Where to Eat in Camden: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Brain Ambrose

Camden, Maine is proud to call itself the "Jewel of the Coast." A beautiful seaport town with a harbor full of sail boats, Camden has been used as the setting for so many movies, from Carousel to Peyton Place, that it is what many people think of when they think of New England. With a series of annual festivals running all year round, including the US Toboggan Championships, the Summer HarborArts Juried Arts & Craft Show and Windjammer Weekend, there is always something to do in Camden.
Things to do in Camden

1. Fresh & Co.

1 Bayview Lndg, Camden, ME 04843-2249 Seating, Television, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 16 - SGD 42 +1 207-236-7005
Excellent
69%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Fresh & Co.

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Reviewed By SMRF

This is my second visit to Fresh....a truly wonderful restaurant...located in the beautiful Seacoast village of Camden. It has a very welcoming atmosphere and reminds us of a place one would encounter while ambling through the European countryside. Reservations are a must...even off season...it is busy. The food is wonderful and everything is indeed "fresh". On our 1st visit, we enjoyed melt in your mouth Atlantic Halibut....& on our most recent visit we could not resist....the tender & very tasty lamb tenderloin. The Chef/Owner has a deft artistic touch & it is obvious he knows what he is doing. The sauces here are light and delightfully awaken your taste buds. The polenta pomme frites are amazing. Very creative! This restaurant is a keeper and we predict the Chef will continue to delight diners repeatedly. Service is very good and accommodating. Wine list has a good selection. Of interesting note, there is both a bar & an open kitchen concept. Trust us...the Chef keeps a watchful eye on not only the kitchen, but the dining area too. The charming & gracious Hostess is a co-owner and she maintains a well run dining room. If you are reading this review.....you can't ignore our enthusiasm for FRESH.

2. River Ducks Ice Cream

19 Mechanic St, Camden, ME 04843-1706 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food, American +1 207-322-7129
Excellent
64%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 164 reviews

River Ducks Ice Cream

We are a family-owned ice cream stand in downtown Camden, Maine. Along with the creamiest soft serve in the whole state (really!), we offer 20 flavors of hard serve ice cream including Maine inspired flavors such as Maine Wild Blueberry, Maine Moose Tracks and Camden Cappuccino Crunch. Other yummy treats include milk shakes, sundaes, floats, wiggies, smoothies (10 flavors!) and so much more! We also offer gluten and dairy free options!

Reviewed By Ibrand2015 - Nashua, New Hampshire

Across the footbridge from the Riverhouse Hotel, your first stop is the River Ducks Ice Cream stand. This colorful little slice of heaven has a wide variety of flavors in hard or Soft Serve ice cream. The patio by the river has some shade to...MoreThank you for your review! We are so glad our little ice cream stand could be a memorable part of your summers!! We hope to see you back very soon!

3. Graffam Bros Seafood Shack

211 Union St, Rockport, ME 04856-6107 Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards American, Seafood Lunch SGD 7 - SGD 33 +1 207-236-8391
Excellent
73%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 150 reviews

Graffam Bros Seafood Shack

Reviewed By ontheroadagain33 - Maryland

Lobster roll was okay: had a similar tasting roll from Panera Bread for cheaper. For $20 you can a small lobster roll, excellent french fries and excellent cole slaw. Outdoor seating available. Very friendly service. Very popular place: take your order at the window and wait for your food. The lobster was good: just not the best.

4. Zoot Coffee

31 Elm St, Camden, ME 04843-1910 Takeout, Seating, Free Wifi Cafe Breakfast +1 207-236-9858
Excellent
47%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 168 reviews

Zoot Coffee

Reviewed By Nellie F - Cape Elizabeth, Maine

The menu on the board has no prices. There is a reason. Two iced cafe lattes cost us $14. I wouldn't pay this in Midtown Manhattan let alone a remote seaside community in Maine. Worse, THEY SERVE IT IN PAPER CUPS which forces you to drink it quickly or else the cup gets wet and the paper pulp gets INTO the coffee. They say they do it to 'save the environment'. Tell that to the trees they cut down. Iced coffee should NOT be served in paper cups. This place is for trust-fund brats. Their attitude showed their disdain for a customer's hard earned money.

5. Mount Battie Take Out

247 Belfast Rd, Camden, ME 04843-4508 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards American, Seafood, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner +1 207-236-6122
Excellent
78%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 245 reviews

Mount Battie Take Out

Reviewed By ross5100 - florida

I stopped here for lunch because I didn't want to deal with the parking in Camden. Service at the counter was friendly and fast. The food was delicious. The onion rings were great. Shains of Maine ice cream is an added incentive to come here. Eating outdoors at the picnic tables is pleasant.

