Bistro 233

233 U.S. 1
Yarmouth, 04096
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Atmosphere: This is a nice little bar/restaurant; nicely done and clean. Not particularly noisy. Menu: Very good menu with something for everyone. Seafood, steak, pasta, salads, meatloaf, hamburger, etc. Beer prices: Draft between $5 and $7, about normal for restaurants in this area. Food prices: The food prices are about average for a decent restaurant. This is not a real fancy place but not super casual either. Server: Our server was friendly and helpful. She seemed efficient and was available as needed but not intrusive. Food: The food was very good, some of the best we have had on this trip (over a month so far). We both ate something not on most menus, chicken cordon blue and french dip panini and both were great. Overall a very nice place and if we lived in the area would be a favorite.
My wife and I stopped in here for lunch on our drive up to Bangor. From the outside it doesn't look like much, nor from the inside. But the food was exceptional and the service very good. My wife had a reuben, which she said was one of the best she had ever had. Lots of lean corned beef, tangy sauerkraut, and dressing on thick slabs of homemade marble rye toast. I had the pulled pork sandwich, which was served on a brioche bun open faced, with lots of pork plus lettuce, tomato, onions and pickle. The sauce was not as tangy as I like and the meat was so hot I wondered if it had possibly been microwaved, but it was tender and tasty. Both sandwiches were served with "hand cut" french fries that were done just right and lightly seasoned. I'd definitely return the next time I was through the area.
I recently moved back to the area and stopped in here for dinner last night with my boyfriend on a whim. I'd been here a few years back when it was Grill 233, and was less than impressed, so I wasn't sure what to expect. The food was great- everything we ordered was tasty and came in decent sized portions (French onion soup, Italian cheese fries, mushroom ravioli dinner with ribs [special], chicken cordon bleu with garlic mashed potatoes and spinach, brownie pecan parfait with sea salt gelato (amazing!), and root beer float. It also came out quickly and was nice and hot. The waitstaff was friendly and very attentive. Though we weren't really sure what they were going for with the decor the meal and service were awesome and we plan on returning to Grill 233 sometime soon, maybe for brunch today!

(207) 846-3633

American (Traditional), Bars, Breakfast & Brunch

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Clayton’s Gourmet Market

447 Rte 1
Yarmouth, 04096
Reviews:
Awesome place. The best stop in Yarmouth for lunch. The soups are imaginative and tasty. The sandwiches are delicious with a good variety that is sure to please everyone in your party. My daughter is a vegan and I'll eat anything with a beak or feet and we always agree on Clayton's. That and the folks there are just plain nice.
I love love love the sandwiches at Claytons! I usually get the Thai chicken or the Chicken Cobb made into a sandwich (it usually comes as a wrap). While the food is great they often forget to pack any baked treats I order and have forgotten the cheese and balsamic vinegar on my sandwich a few times. It's also disappointing that they don't give you a pickle with a to go order but they do when you eat there. Seems silly since you are paying the same for both and pickles go great with a sandwich!
Great fresh soups! Chicken pesto soup with dice of crusty bread was amazing, best soup in a long time. Thank you!

(207) 846-1117

Soup, Sandwiches, Wine Bars

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Bruce’s Burritos

438 US Rt 1
Yarmouth, 04096
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New to Maine...... I have been looking for a great burrito place... Bruce's burritos is my new burrito home!
best burrito... every time. yum!
we had an excellent burrito place where we lived in the Bangor area and were very happy to find Bruce's when we moved here. Love their burritos and quesadillas with sweet potatoes! The corn and garlic salsa is really good too! Bonus points to them for sending out a daily specials list.

(207) 846-6330

Mexican

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Binga’s Wingas

907 US Rt 1
Yarmouth, 04096
Reviews:
Bottom line: If I lived in Yarmouth, I would visit Binga's as often as my budget and cholesterol level allowed me. Prices are definitely steep. But when you bite into these wings all your cares will melt away. I was there for the first time yesterday. Not sure how many people 'from away' they get at Binga's, but I can't wait for my next trip to Yarmouth so I can go back. I had a half order (6) of traditional buffalo wings and my wife had a full order (6) of the buffalo tenders. The wings were probably in the top 5 I've ever had. The buffalo tenders were hands down the best I've ever had. These were clearly not machine-formed, pre-breaded and frozen chicken tenders. These tenders were made by hand, to order. They were plump, juicy, HUGE, breaded and sauced perfectly. A++. The wings were large and if my daughter hadn't stolen 3 i think a half order could definitely make a decent meal. Binga's also offers smoked wings, which I did not have a chance to try. I also did not have a chance to try the other 30 something flavors of wing sauces. Plenty to choose from for everyone's taste buds. Awesome beer selection and a cool ambiance. Loses one star for cost. That was the only con I noted though. Binga's does offer a 4lb basket of wings and also caters. The food was top notch and if I lived there I would be a regular, although I'm not sure I'd ever get to try anything besides their wings...they're just too good to pass on.
Beer and Wings Mecca. Do not confuse Bingas with a restaurant that has many options or a place that you would go for any other reason than beer and wings. I eat here once a week, because the staff is friendly, the wings are incomparable, and the draft beer selection is above-average. There are a handful of non-wing items on the menu that aren't bad, but you go here for the wings. With 20+ very unique sauces, ranging from mild to unbelievably hot to somewhat strange, there is bound to be something here that will please most palates. TV screens to watch the Bruins/Sox/Patriots/Celtics are situated above the bar and the music selection is fun. A great staple in Yarmouth!
Overpriced and meh at best. $4.00 for a root beer and $14.99 for a dozen wings. My boyfriend (who loves wings) didn't even finish them because they were not good. I tried the steak sandwich because it was the only thing reasonably priced on the menu at $7.99. Steak was extremely dry and so was the bread. Saw another table get comped for something they ordered while we were there too. We won't be back.

