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Hartstone Inn

41 Elm Street, Camden, ME 04843
800-788-4823; 207-236-4259
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Ranked #3 of 47 Restaurants in Camden
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $50
Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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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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English first
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This place is great. Super atmosphere and service. Interesting menu. Food done to perfection. We will be back. Worth the price.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

I'm a retired New Jerey Superior Court judge, spending my time searching for fine food and pleasurable experiences. Michael Salmon and Mary Jo made my first visit to Maine one of the best of both, with their warm hospitality and superb cuisine. From stuffed ravioli, to tender lobster, to the legendary desert souffle, the dinner at their Inn tops my... More

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Newton, Massachusetts
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

What a delightful treat! Four of us visited the Hartstone Inn in August for my birthday dinner. I had the chef's prix fixe tasting menu and the others ate a la carte. The food was superb, along with the very attentive service, which included a few courtesies related to the birthday, of which they were aware. Even the chef came... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Nice ambiance...food was very good. There are several dining room areas and we had a nice quiet table not close to other diners.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I don't know why this restaurant is rated so highly. Dull and uninteresting food prepared as if it were the 1960's. Lots of thick sauces.

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11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The Hartstone is very small and elegant. The food was fresh and well prepared. The staff very professional and responsive. I read the Trip Advisor reviews which raved about The Hartstone so I had high expectations and they were more than satisfied. Thank you Trip Advisor for leading me down the right path yet again.

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Greenville, South Carolina
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

My wife and I really enjoyed the Inn - and the free upgrade for my 70th birthday! The highlight of the stay was the evening dinner - awesome! This ranks up there with one of the best prepared meals we have ever had. And we have eaten in many a great restaurant in Charleston SC, Atlanta GA, etc. Also, Michael... More

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Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We had dinner at the Hartstone Inn last week. Each course was a delight. Starting with a modestly priced wine list with excellent values. My wife had a macadamia crusted fish which was simply prepared and perfectly cooked. My lobster ravioli was as good as I have had. The service was professional and attentive without being intrusive. We enjoyed our... More

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Madion, AL
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We recently ate at the Hartstone Inn in Camden, ME and had a wonderful meal. Chef Michael creates outstanding meals and we always enjoy our dinner there whenever we visit Maine. The a la carte menus offers a great way to experience the terrific food choices, and the service is excellent. We highly recommend the Hartstone Inn for a memorable... More

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Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
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83 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Back at the Hartstone Inn, our home for the night in their "Tally Ho"room, we couldn't pass-up the afternoon $5 cocktails that came with a canapé. Their signature key lime martini is one of the best cocktails I've tried and canapé of polenta cake topped with Maine lobster and tapenade was enough to keep me reordering the cocktail. A vicious... More

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