Less than 20 minutes north of York, ME on US 1 is the town of Ogunquit. A small but pleasant New England resort destination located on the coast, Ogunquit presents residents and guests alike with activities including golf, kayaking, spas and fishing. Nestled in this York County municipality are some great dining spots, with kitchens that serve a wide variety of dishes. Continue reading to learn more about 10 of the best restaurants in Ogunquit, Maine!
The Lobster Shack
What’s the first thing you think of when you hear “New England dining”? It’s safe to say that seafood probably comes to mind, lobster rolls in particular. The Lobster Shack specializes in the highly popular crustacean, featuring a menu that’s home to items like the Double Lobster Roll, a Lobster BLT and The Pounder, a lobster roll that’s like its name implies – 16 ounces of lobster bliss. They also serve fish tacos, burgers and much more.
Ogunquit Lobster Pound Restaurant
Hot Boiled Maine Lobster, Lobster Pie, Seafood Stuffed Sole, Grilled Swordfish…you get the picture. The Ogunquit Lobster Pound Restaurant backs up its big name with a big menu, packed with savory seafood choices. The restaurant will open again on March 18, but until then, peruse their dishes here (they’re not seafood-exclusive, either – ribs and steak are standouts among their other dishes).
That Place in Ogunquit
A convenient name could have led to That Place’s position as an Ogunquit favorite, but that would be a foolish assumption. It’s the food and atmosphere that make this eatery popular with locals. Pan Seared Caramelized Salmon, Crab Stuff Shrimp and Cioppino – Portuguese Fishermen Stew are a few highlights from a menu that also lists appetizers like Maple Glaze Bacon Wrapped Scallops.
Steak and More
Beachfire Bar and Grille
An inviting atmosphere (there’s a fire pit and live music!) matched with plenty of drink and food specials should give you reason to prioritize eating at Beachfire Bar and Grille. Order a Down East Reuben, Bourbon Marinated Steak Tips, or try the Short Rib Ravioli that’s currently on the Chef’s Featured Menu. The restaurant is only open Thursday-Sunday, so plan your visit accordingly.
Just because you’re in New England doesn’t mean you have to miss out on trans-continental cooking. Satisfy your Thai food cravings at So Zap Urban Thai, where you can feast on Drunk Noodle Soup, Ka-Prao-Gai, Salmon Pad Cha and Green Curry, among other choices. Vegan and Gluten Free dishes are offered as well. According to their website, “zap” is a Northeastern Thai word that means “delicious,” “satisfactory” or as So Zap uses it, “good.” Experience the goodness for yourself!
Five-O Shore Road
Regardless of the time of day, Five-O Shore Road will serve you a delicious meal, to the tune of items like Crispy Rabbit Loin and Strip Sirloin Steak for dinner, or Maine Coast Benedict and an assortment of mimosas if you’re a member of the brunch crowd. We can’t do Five-O’s dishes justice though; you should make a reservation and experience them yourself.
Cornerstone Artisanal Pizza and Craft Beer
Sometimes, no matter who are or where you’re at, you want pizza. No explanation, no reason, but you want it, and you have to have it. You’ll be pleased to know that your cravings will be satisfied in Ogunquit at Cornerstone Artisanal Pizza and Craft Beer. Specializing in gourmet pizzas, you can eat yourself content, slice by slice with any of Cornerstone’s pies. Try the Market Sausage Mushroom, Spicy Sriracha Chicken or BBQ Pork and Red Cabbage Slaw pizzas, and pair it with a craft beer from their impressive draught and bottle menu. Sandwiches are also served for the less enlightened.
“Welcome to La Orilla, where Spain meets Maine,” reads the About Us page on La Orilla’s website. That alone should grab your attention, as the cuisine here is a delectable representation of Spain and its neighboring countries. Try their Eggplant Couscous or Pan Seared Hake for dinner, and if you can’t wait, give La Orilla’s lunch menu a taste, which features a Moroccan Chicken Salad Sandwich and Trinity Crab Cakes, among other options.
Start your day off at Amore Breakfast, where you’ll find a menu full of every breakfast food essential, from the 14 different omelets to the Eggs Benedict choices that include lobster or salmon. Rejoice, breakfast lovers.
Bread and Roses Bakery
Health-conscious smoothies and carb-loaded croissants are just a few of the a.m. items that contribute to Bread and Roses Bakery being the highest-ranked Ogunquit restaurant on TripAdvisor.com. They serve local coffee, and their menu extends to lunch hours. Stop by for a taste of an Ogunquit favorite.
When you stay at Dockside Guest Quarters, a top waterfront Maine bed and breakfast, you’ll be only a short drive away from the smorgasbord of restaurants in Ogunquit Maine. Book online today, and dine your way through the area.