stopped by the Roost Café for breakfast on NYE and decided to make dinner reservations for that night. We are so glad we did! Great food, beautiful setting and friendly and attentive staff. They even accommodated my request to sit near a fire place.

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Food was creative and tasted even better. Enjoyed the menu- not too much, not too little, and unique offerings. Very good.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Quiet intimate fireside seating and warm.ambiance. excellent food taste. Attentive staff service .

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2017

“Around the World Wednesday” Mexico menu was wonderful and unique in this area. We had an early supper and were alone until just before leaving at 7:00 PM. Don’t overlook this sweet spot in Ogunquit.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

REPEAT CUSTOMER; VERY HAPPY WITH OUR EXPERIENCE. OUR WAITRESS WAS WONDERFULL AND VERY ATTENTIVE. WILL DEF. VISIT AGAIN NEXT SUMMER.

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner was outstanding and a tremendous value. Food was excellent.

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5.0Dined on November 23, 2017

We have been here many times. The owners are so nice and the restaurant has great ambiance. Bar area is fun to eat in with the high top tables.
Excellent food & drinks, excellent service. We are never disappointed. Worth going!

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3.0Dined on November 11, 2017

We loved the ambiance, and the service was good, but the food was mediocre. Of course, we only had 1 selection of appetizer (avocado fried) which were relatively bland, salad which was good, and pad thai which was just fair. Sorry.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Delicious food from start to finish...everything on the dinner and dessert menu sounded fabulous! The gnocchi and lobster app was outstanding! Cocktails were fresh and not too sweet. Save room for dessert! they have their own bakery in house and it's all delicious, including the bread they start you off with. Pace yourself! The service was very friendly, although it did take a while for drinks and food to come out. We had a reservation for 7 and sat right away, and were there until 9, which was fine with us. Just be aware in case you have a time constraint. We will definitely be back. Can seat yourself at the bar and dine there also.

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3.0Dined on October 21, 2017

I never like to leave just ok reviews for restaurants unless I have been there a few times. Needless to say, this was our first time at Roost. The food was very good, but the service was extremely slow. I'm not too sure if they were short staffed, but it took us almost 2 1/2 hours to eat from beginning to end. The food was very good though, so we might give it another try some other time.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

First of all, we were 30 minutes early and they were able to accommodate us. hey were so nice! We had a show to go to and everything came out on time and we even were able to relax since they sat us early. The only BUMMER was that they served very endangered fish and farmed salmon. So, if your worried about the Earth like I am, there are limited selections.

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2.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Unfortunately our waitess, according to her, "did not work there", and it was obvious. Service was terrible, absent waitess, bill was wrong. Food was excellent but service ruined the experience.

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3.0Dined on October 20, 2017

Entree's were excellent. Both husband and I had sweet and sour salmon over Chinese fried rice and it was delicious. Bread served before entrees was also delicious. Bar however needs work. Had to return cocktail twice because it was not made properly (I think they forgot a key ingredient) so settled for wine instead plus it took a very long time for initial drinks to arrive and was told bar was very busy and backed up. Bill was also incorrect, charged us for 1 of the 2 drinks that were returned, it was corrected but now find 2 charges billed to credit card for dinner. Waiter worked hard and was a pleasure. Would have been wonderful without mess ups so will go back next time in Ogunquit and try again.

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

The restaurant has a private parking lot which is nice in Ogunquit. We were greeted immediately and seated with out reservation. We were given a nice quiet corner table. The decor is like a summer camp or cabin with cloth tablecloths on the tables like you were at grandmas house. There was plenty of room even for a big man such as myself. Our Server whose name I forgot to write down was very busy but superb. The clam chowder was very good although not as thick as I personally like. We tried the New York strip and lamb loin for our meal and both were perfectly cooked. The grilled asparagus was just right. When we ordered dessert, the server had not been told that they no longer served ice cream with the brownie once summer is over but when I asked her to check and see if they had any hiding somewhere she immediately went to the kitchen and came back with a scoop of vanilla that made my wife very happy. We were very thankful for her extra effort and for the restaurant to find and serve that to us. We will visit again as this was a good experience. They also got us in and out in plenty of time to get to our show at the playhouse.

