Oak Gables Bed & Breakfast

36 Pleasant
Damariscotta, 04543
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We have been coming to Oak Gables for several years now and there isn't a more hospitable hostess in mid-coast Maine than Martha Scudder. She has created a community of visitors to the area on 10's of acres of beautiful Damariscotta riverside accomodations which, ch are extremely cozy. If you are staying for a few nights or weeks, she has a family cottage, two apartments and several rooms in the main house which are appointed for ease and comfort. The price is very reasonable for the kind of access you get by staying just a short walk from the center of town and main street crosses the river with views of the harbor. The town of Damariscotta offers many dining, shopping and art establishments as well as a playhouse, movie theatre, library and parks. We stay here each year for at least one or two weeks and make it our base for our vacation. We come from San Jose Ca, to stay at Martha's and we love it! If you are housekeeping, the cottage, studio and RiverView appartments have all the accouterments for making a few meals, surfing the Internet or just reading on the porch. Each is outfitted with super comfortable couches, chairs and recliners. When the sun sets, reflections from the river glimmer and floods the abode with dancing light. We customarily do a seafood pasta while playing some italian opera or Andrea Bocelli on the iPod. Then we uncork a nice red and basque in the quietude of the evening. A series of serene and beautiful times to be had in this idyllic spot in Maine.

(207) 563-1476

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Van Lloyd’s Bistro

85 Parking Lot Ln
Damariscotta, 04543
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Enjoyed fabulous cocktail and charcuterie board on the deck. Salads are excellent too, and treat yourself to dessert. The banana cake with chocolate and buttercream frosting was delicious!
Great place to stop for dinner in Damariscotta. The food is delicious, and the staff is friendly. We had lamb, lobster, sausage, and polenta entrees, all of which were fantastic. The restaurant is well decorated, with pews from an old Catholic church in Lewiston, and old maps of Nova Scotia, Maine, and Europe. Good beer selection, and try dessert as well - particularly the strawberry rhubarb tart.
Van Lloyd's Bistro, opened just weeks ago, qualifies as a "find" for foodies. The intimate 30-seat, semi-funky layout includes several small tables on the porch that overlooks Damariscotta Harbor just beyond the parking lot in front. (With Damariscotta's abundance of pretty good restaurants within a couple of hundred feet of the harbor shoreline, it's curious that only Schooner's Landing on the dock offers any serious view of the water.) But Van Lloyd's Bistro's view of the harbor pales beside the outstanding food on a menu that changes weekly. These people are really into creating dishes that grab your attention and startle you with their quality. We began with a housemade sausage wrapped in grape leaves that left us thinking seriously about another order of them after our entrée, in lieu of dessert. The dense, savory sausage was rich with complex flavors yet tender and perfectly cooked, and the grape-leaf wrap enhanced the visual appeal, taste, and texture. We'll be sorry to see them replaced on next week's menu with another inventive selection. They were trumped, however, by our entrees. Amid half a dozen offerings that sounded irresistible, neither of us could pass up the seared sea scallops on a bed of spaghetti squash, and it's a good thing, too; they were so spectacular that we were both emoting with each bite. If only one of us had ordered them and displayed that much delight, order-envy would have run rampant and the scallop plate have been invaded by the other without mercy. The scallops were perfectly cooked over high heat and served with slightly crusty tarragon flakes scattered atop each succulent scallop. The spaghetti squash had been dosed with just enough butter to enhance the flavor but not to overwhelm with richness or any hint of grease. They were accompanied by sautéed snow peas flecked with tiny shards of fresh tomato. The plate was a joy both to behold and to consume. The dessert menu was appealing but we really did decide to go for another appetizer to follow the entrée: a warm timbale of herbed goat cheese topped with crisp crumbles of seasoned bread crumbs, served with small triangles of naan. This was less successful than the other dishes, slightly too heavy-handed with the paprika in the goat cheese mixture. Another time, we'd stick to our original idea for an encore of the sausage in grape leaves. Or plunge into the dessert options. The five or six on the menu sounded good enough to eat, but it was only when we went inside the restaurant from our table on the porch that we became aware of the extraordinary array of house-baked goods that outdid each other in appeal. Next visit, we'll ignore the dessert menu and browse the showcases for an edible treasure. The carefully limited wine list is a work-in-progress but offered some interesting, little-known makers. Our chardonnay and garnachia from small producers were both interesting enough to make note of, for future reference. We expect to return to Van Lloyd's Bistro many times in the days to come, curious to see what new offerings will come from their kitchen, and confident that we will be very glad to have this somewhat offbeat alternative to our usual contingent of good places to eat in Damariscotta.

