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Ogunquit dinner, The Front Porch and Where else?


We are a group of 5 that visit Ogunquit every year for a long weekend. We usually go to Roberto's on Friday and recently, we have been going to The Front Porch on Saturday. TFP is very good and we can't wait to go back but we've decided to ditch Roberto's this year and try something new. 2 in our group are over 80, so the place would have to be fairly accessible and not too far. We tried Five-O one year but the parents didn't like it. The same goes for Gypsy Sweethearts which was good but no "wow." It seems that the following are good choices:

98 Provence (we love this place, but it might be too romantic for us and the folks)

Since we only have the one night, which would you chose? Anything not on the list that we should consider? By the way, Arrows is just WAY too overpriced for this crowd.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. From your list, I'd recommend Joshua's. Be sure to make reservations. I haven't tried Prime, but I've heard mixed reviews. (Looking forward to trying it for myself soon.) 98 Provence is another good choice. I wouldn't say it's too romantic for a group. I'd also suggest MC Perkins Cove, owned by the Arrows folk, but more affordable -- and the view is spectacular.


    1. We were in Ongunquit a couple of weeks ago and had a very good and reasonably priced meal at Prime. Portions were large and sides come with the meal which is unusual for a steak place. We will definitely return there.

      1. Angelina's, loved it, I wrote a review of our dinner there, you can search for it. :) We ate there this spring.

        1. MC Perkins Cove is great- why not on your list? As to accessible, there is one handicapped parking spot right in front of the restaurant MC) and an open elevator from there to the entrance to the restaurant- no need to climb stairs. AS OgtM says, great views also! Prime is very good but noisy. We dislike Angelinas- have had very mediocre food there. Varano's in Wells is a better choice if you are looking for Italian.

          1. I have eaten at all the places you listed and I think I would recommend as follows:
            Joshua's, good fresh fish, great vegetables grown from their own garden, good drinks;
            Angelina's, always loved the place as well as the food;
            I have eaten at Prime and do like it--it isn't a real wow for me; the bar area is good, great bartenders, but extremely noisey;
            98 Provence is always good; I wouldn't consider it too romantic..it's a warm, cozy French barn feel with many families dining there;
            I would plase Jonathan's last--decent place, with just decent food;
            Just my opinion---MC's is nice, too. I especially like the upstairs area.

            1. Just to add a couple of places That I personally like, Are Vinny's East Coast Grill, easy access, and the food is good, not outstanding but generally good. (http://www.vinnys.com/ordereze/defaul... also I liked Varano's in Wells, its a little bit of stair climbing to get in,but a good Italian Restaurant(http://www.varanos.com/) and Joshua's is also good.(http://www.joshuas.biz/) There is nothing wrong with any of the other places mentioned ,but I thought i would give you a few options. Good Luck Earle Ct.

              1. Just returned from the area ourselves. Would add Bintliff's to your possible list. Had a great meal there. Jonathon's had great service, but I thought the food was just OK. Far as MC Perkins Cove, the food is delicious, but one thing I wasn't expecting was that we were sat upstairs, but there was a ballgame on and a bit of a crowd, and it felt like we were eating in a bar. Loud and kind of crowded. Took away from the experience for us.

                Have a great trip!

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                1. re: JESEater

                  Hmm? I never heard of Bintliff's. I just looked at their website and the menu looks interesting. I'll have to check it out. Right now, I think we are leaning towards Joshua's. Thanks for all the help!

                  1. re: acervoni

                    We had breakfast there our last morning in Ogunquit this spring. The food was fine, the atmosphere was... weird... to our eyes. Really... hmmm Baroque... froofroo stuff. :) I guess we're more rustic folks. :) I didn't try any of the more adventuresome things on the menu that morning, but I was happy with my standard eggs and toast. :)

                  2. re: JESEater

                    We like Bintliffs for breakfast. Too bad you missed Joshua's. The freshness of their food is mouth watering. We went to 98 Provence at the beginning of August and had a very nice meal but my favorite, hands down, is Joshua's (in Wells, btw).