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40 Paper

40 Washington Street, Camden, ME 04843
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Ranked #22 of 43 restaurants in Camden
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $7 - $20
Cuisines: European, Italian, Mediterranean, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Located in the century-old Knox Mill, our bistro is situated on top of the Megunticook River, just between the two waterfalls. At Brevetto, our modern Italian bistro cuisine is designed to pair perfectly with our extensive– and almost exclusively Italian– wine list. Brevetto is Italian for “patent,” and throughout the restaurant you will find turn-of-the-century schematics of wine presses and odd, out-dated food machines. In stark contrast to the complicated workings of a “salami washing machine,” our menu is simple and straightforward. We feature a large menu with a range of grilled pizzas, Italian pastas, and a variety of entrées. In addition to our extensive wine list, we also have a full bar with artisan draft beers and liquors. Enjoy your dinner in our inviting dining room, or on our waterfront deck. Relax with an obscure Italian red wine at our bar, or an extra-dry gin martini on the leather sofa. Brevetto has some of the best of both worlds, right in downtown Camden.
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English first
East Conway, NH
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

I find the food here to be the best I've had anywhere. Each dish is a taste explosion. Also, love the cozy community atmosphere. Additionally-- gluten free options are TOP NOTCH. My only complaint is that it is a bit pricey, but I love the place so much that I am willing to pay. Plus, you can find some deals... More

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Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Canada
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

My fiancee and I went there for dinner. The food was very good. I had the sweet potato pizza and it was excellent. The ambiance was relax and cozy. Service was very good.

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LA, California
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Came here on a slow night having heard good things. Our waiter seemed indifferent; drinks were surprisingly slow in coming, and then in the midst of our drinks, our waiter began pouring our wine - have never seen this before anywhere. Not impressed.

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

I don't know why I keep getting suckered into going here, because each and every time I go whether for dinner or drinks, I am always disappointed. The food is not bad, but it is somewhat pricey for what you get. My major malfunction with the place is the utter disdain that the bartenders and servers have for the customers.... More

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Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

We found 40 Papers by a hostess at another restaurants suggestion. Camden is a very nice tourist town and anything near the main downtown had a bit of a hectic feel. 40 Papers is in an old industrial building just a short walk from the water front area. We went there twice in as many days, sitting at the bar... More

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Nova Scotia
16 reviews 16 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We can't share the views of many of the previous reviewers, because we had dinner there last week and had a great experience. We had a drink in the bar first and then moved to the dining room. It wasn't overly busy and therefore not as loud as some guests noted. Our service was efficient, professional and friendly. We ordered... More

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Rockport, Maine
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We have been to 40 Paper a few times in an effort to give it a try to do better. However, service is consistently pitiful (just like the sister location, 3 Crow in Rockland) and although there are mufflers suspended from the ceiling to help with sound, it doesn't work as well as it should. If you're not there before... More

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Philadelphia, PA
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We have been three years in a row, probably five visits total, and the mixed drinks really are spectacular. The only problem is that no matter what time of year we go, it always takes forever to place your order, as well as to get your drink. I have no idea why we have always had bad service here, but... More

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Wilmington, North Carolina
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

However, the noise in the restaurant is overwhelming. It is difficult to hold a conversation over dinner. The GF menu is helpful and attracted us to the spot in the first place. But we like to join other firends for dinner and the noise makes it impossible to converse.

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Goldsboro, North Carolina
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100 reviews 100 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

Went with several friends and tried several different dishes. Hands down, we all felt the chef was heavy handed with the salt in nearly every dish. It seems as if this restaurant is trying very hard to be uber trendy with overly complicated dishes that unfortunately muddy up what could be delicious. When patrons have to ask multiple questions just... More

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