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Susan Axelrod

Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business for 15 years before turning to journalism. By day, she is the social media editor for Portland Press Herald. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs, preferably followed by a cocktail or a Maine beer. Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: November 10, 2016

For Thanksgiving dinner without the fuss, make a reservation at one of these 25 Maine restaurants

Written by: Susan Axelrod
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Brent Hofacker/

This Thanksgiving  why not let someone else to the cooking and cleanup. This year, GO OUT!

There’s a whole bunch of restaurants open on turkey day offering traditional and eclectic Thanksgiving offerings for a range of budgets and tastes. Enjoy!


Bethel Inn & Resort

21 Broad St.; 207-824-2175 | | $37.95 per person, $19.95 for children 5-12, kids under 4 eat free.
Served from 1 to 5 p.m., the buffet feast includes steamship round of beef and Maine crabmeat-stuffed filet of sole in addition to roast turkey.


The Tavern at The Brunswick Hotel

4 Noble St. | 207-837-6565 | | $45 per person, $39 seniors, $15 kids 12 and under, 5 and under free.
Family-style buffet with traditional holiday offerings including roast turkey, baked ham with pineapple glaze, seafood Newburg, red kurri squash soup, root vegetable succotash and  roasted sweet potato. There’s even Tofurky for vegans.  Seatings are at  11 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m.


Natalie’s at Camden Harbour Inn

83 Bayview St. | 207-236-7008 | | $85 per person
Seatings at 1 and 7 p.m. (4 p.m. is sold-out).  Five-course meal features scallops, escarole, sunchoke soup, “The Whole Nine Yards” (turkey dinner) and dessert. Wine pairings an additional $82.

Hartstone Inn

41 Elm St. | 800-788-4823 | | $90 per person
$55, Maine lobster and portabella mushroom tartlet with a parmesan gratin, butternut squash soup, cranberry-lemon sorbet, rosemary-roasted turkey with a pecan-apricot stuffing and shallot-smashed potatoes with gravy and pumpkin souffle with a spiced creme anglaise; served at 2 and 5 p.m.


Harraseeket Inn

162 Main St. | 207-865-9377 |
Main dining room and seating in Broad Arrow Tavern from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests may choose the lavish Thanksgiving buffet for $79.95 per person ($40 for kids 5-10, under 5 free), or order from the ala carte menu.


One Dock Prime at the Kennebunkport Inn

182 Port Rd. | 207-967-2621 | | $55, $15 kids
Served from noon to 4 p.m., the menu includes, among other offerings,  butternut squash bisque, Maine crab and corn cakes, roasted beets salad, traditional turkey with all the trimmings, potato crushed haddock, bacon wrapped pork tenderloin and pecan torte.

The White Barn Inn

37 Beach Ave. | 207-967-2321 | | $95 per person, children under 12 half price
The restaurant will serve its 43rd Thanksgiving from 1 to 8 p.m. The menu includes sauteed beef tenderloin, seared local halibut and local venison loin in addition to traditional roast turkey; wine pairings additional.

Ocean at the Cape Arundel Inn

208 Ocean Ave. | 207-967-4015 | | $75 per person
Served from noon to 5 p.m., chef Pierre Gignac’s French-inspired, prix-fixe, three-course menu (preceded by hors d’oeuvres) includes roast turkey, cod and steak au poivre.


Jonathan’s Ogunquit

92 Bourne Lane | 207-646-4777 | | Entrees $20 – $34.50
Served from noon to 8 p.m., the a la carte menu includes traditional turkey dinner, roast pork, lamb, steak and seafood.


Five Fifty-Five

555 Congress St. | 207-761-0555 | | $85 per person, 3-course kids’ menu,  $35
Served from 12:30 to 8 p.m., the four-course menu includes a choice of seared scallops, roasted prime rib, Sumner Valley farm turkey  and truffled lobster mac and cheese. Wine pairings additional.

