Docktails & Deckadence: Best Spots for Summer Patio Drinking & Dining in Midcoast Maine


Where to go for the best deck? It’s summer. Time for ridiculously large and delicious cocktails. Or DOCKtails!? Take your bevy outside and soak up some sun. Where you ask? I got you.

Maine Today did an article listing a bunch of places in Maine that have fabulous patio dining. Awesome! Kudos! However, one problem. They only listed ONE Midcoast restaurant. Big mistake. Huge! We have some of the best locations to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine and ocean views and, well, frankly, I feel left out. So, let’s amend this.  Here’s Jessabelle Lemonade’s Lowdown on where to get drunk and sunburned this summer: Ok, no, wait, that’s not enticing. How about Jessebelle Lemonade’s Lowdown on Where to go for Cold Brews & Water Views


Note – There are many other places with fabulous dining, excellent lobster rolls (yum!) and great ocean views, however, I’m only listing the ones that serve booze. Why? Because, I’m 24,  it’s Spring Break, and, obviously, I have my priorities in order, OK? OK, good.outdoorsy

If you’re not from around here, or if you’re one of those regulars who doesn’t try new places too often (guilty!) but want to explore a bit, this is for you. Since I’ve left places out, feel free to comment with additions or recommendations for other folks.

Docktails at Atlantica in Camden. Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor.


The Slipway
24 Public Landing, Thomaston | (207) 354-415

This little gem may be a little off the beaten track but not by much and it is certainly worth the cruise. Fun, corky, welcoming atmosphere, & quintessential Maine charm make it a must see. I loved the sangria served in a mason jar. The lobsters displayed in a bath tub instead of the traditional tank (no joke!) the beautiful views and the fish cakes. Go just before dusk. Bring a date. By the end of the evening you’ll be in love. Wonderful write up about the restaurant and lots more photos of the location and the DELICIOUS food on From Away. Slipway opens May 22!

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Photo of The Slipway is courtesy of TripAdvisor. Image from Life on The Road. Photo by photoprapher Dave Clough.

Archer’s on The Pier
58 Ocean Street, Rockland | (207) 594-2435 | Daily, 11 am – 10 pm

I love this location. Doesn’t get much better. Walking out to the restaurant you can pretend your heading to your yacht. Then grab a table on the deck or pull up a stool to the indoor/outdoor wrap around bar and pretend you’re sitting on your yacht while the waitstaff serve you drinks n things. I recommend the Lobster Club. You know, the triple decker lobster sandwhich with bacon, the one that Lynn Archer made for the throw down with Bobby Flay. Ya, it’s good. After your drinks, stroll along the boardwalk or stop over at Sand Beach and dip your toe in. Why is this sounding so romantic? You go do that with your date. The lobster & bacon will be my date. Shush. Jazz music on Sundays noon-3pm. Tues & Thurs buy one get one 1/2 off entrees.

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Archers_DiningThumbPhoto from Lord Camden Inn.


Three Tides & Beer Garden / The Bottom
2 Pinchy Lane, Belfast | 338-1707 |  Tues. – Sun, 4pm-close. Closed Mondays. 

Yes. Yes, this is summer. Ahhh, beer gardens. Can I list that as a hobby? How about a skill? I’m sure it will fit on my resume somewhere. Beer Gardens Suma Cum Laude. Yup. Sounds legit. Anyway, Three Tides is great. Very modern, very posh. Belfast waterfront location is lovely. Marshall Wharf Beers are great. Perfect spot for beer lovers.

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Photos of Three Tides Waterfront Bar Courtesy of: Press Herald, TripAdvisor, & The Guardian.


Waterfront Restaurant
45 Bay View St., Camden | 207-236-3747 | Open every day, year round.

 Delicious food! Great drinks. Great deserts. One time some girlfriends and I were playing hooky from work. Someone needed a ride to pick up a car at a mechanic and somehow this resulted in mid day mixed drinks and chocolate cake. This was back when I was running 5k everyday and I could eat whatever I wanted. Man, I miss those days. Anyway, Waterfront is a long time favorite. The atmosphere is relaxing, welcoming, comfortable. The food and service are outstanding. And you can’t beat that location.

