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The Red Barn

455 Riverside Dr, Augusta, ME 04330-3850
+1 207-623-9485
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Overview
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good17%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“seafood stew” (113 reviews)
“clams” (78 reviews)
“lobster roll” (148 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Soups
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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455 Riverside Dr, Augusta, ME 04330-3850
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Reviewed today via mobile

This place is an iconic Maine restaurant. If you are ever in the mood for some very good fried seafood or chicken definitely stop in, you won’t be disappointed. Even for deep fried it isn’t too heavy.

Thank DedaHallzy
Restaurant's Favorite
Reviewed August 17, 2018

I'm an out-of-townah, so when I visit family in Maine, I get a craving for lobster and seafood in general. We visited The Red Barn early in the day before the crowds descended. I was pleasantly surprised at how perfectly clean the restaurant was, how...More

1  Thank boynefoundation
Laura B, Owner at The Red Barn, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2018

Thank you so much for coming to see us and for taking the time to review us! I am so happy that you loved your visit and will be telling other out-of-townahs to come see us as well. word of mouth is our only advertising...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had a lobster roll and clams. Everything was soooo tasty and delicious. The service was great. I would definitely recommend The Red Barn.More

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

Thank yuo so much for taking the time to review us, Meander! We are proud of our little eatery and invest in our employess and our community all year long. Our loyal locals keep us going through the off season and for that we are...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic food. At first appears a bit expensive then it arrives. The chowder they gave us fantastic, but more of a soup than a thick chowder...however that is not a reason to even consider not going here. Little off the beaten path but well worth...More

Thank TCPDump
Laura B, Owner at The Red Barn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank yuo so much for your review! We have been a locals' favorite for over 41 years and counting. Our community helped us through the tough times and we are reciprocating by investing over $2,700,000 toward helping needy Maine families. We stick together and that...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

1st time visit, so a few comments for other 1st timers. Seat yourself if available grab a menu, and then order at counter, name called and go pickup. My wife and I ordered the Mixed Seafood Basket that includes a Dinner Roll all served in...More

Thank Paul0804
Laura B, Owner at The Red Barn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review us, Paul. We do offer large portions of the freshest Maine seafood available. Our mixedbaskets are not inexpensive, but the quality is unparalleled. We are also very casual and provide a very pleasant, personal atmosphere. We also...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small little restaurant, which specializes in fried chicken and seafood. Laura make the best seafood chowder you'll get anywhere. My boys really like the lobster rolls while I go with the fried chicken!!More

Thank Pamela K
Laura B, Owner at The Red Barn, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us, Pamela! We are know for our chicken and seel hundreds of orders a day. I enjoy eating it every day and have for over 41 years! Our recipe is coveted and everything is breaded...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It seems everything is deep fried and salty. The room is cramped, noisy, and uninteresting. One feels like you're being rushed in and out.

1  Thank strshp
Laura B, Owner at The Red Barn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

I have no words. We are small and very casual and never pretended to be anything other than that. Laura

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you need a seafood fix in central Maine hit the Red Barn. The line moves fast, the food is great, and the portions are big. The owner is a huge community supporter and customers can't help but come away full and feeling like their...More

Thank brenda698
Laura B, Owner at The Red Barn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

I am so happy to read this, Brenda! I love this business and have struggled for decades to stay afloat. In an act of desperation I opened my doors and had my first benefit in Decamber 2010. The communtiy rallied and that saved us. Since...More

Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

Made the trip from Portland to Augusta specifically to dine at the Red Barn. (Almost one hour). Easy drive. It was recommended by our hotel clerk. The restaurant was busy but the line moved quickly. You order and pay at the counter. My husband had...More

Thank slh055
Laura B, Owner at The Red Barn, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

I am so happy that you came to see us! I had a sneaking suspicion you might take the desserts with you. We just love our customers and are so thankful that we are open despite the odds. Bigger chains have moved in and made...More

Reviewed October 22, 2018

We stopped for the night in Augusta on our Autumn road trip. After walking their river trail we drove to The Red Barn. This is a country restaurant and when we drove up we weren't sure about it at all. BUT, the people taking the...More

Thank J M
Laura B, Owner at The Red Barn, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2018

Thankyou so much, JM! We are so happy thatnyou enjoyed your Red Barn experience. We are a bit out of the way, but we think we are worth it. We are the last family restaurant in the capitol city and have thrived despite the odds....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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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, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 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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