Camden

Where the mountains meet the sea

From the peak of Mount Battie to New England’s most picturesque harbor, this sparkling midcoast Maine town truly shines. Routinely landing on “best of” lists of all sorts, Camden is quaint charm mixed with equal parts creative vibe. It is home to the innovation conferences PopTech and Juice, as well as an acclaimed international film festival. Active pursuits abound for the outdoorsy crowd (hiking, kayaking, sailing), but life is just as sweet simply strolling the delighful streets.

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Whitehall

Camden

A true midcoast Maine experience, Whitehall brings to life the Camden motto, "where the mountains meet the sea" through a mixture of wood textures, plaids and hip Artisan furniture and textiles. Onsite dining at Pig + Poet.

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Where to Dine

Pig + PoetBuzz-Worthy

(207) 236-3391   View Website   52 High St, Camden, ME 04843

Our onsite restaurant features true farm to fork American dining at its best. Working with Maine’s farmland, fisheries and game, Pig + Poet offers a raw bar, signature roast pork dishes, lobster rolls, chowder and blueberry-sweet corn cobbler just to name few items. A charcuterie bar offers locally sourced sausages and cheese selections. The “poet” in the name is a nod to Edna St. Vincent Millay, a Pulitzer-prize winning poet who was discovered at Whitehall in 1912.

Rollie’s Bar and Grill

(207) 338-4502   View Website   37 Main Street, Belfast, Maine 04915

A lively, no frills sports bar.h Rollie's offer a full range of draught selections which are perfect alongside a plate of their beer-battered chicken strips or a plate of their chicken wings.

Primo

(207) 596-0770   View Website   2 Main Street, Rockland, Maine 04841

In the words of James Beard award winning chef Melissa Kelley, Primo is a "full circle restaurant." What started with a garden and a few hens and pigs has become a true farm-to-table, Italian-inspired dining experience.

PrimoNoteable

(207) 596-0770   View Website   Rockland, Maine 04841

In the words of James Beard award winning chef Melissa Kelley, Primo is a "full circle restaurant."  What started with a garden and a few hens and pigs has become a true farm-to-table, Italian-inspired dining experience. Portions are hearty and the flavors are distinct and divine.

Salt Water Farm

(207) 230-0966   View Website   53 Woodward Hill Road, Lincolnville, Maine 04849

Located in the beautifully restored Union Hall building, Salt Water Farm uses simple, traditional cooking methods to create menus inspired by the locale. All of the ingredients are locally sourced, with many coming straight from their eponymous farm in nearby Lincolnville, which also houses a cooking school.

Suzuki Sushi

(207) 596-7447   View Website   419 Main Street, Rockland, Maine 04841

While Rockland is about as far as you can get from the Bay of Tokyo, you wouldn't know it from the fresh sushi and steamed dumplings offered at Suzuki. An expert team of female sushi chefs uses innovative techniques to transform the daily catch from the Gulf of Maine into tiny morsels of deliciousness. 

Waterfront

(207) 236-3747   View Website   40 Bay View Street, Camden, Maine 04843

If it's seaside dining you crave, you can't get any closer than here. Open seven days a week, Waterfront buys from local fisheries and farmers, serving up classic and casual New England cuisine. In the colder months, we love to cozy up inside by their roaring fireplace.

The Drouthy Bear

(207) 236-2327   View Website   50 Elm Street, Camden, Maine 04843

This new pub's menu offers up hearty pub classics, as well as an incredible selection of near 60 whiskies from around the world which are available as a sample or a dram (full pour). We recommend the rarely seen in Maine Japanese whiskey Nikka Taketsuru and locally-made New England Gunpowder rye.

Suzuki's Sushi Bar

(207) 596-7447   View Website   419 Main Street, Rockland, Maine 04841

While Rockland is about as far as you can get from the Bay of Tokyo, you wouldn't know it from the fresh sushi and steamed dumplings offered at Suzuki. An expert team of female sushi chefs uses innovative techniques to transform the daily catch from the Gulf of Maine into tiny morsels of deliciousness.

Shepherd's Pie

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Overlooking Rockport Harbor, this James Beard-nominated restaurant works with a collaborative of local farmers to provide diners with the best local and seasonal ingredients. Their innovative menu is a study in contrasts with the pub-style setting and its location on historic Shepherd Block.

Natalie's

(207) 236-7008   View Website   83 Bay View Street, Camden, Maine 04843

Diners in search of a white tablecloth restaurant, look no further. Natalie's is the ideal spot for a special occasion meal overlooking Camden's picturesque harbor, whether you prefer an à la carte option or the 7-course chef's tasting menu.

