My mother and I had heard great things about the Pentagoet Inn Restaurant, and we were staying at the Pentagoet Hotel, so we made our reservations with extremely high expectations. We were absolutely amazed at the quality of the whole dining experience that the Pentagoet Restaurant encompassed. The restaurant is in a charming old house a few blocks from the sea, and the atmosphere was warm and friendly, the lighting soft and romantic to start the evening off nicely. I ordered a vegetarian entree and was impressed with how creative the chef had been, since oftentimes vegetarian food, especially in seaside towns, is pretty boring and tasteless. Both my mother (who is non-vegetarian) and I were very happy with our appetizers, entrees, and dessert--it was by far the best restaurant we dined at in our week on the Maine coast. It seemed like they based their menu off of what they could get fresh and in season (in fact, earlier that day we had seen Jack at the farmers market!), which I could definitely taste.
Perhaps more important than the excellent food was the feeling of the restaurant. Jack and his wife, and our waiters and servers, were all so friendly and kind. We left dinner that night and Maine the next morning feeling like we had truly experienced Maine hospitality, and it was a magical thing.
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