This was our first trip to Roost. I'm sure we'll be back. Lobster gnocchi, Korean Short Rib Tacos, Coconut Shrimp and Chicken Pate were all very good. Dry-Aged Pork Chop special was tender and delicious. Scallops were flavorful and cooked nicely. Mustard-Glazed Salmon special was tasty. Cuban Pork is a family recipe and is very good. Buttery shortbread crust on the fruit tarts is very nice. There is a nice selection of beers and craft cocktails. Wine list is not extensive, but has some solid options. Bar service in the dining room lagged, particularly when a bottle of wine needed to be located.
Excellent food served cheerfully by a colorful and competent staff. Perhaps as important as anything in Ogunquit, Roost has on-site parking!
Menu includes specials worth trying!
Good variety imaginative preparation.
You will enjoy the total experience!
My only complaint is that the table was too small for four people. The food was great.
A wonderful new favorite for us in our best vacation spot. We had a wonderful evening. Setting, service& food were all exceptional. So glad we decided to give Roost a try💕
Service was great and the food was great also! I think we were the loudest table with a 10 yo boy and his 12 yo cousin!!
Love Roost! Had the Tuna Tacos for an appetizer and a Sea Bass special as my main course. Delicious!
Another great meal at Roost. We had great service as usual. The chicken entree was delicious, as was the scallops. The bread is warm and delicious. The wine list is not huge but has a good selection. Roost is my favorite post-Ogunquit Playhouse restaurant.
Great food. From appetizers to main course it was outstanding!
We ate here twice in a week. First time for dinner -- it was excellent. Next time was lunch and the restaurant was very hot, waitstaff seemed bothered and unfriendly. People in our party have food allergies and intolerances and the staff did a great job both times.
Never disappoints. Great food, wine & service. Highly recommended when looking for upscale/off the beaten path in an otherwise touristy town
I have been to this restaurant quite a few times because they are typically very mindful and careful about being gluten-free I have Celiac disease and have to be super careful . This time I felt the waitress who we have had before had a bit of an attitude towards me because I asked to change out the fish and replace it with scallops instead because of my lack of choices in this and most restaurants because of the need to be gluten-free I really didn't like what was offered to me . I also believe she passed her attitude over to the chef who made my meal so salty that I had to force myself to eat it. $35 down the tube as far as I'm concerned.
Although I enjoyed this restaurant in the past I will not be going back .
Lovely dinner. Very friendly and capable staff. Sea bass and loon of lamb were excellent.
Unfortunately the owner/ chef do not deliver what is printed on the menu!!!! We have dined here in the past and you can easily notice how they are cutting corners from start to finish. The bread basket had two stale slices of rye bread
Cesasar salad had zero taste . No customer service after I complained that my dish was not as described on the menu. Don't waste your time !! We will NOT return.
Plenty of other great places in the area!!
Signed a distinguished foodie
Food was mediocre, service was ok, we had somewhat of a language barrier . Had been a return guest, wasn't thrilled first visit but wanted to give second try.
Our first time here and we loved it. I had the sea bass and it was one of the best I've ever had.
All you could hope for:
Fast friendly service,
Reasonably priced and varied choices resulting in excellent tasting food.
Nice place, service was better in the beginning, waitress was really Buzzy... food was better then average. It worth a visit.
Had a great meal. The restaurant wasn't very busy so the service was excellent. In our party of 4, we had the salmon, pad Thai with steak, sea bass and lamb entrees. Everyone really enjoyed their meal.
My girlfriend said it was among the best meals she has ever had. I am inclined to agree.
Always great to visit Ogunquit area and Roost is one of our favorite restaurants. Appetizers are fresh, good size and entrees are delicious. Waiter was very polite and attentive. Always a nice time with great food.
