Eat Your Heart Out: Newcastle/Damariscotta Restaurants

Nestled in the heart of Midcoast Maine, Newcastle Inn is the best place to stake your spot for your next Maine vacation. So, as you explore all that Maine has to offer, be sure to check out one of these restaurants in the Newcastle/Damariscotta area, and some a little further afield, that are sure to satisfy your taste buds.

1. King Eider’s Pub

Enjoy a casual New England style lunch or dinner at King Eider’s Pub. The oyster bar is the highlight, with their highly revered oysters served fresh daily. Be sure to also sample their crab cakes that are known to be some of New England’s finest, and a clam chowder that can’t be beaten. 

2. Crissy’s Breakfast and Coffee Bar

Take a mid-afternoon break and grab lunch at Crissy’s. Enjoy sandwich classics such as a B.L.T., grilled cheese, and a Cuban. While you are there, sample some of their freshly brewed coffee, from Beanstock Coffee.

3. The Harbor Room

Everyone is a local here at The Harbor Room! Enjoy handcrafted cocktails, Maine craft beer, and traditional Maine dishes, such as seafood stuffed haddock and even fried lobster. Dine al fresco on their 2000 sq. ft. deck complete with a fire pit and live music!

4. Que Rico

While you are out taking a stroll on Main Street in downtown Newcastle, be sure to make a quick stop at the popular Mexican food truck, Que Rico. Choose from their variety of hand-held tacos, like blackened fish, chicken or chorizo. And with vegan and gluten-free options available, there are options everyone can enjoy.

5. Cabbage Island Clambakes

Who can’t think about a trip to Maine without thinking, Clambake? For a unique Maine experience head out the Cabbage Island Clambakes, where you can partake in an actual traditional Downeast clambake. Be sure to check their website for operating hours as they operate primarily in the summer months.

6. Ports of Italy

Head out to downtown Boothbay to Ports of Italy and savor homemade pasta, homemade ravioli, and bread with a glass of wine from their extensive wine list. With locally sourced ingredients you are guaranteed to have fresh tasting meal with an Italian flare.

7. Damariscotta River Grill

Located in the heart of Midcoast Maine, Damariscotta River Grill is the spot you want to head to if you want a taste of local seafood. With traditional dishes such as seafood fettuccini plus local catches like Pemaquid oysters, this is a seafood lovers’ haven. With its comfortable and inviting atmosphere, this is a restaurant joint that should be added to your list.

8. Newcastle Publick House

Hang with the locals at Newcastle Publick House. The historic 1912 building is the perfect setting for this New England style pub that serves up oysters, crab cakes, and traditional fish and chips. Be sure to pair your meal with their famous Maine Manhattan, a crafty cocktail that features house-infused fig bourbon.

9. Muscongus Bay Lobster

Enjoy scenic views of Round Pond Harbor while you dine at a casual lobster joint, Muscongus Bay Lobster. Their locally caught lobster is why visitors come here to eat. You can select your own lobster from the bottomless tank and remember to BYOB and enjoy the open-air dining experience. They also offer other shellfish like scallops, shrimp, and clams, which are all locally caught so you know you are getting the freshest seafood!

10. Bet’s Fish Fry

Stop in at Bet’s Fish Fry for some of the best fish you will find anywhere. This no-frills shack is home to fresh haddock, that is caught every day by the owner’s brother and served up in either a fish bowl or sandwich.  Cash only.

So, as you are planning your Midcoast Maine trip stop in at one of these tasty restaurants and book your stay at the Newcastle Inn for a comfortable and relaxing getaway.  

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