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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” (69 reviews)
“seafood stew” (97 reviews)
“lobster roll” (133 reviews)
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All hours
CUISINES
American, Seafood, Soups
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
455 Riverside Dr, Augusta, ME 04330-3850
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Reviewed November 29, 2017

We eat here at least four times a year. Always friendly staff help make it a great experience. The food is terrific.

Thank Carl C
Laura B, Owner at The Red Barn, responded to this reviewResponded December 1, 2017

I am so happy to read this, Carl! We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit to the Barn. Please come again and tell a friend as word of mouth is our only advertising. Love,Laura

Reviewed November 20, 2017

for years my sister told me i needed to come to the red barn for fried seafood. i did for the first time the other day. and i dont know if it is because she hyped it up so much that it was hard to...More

Thank frando89
Laura B, Owner at The Red Barn, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2017

We are so happy that you came to see us, Frando. We would love to see you and your friend again soon. Love,Laura

Reviewed November 11, 2017

Where can you go eat and meet with the owner, Laura. She is a wonderful, sweet, friendly and generous person. Her staff is hard workers, clean restaurant. Great food. Special parking for Purple Heart recipients. Pet area, concerts. Laura is so thoughtful and kind. Her...More

Thank TravelerA9111XP
Laura B, Owner at The Red Barn, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2017

Thank you so much for your kind words. We love our Veterans and have raised over $1,000,000 for Honor Flight and many other service related organizations. Our Veterans are the reason we are here and that I am able to do what I love. I...More

Reviewed November 10, 2017 via mobile

The Red Barn has great food and wonderful people! The owner regularly has days set aside that all of her profits are donated to local families that have undergone some sort of calamity (fires, auto accidents, etc.) or local charities or school events. We eat...More

Thank wrenfroe
Laura B, Owner at The Red Barn, responded to this reviewResponded November 11, 2017

Thank you so much for your kinds words! We try harder than anyone to help those that are in a bind. We have raised over $2,700,000 for various families in Maine and beyond. Giving back if the only reason we can still thrive. Investing in...More

Reviewed November 8, 2017

Great food, speedy service and exceptional customer service! This is one of the few restaurants I️ visit frequently.More

Thank Christine Y
Laura B, Owner at The Red Barn, responded to this reviewResponded November 9, 2017

Thank you so much, Christine! We treat our employees like royalty and they treat our customers like royalty! Without our community we would not be able to do as much as we can to help those in need. Maine is challenging in so many ways...More

Reviewed October 27, 2017

My dad and I stopped here on a return trip from Canada. I'm born and raised on the seacoast so when everyone raves about a seafood restaurant I want to check it out. The portion sizes were good as were the prices. The taste was...More

Thank Snonut800
Laura B, Owner at The Red Barn, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2017

Thank you so much for taking time for your review. We are small and not fancy that is for sure. This little restaurant is very busy and we get 7 deliveries a week of fresh Maine seafood. We serve thousands of meals a day in...More

Reviewed October 21, 2017 via mobile

We went here for dinner. It’s not quite a lobster in the ruff but pretty darn close. I had a half pound lobster roll for $24.95. Worth every penny. Very light mayo, all lobster meat. The French fries were crispy and hot. We may go...More

Thank Lwith6
Laura B, Owner at The Red Barn, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2017

Thank you so much, Lwith6! We are not fancy, but we sure are busy! Our locals are our bread and butter. they are fiercely loyal and are the only reason we can stay thriving. Big budgets have moved in, but we are still going strong....More

Reviewed October 20, 2017

You and your family will not be disappointed if you eat here. I promise, there is something for everyone here. The family meal deal is by far the best bang for your buck anywhere in Kennebec County. You will be tempted to try the myriad...More

Thank LOVEMESUMFOOD
Laura B, Owner at The Red Barn, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2017

Thank you so much, LUVMESUMFOOD! We try harder than anyone to give back and make every visit enjoyable. We are family run and have the same suppliers of fresh Maine seafood since opening 40 years ago. Thank you so much for coming and seeing us....More

Reviewed October 16, 2017

The clerk at our motel recommended the Red Barn so we knew what to expect and we were not disappointed and had a fun dining experience. We had the haddock basket and it was very good and tasty and more food than we could eat....More

Thank MHP8473
Laura B, Owner at The Red Barn, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2017

Thank you so much, MHP! We have a system that has been in place for 40 years. Our business if family-owned and operated and we take great pride in our service and our product quality. Thank you once again. Love,Laura

Reviewed October 16, 2017

Stopped here for lunch on a Sunday just before the noon rush and was lucky to get a table as the place was hopping. We had lobster rolls and the famous seafood chowder and both were delicious! It looks like one of those places the...More

Thank Ken K
Laura B, Owner at The Red Barn, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2017

Thank you so much, Ken! We sell hundreds of gallons of our seafood stew every day! Our seafood is delivered 7 days a week from suppliers we have had for 40 years. Loyalty to our community, customers, employees and our suppliers are the main reason...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
Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
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 - 7:00 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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