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Fresh

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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/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
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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    Very good
  • 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
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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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

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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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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Lewiston, Maine
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We went to Fresh on the recommendation of a friend of the owners. Could not have been better! From the first greeting from Rada, hostess and owner, the experience gets only better as the meal progresses. The decor is perfectly suited to the space and highlighted by fine art from the owner's personal collection. The staff is skilled, the cuisine... More 

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Scawby,
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

We stayed in Camden for 3 nights, and ate in Fresh for 2 of the evenings. The food was excellent, atmosphere in the restaurant superb and we even had the pleasure of spending some time talking to the owner and chef Steve and his wife Rada, who took some time on our second visit to the restaurant to chat with... More 

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Parkton, Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

I'm a little late in writing this as we were there in October 2014 but felt it was worthy of a review. My fiancé and I were staying in Camden last fall and decided to visit a few restaurants in the downtown area, even if to only try a small plate or an appetizer or two from each. This was... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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63 reviews 63 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Terrific little place down on the waterfront. Very fresh food nicely served and presented. The lobster roll was especially tasty. Nive easy going comfortable service.

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Thomaston, Maine, United States
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

One of the best dinners I've had in years! Large portions, fantastic flavors, good service and desserts beyond belief! You have to experience it!

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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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