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About Spruce Point Inn - 88 Restaurant
Oceanfront fine dining featuring Chef Flynn’s coastal fusion cuisine.
Soothing marine colors, local artwork, soft lighting and dramatic sunsets create a lovely, refined atmosphere with friendly and attentive service.
Reservations are suggested. Larger parties are limited to 8 guests in 88. For parties of 9 or more guests, we invite you to use our private dining room. Please contact Sonya Dearborn, 207-350-1276, email@example.com.
Resort Elegant Attire
Ladies: dresses, skirts, dress pants or capris with upscale tops, sweaters or jackets and dress shoes or sandals
Gentlemen: dress trousers and a collared shirt (button up or golf/polo) and dress shoes; ties and jackets are not required
Children: ages 12 and older: same as for Ladies and Gentlemen
Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538
Contemporary American, American
Hours of Operation:
6pm to 9pm, daily
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Enjoy the lively sounds from our restored player piano - a guest favorite for generations and the childhood piano of Charlotte Druce, resort owner 1957 - 1987.
Complimentary on site parking
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Spruce Point Inn - 88 Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Very nice atmosphere with views of the water. Wait staff were all very friendly and accommodating. Food was a cut above the typical restaurants in the Boothbay area. Little extras like complimentary cocktail and take home muffins make it a very good value.
A fine dining experience with classy ambience. A relief from the wharfside restaurants serving mediocre fare. Having enjoyed much seafood during the week, we opted for a change of pace. Sliced duck breast and pork chop entrees were cooked to perfection. An excellent Caesar salad, too. While the rain obscured what would normally have been a beautiful sunset view, it did not detract from the overall dining experience.
We typically stay at this inn and eat here every summer but this year, we were not able to stay onsite so drove up for dinner from another location at the beach. My husband unfortunately forgot to bring a pair of slacks and since we were an hour from our place, we had no option for him to change to meet dress requirements (pants!). The host and manager were very understanding and accommodating! The view is amazing and the mood is relaxed and peaceful here. Love the little things like chef's tasting samples and glass of prosecco. The food is amazing and though I usually pass on dessert, I always have it here. Their version of S'mores is out of this world. I had the Halibut for dinner which was delicious. The only thing I could say was that I could have used a starch with my meal. It was Halibut with endive and other greens but could have used a little something more on the plate. Beyond that, it's the best.
I love the Spruce Point Inn and this was my third time eating at 88. The room is beautiful and looks out over the harbor. I recently had the duck breast and my husband had the swordfish. Both dishes were just ok in terms of taste. Presentation was very good and our waiter was wonderful. Price point is on the high side and you do get a good size portion for the price but the flavor just wasn't there for us.
This venue does not fit with the Spruce Point location. Restaurant should have more of a Maine Coast orientation. Tables for two are at a premium. We were first to arrive for dinner, but were not seated at the requested table. Not sure what the requirement is to get a premier table. Just an unpleasant evening at a high price.
Service and ambiance are great, only the food does not live up to expectation. The menu is enticing, execution however is lacking, generally over cooked, over salted. Wine list is adequate. As an annoying aside, bar drinks are sub standard, management seems to think the one and one quarter ounce pours at prevailing prices are OK.
The menu was very boring, a typical high end dining with nothing surprising. The linens needed to be ironed if you are requiring the patrons to dress up plus an elegant centre flower arrangements on each table. The front staff was a little standoffish, not exactly friendly. The menu cries for much imagination! The view was fantastic!!! By the way, the main lobby flower arrangement was made with silk flowers which was very uninviting especially for its location being in Maine.
We were seated at a table with an excellent view of Boothbay Harbor. Server started us off with a complementary Procesco cocktail which was a nice touch. We had the arugala salad and steamed mussel appetizer to start. Both were very good. The mussels were large enough to share. My duck breast was cooked as ordered; moist, tender and delicious. Wine list did provide a sufficient range of choices and I found the pricing to be quite reasonable. Would definitely recommend this restaurant and will go back again when visiting the area.
The duck breast that I had was outstanding - tender, juicy, perfectly done. My wife's had scallops, which she said were very good. The appetizers - I had the chowder and my wife had the house salad were good, but not exceptional. Very nice atmosphere. We were there on a somewhat foggy evening, but I'm guessing the view of the bay would have been enjoyable as well - if we could have seen it.
I had dinner with my partner during our 2 night stay at Spruce Point.
We had a beautiful 3 course Lobster meal.
Food and Wine was very good and authentic to the region.
