If the first food that comes to your mind when you think of Maine is lobster, that’s not surprising. We do know our seafood and 90% of the country’s lobster comes from Maine – but the Pine Tree State has so much more to offer than seafood shacks and lobster rolls. Read on to learn about Maine’s best restaurants near Searsport.
With miles of coastline, it is no wonder that seafood is a staple. But seafood is just the beginning! Inland Maine has dairy farms, potato fields, low-bush blueberries, and amazing produce.
Life tends to move a little more slowly here than elsewhere, a fact reflected in our authentic, unfussy foods. In Maine, the focus in the kitchen is more on purity and freshness than on elaborate techniques. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t find fine dining during your stay. Far to the contrary! As you’re about to discover, our Searsport bed and breakfast is surrounded by amazing dining options of all kinds.
You may notice in our suggestions for restaurants that the locations run the gamut from Camden to Belfast, Northport, Rockport, Bucksport, Stockton Springs, and Ellsworth. While a few of these restaurants are a little over 30 minutes from our Searsport inn, most are only 10 or so minutes away. Those that are a little more out of the way are not only well worth the drive but are also in areas you’ll likely enjoy seeing during your visit anyway.
Have fun exploring both the beautiful Maine coast and our wonderful array of dining options. Step outside your culinary comfort zone and try something new — it may become a favorite! Feel free to ask us for more details about a restaurant that has piqued your curiosity; we have been to them all!
Franny’s Bistro – 55 Chestnut Street, Camden – (207) 230-8199
New American Bistro Style Food; limited menu with seafood, meat, and vegetarian choices
Provender Kitchen & Bar – 112 Main Street, Ellsworth – (207) 610-1480
Fresh, artisan food
Nina June – 24 Central St, Rockport – (207) 236-8880
Mediterranean meets Maine with prix fixe dinners
The Hichborn – 10 Church St, Stockton Springs – (207) 306-9069
Seven-course prix fixe meals in a historic setting
Hey Sailor – 25 E Main St, Searsport – (207) 306-9132
Tacos, art, and booze
The Hoot – 144 Bayside Road, Northport – (207) 338-4668
Farm to table, mostly sourced from their own farm, with specialty nights
Long Grain – 20 Washington Street, Camden – (207) 236-9001
Maine ingredients with Bangkok flair
Satori – 108 Main St, Belfast – (207) 218-1563
Craft cocktail and sushi
Rio’s Spiked Cafe – 357 West Main St, Searsport – (207) 548-4016
Modern dishes capturing the flavor of the season
Darby’s – 155 High St, Belfast – (207) 338-2339
From scratch comfort food
Delvino’s – 52 Main Street, Belfast – (207) 338-4565
Located in a former hardware store, the menu is eclectic with many choices
Nautilus – 3 Main St, Belfast – (207) 218-4218
Daily specials featuring the catch of the day, with a harbor view deck
Fon’s Kitchen – 132 High St, Belfast – (207) 218-1007
Local Thai food that is made with love
Carriers Lobster – 10 ME-46, Bucksport – (207) 469-1011
Clams, lobster (and burgers for those who don’t love either) in a casual setting
Crosby’s – 30 State Route 46, Bucksport – (207) 469-3640
Seasonal eatery serving seafood, burgers, sandwiches, and ice cream
Union River Lobster Pot – 8 South St, Ellsworth – (207) 667-5077
Lunch on the lawn, evening dining with lobster, shrimp, and other seafood; plus famous blueberry pie
Young’s Lobster Pound – 2 Fairview St, Belfast – (207) 338-1160
Steamed lobster ordered by weight and clams, mussels, and other seafood delights
Beal’s Lobster Pier – 182 Clark Point Rd, Southwest Harbor – (207) 244-3202
Food is as authentic as the view
Abel’s Lobster – 13 Abels Lane, Mount Desert – (207) 276-8221
traditional coastal Maine food with a few modern twists
Just reading this must be making you hungry! Don’t wait to book your stay, and satiate any cravings for lobster. We have so many suggestions for ways for you to spend your day with day trips, sailing outings, and even suggested itineraries. All of this fun will definitely whet your appetite for one of these best restaurants near Searsport!
Updated July 2022; Updated March 2023