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Spruce Point Inn - 88 Restaurant

176 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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,

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

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Contemporary American, American
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Hours of operation
6pm to 9pm, daily
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Phone number
(207) 350-1276
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Jacket Preferred
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Executive chef
Eric Flynn
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Cross street
Linekin Road
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Complimentary on site parking
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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.
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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1871FL (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 18, 2017

Another excellent dinner for four. Thank you Spruce Point.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 16, 2017

40th wedding anniversary meal, a little more formal, good food but not big quantity, attentive staff with some complimentary touches. Unfortunately very few people as end of the season

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
5.0  Dined on October 10, 2017

We ate at 88 twice while staying at Spruce Point Inn. The dining room is elegant and the service is impeccable. Dining starts with a cocktail aperitif and a small appetizer. The first night was cerviche and the next was a lobster Rangoon. Our first night entree was halibut with corn and leeks and polenta. The dish was good but just a tad lacking in flavor. The roasted corn & leek helped flavor it up but the halibut was bland. The 2nd night my husband had the filet mignon which he devoured (also served with polenta and roasted brussel sprouts) and I had the duck breast with grapes which was wonderful and I practically wiped the plate clean. For starters, my husband had the clam chowder one night and fish chowder the 2nd night. He said the fish chowder was better than the clam. For my starters I had a Caesar salad which could have used a bit more lemon or garlic and a fall salad with greens, feta, poached pears & candied pecans which was wonderful.
88 is a dining experience spot and not a place to go if you just want to eat and go. Service is leisurely - attentive but not rushed. If you want to eat at 8pm, make a reservation for 7. It all takes a while. A special touch you can't get elsewhere at the Inn is you are given Morning Glory muffins at the end of your meal. They were our breakfast the next day and are just wonderful. Like a healthy carrot cake. Their regular breakfast muffins are good but not as good as these!
The dining room is lovely and they have a player piano, playing American songbook songs. The dining room does overlook the harbor but the sun had set by the time we ate (mid-October) so there was no view. It would be beautiful in the summer. They ask that you dress up a bit (collared shirts for men, dressy casual for women, no flip flops) and the setting does deserve that. We ate at the sister restaurant, Bogie's, which was also nice and is more casual but we dressed up for the 3rd night as I liked the menu at 88 better. A lovely spot.

Susanjs (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 6, 2017

Exceeded my expectations! Staff was most attentive, and the food was delicious. The view at sunset is superb. The player piano with the American songbook standards was a perfect touch.

vipBillW (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 2, 2017

SPI is a rare combination of great food and great service. It is located on a secluded ocean point away from the touristy areas of Boothbay Harbor. My wife and I were celebrating our 52nd wedding anniversary and hope to make dining at SPI an annual event.

OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

Truly outstanding. The food, service, attention to detail. Thoroughly enjoyed everything about our night at 88. Find out if the bartender is Chantelle - if so, order a cosmopolitan!! Best ever!

vipPaladin (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on September 17, 2017

Service in 88 great. In Bogie’s, poor service

Jojo (Las Vegas)
3.0  Dined on September 15, 2017

The restaurant and view are beautiful.
The food is very good.
The service was poor. We have eaten here before and had excellent service which kept us coming back. We had a different waitress on this visit who was very nice but not the best waitress. This really put a damper on the meal for us. We don't plan on going back.

pbpanagore (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 1, 2017

The Spruce Point Inn is renown for its elegant dining in a semi-formal setting with a gorgeous view of the outer harbor's light house. Their attention to detail and their level of service is top notch and consistent. My wife and I celebrated our thirty-second anniversary with dinner at the 88 Restaurant.

When you visit Boothbay Harbor to sail, to golf, to shop, or to lounge absorb the beauty of the shoreline you can do no finer than dining or staying the Spruce Point Inn.

vipShelly (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 27, 2017

The restaurant is very pleasant, nice view of the water. Food is always excellent.

Love2sail (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on August 24, 2017

Wonderful ambiance. Lovely restaurant.
But, my dinner was delicious but cold.
My husbands fish was extremely over cooked.
And the service was horrible.
Very nice guy, but left the table for long intervals.
Delicious dinners just need to tweak a few things.

