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“Great food and plenty of gluten free options”
Review of 40 Paper

40 Paper
Ranked #16 of 48 Restaurants in Camden
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $20
Cuisines: European, Italian, Mediterranean, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Located in the century-old Knox Mill, our bistro is situated on top of the Megunticook River, just between the two waterfalls. At Brevetto, our modern Italian bistro cuisine is designed to pair perfectly with our extensive– and almost exclusively Italian– wine list. Brevetto is Italian for “patent,” and throughout the restaurant you will find turn-of-the-century schematics of wine presses and odd, out-dated food machines. In stark contrast to the complicated workings of a “salami washing machine,” our menu is simple and straightforward. We feature a large menu with a range of grilled pizzas, Italian pastas, and a variety of entrées. In addition to our extensive wine list, we also have a full bar with artisan draft beers and liquors. Enjoy your dinner in our inviting dining room, or on our waterfront deck. Relax with an obscure Italian red wine at our bar, or an extra-dry gin martini on the leather sofa. Brevetto has some of the best of both worlds, right in downtown Camden.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Level 5 Contributor
36 reviews
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“Great food and plenty of gluten free options”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

Food was great and had plenty of Gluten Free options for my girlfriend. The staff was friendly and offered great suggestions. The environment was romantic and peaceful. The dessert options were very tasty.

  • Visited August 2013
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Portland, Maine
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“Best beer selection in Camden”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

We went to 40 Paper our first night in Camden so my husband could have a "good beer" He's a beer snob and doesn't drink anything that starts with bud and ends in light. The beer selection met his standards. They had local brews and trappist ales.
The staff was very friendly, especially Patrick the head chef, who recommended that we come in for happy hour before our dinner reservation the next night. Happy hour was great! They do 5$ apps and cocktails, some are even less at half off. And the food was so yummy. Next time while in Camden we will have to come in for a full dinner!

  • Visited August 2013
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Camden, Maine
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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“Overrated”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

We went to 40 Paper to avoid the tourist traps, and because we'd been told, by a reputable source (though perhaps one a bit too easily suckered into trendy places) that it was one of the all time best restaurants in Maine. We tend to be late eaters, so it was nice to know they had "food until 10" ( according to ads and their website). When we called for a reservation, we were told we should arrive no later than 9. Fine - but still not quite truth in advertising.
We liked the space and decor of the restaurant - not overly unique, but a nice setup, colors, lighting. We were too late for any of the specials of the day - there is something to be said for eating with the crowds - but the menu looked like it might have just enough to offer. One of us is not a pasta person, so we thought of sharing appetizers/ salads and a pizza, but since the pizzas are small and thin, and since we couldn't agree on one we both liked, I ended up ordering the roasted tomato salad with arugula and feta on grilled bread, and the burrida, a fish and veggie soup with haddock. My partner ordered the stuffed artichoke hearts, and a ravioli dish.
The bread was excellent, and made us hopeful for the rest of the meal; the wine was fine and average in price. We said we'd like all the food at the same time, but when the artichoke hearts and salad arrived first, we were ok with that too. Both were nice, if small, and did give me the fleeting thought, why can't I just have a big generous salad with lots of green and veggies anywhere anymore? Instead, the arugula leaves had probably been counted exactly (20?), and the roasted tomatoes were two cherry tomatoes in slices, one yellow, one red. Note to restaurants: some people, while loving the better dressings of the non-mainstream restaurants, would prefer a nice big hill of veggies to five pieces of feta and 2 hazelnuts on top of the minimalist handful of greens that counts as a salad these days. What's with the dearth of beets in beet salads, for example? No more than one beet usually makes it into these; about half that when it comes to "golden" beet salads. Why not just call them goat cheese and lettuce salads?
The artichoke dish was a good if tiny assortment of three hearts, with a few pieces of pancetta we had asked for on the side.
The other two dishes took an average wait time, and then defied expectations: the stew much bigger and better than expected, the pasta lukewarm and boring. We sent it back (why pay $3 per square of ravioli when we could have another much more satisfying stew for half the price?). The waiter wasn't pleased ( he was unfriendly in general, maybe tired or homophobic, or both. Or maybe he thought late eaters can't be picky, nor would they mind waiting); and the second burrida took another 15 minutes to arrive.
To sum up: Service - bad. Portions: small. Choices: limited. Food: both good and bad. Best value: the burrida.

  • Visited July 2013
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Hampton, New Hampshire
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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“Old paper mill”
Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

This was a bit of a surprise. Without being "italian", the menu was mostly just that. The food - we all had gnoccchi - was really quite good, if just a bit soft. A little more "al dente" would have made it excellent. A big deck adds to the ambiance on a warm summer evening.

  • Visited August 2013
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New England
Level 6 Contributor
93 reviews
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“A Nice Primo Alternative”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

We used to be Primo regulars during our annual Mid Coast visits to Maine, but a couple of recent less-than-satisfactory experiences at Primo had us looking elsewhere. 40 Paper is a very nice, acceptable alternative. Located in an old paper mill just off Camden's main street (easy parking in a lot just across from the restaurant), 40 Paper is many things to many people. There's the bar scene, the "let's dine outside" scene," and the "let's experience the food" scene inside, not to mention the "restored mill" scene that is very important to the Camden historical area. All of that, of course, is set within an attractive minimalist setting populated by well-meaning staff.

This year was our second visit, which reinforced our belief that 40 Paper was worth the dinner out. We shared the stuffed baby artichokes (enjoyable), the Margherita flatbread (very enjoyable) and the Bucatini carbonara (off the charts). Drinks were generous and quickly provided, and the wine list was insightful and populated with some very good bargains.

40 Paper shakes off the occasional arrogance of other restaurants in the area, and offers a solid and enjoyable dining experience. Hope it continues to prosper.

  • Visited July 2013
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