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Muddy Rudder Restaurant

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1335 Rte 1, Yarmouth, ME 04096-6970
+1 207-846-3082
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Owner Matthew Witham are proud and excited to invite you to The Muddy...
Owner Matthew Witham are proud and excited to invite you to The Muddy Rudder Restaurant. Matt's vision of providing guests with exceptional food, coupled with impeccable service, has materialized on the picturesque coastline of Maine.
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  • 136
    Excellent
  • 102
    Very good
  • 56
    Average
  • 34
    Poor
  • 25
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Weary and Hungry Travelers

The food was excellent, and we really enjoyed the atmosphere. We we not in a hurry, but we waited an overly long time for our entrees to arrive; however, if in the area, we would go back again.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
Lenore B
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  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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Whitingham, Vermont
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We didn't know what to expect upon entering -- a hang-out or a fine restaurant. This is a fine restaurant -- piano music, excellent and friendly wait staff, quality silverware, interesting menu, nice views of a tidal river and someone makes high quality candles (with real fruit) for sale.

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SwedishVermonter, thank you for taking the time to share such a great 5 star review! We're delighted you enjoyed your dining experience with us and were so pleasantly surprised by the ambience. We'll be sure to pass your compliments on to our wait staff. They work very hard to ensure all of our guests have top-notch meals. It's also great... More 

Fairfield, Connecticut
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599 reviews
444 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We had a very enjoyable dinner. The restaurant is located near the water and had very pretty water views. They had both inside and outdoor seating. We sat inside- very pretty dining room. They had a very nice menu- fish, burgers, chicken, salads, soups and appetizers. In addition they had a kids menu. I had the stuffed haddock- with two... More 

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Gloria H, thank you for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful review! We're delighted you and your whole family had an exemplary dining experience. You all made excellent choices! The haddock, burger, and kid's chicken fingers are all great dishes. We'll be sure to pass your compliments on to the chef, our servers, and everyone else! It's... More 

Maquoketa, Iowa
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We had requested outside seating and were warned that mosquitoes and other winged creatures may bother us, but they didn't at all...we had to move inside because of an obnoxious child running around, not listening to his mother and jumping off chairs, and....well.... yeah, obnoxious covers it. Anyway, we moved to the inside and were treated to a delightful dinner... More 

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Jennie3298, thank you for taking the time to share such a phenomenal review! We're delighted to hear you and your husband had an exemplary dining experience with us. The lobster bake, broiled haddock, and chocolate torte were all excellent choices! You both clearly have an eye for good dishes. We're also glad to hear you enjoyed our, as you put... More 

Dubai
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We stop at the Muddy Rudder whenever we are traveling through Maine, usually on our way home. We like their food and location and their friendly wait staff. A bonus is the salt-treatment they offer in their restrooms. I realize this is a form of sales pitch, but I like it and make use of it every time we stop... More 

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The_Business_Manager, General Manager at Muddy Rudder Restaurant, responded to this review

Frequenttraveler1945, thank you for the wonderful review! We're delighted to hear Muddy Rudder is a routine stop for you on the way home. It's great you enjoy the Muddy Rudder experience so much! We work very hard to make sure all of our guests are happy and content. We'll be sure to pass your compliments along to our wait staff!... More 

2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The food was excellent, and we really enjoyed the atmosphere. We we not in a hurry, but we waited an overly long time for our entrees to arrive; however, if in the area, we would go back again.

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The_Business_Manager, General Manager at Muddy Rudder Restaurant, responded to this review

Lenore, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts! We're delighted to hear you enjoyed your dining experience with us so much! It's discouraging you were inconvenienced by the wait for your food, however. We'll be sure to speak with our management team about your wait. We work very hard to provide all of our patrons with the... More 

Lanesboro, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

While visiting the area and staying at a chain hotel in Brunswick, ME, we asked the front desk people for recommendations for restaurants in the area for several different days & meals. For a great combination of food for all tastes, including wonderful Maine fresh seafood, the Muddy Rudder in Yarmouth, a short pleasant drive away, was very highly recommended... More 

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William M, thank you for sharing your thoughts with us and the TripAdvisor community! We're glad you took the advice from the front desk of your hotel! The Seared Tuna and Baked Haddock were phenomenal choices. We really pride ourselves in our Seafood selections! We also appreciate the kind compliments you've left about your waitresses! They'll love to hear your... More 

Bancroft, Canada
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

we came back to Freeport Maine this year because last year we had a great time We ate at the Muddy Rudder Restaurant last year and couldn't wait to go back what a disappointment. My husband ordered Clam Chowder to start and it was a bowl of Luke warm milk with a few clam pieces in it - no taste... More 

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The_Business_Manager, General Manager at Muddy Rudder Restaurant, responded to this review

sharonrob2015, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. It's discouraging to hear you and your husband had a negative dining experience with us. We work very hard to make sure all of our patrons are well cared for. We're sorry to hear this was not the case for you. We'll be sure to pass all... More 

Gray, Maine
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The Muddy Rudder Restaurant has a wonderful atmosphere. They have a great dining room with a lot of seating & a beautiful bar area. We have always had great service & food here. Their menu has a lot of choices, both for seafood lovers & landlubbers. They also make great cocktails!

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Claire Z, thanks for taking the time to leave such a glowing review! We're glad to hear you had such a good dining experience with us. We pride ourselves on our aesthetic and on our staff, and we're very happy you enjoyed both as well! We would definitely recommend anything off of our seafood cuisine menu if you haven't yet... More 

Petersburg, Michigan
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53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This restaurant is adjacent to a Best Western property near Yarmouth/Freeport, Maine. My wife and I were staying in the BW accommodations up the hill from the restaurant. It would sure be convenient if the food and service was up to par, wouldn't it? And, we were pleasantly surprised as walk-in guests to be seated (they were quite busy on... More 

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pnedry, thank you for sharing this glowing review. The Muddy Rudder is a traveler's favorite pitstop, and we're so glad to see you made us a part of your trip. We're also flattered you chose to dine with us two nights in a row. You made a good choice in making your way around our versatile menu! We strive to... More 

Cleveland, Ohio
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151 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Went with a decent sized group for dinner. The place is quite large with a view of the river, although not the prettiest view in the world. Service was attentive and professional, although there were a few minor forgotten (and easily remedied) items. The clam chowder was one of the best I have had in a long time, not heavy... More 

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The_Business_Manager, General Manager at Muddy Rudder Restaurant, responded to this review

GeneDoc57, thank you for taking the time to share your review with us and the fine people of TripAdvisor. We're very delighted to know that you were satisfied you were with your visit to the Muddy Rudder Restaurant. We are constantly striving to provide our guests with exemplary dining experiences, so please know that we have taken note of your... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1335 Rte 1, Yarmouth, ME 04096-6970
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Yarmouth
  • Phone Number: +1 207-846-3082

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Chowder, Seafood, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine

Description

Owner Matthew Witham are proud and excited to invite you to The Muddy Rudder Restaurant. Matt's vision of providing guests with exceptional food, coupled with impeccable service, has materialized on the picturesque coastline of Maine.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?