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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Maine

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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 Frannys Bistro restaurant
5.0
5 (1438)
$50 and over
American
Camden
About the restaurant



Franny's Bistro will

RE-OPEN MAY 15TH,2024



Top review
gatordowneastvip
Dined 5 days ago
Our go to spot in Camden for excellent food, service and atmosphere. Rack of lamb was added to specials last summer. I've had itv3 times....excellent. Halibut special also terrific.
A photo of The Front Room restaurant
4.8
4.8 (422)
$30 and under
American
Portland
About the restaurant
Due to volume we are unable to accept reservations for Brunch. Tables are available on a walk-in basis. Reservations are available for Dinner. For parties over 6, please call 773-3366 during business hours to make reservations.
Nestled atop Portland’s Munjoy Hill neighborhood, The Front Room, offers dishes & drinks with comfort in mind.
A local Brunch destination, enjoy plates such as house-made Corned Beef Hash, Veggie Gnocchi, & Eggs Benedict. Pancakes & French Toast are always a go to. Serving a variety of Mimosas & Bloody Marys, local coffee & teas.
Dinner at TFR is relaxed & pleasurable. Plates are made with local components & thoughtful recipes. Enjoy the Casco Bay Scallops, Braised Shortrib, Mushroom Toast, or neighborhood favorite Roasted Pork Loin with JJ's famous bacon jam.
Serving a variety of local beer, wine, and cocktails to suit every taste- Come get Happy 4-6 !




Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
This was our first time here! We are so happy we didn’t! Everything was wonderful, our waiter, the ambiance, the location, the food, the drinks and we can say even the coffee!!!!
A photo of David's 388 restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1240)
$31 to $50
Bistro
South Portland
About the restaurant
From the owner of David's (Portland, ME), 388 is a comfortable and casual neighborhood nook where diners can enjoy a range of bold flavors. Both restaurants share the signature of Chef/Owner David Turin, and David's 388 is built "by the Chef, for the Chef." Every week, David's 388 thrills the palette with new dishes that have both creative and traditional influences spanning the width of the globe. The restaurant seats 42 including seating at a Chef’s counter overlooking the kitchen.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Food was excellent and our server was great , very polite and prompt . Would highly recommend!
A photo of Bird & Co. restaurant
4.8
4.8 (226)
$30 and under
Mexican
Portland
About the restaurant
We are a neighborhood Taco and Margarita bar. We would love to feed you. Located in the middle of Woodfords Corner, tucked away on the Corner of Deering Ave. and Revere St. Our creative tacos and margaritas use the freshest ingredients and we have something on the menu for everyone.

You deserve Tacos.

Top review
KirstenB
Dined 4 days ago
Always a favorite! The outdoor seating is such a gem. Always solid food and service.
A photo of The Foreside Tavern restaurant
4.7
4.7 (334)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Falmouth
About the restaurant
The Foreside Tavern, located in Falmouth, Maine, is a neighborhood restaurant and sports bar where everyone can join over a great meal featuring fine American cuisine along with a few Asian fusion and French-inspired dishes. The chef at Foreside Tavern is dedicated to providing a menu that everyone will enjoy.



For a casual night of watching the game and enjoying a drink, diners can try the Foreside nachos, and deep fried wings. Quick lunches on the Foreside Tavern menu include fish and chips, Classic Reubens and an amazing Cobb Salad. Finally, head in for an elegant dinner with the Hanger Steak, Pan Fried Haddock or Cavatelli.
Curbside Pickup is always an option!
Top review
CherylW
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
It's always a great place to visit with friends. The best burger around and great and friendly service by all. I believe our waiter was Mitch...big smile and very attentive.
A photo of Taverna Khione restaurant
4.7
4.7 (286)
$30 and under
Greek
Brunswick
About the restaurant
A couple notes about the Taverna-

We stop taking day of reservations after 4pm. Please call the restaurant after 4pm.

Parties of 4 people or more please email the restaurant. We are a small restaurant with only 22 seats and cannot always accommodate larger parties.

