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Fresh

1 Bay View Landing, PO Box 1428, Camden, ME 04843
+1 207-236-7005
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Ranked #7 of 46 restaurants in Camden
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $12 - $28
Cuisines: American, Bar, Bistro
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: A relative newcomer to Camden's waterfront dining scene, Fresh serves innovative interpretations of classic coastal New England dishes inspired by the rich culinary traditions of the Mediterranean region. Self-described as one part neighborhood cafe, one part elegant bistro & bar, Fresh is designed around an open kitchen, where Head Chef Steve Steeves, and his Sous Chef Kyle Ruger, can be seen busily toiling over open flames preparing mouth watering and deeply satisfying dishes.Fresh works with local farmers, growers and purveyors to source products with integrity, flavor and soul, and incorporate seasonal offerings into their menus nightly. The result is food that is honest, straightforward and pays homage to the bounty of the local region of Maine we are so privileged to call home. Using ingredients in their peak and preparing them minimally and with respect allows Fresh to capture the essence of the season and bring it straight to your table.The Fresh experience is about more that just the food. A sincere effort to educate our staff on all aspects of food and wine culture is the basis for our service philosophy. The welcoming staff at Fresh goes to great lengths to make diners feel at ease, comfortable and well taken care of. Warm hues, soft lighting and an unexpected quirkiness encourage guests to settle in, get comfortable, and have a great time.
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: A relative newcomer to Camden's waterfront dining scene, Fresh serves innovative interpretations of classic coastal New England dishes inspired by the rich culinary traditions of the Mediterranean region. Self-described as one part neighborhood cafe, one part elegant bistro & bar, Fresh is designed around an open kitchen, where Head Chef Steve Steeves, and his Sous Chef Kyle Ruger, can be seen busily toiling over open flames preparing mouth watering and deeply satisfying dishes.Fresh works with local farmers, growers and purveyors to source products with integrity, flavor and soul, and incorporate seasonal offerings into their menus nightly. The result is food that is honest, straightforward and pays homage to the bounty of the local region of Maine we are so privileged to call home. Using ingredients in their peak and preparing them minimally and with respect allows Fresh to capture the essence of the season and bring it straight to your table.The Fresh experience is about more that just the food. A sincere effort to educate our staff on all aspects of food and wine culture is the basis for our service philosophy. The welcoming staff at Fresh goes to great lengths to make diners feel at ease, comfortable and well taken care of. Warm hues, soft lighting and an unexpected quirkiness encourage guests to settle in, get comfortable, and have a great time.
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English first
Lincolnville, Maine
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I was really glad we had made reservations as Fresh was very busy when we arrived, but our waitress was prompt and delivered water, menus and a listing of the night's specials quickly and efficiently. My daughter and I are vegetarians and it is difficult to find a restaurant with more than one option - Fresh has several and they... More

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Princeton, New Jersey
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

If you are in or near Camden, ME, you must try this new restaurant! First of all, the food is excellent and uniquely integrates Eastern European as well as middle eastern influences. We started with the falafel made with quinoa. Outstanding! For entrees, my husband had chicken pot pie that was made without the fattening crust and topped with kale... More

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Bovina Center, New York
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Tripadvisor, usually trust it, but not this time. Esp the review below by the guy who said he "ate here everyday" for the remainder of his stay. Maybe it's having lived in Manhattan for so many years, where if you order falafel or hummus it comes in a big fresh! portion with lots of crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes, lots of... More

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Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This restaurant was recommended to us and it did not disappoint. Food was excellent and the wait staff superb. We chose to sit outside and enjoyed every moment!!

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Camden, Maine
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Had an enjoyable lunch with friends at Fresh. Varied menu. 2 of us had burgers and they came cooked exactly like we ordered. Another friend had the haddock which looked fantastic. The wedge salad was also great. If you are looking for a nice quiet place, this is it. There are some outside tables but noisy. Inside was quiet and... More

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Cincinnati
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I travel to Europe a lot and find their food to have European influence. The food was delicious, light, authentic, elegantly served, small portions, great selection. After 2-3 days in the area and disappointments in other restaurants, I was ecstatic when I opened their menu, I dined there every day for the rest of my stay in Camden. I loved... More

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Portland, Maine
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

It means they aren't trying to please everyone, but doing a few dishes really well. We passed up Fresh our first night in Camden because the menu sounded more "lunch" than dinner. Our mistake. It's a hip little restaurant steps from the harbor with outdoor seating, a bar and contemporary decor. We shared a salad and the chicken kebabs on... More

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The restaurant surpassed the good reviews we had read about FRESH. It was right on Camden Harbor, perfect location. Everyone in our party loved their meals. My husband had the special mixed grill, which was a variety of grilled seafood, perfectly cooked. I opted for the burger which was juicy and cooked to just the right temperature. My son's steak... More

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Presque isle maine
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We frequently eat at Fresh in Camden and have yet to have anything but a fantastic meal there! We ate at Fresh on Saturday, July 19th, and as always the meal was wonderful- My husband had the Blue Fin Tuna and I had the steak- both dishes were wonderfully prepared and presented- I really wish they would bring back the... More

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Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

My husband had the lobster ravioli and I had the pork and we were both happy. However, what brought us back at second night was an outstanding panzanella salad! We sat outside both nights and enjoyed the flair of the harbor setting. Drinks were good and service was very responsive.

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