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  This photo of Waterfront is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Peter Ott’s on the Water
16 Bayview Landing, Camden | 236-4032 | dinner 5-9

Steakhouse & seafood. Lovely waterfront location. Great bar snacks 🙂

peter otts


3 Crow
449 Main St., Rockland | (207) 593-0812 | 5-11 pm

Nice, quaint little patio area behind the restaurant. Nice for Sunday Brunch or evening dinner. Don’t forget about their Taco Tuesdays.

Photo: Our new patio is the perfect place for dinner with friends, or just a quite evening sampling craft beer.

Shaw’s Wharf
129 Rte 32New Harbor | (207) 677-2200 | Daily 11am-8pm

Doesn’t get much more classic Maine then this, bub. They got all your classic seafood favorites, delicious fried foods, and even have local brews on tap. They open for the Thursday before Mother’s Day and then it’s open daily 11am-8pm. Great views!

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Photo from Fish Free

The Bog Tavern
2919 Atlantic Highway (Rt 1), Waldoboro

Open for the season! Seven days a week. Full Bar/Outdoor Dining/Live Music

Photo Source: Bog Tavern

Newcastle Publick House
52 Main Street, Newcastle | 207-563-3434

Food/Drink/Outdoor Seating/Live Music

Photo Source: Newcastle Publick House

The Waterworks
7 Lindsey St. RocklandME | 207-596-2753

Great local spot to get some lunch and split a pitcher of beer with a few friends. Food/Drink/Outdoor Seating

 The Dip Net
1 Cold Storage Road, Port Clyde |

Dine outside with harbor views and lobstah boats all around ya. Enjoy all your seafood favorites, jury’s still out on who’s got the best lobster roll. Go do some research. Fun atmosphere here and an outdoor bar! Yipee! Open May 31 – Columbus Day, Daily 11am – 9pm. Waterviews/Food/Drink/Deck Seating/Outdoor Bar

Image from: The Dip Net


Blue Sky Cantina
5 Country Inn Way, Rockport | (207) 236-4149

Food/Drink/Outdoor Seating

43 Mechanic St., Camden | 207-230-7135

Some outdoor seating, great for soaking up a little sun and enjoying drinks and wings & things. An after games favorite spot for my softball team! Food/Drink/Outdoor Seating/Live Music

Image Source: Smokestack Grill

Lobster Pound / Andrew’s Brewing Co. Brew Pub
25 21 Atlantic Hwy, Lincolnville | (207) 789-5550
Sit by the beach with some good grub and a good brew. Here’s an article about the coming transition from seafood restaurant to brew pub, in case any of you were out of the loop. Check their facebook to see the updates of construction. They’re ready to open next week!

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 This photo of Lobster Pound Restaurant is courtesy of TripAdvisor


1 Bayview Landing, Camden | 207-236-6011

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This photo of Atlantica is courtesy of TripAdvisor


The Landings Restaurant
1 Commercial Street, Rockland | (207) 594-3011

Yummy food! Great drinks as well. Nice sunny spot. Waterviews/Food/Drink/Deck Seating


Schooner Landing
Waterfront, Damariscotta  | 563-7447

Opens at 11:30 daily when in season. Not open yet. Lots of live music on the pier in season. Waterviews/Food/Drink/Deck Seating/Live Music

Cafe Miranda / Pink Flamingo Bar 15 Oak St. Rockland | 207-594-203

Mow down on all that great food we’ve come to love while enjoying some sunshine on the little side street. Enjoy drinks as well. I always get the Cranberry Gin drink. They have live music & DJs on some weekends through the summer. They get a little fireplace going for chilly summer nights.
Food/Drink/Outdoor Seating/Live Music
Photo: My Igloo Life

 Comida Latin Kitchen
31 Elm St, Camden | (207) 230-7367

Just kidding! It doesn’t really look like that, but we can pretend. It’s actually  a little gated off patio area across from the Camden Village Green.
13 River Road, Tenants Harbor | (207) 372-8999
Food/Drink/Outdoor Seating
happy clamImage from Life on The Road.