OpenTable Diner (Caribbean)
5.0  Dined on August 23, 2017

Wonderful experience for a special birthday

OpenTable Diner (New England)
1.0  Dined on August 22, 2017

well received. waiter extremely attentif . good to excellent dishes .
a professional surrounding for the guets that i brought in.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on August 19, 2017

Food was unremarkable. Severs really didn't know the ingredients or the questions to ask the kitchen aren't translated well. Nothing was hot and after my steak was sent back for a little longer cooking the sides were ice cold. Salad was room temperature. Ice cream tasted re-frozen and cheesecake was laden with amaretto but not described as such. Wine was great.

MaggieEricH (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 19, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to 88. The staff was very friendly and professional. The food was very good. We have sunset views of the ocean. It was lovely!

vipEDML (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 18, 2017

Service was impeccable. Dinner choices- seared tuna and seared halibut were done to perfection. Formal dining at its best!

caligirl123 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on August 15, 2017

We enjoyed this special restaurant during our stay at Spruce Point Inn. Service was lovely. We enjoyed a complementary cocktail and amuse bouche before dinner, and left with beautifully packaged muffins for breakfast the next day. The food was delicious. I loved the lobster. which arrived without its shell with fresh corn and potatoes. The key lime pie was very good too!

Bobbio (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 14, 2017

For fans of the Maine coast this resort/spa has a wonderful surprise in store for the discerning diner who is looking beyond the usual tourist spots. Located just south of the Boothbay Harbor town on the western side of the inlet, dinner at sunset isn't on the menu but available every clear night - at no extra charge. The setting soothes ones senses and sets the stage for a rewarding and superb dining experience. A varied menu provides ample choices, all served by an attentive and affable staff. Beautifully prepared and presented by the chef and his team, there are also surprise items that are delivered to your table, compliments of the house. Be prepared to have a leisurely experience of at least two hours for your meal - a welcome relief these days of rushed table experiences in many restaurants. Nuff said. Treat yourself.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 4, 2017

Anniversary dinner that did not disappoint. Service and food was excellent. Water views are memorable.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 3, 2017

The sunset view was stunning, the food delectable and the service outstanding. The staff could not have been more friendly, professional, accommodating, efficient or fun. We own a restaurant ourselves, and highly recommend this wonderful spot for dinner.

Mu17 (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on July 28, 2017

We were seated quite close to another table when the restaurant was nearly empty. This created an uncomfortable situation where we could hear the entire conversation of the neighboring party for most of our dinner.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
1.0  Dined on July 27, 2017

Started off very nice with appetizers and then we waited forver for the main course. When we finally finished dinner and asked for the check, the amount was incorrect, with the mistake being billed for the wrong glass of wine. The manager tried to tell me that I had ordered a differnt wine. I then asked for the menu and had to show her what I ordered.

Very unpleasant. And we were not the only table to experience such a long wait.

OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on July 23, 2017

Celebrating one year of job for niece

vipRose478 (New England)
4.0  Dined on July 22, 2017

Food generally good but a few hiccups, such as undercooked rolls with raw dough. Then the server took an incredibly long time to give me a new roll even though seen giving other tables rolls. Service applied by multiple people so lacked continuity and we sat waiting at numerous times throughout the meal probably because one server thought the other was doing the job. Server brought warm white wine and poured it before remembering to chill it. One server would come over and describe food and choices, but then another would come to take order and give contradicting information. Final straw was overhearing our original server offer whipped cream with blueberry crisp to the adjacent table, but when I asked for whipped cream instead of ice cream to one of our many other servers, I was told that was not an available option, so I had my blueberry crisp plain.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 11, 2017

Delicious food, attentive service. The Halibut was terrific as were the Scallops. Best blueberry pie I've had this week

afo861 (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 30, 2017

A lovely way to spend our wedding anniversary at the Spruce Point Inn. We were seated with a picturesque view of the ocean, the food was incredible (especially my scallops) and the service was amazing. We loved the entire 2-hours of excellent food and drinks.

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on June 25, 2017

The food was great. The service was Wonderful. Great employees.

TryAgain (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 16, 2017

Everything was perfect. Wine, food, ambiance, and service couldn't be better.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 15, 2017

Executive Chef Eric Flynn and his culinary team spin creative magic out of locally-sourced ingredients, especially right-off-the-boat seafood. And don't skip dessert! Pastry Chef Ashley Wiecek's creations are delicious. Gracious friendly service in a softly-lit space overlooking the water. A memorable place to dine.

FriendsAnniversary (New England)
5.0  Dined on June 2, 2017

Delicious food, attentive wait staff and beautiful decor!