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Markel's Bakehouse

26 Water St, Castine, ME 04421-3018
+1 207-326-9510
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good23%
  • Average1%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“lunch” (20 reviews)
“cookies” (9 reviews)
“sandwich” (11 reviews)
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Soups, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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26 Water St, Castine, ME 04421-3018
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Excellent breakfast pastrys and the make your own waffles are great for the kids to do. Great homemade quiches and lots of nice different salads. Very nice eating area outside

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I preordered a birthday cake from Mark (the Mark in Markel). It was to be for my daughter in law's birthday dinner at our rental house in Castine. He suggested an 8" round lemon cake with lemon butter cream, lemon curd and blueberries. It was...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great chowder. Best so far in Maine. Everything is really fresh. People are friendly. Nice place to grab a bit and some dessert.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Markel's has the potential to be so much better. Starting from a chaotic ordering experience (we're sorry we dont know "the process" for how you pick the food, get your coffee, etc), the coffee was actually fairly average. We had much better free coffee at...More

1  Thank berkscanuck
Reviewed July 10, 2017

The food is unique and delish! The staff friendly. We never visit Castine without many visits to Markels!

Thank nhvacationers2017
Reviewed July 10, 2017

We stopped in here during a visit to Castine during our vacation on the Penobscot Peninsula. The help was cheerful, the baked goods excellent, and the coffee very good.

Thank JMLVermont
Reviewed July 9, 2017 via mobile

We came in the back way on the road that follows the bay so we had to go up the back stairs and find our way to the front counter, but it was worth the adventure. The food was as fresh as can be and...More

Thank YotaPwr
Reviewed July 4, 2017

After an unpleasant experience at another local restaurant, we landed at Markel's for lunch on our way through Castine. They have an extensive menu of gourmet soups, sandwiches, and salads in addition to beer, wine, and a full bar. The service style is casual and...More

Thank mainecoastgal
Reviewed June 19, 2017

We've been here 2+ days of our 7day visit and we've gone back twice. The first time was simply a lobster roll snack, but we enjoyed it and the clientele enough we came back for breakfast this AM. Super good food, made there and the...More

Thank Larry L
Reviewed May 7, 2017

I have had lunch at Markel's Bakehouse a couple of times while attending events at nearby Maine Maritime Academy. Yesterday I stopped by with a number of family members following MMA graduation. We enjoyed sandwiches on baguettes and some of the delicious desserts available for...More

1  Thank Gary S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Scenic view, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 26 Water St, Castine, ME 04421-3018 (Formerly Bah's Bakehouse)
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Castine
  • Phone Number: +1 207-326-9510
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MarKel's Bakehouse (formerly Bah's) has been a landmark not to be missed in Castine. For over 20 years we have been well known as a unique, affordable spot to meet friends and take in the views of Castine Harbor from our deck while enjoying breakfast or lunch. Our bakehouse is known far and wide for its delicious breakfast pastries, quiche, gourmet sandwiches and casseroles, giant cookies, and amazing cakes and pies. We're also Castine's premier caterer, on or off premises, for groups from 4 to 400. The Watermark (in the downstairs of MarKel's), is MarKel's private dining room, event and catering center offering an eclectic menu with cutting edge cuisine, an extensive wine list, full bar and specialty cocktails. Available 7 days a week, The Watermark is the perfect spot to celebrate weddings, birthdays, graduations, or any special occasion. We also offer wine dinners and supper club events. Choose to sit by the wood-fired pizza oven or alfresco in the courtyard. Call for availability.
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