7 Best Restaurants in Brooklin, Sedgwick, and Brooksville, Blue Hill Peninsula and Deer Isle

Bagaduce Lunch

$ Fodor's choice

This tidy little joint next to the reversing falls on the Bagaduce River is the perfect place for a lunch of clam, shrimp, haddock, or scallop baskets that come with onion rings or chips; there are also hot dogs, burgers, and chicken fingers. Picnic tables dot this nub of land surrounded on three sides by water, and you can walk onto the pier (or moor your kayak or boat there) for tidal estuary views and glimpses of seals, bald eagles, and ospreys. At low tide kids can explore the shore.

145 Franks Flat Rd., Penobscot, ME, 04617, USA
Known For
  • Outdoor dining only
  • The views
  • Fresh seafood
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed mid-Sept.–late Apr. and Wed. in summer

Brooklin Inn

$$$ Fodor's choice

Like the inn that houses it, this restaurant was modernized in 2021. Items on its changing menu feature local and seasonal produce and might include oysters with fish sauce mignonette, heirloom tomato gazpacho, or seared duck breast with polenta. Its bar menu offers small production wines, Maine craft beer, and creative spirits. You can sit in the dining room, bar, or garden.

Tinder Hearth

$$ Fodor's choice

Tinder Hearth is well known in these part for its amazing pastries and wood-oven-baked breads, but it also makes pizza that's delicious enough to plan your whole week around—a must given that you have to reserve your pie days in advance. It's worth the bother, though, as the crust is thin but chewy, and the toppings are a mix of the classic and the inventive. Other options on the menu include local beer, good wine, oysters, and ice cream.

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Follow the granite walkway to reach this fine-dining gem tucked behind Buck's Harbor Market, which is a good place to stock up on pantry staples and Maine-produced food products. The seasonal menu centers on seafood, but lamb and beef are regularly on offer.

6 Cornfield Hill Rd., ME, 04617, USA
Known For
  • Offers gluten-free and vegetarian dishes
  • Wine list with interesting, affordable options
  • Popular with boaters
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No lunch. Closed Sun.–Tues., Reservations required

El El Frijoles


Burritos, bowls, nachos, empanadas, and tacos filled with crab, fish, lobster, or meat and served with a full range of fiery accoutrement are made fresh daily at this taqueria, whose name is a play on L.L. Bean!

41 Caterpillar Rd., ME, 04673, USA
Known For
  • Local favorite
  • Made-from-scratch Mexican classics
  • Festive, family-oriented atmosphere
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sat.–Tues.

Strong Brewing & Kitchen


Good beer, pizza, and, occasionally, live music—it's a combination the fits perfectly into a lazy day of lazily exploring the Blue Hill Peninsula.

7 Rope Ferry Rd., ME, 04676, USA
Known For
  • Outdoor dining
  • House-brewed porters, ales, and lagers
  • Wood-fired oven
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues.–Thurs.

The Maine Lobster Lady Restaurant


This full-service restaurant replicates the famous food truck (a trailer, really) by the same name that is parked on Isle au Haut. The menu consists of yummy rolls, sandwiches, and baskets, most of them featuring seafood from local waters.