Established in April of 2015, The Taverna serves authentic Greek fare while remaining true to our Greek roots. Our menu highlights what is available to us locally and seasonally. Our wine list is one of the largest all Greek wine lists in the United States which features natural, orange and organic wines. We offer a unique dining experience that can only be found in a few select locations in the country. We welcome you to our little Taverna in Brunswick!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Our lamb chops and swordfish were cooked to perfection. Our server Christine could not have been more pleasant or attentive. The wine she recommended was also delicious.
A photo of McKay's Public House restaurant
4.6
4.6 (503)
$31 to $50
American
Bar Harbor
About the restaurant
McKay's Public House serves savory pub fare in a quaint space—complete with a lovely outdoor garden. The menu offers a fine balance of classic American, English, and Irish pub fare in conjunction with fine-dining and casual favorites. Try some of the restaurant's special seafood risotto or spoil yourself with a Maine lobster and bone-in ribeye. McKay's Public House also offers a tidy list of comfort grub, including burgers, fish 'n chips and simple but elegant salads and soups. A popular neighborhood haunt, McKay's is a nice spot for socializing or enjoying a leisurely bite. The dining area includes an intimate bar, where guests can enjoy a drink. McKay's also boast a serene garden and a second-floor dining room that is ideal for quiet conversations. Come find us right in the heart of downtown Bar Harbor!
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
We loved our meal. The fish and chips was delicious. Our server was so friendly. We ate outside on the porch. Super cute restaurant!
A photo of Whale's Tooth Pub restaurant
4.6
4.6 (347)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Lincolnville
About the restaurant
The Whale's Tooth Pub, open year-round, is one of Maine's most popular gastro pubs, where it's all about the food, mixology and personal service! Nestled between Camden and Belfast, the Whale’s Tooth Pub is located on 400 feet of beautiful oceanfront in Lincolnville, voted among the top 20 most picturesque towns in the United States according to Outdoor Magazine. Using fresh ingredients from farm and sea, we passionately serve delicious pub fare, including our famous Fish 'n Chips, voted top 10 in Maine by Best Things Maine! We also delight with elevated seasonal specials and tempting craft cocktails! We hope you enjoy our unique culinary twist, served inside a 1777 classic English pub with a priceless view, and a huge roaring fire during the winter!
We gladly accept online reservations for parties up to 15 Guests through our Reservations button on our website or through Open Table. The Whale’s Tooth Pub is located at 2531 Atlantic Highway in Lincolnville, Maine.
Top review
tomw
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Good food and great service. Great location with pretty views.
A photo of Little Tap House restaurant
4.5
4.5 (362)
$30 and under
Bistro
Portland
About the restaurant
A neighborhood gastropub featuring 14 local beverages on tap and scratch-kitchen fare. Menu features shares, entrees and house-made desserts. Reservations available in our dining room; our bar and high-top area is almost always dedicated to walk-ins. For reservations for seven or more, email us at littletaphouse@gmail.com.

Steps away from popular venues such as the Portland Museum of Art, Cross Insurance Arena, and the State Theater. A welcoming dining experience for locals and visitors-alike!
Top review
SoPoPoet
Dined 4 days ago
Appreciated being able to make a reservation for dining outdoors on a busy Saturday evening. Sitting on the sidewalk, you'll enjoy people-watching. Outstanding meals--better food than we remembered from previous visits and better than anticipated: main courses of mushroom risotto and steak frites, perfectly cooked. The wine pours were generous, the service fine. Nice to get away from Commercial Street (we're local). Recommend.
A photo of The Frog and Turtle restaurant
3.9
3.9 (1787)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Westbrook
About the restaurant
What is a gastro pub?” Gastronomy is the study of preparing and consuming food. A pub is a neighborhood spot for affordable food and good times. When you combine the two you get a neighborhood spot with a focus on food prepared from scratch with fresh ingredients.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Phenomenal service, incredibly well-made drinks, and the food was outstanding. This place is consistently awesome and is one of my favorites. Can’t wait to return
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