Sea Glass at Inn by the Sea

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Contemporary American
Sea Glass at Inn by the Sea offers an unsurpassed Maine dining experience with spectacular ocean views from its intimate dining room or patio. The freshest local ingredients form the basis of our authentic Maine menu. Sea Glass serves breakfast, lunch and dinner year-round. Hours vary by season.

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Daily 5:30PM - 6:30PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM

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New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic. The food was delicious and our server was wonderful

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Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I decided to try this restaurant out being new to the area. I’ve seen it on Open Table many times but have never been here to eat. I overheard the waitress that was serving the couple next to us if they were locals? They said yes and she gave them a discount. However when our waitress asked how we were and if we had a good night. I explained to her we didn’t stay there but was new to the area and wanted to try something new out. We did not receive the discount for being locals on our meal.


We came for brunch as we eat out a lot just being the two of us... I love the atmosphere and the food was great. Just not sure why our server wasn’t “all the way there.”

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We had the same dish we had the night before. Mushroom Bolognese. A vegan dish. Well it was not near as good as the previous night. The portion was 2/3 the previous night. The sauce was 1/4 what it was. A bit disappointing to say the least.

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FP
New England
29 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was mostly excellent. In my $55 surf and turf the shrimp were underdone even for a guy who likes his meat rare. Our server was somewhat inattentive compared to the others who were working.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Christmas Eve

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PC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The people that work at the Inn are very warm and service oriented. The food is creative and excellent. The location is unique and fantastic

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AM
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In town visiting Maine, nice spot for dinner! Next time I would go for brunch or lunch so I can see the view better as it was dark during dinner time

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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect night out with family!

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KS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not only was everything perfect, but my date was in the spa at the same address, and lost track of time. She was almost an hour late for our reservation. The waitstaff could not have been friendlier or more understanding. Absolutely stellar service. The food was delicious as well, the ambiance is lovely, and it is quiet enough to have a conversation at conversation level, unlike many other local high-end restaurants. Highly recommend it if you want terrific food, don't want to have to shout over the blowhard at the next table, and are looking for some of the best service in greater Portland.

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Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful meal at Sea Glass!

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Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have spent 4 days at the Inn by the Sea and have enjoyed 3 breakfasts and 2 dinners at Sea Glass. Everything is right - service, food, staff. We highly recommend this place!

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San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and awesome service.
Such a great venue with wonderful food. Just a great memory !!!

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, although a little overpriced. Great ambiance, very good value overall. Lobster tacos & signature burger are terrific.

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The location is stunning. The staff are very pleasant and accommodating. The dogs are lots of fun - great that so many are adopted. Friends of ours took one home. We mostly come for Sunday brunch in the winter. My wife loves the Eggs Benedict. We often meet our friends there as we did yesterday - by accident. Staff seamlessly relocated us so we could sit together. I ordered the breakfast sandwich which was not great - only time the food has ever disappointed.

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FP
New England
29 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were pleasantly surprised, after a disappointment at another place down in Ogunquit. The restaurant is comfortable and attractive, with a view over a field and out to the sea. It's in a big hotel, but it's not stuffy. The food was very good, and the service was excellent. The bartender was very knowledgeable and he had a nice selection of Maine-made products. We'll be back.

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CL
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stayed 2 nights at the Inn by the Sea. We ate in the Sea Glass restaurant for 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner. The food was excellent, as was the service and ambiance. We got room service from this restaurant on an afternoon and evening with a n'oreaster. We had their lobster tacos and salads for lunch and 3 entrees for dinner! The food was as good as if we were in the restaurant.

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LG
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice atmosphere. Staff was super friendly and attentive. Food was awesome.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stayed at Inn we had a great dinner and next morni g we enjoyed a nice breakfast.

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LU
New England
74 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted a quiet place for brunch and Sea Glass fit the bill perfectly. The food was great as was the service. Couldn’t ask for better

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S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant . Very good food and beautiful view .Very charming servers!

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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and interesting, seasonal flavors. Restaurant was a pleaser for all three generations we dined with at our family dinner!

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RC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All was great, especially our server. My one recommendation would be do not read the "specials" to a diner. Rather, know them without resorting to a piece f paper.

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JA
Miami
21 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place, good food, excellent service. The view from outside is magnificent. Highly recommend!

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Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We thought the outdoor patio was lovely, the service very good, the ambiance of a sea view delightful. Our lunch was nicely presented and quite tasty. But oh, how could they possibly charge $32 for a lobster roll? We were shocked when the bill arrived. $22 might have been acceptable, but we felt very taken advantage of! Perhaps the server should have cited the price when we ordered the market price listed lobster roll? Perhaps the restaurant should rethink the pricing so as not to leave a negative thought about what was a lovely lunch!

