Somehow, in just 4 days on our August 2010 trip to Maine, we managed to stop in Portsmouth, NH, spend time in Blue Hill, explore a bit of Portland, and make our way up to Bar Harbor. I was ambitious back then (ok… I’m still ambitious… with just four days this time around we’re flying into Portland and spending 1 night there, 1 night in Camden, then 2 nights in Boothbay Harbor. Who says vacation requires being sedentary?)
On our trip up to Bar Harbor, we stopped at a classic restaurant right on the harbor, Quarterdeck. Fine dining is not exactly the mantra of Bar Harbor, and the Quarterdeck doesn’t make any promises of being fancy.
But it sure has some absolutely gorgeous views.
Right there in the center is my favorite ship, the Margaret Todd, a 4 masted red sailboat that I’ve been on twice and loved every moment.
Some menu perusal…
We started with some cocktails, mostly of the blueberry variety.
All were quite good!
And one of our favorite Maine breweries: Allagash.
We started off with the calamari, which were nice and crispy but not overly interesting.
We also split some crab cakes, which were decent but nothing to write home about.
I got some coconut shrimp, which I was a big fan of. Flavorful, succulent shrimp with a crispy coconut shell.
We got some burgers, which were… fair.
And a very fresh salad.
Is the Quarterdeck a phenomenal restaurant… well no. But the views are exceptional, the service friendly, the food good enough.
It’s a really great place to grab a drink and watch the world pass by.
Total Noms: 6.5 out of 10