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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Maine

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Maine? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Novio's restaurant
5 (872)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
Novio’s is an inspired bistro offering a small and selective menu that includes items that are representative of the education, training, travels and experiences of our team.  We feature meats & seafood and produce from local farms, fisherman and other purveyors. The menu offers vegetarian and gluten free options, beautiful soups and salads, and fresh pasta. Novio’s offers a full service bar that showcases an elegant yet approachable wine list, craft beers, and signature cocktails and an extensive scotch & bourbon list. Items on the menu change often as our team becomes inspired by the stories of experiences had by our guests. While guests seated at tables and booths order from the four course menu with an optional wine pairing guests that book reservations at the bar have an option of ordering à la carte.
Top review
Dined 1 day ago
All of it -- Mwah! Ambiance, service, drinks, menu to die for. Highly recommend this cozy little dream of a space.
A photo of Fore Street restaurant
4.9 (3767)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
About the restaurant

Located in Portland's Old Port District, Fore Street opened in June, 1996. The interior surrounds a unique brick and soapstone hearth with a wood-burning oven, grill and turnspit; visible from most tables. We believe that good food travels the shortest possible distance between the farm and the table. Our menu changes every day and is founded upon the very best raw materials from a community of Maine farmers, fisherman, foragers and cheese makers. Most of the Maine foods are organically grown or harvested wild, each brought to us at the peak of its season. In 2002 and again in 2007, Fore Street was named by Gourmet Magazine as one of the Top Fifty Restaurants in the United States. In 2004, Chef-Partner Sam Hayward was named Best Chef: Northeast by the James Beard Foundation.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
A wonderful experience! Highly recommend. Cocktails, appetizers, entrees, and dessert were all spot on. Worth every penny.
A photo of Earth at Hidden Pond restaurant
4.9 (3091)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
About the restaurant
Indulge in an unforgettable dining adventure at Earth, one of Maine's top restaurants. Nestled among balsam and birch trees, Earth embodies community, connecting exceptional cuisine with dedicated farmers and foragers.

Our farm-to-table menu celebrates locally-sourced ingredients, including meats, seafood, and vegetables from our organic gardens. Crafted by Chef Justin Owen, each dish boasts distinct, handcrafted flavors.

For intimate gatherings, reserve the Potting Shed for up to six guests or the Painting Shed for up to 12 (food & beverage minimum required, call to reserve).

Note: Table reservation durations: 2 hours for parties of two, 2.5 hours for parties of four or more. Walk-ins currently unavailable. Check for new openings regularly.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
A wonderful experience it was even better than the last time we were there. The courses were absolutely delicious our surfer was very kind and patient. Also, The served a champagne of Prosecco for our birthday celebration, as well as a lovely dessert to finish it off. Can’t say enough wonderful things about this place. It’s our second time there we will definitely be coming back as a tradition again, the food was absolutely superb and the service was lovely.
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4.9 (199)
$30 and under
Comfort Food
About the restaurant
Magnus on Water is a cocktail bar and restaurant that features Peruvian-inspired comfort food from Chef Rafael Zimmerman. Bar Director Brian Catapang helms the celebrated cocktail program at Magnus, with rotating, seasonal drinks to compliment the big flavors of Raf's food. Sustainability is paramount to us, and we work with farmers & fisherman who are respectful of Mother Earth, while working diligently to minimize waste.

