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“food is fantastic! 5 stars/dinner and 3/breakfast (service)”

Roost Cafe and Bistro
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Ranked #16 of 100 Restaurants in Ogunquit
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $35
Cuisines: International
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Ledge Road
Description: A warm and welcoming Cafe and Bistro where our philosophy is hand-crafted, a la minute entrees and appetizers that are exquisite, yet affordable. We pride ourselves on classical cooking techniques with contemporary flavors and creations that are perfect for a bistro. Our Summer hours are as follows: Breakfast/Lunch/Brunch: 8 am - 2 pm Pub Fare: 2 pm - 9 pm Dinner: 5 pm - 9pm
Reviewed August 23, 2011

i need to give this place two separate reviews. one for dinner an one for breakfast -- as they were two totally different experiences.

on a recent trip up and down the coast of maine and the last stop was ogunquit. it was the only dinner i didn't research out or plan. it was 4 pm and i called to see if we could even get in. they were totally booked but said they could figure something out. that was the first sign of the customer service we received that night. everyone was so nice and accommodating.

we arrived and the cutest little table was set up right inside the door. sat down and the dinner began. so many wonderful choices. our server happened to be the chef's wife and she was awesome. i got the frog's leg provencal appetizer and the fisherman's soup. my partner got the yellow tomato gazpacho and the yellowfin tuna salad nicoise. we then had a cheese plate and split a dessert of passionfruit pot de creme with homemade macaroons. all paired with delicious wines.

frog legs: perfectly cooked. so tender and delectable. perfectly seasoned. fantastic.
fisherman's soup. now i know why people got mad when the chef tried to remove it from the menu. such a light complex flavored broth with fennel, a little tomato and finished off with pernod. the mussels, fish, clams and shrimp were perfectly cooked -- just done.
gazpacho. unbelievable. i can't even explain how fresh it tasted.
nicoise. the presentation was a clever riff on the classic with perfectly seared rare tuna medallions placed around a white bean salad encased in a cucumber wrapper and topped with thin slices of egg and an anchovy.
dessert. amazing. the currants on top were a perfect burst of flavor.

i didn't love ogunquit but i lived this place and would go back for dinner in a minute. what a gem. FIVE STARS FOR DINNER.

dinner was so good we decided to stop for breakfast on way out of town. what a different experience. it was almost as if they hadn't cleaned up or prepared for the morning from the night before. the hostess was mildly responsive and awkward. there were dirty tables and noone in the dining room. and when i went to the restroom there was standing water on the floor which i promptly reported.

i ordered earl grey tea since i'm not a coffee drinker and they were out -- in fact they didn't seem to have any caffienated tea available -- only herbal left in the box -- but after searching multiple tea boxes i found one bag of english breakfast. we were seated under the music speaker which was blaring pat metheny and other strangely 80s smooth jazzy tunes. and we could hear verbal complaints coming out of the kitchen in reaction to orders. the vibe was such a let down from the amazing experience just 12 hours before.

the food was still fantastic so i would go back but have to downgrade BREAKFAST TO 3 OR 4 STARS because of the service and the atmosphere. winderful homemade pastries and jams. perfectly cooked french toast and eggs as well as delicious french stewed beans.

i'm a huge fan of this place and hope that monday morning breakfast isn't always this way.

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Reviewed August 23, 2011

My husband and I had a few days away without kids so we used Tripadvisor to seek out the best restaurants in Ogunquit where it was more adult oriented. We are so happy to have found this during one of our searches and it's become one of our favorite places should we ever return.

We called for a reservation on a Thursday night and they told us they were booked in the dining area but they had 2 seats open at the bar. We told them we were ten minutes away which they held for us. Michelle, the bartender, took great care of us but first lets get to the food:

We weren't overly hungry so we decided to order 2 apps and share an entree. Since we were at a French Bistro we got the escargot and saldy I forgot what our other choice was but both were melt in your mouth yummy. We chose the duck for our entree - tender and tasty. For dessert we chose a dark chocolate dish then a dessert that was the French version of ice-cream - vanilla with almond pieces - so creamy.

Okay the drinks - sitting at the bar was cozy and yes it was small but I like the smaller bars and we had engaging conversations with Michelle and another fellow who was dining alone next to us. Michelle was very friendly, funny, outgoing - exactly what a bartender should be. She made us her mean blueberry martini which for folks who can't hold their liquor, watch out, this will hit you when you least expect it. Luckily my husband and I were walking so neither of us had to worry about driving. She puts fresh blueberries in it that were soaking in grey goose - the best one ever. After my blueberry martini, I tried her espresso martini which was another scrumptious drink. She topped us off with a pleasant surprise of her custom made vanilla rum.

After that evening she tolds us to come back and she'll take care of us. We went back on Saturday night, our last night in town but she wasn't working. However, Lisa, the bartender that night was very nice as well and her attempt at making a blueberry martini was very good.

This is a great place to come for a romantic dinner; the staff was very nice and I highly recommend this as a must try.

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Reviewed August 14, 2011

I truly love French food and was looking forward to trying this restaurant that I had heard so much about. However, it truly did not live up to my expectations mainly because of the seating and the service.

Seating/Ambiance: We were sat upstairs in what can be described as a finished second floor on a 1 1/2 floor cape. It was barren and lacked character with no decoration. It set the mood for the evening which could of been romantic if we were seated downstairs and not directly underneath a AC vent. Note that the server said that they had only opened the second floor this season. Obviously the new owner just wanted to maximize seating with no thoughts for ambiance. Do ask to be seated downstairs.

Service: In one word, lacking. Needed to explain what a "Kir Royale" was in a French restaurant! Bread, which we asked for when we ordered, arrived after the starter so the broth was not to be dipped. Wine was finally poured half way into the starter. The server did say that we were his only table upstairs and he had three downstairs. Well, because of this, we basically were left to our own devices.

Food: dessert was the best and stood out as stellar.

We will not be going again but if you do, do request to be seated downstairs.

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Reviewed August 10, 2011

My husband and I dined here, as we had a coupon from our B and B. I had the Irish oatmeal, which was great, served with bananas and hazelnuts. The coffee and juice were also good. My hubby had the American breakfast, which was good, except for the bacon. It was cold and burnt--not very appealing. The service was very friendly and efficient.

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Reviewed August 4, 2011

We are on vacation in New England from our home in Europe, and my French husband lived in Provence for nearly 15 years. He pronounced his meal (the rabbit) to be excellent and I can say the same - the halibut was the best in memory and the dark chocolate mousse, simply sublime. We loved the warm and cozy ambience, and Ken provided friendly, knowledgeable and polished service. We had a thoroughly delightful evening and would certainly return were we to find ourselves in Ogunquit again.

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