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“Is this the Best in the World?”
Review of Fresh & Co.

Fresh & Co.
Ranked #1 of 48 Restaurants in Camden
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $32
Cuisines: American, Bar
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: In 2014 Steven Steeves and Rada Valkova, took over the existing business on 1 Bayview Landing in Camden, Maine. A relatively small space, tucked away from the main traffic of tourists and locals, we are working together daily at creating a sustainable family business in a town full of award winning and amazing places to eat. What makes us different is our commitment to our beliefs as a family and proprietors. We believe in comfortable settings with no pretentious elements, in honest, interesting and fulfilling food, in ingredients that are more important than recipes, in honoring the farmer and the fisherman, in treating our staff as family, in an informal but sophisticated service, in having fun! We take inspiration from our roots, travels and experiences, to create a globally inspired, locally sourced cuisine.
Sydney, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Is this the Best in the World?”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

My wife and I have travelled extensively through Europe and to a lesser extent the USA. In general we felt that the general food experience was similar in Europe & the East Coast of the USA to that of our native Australia. However none of this prepared us for the exceptional level of quality experienced by us at "FRESH" restaurant in Maine mid October 2013. This was a sensation - and without doubt the best Lobster we have ever tasted - I made a comment at the time that the chef must really know what he was doing. The combination of "FRESH" and a great stay at the nearby Grand Harbor Inn has actually led us to re-evaluate our travel plans for next year. Rather than using Camden as a stopover on our way someplace else we intend to use Camden as our final destination. The place is that good - and FRESH was a major factor. The only negative at FRESH was that the wait staff were excellent EXCEPT for one young lady who appeared completely disinterested / disengaged. Fortunately we only had a brief encounter with her as all other staff were really first class professionals. In any event the food was so good it could cover a lot of shortfalls - but there was just the one issue and that was quite minor in the overall scheme of things.

Visited October 2013
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Camden, Maine
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Nice variety of dishes”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

I've eaten here a few times now as lots of places in Camden are closing mid day now.

Service is very friendly, some of the nicest I've encountered in Camden. The food is good. Delicious mushroom fried starter thingies, good falafel (although don't say it's served on a pitta when it's on some naan bread type thing, I lived in a Turkish/Greek area for years and they'd be very upset with your description of a pitta), great fish and chips and unusually interesting salads.

A good addition to Camden.

  • Visited October 2013
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Palo Alto, California
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41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great dinner option”
Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

Lots of dinner options near Camden wharf; at first we were looking for something with a view but came here instead. I ordered a lobster roll. Wow!! Really beautiful plating & delicious preparation.

  • Visited October 2013
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Somerset, Kentucky
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
“Eat the lobster”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

Possibly the best lobster in Camden, ME. The desserts were quite awesome as well. Clean, good service, great place to take the family.

Visited October 2013
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Asheville, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
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“Very enjoyable meals here!”
Reviewed October 11, 2013 via mobile

This was our first time dining at Fresh...and it won't be the last! Attractive restaurant which appeared quite festive with autumn decor of soft amber candle light and pumpkins. The menu is fairly extensive and sophisticated but there is no pretension on the part of the friendly wait staff who are happy to explain unknown ingredients and preparations of entrees.
We enjoyed oysters on the half shell and a delightful mushroom soup as appetizers. We also were pleased with our scallop linguine and salmon dinners. The scallop linguine was very generous in size, enough to take home for lunch the next day. Both main dishes were beautifully presented.
This is a great place for a romantic dinner in the evening or for lunch.
Hope this restaurant continues to do well in the future. It is one of the best restaurants in Camden!

Visited October 2013
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