We've eaten at Roost before, remember it as noisy but up to its challenge -- solid eats, well served. That's not what we encountered over the July 4 holiday. Servers were "in the weeds" from the get go. Timing was too fast or (mostly) too slow. Entrees came out when appetizers hadn't been finished (let alone cleared). And at meal's end, our server couldn't be hailed for a check.
Foodwise, there's no comparison to other restaurants within a couple of blocks. A pappardelle "special" offering was glued together such that it could be picked up in one piece from any edge. A rare steak was barely pink in the middle. And "crispy" fried calamari came out limp, almost soggy. All of which would be forgivable at Howard Johnson's -- or at lower prices lots of places -- but not at a place with this level of pretense.
Very mixed review. The tuna tacos were almost inedible because so marinated in soy sauce that you can't taste the tuna...just salty soy sauce. Pad Thai with chicken had to be sent back because chicken was bad. Salmon with fried rice was nicely done. Place is trying to be high end dinner stop but it's a country kitchen feeling inside and bathrooms are dirty. Wouldn't return.
The waitress was cute and sweet. She is here from Serbia. IS there a shortage of US citizens to do waitressing in the summer?
I was crammed in my seat. Could use some more room. Food was delicious.
We stopped in at Roost on our first night in Ogunquit. It's tucked a little bit off the beaten path, in a very cute location down Shore Road. The dining room was populated but not overly busy for a Friday evening. My husband and I shared the tempura shrimp to start, which was delicious. Although other servers seemed to be bustling around the restaurant, ours was inattentive and couldn't seem to remember who had ordered what (at a table of two). Our cocktails were well made, and our proteins well cooked, but all of the side dishes were under-seasoned and underwhelming. Because the server disappeared for so long, she lost the opportunity to sell us another round of cocktails, and it took way too long to handle the check too. When we're next in Ogunquit, I think we'll try somewhere else.
On a long weekend in Ogunquit, our dinner at the Roost Cafe and Bistro was the best of the trip (which isn't to say the rest were bad). While we were initially attracted for its gluten-free dishes, delicious meals, great service, and relaxing ambiance made for a lovely evening out.
The dinner here was an experience. We had Scallops in cream corn sauce among other things and it was just amazing. Topped off with an other worldly lemon cake. Sorry I don't remember what these things were called exactly. The menu had many things to choose from. Don't bring the kids :)
Food was really good, but the restaurant was just run so poorly that the good food didn't make up for it: only half our table got water, two of the things we ordered were not available that night, one person's meal wasn't delivered and yet the waitress went to another table to take an order, we waited 20 minutes for a take out box, the guy who delivered our drinks looked like a customer who went to the wrong table (no uniform, no apron, no name tag, just a random guy), even though we had a reservation we were seated next to a group of 20 who were having a party -- they were so loud that we couldn't hear across our own table.
I expect a lot more for a $300 dinner.
We ignored the other reviews about poor service, having had a prior positive experience; however, we were disappointed by both the service and the food. Our server was a sweet young woman from a foreign country on her second day on the job. I don't fault her, because she had little oversight from management. Even after I went to the front desk to ask that they bring bread to us after 40 minutes of waiting she was left alone and the meal and service went downhill from there. Nobody ever checked back to see if everything was okay, or even asked after the meal if things had gone okay. As for the food, every dish seemed to be seasoned with rosemary. If you like that, I suppose it is fine, but it was too much for me. Finally, we had tried the lobster gnocchi appetizer last year and loved it. This year, it was completely different. It is too bad, because this restaurant has a lot of potential, but it looks like the management needs to improve.
Loved the atmosphere and the food and cocktails were really good. Have been here for brunch but first time for dinner. Will definitely be back.
Everything was wonderful! Ambiance was great, wait staff charming, food was incredibly fresh and delicious, and all a good value. I would highly recommend The Roost Cafe and Bistro and look forward to coming back.
As always Roost delivers! New menu with great options. Fun creative cocktails and great starters and main courses. The flavors are always delightful and creative.
