10 Waterfront Dining Spots in Maine – south up into the lower midcoast

lobster-bake-maine-style3aMaine’s legendary seafood just tastes better with an ocean view, it’s true. Where better to savor succulent Maine lobster than by the sea from which it came? Here are some beautiful oceanfront spots with top Maine chefs for waterfront dining. Get your clams, scallops, mussels and more near the shore at these Top 10 Maine Restaurants…

Davids’ KPT in the Boathouse Waterfront Hotel
The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel is home to this great riverfront restaurant – David’s KPT love-kbpt-davids6hangs over the Kennebunk River, just steps from Dock Square in central Kennebunkport. Portland’s popular chef David Turin is the host, and his creative menu has lots to choose from –a raw bar, light bites to pizzas and entrees. David’s has three vibrant bars plus a spacious outdoor deck with cozy seating for Happy Hour or late night overlooking the river lights. David’s KPT is a locals’ favorite. 21 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, 207-967-8225

stripers-fishing-boatStripers at the Breakwater Inn and Spa in Kennebunkport
Right near the breakwater out to sea in Kennebunkport, hence the name of the Inn where Striper is located – you can watch fishermen catch stripers from this choice spot. Go for cocktails on the gorgeous lawn at sunset, then enjoy mussels or duck or lobster in the beautiful waterfront dining room. 131 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport 207-967-5333

1cape-arundel-inn-oceanOcean Kennebunkport
Ocean at Cape Arundel Inn overlooks Walker’s Point, so you can enjoy a gourmet dinner with a presidential view of the Bush Compound. An elegant dining room and old fashioned wrap around porch in this classic seaside Inn are extraordinary. Chef Pierre is European trained, his sophisticated menu features local seafood and farm raised fare artfully prepared. Go to Ocean before sunset so you can enjoy the ocean view. Cape Arundel Inn is at 208 Ocean Ave, Kennebunkport, 207-967-2125

pineapple-ketch-nonantum95 Ocean at Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport
This historical and friendly hotel on Ocean Ave in Kennebunkport has water view dining with live entertainment most nights in the summer time. Favorite dishes include fresh seafood and famous Blueberry Chipotle Ribs along with funky cocktails at Heckman’s Pub and the more formal 95 Ocean. Foodies can also enjoy dancing to live music view grand views of the Kennebunk River. Nonantum Resort, 95 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, 207-967-4050

dine_view21637 and Ships Cellar Pub in York Harbor
York Harbor Inn’s Ship’s Cellar Pub is great for a casual lunch or dinner, modeled after an old wooden ship, or dine upstairs in the more elegant 1637 – same menu – with ocean views and plenty of fresh seafood. Executive Chef Bonsey is a top chef in Maine. 480 York St, York Harbor. 207-363-5119

Dimillos in Portland
Waterfront restaurant doesn’t get any better than being on a boat. DCIM100GOPROGOPR0721.Dimillos is in fact the only floating restaurant on the upper East Coast, opened in 1982 on an old car ferry. But the Dimillos family has a history of great eateries dating back to 1954 in the Old Port. Dimillos restaurant and Marina is an ideal location on Commercial Street, near the Old Port, right on the waterfront so you can watch the fabulous yachts and ferries come and go while you enjoy fresh seafood and drinks in the casual setting. There are several outside decks plus two levels of inside seating – all with Portland Harbor views. 25 Long Wharf Portland, 207-772-2216

Doplhin Cove MarinaDolphin Restaurant in Harpswell
About 40 min from Portland on a most spectacular point in the heart of Casco Bay is the Dolphin with extraordinary waterfront views and delicious handmade Maine food. This family owned and operated restaurant and bar in Harpswell’s beautiful Potts Harbor serves the freshest seafood with homemdae legendary blueberry muffins, in a panoramic restaurant. Arrive by car or boat to Dolphin Marina docks. Open for lunch and dinner. 515 Basin Point Rd, Harpswell, 207-833-6000

sebasco-harbor-resort1200Sebasco Pilot House
Sebasco Harbor Resort has two waterfront dining spots, the casual Ledges Pub and the upstairs more elegant Pilot House. Seafood is always on the menu, salmon, lobster, crab, scallops and clams, at this classic Maine resort with lodging and golf course plus an outdoor salt water pool. Arrive by boat at the marina or stay at Sebasco in the summer for a night or a relaxing week. Sebasco Estates, 207-389-1161

grey-haven-inn-georgetown-blueBlue at Grey Havens
Blue at Grey Havens Inn is an extraordinary setting with equally fine food – and of course ocean views. On peaceful Georgetown Island, not far from Wiscasset and Boothbay, this 1904 Inn sits atop a bluff overlooking Harmon Harbor on the Sheepscot River and sea beyond. You can just make out Cuckold Light. Enjoy a drink on the porch before dinner at Blue. The Chef has fresh specials daily from tuna to lobster inspired treats. Innkeepers Eve & Dick are lovely hosts at this most magical place, we suggest you stay the night and enjoy this bold oceanfront setting. 96 Seguinland Road, Georgetown, ME. 207-371-2616

osprey-restaurant-wine-flightOsprey Restaurant at Georgetown
Osprey Restaurant in beautiful Robinhood Cove in Georgetown serves the freshest seafood and fun pub fare overlooking Robinhood Marina and the picturesque cove where osprey and seals play. Located 50 minutes north of Portland, southeast of Bath and west of Boothbay, in quiet Riggs Cove off the Sheepscot River, you can arrive by land or sea for lunch or dinner, sitting inside or out. Enjoy live music Sunday afternoons and Jazz Friday nights, cocktails specials in a casual Maine seaside setting. 340 Robinhood Road, Georgetown, 207-371-2530

Enjoy your Maine lobster and seafood with a sea view. Be shore to book waterfront lodging so you can relax and savor the sights, tastes and sounds of being on the waterfront in Maine. And let us know your favorite place for fresh Maine seafood with a view, on our Southern Maine Coast Facebook page.

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