Dockside Dining: Waterfront Restaurant, Camden, Maine

The entrance to the Waterfront Restaurant in Camden. Photos/New England Boating, Tom Richardson.
Entrance to the Waterfront Restaurant in Camden, Maine. Photos/New England Boating, Tom Richardson.

For tasty fare served with a side of Camden Harbor scenery, look no further than the Waterfront Restaurant on the aptly named Bayview Street in lovely Camden, Maine. Our crew called on this eatery while shooting the Camden episode of New England Boating TV, and can vouch its quality lunch menu, great views and friendly staff.

The outdoor patio.
The outdoor deck affords great views of the harbor.

We sat on the large outdoor deck with umbrella-covered tables. This area affords a nice view (barring any large yachts docked in front) of the harbor and the endless parade of beautiful boats for which Camden in famous. For food, we enjoyed fish and chips, portabella and red pepper salad, thick and creamy chowder, and the obligatory lobster roll. Oh, and we can’t forget the Maine mussels steamed in white wine, garlic, Spanish onions and scallions—a house specialty (the restaurant served over 80 pounds of mussels on the day we visited). Everything was delicious, and the French fries—served piping hot, crispy and golden brown—rated close to perfection, in my expert opinion.

The Waterfront also has an indoor dining area and a lively evening bar scene. Visiting boaters can sometimes find dock space in front of the restaurant, but will most likely need to leave their dinghy at the town dock or use the harbor launch service.

The restaurant is open from 11:30-9:00, year-round, every day. Lunch items range from $6 to $20; dinner entrees from $18-$30. Check out the sample menu by CLICKING HERE.

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New England Boating TV, sponsored by GMC and Boston Whaler and their network of New England dealers. See the Waterfront Restaurant featured in the Camden episode which airs tonight, at 7:00 p.m. on NESN

The Portabella and red pepper salad.
Portabella and red pepper salad on pita.
The 3 Lobster roll & french fries.
Lobster roll & french fries.