One of the cool things about living in, or visiting, Portland is that as amazing as the city is, it’s so easy to escape it — by water. Hopping on a Casco Bay Lines ferry to spend a day on one of the outlying islands can make you feel like you’ve been far, far away.
Whether you go for a bike ride, flop on a beach or wander island trails, you’re bound to get hungry. Here’s a guide to dining options — from places for a quick bite to white-tablecloth restaurants — on Peaks, Chebeague and Great Diamond Islands. All are accessible via Casco Bay Lines.
20 Island Ave. | 207-766-4400 | thepeaksislandhouse.com
Casual, family friendly dining on a large deck just a short distance from the ferry landing, a favorite spot to watch the sunset with a view of the Portland skyline.
Lunch and dinner 7 days
33 Island Ave. | 207-766-5100 | innonpeaks.com
Popular for weddings, this classic New England Inn has a cozy dining room offering a contemporary American menu with plenty of local seafood. They also brew their own cask-conditioned ale.
Spring hours: Lunch Saturday and Sunday; Dinner Thursday – Saturday. Starting in early June, the restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily.
78 Island Ave. | 207-766-2800 | facebook.com/CockeyedGull
The island’s most casual dining option has a good-sized deck and a wide-ranging menu from burgers to dishes with an Asian influence.
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 9/9:30 p.m., 7 days. Sunday brunch offered Oct. 14 – April.
207-766-5850 | diamondsedgerestaurantandmarina.com
Sit outside on the lawn rolling down to the water or inside the historic brick building that was once part of Fort McKinley. The menu focuses on seafood and local produce.
Through June 20: Dinner Thursday – Saturday 5 – 9 p.m.
Beginning June 21:
Lunch Tuesday – Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Dinner Tuesday – Sunday 5 – 9 p.m.
Sunday Brunch 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
61 South Rd. | 207-846-5155 | chebeagueislandinn.com
Old-World graciousness — without stuffiness — defines this beautifully restored, circa-1920s inn, lovingly maintained by its owners, the Prentice family. White linens drape the tables in the dining room and on the broad porch; you’ll want to dress accordingly for chef Brandon Hicks’ stellar cooking.
Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday – Saturday
Cocktails and hors d’0euvres on the porch 2:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. daily
Dinner 5:30 – 9 p.m. daily
Sunday brunch 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
108 North Rd. | 207-846-5046 | caldersclamshack.com
Nothing fancy, no tables, just a place to grab a sandwich or an ice cream cone.
Open Tuesday-Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
2 Walker Rd. | 207-846-3078 | chebeague.org/slowbell
Pub food plus a changing, locally sourced dinner menu, accompanied by live music, gives islanders and visitors a place to relax on summer weekends.
Open for dinner Friday and Saturday 6-10 p.m. (Call or check the Facebook page for more hours)