Robinson's Wharf overlooks a small, working harbor and the view is incredible. It's a big place with plenty of indoor & outdoor-deck seating, and there's even a little gift shop next door. Its waterfront location at the head of Southport Island, just down from the swing bridge and a mile outside of the touristy Boothbay Harbor, is perfect. I truly think they could serve baskets of fried cardboard and still have customers. Thankfully, they don't.
There are fresh, local, Glidden Point oysters, coconut-milk-&-curry mussels, sesame-seared tuna, and lobster fondue. They also serve very good pasta, fried seafood, & burgers. I've been there on several occasions and the food has always been great.
In addition to the food and the location, some great, local musicians play upstairs in the bar. Each time we've gone, they've been in residence playing Americana, rock, blues, etc. on mostly acoustic instuments. And I'm talking original music in addition to cover songs. The band is great.
Finally, there's the friendly attitude and great service at Robinson's. A large group of us had come up for a weekend of kayaking. I made a reservation for a party of 12 to 15 for a Friday night. During dinner, our number swelled to 21 as people arrived at different times. The staff made every attempt to seat us together and accommodate our varying needs as best they could. Everyone was pleased with the food & service - so pleased in fact that after driving around Boothbay trying to find another restaurant that could handle 21 of us, we decided we would just head back to Robinson's on Saturday evening as well. Most of the other restaurants balked at accommodating our group or wanted to shunt us off in a less-than-optimal seating area. In contrast, Robinson's welcomed us gladly, served everyone efficiently, and even moved us inside when the temperature dropped outside on the deck. (Our only complaint was the scuffle that ensued in our group over the last piece of blueberry pie. It sat in the middle of our large table for long minutes until the server brought out a dozen or more forks. It was devoured in seconds and unfortunately, not everyone got a piece of it... More pie next time, please!)
I really can't say enough about this wonderful restaurant. The location, the food, the music, and especially the staff all make this a remarkable place.
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