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“A typical Maine Inn” 4 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: Romance, 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.
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“A typical Maine Inn”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

This is a first class inn, as you used to find them prevalent in Maine. It is not for the tee shirt crowd, but a nice polo shirt will do. The steamed lobster was really steamed and was excellent. It must have been just under two pounds and was beautifully prepared. An interesting note, the lobster was the most expensive item on the menu, but they took $10.00 off the price without saying anything, because the price of lobster had gone down since the menu was printed. Honest people! This is not an expensive restaurant, and the ambiance is outstanding. Did not give it five stars, because my wife said her Haddock was good, but a little dry. Probably, on any other night it would have earned five stars.

If you want to have a first class meal, this is the place

Visited August 2013
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“88 Grandview at Spruce Point Inn - terrific as usual, only better”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Once again our annual dinner at 88 Grandview was superb! Having a summer home nearby we try to eat here every year. This year our dinning experience was terrific as usual, just a little more so...
The menu now changes seasonally, for spring, summer and fall, although I tend to only be there midsummer.
Some nice added touches were the free champagne upon arrival, the cucumber mint gazpacho amuse bouche (also a chef's gift), and the breakfast muffin, packed oh so beautifully, which we were each given upon exit for breakfast the following morning (another gift!!!). The meal was wonderful as usual. The diver scallops are always phenomenal, and the wild mushroom appetizer is a must. If you like your sweets, the warm Brownie Sundae, topped with ice cream and homemade hot fudge, is AMAZINGLY good. Just don't try to eat it yourself, as it is plenty for two.
88 also has a higher-end wine list for those who enjoy that.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Fine dining in Maine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

The Spruce Point Inn's Restaurant 88 is fine dining with a spectacular view. We had excellent fresh salads. The raw oysters with their sauces were fresh and tasty. We had mushroom ravioli's and the cedar plank salmon which also were great. And the desserts were also excellent.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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East Boothbay
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“"A night to Remember"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

This Inn is so cozy, warm and friendly. A birthday party was celebrated with family and friends in a wonderful room with beautifully decorated tables, excellent food, a great staff that is so friendly and very efficient. The " cake" was so beautiful and so yummy!. The evening was so special and will always be remembered. A must experience for all.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Still Top of the Class”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Was at Restaurant 88 a year ago and returned this year. Got the same great table in the sun room next to the window (one of the best views in Boothbay, especially watching the sun go down), enjoyed the same great service (the wait staff is friendly and attentive) and great food (the salads, main courses, and dessert were all top of the line). Enjoy a stroll along the waterfront after your meal or a cup of coffee in one of the rocking chairs on the porch. A perfect place to spend an evening out.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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