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Sea Glass at Inn by the Sea

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561 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 7:00am - 11:00am; Brunch: Sunday: 7:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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(207) 799-3134
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AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Andrew Chadwick
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Special events & promotions
Check our website www.innbythesea.com for more information regarding special events. We are always busy with: Holiday, wine dinners and tastings.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 561 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The best of everything!

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2.0Dined on April 6, 2018

This is a lovely inn but the restaurant was very disappointing. The chicken dish, though recommended, was very bland and the scallop dish that was supposed to feature roasted tomatoes tasted more like tomato paste from a can. The menu is limited and there are not a lot of tables so maybe they just can't make it work. Stay at the inn but eat elsewhere.

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1.0Dined on March 22, 2018

I have just moved to the area and was looking for someplace to take my 89 year old parents for dinner. Navigating Portland can be tricky for them. I had read good reviews and had friends tell me it was a pretty location. The reality, however, was something else entirely. The food was dry and fairly tasteless, despite being overpriced and several attempts at "artsy" plating. While the service was very nice, it was also INCREDIBLY slow, especially for the price we were paying. Generally, the menu is fairly uncreative and decently bland and I felt like everyone came away disliking the food. While the view is decent, we couldn't help but feel deeply disappointed by our experience.

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

We visited in the offseason so I'm sure the experience would be different in the middle of the summer. There were only two other couples in the dining room while we were there for dinner and it was very quiet. The menu has limited options, but likely enough selection for any group. The stuffed shells with oxtail ragu were really delicious and a standout across the three courses we had at dinner.
We also ate breakfast there twice while staying at the inn. The service was spotty and the waitress both days was extremely loud and overbearing. It definitely took away from the serenity of the location. Prices for breakfast are well above average for the area and I was disappointed to see I was charged $4 for a cup of coffee when there's a free coffee service literally 10 feet from the dining room for guests. Portions are large and I imagine there is a lot of food waste at the restaurant. Overall, for the sake of convenience it's easy to eat at the restaurant if you are a guest at the inn. Otherwise, there are much better options in Portland to have a memorable and fantastic meal.

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2.0Dined on February 20, 2018

I have gone to the Inn By the Sea since it opened years ago. The view and the location and the staff are wonderful. They cannot get the food right. The Black Point Inn's Food is far superior. I lived in Cape E for 34 years even living at the old Cresent Beach Inn that burned to the ground where the present Inn stands. The old Inn's food won awards year after year in Maine.....I just do not get it.....why can't they present good food at The Inn by the Sea. I just had lunch with a friend that went there for her Thanksgiving dinner and agreed it was terrible. I too have had Thanksgiving there and my late Father's 80th Birthday there...lousy...sorry

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

My husband and I enjoyed the food as much as the view.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The food was excellent; the service was atrocious. Our server appeared very nervous and seemed befuddled by the basics: she didn't know if the bartender could make a very simple champagne cocktail, failed to bring bread despite promising to do so, had someone else deliver our meals and only reappeared when we were nearly done with our entrees to see if we were pleased with the food. As for the food, the lobster taco appetizer was delicious, if a bit under-seasoned. The seared scallops with shrimp couscous, and the filet mignon with smoked mushrooms and cauliflower, were extremely well prepared. Unfortunately, the poor quality service is the taste that lingered longest after our meal.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Overall very pleasant... good service, food and atmosphere

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Beef Wellington was remarkable, blueberry martini delicious, Thanks for special night!

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent as always! One of my favorite restaurants in the area!

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Amber was our waitress and she was terrific. Just the right level of service, attentive but not intrusive, and very pleasant.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Perfect for a small group to meet. Excellent food and service. Attentive but did not feel hurried.Staff very friendly.

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3.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Setting and staff great but food fell short of our expectations.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Beautiful setting, great food and service. Inn By the Sea never disappoints!

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3.0Dined on November 6, 2017

We found the food to be very good to excellent in presentation & taste. The arugula, roasted squash salad had a pleasant flavorful dressing but the squash was under cooked & not actually roasted. Everything else about the dinner food was excellent. We also had breakfast which was fantastic.
On another note, the evening service left a lot to be desired. The gentleman had the personality that was void of any inflection and the woman server gave the impression that she was there under duress. When questioned to describe two items on the menu (the Vegan choice & the Dogfish) a description had to be coaxed out of her. By no means did she try to describe in detail the dishes & the features of each. Disappointing. Her smile was completely fake. The am server was wonderful and pleasant.

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2017

Fantastic atmosphere, great food and wonderful service, thank you!

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2.0Dined on November 4, 2017

The let dogs eat in the restaurant where people were eating. I am a dog lover but this is not healthy.

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2017

We were married at Inn, so went back to Sea Glass for an anniversary dinner. Beautiful scenery, cozy, and quiet. The food and service was excellent, very seasonal. Impressive wine list and original cocktails. One thing to note, the entree portions are slightly on the smaller side.