Our space is polished, but still intimate and cozy, and in the summer Magnus on Water has a large outdoor patio, complete with gardens and fire pits. We also have a private dining room for large parties and are available for full or partial event rentals.
Top review
Dined 4 days ago
I had yuca fries, the salad, and the ribs. Everything was perfectly cooked and flavorful. Interacted with several staff members and all were friendly and helpful. I had a cocktail called “ Facelift”, boy, it was good!
A photo of Havana restaurant
4.8 (2636)
$31 to $50
Latin American
Bar Harbor
About the restaurant
Havana has been committed to serving local and organic meats, produce and seafood since it opened 25 years ago. All of our meats are “naturally raised” meaning no steroids, antibiotics or hormones and “humanely raised” meaning room to roam, proper shelter and gentle handling. We make every effort to buy only sustainably harvested seafood, primarily from the Gulf of Maine. We have consistently searched out New England farmers and fisherfolk to purchase product that is not only great tasting but great for the environment and local economy as well.
Top review
Dined 3 days ago
We were here three years ago and when we decided to come back to Bar Harbor the first restaurant we thought of was Havana. Kudos for consistency and creativity. Thanks.
A photo of Last Run Room restaurant
4.8 (44)
$31 to $50
Oyster Bar
About the restaurant
The LAST RUN ROOM is classic oyster bar brought to you by Chef Harding Lee Smith of "The Rooms" Restaurant Group in Portland Maine. His first restaurant at Sunday River Ski Resort, The Mountain Room, has garnered national acclaim as the best on snow dining in the USA. The Last Run room, features multiple varieties of local oysters, 3 types of house made ramen and other savory treats. A lively intimate space invites you. Private igloos and fire pits create a warm on snow lounge.
Top review
Dined on Mar 23, 2024
The Last Run Room is the best! Best food service and setting! Not to mention the staff! Simply the best! Thank you for feeding us! Thank you for the memories and most importantly the friendships! Spectacular place!
A photo of Rosella restaurant
4.8 (162)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Rosella, part of the Kennebunkport Resort Collection, has expanded from New York City to Kennebunk, Maine! As NYC's only sushi restaurant committed to sustainable ingredients, Rosella now brings its eco-friendly sushi to the beautiful Maine Coast. Enjoy the best sushi in southern Maine, crafted by Executive Chef Matt Kramer.

Nestled in the Grand Hotel in Lower Village Kennebunk, Rosella offers a unique and intimate dining experience with warm hospitality. Our mission is to serve authentic sushi while inspiring our community to embrace sustainability through our delicious creations.

Join us for a memorable meal and explore our monthly events on our website. Don’t miss out on this special culinary journey!
Top review
Dined 5 days ago
Food quality and ambiance were amazing. Cocktails and beer were good as well. I really appreciate the ample use of bluefish on the menu. We will definitely be back.
A photo of Natalie's at Camden Harbour Inn restaurant
4.7 (1597)
$50 and over
Modern European
About the restaurant
A refined dining experience featuring Modern New England cuisine, influenced by international cuisines and inspired by the seasons.

Executive Chef Jose Ochoa create modern dishes with subtle and unexpected flavor combinations. Awarded best overall restaurant in New England, Natalie's uniquely blends a current sense of place and time with modern techniques and the bounty of Maine.

The restaurant offers outside dining in season, with breathtaking views over the harbor and hills. Natalie's is fully air conditioned and has a full bar and lounge for cocktails and lighter fare.
Natalie's s offers A La Carte and a 5-course Grand Cru Lobster Menu.

Member of Relais & Chateaux

Top review
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
From walking in to leaving our experience was top notch Cocktail was great. Wine options amazing. My wife did the ribeye 👍🏻. I did the 5 course seafood 🦞 Couldn’t have been better. Staff was 10+
A photo of The Tides Beach Club restaurant
4.7 (858)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Experience the best of Kennebunkport, Maine, at The Tides Beach Club, where fresh flavors shine. Our menu features an array of seafood and garden vegetables, each dish crafted to perfection by Chef Joe Schafer. Enhance your meal with a specialty drink or a selection from our extensive wine collection for a truly memorable dining experience.

Please note that parking at The Tides Beach Club is reserved for hotel guests only; dining guests must use Goose Rocks Beach Parking. Book your table on OpenTable today for a rejuvenating culinary adventure!
Top review
Dined on Jun 4, 2024
Outstanding! As always the quality of food, ambiance, service were first rate. An enjoyable evening.
A photo of REGARDS restaurant
4.5 (190)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Bringing some LA vibes to the northeast. REGARDS draws inspiration from the diverse food culture of Los Angeles. We highlight flavor profiles from Japan and Mexico with the freshest of Maine produce and products.

The menu at REGARDS has bright, zippy ceviches and crudos, rich tamales, plump Argentinian shrimp tacos, along with mezcal cured hamachi collars, crab rice and grilled cabbage with caesar.

Clarified lime margaritas with eucalyptus or our gin and sotol martinis with hibiscus pair with our adventurous menu. We pour natural wine and have a large selection of curated mezcals and tequilas.

A place for us and for you. Might not make sense, but it sure is delicious. Across the street from Reny's. Nearby Maine College of Art, Portland Stage Company, State Theatre, Empire Comedy Club and Blue Jazz Club.

**The 50 Best New Restaurants of 2022, Bon Appetit**
**Plate Magazine Chef's To Watch, 2023**
**Star Chef New England, 2023**
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
Shrimp tacos were like nothing you can get around here, scallops were outstanding, queso dip -- wow. Very creative menu and presentation. Wine and cocktail list was a little slim.
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