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The Cliff House Dining Room

186 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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The Cliff House Dining Room in Ogunquit, Maine is located inside the Cliff House Hotel and specializes in serving native Maine cuisine utilizing fresh, local ingredients. The restaurant presents an upscale contemporary design fused with elements of rustic Maine charm.

The Cliff House Dining Room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast fare at the restaurant includes cereal, muffins, oats, omelets, French toast, waffles and more. Lunch and dinner at The Cliff House Dining Room features an assortment of appetizers, soups, salads, entr�es and sides. Menu selections include white bean soup, wild Maine mussels, grilled hanger steak, day boat jumbo scallops, pan seared Arcadian fish and spice seared pork.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 7:30am - 10:30am; Breakfast Buffet: Sunday: 7:30am - 1:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm (8:30pm closing after Columbus Day), Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm (9:00pm closing after Columbus Day)
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Phone number
(207) 361-1000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Daniel Crook
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Private party facilities
Please contact our Sales Office for details, we are a full-service resort with a variety of offerings, our Sales Office can be contacted directly at #207.361.6251. functions of 15 and under can be booked directly through the dining room by contacting our Dining Room Manager at #207.361.6235.
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Private party contact
Charlene Banulis: (207) 361-6251
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Cross street
Between York & Ogunquit
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Parking details
Plenty of parking -- after dropping off guests at entrance the lots will be ahead of you to the right.
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Public transit
Seasonal please call the resorts' front desk at #207.361.1000
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We offer entertainment in our Ocean Terrace Lounge every weekend we are open and everyday during our high season. Please visit our website for our current entertainment offerings.
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Special events & promotions
Our beautiful Maine resort on the scenic coast near Ogunquit has been the scene of countless weddings, meetings and social events, since opening in 1872. Call 207.361.6251 today to make your arrangements!
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
3.9  based on all time ratings
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipsomethingorother85 (New England)
3.0  Dined on October 2, 2015

The resort is still locked into the ninety's. But a big re-no is starting in a couple of weeks. They ran out of martini glasses and served it in a sniffer?!? really!?

Carrm (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 2015

We had a fabulous dinner, beginning with salad and shrimp cocktail, ending with wonderful, tender steaks. The service was very good, wait staff was attentive, but gave us space. The location provided incredible ocean views. Most every table would have a nice view, although we had reserved a window table which was perfect for our anniversary. Would highly recommend The Cliff House dining room.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on September 18, 2015

This is the second time we ate at the Cliff House and I was not impressed with the food either time. Our baked potatoes were hard and not fully cooked and my fish was just ok. The waitress was very good and the view was nice but the food needs to improve.

Foodie (Miami)
1.0  Dined on September 14, 2015

Not just a bad nite. They need a new chef, mgr and staff. The staff and mgr attitudes were awful, didn't care when we expressed poor quality food and service. The mushroom risotto looked liked a lump of glue with no taste. Halibut was $32 which would have been ok IF it wasn't overcooked and dry. Clam chowder was mostly potatoes. Service was very slow and servers were confused about everything...huge disappointment for a resort restaurant with such a great view!

CMac (New England)
3.0  Dined on September 6, 2015

Scampi was average and served with rice, would have preferred pasta. Salad was adequate. Nothing out of the ordinary.

ElliotW (New England)
3.0  Dined on August 30, 2015

We have previously dined at the restaurant and were very pleased with every aspect of our experience. Not so this time. We opted to share a salad and the calamari for a starter. The salad was obviously pre-made and press dressed. It was soggy. The calamari was crispy but was over priced for the portion size.
The rack of lamb was very tasteful but there was very little meat. I had a fish dish that was acceptable.

Ember217 (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 29, 2015

I have been going to the Cliff House through out my life, and have the greatest memories from those trips. The dining service staff were wonderful and attentive. The food is still a bit out-dated and in need of some upgrades. The view, the wine, the staff and my family made this a wonderful night, but the meal was forgettable. BIG renovations planned for 2016 which I imagine will correct some of the out dates elements, but I pray they don't lose the charm, the ambiance, the warm "welcome back" feel I get when I return. I hope the renovation team remembers that the history of the place and the feel of the history there is essential - I return every year, and will continue to do so as long as the Cliff House ambiance remains a centerpiece. Please do upgrade accommodations, spa access, parking and expand dining to include a well staffed lunch. Your view is the key - perhaps more than 4 outdoor dining tables will bring diners back.

Piecrust (New England)
2.0  Dined on August 28, 2015

I stayed at the resort for three nights for a girls spa weekend. We had a wonderful time at the amazing spa and hotel....however, the food at the restaurant is consistently the worst food you will ever have. Frozen fish, over cooked meats and old baked potatoes sort of heated up. Some of the worst food and service over ever had. The entire restaurant needs an overhaul, food and the way they're running their dining room. Only edible thing all weekend was the fabulous omelet station! He as a skilled line cook and made them perfect every time
Nothing else all weekend was above terrible or poor

TigerPuppy (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 25, 2015

We ate dinner outside one night and inside another night. Both meals were very good. The views are outstanding. The staff was very personable and attentive. Small plates instead of entrée were very tasty! Wife had full entrees, and she really enjoyed those also.

OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
2.0  Dined on August 22, 2015

Took my wife to the resort for her birthday. The facility is nice, but the food was a little less than what we hoped for. My wife had a decent dinner, but my lobster mac and cheese ($34) was just a huge bowl of mac. I kept stirring from the bottom hoping to find some cheese or better yet, some lobster but it never happened. I didnt make a big deal of it because we were having a good time and my wife was happy with her meal.

I also had some other issues while we were there, but that will be a separate email to management.

Coryd1028 (Atlantic City)
4.0  Dined on August 19, 2015

My wife and I had dinner here after we had checked in. The service was excellent! The food was awesome and the view of the Atlantic was breath taken. I definitely would recommend the cliff house for breakfast and dinner. P.s. You got to try the blueberry pie!

Loulou (Las Vegas)
3.0  Dined on August 14, 2015

It is a great spot for lunch or dinner. You go there for the view and not the food

CHReviewer (New England)
3.0  Dined on August 13, 2015

From the food, to the wait staff, to the host, the restaurant overall feels like it was a small town cafe that is trying to be a big city fancy restaurant. The food descriptions and prices make the restaurant appear to be a foodies dream and a unique dining experience. In reality the food is so-so, without being bad, it is also not noteworthy. The crab cakes and famous blueberry pie did not taste any different than you could get at any other restaurant and the boiled crab was simply boiled crab. Nothing special that you couldn't do at home.

The server, while nice, did not seem comfortable server and had to correct herself many times on where to properly stand to serve, how to serve drinks smoothly to avoid spills, removing plates cleanly and efficiently and describing the food without looking at cheat notes.

The hostess had to correct herself while seating us saying "you're waitress... um... server will be with you shortly". We also had to wait 20 minutes past our reservation time, even though half the tables were empty.

While some of these things are minor, it does impact the experience and the expectations for meals that average about $40 -50 per person. As a former waiter, they are also not that hard to ingrain in someone's presentation and conduct.

vipservice (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on August 11, 2015

With the exquisite view and a rainy night, we decided to give this restaurant a chance. Although there were the overpriced menu items that often (sadly) characterize hotel restaurants, there were enough good choices around the menu that we found much to please. All that we sampled was good - fresh seafood prepared with complementing cooking styles and sides. I recommend it if you are staying at the hotel.

vipParkhurst (New England)
3.0  Dined on August 9, 2015

The view is great, and makes dining here worthwhile. The food was fine, meaning that it was enjoyable and presented well. The vegetables did not seem quite as fresh as one would expect, and the baked fish was cooked in a buttery broth that made it difficult to know how fresh the fish was.

Still worth going for the view. 3 stars only because we are tough graders with respect to the food. Most would probably give it 4 stars for the same experience. We'll probably be back.

MysticEats (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on August 3, 2015

With the exception of the incredibly breathtaking views, the restaurant at the Cliff House resort was exactly as I expected, and really nothing more. We dined there 2 nights of our 3-night stay. The lobster was outstanding and perfectly cooked, but the rib eye was thin and overcooked. Service was friendly but not exceptional, and the ambiance was sufficient for my partner and I to enjoy a quiet dinner. If you make reservations, do what you can to request a window table - the views were amazing.

Natalie (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 26, 2015

Went here with friends in the spring and took the boyfriend for his birthday- both times I was super impressed! Can't wait to go back!

DennisW (New England)
4.0  Dined on July 18, 2015

Been here for dinner a number of times the past 2 years. The view is magnificent and the noise level always quiet. In 2014 the food was OK and wine list fair, considering the location and atmosphere I expected more from food quality.
In 2015 they made some kitchen changes and now the food quality is very good, matches the view. Wine list could still be improved but this is now an overall wonderful restaurant for quiet, high quality dinner.

Anniversary (New England)
4.0  Dined on July 14, 2015

I brought my wife here for our anniversary dinner. We found our overall experience to be very good. The food was very good and the views very spectacular. If I have any complaint at all it would be with the lobster bisque. It was very good but did not come as advertised with pieces of lobster in it; other than that we enjoyed our experience.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on July 10, 2015

The food was awful. The service was slow. I ordered filet medium rare it came out very well done. They were going to do another but I did not have an hour to wait. My wife had the baked haddock and that was just floating in white wine. A choice of boiled potato or baked? You could tell the baked I received was microwaved. I don't know who the chief was but he needs to stop sending out bad food. We also tried breakfast buffet. The chief needs to learn more is not better if everything is poor. At least you could get an omelette cooked in front of yourself. I kept hearing from staff they were closing in the fall and redoing the place and will open in the summer. Maybe they already gave up on the place.