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Fresh

1 Bay View Landing, PO Box 812, Camden, ME 04843
+1 207-236-7005
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Ranked #8 of 43 restaurants in Camden
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $12 - $24
Cuisines: American, Bar, Bistro
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, 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.
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, 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
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

My wife and I spent a wonderful spring weekend in Camden Maine. Rather than hit the local fried food places for dinner we searched out a new place to eat. The folks at a local store told us about Fresh. We stopped in and were pleased to meet the owners (chef and hostess-the daughter tends the bar) and made reservations... More

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Portland, Maine
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

We stumbled upon this little restaurant in Camden, ME, and quickly determined it was one of the most delightful and delicious meals we'd ever had. The service was excellent - from the owner and hostess to our server and bus person. The presentation of the food was spectacular and the fresh ingredients and taste combinations were an absolute treat for... More

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waldoboro maine
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

FRESH had opened for the spring season, so we went for dinner. My wife had a special meal of lobster, clams, mussels, scallops, shrimp, salmon in an excellent broth with mushroom noodles...as we left she said that I'll have to add this to my list of my favorite restaurants. All the menu had nice flavorful special touches for every dish.... More

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Greensboro, Vermont
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40 reviews 40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Our second visit to Fresh in as many days and both were excellent. "Fresh" is the perfect description of this restaurant - clean, newly decorated, beautifully appointed and comfortable. No doubt the owners take great pride in their business. On both occasions we tried different dishes and were pleasantly surprised with our choices. Preparations are innovated, delicious and beautifully presented.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

"Fresh" is just exactly that....fresh exciting ingredients ! This is not to be missed if you are visiting or living in Camden. If you haven't been there already then do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a fantastic meal served up by friendly, professional and delightful wait-staff. Be sure and meet the owners Steve and Rada you'll soon see... More

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Bedford, New Hampshire
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

If you ever find yourself in Camden Maine (which you should aim to do!) Fresh is not to be missed. My husband and I arrived on a very cold rainy March night and we were warmly greeted by the hostess (who also happens to be the Chef's wife and owner). After graciously taking our dripping wet coats and umbrella we... More

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Camden, Maine
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We went last night with a friend visiting from out of town to the newly-reopened Fresh, now under new management and chef-owned. Everything was wonderful, starting with the beautiful and redesigned interiors. Our server was the chef's daughter and she was warm and funny and took great care of us. We had a number of questions and a special request:... More

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Glen Rock, Pennsylvania
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14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

A very busy Saturday evening in Camden had us searching for a place for dinner without a long wait. We found our way to Fresh and waited less than 5 minutes for a table. Our server immediately appeared and presented us with menus. My daughter ordered lobster flat bread and I chose a salad. Our meals were delicious and full... More

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Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

I guess I could be considered a regular at Fresh. I dine in or get something from their bakery at least once a week, so it will be difficult to do without them until they reopen in May. My New Year's Eve meal was panko-crusted haddock (they ran out of the original halibut) with sweet and spicy glaze. Tasty and... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We were in Camden during the "ice storm" and were most grateful to find Fresh!! We enjoyed dinner there two evenings--other places were either closed or too far away in the icy weather--and were very pleased with the food and the service. The staff was most welcoming and cordial! The food was delicious and obviously prepared with care!

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