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“Underwhelming for the price.”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Arrows - CLOSED

Arrows
Price range: $0 - $80
Cuisines: American, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Lebanon, Maine
Level Contributor
94 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
“Underwhelming for the price.”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

Overall this was a very nice evening and a good dining experience, but I feel that $370 for dinner for two also buys me the right to nitpick, so I will. Off to a great start with homemade rustic bread, including one made with blue cheese and another made with toasted fennel; both excellent. However, two of the mussels served with our lobster tower were off, tasting of barn. Lobster/crab/tomato parfait server atop the same tower was just not very interesting. Eggplant appetizer was pretty good, a nice twist on baba ganoush. Duck rillettes with homemade chutney, spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, and rosemary, perfect, memorable. Pork rillettes, underseasoned. My warm kale salad was very good, however the house cured bacon was too salty for my taste, a distraction rather than a counterpoint. My wife’s salad was overdressed; the delicate flavor of otherwise lovely baby greens obscured. My redfish entrée was very good, as were the “luxury potatoes”, though neither was earth-moving. Grit cakes, again, good, but not toe-curling good. Another side dish of warm kale was nicely prepared, but redundant after having ordered and enjoyed a warm kale salad. It was perhaps a last-minute swap-in, as the menu had indicated that asparagus would be served. The biggest disappointment was my wife’s filet, which was black and blue as opposed to medium-rare as requested, and was riddled with tough sinew and fat, strange for a filet, unappealing. While we didn’t raise a complaint, her plate, quite prominently featuring an uneaten, undercooked, grisly piece of meat was simply cleared away with no inquiry, no comment. Had we raised an issue I have no doubt it would have been taken care of, as the service and overall attention to detail were excellent. The atmosphere was very nice, although the music was surprisingly loud and occasionally not well selected. We did not order desert, as by this point in the meal we assumed it too would fall into the realm of “pretty good but not worth the price”. I don’t object to dropping a load of cash for a terrific dinner, but I was expecting “near-flawless” for these numbers.

  • Visited June 2013
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6 Thank JPankratz
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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English first
York Beach, Maine
Level Contributor
463 reviews
265 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
“Amazing, Amazing!”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

Thank you for the transfer from daily life and responsibilities to the exquisite beautiful world of Arrows. This is truly a dining experience! The new bar area allows for great conversation with fellow diners before being introduced to a beauty and ambiance that is beyond comparison. Starting with an array of freshly baked breads, we were introduced to incredible appetizers followed by a multi course meal of a variety of fish dishes. Their timing is perfection! I know no other restaurant that provides the type of wonderful service and ambiance than Arrows. Clark and Mark are the nicest of people and deserve each and every honor which has come their way!

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank DRH0PS
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Ogunquit Maine
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17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“wedding night”
Reviewed June 7, 2013 via mobile

Thank you Arrows for topping yourselves once again. We were a party of 4 after we got married that afternoon (thank you Maine equality). The new tasting menu, cart with oh my god stuffed eggs beyond explanation are amazing. Wine list to die for we just had the best three hours of our lives, please never stop. Arrows is Ogunquits number one restaurant, and i am positive the 40 in front would agree. It is a shame trip advisor does not separate high end from take out and bakeries seafood places these are all great but top rated ogunquit restaurants <jeez> its misleading and not helpful to tourists, try Arrows and you will agree if you like fine food and don't mind paying for that luxury.

Visited June 2013
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Thank maineshore
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New London, New Hampshire
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Our finest meal, ever”
Reviewed May 30, 2013

Arrows is about more than just the food which is so well prepared and presented that it is impossible to describe. It is the whole experience of the old famhouse, the furnishings & appointments, the service, the staff, the garden and the chef/owners, Mark & Clark. Expensive, but worth every dollar. We hope to dine here every time we visit Ogunquit.

Visited May 2013
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Thank jj41
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Delicious and expensive”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

Had a wonderful experience at Arrows. While I don't disagree with many of the comments here (the premium butter, waitstaff dropping things, etc), you really do need to understand the type of restaurant it is and be prepared for the expense of that. All of that said, it was a fantastic experience. Everything from the waiter who met us in the cold on the walkway with a hot amuse bouche, to the bread, to the main courses was flavorful and delicious. Our waitress was attentive and very down to earth. And both the grounds and building are lovely. We went in December, and the view from our table by the window was of a snow-covered lawn complete with lights and ornaments hung form the trees outside. Recommended!

Visited December 2012
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Thank Jamie C
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