Coastal Maine is the hub for high-quality seafood. Boasting one of the largest coastlines in the country, the ocean has provided food and a way of life to Maine people for ages. There may be more seafood restaurants on the coast of Maine than any other state. So where can you find the best seafood in Maine? Today we discuss the top premier seafood restaurants in the state that will be sure to make your summer soar.
Eventide Oyster Co – 86 Middle Street Portland
In addition to the finest oyster selection this side of Manhattan, Eventide serves a set of nuanced small plates and nightly specials. The day’s selections of oysters are out in the open for all patrons to see, over ice on a corner of the rugged granite bar. The menu divides the oysters into “From Maine” and “From Away”.
Must Try: Lightly Cured Arctic Char and The Oyster Bun
Earth – 354 Goose Rocks Road Kennebunkport
Located on Hidden Pond’s all inclusive posh property, Earth promises an unforgettable dining experience. Nestled amongst balsam and birch, Earth’s natural decor and dramatic flicker of candlelight will leave you yearning for more. Earth’s menu focuses on farm to fork freshness, featuring same day caught lobster and seafood.
Must Try: Blue Fin Tuna Poke
Street & Co. – 33 Wharf Street Portland
A member of the same restaurant family as Fore Street, Street and Co. had made a name for itself as one of the best seafood restaurants in the region. The constantly changing menu, which is updated daily, is filled with fresh local fish and shellfish, including succulent Basket Island oysters, Maine crabmeat, and lobster delivered on demand by Portland’s finest lobstermen.
Must Try: Lobster Diavolo and Mussels Marinara
Natalie’s – 83 Bayview Street Camden
Located at the historic Camden Harbour Inn, Natalie’s offers a dining experience like no other. Executive Chef Chris Long won Maine Lobster Chef of the year in 2013 and continues to dazzle with dishes influenced by international cuisines and inspired by the seasons.
Must Try: Lobster poached in butter, served with grilled maitake and oyster mushrooms and a corn and parsnip ragout
Scales – 68 Commercial Street Portland
Located right on the water, Scales offers a diverse menu of cold, hot, cooked and raw seafood items. Scales is a nod to old-school American seafood houses, but with an upscale kick. Some of Scales’ best dishes are the ones that stay simple, like the fried whole belly clams or the roasted lobster.
Must Try: Pan Roasted Fluke