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Reviewed September 30, 2020

We live close to this restaurant and are glad that it is open again. The historic schoolhouse building has been updated extensively. We had lunch on the outside deck. I ordered the steak & cheese philly sandwich with fries and as lobster dishes were on...the menu my partner asked for a lobster roll (not on menu) that they were glad to prepare. Our meals, paired with local draft beers were served by Caroline who checked back with us a few times to see if we needed anything. We enjoyed our meals in this unhurried atmosphere.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed September 22, 2020

Stunningly well presented and beautiful place. It is clear that a great deal of money and "thoughtful thought", right down to the details, has gone into the building and appearances. Lovely curved entry stairway, top flight plantings, artfully arranged. I would say that the appearance...is that of a place intending to rank with the very best in certainly the state and probably the Northeast, along the lines of, say, Primo or Black Point Inn. But the human element seems to have taken a far second place. For one thing, and I agree that this is a nit, the greeter was dressed in some sort of outlandish combo of mismatched clothing that looked like it might have been on sale at Goodwill. And he stated that he was a part owner. It may have made a statement, but that statement should have been blacked out. And the food was really interesting - a chef that was trying way too hard to be "inventive" without taking care of the basics. The presentation of the dishes LOOKED beautiful, but the oxtail pasta, while it tasted great, had at least one piece of bone in it and numerous chunks of basically inedible fat. And the strawberry shortcake went far astray with the weird idea of using cornbread instead of biscuit and had unsweetened whipped cream. Sadly, it just didn't work. About service: there was only one server, way too few. She said that the restaurant had not expected as much business and had sent the other server or servers home. An exemplar of the general lack of experience in the place. So, I am afraid for the future of this beautiful place. We went on an afternoon. Down the road apiece was Dolphin, with an hour wait and a packed parking lot. When we arrived here at about 5 PM, we were the about the second couple and the parking lot was empty. A few diners arrived later. People vote with their feet (or cars), and this particular candidate is behind so far. There have been countless restaurants that have come and gone where the owners have had perhaps good intentions and lots of money but no common sense or solid restaurant experience instead of sticking to excellent basics. This looks like it may become one of them. If they don't know what they're doing, they need to hire an experienced and presentable manager and a careful chef and get out of the way. That way could lie great success. I wish them the best.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed July 29, 2020

My son and I ate dinner for the first time since the restaurant opened. Of course we remember this space as the School House Cafe from several years ago. It's a much different venue now and the menu and food reflect this. I'd been looking...forward to trying it out and am so glad we finally did. We throughly enjoyed our meals! I had the Basil Pesto and Gremelli Pasta Pangrattato. It was delicious! My son had the Lexus Burger and he said it was the best bison burger he's ever had. We both saved room for dessert. I had the Limoncello which was a light marscapone cream cake. My son had the corn bread pound cake with strawberries and whipped cream. We both thought our desserts were wonderful and a perfect end to our meals. Our server was great - attentive and well informed about the menu. The rehab of the building is wonderful. Brought back to it's original only better. Everyone was wearing masks and using best safety practices. You will not be disappointed so please come out and support Harpswell and this great new restaurant!More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed February 22, 2020

I have been to the Schoolhouse on many occasions and I always enjoy the food. I like the friendliness of the staff, the way the server remembered my name, and best of all the food always exceeds my expectations. Make sure to try the desserts!

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 21, 2020

We stumbled onto this restaurant that is easy to miss. It is a renovated school house recently opened. serving fresh imaginative food in a relaxed atmosphere. Staff was charming as well, service was fast.

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed January 16, 2020 via mobile

We returned after a month or so to see how our new Harpswell restaurant was faring. My companion and I shared Beef Wellington, which was marvellous. Other dishes were equally good. Service was attentive, but still unpracticed. The restaurant needs to build its spirits offerings....Our major disappointment was to learn that the beef came from Colorado — not sure why, given all the good sources in Harpswell and nearby.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed December 13, 2019 via mobile

Great service, good drinks, awesome salad. We were very pleased visiting the Schoolhouse. The Lamb burger was exceptional, beyond my expectations! Great spot.

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed November 30, 2019 via mobile

We came to sample the fare at the Schoolhouse, which had been so long in becoming reality, and had a wonderful experience. The space is simple and straightforward, very comfortable and welcoming. The bar is reasonably well stocked, and will in all likelihood deepen its...offerings of spirits in time. We three had different salads to start, and all were pleased with portion size and taste. For entrees, it was salmon and the lamb shank cassoulet — both very tasty. Limoncello cake and port followed, and we were well satisfied. Service was very attentive, and doubtless the staff will settle in and get more comfortable in their roles in short order. This is definitely a place we’ll return to — I imagine it will become our new neighborhood restaurant. We’re so happy the Schoolhouse is back, in its present guise.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed November 30, 2019

We dined tonight at The School House in Harpswell. This new incarnation is FANTASTIC. The room is the same; bright and spacious and made quieter with addition of ceiling battens. The food was impeccable and delicious. Our meal consisted of a shared appetizer of the...Sicilian meatballs over polenta; Yummy, perfectly seasoned and a good sized portion. We had the pumpkin tortellini and the salmon for dinner. In addition to being tasty, the dishes were creative. The portions were satisfying but not off puttingly humongous - I appreciate that. The service was efficient yet relaxed, we were never rushed. Oh and they’ve got Moderation on tap!! We are thrilled that there’s a new dining destination in Harpswell.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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