(207) 563-5005

Desserts, Coffee & Tea

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Crissy’s Breakfast & Coffee Bar

212 Main St
Damariscotta, 04543
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After a week long wedding extravaganza we brought the after after party here and hey treated the bride and groom and the posse as part of the family.
Delicious food, great coffee and reasonable prices! I would definitely come back here. The menu has "typical" breakfast offerings but with a homemade/gourmet twist to them but also a whole section on non-breakfast options that are available all day. The place was clean, bright and friendly. Great place to go for breakfast or brunch!
5 stars. so good! 5 of us went on one of the busiest mornings of the year and while it wasn't without hiccups, it was a memorable breakfast in a lively atmosphere. every worker in there was working hard and had their game face on. the owner was wonderfully gracious and you can tell that she knows hospitality. more importantly, you can tell that the menu is inspired. yummy diner classics kicked up a notch to be an culinary experience that you'll be glad you went out for. tourists and locals alike can enjoy this cozy breakfast spot on the hill. almond croissants looked terrific, as did the pumpkin puffs (scones)! don't miss the huevos rancheros or nuevos. they were both perfect!

(207) 563-6400

Bakeries, Breakfast & Brunch, Cafes

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Best Thai

74 Main St
Damariscotta, 04543
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Great food and an adequate wine selection. Appetizers were great -- steamed pork dumplings and chicken satay. Both had delicious sauces. I had the Ginger Crispy Duck which was well cooked with a slightly spicy sauce (I order "medium"). The vegetables accompanying it were good if unexceptional. My compatriots had the Crispy Pad Thai (good but a log of crispy noodles) and sesame beef (also got good to delicious) reviews. The service was great. Pepsi, no coke.
Excellent food!! Smells heavily of Dogs/pets though when you first enter. . Give it a few minutes and the odors dissipate! Happy Dining!! Yummy!!
I admit that as a lifelong inhabitant of the D.C. metro, I am prone to food snottery. To say I was skeptical about a tiny Thai restaurant all the way up in Damriscotta, Maine would be an understatement. Boy was I wrong. Everything is so bright and fresh. The selection is outstanding, the vegetables taste like they were just picked a minute ago and the service is quick and polite. On a scale of 1-10, where a local Thai Chain that Shall Not be Named is a 1, this place is an 11. It would give the better Thai restaurants around here some serious competition, especially if they kept their prices as the very reasonable levels they charge. In short, if you ever find yourself up that way, be sure to check it out. Speaking of scales, they ask you how spicy you like your food on a scale of 1-4. I am not a spice/heat wimp, but a 3 was somewhat challenging.

(207) 563-1440

Thai

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Main
Damariscotta, 04543
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The Village Grill Co

28 Biscay rd
Damariscotta, 04543
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Village Grill is a new place in Damarsicotta, and since new places in Damariscotta often don't last more than one season I figured I had to give it a try while it was around. I tried their steak sandwich special, but got it with no cheese or peppers. Exactly how I get my Philly Cheesesteak (cheesless for me) sandwiches in Philly. The service at the counter was friendly and seating was plentiful, though I chose to eat in my car to take advantage of air conditioning. The sandwich was a value at around $6 and I appreciated their acceptance of credit cards. It's not as common as you'd think up here "in the sticks." The sandwich was of an average quality but was arguably too greasy for many, including myself. But the most important thing is overall taste and it definitely had that going for it. I'm planning to try Village Grill once more during this trip to Maine, likely to try their brisket, which seems like it could be fantastic or craptastic, but I'm going to have to give it a try to find out. I'll update this review after I get a chance to try the brisket.
We were done swimming and enjoying the day and weren't in the mood to cook dinner. So we went to check out the Village Grill and were pleasantly surprised. The pulled pork dinner was tender and moist with a great sweet sauce (could have used a little more, but that's okay). We also had a veggie burger that was delicious and looked homemade. The folks running the truck were friendly and it was pretty busy when we were there (on a Thursday night).
I'm giving it 3 stars because of the ultra slow service. But the veggie burger was delicious, and my friend ordered the clam roll which he loved. Only go if you have time to kill!

