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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 47 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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Georgia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

One of the BEST meals ever had!! Everyone in our family of 4 got different menu items and raved about them. Very different menu and well worth the price! Just regret we live in Georgia & won't be able to eat there again unless we make it back to Camden!!

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Oldenburg, Germany
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Just for 1 night in Camden we asked for a restaurant recommendation in a local wine shop, who mentioned us Fresh. An absolutely wonderful hit. Our choice was raw pure fresh oysters as a starter followed by the incomparable lobster raviolis. Dessert: flourless chocolate torte with crème anglaise and housemade espresso tiramisu - delicious!! We are sad that we leave... More

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North Yarmouth, ME
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Our innkeeper recommended that we try Fresh and we are thankful. Fortunately we got there early. Without a reservation it's hard to tell how long we would have had to wait. We both had the specials -halibut and king salmon - and both were fantastic. Great flavor, cooked perfectly, interesting sides (I've never had lobster in my mashed potato before),... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

My favorite in Camden! Food is really fresh and also sophisticated (for Maine!). Service is super friendly. Good spot for foodies.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We had an excellent experience at Fresh. We sat outside which was great for people watching. The food was delicious – we had lobster risotto and one of the most interesting chicken pot pies I have ever had. There was a large party of 25+ that came to the restaurant right as we did, so the staff immediately let us... More

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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This was, by far, one of the best restaurants I've eaten at in a very long time. The wine was excellent. The menu had something for everyone. The food was scrumptious.

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Shelby Township, Michigan, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Fresh was recommended to us and we were told to call for a reservation as the menu has changed since we ate here last year. Surprise, surprise the menu and atmosphere have changed for the good! Interior is very comfortable, but very busy. Depending on your seat, you can watch the kitchen, which is interesting and hopping with activity. Food... More

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Senior Reviewer
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8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Had the crab cake appetizer ,was good but not great Had the halibut and the swordfish for dinner and even though the fish was fresh they put way too much stuff on top ,so much that was hard to tell what the fish tasted like ,the swordfish had some quinoa with olives and red bell peppers in it and d... More

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Maine
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

A girlfriend and I enjoyed a lunch date at Fresh, located in the heart of downtown Camden. We sat outside in one of the four or five available booths. There isn't a view per say as it is somewhat street side. It was sunny though and pleasant though - a fun spot to people watch! We ordered two sandwiches and... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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87 reviews 87 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We arrived here with a confirmed reservation later in the evening and got caught in a " the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing " situation. We were seated promptly and then proceeded to wait and wait and then wait some more - all this was happening while the restaurant was not busy. Finally, we called... More

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