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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
Portland, Maine
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Stopped into Fresh while in Camden the Sat night before the Bicycle Coalition of Maine's Lobster Ride for a quick bistro bite. Camden was jammed, and we expected a long wait for tourist food. But we were pleasantly surprised to be immediately seated, and further surprised to have a meal that was completely delicious. Servings were ample and simply presented.... More

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Houlton, Maine
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

My wife and I were walking around Camden trying to decide where to eat. We'd heard about Fresh with its emphasis on locally sourced, fresh ingredients and decided to give it a try. We were glad we did. We were able to sit outside, which was nice. I had the panzanella and it was fantastic. I would order it again.... More

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Rockville, Maryland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Two of us liked our dinner, and two of us didn't. There was a fish dish with crab and mashed potatoes that was pretty good--albeit a bit rich--and a hummus and tsatsiki appetizer followed by mussels that was quite good. The falafel/veggie burger dinners were less enjoyable. The strangest thing, however, was that we didn't feel exactly welcome. Admittedly, we... More

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A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We had a relaxing, elegant brunch with delicious food. They were so nice and on top of things, music and ambiance was amazing, made us all, including the kids have a good time. Also, the kids were super happy with their food and cute cups they gave them.

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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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
45 helpful votes 45 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
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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

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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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