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Fresh

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American, Bar, Bistro
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1 Bay View Landing, PO Box 1428, Camden, ME 04843
+1 207-236-7005
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: A relative newcomer to Camden's waterfront dining scene, Fresh serves...
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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  • 295
    Excellent
  • 137
    Very good
  • 48
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Excellent!

I'm a little late in writing this as we were there in October 2014 but felt it was worthy of a review. My fiancé and I were staying in Camden last fall and decided to visit a few restaurants in the downtown area, even if to only try a small plate or an appetizer or two from each. This was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
MDGirlNextDoor
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Parkton, Maryland
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Parkton, Maryland
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

I'm a little late in writing this as we were there in October 2014 but felt it was worthy of a review. My fiancé and I were staying in Camden last fall and decided to visit a few restaurants in the downtown area, even if to only try a small plate or an appetizer or two from each. This was... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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63 reviews 63 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Terrific little place down on the waterfront. Very fresh food nicely served and presented. The lobster roll was especially tasty. Nive easy going comfortable service.

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Thomaston, Maine, United States
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

One of the best dinners I've had in years! Large portions, fantastic flavors, good service and desserts beyond belief! You have to experience it!

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Rockland, Maine
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

The restaurant went through a makeover since the last time we went there and we were totally impressed. Fantastic service, unbelievable food - very "fresh" and a romantic ambiance. It was worth every penny and we'll be returning soon.

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2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

If you want great food and impeccable service then go to Fresh. Thank you for your hard work and dedication. My wife and I were both excited to go and excited to go back to Fresh every time we have had a chance to eat there. I have eaten in Maine and across the country and in different places overseas... More 

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We ate here twice in our 4 night stay - which says something about the quality of the place. The food was interesting and varied. The staff attentive, helpful and pleasant. Simply a first class restaurant.

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Washington, ME
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We were looking for some place different and based on reviews read we decided to try Fresh and what a treat it was. The food was fantastic, from fish to risotto to beef and more. There were six of us and we all had something different and all raved about out food. The service was great too. We will definitely... More 

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portland maine
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We had the daily special, halibut with crab topping and risotto with mushrooms and cherry tomatoes, and the duck entrée. We asked the waitress which she would recommend, and she said she couldn't choose...she would recommend them both. She was right. We were hard pressed to say which was better. They were both outstanding. There was a nice selection of... More 

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Worcester, Massachusetts
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We became jaded by eating at too many supposedly good restaurants with mediocre food for high prices. Fresh cured our cynicism by providing excellent food at reasonable prices in a warm, unpretentious atmosphere. We ate here a few nights in a row and each meal was as delicious as the last.....a great combination of fresh ingredients and unique flavors.

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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64 reviews 64 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

A lot of times the two just don't go together. Some restaurants try to be too trendy at the expense of good cuisine and that is certainly not the case with Fresh. We were the first customers for dinner on a Monday in the off-season and our meal could not have been more enjoyable. My wife ordered a Brazilian-influenced Seafood... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Bay View Landing, PO Box 1428, Camden, ME 04843
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Camden
  • Phone Number: +1 207-236-7005

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 28
  • Cuisine: American, Bar, Bistro

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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