Chefs and mixologists at Plush West End pair a diverse assortment of ever-changing small plates with fine wines and specialty drinks. Like a hug from a princess, the atmosphere feels both elegant and welcoming, and the Portland Press Herald’s Elisa Doucette remarked that the "cushioned leather couches in the lounge area and deep-red walls create a dark, seductive setting that compels you to stay for hours." The restaurant shows its commitment to Maine-based merchants in a variety of ways such as the Angus beef sliders topped with locally sourced cheddar. Cocktail connoisseurs mix signature specialty drinks at the bar’s glass chilling station illuminated by fiery red under-lighting, and a VIP section calls to diners seeking privacy for a special proposal or a rendezvous with international spies.
At The Falmouth Sea Grill, chefs lavish seafood with inventive seasonings as patrons drink in sweeping views of Casco Bay and Handy Boat marina. Culinary artisans layer truffle oil and walnut-pesto mayonnaise on a variety of fishy fare, from ichthyoids such as flounder to crustaceans such as Maine lobster. Generously portioned entrees including kaiser and sourdough sandwiches team up with wilted chard and hand-cut fries to please patient bellies.
The Falmouth Sea Grill's patio seating and outdoor fire pit let the breeze tickle open-air diners, and the recently renovated multilevel interior dining area massages the senses with sapphire walls, blonde wood, and photographs of ships that escaped their native bottles. A reviewer for MaineToday.com praises the upstairs dining room’s “cozy fireplace” and “beautifully crafted wooden bar,” where tipplers can sip foam from draft brews crafted by local Mainer moose, postprandial ports, and cordials.
From shrimp and scallops to crabs and calamari, the culinary team at Muddy Rudder crafts an award-winning menu of classic seafood. They brush grilled salmon with a honey-mustard glaze, fill steamed lobster with seafood stuffing, and drizzle fried clams with rémoulade sauce. Patrons enjoy the oceanic morsels while seated at the linen-draped tables in the dining room—sometimes surrounded by the twinkling of live piano music—or outside on the breeze-kissed deck. Alternatives to seafood include pork pot stickers with Asian garlic sauce with toasted pumpkin seeds that sprout into menacing jack-o’-lanterns if they go uneaten. The chef also caters to diners' dietary restrictions with a gluten-free menu stocked with items such as baked haddock and new york strip steak.
Schooners bob atop rippling waves outside of Joe’s Boathouse, casting aromatic ocean scents that accompany the fragrances of fresh seafood entrees and sizzling meats found on brunch, lunch, and dinner menus. Steel claw crackers and oiled Hulk hands wait in anticipation of Joe’s red-shelled crustaceans, which emerge from kitchens in 1.25-, 2-, and 3-pound portions. Charming umbrellas crown seaside patio seats, and picturesque vistas of the idyllic Casco Bay abound within Joe’s Dockhouse's indoor banquet room with bright wooden walls.
Chefs at the Royal River Grillhouse merge classic Maine culinary traditions with contemporary cooking techniques. Bowls of lobster stew and Prince Edward Island mussels in madeira reduction cater to traditionalist seafood diners, and truffle cheese fries put a spin on standards. Hand-cut steaks cook on a grill lit by smoldering wood to infuse the meat with smokiness. Guests can sip on a speciality cocktail or a glass of wine from an expansive list while enjoying views of the Royal River from the dining room or the deck.
For three generations, the Bartley family has been serving a taste-bud-tempting menu of fresh seafood, succulent steaks, and farmers' market vegetables in its neighborhood eatery along the river. Begin your gastronomic safari with a glass of Cakebread wine ($12–$19) and creamy bowl of New England clam chowder ($7.95). For entrees, quell stomach uprisings with the house specialty, a déjà-vu-inducing baked lobster (market price) stuffed with 4 ounces of lobster meat, or sink a mouthful of curious chiclets into Eduardo's 10-ounce filet mignon, crowned with a lobster tail and hollandaise sauce ($29.95). Nibble a slice of Mrs. B's homemade blueberry pie ($6.95) next to the eatery's roaring fireplace and reminisce about the time you escaped the debilitating hugs of a spiritless motivational speaker.