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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
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

My review for this restaurant was erroneously written under the Fresh Bakery. Sorry for the mistake. We had a very good dinner here with lobster risotto and panko-encrusted halibut. The menu is very interesting with many inventive recipes. The service was spotty and when full, the relatively small restaurant got a bit noisy. Decor is non-descript. Unfortunately we did not... More

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Burnt Hills, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Went to Fresh on a recommendation from our innkeeper. What a nice little place. Very cheerful. Drinks and salad were all outstanding. The meal was incredible. My wife had lobster rosotto that was delicious and I had their tuna. Not only was it cooked perfectly and delicious, but it looked so good that the woman sitting next to me ordered... More

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Venice, Florida
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46 reviews 46 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Dinner at Fresh was as good as it gets in Camden. Open kitchen, watch your order being prepared by the tattooed chef, who certainly knows a thing or two about cooking. Good menu and specials make decisions difficult. Everything we had (2 couples) was made from top notch ingredients and artfully presented. Good service. Good wine list. Prices appropriate for... More

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Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Very interesting, eclectic menu. The lobster risotto is to die for. It was so good, we came back twice in a four day visit to Camden. Highly recommended.

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Menerbes, France
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

wow! What a great experience - real mediterranean cooking in the heart of Maine. Every dish is imaginative, well presented and extremely tasty. Prices are good too, great selection of craft beers and a wonderful atmosphere.

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Ottawa, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Thanks to a recommendation from front desk staff at the Grand Harbor Inn, we made a reservation at Fresh for Sunday dinner. Glad we did, as it filled up quickly and was busy all evening. Fresh is a family-run operation. Rada runs the front of the house. She greeted us upon arrival and seated us at our table. Her husband... More

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Waterville, Maine, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We live about an hour and a quarter from the Maine coast, and we love Camden. But we wanted to try someplace other than The Waterfront, where we have dined several times. I did some online searching, looking at others' reviews, and we decided that since Francine Bistro and Seabright and a few others didn't do lunch, we'd try Fresh.... More

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Syracuse, New York, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Ambience without compare. Gracious owner personally greeted us at our table and thanked us for our patronage. Worth a stop!

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Chicago
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Fresh was a recommendation from a local. So we tried it. Interesting twists on standard dish. Open kitchen concept and they use only local ingredients.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I cannot say enough about the delicious dinners we had here. From the perfectly hot, fresh, rushed to our table food, to the robust and scrumptious food, and excellent service. One of our best dining out experiences in quite some time. My husband had lobster risotto, and I had a haddock stuffed with crab. You will love it too.

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