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Jul 19, 2009 08:19 PM
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Restaurant Recommendations for Ogunquit, Maine

We'll be staying in Ogunquit, Maine for vacation (without kids, woohoo) in early August and would appreciate any restaurant recommendations. Thanks! :)

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  1. cafe prego is supposedly great, according to some friends. We will be trying it out next week!

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    1. re: trishottawa

      Don't go there for breakfast, it wasn't particularly good. I haven't had lunch or dinner there, but it sounded good. Service was very nice, just the breakfast pizza wasn't anything to write home about. :)

    2. I actually just got back from a nice relaxing weekend up there! Last year was the first time I had gone and couldn't wait to get back. We had an excellent meal at Jackie's Too, and the friends we were with said they've never had a bad meal there. I had the seafood fettuccine, which consisted of lobster meat, giant scallops, and shrimp in a garlic parmesan sauce.

      If you're into sushi, you have to check out a place called Black. They have a lobster sushi roll, which if you get 'times two', has extra lobster baked on top. I have craved this since last year and it was just as good as I remembered it. The oysters kicked ass there as well, and everyone was really friendly. We took some pictures of the roll and some with the sushi chef, so I'll have to upload them and provide the link.

      If you love pie, also check out a place called Pie in the Sky on Rt. 1 in Cape Neddick. Awesome, awesome pies. We bought a Jumbleberry Pie (Maine blueberries, blackberries, and raspberrys) and it's almost gone already.

      Major dissapointments there were a breakfast place called Amore and Flo's Hotdogs. We also didn't have time for a restaurant called Gypsy Sweethearts, which had a really cool menu and great reviews.

      Enjoy your vacation!

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      1. re: vchase

        Per this and other notes, we ate at Jackie's Too in September of 2010 since a few people have said good things. I really didn't think it was a good restaurant. Of the 6 of us eating, several had really bad meals (fishy lobster rolls, really bland food). The best I could say was that a few of us only had mediocre meals. Considering the prices, I think you're much better off going to Jonathan's, 5-0, Bintliff's etc. Hit Barnacle Billy's if you want less ambiance. Maybe it was an off night, but I was really disappointed.

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        Barnacle Billy's
        50 70 Perkins Cove Rd, Ogunquit, ME

        Jackie's Too Restaurant
        Perkins Cv, Ogunquit, ME 03907

      2. I also agree with vchase about Jackie's too, I have been going to Ogunquit since 1992 at least a couple of times a year and sometimes more. And we love going there for lunch on the first day we are there. The view is outstanding. and I know its been knocked many times on chowhound, but I still like it. Its in Perkins Cove,right on the water. with an outside deck,you cant beat the view. for the money. (http://www.jackiestoo.com/) Also my wife and I also enjoy Jonathan's, its on Bourne rd. right off of Rt.1 before down town. (http://www.jonathansrestaurant.com/in...) Also we like a place called Vinny's East Coast Grille ,it located on Rt. 1 almost into Wells. Its a real nice sports bar but also the food is good. (http://www.vinnys.com/ordereze/defaul...) For Italian we like a place called Varano's Its located in Wells, on Mile rd. (http://www.varanos.com/) Also we like Billy's Chowder House, which is on Mile Rd. in Wells. If you like steak there are two places in Wells, one is the Steak House, on Rt.1 also there is a place called Wells Beach Steakhouse, which is also on Mile Rd. Which leads to Wells Beach. There is also a place called Joshua's which is quite popular, thou a little on the pricier side. Also for Italian there is a place called Angelina's Which is on Rt.1 in Ogunquit. I'm sure you will get many more ideas, but these are some of the ones we always go back to. Good luck and I hope this helps. Earle CT

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        1. re: Earle

          If you like Johnathan's, they've been promoting on restaurant.com lately. With today's coupon code NAPKIN you can get a $25-off-coupon for $2. They also have Bartley's Dockside in Kennebunkport and the newly-revived Capn Simeons in Kittery. If you've never used the restaurant.com certificates before, be sure to read all the stipulations. For instance they'll usually add the gratuity to your bill, so don't double-tip unless you want to!

          1. You should search the board for many, many discussions of Ogunquit Restaurants. MC Perkins Cove is excellent- food, service and the best view. Gypsy Sweethearts has an unusual menu and is very good. For lobster and a view, sit outside on the deck at Barnicle Billy's- and have a rum punch. For breakfast, the Cove Cafe. just at the entrance to Perkins Cove, is excellent. Also, the Omelette Factory on Route 1 heading north of Ogunquit is great. WE have never had a decent meal at Jackies Too- yes, great view but that is all.

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            1. re: emilief

              Breakfast places - Egg & I or Maine Diner
              Wells Beach Lobster Pound is right on the water, off main route. Had some of the best and freshest lobster there. It's also a seafood market. http://wblp.com/
              Dinner - We love the Steakhouse in Wells. The wait there can be two hours sometimes so go early. Filet is very tender but they can do seafood very well too. Those are my top picks.

              1. re: she_sween

                Some of the discussion threads have not been too keen on the Lobster Pound.

            2. We love Joshua's in Wells. It is very romantic and might be the perfect spot since you aren't bringing the kids. We go to Amore for breakfast and, honestly, have never had a bad meal there. The Crack O' Dawn omelete is yummy! We usually go for a long weekend so the second night we go to the Front Porch. The dinner is usually good but this past time it was just okay. We'll still go back though. We've eaten at 98 Provence before and that has always been great. It, too, is very romantic.

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              1. re: acervoni

                Is the wait at Amore still basically forever? :)