Casting off your lines for a day on the water is one of the pleasures of living in a state with thousands of miles of coastline. Especially when the day’s plans include heading for a waterside restaurant. Here is our guide to some of Casco Bay’s most popular destinations with great food for you and accommodations for your boat.
SALTWATER GRILLE | 231 FRONT ST. | SOUTH PORTLAND
Saltwater Grille welcomes boaters with a private dock and a large deck offering panoramic views of Portland’s city skyline. The menu includes plenty of locally caught fish and seafood, steaks, and owner Mark Loring’s signature pizza—lobster, grilled corn salsa, and basil.
DIAMOND’S EDGE RESTAURANT | DIAMOND COVE | PORTLAND
On the grounds of historic Fort McKinley, Diamond’s Edge Restaurant and Marina gives boaters the chance to escape the hustle of Portland for a relaxed island setting. The lawn overlooking the cove is a popular spot to enjoy a meal and a glass of wine.
THE DOLPHIN | 515 BASIN POINT RD. | HARPSWELL
On the edge of Potts Harbor, the Dolphin has its own marina and a deck with sweeping views of the Casco Bay islands. Known for its traditional Maine fare served with blueberry muffins, the restaurant has been a local favorite since 1966.
NORTH 43 BISTRO | 1 SPRING POINT DR. | SOUTH PORTLAND
Overlooking Port Harbor Marina, North 43 Bistro has decks on two levels and a contemporary feel. Chef Stephanie Brown’s sophisticated yet soulful menu changes every three weeks and has more varied choices than most waterside restaurants.
HARRASEEKET LUNCH & LOBSTER CO. | 36 MAIN ST. | SOUTH FREEPORT
Cozy coastal vibes fill this seasonal, seaside pier in a working harbor. With bright red picnic tables, a lobster pound, and a classic Maine menu, the restaurant provides a real taste of local character.
DOCKSIDE GRILL | 215 FORESIDE RD. | FALMOUTH
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ROYAL RIVER GRILL HOUSE | 106 LAFAYETTE ST. | YARMOUTH
This stylish waterfront restaurant boasts a large deck with heaters, firepits, and a harbor view, with a slip available for boaters at Yankee Marina just next door. The lively bar is a popular gathering spot for locals, and the large menu offers something for everyone.