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“Extraordinary Seafood Prepared with Passion”
Review of 18 Below Raw Bar

18 Below Raw Bar
Ranked #3 of 91 Restaurants in Waterville
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

As longtime seasonal visitors to the central Maine / Belgrade Lakes region, we've searched far and wide for an answer to the perennial "Where can we get a great meal around here? question. Tonight, we found an answer to the question.... THIS IS THE PLACE !!!

This is a quiet, cozy place that has an upscale country / seafood shack decor. It is a smaller size and I'm sure reservations are a must on weekends and in season.

As you would expect, the menu is dominated by seafood, but there are chicken, beef and vegetarian offerings on the menu. No one will be unable to leave hungry.

My wife had the haddock stuffed with Maine crab meat. I was delicious and beautifully presented. A very tasty blend of ingredients and lemon flavor that was very creative.

I had a cup of lobster stew ... An elegant lobster bisque type broth loaded with lobster meat. A far cry from the lobster shells boiled in milk and butter many places serve!!

The crepes stuffed with seafood and a cream / broth based sauce were spectacular. The vegetables cooked to perfection.

Our server was attentive and most helpful explaining menu offerings. The food is the best we've had in central Maine..... No more drives to the coast looking for "that great place"...... We found one here!!

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Reviewed 28 April 2017

This is a go to place for business dinners in the Waterville area. Great menu, great service and great food. Atmosphere allows for conversation and the waitstaff are attentive and after a couple visits remember you. Excellent food and service while still being affordable.

Thank 207Travel
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Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

Relatively unassuming: not an attractive part of Town and fairly hidden and then down a flight of stairs. No worries, the food makes up for it all.

Started with a lobster soup/bisque. Very tasty, good background note of sherry. Main dish was their lobster cutlet. Lobster tail meat pounded down into a paillard, breaded with crispy panko. Served over saffron risotto and with some asparagus. Very tasty lobster, fresh tasting. They throw in a small piece of meat from claw as a garnish. Really nice. Risotto was a bit heavily salted. Unfortunately the asparagus was utterly forgettable.

No room for dessert.

Service was very friendly and efficient. Dinner for 2 with cocktails was $73. Very reasonable price/quality ratio.

Very nice meal indeed.

Thank BM_Mtl
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Love the food. Very attentive wait staff. Small unique menu. All selections are excellent. I would probably try to sit at a table away from the bar area as the tables in that area are a bit cramped.

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Thank Kathy J
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

My favorite restaurant in Waterville has great service and a list of specials every night. The prime rib special was amazing. It was flavorful and very tender. You could not find a better piece of meat in any steak house.

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Thank foodie1945
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