A lobster dinner with a wedge of lemon. Shallow DOF, focus on lobster's head.
Ogunquit has so many wonderful options! Here are a few of our favorites.
A lobster dinner with a wedge of lemon. Shallow DOF, focus on lobster's head.
Ogunquit has so many wonderful options! Here are a few of our favorites.

Glen and Laurence’s Favorite Restaurants…and a Wine Bar too.

With over 30 restaurants between Perkin’s Cove and the beach, Ogunquit has so many wonderful choices. Most require RESERVATIONS during peak hours so please plan ahead and contact the restaurants directly for reservations. Always let them know The Trellis House sent you!

Let us address a subject of the utmost importance that nearly all our guests ask…(after exclaiming after breakfast that they will never eat again) …”Where is the best lobster roll?” This is a very touchy subject here in our parts but never let it be said we don’t have strong food opinions. Here are ours:

#1 Foster’s (York) – For us, hands down it’s Foster’s in York. Extremely casual indoor and outdoor seating with food that will not disappoint. The brown butter lobster roll is perfect. www.fostersclambake.com

#2 Eventide Oyster Co. (Portland) – A revival of the great American oyster bar and a James Beard winner. Don’t miss the brown butter lobster roll on a bao bun. Like nothing you have ever had. www.eventideoysterco.com

#3 Footbridge Lobster Shack (Ogunquit) – Owned and operated for decades by the same family right here in the Cove. We love all that they do. www.footbridge-lobster.com

#4 Brix and Brine (Ogunquit) – We love a drink and lunch at t he bar with a little slice of ocean view. Outstanding lobster roll. www.brixbrine.com 

#5 High Roller (Portland) – Old school vibe serving traditional and innovative Lobster rolls, fries and corndogs not to be beat. Quintessentially Maine. www.highrollerlobster.com

 

 

Glen and Laurence’s Favorite Restaurants…That You Can Walk To (please note that we are trying to keep it real with our comments)

Coastal Wine Bar and Tasting room – A delightful tasting room with outdoor patio seating just steps from The Trellis House is not only about being on the coast and enjoying wine, but it is also about experiencing some of our favorite wine growing regions near the coast. Visit their fun little gem of a tasting room & retail shop for an absolutely charming and innovative wine tasting experience. www.coastalwine-ogunquit.com

Maine Catch – A seafood/lobster house in a rustic yet modern setting. Just steps from the Trellis House with patio and indoor seating. We love it here for their innovative baked stuffed lobsters, seafood classics, local oysters and lots of choices for the non-seafood lover. We think they make the best fish sandwich in town. www.themainecatchme.com

MC Perkin’s Cove – The most romantic and lovely dining room in Ogunquit. A gorgeous rooftop deck with stunning views, professional service, an innovative continental menu and a lovely walk to the cove via Marginal Way at sunset. What more could we want in our local favorite? Introduce yourself to Javier the owner/manager and trust us, it’s a fine evening to be had. www.mcperkinscove.com

That Place in Ogunquit – Inventive and updated local joint for steak and seafood classics in a lively and charming spot. We think the food is outstanding and it’s just a stroll down Shore Road. Drinks are made by top notch bartenders who love our guests and provide great service. We especially love eating in the bar and watching the sights. www.thatplaceinogunquit.com

Crooked Pine – Located just a short walk to town this beautiful Victorian newly remodeled landmark with indoor and outdoor dining is relaxed and elegant but not fussy. Love it for a date night and people watching. New England charm, a thoughtful menu with coastal influences and an all-around top pick. Also, it’s a sister to Brix and Brine which we also love, particularly for lunch. www.crookedpineogt.com

Brix and Brine – Al Fresco Dining in the heart of Ogunquit. A relaxed setting with an extensive raw bar and menu of fresh seafood, salads and New England favorites. This is a great place to grab a bite after a day at the beach. We love a drink and apps at the bar with a little slice of ocean view. www.brixbrine.com

The Front Porch – A fun, local landmark with American fare and entertainment. This festive and lively icon is everyone’s happy place. They have three choices for dining…downstairs dining room or bar/lounge or the popular sing-a-long piano bar upstairs which is not to be missed. www.thefrontporch.com

Crew Ogunquit – Crew is the newly-renovated sing-along, dance-along restaurant/bar with Ogunquit Coastal Vibes – Front Porch’s little sister. Friendly, fun staff, local live music, TVs for the games, diverse libations, and great food. Raise your glass to friends and good times at CREW. www.crewogt.com

Bandito’s Mexican Grill – A fiesta atmosphere awaits you at this casual Mexican eatery. Great drinks and an authentic menu of delicious traditional Mexican cuisine are the headline of this festive indoor/outdoor eatery that brings a taste of Mexico to Maine. www.banditosmexicangrill.com