Francine BistroNoteable

(207) 230-0083   View Website   55 Chestnut Street, Camden, Maine 04843

Acclaimed chef Brian Hill leads the charge at this warm and welcoming bistro. A meal here is a full experience of the senses. Moody lighting with candles and twinkle lights, great wine (served in the best stems), terrific service and, of course, exceptional cuisine. The menu changes daily, but if you spy them, the rabbit ravioli, duck confit or slow smoked pork ribs are musts.

Francine

(207) 230-0083   View Website   55 Chestnut Street, Camden, Maine 04843

Sharing a chef/owner with Shepherd's Pie of Rockport, Francine offers French cuisine with that certain "je ne sais quoi" in a quaint and cozy bistro setting. Come prepared for a hearty farm-to-fork dining journey.

Chase's Daily

(207) 338-0555   View Website   96 Main Street, Belfast, Maine 04915

We recommend Chase's for breakfast! Think farm eggs, cooked perfectly so that, when broken, the rich yolks saturate thick slices of toast from freshly baked bread, along with tender, crisped potatoes. In addition to the café, they are also a bakery, a gallery, a florist, and, in growing seasons, a small farmers market. They do maintain fairly tight hours, so plan accordingly.

Camden Cone

(207) 236-6448   View Website   31 Bay View Street, Camden, Maine 04843

A locals' favorite go-to for cold and tasty ice cream. They offer Round Top Ice Cream, from Damariscotta, in flavors like apple pie and “Indian summer,” as well as the usual suspects.

Fresh and Co.

(207) 236-7005   View Website   1 Bay View Street, Camden, Maine 04843

For a quieter and more refined dining experience, Fresh is located on the harbor but tucked into a small space away from the foot and car traffic. Their mission is to serve the freshest food possible using locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients in a naturally beautiful setting. Choose from their globally-inspired menu as you take in harbor views from their outdoor seating area.

Laan Xang Cafe

(207) 338-6338   View Website   19 Main Street, Belfast, Maine 04915

A tall, sweet, vividly-colored glass of Thai Iced Tea – nothing goes better with a plate of their Laotian sausage, Sai-Ghock, flecked with garlic, lemongrass, and lime leaves, served with a small basket of sticky rice and housemade chili sauce for dipping. Other home-style favorites include Mok Pla, a Laotian preparation of steamed fish pockets with curry, served on a bed of banana leaves.

Natalie's

(207) 236-7008   View Website   83 Bayview Street, Camden, Maine 04843

Lipstick red chairs, fringed drum lights and white tablecloths. You'll step into Natalie's and think you've been transported to a chic European city. Romantic fine dining is on the menu here. Flavors are fresh - some familiar, some surprising - always locally sourced, and brought together with extraordinary results.

Meanwhile in Belfast

(207) 218-1288   View Website   2 Cross Street, Belfast, Maine 04915

The crust  here is truly heavenly, maintaining a wonderful flavor and perfect balance of crispy to chewy, and quality of the toppings follows suit. The “Hot Summer,” is laden with hand-crushed San Marzano tomatoes, spicy salami, fresh mozzarella, and Taggiasche olives. At lunchtime, you an even get yourself one of the Puglia’s famous wood-fired sandwiches, Puccia, done with a variety of toppings.

Long GrainNoteable

(207) 236-9001   View Website   31 Elm Street, Camden, Maine 04843

In the running for the best Asian food in Maine, Long Grain takes Thai and Vietnamese street food to another level. Tiny (30 seats) and always buzzing, it's a great spot for an early or late lunch. The best thing? Long Grain refuses to dumb down flavors for American palates. Try the Spicy Night Market Noodle Soup with Ground Pork & Peanuts.

Café Miranda

(207) 594-2034   View Website   15 Oak Street, Rockland, Maine 04841

This midcoast institution is a small, cozy bistro with a seriously large menu. Serving generous portions of fresh and flavorful food, you'll find everything from meat & potatoes to Thai to Mexican and everything in between.

Where to Drink

Marshall Wharf Brewing Co.

207-338-1707   View Website   Two pinchy lane, Belfast, ME

Just a short drive up Route 1 to Belfast, stop at the Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. for a beer tasting. They have approximately 17 draft lines and you can take home a growler of your favorite brew.

Cappy's Chowder House

(207) 236-2254   View Website   1 Main Street, Camden, Maine 04843

This brew pub in the heart of town is good place to unwind with a cold one and eavesdrop on tall tales and sailing lore.

40 PaperBuzz-Worthy

(207) 230-0111   View Website   40 Washington Street, Camden, Maine 04843

Located in a former paper mill, this hip urban-style bar and bistro is the perfect place to start an evening. The impressively stocked bar is filled with the usual suspects, plus obscure liquors, locally made spirits, single malt scotches, and house-infusions. Gin drinker? Try the Bijou. Bourbon lover? Don't miss the Brooklyn.