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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. re: Earle

            Sound's wonderful! Thanks!

          2. 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? :)

              2. Which restaurant has the best New England clam chowder?

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                1. re: mushimushi427

                  Barnicle Billy's

                2. Thanks all! We just returned from our vacation in Ogunquit.

                  We did not go to MC Perkins, found out that we needed reservations for dinner or sit at the bar. The restaurant is beautiful but we opted to eat at Jackies Too and were very pleased with the view, dinner and service. The haddock stuffed with lobster was very tasty and cooked perfectly. The Greek salad was more a tossed salad with feta cheese and olives, no dressing but it was very fresh.

                  An outstanding breakfast find was the Omelette Factory on U.S. 1. This little spot serves up at least 20 different types of omelettes with a slice of homemade bread and half an English muffin. My Lorraine omelette with bacon, chives and Swiss cheese was yummy! The bread, a lemon poppy seed quick bread, was absolutely delicious. Another patron suggested we try the blueberry muffins but we didn't have room.

                  We also loved Barnacle Billys Original and Etc. The views were great, the punch was super strong and the scallop dish at BB etc. was divine!

                  On our return trip we stopped for late lunch at Warren's in Kittery. Very, very good.

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                  1. re: mushimushi427

                    I can only agree with all your selections, great choices and we will have to add to our list Jackies Too. We did try MC Perkins and found it over priced (bar menu but served at a table). The location is great though but not at that cost and all the restaurants in Perkins Cove have a view. It is truly a marvelous area and Ogunquit is always on our list for a great vacation and dining pleasure.

                    1. re: feelinpeckish

                      We took a look at the MC Perkins menu and quite honestly, we were not bowled over. The restaurant was pretty but without the view from the tables we just didn't want to stay.

                      I would add the Ogunquit Lobster Pound to the list. Very fresh seafood.

                      1. re: mushimushi427

                        OLP is fresh for seafood, but if you have a non-seafood eater, it's bleah. Also, it's very noisy and very crowded. It really depends on what you're willing to deal with if you want to go there.

                        1. re: Morganna

                          We went to a place called Prime for a very late dinner one evening. I ordered a hanger steak which was cooked to perfection.

                          1. re: mushimushi427

                            Ate at Katie's Cafe on Shore Road last Saturday evening, and must say its one of the best in Ogunquit. Very experienced chef, good service, strong drinks, nice atmosphere, and very pleasant staff. Food was excellent too.

                  2. We had lunch at Oarweed on Perkins Cove. Don't waste your hard-earned $. It was expensive and very disappointing. Service was extremely slow, although the restaurant was nearly empty, and the food was fair. I had the 'out of shell' lobster and rice pilaf. I asked if it was swimming in butter and was told it wasn't. Wrong. Also, the portion could have fit in the palm of my hand. The rice was right out of a box and cold. This was $27.00. Outrageous. Hubby had the Seafood Trio, very small portion of haddock, a scallop and 2 med. stuffed shrimp plus a baked potato that wasn't cooked thoroughly!!
                    $20.00. A glass of diet coke and an ice tea for $57.00!!! If is was good we wouldn't have a problem.....but it was not good. I did tell the cashier that I thought the food was fair. He did apologize that we didn't like it. Oh, well.....won't return. Don't waste your time....too many other good ones.
                    Contessa

                    1. Mushi Mushi, I just came across your post from last year and was wondering how your Vacation in August went. I myself am also planning a trip to Ogunquit and am looking for a hotel in the area. From what I hear the Gorges Grant seems like a nice place but I am also looking at the Juniper Hill. Any suggestions on a ogunquit hotel in the area would be appreciated. Also, has anyone been to Raspberries? I believe this restaurant is connected to the Gorges grant?

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                      Raspberri's
                      449 Main St, Ogunquit, ME 03907

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                      1. re: Maineeyack76

                        Yes you are right, Raspberries is located in Gorges Grant hotel, I have eaten there a few times over the last few years when staying at the Motel. There breakfast is very nice. Never had lunch or dinner there. There is a nice place that my wife and I stay at a little farther south on Rt1 called Meadowmere Resort , we have stayed there many times over the last 10 years,and have found it to be very nice. I think you will find the prices about in line with Gorges Grant, Take a look at there website and you can get there prices. and an over view of what they offer. ( Meadowmere.com.) Actually we are staying there for a few days at the end of this month. Anyway hope this helps. Earle Ct.

