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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Maine

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 Magnus on Water restaurant
4.9
4.9 (212)
$30 and under
Comfort Food
Biddeford
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 Pinnacle Award winning 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
CaroleSvip
Dined 6 days ago
Lovely patio, delicious food and very friendly wait staff.
A photo of Earth at Hidden Pond restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3145)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Kennebunkport
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
Earth is such a special, unique dining experience!!! We had 4 in our party, including 2 teens. The cocktails were GREAT and the foccacia brought to the table was warm and fresh out of the oven. We didn't have any trouble choosing from the options available for first course, second course, main, and dessert. We gravitated to the seafood choices but vegetarian, poultry, and beef options were available. Each plate was too pretty to eat, almost! Service was personal and fantastic. We will be back next time we are in the area for sure!
A photo of Scales restaurant
4.8
4.8 (5965)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Portland
About the restaurant
A traditional New England restaurant with modern touches, Scales is located on Maine Wharf next to the Casco Bay Ferry Terminal. Enjoy classic fried seafood as well as locally sourced land fare, while enjoying the view of a quintessential working Maine harbor.

Bar seating is available for dinner service by reservation only. Please check with the host to inquire about bar seating.

Our lounge is open for cocktails and raw bar every day beginning at 4:30pm Sunday - Thursday, and 4:00pm Friday - Saturday.

We are only able to seat complete parties at this time. Please note: our patio reservations are weather dependent. If we need to make a change because of weather, we will call you on the day of your reservation to cancel or reschedule your booking.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Had a delicious dinner here with family last night. The prices are reasonable if this is considered fine dining. Highly recommend
A photo of The Mountain Room - Peak Lodge restaurant
4.8
4.8 (150)
$31 to $50
Dining Bar
Bethel
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Mountain Room. Portland Chef Harding Lee Smith & staff are back for another unforgettable season at Sunday River. Using the best of Maine centric purveyors as backbone & honored by USA TODAY as one of the "Best Ski Restaurants", The Mountain Room is a can't miss experience. Located mid mountain at North Peak lodge, TMR mixes distinctive hospitality with tremendous views of the surrounding Mahoosuc Range.
Reservations are highly recommended. Due to high volume, please advise- Late reservations will only be held for 10 minutes. A season pass or day ticket is required to access lift. Please call or stop in with any questions. We look forward to serving you!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 28, 2024
Always great food and atmosphere. Tara goes above and beyond with her service. Wonderful people and memories.
A photo of Copita restaurant
4.8
4.8 (279)
$50 and over
Mediterranean
Bar Harbor
About the restaurant
Copita is a small Mediterranean inspired restaurant seeking to bring the freshest local and imported ingredients from our kitchen to your table.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
The menu options are only surpassed by the service. We enjoy our experience every visit…
A photo of Dunstan Tap And Table restaurant
4.8
4.8 (639)
$31 to $50
American
Portland
About the restaurant
A neighborhood joint serving elevated pub food and drink with an upscale casual vibe.
Top review
jvhartiii
Dined 7 days ago
Had a great time with excellent service. Will be back.
A photo of The Elizabeth Guest House and Restaurant restaurant
4.7
4.7 (112)
$31 to $50
Latin / Spanish
Bethel
About the restaurant
Fine dining Latin American and Mediterranean cuisine in a charming Victorian Inn on Main Street in Bethel
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
A wonderful spot to enjoy the patio on a warm evening. Peaceful and pleasant setting; not fancy and you would be comfortable in casual clothing. The variety of choices on the menu, from cocktails (very highly recommend the cucumber daiquiri) to starters to larger plates made it hard to choose (a good thing!). We immediately recognized some of the dishes from familiar restaurants we know on Mt Desert Island….so “the Latin flair” was welcome. The lobster bisque is the best ever. The tostada app was a nice size and well presented. Our two servers were terrific with the right balance of sense of humor and professionalism. Our main server/bartender was a delight with his extensive knowledge yet still wanted to listen to our preferences and then…shared his cocktail encyclopedia with us!
A photo of The Grill Room & Bar restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1149)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Portland
About the restaurant
Opened by local chef/owner Harding Lee Smith & located in the heart of the historic Old Port, The Grill Room & Bar, has been a staple in Portland's burgeoning food since 2008. An open kitchen concept featuring locally sourced french inspired plates makes this "urban steakhouse" a distinctive dining experience for any occasion. Enjoy Chef Entrees or the A la Carte Menu. In addition, The Grill Room Bar offers a generous variety of wine, local beer & handcrafted cocktails. Stop in from 4-6pm Tuesday - Saturday for Happy Hour Small Bites & Drinks. The patio is pet friendly and is available for seating on a weather dependent basis. The Grill Room is joined by Portland sister restaurants The Front Room & Corner Room & The Mountain Room & Last Run Room @ Sunday River Ski Resort... Walk-ins are welcome although reservations are highly recommended.
Large parties are encouraged to call the restaurant directly @ 207 774 2333 or email thegrillroom@gmail.com for reservation needs.

Top review
TroyF
Dined 4 days ago
The restaurant was quite busy even with a reservation. Took a while to be seated and then to be asked for drinks. Waiter was excellent and very knowledgeable about food and drink pairings. Restaurant was loud, but not too bad. Restaurant overall temperature was hot and humid, but also during the summer so that makes sense. They gave us a free dessert because of a birthday so that was awesome. I am looking forward to eating there again.
A photo of Whale's Tooth Pub restaurant
4.5
4.5 (358)
$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
localguy
Dined 4 days ago
Have been to the Pub several times. This summer season the food was not quite as good as it has been in the past, where it was outstanding, the service person was stretched (as was the kitchen). Prices were a bit high vs. the drink and food product delivered. Good, solid experience overall, has been better in the past.
A photo of The Frog and Turtle restaurant
3.8
3.8 (1791)
$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
MelanieL
Dined 6 days ago
We've been eating here for about six years and unfortunately the quality of the service (and sometimes the food) keeps decreasing. We showed up at 7pm on a Thursday night expecting live music, but no band showed up. Okay, no problem - bands cancel - and the restaurant was basically empty (maybe two tables plus a handful of people at the bar) so we knew we wouldn't wait too long for our food, which has been an issue in the past. Our charcuterie plate appetizer was fine (great pickled veggies) but the brie was clearly old (visibly dried out except in the very middle). For my entree, I specifically asked our server if the seafood chowder had pork in it and she said yes, it normally does, but they could make it without pork as they cook everything to order. Great! I ordered a bowl of seafood chowder specifically with NO PORK. Unfortunately, it arrived *absolutely loaded* with pork. At this point we did not want to wait for another bowl to be made from scratch, as my husband's pizza was already on the table, and the pork thing is not an allergy just a dietary preference - so I picked out all the pork and piled it on a plate next to the bowl. Server didn't notice (even when she cleared the table) and we didn't call attention to it, because by then we were more than ready to say goodbye. I haven't given up on this place but wow, what a difference six years can make, based on the last few times we've eaten there.
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