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“Hippies turned gourmet” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Frankie & Johnny's Natural

Frankie & Johnny's Natural
1594 US Rte 1, Cape Neddick, York, ME 03902-7429
(207) 363-1909
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Ranked #1 of 13 Restaurants in Cape Neddick
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Chicago
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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“Hippies turned gourmet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

While wandering through the east coast on an intrepid road trip we landed upon York Maine looking for dinner. Fortunately we found Frankie and Johnny's and were lucky enough to get last minute reservations. We had the first table from the kitchen which was the front seat to a theater of amazing dishes. One after another gorgeous plate caused "order torture". My husband and I started to negotiate our decisions in order to make sure each of us would be able to share and extend our own choices.
Frankie shared the story of this restaurant and her family dynamics with such great boisterous enthusiasm that we just knew that this family joy and intensity would transfer into the an unforgettable dinner.
Lobster pockets were the most divine appetizer. Dinner salad was a colorful melange of greens, fruit, veggies,candied nuts and blueberry vinaigrette dressing. The best salad we've ever had. I think I had haddock with grilled vegetables and my husband had pork medallions with a citrus sauce and roasted pear.
Sauces were delicate, flavorful and absolutely fresh. Dessert was chocolate coconut ice cream that had the lightest touch and texture but still amazingly flavorful. 7 days later just describing this adventure has made me famished.
Unfortunately, nothing I eat for dinner tonight will measure up.

  • Visited June 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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English first
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“Yes, try it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

If you want to dine where care, and effort, and talent combine to create a superb dining experience, you want to try this place. Thea and John are amazing. And their enthusiasm flows through their entire wonderful staff. We have been back now three times, each time, each dinner has been presented, and prepared perfectly.
You will love it.

  • Visited June 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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Dracut, Massachusetts
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“Surprised in a good way”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

So our friends suggested going to this place, and described it as like eating in someones house, and that the food was "usually" OK. Not quite high praise.
Boy was I in for a surprise. The place doesnt look great from the road, but once inside it is neat and pleasant. I understand that the interior got a facelift. We had a large group and all of us got different meals. All were delicious and ample. Salads were huge. Pork chops were the thickest I have ever seen. A little pricey, but as there is no alcohol (you can bring your own), it ends up being a reasonable night out. The lobster bisque was quite bland, but other than that we all loved the food. I wouldnt go in the heat of the summer, we were there in May and it was kind of stuffy. Not sure if their AC is adequate, and the windows have no screens so they dont open them (bugs).

  • Visited May 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“If I Had To Choose Only 1 Restaurant near Ogunquit, Maine...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

There are a variety of restaurants in The Yorks/Ogunquit/Wells that are thought of as "destination dining", certainly including 98 Provence, Clay Hill Farm, Joshua's and Arrows. But, in an annual holiday weekend trip (Memorial Day) with our pack of hard core foodies seeking the best of the best 3 nights in a row for 8 consecutive years, those who have never been or have driven by without slowing down year after year may be surprised to hear that my top pick is FRANKIE & JOHNNIE'S.

When I first started going there some 12 years ago, it felt more like an organic, somewhat "crunchy granola" restaurant favored by vegans. They were doing a house salad, soups, and a killer tofu dish a decade ago that would put a smile on the faces of the hoards of recent converts to farm-to-table eating and sustainable food enthusiasts, as though the place just opened. But now, F&J's is so much more than that, and more than qualifies as fine dining.

Entrees come with a choice of several soups or a salad that is a meal in itself (and fantastic). This time around, several of us went with the tasty lobster bisque with a strong cognac note, while one at the table reported being very much pleased with their minted pea soup.

Their sushi grade tuna and salmon are both plate art, as well as delicious and bold. Steak lovers in our party were equally pleased, as was one in our party who anguished over his inability to deviate from the pumpkin ravioli in almond gorgonzola cream sauce he enjoyed the previous year, and raved just as much this time around.

A decadent, luxurious app that must be tried is the "lobster purses", three packets of fresh, tasty lobster with marscarpone cheese in wonton wrappers, elevated by truffle oil.

The list of desserts, as recited by the chef/owner's daughter was seemingly endless, and the descriptions alone elicited ooh's and aah's, as did an almond mocha semifreddo that we all dug in for a bite of.

At a considerably higher price tag, our dinner the next night at 98 Provence paled, in spite of their impeccable service and nuanced, wildly professional french cooking. Frankie & Johnny's Chef/Owner John Shaw's flavors, huge portions, consistency year after year, attractive plating, large exciting menu and focus on absolute freshness make it my top restaurant pick in the region.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Hidden Gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

We've driven past Frankie and Johnny's for years and assumed that it was a roadside tavern. Recently we read a review praising the restaurant and noting that it is a good destination for vegetarians and folks who appreciate local cuisine. We visited on a clear, February night after making a last minute reservation. The decor is simple, homey; the dining room was filled with diners. This is a BYOB restaurant. Our waitress greeted and seated us and promptly brought a set up for our wine. This kitchen is into local seafood- playing with Thai and Italian notes. The house salad is all about color, taste, fresh ingredients and different textures. The lobster pockets were a variation on crab rangoon but filled with enormous chunks of fresh lobster. The mussels in Thai basil and coconut broth were exquisite- fresh mussels flown in from PEI within the past 24 hours in a delectible sauce. The seafood scampi was an enormous serving of lobster, mussels and shrimp in a garlicky sauce with home made pasta. This dish was less than perfect but what a change from the predictable fish taco, boiled lobster and baked hake fare in most of the restaurants up and down Route 1. Dessert - a Norwegian waffle with strawberries, fresh whipped creme and chocolate sauce was a fitting end to a delicious meal. The service was attentive and oh, so friendly. Will definitely be back with our vegetarian kids and our seafoodivores who will appreciate the fresh, local ingredients and creativity of this kitchen.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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