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Young child screaming it’s head off. Mom should have taken her out but instead they stayed and made it awful for all the guests. Food was good but over priced.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Waitress greeted us then disappeared for 20 minutes. She was clearly busy but 20 minutes without even the offer of a cocktail or glass of wine was too long. She also knew nothing about the wines (for which the restaurant received a Wine Spectator award. Wine director was nowhere to be found. Entrees tended to be on the expensive side compared to similar restaurants ($58 for butter-poached lobster seemed a bit extreme) We had scallops that came with a split half-ear of charred corn on the cob, which was exceedingly hard to eat without getting it all over ourselves since the half-ear had been placed in the sauce. Scallops were perfectly cooked and other than the corn, were well accompanied. Wine list is great (it's why we came), but the white Graves we ordered was served so cold that it was impossible to enjoy it until it'd sat on the table for 15 minutes (after which it was excellent!) This is inexcusable for a restaurant boasting a Wine Spectator award.

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New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful ambiance, good food but limited menu choices

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KC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite Anniversary spot. We love starting in the cozy seating in the bar area with a fun drink. For dinner this year we had lobster tacos for our appetizer and continued with butter poached lobster, delicious!

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AD
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Sea Glass has one outstanding feature: visual appeal. We sat outdoors and the view was wonderful. The immediate surroundings were well kept and attractive, too. Food and service were not as good as one would expect—particularly at this premium price. The server seemed not well trained and somewhat disorganized, although he and other staff were friendly. Some of the food was decent; I had a goat-cheese salad which had plenty of fresh greens although very little cheese. Although they did have a vegan dish which two in our party ordered, it was very oily and not good on flavor. At these prices we expected fine seasonings, ample fresh herbs, and other touches. I recommend this because on a special occasion with good weather, the aesthetic experience of their al fresco dining is possibly worth the price.

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New England
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place year-round. Staff is welcoming, food is wonderful and varied.

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have lived relatively close to Sea Glass Restaurant (which is located at Inn By The Sea in Cape Elizabeth) foreve, but hadn’t ever gone. Had a lovely lunch there with a friend today, and was so pleasantly surprised. Can’t ask for better location on beautiful summer day, outdoor seating on a (spacious, uncramped) deck, with views out across the lawn to the ocean beyond. The service was good, and the food (though not extensive menu) was really great. I ended up just going with their house-style burger, which was huge, perfectly prepared and interesting with a csrmelized onion sauce. Really very good. And their fries are worth going there for all by themselves.

Was really an excellent experience, and I’ll certainly be going back again before the summer season winds down. Would highly recommend.

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BH
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very limited menu but setting was pretty and wait staff very welcoming

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KP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

We were happy with the breakfast food, however the dinner food was not very good. Beautiful setting but note that it is kid friendly so not necessarily reommended for a romantic setting. The service was off the weekend we stayed at The Inn, we had about 5 servers and there was an incident between two servers that should have been kept behind the scenes. Overall recommended for families and just a quick breakfast.

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JD
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, great view and good service. Good for a special occasion or just a night out.

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RS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a wonderful place to eat and relax. The deck provides a view across the well manicured lawn to the sea.

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JH
New England
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We live in Cape Elizabeth and we're looking to avoid the Portland crowds so we thought we'd give the Sea Glass another try but, while the food is good, it is quite overpriced for the portions that are served. The view overlooking Crescent beach is always lovely so the ambiance is not in questions. The menu is very limited and they seem to watch every morsel that they plate. The Gazpacho soup I ordered was actually measured out in a wine type measuring device before pouring it in to a bowl. It was not even a full cup - and this is for a 12.00 bowl of gazpacho. It was maybe 8 spoonfuls worth of soup. Our server Heather was adequate though not super friendly. I wish they would expand the menu and review their portions. It could be a great place for locals as well as folks visiting from away.

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k
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at the Sea Glass Restaurant while staying at the Inn by the Sea. Our waiter could not have been more accommodating. And the chicken pesto dish I ordered was one of the best meals I've had in the last year. Plus the restaurant has a beauitful view of the ocean. It is a top notch hotel, but also relaxed since dogs are allowed... even at the outdoor part of the restaurant. Would highly recommend this restaurant! Your dog will love it too!

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S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food, however I wish the menu had more to offer. Ask our waiter was decent, not great.

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LH
County Durham
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with a great view. The chefs put a lot of effort into the details. Lunch is a hidden gem here. A soothing experience.

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J
Tampa
67 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Only issue was that after telling our very good server we weren’t in a hurry, the kitchen brought out our main course before we were even half way done with our salads. “Slow down, you move too fast...”. Main course was excellent.

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