(207) 846-8736

American (Traditional), Barbeque, Chicken Wings

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Forest Falls Cafe

30 Forest Falls Dr
Yarmouth, 04096
Reviews:
We stopped here on our way to Bar Harbor. It was the perfect way to begin our vacation. After driving through the night, we needed coffee and breakfast. I saw a picture on Yelp of the lobster eggs benedict and it was as good as it looked. My husband had a western omelet and that was delicious as well. Coffee, delish! A very good little homey breakfast spot and very easy access off the main highway. Service was prompt and attentive and very friendly!
Stopped here for breakfast while on vacation in Freeport. The food was home cooked and the service was very fast and friendly. I love the self serve coffee and tea bar with the mug collection it adds a whimsical touch. Freeport can get a little stuffy and monotonous with touristy cafes Forest Falls was a nice cozy alternative.
The owner and staff were SO incredibly nice. I mean just the sweetest people. They even came out to greet our dog and gave him a humongous dog treat. They have two dog water bowls outside and an super pretty outdoor table with an umbrella. We had no idea this place existed, but happened upon their Cafe sign and awesome giant tuna bronze weathervane, when walking the trails around it. We had a yummy iced tea and are absolutely going back for food. My husband spent the next ten minutes in the trails talking about how good the people's food looked and how cute the inside was. We give this place two thumbs up, way up. We're already planning our trip back, next time for the food that smelt ridiculously yummy. We're considering sitting outside or taking it back to the trails / park where they have picnic tables and a river view. Seriously, it took four treats to get our dog to leave the front lawn it smelt so good!

(207) 847-3540

Breakfast & Brunch, Cafes

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Royal River Grillhouse

106 Lafayette St
Yarmouth, 04096
Reviews:
Visited tonight for the first time. What an amazing experience! From the seating, the view, the ambiance - it was a perfect dinner. Our server was the finest I've ever experienced. He was so wonderfully genuinely attentive. The crabcakes were stuffed with pieces of crab and seasoned perfectly, sitting on a bed of fresh zucchini coleslaw. The strawberry spinach salad was large - a lovely surprise for this hungry diner. I cannot wait to return with my husband!
When we first moved to Yarmouth my wife and I used to eat here all the time. It had a great bartender and was pretty much halfway between home and the hockey rink where my son spent so much of his middle and high school sports time. They had an ok bar menu, a little pricey, not that great but good enough. Time went by, our son moved on to college, the nice bartender left and we found a few other places that we enjoyed more. Also the food was always pricy-which would be fine if it was really good but it never was. Tonight we stopped by for Happy Hour to check out the recent renovations by the owners daughter, Nicola. As expected, they were nice. We ran into some friends and saw lots of others that we knew and would expect to see in a place that would be considered "happening" ( at least until the newness wears off). I asked the bartender about Happy Hour. She said it was over I asked her at what time. Turns out she was wrong and that it was over in 20 minutes. She did not volunteer any information about Happy Hour specials. We had a beer and a glass of wine. The bill came to $17.00. I was not provided with a breakdown of the charges, just a total. I asked her if that reflected Happy Hour prices. She was not sure. It did not. She was put out. She became even less pleasant. She fixed the bill with a scowl on her face. She threw down the bill in my direction without a word. If anyone should have had a scowl it was me. Suggestions-bag the happy hour. If your employees ignore it and then overcharge it causes hard feelings never mind making customers uncomfortable by forcing them to choose between paying more than they should or having to question the charges. We eat out a lot and at a wide range of places. Pats to The White Barn. I will not be back to the Royal River Grill House There are way too many good restaurants nearby to deal with overcharging and lousy service. Considering the menu, this place really needs a bar menu.
Look, I am a rather subjective reviewer, i don't like to do 5 stars, too often, and I would rather not do a review than do a negative review. With that said, I give this place a five-star for the total experience. It is a beautiful spot right on the marina, the service was very friendly and casual, and we really like the food. What more could you want front a restaurant on the coast of Maine in mid August. Just north of Portland, off the beaten path a bit. And a great place. And an added benefit, Maine Brewing Company Peepers Ale on tap, oh yeah!

