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“Updated old fashioned quirkiness” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Clay Hill Farm

Clay Hill Farm
220 Clay Hill Rd, Cape Neddick, York, ME 03907
+1 207-361-2272
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Ranked #2 of 14 Restaurants in Cape Neddick
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $17 - $36
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Clay Hill Farm is the first restaurant in the country to be certified as a wildlife habitat and bird sanctuary. Nature trails, colorful garden paths, waterfalls and a picture-perfect pond accentuate the eleven private acres just two miles from Ogunquit Village. Voted #1 for weddings and romantic dining, Clay Hill Farm is also a state Environmental Leader, committed to celebrating and encouraging environmental awareness in all shades of green with locally-grown food, seasonal festivals and online initiatives.
Newton, Massachusetts, USA
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42 reviews 42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Updated old fashioned quirkiness”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

We've been there annually for about 9 years now. The grounds are beautiful and it feels funny but nice to have free valet parking in a place where there is ample parking close to the entrance. The ambiance and decor are from the 70s but somehow the velvet swivel high back work well with the live piano music - I am not kidding. This review will sound snobby but it is just that the place probably woudnt make it in the big city, but thats fine because it isnt in the big city and it turns out to be a nice and unique spot in a farm in southern maine. It is fun and though we (4 of us including a tween and a teen) liked it just fine before when the menu was fairly standard though always with garden fresh features, we liked it much better this year, before going to see Joseph and the tech...at the ogunquit theatre ( terrific), the menu has been updated for the better. I am guessing a new chef. They still have prime rib as you might expect with a place that opens at 5 for dinner and has guests there (see above re theatre) but they have some updated surprises like a special chive garlic asparagus crabmeat chilled soup and a terrific and large for an app flatbread and a charcuterie plate with duck prosciutto. The scallops were small and therefore good tasting and a generous portion, the prime rib very good, and the veggie pappardelle nicely done in a light white sauce. Sea salt caramel was a nice addition to the two desserts we had, and the wine pairing suggested were good and convenient by the glass. If you take the location and service as a bit of kitsch it turns out to be fun and now, with a contempo update to the menu, a great meal.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Guilderland, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Angel dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We had a fantastic dinner as well as an angel reading. The quality and flavor of the food was beyond my expectations. It was utterly superb. The angel reading was also wonderful! I thought that not everyone was going to have a chance to speak with her, but I was pleasantly surprised! She sat down with every single person and gave them a reading. Well done. On another note, the service there was fantastic!!! Love!!!

Visited August 2013
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Novato, California
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“OUTSTANDING”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

LOVE LOVE this restaurant. Superb food, wine and staff!!! A true gem off Route 1.. This is hands down a must for anyone in Maine area. Worth a drive whether a mile or 20 miles. Family owned and run... Chef is fantastic. Gorgeous wedding destination. Stunning gardens. Can't say enough about Clay Hill. I go every time I'm visiting family in NH. Be sure to seek out Jennifer Lewis McShera inside and Kevin McShera will take great care valeting your car!!!!!!

  • 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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Pennsylvania
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27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

My Granddaughter and I were on a tour bus and our dinner here was scheduled for our last night in the area. We were told that this was an upscale restaurant so we were very excited about eating here. There were 24 of us and when we arrived the staff looked overwhelmed. This was puzzling because they were expecting us. The waiter appeared to be very stressed. His assistant seemed to be new. The food was not good. It was a disappointing end to our trip.

Visited June 2013
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“Wonderful dining experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

My husband and I had the pleasure of dining at Clay Hill Farm last night as part of a package at our B&B - the Inn at Tanglewood Hall. We would highly recommend the smoked duck breast and leg confit and the bacon-wrapped filet. Both came with duck fat roasted fingerling potatoes and grilled asparagus! The brownie sundae with salted caramel ice cream was delicious. Our culinary experience at Clay Hill Farm was the perfect beginning to our Maine coast vacation!

  • 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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