(207) 563-2278

Barbeque

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Chives

212 Main St
Damariscotta, 04543
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Chives is a new restaurant on Main Street in Damariscotta, Maine. It is an old house that has been converted into a restaurant. It is a pretty neat place. I was there a couple of days ago and I had one of the best lobster risottos that I have ever eaten. Very cheesy, very rich with lots of fresh lobster meat. I also mozzarella wrapped in bacon - outstanding. My grilled hearts of romaine salad was also quite good. Another strong offering in Damariscotta, Maine.

(207) 563-6400

Breakfast & Brunch

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Mediterranean Kitchen

189 Main St
Damariscotta, 04543
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I don't know what the other two reviewers are talking about. Alright so it's not the fanciest of places compared to some of its restaurant neighbors, but for the food it is fantastic. The gyros is delicious and a huge serving. Yes, slightly pricey but so is everything else around here. The service was extremely friendly and genuine. I think it's a great place to pop in for a snack or lunch. Loved my experience there.
This is a real gem! The cheesesteak sandwiches are just like Philly and their gyros are to die for as are their house made pizzas. If you like good food, and don't mind a casual ambiance, this is a great place to eat or to get a take-out. Watch from across the street as a steady stream of locals go in and out.
This is an amazing place! We had a great lunch.the gyro sandwich was packed with great meat and the view is terrific. The baklava was the best. The service was phenomenal. Fair prices and more than enough to eat. We wish they were in our town.

(207) 563-2882

Greek

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Metcalf’s Submarine Sandwiches

49 Main St
Damariscotta, 04543
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This place is the closest to a real Italian I have found in Maine. Endless choices of subs, paninis, and some baked goods. Seasoned with oil and oregano, shredded lettuce, thin slices of onions. This is the real deal. If you are really hungry order a large but a small or half is more than enough to fill up on. They close around 3pm so it's a lunch kind of place.
Very disappointed. The service was incredibly slow despite there being more staff than customers. When they were finally finished they tried to give me the wrong sandwich. I spotted the error, but when I unwrapped the correct sandwich outside it was missing half the ingredients listed on the menu board. Given the slow service I decided to cut my losses and not waste time complaining. The other reviews are positive, so maybe just bad luck. Don't think I'll be returning next time I'm in town.
The best sandwich shop in town! We were inspired to go today after seeing the web site scanwiches.com and then trying to figure out where we could find a panini here. Voila! Try the Julius or The Boss.

(207) 563-7827

Sandwiches

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Savory Maine

11 Water St
Damariscotta, 04543
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Pleasantly surprised by this charmingly different restaurant. Inside dining area is very open (it's an old converted one time church, also once was a school) Outside seating has several tables overlooking the Damariscotta River. There is also an elevated inside table with a very nice view of the river as well The salad was excellent, with a very tasty light vinaigrette dressing. I'm not sure what all was in it - but it was different and very good. Haddock chowder was also quite tasty Finnan Haddie was awesome. Though I admit I have never had this dish anywhere before, so have nothing to compare it to, it was so good that I would go back just for that. My wife had the Gnocchi, which she thought was flavorful, but maybe a bit over cooked Would rate this restaurant a 3.75 - 4.00. Way better than average, worth the trip
Excellent, fresh food and great service. Lovely back deck and the place is spotless and comfortable. Thoroughly enjoyed my first visit to Savory Maine and I will be back!
This is our go-to place for good food when we're in Damariscotta. The town has some great dining, but this is a true gem. Its location ever-so-slightly off the main road keeps it a hidden gem from tourists. If you are visiting and want real food, please visit Savory Maine. I've eaten here a handful of times, and every visit has been memorable. The dining room is beautiful -- but, if the weather is good -- sit outside on the back deck overlooking the water. Their menu is very clear about ingredients, and the chef is willing to accommodate special diets.

(207) 563-2111

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