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Salt Bay Cafe

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88 Main St, Damariscotta, ME 04543-4667
+1 207-563-3302
7:30 am - 8:00 pm
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 16, 2014

We arrived on a Friday evening with no reservation. They went out of there way to find room for us. Our server Jess was great. She on point with her recommendations and knew the menu inside and out. Perfect pacing and great food completed a wonderful evening!

1 Thank DetroitDarryl
Ithaca NY
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42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed August 16, 2014

Busy with locals and tourists, good for gluten-free-ers and veggies, great basics, traditional interior

Thank zenthyme
Boston, Massachusetts
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64 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed August 15, 2014

Having been to Damariscotta numerous times, I had never noticed this cafe! A few days ago, when it was raining, decided to give it a try - after seeing it here on Tripadvisor! What a neat little place that is quintessential Maine! At any one time, any one of the servers or the hostess either waited on me, or engaged... More 

Thank 308mariet
West Palm Beach, Florida
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed August 6, 2014

Quickest way to get me into a place. Love their clam chowder and their lemon-lime salad dressing. Locals and visitiors enjoy great food for a good value. Highly recommend it.

1 Thank Smartinellicpa
Montreal, Canada
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 2, 2014

This little cafe should be a must stop. Amaxing food and a delicious vege menu. The lady serving, is charming and knows very well about the menu and can suggest a good drink. This attitude is part of the most appriciated restaurant in the world. A little refresh of the dining area could be a plus, but overall it's a... More 

1 Thank Martine G
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51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed August 1, 2014

Four years ago, we ate at this cafe while on vacation. Recently, we decided to try it again, as we were staying in the area and had enjoyed it before. We were not at all disappointed. It was just as nice as before. Meals were delicious and well prepared. Staff was friendly and helpful. We think the atmosphere is great,... More 

1 Thank Judy and Dick M
Potsdam, New York
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed July 30, 2014

Went as a family today...we were pleasantly surprised. As you walk in, seems like an "average" diner, maybe. The food though, was fanTAStic!! The haddock bisque...oh my gosh, SO tasty! We were all so thrilled with the food! And my son is very allergic to wheat, but the server knew right off the bat what to avoid and what to... More 

1 Thank MichaelBalonek
Whippany, New Jersey
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

-very friendly, good service - excellent food -the vegetarian menu was varied and huge- at least 25 vegetarian items on the menu - outdoor seating (two tables) - we'd definitely come back

1 Thank Cristina R
Boothbay, Maine
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 15, 2014

So my mother and I had gone in for dinner recently. Restaurant was a little busy but nothing 3 waitresses couldn't handle being a small restaurant. I had ordered an appetizer which were two grilled potato cakes mixed with some spinach. Had taken about 20 minutes to receive my appetizer which was presented as a mushy potato disaster that had... More 

1 Thank annabellx89x
Boston, Massachusetts
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120 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed July 13, 2014

This is a favorite with the locals, and for good reason. Atmosphere isn't much, but the food makes up for it. Nice selection of homemade soups, huge menu, and all great. I had the bean cakes with salsa, mango and a ton of other stuff, it comes with soup, which is always awesome. They have an amazing wine list also,... More 

1 Thank jeannette e

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
7:30 am - 8:00 pm
7:30 am - 8:00 pm
7:30 am - 8:00 pm
7:30 am - 8:00 pm
7:30 am - 8:00 pm
7:30 am - 8:30 pm
7:30 am - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 88 Main St, Damariscotta, ME 04543-4667
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Damariscotta
  • Phone Number: +1 207-563-3302

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?