15 of the Best Camden Maine Restaurants that are Locally Owned

Rest. Relaxation. Great sights. Beautiful views. Delicious food. Slower pace. Wonderful memories. That’s what a vacation is all about.

And when it comes to delicious food, we’ve got you covered with the best Camden Maine restaurants throughout this sleepy coastal town. From fresh seafood and farm-to-table fare, to walk-up windows and upscale dining, you’ll find the restaurant that fits your needs, your palette, and your wallet with these recommendations. There is truly something for everyone on this list and all dietary preferences.

All the best restaurants in Camden, Maine are locally owned and operated and you won’t find a nation-wide or even regional-wide chain on this list. Choose one or more to enjoy during your next trip to mid-coast Maine.

Here’s some of the best Camden, Maine restaurants you should visit on your next trip

Fresh & Co

Fresh & Co has a focus on sustainable roots. Emphasis is on ingredients, flavors, and building an atmosphere where diners feel comfortable. Housed in a building that was originally a schooner slip, the family-owned business showcases local artists inside and there’s also an outdoor eating area to enjoy the fresh sea air. Fresh & Co is open year-round and offers a menu with seasonal fare.

Peter Ott’s on the Water

Peter Ott’s on the Water is located directly on the Camden Harbor with a beautiful panoramic view and has been a staple in Camden for over 40 years. Owner and chef Peter Masin-Peters can be found in the restaurant every night, both behind the line and visiting with the guests. Fresh, quality food is paired with the amazing view to up the dining experience at Peter Ott’s. Besides the signature seafood, Peter Ott’s offers amazing comfort foods in pot pies and risotto.

Oliver’s Bistro

Oliver’s Bistro – formerly known as Mt Battie Take Out – is now a part of The Cedar Crest. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner – including their famous lobster rolls – this cozy, Maine bistro is sure to please.

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Rhumb Line

Rhumb Line prides itself on serving the freshest, local seafood on the dock. Lunch and dinner are made daily in the scratch kitchen using the freshest ingredients the area has to offer. Plus they make their own in-house pies. All of the menu items are packed with Maine flavor – from blueberries for the pies, a raw bar, and even hand-cut fries.

40 Paper

40 Paper prides itself on being a cozy meeting of differences – a traditional Italian eatery, also serving dishes with French, Spanish, and Mediterranean influences; a cozy dining room and a hopping bar – all located in a civil war era mill. The staff is trained to take all dietary restrictions into the care and creation of meals and even the freshly made pasta can be made gluten-free. Because the menu changes all the time due to seasonal availability and ingredient inspiration, you’ll be happy to know they work with various farmers, foragers, and fisherman to bring you the very best of Maine.

Natalie’s

Natalie’s overlooks the harbor and is the perfect location for an upscale fine dining experience. Natalie’s is all about sourcing local and fresh ingredients to create a culinary vacation for your tastebuds. Natalie’s offers two dining options – an all-senses dining experience, engaging the diner through color, presentation, smell, and definitely, taste, as well as a more casual fireplace lounge where diners are served small plate options.

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River Ducks Ice Cream

River Ducks Ice Cream offers bother traditional ice cream as well as soft serve. River Ducks is open seasonally and makes the perfect summer treat. From one of their reviews on Facebook “We happened along this place on our first trip to Camden. No exaggerating, in all my years of packing away a ton of ice cream, this is my favorite. Maine Moose tracks, omg…heaven….” With an endorsement like that, you can’t go wrong!

Cuzzy’s

Cuzzy’s is serving traditional American bar and grill food in a fun and friendly atmosphere. You’ll love the food and the dining room atmosphere as you gather around some delicious apps and beer on tap. Being a traditional American bar and grill doesn’t stop the seafood which is a part of all Maine coast dining experiences.

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Zoot Cafe

Zoot Cafe is a Camden, Maine coffeehouse. With the goal of bringing delicious coffee and espresso the greater Camden area, Zoot is fun, happy, cool, but not pretentious. Zoot works with local vendors to source their menu items. Many menu items are vegetarian, including vegan options, gluten-free, and oil-free options.

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Long Grain

Long Grain is the perfect restaurant for locavores looking for an Asian-inspired twist. Ingredients are locally and seasonally sourced. And meals are inspired from all over Asia – Vietnamese and Thai street food, Indonesian and Japanese family meals, and more. Both wide and ramen noodles are made in-house daily. Daily specials can be found on their Facebook page.

Camden Deli

Camden Deli is a family-owned restaurant which has been serving Camden since 1985. Gourmet sandwiches, homemade soups and salads, wait to greet you along with homemade baked goods and cappuccino. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, you’ll love the touches of Maine throughout the menu – like bagels and lox for breakfast and crab salad or omelets.

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Drouthy Bear

Drouthy Bear brings the best from Ireland, Scotland, and the British Isles. Indeed, you can enjoy haggis, scotch eggs, even Game Keeper’s Pie. It has beers on tap from all over the world – “drouthy” means “thirsty” after all. And it’s fun for all ages – with board games, trivia, and outdoor play area.

Mariner’s Restaurant

Mariner’s Restaurant is a diner-style restaurant serving two foods Maine is famous for – blueberry pancakes and lobster rolls. There is often a line during peak hours and most agree – it’s worth the wait! One recent guest said “Today we went in for breakfast. Had the Cinnamon Raisin French Coast Toast, eggs over medium, home fries, and a large bowl of FRESH CUT fruit. Daughter had steak and eggs, her friend had the Eggs Benedict. Food was above par, service was prompt, friendly, with a sweet smiling small town feel.

Boynton-McKay Food Co

Boynton-McKay Food Co has been serving Camden since 1999 and is located in a building which has been serving the community of Camden a “remedy for what ails ya” since 1893. And it’s also known from the Food Network as the best breakfast in Maine. On top of that, there’s cappuccino, house-made cookies and pastries, plus hot tea and even house-made Kombucha.

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Waterfront

Waterfront is the perfect mid-coast Maine seafood experience – eating delicious and fresh seafood directly on the waterfront! Bread and dessert are made fresh daily and produce is locally sourced whenever possible. A long-time favorite at Waterfront is Suzette’s Sin – chicken, honey-cured ham, bacon, swiss chesse, tomato, avocado, served on whole wheat bread with a mustard sauce.

Camden House of Pizza

Camden House of Pizza has been a part of the Camden community for over 20 years and offer the best in pizza and Greek food. You can enjoy salads, pasta dinners, gyros, sandwiches, and of course, pizza. You can customize a perfect pizza based on your favorite toppings, choose one of our favorites, or grab a quick slice from the warmer.

 

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The Country Inn at Camden Rockport – A Camden Maine Hotel

While you’re in town to explore the best of the food scene in Camden, Maine or to enjoy the windjammer festival, you’ll need a place to serve as your home base.

And more than that – to offer comfort, rest, amazing hospitality, and of course, a country-style breakfast buffet. You’ll love our Camden Maine hotel and Bed & Breakfast. Not only are there 22 main-house rooms, there are also 11 cottages available from May through October. We look forward to serving you during your next stay on the coast of Maine.

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