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Hartstone Inn

41 Elm Street, Camden, ME 04843
800-788-4823; 207-236-4259
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Ranked #1 of 43 restaurants in Camden
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $31 - $50
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Between Washington St. and Free St.
Description: Butter poached Maine lobster over angel hair, Pistachio Crusted Lamb chops, and grilled Salmon Nicoise are just a sample of what diners might experience at the Hartstone Inn. Steps from Camden harbor, Fodor's considers the Hartstone Inn "An elegant and sophisticated retreat and culinary destination offering a unique experience in pampered luxury." Choose from our 5-course prix-fixe menu at 7:30 ($48.50), which changes nighly to utilize the freshest local ingredients, or our lighter 2 course a la carte menu served at 6pm ($24.50). With advanced notice we are happy to accommodate allergies or dislikes and create a menu especially for you. Our cellar list offers a selection of 150 bottles, starting at $24, and lauded by Wine Specatator. Proud recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award and the American Culinary Federation Achievement of Excellence award.
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91% Recommend
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Acton, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We've stayed and eaten at the Hartstone Inn twice now - once in February of 2013 and recently in April of 2014 and have really enjoyed it - the food, the people, the setting all make it a memorable experience. For dinner we've had the five course chef's tasting menu both times and it's inventive, wonderful presentation and excellent food.... More

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Camden, Maine, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

It was great to keep running into you during my various visits down to the Mingei recently and I loved having our impromptu lunch. I will be down on April 24th one last time to see the show and to attend the associated lecture and event that night. Perhaps you will be able to attend? I am excited and relieved... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is a very special place owned and run by a very special couple. The food is wonderful, the service elegant....the perfect place for a celebratory evening....or a non-celebratory evening for that matter. My husband and I recommend it without reservation!

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Bangor, Maine
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

My husband and I celebrated our 10th Anniversary with an elegant, romantic and utterly delicious dinner at the Hartstone Inn. We decided to try the Chef's tasting menu and were blown away! The food was divine! The presentation was outstanding! It was so much more than food; it was an experience!

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Bedford, New Hampshire
20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

What a meal! My husband and I enjoyed the Chef's tasting menu and every bite was so delicious. The creative menu included a marvelous risotto that we rate as one of the top 10 things we've ever eaten. The duck confit was melt-in-your-mouth good and attention to detail included a chilled spoon with your intermezzo sorbet. Don't miss this gem!

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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

We have eaten at the Hartstone Inn four times now and we are consistently amazed at the quality of food presented to us. The chef continues to create unique pairing and tasting menus that are a delight to take in.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

This was our first visit to the Hartstone Inn but it won't be our last. We stayed at the inn so we had the pleasure of having breakfast every morning and dinner on our second night there. From beginning to end the food and the service were outstanding. We got each course in a timely manner and never felt rushed.... More

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Blue Hill, Maine
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

We returned to the Hartstone Inn this week on a midweek special. Our dinner on the first night was as good as the several on previous visits; excellent. A smoked tomato risotto with shrimp was unusual and excellent as were the other course, topped off with a wonderful desert souffle, one of Chef Michael's signature dishes. You can count on... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014 via mobile

Went here for a relaxing winter meal. We had a reservation well In advance. Great atmosphere, quaint, dimly lit rooms. We were greeted right away and ushered to our table which was quite nice. From there, we both felt rushed and were wondering if we were at a Chinese buffet luncheon. Several times, the efficient and officious waitstaff tried to... More

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Cumberland Center, Maine
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

One of the top 5 meals I've had in my lifetime! We had the five course tasting menu starting with risotto (best I've ever had, and I've had a LOT), tomato soup (yum), blueberry sorbet (delicious), haddock and shrimp with cream sauce (incredible), and chocolate souffle with raspberry sauce (great finish). Loved it!

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