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“NEED MORE STARS” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hartstone Inn

Hartstone Inn
41 Elm Street, Camden, ME 04843
800-788-4823; 207-236-4259
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Ranked #2 of 42 Restaurants in Camden
Price range: $31 - $50
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Between Washington St. and Free St.
Description: Butter poached Maine lobster over angel hair, Pistachio Crusted Lamb chops, and grilled Salmon Nicoise are just a sample of what diners might experience at the Hartstone Inn. Steps from Camden harbor, Fodor's considers the Hartstone Inn "An elegant and sophisticated retreat and culinary destination offering a unique experience in pampered luxury." Choose from our 5-course prix-fixe menu at 7:30 ($48.50), which changes nighly to utilize the freshest local ingredients, or our lighter 2 course a la carte menu served at 6pm ($24.50). With advanced notice we are happy to accommodate allergies or dislikes and create a menu especially for you. Our cellar list offers a selection of 150 bottles, starting at $24, and lauded by Wine Specatator. Proud recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award and the American Culinary Federation Achievement of Excellence award.
Naples, Florida
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“NEED MORE STARS”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

Five stars is inadequate to award the Hartstone Inn. The finest restaurant on mid-coast Maine from Boothbay Harbor to Bar Harbor in my three years going there and experiencing many fine meals. Last night we had our farewell to Maine dinner there, as we will not be returning to Maine for several years. In my twelve globetrotting years, the past three in Camden, I would reluctantly place that village on the top of my list. (See my book Make The World Your Second Home if you are interested in my further meaning.) Reluctantly because we have been satisfied with all of our temporary second homes and I have avoided ranking them. But my vote is in for Camden...and the Hartstone.

We took the 6PM a la Carte Menu. (There is also an 8PM seating for a full five course fixed price menue.) Our meal began in the sitting room with Martinis seved in arte deco glasses and a small toasted tasty. The seating on the enclosed veranda is our favorite place in the milder months. The meal began with a summer Gaspacho that included Maine Lobster alongside a delightful Cucumber Panini cut to just the right size and served warm. Wonderful balance. The Gazpacho is not my favorite soup having grown up Irish and being used to hot, lusty soups. But this Gaz. was perfect...just the right spices, served in a chilled bowl and the fresh tomatoes bursting with flavor.

Elysee had the Cajun Seared Beef Tenderloin, oven roasted Tomatoes and blue cheese, on the side. I had the Sauteed pork chop with roasted red onion, basil a fresh mozzarella, perfectly prepared with a delicious slightly carmelized sauce.

The wine list is extensive and fairly priced, but we opted for a glass of Ca. Sauv. Blanc (Elysee) and I an Argentine Cab. Sauv. Very adequate.

Deserts were a $5 additional (don't know why but I suspect that once finished with this fine meal many diners are sated). The choices were: Grand Marnier Creme Brulee with candied Orange Peal and Lemon Madeleine (which we each had) or Chocolate Ganache tart with ice cream and salted caramel or Hartstone sorbet trio. We lingered with expresso but the 8 PM seating was soon arriving.

The table is set with attention to detail; small flowers, china pieces and so forth and the music (50s crooners mostly with just the right modulation, and the lighting was adjusted with attention to atmosphere and showing of the wall art. Everything has a professional attention to detail as one might expect from Michael Salmon CIA.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Warwick, United Kingdom
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114 reviews 114 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Very homely and welcoming”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

Spent 3 nights at the Hartstone Inn which we so enjoyed. A great choice in that the suite we chose ('Rose Hip' located in a separate building across the road from the main inn - 'The Hideaway') was beautifully decorated and fairly spacious (it had a second floor additional bedroom which we used to put our suitcases etc. - very useful). The owners/hosts were extremely welcoming and caring. Evening meal we had on the first night was excellent as we're all the breakfasts, the latter being served in The Hideaway which again was beautifully furnished and decorated. It also had an adjoining lounge. Coffee, tea etc was freely available any time during the day and home made cookies in the afternoon. In summary we would not hesitate to recommend The Hartstone Inn. Excellent.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“a PERFECT place to stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

Location is the best; you don't need your car to view the town area you are right there; however the Inn gave us a list of things to see .Most were not accuarate..closed or gone or not really worth it; and Mount Battie was not on the list or the Winery also a must see!!

Visited September 2012
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Brewster, Massachusetts
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“The best in Camden”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed the lobster tail five course dinner. Excellent service, great timing between courses, great cuisine.

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Belgrade, ME
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“EXCELLENT FOOD AND LODGING”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

We spent out 42 anniversary there and it was wonderful!!! The dinner was absolutely deliciousand breakfast was wonderful too! The staff is very friendly and helpful. We will definitely be going back!!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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