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5.0Dined on October 10, 2017

Lovely place, great service and excellent presentations of food. The steak the first night was superb — the lobster poached in butter terrific. The clam chowder was sublime and silky comfort food! This review is for October 8.

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5.0Dined on October 2, 2017

Excellent quality. Relatively small menu choice but that makes for far superior quality. My husband and I shared the fish tacos apppetizer and the lobster entree. Fish tacos were delicious and lobster was fresh. We sat outside overlooking the bay in glorious sunshine. There was family nearby roasting marshmallows round the fire pit. After a walk on the beach our evening was complete. Worth every penny

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2017

I've been to Sea Glass many times, but this was my first visit for brunch. As expected, it was excellent!

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4.0Dined on September 26, 2017

A delightful, small restaurant at the Inn by the Sea. We had a lovely view of the ocean from our table. The menu is limited but the food was delicious and the service was great.

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2017

our most pleasant morning in Portland... breakfast was excellent, staff outstanding and the view spectacular. A hidden gem.

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2.0Dined on September 17, 2017

The service was horrible. It appeared that the waitress was new and had absolutely no experience in the job. She totally ignored us and there were only two tables occupied at the time (Sunday at noon). We had to ask two buss boys, on three occasions, to get our waitress for us.
Prices on the menu were different for the exact same menu item. We got 4 menus and two of them listed the lobster roll at $14, while the other two listed it at $28 -makes one wonder if they are being treated honestly and fairly..
All in all, this restaurant charges much to much for the poor service.
It appeared that the manager knew about the issues we were having with the false prices on the menu, but never approached us to apologize (and by the way, he should have told us that he would charge the lower price for the lobster roll if we wanted to order it.) That did not happen, and in a restaurant of this level, that should have been a given.
Our experience simply did not live up to what would normally be expected of a restaurant of this price level and rating.

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5.0Dined on September 13, 2017

Stayed at the Inn for two nights
Food and service was excellent both evenings

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5.0Dined on September 13, 2017

Great place to have lunch. Would definitely consider staying here for a few days. Love the idea of dogs from humane society

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3.0Dined on September 2, 2017

Not the greatest. I had their summer veggie special and it tasted burnt. Would not go back

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5.0Dined on August 27, 2017

We went to the Sea Glass to celebrate 2 birthdays and the service and food was great. The views were of the ocean and gardens were good.

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4.0Dined on August 27, 2017

Would not pull tables to heather so 7 could sit outside -- could have easily been done based on open tables

Hostess was terrible

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5.0Dined on August 21, 2017

Excellent lunch on the outside patio. Good, attentive, friendly service. Beautiful view of the ocean. Limited lunch menu but options are good and food quality was very good.

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3.0Dined on August 12, 2017

Nice to dine outside on the patio with views of the water. Very nice friendly service. Unfortunately the food was only so so in my opinion. The chowder was too creamy for my taste and the hake dish lacked flavor. Not horrible but could be better. We'll go back and try the Sunday brunch one day.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

We generally avoid hotel/resort dining. But Sea Glass was excellent! Reserved again 2 nights from now.

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2.0Dined on August 10, 2017

Good service but food not good. Luckily our meal was comp"d. You would think being only restaurant in CE the food would be fabulous. Even dessert was terrible!

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3.0Dined on August 9, 2017

Disappointing experience after reading reviews. Nice setting and friendly hostess. Limited menu. Had requested outdoor seating in OT notes, but no mention on res when we arrived and it was full. Many young children and fair bit of noise - not ideal for a quiet dinner for two. Service was slow and spotty - no spoon with soup and had to flag another server after searching for ours, gf bread asked for when ordering arrived at end of dinner, server seemed MIA. Beet gazpacho was terrible - sour cream tasted like soap. Tuna app was good, but very small portion. Both had poached buttered lobster. Tasted good, but neither lobster tail had been de-veined and claws tasted like they had been frozen. For $48 expected more. Overall, if we were hotel guests with small children, would have seemed okay, but we so disappointed we skipped dessert and headed to Portland to get some.

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3.0Dined on August 2, 2017

Great service but uneven quality of food. And very expensive.

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2017

Our 2nd visit to Sea Glass. Lovely dining atmosphere. Fine dining.

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2017

Great service with good food and great scenic views

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2017

Outstanding food, service and beautiful setting being able to hear the ocean😁

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2017

This was our second time dining at Sea Glass and it was just as good! Everything we ate was amazing but what really stood out was the Clam Chowder, best we've ever had! Our waiter was very attentive and accommodating. We will definitely go back!!

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2017

Back in Maine for the first time in several years and meeting relatives for a birthday, we had to go back to Sea Glass for dinner. Fantastic food, impeccable service, stupendous view. Superb meal, superb evening.

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