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Fresh

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French, American, Bar, Pub, Bistro
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1 Bay View Landing, Camden, ME 04843
+1 207-236-7005
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating
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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  • 58
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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
Great place for lunch.

The food here was absolutely amazing, and the price wasn't too bad either. All of the food here is local, and homemade, even some of the sodas! Give it a try if you're in the area.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
Marcella C
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Orono, Maine
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Orono, Maine
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The food here was absolutely amazing, and the price wasn't too bad either. All of the food here is local, and homemade, even some of the sodas! Give it a try if you're in the area.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

My husband and I went in for dinner and the restaurant was not crowded. Service was not good, server rarely findable or flag-able as he had several tables outside while we were inside. The other servers weren't eager to assist so no second beer with dinner... oops. I have a food allergy and at ordering the server assured me that... More 

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Oxford, MS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Try not to miss eating at this restaurant during your stay in Camden. They serve lunch and dinner. For dinner we had haddock stuffed with lobster, and fresh vegetables on the side. It was a fabulous meal.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Very nice meal at Fresh near the harbor. The dishes are creative -- moussaka not as the Greeks would know it -- yet delicious. Fresh, lovely salads and a delicious lobster risotto.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We went with friends tonight to Fresh. It was outstanding! We all ordered different items from their interesting menu and everyone loved their meal. The impressive 20 year old sous chef was running the kitchen that night and did an excellent job. Everything was delicious. We highly highly recommend Fresh!

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Looking for vegetarian options - referred by another restaurant in Camden. I asked the Chef to make me a special dish - just adding grilled halibut to their Japanese Caesar salad and it was perfect. My husband had a delicious Quinoa falafel with a sweet red pepper spread.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We made a reservation in person the night before. When our party of 4 arrived the reservation was only for 2 and they could not seat us. OOPS!!! No effort to apoligise.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Very nice meal. Staff are friendly, helpful but not overbearing. No rush...no music...hooray! So we could actually hear what one another was saying. Lobster risotto was huge and had lots of lobster. Hubby had moussaka and loved it. A great choice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

we both had lobster, she had lobster ravioli, i had lobster risotto, OMG was great, the wedge salad was spectacular. would go again anytime

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Bath, Maine, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

On a very hot summer evening, decided to go to Fresh, whereas I had heard quite a bit about it. I was particularly to the idea of local, fresh product. I also found their website to be informative and is raised my expectations. I was not disappointed! The menu was very simple to understand and ample choices. I opted for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Bay View Landing, 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: French, American, Bar, Pub, 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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