Quick summary: American-focused menu of small plates, mains, sandwiches, individual pizzas, with some creative flair here and there. Moderate prices for a Maine resort. Friendly, professional service. This is the restaurant at the Stage Neck Inn.
We stopped by a couple of times when visiting family in the area. Whether you dine in the Shearwater dining room area of the adjacent bar, you can get a great meal in a seaside atmosphere.
During out dining, we had a range of the menu, from the panko-crusted haddock to the lobster roll to the mussels. All except for one stumble (noted below, and unusual in all the years we've been going here) was delish -- fresh tasting, expertly prepared. The small plates and sharing plates include hot (crabcake; mussels; pork shank; etc.) and cold (e.g. oysters; ahi tuna with ginger; shrimp) in the $10 - $14 range. Mains are mostly in the mid-$20's to low $30's range, and includes accompanying veges and starch.
A delish lobster is $38, whether you crack it yourself of get the lazy-man's lobster, i.e. the kitchen cracks it for you, which can be a great help for many diners. Surf & turf is the most expensive item on the menu at $40, which includes a delish filet mignon.
You can come here at any time of day as it is the full-service restaurant, i.e. breakfast, lunch, interim, and dinner.
One night we stopped in, and the place was pretty crowded, so we ate at the bar. Same menu; nice ambiance.
Oh, yes - -nice wine list and by-the-glass. Full bar with intriguing cocktails.
Friendly, professional service. There is a gem of a pianist some nights who plays the standards and interpretations of newer stuff. Check his nights, and I don't know if he plays year round.
Okay, the one clunker: the seafood risotto. Priced the same as the lobster dinner, it was a real disappointment - a big puddle of not-great risotto and a few small pieces of assorted seafood. The seafood-risotto proportions were really out of balance, especially for the price of comparable items on the menu. If this was my first time at this restaurant, I might not have returned. But frankly, everyone else's dinner was great, and it was possibly the only time I was every disappointed. So, this is my comment as a footnote, and I notice that the seafood risotto is no longer on the menu.
So: I'll definitely be back, and order what everyone else is having.
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