Camden and the nearby towns of Rockport and Rockland are graced with an abundance of fine dining choices many of which are just steps away from the Lord Camden Inn. Whatever your preference, our area has just about any cuisine you might fancy. Here are a few of our favorite restaurants we recommend you visit during your time here in Camden:
Contemporary classic meets Golden Age opulent in the Vintage Room, 16 Bay View’s intimate and sexy destination bar and small plates venue. This glamorous, gilded space balances its history with modern touches and includes delicious cocktails, craft beers and local wines, and an artisan small plates menu with both savory and sweet items.
The crown jewel of 16 Bay View, The View features over 2,000 square feet of cinematic views of Camden Harbor and the surrounding Camden Hills. The View’s signature cocktail list focuses on natural ingredients paired in surprising and refreshing combinations. The View also features a carefully selected list of wines along with local and domestic beers, and a delicious small plates menu with an assortment of savory and sweet offerings.
Fresh & Co.
Fresh & Co. Restaurant, located in Bay View Landing, one of Camden’s most scenic and vibrant waterfront neighborhoods, transforms the essence of American Mediterranean dining. Led by head chef & owner Steven Steeves and his wife Rada, the restaurant reinterprets the bounty of the surrounding area, exploring an ingredient-driven cuisine that begins in the rediscovery of fresh local products and redefines what it means to cook and eat in Maine. For reservations, call 207-236-7005.
Peter Ott’s Restaurant, a mainstay of Camden dining for many years, has recently relocated to it’s new waterfront location just beneath the Grand Harbor Inn at 16 Bay View Landing. Peter Ott’s offers fine American Cuisine with great steaks and seafood offerings that are fresh and local. The restaurant features an upscale bar area and two cozy gas fireplaces with stone mantles. For dinner reservations, call 207-236-4032.
18 Central Oyster Bar & Grill
Experience Rockport’s most popular restaurant. Located in the former Shepherd’s Pie space, 18 Central Oyster Bar & Grill features a variety of different dishes, including steak, chicken, burgers and seafood entrees made with mostly Maine seafood. All the dishes except the fried chicken come off the wood-fired grill. The open concept kitchen allows diners to watch their food being prepared. The grill also has a raw bar with a daily selection of chilled seafood. 18 Central is open six days a week from 5 to 9 p.m. through Columbus Day and is closed on Wednesdays. For reservations, call 207-466-9055, or visit them at 18central.com.
Blaze Brewing Company
Camden’s newest casual dining restaurants, Blaze Brewing Company is located right on the water in Bay View Landing. With floor to ceiling windows, Blaze’s dining room and decks overlook Camden Harbor. Enjoy delicious wood fired menu and their own beer crafted in their on-site microbrewery. For dinner reservations, call 207-230-8713, or visit them on BlazeBrewing.com.
In 2009, Long Grain opened its doors in the beautiful seaside town of Camden, Maine. They call their cuisine “honest food,” using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, and no inconvenient truths. Although many consider Long Grain a Thai restaurant, their dishes are inspired by many different Asian cuisines and cultures. Thai and Vietnamese street food, fare served in small eateries in Singapore and meals on dinner tables in Indonesia and Japan can all be found there. For reservations, call 207-236-9001 or visit them at longgraincamden.com.
After many years away, Chef Sara, who was born next door in Camden, Maine, but raised in Italy, Spain, and Lebanon, now brings her Mediterranean passion to the magnificent array of products from the bounty of Maine’s oceans and farms. Take the finest Maine has to offer, then give it a fresh, tasty Mediterranean spin—that’s what you’ll find at Nīna June (the name comes from Sara’s childhood nickname). For more information, call 207-236-8880 or visit them at NinaJuneRestaurant.com.