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“Superb food but noisy”

Damariscotta River Grill
Ranked #1 of 31 Restaurants in Damariscotta
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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4 reviews
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“Superb food but noisy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2011

We stopped for lunch a Sunday and were offered a table upstairs. We ordered the "Thai fish stew," a splendid, tasteful variation on the classic chowder, with a glass of good house wine each. Great buys!
The place looks pleasantly authentic and visually restful. But perhaps because it was Sunday, the ambient noise was high. A big loud table not far from us drowned our conversation and we resumed talking normally only when they left.
If you have hearing problems as I do, judge the noise level before seating down! However the cuisine is so good that you should take the punishment and stay.

  • Visited August 2011
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Whitefield, Maine
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“A Predictable Pleasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2011

This restaurant never has failed to please. The food, the knowledgable waitstaff, the wine list and the decor keep bringing us back there. Their entree salads are my favorite choices, but sometimes I branch out and have other things which are equally well prepared and interesting. They always get the fish right, never dry, always tasty, never smothered in overwhelming sauces. There are plenty of good choices of wines that are reasonably priced. Tables are well spaced and the comfortable chairs encourage leisurely dining.

  • Visited August 2011
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Naples, FL
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2011

This is the restaurant I must go to every time I'm in Maine. The food is outstanding & innovative. Service is always great. And I love looking at all the beautiful art work the local artists display on the walls.

  • Visited August 2011
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nyc
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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“The Finest Dining in the Area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2011

We ate at the Damariscotta River Grill twice during our weeklong stay in the area. It has fresh, well prepared food, generous portions, and a great casual atmosphere. The fish dishes are delicious and the menu is vegetarian friendly. The salads are all prepared with locally grown greens and the homemade desserts were scrumptious!

  • Visited August 2011
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Missouri
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Very good,”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2011

Good food but the atmosphere was blah. Seemed expensive and like they were trying too hard to be extraordinary. Maybe because of the reviews I expected amazing

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