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4.0Dined on September 30, 2017

Varied and interesting menu - I wanted to try everything on it! I went with the short ribs which were excellent. The sides of grits and swish chard were delicious as well. The waiter was pleasant, but extremely slow. We waited 50 minutes from sitting down until food arrived. No bread was offered. Nice decor and atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on September 29, 2017

Good service but too pricey for what you get. We dine out a lot and don't mind paying for a good meal with a decent portion. My husband had the scallops. Three large scallops - $30.00. Not worth it. This is not a fine dining establishment. Spend your money elsewhere.

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1.0Dined on September 23, 2017

Very disappointing. Short staffed, disorganized, rude employees, and not appetizing food. We waited for our table at the bar for a drink and the bartender was not personable or welcoming and was complaining about it being his first day on the job. No one wants to hear that when they are trying to enjoy a night out. When we were seated at our table it took the waitstaff 30 minutes to return with drink order and another 45 minutes to return with the meal that was lukewarm and not good. The waiter appeared to be disinterested in serving us. I will not return and would not recommend.

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2017

LOVE Roost!! Probably my favorite in Ogunquit!! The atmosphere is so charming and quaint, the food delicious and the staff friendly!! I would never want to miss a dinner or brunch in Roost during or visit!!

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4.0Dined on September 21, 2017

We enjoyed our main courses, house wine and beer were very good, ambiance was nice, but the bread, rolls in particular, was stale which was surprising since they bake it themselves.

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5.0Dined on September 14, 2017

I have been here for dinner a couple of times. Delicious with great service and ambiance. They also now have a very good bakery.

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4.0Dined on September 13, 2017

Nice alternative to the Perkins Cove crowds. Was perfect for pre-theatre.

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5.0Dined on September 13, 2017

Another great evening at the Roost. Everything we had was perfect and the bar was a fun place to hang out. It's really special when the owners remember you,year after year. Their beer list and wines are excellent...for those enjoying a cocktail ,full bar. If coming to ogunquit,put the Roost on your agenda

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2.0Dined on September 9, 2017

The waiter forgot about us several times. Slow service on the food. Empty water glasses. I actually had to get up and walk around the restaurant searching for our waitress to get the check.

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5.0Dined on August 31, 2017

If you've had enough ocean view or outdoor dining this is the place to go. The ambiance is very romantic. the background music is low and the acoustics are perfect for quiet romantic conversations.
We both had the sesame encrusted salmon. It was quite good.

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4.0Dined on August 27, 2017

Nice decor, attentive service, good food. The employees should be given the basics of serving wine at the table.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

This was a return visit to Roost one year after our first discovery, and it didn't disappoint us! The atmosphere is casual and relaxed, but the service is prompt, attentive and friendly. The casual atmosphere is deceiving because the food rivals that of any of the fine dining establishments we have visited in the area. My wife and I both had the salmon, which was cooked perfectly and served with a wonderful glaze, on a bed of rice and vegetables. The appetizers were also delicious. Extra credit goes to them for catering to folks with gluten allergies! We will be returning for breakfast and lunch during our stay because this is how we were originally introduced to their delicious preparations, and this recent dinner just reaffirmed our commitment. Enjoy!

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2.0Dined on August 24, 2017

Arrived with a reservation and waited at the Hostess Station for over 10 minutes before we had to go looking for someone to assist us. The hostess then told us they had no tables. Explained we had a reservation and were told it was in the bar. She was totally flustered.
That was fine but we waited for another 15 minutes then went back out to the hostess station. Were then reseated and she spoke to the VERY NICE bartender that was not only tending bar for the entire restaurant and bar but taking and running orders.
Nothing special about the food and setting
Lighting is dim.
Women's bathroom was horrible to the point were there is a cabinet with a broken door greeting you as you walk in.

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4.0Dined on August 20, 2017

Always a good meal. Our server Jagoda (sp?) was efficient and charming. Calimari excellent as was the Cuban pork.

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3.0Dined on August 19, 2017

I know this may be obvious, but don't go to a place in Maine for anything but Seafood. All the entrees we got (pad thai and Bolognese) were average to poor, other than the Haddock special which was INCREDIBLE!!!!

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4.0Dined on August 17, 2017

Vacation dinner- we have travelled to Ogunquit for 22+ years and try to experience a new/ different place every year to add to our favorites. This was a beautiful place (larger than we thought),with delicious food and good service.

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5.0Dined on August 16, 2017

Best restaurant I've been to in Ogunquit! Outstanding food

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1.0Dined on August 13, 2017

The service was fine but the food wasn't very pleasing or memorable. Unfortunately I won't be back for a visit!

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