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The Red Barn

455 Riverside Dr, Augusta, ME 04330-3850
+1 207-623-9485
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Overview
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good17%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“clams” (71 reviews)
“seafood stew” (100 reviews)
“lobster roll” (135 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups
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$$ - $$$
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455 Riverside Dr, Augusta, ME 04330-3850
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We were driving around in Maine and checked Trip Advisor for a place to eat around Augusta and found the Red Barn. The reviews were great so we decided to check it out. When we pulled in, the place was packed. You go inside to...More

Thank mvssysprog
Laura B, Owner at The Red Barn, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Oh my goodness...thank you so much for your review. We try as hard as we can to accommodate Maine families and our new clientele when the Summer comes. My family has owned this little restaurant for over forty years and we are still going strong....More

Reviewed 4 days ago

I went for lunch on a recent Sunday to celebrate a family birthday and the bill came to $81 for three people. Portions have gotten progressively smaller over the years as well. That will likely be my last trip here.

Thank gr8tbaker2007
Laura B, Owner at The Red Barn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

I assure you the portions are the same my friend. We have changed nothing in 41 years and are a locals' favorite. Seafood is surely expensive as everyone knows, but we have so many other much more affordable choices as well. Love,Laura

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My husband and I stopped here for dinner because of the ratings on Trip Advisor, and we were so glad we did! True...it's mostly fried food, but good portions and prices. My husband got the dinner chicken basket, and I got the whole clam snack...More

Thank marykarz
Laura B, Owner at The Red Barn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for your review, Mary! We offer huge portions and they are totally shareable. I am in the dining room most days and letting my new customers know what to expect when they are ordering. I am so happy that you enjoyed...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

They have the best service. The selection is expansive and the sea food is always fresh. The lobster stew is a must.More

Thank KINGDOMCOFFEE
Laura B, Owner at The Red Barn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us, King! We get 7 deliveries a week of the freshest Maine seafood there is to offer and have had the same suppliers for 40 years and are very loyal. Our locals know great seafood...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

Been coming here for years. love the fried clams actually all the fried fish. if you want a burger this is not your place if you want fried fish or better yet fish stew this is your stop. we bring back the fish stew for...More

Thank philst2018
Laura B, Owner at The Red Barn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for coming to see us, Phil! We are a Maine mainstay and have been for 41 years. We are the last family restaurant left in the capitol city of Maine. Giving is the centerpiece of our business model and that is...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

The people are friendly and the food is delicious. Choose from fish, shrimp, chicken or lobster bites. Or go for the lobster roll. All are served hot, fresh plenty of it. Can order the snack size or the full size.

Thank mmiranda2609
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Everything is battered and fried in the same stuff. It all tastes the same. Food is greasy No healthy options Nice owner and employees who do a lot for the community. Wish they had healthier tasty foodMore

Thank Briana P
Laura B, Owner at The Red Barn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

I am so sorry you experienced anything less that exceptional. we use the finest ingredients and have for 41 years. We do have plenty of grilled options and salads that are available, Briana. I am there every day and totally reachable if there is a...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Fast friendly ordering and their new buzzer system makes it easy to get your food. Plenty of tables outside so you can sit and enjoy a nice sunny day! The Seafood chowder was Fantastic, plenty of seafood in a rich broth. Get the bowl or...More

Thank retffD
Laura B, Owner at The Red Barn, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for your kind words. We are the only pet friendly restaurant and the last family-owned restaurant as well. Our family has owned this little business for four generations. We get our seafood fresh from the same suppliers that we had in...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here with local friends. Don’t understand all the rave reviews. If you like deep fried for high prices, served in paper containers and plastic utensils on a cafeteria tray with no table service, this is the place for you.

Thank ZephyrTraveller
Laura B, Owner at The Red Barn, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are not fancy by any means you are right there. we are a humble little family business that serves freshly prepared casual fare. Our seafood is delivered right off the boat seven days a week. Thank you for your opinion. Love,Laura

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped in twice in a week. Down to Peabody Ma and back home to Nova Scotia. Been stopping here two or three times a year for about seven years. Have never been disappointed. Service is quick and the food fantastic. Highly recommend.More

Thank Hestianone
Laura B, Owner at The Red Barn, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your kind words and continued business, Hestianone! We have been going strong for over 40 years and will hopefully continue to serve our community for another 40. The Benedict family is now in our 3rd generation and proud to have...More

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SallyR58
June 18, 2017|
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Response from IAMDOREE | Reviewed this property |
Since this is a family restaurant, I would be willing to bet that it is not encouraged. If you need to have beer or wine with your meal, I'd suggest you get a to go order and take it home.
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Roger L
March 30, 2017|
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Response from Laura B | Property representative |
We do not serve alcohol my friend. Love,Laura
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February 14, 2017|
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Response from 59Lighthouse | Reviewed this property |
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 455 Riverside Dr, Augusta, ME 04330-3850
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Augusta
  • Phone Number: +1 207-623-9485
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Description
The Red Barn has been a mainstay of our community since 1977, when the Benedicts opened the original restaurant and started serving chicken and seafood to local citizens and curious tourists. Some of its employees have served as many as four generations of central Maine families who have come to count on the Red Barn for quality and value. Over the past thirty five years, all ten of Bill and Florence Benedict’s children have worked here at one time or another. The family’s work ethic has been engrained in all of them. It is the essence of Maine’s economic mentality—you work hard, show commitment to what you do, and eventually reap the benefits. In 1986, Laura Benedict took ownership of the Red Barn, which was then struggling to stay afloat amid an influx of national chain restaurants. The journey certainly hasn’t been an easy one, especially during this current time of economic uncertainty, but she has managed to remain tenacious, despite mistakes and obstacles. Thanks to that tenacity, and the patronage of countless loyal customers who keep coming back year after year, the Red Barn can proudly claim its status as one of the very last and busiest family owned and operated restaurants in the area.
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