Jonathan’s Ogunquit – We love Johnathan’s before a show at Ogunquit Playhouse, just a block from the theater. You will find casual-fine dining, a contemporary lounge atmosphere, and farm to table for over four decades from Jonathan’s farm. Jonathan’s sources local food products wherever possible and focuses on serving fresh, New England products. We always enjoy our pre-theater meal here. www.jonathansogunquit.com

Jackie’s Too – Keeping it casual, located at the end of Marginal Way in Perkin’s Cove and known for its sweeping ocean views, this ocean front eatery serves up classic seafood, burgers, and pasta. This is where we want to have a beer and eat fried seafood outside on a sunny day. Kid friendly menu keeps us away when we want a sophisticated dinner but we still go often for lunch or early drinks.  www.jackiestoo.com

Glen and Laurence’s Favorite Restaurants…That You Can’t Walk To

These picks are outside of Ogunquit and worth the drive. 

Cape Neddick Lobster Pound – Locally known as “The Pound” this is a classic New England seafood spot overlooking the water. We think this is the best Lobster pound in the area (not to be confused with the Ogunquit Lobster Pound). The steamed lobster and the lobster rolls can’t be beat. www.capeneddick.com

Walker’s Restaurant – Not to be missed and absolutely one of our favorites. Farm to table, chic, lively, open fire roasted fish and game. Stunning food and environment. www.walkersmaine.com

Joshua’s – A cozy Revolutionary War period home is the setting for inspired farm to table American meals. Intimate and elegant but casual, Joshua’s get top marks from us for a romantic and special evening. www.joshuasrestaurantandbar.com

 Billy’s Chowder House – Classic, casual chowder and seafood spot overlooking an estuary and wildlife preserve in Wells. We go here for lunch primarily but is great for a casual dinner. The clam chowder and fried seafood are some of the best in the area. www.billyschowderhouse.com

 Pedro’s – Scratch-made upscale Mexican food plus inventive margaritas in colorful and playful setting. The food is seriously good. www.pedrosmaine.com

The Steakhouse – This is a traditional steak house with not-to-be-missed homemade sides.  They don’t take reservations and the wait is long but it’s a must try for a local “a cheap and cheerful” steak dinner. We always order a steak with a salad and side of baked beans, applesauce and house potatoes. www.the-steakhouse.com

The Front Yard – (not to be confused with The Front Porch!) Mediterranean located in town. Wonderful indoor bar/dining and lots of outdoor dining and Bar seating. Their signature dish is Bouillabaisse. An expansive property with lots of outside seating, casual with cool drinks and a cool vibe. www.frontyardrestaurant.com

Earth at Hidden Pond – If you want a high-end dining adventure amid striking natural decor this is the place not to be missed. www.earthathiddenpond.com

Hurricane – Fresh seafood and continental cuisine, this is our idea of a great night out with friends. We split a 3 pound baked-stuffed lobster and a few martinis and always agree we couldn’t have enjoyed ourselves more. www.hurricanerestaurant.com

BeachFire Bar & Grille– Fun place for drinks and barbecue with outdoor seating and a large fire pit. www.beachfiremaine.com

Dockside – Nestled on the shores of Harris Island in York Harbor, the Dockside Restaurant has stunning views of a classic, boat-filled harbor, secluded rocky coastline, and island-speckled ocean. The Dockside Restaurant is a classic New England seafood eatery, located on the grounds of a Victorian-era inn. www.dockside-restaurant.com

The Greenery Cafe – A short drive down Main Street you’ll find this gem of a luncheon café. Delicious salads, sandwiches and baked goods are offered at one of our favorite places to “lunch”.  www.facebook.com/thegreenerycafeogt

Robert’s Maine Grill and Raw Bar – Taking a trip to the Kittery outlets? Stop by Robert’s for a fun and oh-so-delightful meal.  Whether seated at the bar or in the dining room, the vibe is upbeat and fun and the menu has something for everyone.  The buffalo cauliflower and lobster cobb salad are showstoppers! www.robertsmainegrill.com

 The Lost Fire Grill and Bar – Authentic Argentinian steakhouse cuisine in Kennebunport. Passion, commitment to using only the best, high quality ingredients and the chef’s love of cooking are reflected in the cuisine of this departure from Maine’s traditional seafood eatery. It’s an experience. www.thelostfire.com

 Alisson’s Restaurant – A popular gathering place for locals with a casual family atmosphere.  Their clam chowder and “A Fish Called Wanda” Haddock sandwich are not to be missed.  Add a side of deviled egg salad and put a smile of delicious comfort food on your face.  www.alissons.com