Food is great, but quite expensive and the service is extremely slow. They can do gluten free safely but there is an additional surcharge for it which I do not agree with. I shouldn't have to pay extra due to my food allergy.
This is a wonderful and cozy New England dining experience. The ambiance is unique and the food delicious. The scallops I ordered were huge, and well prepared. The dessert I shared with y husband was a lemon mousse cake that was delicious. A must go-to restaurant in Ogouquit!
It was a busy night but our server, Lisa, was up to the task and was attentive and friendly. The spinach salad was a large enough portion for us to split; the bolognese was delicious and hot and the peanut butter pie was perfect ending to our relaxed date night. We can't wait to go back and I will recommend it to others I know will be visiting the area.
It was the first night of the summer menu. Unfortunately not everything on the menu was available. To me they should not introduce new offerings without being 100% ready to execute. There was only 1 waitress so service was slow. We were there early so we were less affected. I felt bad for those coming in as we left as the restaurant was quite busy. On a positive note, I had the scallops. The dish was outstanding
Quiet night at the Bistro. We had an early dinner and had the place almost to ourselves. The waiter was very attentive. I had the beet salad which was great. The beets were sweet and the goat cheese nice and creamy the dressing complimented them nicely. For a main course I had the pad thai with shrimp. Although not a traditional pad thai sauce it was wonderful. Nice blend af heat with a bit of sweetness. I would highly recommend the dish and the restaurant.
They have a beautiful garden and the space is cozy and charming. We went before a show at the Playhouse and it was very convenient. Unfortunately for our visit they seemed completely unprepared for the number of diners they seated. We walked in and stood by an empty host table for a long time. Frantic servers rushed by and the bartender saw us but no one acknowledged us. Finally a dapper fellow came along, and we were seated. I think it is really important for someone to greet people walking in, even a bartender calling out to say someone would be right over. And walking out as well... when we left I could see the fellow who sat us standing at the bar with his back to the door... I would have liked to share our experience with him but he didn't turn around. Our waitress came right over and introduced herself but from that moment on the service was disasterous. They were clearly hugely understaffed, and the bussers were sweet but didn't appear to speak English, so when I tried to ask for the bread the waitress had mentioned she smiled and said thank you, and no bread came until our overwhelmed waitress flew by and noticed. In a nutshell, the timing was off but the food was fine. The bread which finally arrived would have been lovely with the soup. My bolognese came with an inedible blob of coagulated pappardelle. The sauce was really good, so I ate around the pasta blob. I ordered a glass of wine to have with my meal but it arrived when we were done and the waitress dashed off so fast I couldn't catch her to say it was too late. The salmon with parsnip purée was wonderful, as was the fish and chips. We would have loved dessert but the waitress never returned so I finally flagged down someone to get our check. I hope they are able to remedy the timing and staffing issues because the food really was good and it's a lovely place.
My wife and I dined at The Roost with another couple recently. We had not been there previously but we had heard good things about it and the reviews we read were generally favorable. The restaurant was not very busy the night we were there, but we were seated at a very small table that was not designed for four people. Our waitress was friendly and personable, but the service was somewhat slow and we waited a long time for our entrees. The food quality was OK but nothing special. We may or may not return to The Roost in the future.
We had a bad experience here, and we won't be going back. We waited about 45 minutes to get our appetizers (mixed green salad and mussels). I ordered grilled salmon with parsnip and pear puree. I specifically mentioned that I didn't want the special (grilled salmon with root vegetables and spinach). The server brought to me the special, and then didn't return to the table until it was too late to change it. I wasn't happy. Service took so long, we were not able to order a desert, as we had to go to a play (we had mentioned this to our server as well). My husband ordered the surf and turf, partially because of the side gratin with onions and mushrooms. It arrived with neither onions, nor mushrooms. The server said he didn't believe mushrooms were included in the recipe, but on the menu they clearly were. Overall, the quality of food was just average, and not worth the price compared to other restaurants we've been to in Ogunquit.