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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, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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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  • 48
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  • 22
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Intricate and interesting menu with fresh ingredients and great service

We really enjoyed our visit to this restaurant. Despite dining quite late with 2 young kids they couldn't have been more welcoming. A nice atmosphere with people that really seem to care about what they're doing. Needed a nappy change which they didn't have but showed us to a quiet corner and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed our visit to this restaurant. Despite dining quite late with 2 young kids they couldn't have been more welcoming. A nice atmosphere with people that really seem to care about what they're doing. Needed a nappy change which they didn't have but showed us to a quiet corner and nothing seemed too much trouble. The food was... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Best meal by far we enjoyed in Rockport, Camden ME. Family owned with great pride in food, drink and great service. Truly fresh greens, appetizers, seafood and steaks with wonderful, authentic Middle Eastern spices.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The food was wonderful and our waitress was attentive and lovely. I hope to go back when we visit again. We had unique salads, a delicious Mediteranian appetizer and of course a bottle of wine. Unbelievable dessert too, don't skip it, the chocolate torte was to die for!!

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CAMDEN
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

At first glance this doesn't appear to be anything special, but we have had many good meals and friendly, efficient service here. In the summer, you have the added benefit of being able to sit outside and watch the quirky tourists go walking by down to the harbor.

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

This small restaurant is close to the harbor in Camden. The interior is very clean simple. The menu is a bit unusual, but everything we ate was superb. The service was excellent. Prices were reasonable for what we received.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Having been to Camden many times, this is the best restaurant in the area. Come here once a year and have never been disappointed. Try the feta cheese appetizer.... SO GOOD!

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Bucks County, PA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

Had such a delightful dinner. My husband had salmon and I had a Mediterranean Sloppy Joe. Our waitress, Rada, was helpful and skilled. Will definitely return next time we are in town.

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Rockland, Maine
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67 reviews 67 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

A superb dinner, in its perfect setting--informal and comfortable, yet distinguished and excellent. Balanced cuisine, strong and direct without confrontation. Flavors inventively combined from most unusually fine ingredients, and the plates, very well assembled, fully supported by the front of the house. An excellent staff.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Fresh is our first-choice restaurant whenever we're in Camden. They have an interesting and inventive menu and the owner/chef, whom we talked to this time, takes food very seriously and creatively without getting either pretentious or overly clever in his dishes or food pairings. We've never had less than an excellent meal here. This last time was just a light... More 

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Biddeford, Maine
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61 reviews 61 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Had to look up a lot of the words on the menu but I'm not a foodie so I didn't mind... Waitress gracious. Unpretentious place with nice ambiance... Expensive but interesting. Didn't like my meal, but I don't fault the chef for that. Companions lobster ravioli was divine. Dessert was very good.

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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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