22 Best Restaurants in Blue Hill Peninsula and Deer Isle, Maine

44 North Coffee

$ Fodor's choice

This place offers amazing (and equitably sourced) coffee and invites you to take a minute to have a conversation while you wait for your slow-pour brew to flow through a colorful, custom-built wooden drip bar. Grab a pastry supplied by a variety of local bakers---if there are any left when you arrive. 

7 Main St., Deer Isle, Maine, 04627, USA
Known For
  • great coffee
  • pastries from Brooksville's Tinder Hearth Bakery
  • no Wi-Fi
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

Aragosta at Goose Cove

$$$$ Fodor's choice

Executive chef and proprietor Devin Finigan has created magic in this location with endless views of East Penobscot Bay and food that speaks to the prowess of this region’s fishermen and farmers. Whether you're experiencing the chef’s tasting menu—think scallops with sorrel and whey; Wagyu with ramps and new potato; and rhubarb with lemon and shortbread—Sunday a-la-carte brunch (seasonal), or a summer happy hour, you’re in for a high-quality treat.

300 Goose Cove Rd., Deer Isle, Maine, USA
Known For
  • delicious hand-crafted cocktails
  • locally sourced ingredients that dictate the menu
  • seasonal tasting menu
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Nov. and Dec. No lunch Mon.--Sat., Reservations essential


$$$ Fodor's choice

Glowing gas fireplaces, period antiques, exposed beams, and hardwood floors covered with Asian rugs make the the candlelit dining areas in this historic house elegant but homey. The menu features dishes made with such ingredients as carrots and apples from Horsepower Farm; mesclun from Carding Brook Farm in Brooklin; and mussels, scallops, and clams from Blue Hill Bay. 

33 Tenney Hill, Blue Hill, Maine, 04614, USA
Known For
  • seasonal menus
  • fresh seafood dishes
  • farm-to-table ingredients
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch. Closed Sun.–Tues., Reservations required

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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, Maine, 04617, USA
Known For
  • outdoor dining only
  • the views
  • fresh seafood
Restaurants 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.

Bucklyn Coffee

$ Fodor's choice

This tiny, friendly shop serves big, flavorful coffee and interesting sweet and savory pastries.

103 Main St., Blue Hill, Maine, USA
Known For
  • Maine-roasted beans
  • coffee served anyway you like it
  • great place for a morning or early afternoon pick-me-up
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

Dennett’s Wharf

$$$ Fodor's choice

This well-established restaurant got a major overhaul in the spring of 2022 when formerly New York–based restaurateur Max Katzenberg took over and recruited Southern chef Taylor Hester. It offers Maine classics like Stonington Lobster Rolls and MDI mussels, as well littleneck clams linguine, New York strip steak au poivre, and family-size plates of Southern fried chicken. The beverage menu includes local beer, craft cocktails, and natural wines. 

Harbor Cafe

$$$ Fodor's choice

This long-time Main Street greasy spoon got a face-lift and a menu upgrade when Brooklyn restaurateur Max Katzenberg reopened it in 2022. The breakfast menu has all the traditional offerings as as well a few extras like huevos rancheros and chicken and waffles, while the lunch and dinner menu features local seafood dishes and carnitas tacos, and fried chicken.

Pentagoet Inn Wine Bar

$$$ Fodor's choice

This upscale but relaxed place has a long list of farm- or sea-to-table small plates. Supplementing the well-curated selection of wines is a menu of craft cocktails and local beers.

26 Main St., Castine, Maine, USA
Known For
  • cheese and charcuterie boards
  • cozy, country inn setting
  • Maine blueberry crisp
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–Apr. and Sun. and Mon. May–Oct.

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.

Barncastle Restaurant


Enjoy this inn restaurant's small-plate dishes, local beers, and craft cocktails in the quiet dining room or the rustic pub.

125 South St., Blue Hill, Maine, USA
Known For
  • contemporary twists on comfort food classics
  • deck seating in nice weather
  • live music on weekends
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch



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., Maine, 04617, USA
Known For
  • offers gluten-free and vegetarian dishes
  • wine list with interesting, affordable options
  • popular with boaters
Restaurants 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., Maine, 04673, USA
Known For
  • local favorite
  • made-from-scratch Mexican classics
  • festive, family-oriented atmosphere
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sat.–Tues.

Fin and Fern


Perched on a hill overlooking Stonington Harbor, diners can watch lobster boats unload their daily haul and enjoy the sounds of seagulls and foghorns in the distance while dining on dishes made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. The appetizers and main courses center on seafood and the wood-fired pizzas coming out of the kitchen include the Garden Gnome (mushroom, caramelized onion, and ricotta) and the Seapig (scallop, applewood bacon, ricotta, and maple drizzle).  

25 Seabreeze Ave., Maine, USA
Known For
  • year-round restaurant
  • delicious vegetarian options
  • beautiful outdoor deck
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.--Wed. No lunch, Encouraged.

LDI Lobster


Whether you're stopping by on your way to Little Deer Island or on your way off it, the Maine lobster rolls and freshly fried seafood baskets are worth the detour (there is an additional fee for takeout). Enhanced by the view of the Deer Isle Bridge over Eggemoggin Reach, don't miss the daily specials, delicious milk shakes (worth the calories), or nonseafood items (like beef and veggie burgers). 

202 Little Deer Isle Rd., Deer Isle, Maine, USA
Known For
  • fresh seafood
  • Gifford's ice cream and milk shakes
  • waterfront location
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed late Oct.--early June and Mon.--Wed.

Maine Lobster Lady


In summer, this former island innkeeper sells yummy and quick eats, many of them made with fish from local waters and her own organic garden produce. Her "food truck" (actually a tow trailer) is parked in the Island Store parking lot on Isle au Haut. She sells lobster rolls, naturally, but you might try her deep-fried haddock sandwich.

Off Main Rd., Maine, USA
207-335–5141-in summer
Known For
  • everything prepared on-site
  • traditional Maine lobster rolls
  • whoopie pies
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed mid-Sept.–early June

Sandy’s Blue Hill Café


Open for breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch, this place has a mix of standard and surprising offerings, including a great falafel platter. If you want dinner, you can select from such house-made frozen dishes as beef stew, vegetable and cheese enchiladas, or Georgia onion pie. In summer, the café occasionally hosts special concert lunches and dinners (reservations required).

Siam Sky


The long menu has all the Thai favorites (some of them gluten-free), from pad Thai and noodle soups to traditionally prepared seafood, chicken, beef, and duck entrées. Dine in the bright and airy dining room or out on the deck with its bright red chairs and umbrellas.

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., Maine, 04676, USA
Known For
  • outdoor dining
  • house-brewed porters, ales, and lagers
  • wood-fired oven
Restaurants 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.

Whale Rib Tavern Biergarten


Run by the fine folks at The Pilgrim Inn, the tavern and its Biergarten are a great place to stop for a pint of one of the many Maine craft beers on tap. The menu features classic pub fare as well as fresh seafood and smoked barbecue.

20 Main St., Deer Isle, Maine, USA
Known For
  • great place to watch the sunset
  • outside biergarten
  • family-friendly
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Tues.--Thurs. and Oct.--May. No lunch