(207) 846-1226

Steakhouses, Seafood

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Pat’s Pizza

791 Route 1
Yarmouth, 04096
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Great bar sketchy chow. The pizza and grinders here are pretty good but that's where it ends. The fish and chips is straight out of the frozen foods section at Hannaford. It seems everything is straight up prepared foods and hardly ever seems fresh. R he bar is a great place to grab a brew and have a pizza. Good selection of tap beers but it could be better. Seems a little short on Maine beers.
This one of my family's favorite haunts. My wife and I go here on a regular basis, enjoy some pizza, a few beers and play two hands of cribbage. I am a big fan of the tossed salad with the house Italian dressing. It just seems like a good blend of herbs and oil and vinegar. I usually get a pizza and here are two interesting tidbits. When ordering mushrooms you can get fresh or canned. I prefer the canned since the don't dry out when the pizza is being cooked. If you think the crust is too thin as I do, you can order the double dough pizza. Yep, twice as much pizza crust. Don't expect to get blown away with some crazy kitchen workmanship. This is just a straight up family/neighborhood eatery that I happen to like very much.
Love their Catalina pizza! Pats also has great fries. I also really love their milkshakes and I'm super picky about milkshakes.

(207) 846-3701

Pizza

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Mister Bagel Yarmouth

431 Route 1
Yarmouth, 04096
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I would expect a place that specializes in bagels and has bagels in the name has some consistency with bagels in the eight hours they are open. I would also expect that their bagels maintain freshness in those eight hours. This was absolutely not the case. The bagel I had must have been atleast a day old and even after it was toasted it was very stale and hard. It was very disappointing and safe to say the worst bagel I've had from a bagel shop. The cream cheese wasn't much better. It was your average veggie cream cheese. Nothing fresh about it but it wasn't awful. The ice coffee was good. I would go back for that. The second star is really for the good ice coffee and the hopes that I will try a bagel again and it will be much better.
You don't know what you have until it's gone, and my morning Mr. Bagel itch has gone unscratched for longer than I'd like to contemplate. The staff here is very friendly, and if you're a regular, they'll remember you and get it going as you stand in line. The bagels are exceptional - dense and chewy, like they're supposed to be - and each flavor shines through, even on the super, or everything, style. The only drawback is as others have mentioned about the chain - they close too soon, and run out of stuff, so get there early!!
Mr. Bagel is easily the best bagel joint in Maine. Consistently excellent bagels and the Yarmouth branch is fun, upbeat and staffed by some really great people.

(207) 846-4662

Bagels, Breakfast & Brunch, Cafes

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Little China Express

374 Rt 1
Yarmouth, 04096
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I'm really surprised this isn't rated higher than China Taste. My husband and I have tried both and this is the winner hands down! Their pu pu platter for two is delicious. My only complaint is that they put shredded lettuce in their fried rice. It gives the rice a slightly strange taste and is a pain to pick out, but necessary if like me you don't want soggy lettuce in your fried rice. Their beef teriyaki easily makes up for this though!
Friendly staff and reasonably fast service, but the food is cooked with too much oil for my taste. Perhaps because of the oil, most dishes taste a bit bland. While they do have some dine-in seating, the ambiance is not all that appealing. Stick to takeout. Panda Garden in Portland seems to have the least oil and most flavor in their offerings, of the restaurants I have tried in the area.
Best local Chinese takeout in the area, by far. Love their wonton soup. Friendly staff. Szechuan chicken and General Tso's both tasty.

(207) 846-7888

Szechuan, Cantonese

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Muddy Rudder Restaurant

1335 US Rt 1
Yarmouth, 04096
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In my memory from living in Portland in the late-'80s, early '90s, this place was a bastion of average American fare and kind of a big pick-up joint, but my memory might be a little hazy. This review, though, is for the excellent Sunday brunch. So ... the Sunday brunch is EXCELLENT. Fresh, cinnamon-and-sugar-brushed doughnut holes with blueberry and chocolate dipping sauce and fried clams Benedict -- yeah, you read that right -- were the brunch highlights. Other accolades for the bright, sunny dining room right on the salt marsh, a friendly waitress and rather reasonable prices for the sumptuous portions. Will definitely return.
Last night in Freeport. It's Prime Rib night at the Rudder. Waitress was Bethany. Very nice. We both asked Bethany for two, small cuts, medium to medium well. The steaks came to our table perfectly. One of the better Prime Ribs I've had. The meal came with mashed potatoes and broccolini. All very good. This was a great evening ending with a nice snifter of cognac. Perfect!
The service is very slow and for the quality of the food it is over priced. The only star factor is the view.

(207) 846-3082

American (Traditional), Seafood, Steakhouses

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