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“Beautiful venue, lackluster meal, and below average service.”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Spruce Point Inn

Spruce Point Inn
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $95
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Linekin Road
Description: Food & Wine Magazine came up with the idea of “Collaboration Nation” to describe chefs working with customers, vendors and each other to bring the best flavors and experiences to those who love food. The principles of Chefs Stiles and Weinerth are sourcing, preperation, and enhancement.Here at Spruce Point Inn in Boothbay Harbor, Chefs Stiles and Weinerth have operated on these principles from the beginning, sourcing the locally fished, farmed and harvested ingredients from the best seasonal farms and producers in Maine. They then prepare the menu with cooking techniques that preserve the foods integrity and nutrition. The final product is enhanced by optimizing nutritional value via product combination and menu diversity.Midcoast Maine is the beneficiary of a cornucopia of retired/relocated professionals who have left banking or IT to go back to the land and Chef Stiles – who grew up on a farm in local Lincolnville, just up the road -- has built relationships with local farms and other food purveyors, sourcing ingredients like the fresh Aroostook beets and lavender-honey chevre from Tourmaline Hill Farm, greens from the hothouse built by a drummer from the band Phish and cheese from the State of Maine Cheese Company, a business created by a Manhattan banker in Rockland.It's an exciting time to be in the restaurant business and especially exciting to be part of what’s happening here, says Chef Stiles.
Bedford, New Hampshire, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Beautiful venue, lackluster meal, and below average service.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2012 via mobile

My wife and I had a getaway for the weekend here. The resort is beautiful. Jacuzzi in the room, fireplace - crazy romantic. Our $100 meal was dry, overcooked, and heavily overly spiced. I had the chicken which had an overwhelming rosemary taste and was a very tiny portion. My wife had the salmon which was tasty but dry, and (fortunately?) forgettable. The waiter disappeared for long periods of time. He also messed up the order of the guy next to us. The waiter didn't quite understand people very well. We ended up skipping dessert and just going back to the room. The buffet the next morning wasn't as bad. I think they do too many weddings and spread themselves too thin for their fine dining, non-wedding guests.

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Oceanside, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Romantic dinner at the 88”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2012

Spent our anniversary having dinner at the 88. Food and service were very good. Highly recommend the cedar plank-smoked salmon. I could smell the smoke as the waiter set the plate onto the table and I could not believe how deliciously smoky and tasty the salmon was. Definitely one of the best salmon dishes I've ever eaten (and I've been to Alaska). Salmon was served with delicious greens (turnip?) and a side of "blueberry pico". While the blueberry pico was tasty, it didn't seem to match with the rest of the dish. My husband had the 8-oz tenderloin, which was also delicious.

We got a nice table by the window and watched the sunset over the water. Coming at 6pm, we had the restaurant to ourselves for almost an hour. Service was good and the Manager was very nice and ensured we enjoyed ourselves.

Visited September 2012
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Thank slikrokbel
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Saratoga Springs, New York
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Dirty”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2012

Not worth the money. They need to clean that place. Dusty everywhere. It could be a wonderful place.

Visited August 2012
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Thank 85Jks85
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manchester nh
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Excellent food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

The restaurant 88 at Spruce Point Inn serves excellent food, stylishly presented. The chef is talented and uses many locally sourced ingredients. The staff were professional and polite. The disappointment came with one very rude, demanding customer. She managed to disrupt the entire dining room with loud complaints and demands. Staff handled it very well, but it did cast a pall on the anniversary dinner we were celebrating.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank lland
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Amsterdam
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“WAITED TWO HOURS TO BE SERVED !!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

Greed spoiled our dining experience. The Inn was serving a wedding party of 300, plus a group of 25 in another area. They should have closed down their restaurant (88) for the evening rather than make others wait for two hours. The worst part of our evening: THE FOOD WAS
ATROCIOUS! The fish was dry and tasteless. The maitre de was understanding and our meals were deducted from our bill. Our waiter became anxious and frantic as he ran from one area to the other trying to serve all. Eating at the 88 was a horrible experience and we will not go back.
Greed is terrible thing!

  • Visited August 2012
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