Waterman’s Beach Lobster
343 Waterman’s Beach Road, South Thomaston | 207-596-7819

Okay, this one is tricky because they don’t serve alcohol. But they do have the great view and A James Beard Award. And you can BYOB. So, they make my list! Read more about Waterman’s on From Away.

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Waterman’s Beach LobsterPhoto Source From Away


The Seagull Gift Shop & Restaurant
at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse | 207-677-2374

They began as a deck with a few tables and striped umbrellas now it’s a full dining room. Serves til 8p.m. They can’t serve alcohol, but they encourage folks to bring their favorite beer, wine or liquor with them. They’ll provided glasses, ice, garnish, whatever you need. Also, there is a store that sells alcoholic beverages about five minutes away, so youcan place your meal order and go pick up some drinks.


r1Photo source: Seagull Restaurant


Chowder House Boat Bar
Waterfront, 22 Granary Way, Boothbay Harbor | 633-5761 

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Photos source Chowder House.

Boathouse Bistro Tapas Bar & Restaurant
12 By-Way, Boothbay Harbor | (207) 633-0400

Rooftop dining for views. Probs not open til May. Boo. Waterviews/Food/Drink/Deck Seating


Home Kitchen Cafe
650 Main Street, Rockland | 207-596-2449 

Great food! And you can grab a beer with your food and enjoy the view. Waterviews/Food/Drink/Deck Seating

 This photo of Home Kitchen Cafe is courtesy of TripAdvisor


Camden Deli
37 Main Street, Camden, Maine | 207-236-8343

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 Picture from Maine Vacation.

The Pearl Seafood Restaurant
273 Main St., Rockland | (207) 594-9889

Last year they didn’t open till like the end of May. Fun bar. Great food. Waterviews/Food/Drink/Deck Seating

 Photo: The Pearl

Front Street Pub
37 Front Street, Belfast, Maine 04915 | (207) 338-8900

Food/Drink/Deck Seating/Live Music

La Bella Vita & Enoteca Lounge at Samoset Resort
220 Warrenton St., Rockport | 207-593-1529

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 This photo of La Bella Vita & The Enoteca Lounge is courtesy of TripAdvisor

40 paper
40 Washington St @ Knox Mill Camden | (207) 230-0111

Food/Drink/Outdoor Seating

40 paper outside diningPhoto source: 40 Paper

1 Bay View Landing, Camden | (207) 236-7005

Live music Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays 7-9 pm. They have a couple of  outdoor tables by entrance. Food/Drink/Outdoor Seating/Live Music

King Eider’s Pub
2 Elm Street (Corner of Main and Elm), Damariscotta  | 207-563-6008

Food/Drink/Outdoor Seating/Live Music

Photo from Coveside B&B

266 Main St., Rockland | (207) 594-5770

Pizza & Beer with a view of the ocean. What more could a girl ask for? Ok, I could ask for a lot more. But for a Friday night in the summer, this all I need. Food/Drink/Outdoor Seating/Live Music

Salt Water Farm
4 Central Street Rockport, ME 04856 | (207)236-0554

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salt water farm Photo: Salt Water Farm



 Francine’s Bistro
55 Chestnut St., Camden | 207-230-0083 | Tues- Sun 5:30-10pm

Food/Drink/Outdoor Seating

francine'sPhoto: Francine’s


2531 Atlantic Highway, Lincolnville | 789-5200
Sit outside under the awning with nice views. Good food.

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 This photo of Whale’s Tooth Pub and Restaurant is courtesy of TripAdvisor


30 Main St. Belfast | 338-6889
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Photo source: Dockside Family Dining
12 Commercial St., Tenants Harbor | 372-6782
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This photo of Cod End is courtesy of TripAdvisor


Okay, this one is a little different. Why not take a sail? Miss Nina has dining packages. Take a 3 hour tour, they feed you, you drink, you sail, you fall in love – with your date, with this state, with it all. Waterviews(Obviously)/Food/BYOB


Many boats do dining sails for lunch or dinner. For example, Schooner Heron out of Rockport does an Island sail with lunch and a Sunset dinner sail. And it sounds delicious and way too romantic. Ugh. Here’s a nice resource to find some different sail options.
Photo: Schooner Yacht Heron


You can also read my Midcoast event listings on Pen Bay Pilot!

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