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“Ocean Cloud”
Review of Sea Dog Brewery

Sea Dog Brewery
Ranked #2 of 31 Restaurants in Topsham
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Montreal
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Ocean Cloud”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

You can take the dog out of the sea but when you’re on the Maine coast, the sea ain’t going nowhere. And the Sea Dog brewpub sticks to its oceanic inclination by offering on its menu, many treasures from the adjacent Atlantic. After sampling a pint of their fine IPA, I ordered a tuna sandwich that is not on the regular menu but was part of the daily specials presented on a separate card. My wife ordered from the same list but chose to go with a chicken and sausage ravioli dish rather than rely on the fishy items. She unfortunately regretted her choice as the “sausage” that was quite abundant was of the very processed kind, bearing a reddish color that reminded more of a fire truck than of actual finely crafted food with prime ingredients. The chicken morsels and the ravioli itself were okay, as was the sauce in which the whole production was smothered.

My sandwich however, I did not regret. On the menu, it said that it was served medium-rare but upon ordering, I told the nice waiter that I really didn’t mind if it was just seared and left sashimi (or tataki) style in the middle. He broke a knowing smile, added a quasi-wink and said “gotcha” which I favorably interpreted as a “Welcome back to Maine” statement. And it came as promised. Freshness was evident due to the tuna pavé’s almost raw state. Served on a fresh ciabatta bun, every bite exuded flavor, the flavor I was craving. So much in fact that the fixings surrounding the sandwich are but a vague distant memory. There may have been nice crispy fries and some salad to go along, but honestly, the tuna obfuscated the rest. Except for that second pint of delicious IPA of course. Overall, a satisfactory experience. I even brought back a t-shirt! Oh, and the service was excellent and very friendly. But the tuna…heavenly.

  • Visited March 2013
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Harwinton, Connecticut
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Love at first sip ;o)”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

What more could you ask for? A wide selection of craft beer (our faves were the Porter and limited run Imperial Stout - best beer ever, says my sea dog, who also said the stout had a deep rich flavor reminiscent of brandy and figs). We ate Sirloin Beef Tips with Stilton, Mushrooms, Asparagus, and pasta, which was excellent, and blackened haddock fish tacos which were good but not great. Slivered onion rings and sweet potato fries were cooked to perfection. Our waiter provided excellent service, as did the chef when he/she remade the the entire beef dinner when the first dish was not to my liking. The extra service was much appreciated. To be honest, I didn't pay much attention to the ambience because I was too busy enjoying my dinner companion, my food, and the excellent beer. Not the place for a quiet romantic dinner, but if you're thirsty for some fine beer and hungry for some tasty food, head over to the Sea Dog immediately.

  • Visited March 2013
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Bangor, ME
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good food but noisy”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

The food was good and it was an interesting atmosphere being inside an old converted woolen mill but it was very load. The brick walls and metal girders made for a lot of sound reflection. It was hard to carry on a conversation but we still had a good time.

Visited March 2013
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Texas Gulf Coast, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
495 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 454 helpful votes
“Brews with a View”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

The Sea Dog is in the basement of a former mill beside the Androscoggin River and its often roaring waterfalls. This brew-pub is a fun place for a night out, but it's not one for a quiet romantic evening. We watched locals do karaoke while we had 20-oz. pints of draft ale and loaded nachos. Service was great. Even the ID checker was friendly. The karaoke was a hoot! The J-shaped bar was full. Booths near the bar were full. And many tables along the walls were full as well. A pool table was busy in the back. An outdoor deck by the river was closed. Sports are non-stop fare on the half-dozen TVs. Both bathrooms were rugged but usable. All in all, this is a great place to kick back and relax.

  • Visited January 2013
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Brunswick, Maine
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great Pub Food, Wicked Good Venue”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

Easy to get to with fantastic views from the deck and plenty of selections for vegetarians, this pub is great all around. Housed in a renovated factory and with many tables that have a great view of the Androscoggin, the place is sunny, open, and inviting. Service is friendly, happy, and attentive and the food is well done (it has to be when you're right next door to some of the best restaurants in Maine).

  • Visited November 2012
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