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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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English first
Maine
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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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Granby, Connecticut
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The food was amazing! We were told to have the Japanese Caesar salad and it would not disappoint and they were right, it is large enough to share. We also had the blue fin tuna and the pan seared salmon, all delicious. The only issue is the kitchen is wide open and it gets pretty noisy inside.

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Avondale, Pennsylvania, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

If you are trying to choose a place to eat in Camden, eat at Fresh. You will be disappointed if you don't. We ate there twice during our 3 day stay. I truly wish we had eaten there all 3 nights! Haddock stuffed with crab meat was the special we had on night #1. Perfect. Mussel appetizer was exactly like... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I am a self professed foodie. This place is great. I am impressed by the non-stop action in the visible kitchen. We six had a variety of dishes we shared at least a taste of each. My pork with Andalusian sauce was perfect. My husband had the hake and potatoes, a few had steak and there was one order of... More

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Miami, Florida, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We had just gotten to town with BIG appetites but NO reservations and all the restaurants at this charming seaside village were packed to overflowing. Everywhere we checked the wait time was 45 minute or more. When we presented ourselves to the hostess at Fresh asked if we had reservations and frowned when we said no. Her frown quickly turned... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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55 reviews 55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Great place if you're not looking for a fried fish experience or something catering to the older tourist crowd. Excellent dishes, reasonable prices, nice surroundings. Best place I've found in Camden.

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Ashburnham, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

We highly recommend eating here. It was one of the shortest waits on a Saturday night. Great presentations on the food and everything we had tasted fantastic. The hostess and wait staff were very polite and friendly.

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Campton, New Hampshire
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12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Grabbed a drink and some amazing wild mushroom risotto at Fresh. Nice atmosphere and great service as well.

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Saint Johnsbury, Vermont
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Good food and creative menu items . Attentive service, a little noisy to be considered romantic but well worth a trip for the excellent food and many gluten free choices. We had the lobster risotto and an excellent Italian wine . Good view of the food being prepared in the open kitchen

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