6. Camden Cone

31 Bayview St, Camden, ME 04843-2201 Takeout American +1 207-236-6448
Excellent
58%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 109 reviews

Camden Cone

Reviewed By Zosia B - Mons, Belgium

I love Camden Cone and no visit to Camden is complete without coming here. They serve Round Top ice cream and the variety is quite impressive. If you feel like splurging go for a waffle cone or even a sundae. Absolutely yummy.

7. Flatbread

399 Commercial St, Rockport, ME 04856-4404 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 207-706-4146
Excellent
60%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 152 reviews

Flatbread

Reviewed By MMRF2015 - Pluckemin, New Jersey

While visiting close friends in Camden we had the chance to stop by for lunch and were pleasantly surprised at the quality of food and service. The flatbread was cooked to perfection with crust and toppings as you've imagined in the best pizza parlors on the east coast. Service was quite friendly and we were so taken that we came back for a second day during our stay. Authentic and good quality make this a must stop for any visitor to the area.

8. Hartstone Inn

41 Elm St, Camden, ME 04843-1910 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover Seafood, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 12 - SGD 63 +1 207-236-4259
Excellent
79%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 559 reviews

Hartstone Inn

Butter poached Maine lobster over angel hair, Pistachio Crusted Lamb chops, Seared Diver Scallops and Grilled Salmon Nicoise are just a sample of what diners might experience at the Hartstone Inn. Steps from Camden harbor, Fodor's considers the Hartstone Inn "An elegant and sophisticated retreat and culinary destination offering a unique experience in pampered luxury." Choose from our ala carte menu which rotates weekly or our 5-course tasting menu ($48.50). With advanced notice we are happy to accommodate allergies or dislikes and create a menu especially for you. Our cellar list offers a selection of 150 bottles, starting at $24, and lauded by Wine Specatator. Proud recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award and the American Culinary Federation Achievement of Excellence award.

Reviewed By Meri M

My husband and I stayed in the champagne suite for three nights prior to Christmas with other family members who were also staying in suites at the hartstone. The suite was very comfortable, and had everything we needed, including a great gas fireplace in the living room. We enjoyed that the suite was separate from the main in but in Close proximity to the main inn. The inn offers a 3-course breakfast, which was very good. We would stay again if we are in that area

9. Natalie's Restaurant

83 Bayview St, Camden, ME 04843-2204 Valet Parking, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night SGD 94 - SGD 143 +1 207-236-7008
Excellent
78%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 443 reviews

Natalie's Restaurant

Awarded Top 100 Restaurant In The USA, Natalie's offers a refined dining experience featuring Modern New England cuisine, influenced by international cuisines and inspired by the seasons. Executive Chefs Chris Long and Shelby Stevens create modern dishes with subtle and unexpected flavor combinations. Awarded best overall restaurant in New England, Natalie's uniquely blends a current sense of place and time with modern techniques and the bounty of Maine. The result is classic regional dishes reinterpreted and local sourced ingredients prepared with a worldly sophistication. Chris Long became 2013 Maine Lobster Chef Of The Year and Mixologist Seth Knowlton was awarded best bartender in Maine in 2013 by Eater. The restaurant received the AAA 4 Diamond Award in addition to a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and was awarded best restaurant in New England by Diner's Choice in 2013. The restaurant offers outside dining in season, with breathtaking views over the harbor and hills. Natalie's is fully air conditioned and has a full bar and lounge for cocktails and lighter fare. Natalie's offers a 3-course Prix Fixe, a 7-course tasting and a 4-course Grand Cru Lobster Menu.

Reviewed By annandjason187 - Elkhorn, NE

Fun and inventive ways to eat lobster. Great for a couple of mid-westerners who couldn't get enough lobster while in Maine! We sat outside and enjoyed a beautiful late July evening.

10. 18 Central Oyster Bar and Grill

18 Central St, Rockport, ME 04856-5936 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Highchairs Available American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 16 - SGD 66 +1 207-466-9055
Excellent
79%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 83 reviews

18 Central Oyster Bar and Grill

Reviewed By majen60 - Sydney, Australia

A birthday recommendation by a friend for my husband whilst visiting the area.Although a lovely evening and the views were stunning of Rockport Harbour outside..we opted to dine inside but scored a window table!..watched the light change,the sun go down, and had a few photo moments before checking our menu and ordering.
An attentive waitress, who obligingly took our photo..the food was great,the service really good- so a great evening!..only negative would be when the inside dining area fills up- the noise levels go up..

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