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10 Places to Dine by the Water

10 Places to Dine by the Water
6 votes, 3.33 avg. rating (68% score)

Ruthcliffe Lodge & Restaurant
1002 Quarry Road
Isle La Motte, VT
800-769-8162, 802-928-3200
A meal here is an Italian feast of locally grown vegetables and thoughtfully prepared meats and fish. Isle la Motte is a world away, right on Lake Champlain.


The Boulders
East Shore Road (Route 45)
New Preston, CT
800-455-1565, 860-868-0541
We can’t get enough of the Bibb lettuce salad with pickled shallots, candied walnuts, poached pears, and piquant blue cheese, not to mention the backdrop of Lake Waramaug.

500 Steamboat Road
Greenwich, CT
It’s French for “port of call,” and the upscale menu here, on Greenwich Harbor, takes its cue from Provence, with tasting menus of fruits de mer–raw clams and oysters, lightly poached shrimp, and mussels–and classic pissaladiere, a thin, flaky tart covered with silky onions, olives, and just enough anchovies.

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28 Responses to 10 Places to Dine by the Water

  1. David Imhof April 27, 2010 at 2:48 pm #

    That was my first thought also. Nothing in Maine?

  2. Carol Pederzani April 27, 2010 at 3:02 pm #

    We also vacation in Maine — would be nice to know what might be available.

  3. Carol Shepherd April 27, 2010 at 3:19 pm #

    ditto…a big oversight.

  4. Linda Dunton April 27, 2010 at 3:32 pm #

    VERY Disappointed not to even see Maine listed! We have a beautiful coastline and some great places to eat.

  5. Paula Ford April 27, 2010 at 3:53 pm #

    I actually scrolled through the list several times until it dawned on me that Maine had been left out. Not only do we have a beautiful coastline BUT we have the most of all the NE states!

    Perhaps YM meant no offense but…

  6. Sharon Adler April 27, 2010 at 4:18 pm #

    I looked for Maine also and was surprised not to see any listings. I would suggest The Reading Room at the Bar Harbor Inn in Bar Harbor, ME. The view is especially lovely at sunset and the food is wonderful.

  7. meredith pryor April 27, 2010 at 4:41 pm #

    maine were are you?

  8. Charles Cragg April 27, 2010 at 5:40 pm #

    WHAT HAPPENED TO MAINE?? More good waterfront eating than in all of the rest of New England. Have you tried Brown Brothers in Boothbay Harbor.

  9. Jane Franks April 27, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

    I agree with the comments about Maine. The best place for lobster in the world! Bar Harbor has numerous places. I grew up in a Boston suberb and there are tons of great seafood places in the Boston area, too. There needs to be a better researched list for travellers. I think visitors to New England — especially for the first time — are looking for the quintessential New England favorites.

  10. Kevin Dugan April 27, 2010 at 7:18 pm #

    Evelyn’s in Tiverton, RI has to be included! Right on Nanaquacket Pond, great clams.

  11. Dr. Dallas H. Bryant April 27, 2010 at 7:55 pm #

    As midwesterners, we’ve been up and down the beautiful coast of Maine almost 48 summers
    and am amazed that you couldn’t find a single place for eating. Maybe I need to stick with Downeast Magazine for our dining recommendations?

  12. Bob Suphan April 27, 2010 at 9:21 pm #

    They should have included the Lobster Pound in Lincolnville Beach, Maine.

  13. Eleanor Hoover April 27, 2010 at 9:37 pm #

    My husband and I wanted to treat ourselves for a special night out. We went to Ashworth by the Sea to eat in the dining room. It may be about the white tablecloths but the service was awful and the food was worse. By the way, there is no view of the water because of people, traffic and fences being in the way.

  14. Eleanor Hoover April 27, 2010 at 9:41 pm #

    A great restaurant is Seaglass in Salisbury, Ma. The service was a little slow but the food was worth the wait. Reasonable prices and wonderful ocean views from most tables.

  15. Carol Harvey April 27, 2010 at 9:48 pm #

    Maine is missing????? What were you thinking???

  16. Holly Sault April 27, 2010 at 10:31 pm #

    I would like to suggest the York Harbor Inn in York Harbor, Maine. It has two restaurants – both with beautiful views of the ocean. They are open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week and have a fabulous Sunday brunch. They also have some great specials for rooms on Travelzoo right now – the deals are too good to pass up.

  17. grace thorne April 28, 2010 at 6:05 am #

    worth a mention is freeport lunch and lobster in freeport for all you daytrippers and ll bean devotees. and what about the lobster shack at two lights state park in cape elizabeth? right on the open ocean so the view is always spectacular along with terrific food.

  18. donald j hewitt April 28, 2010 at 7:10 am #

    what can i say? you guys miss the boat. Maine has some of the best places to eat by the water.

  19. Debra LaConte April 28, 2010 at 8:43 am #

    Stage Neck Inn and the Cliff House have amazing brunch on Sundays, both with fantastic views. We always have a hard time deciding. I’m sure their dinner menus are also fabulous. Why weren’t they included???? Then there’s all of Boothbay, Camden, Rockport, Rockland…what were you thinking or will they have their own issue as there are soooo many to choose from??????

  20. Debra LaConte April 28, 2010 at 8:51 am #

    We took Annie Coops advice on the What to do on a Winter’s Day and ate breakfast in Marblehead. It’s not an easy place to get to….but when we did arrive it had no view of the water….and horrid food. Yes, it was a local favorite, but I couln’t figure out why. Then I almost killed myself going to the bathroom up the steepest, narrowest set of stairs, to arrive in an attic filled with cobwebs, storing beverages…..a most unhappy winter’s morning…. Do you get paid to write these reviews????? Just wondering what your critia is?????

  21. Joel Brown April 28, 2010 at 9:01 am #

    As a lifelong Mainer I’m appalled that none of our numerous waterfront establishments are listed!!!! Up and down the coast we have countless wonderful restaurants – surely you could have listed at least one. Shame!

  22. FRAN PIERCE April 28, 2010 at 9:27 am #

    Walters Basin on Squam Lake in Holderness NH is nice.

  23. Laura Stone April 28, 2010 at 9:55 am #

    Thanks for using my photo! It was a thrill to see it!

  24. PJ Fiocco April 30, 2010 at 12:35 am #

    Ray’s Seafood in Rye, NH gets my vote…Ocean in the front and Saltwater Marsh in the back. Amazing seafood…try their fried clams! And the sweetest little bar usually filled with locals to watch the Red Sox. The drive to get there is really nice as well…all along the ocean.

  25. Chris Heckman May 1, 2010 at 1:55 pm #

    Maine has lakes as well as the ocean. How about The Village Inn in Belgrade? Great food, overlooking Long Pond, the original for Golden Pond of the movie. Try their roast duck.

  26. Beverlee C. Beers May 4, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    What a slight that Maine was not even mentioned, and we are the largest state of the five New England states, and the photo on this email was of Somes Sound on Mount Desert Island in Maine! How about another list of just Maine places to eat on the water?? You owe it to your loyal Maine subscribers and those other subscribers who come and visit us…

  27. Mel Allen May 31, 2010 at 5:04 pm #

    Everyone, please know that these online listings are just extras we could not fit in the May/June Yankee. We have many places from Maine in the issue–also right here on line.

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