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“Not up to par with past experiences” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Spruce Point Inn

Spruce Point Inn
88 Grandview Avenue, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-2247
207-633-4152
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Price range: $20 - $95
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Scenic view
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Linekin Road
Description: Food & Wine Magazine came up with the idea of “Collaboration Nation” to describe chefs working with customers, vendors and each other to bring the best flavors and experiences to those who love food. The principles of Chefs Stiles and Weinerth are sourcing, preperation, and enhancement.Here at Spruce Point Inn in Boothbay Harbor, Chefs Stiles and Weinerth have operated on these principles from the beginning, sourcing the locally fished, farmed and harvested ingredients from the best seasonal farms and producers in Maine. They then prepare the menu with cooking techniques that preserve the foods integrity and nutrition. The final product is enhanced by optimizing nutritional value via product combination and menu diversity.Midcoast Maine is the beneficiary of a cornucopia of retired/relocated professionals who have left banking or IT to go back to the land and Chef Stiles – who grew up on a farm in local Lincolnville, just up the road -- has built relationships with local farms and other food purveyors, sourcing ingredients like the fresh Aroostook beets and lavender-honey chevre from Tourmaline Hill Farm, greens from the hothouse built by a drummer from the band Phish and cheese from the State of Maine Cheese Company, a business created by a Manhattan banker in Rockland.It's an exciting time to be in the restaurant business and especially exciting to be part of what’s happening here, says Chef Stiles.
Alexandria, VA
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34 restaurant reviews
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“Not up to par with past experiences”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2011

We've stayed at Spruce Point Inn for the last 5 summers but decided to do something different this year. When we heard they had formally opened a "cafe" on the deck (they used to serve full menu there in good weather) we decided to meet family there since it was a midway point between their home and this year's destination in Belfast. It was a real disappointment. The Inn supposedly has had a face lift. The lobby does look better but the restaurants look the same ... and the menu for the outside cafe at lunch was extremely limited. Service was curt and inattentive. Food was "just OK" we've enjoyed better meals there in the past. Overall a huge disappointment ... the Inn is living on its former reputation. What a shame. There's no more beautiful location in Boothbay Harbor.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Boothbay Harbor, Maine
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21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“You must eat here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2010

Breathtaking ocean views from the dining room of this first class resort in Boothbay Harbor begin the dining experience. The staff is courteous and very capable without being intrusive. The menu has something for every taste, from casual to elegant. Starter of oyster stew followed by most recently the entree of sauteed grouper with Maine shrimp, cooked to perfection, accompanied by delicious al dente asparagus, and a baked Maine potato that defined the vegetable. The baked stuffed flounder and the marlin were flawless and the scallops were worthy of applause. Be sure and leave room for the dessert creations; you won't be disappointed. The wine list is unusually extensive, especially for a summer resort on Maine's coast, and you'll be surprised by the quality of the entertainment in the lounge area. You won't be disappointed by your visit to the Spruce Point Inn.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
“Go only for the View”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2010

What a gorgeous old fashioned resort, gorgeous grounds seaside pool, well kept old grand dame... Went over by boat for Sunday Brunch. There is none offered, in fact the young hostess did not understand the term "brunch". Anyway, the breakfast was pretty poor. Huevos Rancheros had no spices no black beans, no tortillas-- served on greasy home fries, really unappealing. Staff appear to be young students, earnest but unled...

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Atlanta, GA
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“Worst restaurant I've ever been to”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2009

"Seared' tuna was grey all through, halibut was way overcooked, medium rare hamburger was served almost well done. Clam chowder and blueberry pie were excellent. Waitress was terrible. She spilled my entree all over my lap and table, she would disappear for 15 minutes at a time, we couldn't find her when we needed silverware, never brought us bread. We complained to the manager, who just shrugged his shoulders. I wrote a letter to complain to management and they never wrote back.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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“Absolutely fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2009

We have eaten here four times, and think it is terrific. That scallop roll is to die for! The chef is excellent. Service is hit or miss depending on the server. Breakfast is very good, but can also be very expensive. The views are fantastic, and it is the perfect place for a romantic getaway or dinner with friends or family. They do not serve lunch, but for guests of the Inn, there is a poolside lunch grill where you can order from a limited, but very good, menu.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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