Summer is here and that means so is outside dining with oceanfront views. It’s one of my favorite things about summer. We have certain places that we make a point of going each year to enjoy a meal with an abundance of ambiance.
Below are a few of our favorites.
Boone’s Fish House & Oyster Room. 86 Commercial Street, Portland, Maine. Boone’s has an upper and lower deck along with amble seating inside and an extensive oyster bar. My favorite spot is their upper deck. You can learn more about one of our visits in our sister blog Weekends in Maine.
Porthole Restaurant. 20 Custom House Wharf, Portland, Maine. Tucked right behind Boone’s further up the pier this festive destination is more of a party atmosphere with live music and other events. They’re also great for larger parties. We had a 50th birthday gathering for friends and easily sat twenty of us at a long table on their outside patio.
Portland Lobster Company. 180 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101. Craving seafood and live music. This is your spot. With picnic style tables in the back and café seating closer to the band and the bar, the views here can’t be beat.
Luke’s Lobster. 60 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101. This certified B-Corp with a focus on social responsibility and sustainability has a wonderful two story restaurant on the waterfront with outside seating as well as beautiful indoor dining. You might have to wait a bit but it’s worth it.
Liquid Riot Bottling Co. 250 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101. This local craft brewery and distillery has a wonderful surprise in back. A small, secluded deck overlooking the water. It’s one of my favorite spots for a cocktail and appetizer.
There are so many others too! Looking for more upscale, try Scales or DiMillos on the Water. The wonderful thing about living in a state with over 3,400 miles of coastline is that we have many options for oceanside dining.