                        1. re: Maineeyack76

                          We live near Juniper Hill and have our overflow guests stay there. Nice decent place with 2 outdoor and one indoor pool. The Norseman on the beach is ok but very very expensive (location!).

                        2. Try Arrows. They just won the James Beard award for the Northeast. Fresh and delicious.

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                          1. re: Portsmouth Foodie

                            Arrows is wonderful but very expensive. They also have a dress code. I only recommend this for a special occasion. The same owners have MC Perkins Cove, which has great ocean views and good food, much more casual and less expensive.

                            1. re: emilief

                              Dress... code.... aaeeeiiiiii :) Count me out! I don't go to Maine to make my husband wear slacks. ;)

                              1. re: Morganna

                                Dont forget the jacket!

                          2. Any more recent req's? We are going in May, but mid week. so we only have Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday nights. I'm thinking MC Perkins. I'd like to try 98 Provence but my husband is allergic to dairy and I worry about the butter/cream factor. Also considering 5-0, or maybe something in Kinnery? We like dinners away a bit more upscale and lunches casual. Thanks!

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                            98 Provence
                            262 Shore Rd, Ogunquit, ME 03907

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                            1. re: wincountrygirl

                              We loved 98 Provence. Planning a return trip with my French class later this spring.

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                              98 Provence
                              262 Shore Rd, Ogunquit, ME 03907

                              1. re: wincountrygirl

                                98 Provence is quirky and enjoyable--they've prepared off-menu vegetarian options for friends of mine in the past and they were very tasty--I bet you could call ahead and find out if they could accommodate you with dairy free options...I think its worth it!

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                                98 Provence
                                262 Shore Rd, Ogunquit, ME 03907

                                1. re: sultanaboudreau

                                  I know.....Late to the party! LOL! But I agree 100% with Barnacle Billy's if you don't live near the water. Great view and the seafood is fresh! don't forget the rumpunch....

                                  Billy's Chowder House is cute and quaint with views of the march. VERY good oysters and chowder.

                                  Jonathan's can be alot of fun! they also feature well known talent (music, comedy) there in the summer!

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

                                  Billy's Chowder House
                                  216 Mile Rd, Wells, ME 04090

                              2. I'll be in Ogunquit in a couple of weeks. Any recommendations from this summer's visits?

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                                1. re: hal2010

                                  Arrows in Ogunquit is really lovely!!

                                  http://www.arrowsrestaurant.com/index...

                                  1. re: nycfoodiee

                                    Tapas on the Square has very good food and a great atmosphere. If you are looking for something a bit more upscale than a fisherman's platter ( aka heart attack on a plate), try this place. The tapas are cooked to order and the quality of the food is fantastic.

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                                    Tapas & Tini's
                                    125 Main St, Ogunquit, ME 03907

                                  2. re: hal2010

                                    98 Provence and MC Perkins Cove. Also, 98 Provence has a great breakfast.

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                                    98 Provence
                                    262 Shore Rd, Ogunquit, ME 03907

                                    1. re: hal2010

                                      Joshua's in Wells is my favorite and I've been to them all including the uber-expensive Arrows. Enjoy your trip!

                                      1. re: mmocpi

                                        Thanks everyone.

                                        Arrows gets really mixed reviews and many over at Tripadvisor rate it as "terrible" so we may give it a miss.

                                        1. re: hal2010

                                          You'd be smart to pass on it. It may once have been the face of fine dining in Maine, buut we ate there a few years back, and found the food to be only fair to middling, the attitude condescending, and the prices far more than the meal was worth. I have eaten at Hugo's in Portland many times, and though I spent a bit more cash at Arrows than I usually spend at Hugo's, I can recount many dishes I had at Hugo's. All I remember about Arrows was how bad the beef dish I ordered was, and how ridiculous it was to offer 6 different types of bottled water. (some sparkling, some still).