Timber Steakhouse & Rotisserie

106 Exchange St. | 207-805-1469 || $49 per person
1 to 8 p.m.: Four-course dinner with main course choice of rosemary sage apple cider, slow roasted turkey or prime rib herbs de provence

Tempo Dulu

163 Danforth St. | 207-879-8755 | | $87 per person, add $57 for wine pairings.
A Thanksgiving dinner with Southeast Asian inspired flavors will be served at three seatings: 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.  $57 for wine pairings

Eve’s at the Garden at the Portland Harbor Hotel

468 Fore St. | 207-775-9090 | | $55 per person, kids 6-12 $24.95, under 6 free
Serving a buffet menu at three seatings: Noon, 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. The includes appetizers, soups, salads, a carving station with turkey, prime rib and pork loin, seafood dishes, sides and desserts.

C2- Congress Squared at the Westin Portland Harborview

157 High St. |  207-517-8831 | | $65 per person
Serving from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; three-course menu includes choice of starter, entree — turkey, herb-crusted dab, butternut squash risotto, prime rib — and dessert, with special bread basket and sides for the table.

Twenty Milk Street at The Portland Regency

20 Milk St. | 207-774-4200 | | Entrees $24- $36
Serving an a la carte menu from noon to 7 p.m. with entrees that include roast turkey, pork, steak and seafood options; entrees



593 Congress St., Portland| 207-653-8617||

They’ll be offering their regular menu and will  throw in some holiday specials. Reservations required. Seating from 5 to 9 p.m.


Zackery’s Restaurant at Fireside Inn and Suites

81 Riverside St. | 207-774-5601 | | $29, seniors $25, kids up to 10 pay their age
Buffet with turkey,  haddock and prime rib, traditional sides and desserts, plus kid friendly items such as French fries and mac and cheese, serving from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. For parties of 8 or more, a whole turkey can be served at the table and you can take the leftovers home (reservations for this option must be made by Nov. 19).


Saltwater Grille

231 Front St. | 207-799-5400 | | $49.99 per person, kids 12 and under $14.99
Serving a buffet menu from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., including roast turkey, garlic-crusted ribeye and haddock, sides, salads and desserts.

Sea Glass at Inn by the Sea

40 Bowery Beach Rd. | 207-799-3134 | | $62 per person, kids 5-12 $22, under 3 free. Serving from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Family style Thanksgiving dinner features appetizers, salads, sides, soup, main course of slow roasted turkey with pan gravy and maple and mustard glazed ham and desserts.


Moody’s Diner

U.S. Route 1, Waldoboro 207-832-7785  | | $18.95 per person
Maine’s iconic diner serves a traditional New England Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. On the menu: Soup or fruit cup, roast turkey or pork with “all the fixins,” beverage and pie.


Bull and Claw

2270 Post Rd.; 207-646-8467  | | $19.95 – $29.95, senior portions $11.95, kids’ entrees $9.95
Serving an a la carte menu from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Entrees include roast turkey, pork, prime rib and seafood, served with “endless” soup and salad and traditional sides (appetizers and desserts additional).


Muddy Rudder

1335 U.S. 1 Yarmouth | 207-846-3082  | | $29.95 per person, $27.95 seniors, $11.95 kids under 10
Buffet offered from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. In addition to carved roast turkey and pork loin, you’ll find baked cod with lobster-sherry cream, chicken marsala, lobster bisque, salads, sides, breads and desserts.


York Harbor Inn

480 York St. | 207-363-5119 |
11:30 to 6 p.m. $39.95, kids under 12 half-price.

Buffet with wide range of sides, breads, salads, turkey, Harbor Inn Seafood Newburg, prime rib, tortellini, stuffed haddock, chianti chicken & sausage, chowoder, desserts.


Cape Neddick Inn

1273 U.S. Route 1 |  207-351-1145 | | Entrees $22 – $30
A la carte menu served from noon to 7:30 p.m. includes traditional turkey dinner, prime rib, fish and lobster.

Clay Hill Farm

200 Clay Hill Rd. | 207-361-2272 | | Entrees from $39 to $49 include thyme roasted fresh turkey, prime rob of beef au jus, panko encrusted haddock. All served with mashed potatoes, fall squash puree and green beans.
Served from noon to 5 p.m. the three-course, a la carte menu includes appetizer and dessert in the entree price. Children’s prime rib or turkey and dessert, $15.


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