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We usually opt for Bar Harbor the week after Labor Day in Sept., but decided on Ogunquit this year. In BH area we like Mache Bistro, Café This Way, Red Sky, Fathom, and Side Street Café for pub grub. Any similar dining spots in Ogunquit area? Thanks a lot and Happy St Patrick's Day...

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  1. My favorite restaurant in Ogunquit is Jonathan's. I think it is the best restaurant in town. (I am sure this will start a discussion). Reservations are a good idea, be sure to ask to be seated in the part of the dining room to the left of the bar, there is a view of a small garden and sculptures which is pleasant. My family likes the jaegerschitznel and any of the seafood.

    Five-O is almost as good but they changed their menu several years ago and it was not to my liking (choice of entrees). Their food, however, was always excellent.

    After those two I would try Gypsy Sweethearts and the Old Village Inn both offer very good to excellent dinners. For breakfast do not miss Amore, it is a wonderful restaurant. For lunch try Jackies in Perkins Cove, the outdoor seating is very relaxing.

    The only place I would avoid is Barnacle Billy's. We ate there once and the busboy rushed to clear our table so the next diners could be seated. I know a lot of people like this place but I do not like to be rushed.

    1. You'll have a great time! I don't know where you're staying but we had a great time getting take out at the little lobster and steamers place and eating at home or on the beach. Peak season, the lobsters go as low as $2.99 a pound. Throw is a few bottles of Allagash White and you've got a great meal!

      Haven't been to Jonathan's for a while but I remember liking it. I also have never felt rushed at Barnacle Billy's and I do love their steamers but it's a large restaurant with a big staff and I'm sure people have different experiences there.


      1. We love Maine in Sept. - Usually BH isn't that crowded the week after Labor Day, hope Ogunquit is the same. Staying at Beachmere.
        Passed through Ogunquit about 20 years ago and had a nice lunch at Barnacle Billy's - lobster out of the shell served on paper plates.
        Thanks for the suggestions so far.


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        1. re: frk040

          Ogunquit (and the rest of the area) is usually crowded ON Labor Day, but by 5PM the crowds are gone. It's absolutely lovely. We always try for the week after Labor Day when we go there.

          There are some nice places to eat a bit up the road at Wells, too. I enjoyed Billy's Chowder House on the road to Wells Beach. http://www.billyschowderhouse.com/menu/

          1. re: frk040

            You will love the Beachmere - wonderful place to stay. If you're into a more upscale dinner - head to Kennebunport and Ocean. The chef there was at 98 Provence and the food is great - as is the ambiance We also like 5-0 but Jonathan's is more like eating at a wedding than a restaurant. We are also looking for new places - we're going in May.

            1. re: wincountrygirl

              Ocean looks great - we'll have our anniversary dinner there Sept 9


              1. re: frk040

                Perfect. We go there for our anniverary too. The view is killer too!! Enjoy.

          2. It's really early to be planning restaurants in a town where staff often changes seasonally. I suggest you post this question again in July to see what the season brings.

            That said, we love Joshuas - in the bar area only not the dining room which can be too quiet. It's on RT1 and they use a lot of their family farm and other local ingredients. I adore their haddock as well as the mushroom app.

            We love a chili dog at the Lobster Shack in Perkins cove.

            We never go to Jackies since she got away with killing her husband.

            We like Mikes Market for ordering lobster steamed to bring back to the beach house. It is also a good pub bar atmosphere

            Merriland Farm Cafe is nice for the occasional bfast.

            I like the Ramp and Pier 77 in cape porpoise

            I like a late afternoon cocktail or a Sunday bloody Mary upstairs at MC Perkins.

            I like the almond brittle at Harbor Candy Shop

            Last year, I heard that 5'O had slipped and Gypsy had risen, but wouldn't know.

            Like I said, ask this question, once the seasonal staff is back in place.

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            1. re: Bellachefa

              Good idea - things change.

            2. I also like Jonathan's , they have just enough of an assortment to make it interesting. And there steak is usually very good. I like Angelina's for Italian. Very nice atmosphere during the summer. And Varano's on Mile Rd in Wells also for a good Italian meal.(http://www.angelinasogunquit.com/) (http://www.varanos.com/) Good luck.

              1. If you do any side trips, this is a good source:


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                1. re: opinionatedchef

                  Thank you. This is great!

                2. I agree on Jonathan's. Been there many times and always had a great meal with excellent service. Being seated by the gardens is a treat.

                  For lobster, we enjoy the Ogunquit Lobster Pound. Very rustic, but always a great place for lobsters, steamers and the service is always very good.

                  Cafe Prego is a very nice, al fresco lunch place. Roman style, personal pizzas. Thin, crispy crust with fresh ingredients.

                  For breakfast, the Omelette Factory is a little place in the basement of a building, but the food and service is top notch. It's a tight fit at times in season, but the best omelettes.

                  Bread and Roses Bakery is always very good for sweet goods.

                  For fried seafood, Bob's Clam Hut in Kittery, next to the Trading Post, is very good. Fresh seafood, light batter, not too greasy.

                  Not for dinner, but a stop in Yummie's candy store is a lot of fun. They basically have every candy every made in there. Plus great deals on imported pistachios.

                  Also, a stop at Stonewall Kitchen's is a must if you do any type of cooking or just a fan of their product. You can taste most of there items and they usually have someone cooking something tasty at their in-store kitchen.

                  Enjoy and Boun Appetito!!

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                  1. re: awm922

                    awm922--you are right on !!!
                    I guess we have similar tastebuds. I like your choices very much and love the Ogunquit Lobster Pound. We travel there from Portland as its our favorite. Yes, its a little expensive but worth every dime.

                    1. re: irwin

                      Love the Lobster Pound and I also second that clam shack in Kittery. There is also a very good restaurant in Kittery near the outlets called Robert's. It's a bit expensive for the area but I recall them having local cheese curds as an app that were special.

                      Lobster Pound can indeed be pricey and I recommend getting lobsters from the takeout place near the Footbridge Beach entrance and eating them on the beach or in your room. That stuff is amazingly fresh and goes as low as $2.99/lb for lobster!

                      1. re: JeremyEG

                        Just being a contrary voice here on the Ogunquit Lobster Pound. I find it noisy, crowded, and unpleasant with mediocre service and incredibly lousy non-shellfish options. I thought it was way overpriced for the experience. (no, I wasn't looking for fine dining, but my husband would have liked an edible burger or chicken option)

                        Billy's Chowder House is a much better experience for around the same price (and far superior non-fish options), and only a short ways further up Route 1. There's also the Lobster Shack out at Perkin's Cove, which is also a better experience.