Service was excellent and atmosphere was elegant formal dining but without the stuffiness of some restaurants which you can find.
Loved the relaxed/ formal feel of this lovely old establishment - highly recommend!
We were staying a long weekend at this resort, and after a day of traveling, had dinner at the 88 restaurant. We weren't disappointed. We ate early..6:15...I felt a little like we were put in the geriatric section, as at 62, we were 20 years younger than those seated maybe a little too close to us , as we almost felt inclined to join their conversations. Aside from that...the wait staff was excellent...the food was brought at the pace we suggested....the food we ordered was well prepared, and different enough to make it unique, and it was good. We had the lamb, and grouper...The salads were excellent, and the blueberry pie and ice cream?? Delicious. For a more formal dinner...this would be the place.
I've never understood the complaint that fine dining, which is one of my favorite past times, can be pretentious until I had dinner here. 88 presents itself as fine dining, but it is not. Rather, it is like a parody of one, which must lead to the confusion. The cold, awkward reception upon arrival, the wait staff in white coats, the elaborate tableware setting - all seem to be someone's (outdated) idea of what signals a special experience, but whoever created 88 neglected the food (just about everything cooked was overcooked), the service (our waiter had too many tables, presented the chosen bottle of wine to the wrong guest), and the overall ambiance, which felt like a mediocre hotel. I wish we hadn't wasted our evening here.
We chose to have dinner at 88 Restaurant for our Anniversary. After being seated, it was probably 15 minutes before water was poured and the menus were delivered. We then promptly were served a complimentary cocktail and our hopes for a special evening went up. The server said that she would be right back with some bread. Over the next 15 minutes, we requested bread 3 times from another server (we never saw the first one again). We had to request butter to go with our bread twice. Poor service continued. I ordered the scallops, which were brought to the table cold. My husband had a tasteless, vegetarian entree. We would definitely not recommend this restaurant to friends.
We had a wonderful evening with friends. The food and service were perfect as usual. We particularly enjoy the ambiance and sunsets. A lot of attention is given to detail at Spruce Point. We appreciate and notice all the touches that make it a dining experience -- not just dinner out. Highly recommend.
It was our 50th anniversary dinner and celebration with only our immediate family. We had a perfectly located table for six , set beautifully, which gave us gorgeous views and enough privacy. All in all, we all had a very memorable time but not without a couple of problems. One main course was totally incorrect, leaving us to politely wait until the correct entree was served to one of my daughters. To their credit, the correct dinner was served in an acceptable time frame and, without us complaining directly to the Food and Service manager, that particular entree was deducted from our bill. Lastly we ordered three glasses of wine with our main course which never arrived; thus I cancelled the order as we had finished our entree.
Celebrating our 30th anniversary in Boothbay Harbor, Maine Columbus Day weekend, 2014, my wife and I decided to try the 88 Restaurant at the Spruce Point Inn. We very much appreciated being seated at a table with a magnificent view overlooking the water at sunset. The food was simply outstanding, from the Arugula & Asparagus and Grilled Romaine Wedge Salads, to the Pan Seared Scallops and Halibut Entrees. We were amazed at the quality of service and attention to detail provided by the waitstaff. It was truly a memorable event, and we recommend this restaurant to couples who want to experience a truly romantic dinner or families that want great food and service.
We read the reviews and were undecided. Earlier in the day, the host showed us where we would be sitting that evening....the best table for 2 in the house! So, we went. Everything was good. I found the staff to be charming and attentive. I didn't expect them to know EVERYTHING about the wine list. We know what we like, so we ordered it. We received a couple gratis items, also. The only reason I gave the food a 4star rating is because my scallops were a little too salty. Other than that, the portions were good sized, not foo-foo with decorative drizzle around the plate. We would definitely go again.
We had a perfectly fine dinner. Service was wonderful, food was great. The only downside was being sat next to a very chatty couple who were talking to everyone within hearing distance. They were very nice but I didn't take my wife out on our anniversary so we could be sat next in the chatty corner.
Our evening began in a beautiful setting, a welcoming champagne toast. Our dinners arrived, beautiful presentation, delicious. The problem is that we had a very distracted waiter. He actually told us he was distracted because of the other bigger table full of drinking diners.....more tip opportunity was our guess. We ordered our desserts, the Creme Brûlée trio and blueberry pie. The pie filling was very dry and the brûlée was liquid in the 1st cup. The waiter was shown and he whisked the plate away only to retrurn to say they were out of brûlée. We would have liked to try the other 2 of the trio but couldn't.
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