326 Route 1, Kittery | 439-0300 | robertsmainegrill.com | $$$
Attracting tourists and locals, Robert’s Maine Grill is a large, contemporary, casual restaurant with an emphasis on well-prepared seafood served efficiently. Don’t let the faux lighthouse outside trick you into thinking it’s a place of gimmicks and assembly-line fare — Robert’s bustles with individuality. Its spacious covered deck, overlooking bucolic Spruce Creek and the surrounding marshland, is a shady spot to spend a summer afternoon.
21 Ocean Ave. (at The Boathouse Hotel), Kennebunkport | 967-8223 | boathouseme.com/dining | $$$
Opened in summer, 2013, this is chef David Turin’s third restaurant; he also owns David’s in Monument Square, Portland and David’s 388 in South Portland. Decorated in a nautical palette of deep blue and white, sleek, swanky David’s KPT offers plenty of wow factor indoors, and on its large, wraparound deck at the edge of the Kennebunk River. The menu wows, too, with raw bar offerings, small plates, pizza and entrees that range from Maine classics to more sophisticated choices. No reservations.
40 Bowery Beach Rd., Cape Elizabeth | 799-3134 | innbythesea.com/dining | $$$$
For stylish seaside dining in one of Maine’s premier inn resorts, Sea Glass offers a menu of admirable dishes that are well prepared in a kitchen overseen by chef Mitchell Kaldrovich. Well-behaved dogs are welcome in the lounge and on the outdoor deckThe wine list is extensive and offers superb choices in all price ranges. Best dishes include gaucho steak, mushroom tart, roast chicken under a brick and any of the desserts by pastry chef Karen Voter.
58 Pine St., Portland | 772-1110 | caiolas.com | $$$
In the heart of Portland’s West End, Caiola’s charming, tree-shaded patio is a local “secret” that glows at night with twinkling strings of lights and flickering candles. This cozy neighborhood restaurant features local, farm-fresh produce and fish. The menu changes regularly. For Sunday brunch, choose from a variety of classic egg dishes or try an oyster po’ boy.
270 Route 1, Falmouth Foreside | 781-4255 | theforesidetavern.com | $$$
A welcoming, comfortable restaurant that’s equally suited to an evening out with friends or with the kids. In the summer, the pretty outdoor patio is a tucked-away oasis with birch trees, mossy boulders, a waterfall and even a kids play house. In the colder months, the Fireside Room is a cozy spot for relaxing over cocktails. The full menu is served at the bar, which boasts 6 large televisions for watching New England sports.
The approximate cost of two dinner entrees (not including appetizers, drinks, tax and gratuity).
$ – $15 and under
$$ – $16 to $25
$$$ – $26 to $45
$$$$ – $46 and up