Topic: Places to Eat

10 Places to Dine by the Water

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From the Atlantic Ocean to New England’s lakes and rivers, here’s a bonus list of places to dine by the water in New England.

In 2010 we brought you a list of the best places to dine by the water in each of the six New England states (see Restaurants with a Water View in New England). What follows are some extra favorites that we didn’t have room for in print. Enjoy!

10 Places to Dine by the Water

10 Places to Dine by the Water

New Hampshire Places to Dine by the Water

Ashworth by the Sea
295 Ocean Blvd., Hampton, NH. 603-926-6762; ashworthhotel.com

Three restaurants with three perspectives on the Atlantic: The Wharfside Coffee Shop is a good place to start the day; The Breakers Cafe Lounge is the spot for cocktails; and the Ashworth Dining Room is all about white tablecloths and top-notch service.

Bubbas at Newbury Harbor
Route 103, Newbury, NH. 603-763-3290; bubbasbarandgrille.com

Mount Sunapee and, in its shadow, Lake Sunapee are pleasing to look at, as are the brick-oven-roasted, thin-crust pizzas. A local favorite for seafood chowder, too.

Massachusetts Places to Dine by the Water

Newburyport Rear Range Light
61 1/2 Water St., Newburyport, MA. 800-727-2326, lighthousepreservation.org/dining.php

Once you make it to the top of the winding 55-step staircase, you arrive at a glass-enclosed love nest, boating a 365-degree view of the Merrimack River, the Atlantic Ocean, Plum Island, and downtown.

Wequassett Resort & Golf Club
Pleasant Bay, Chatham, MA. 800-225-7125; wequassett.com

Five options here: fancy dining room (Twenty-eight Atlantic), fireplaced club room (Thoreau’s), open-air room and seaside deck serving pizza, burgers, and other casual fare (Outer Bar & Grille), pergola on the beach (LiBAYtion), poolside hot spot featuring BBQs and clambakes (Pleasant Bay Terrace). Dining by the water couldn’t be easier, and the view from each site is superb.

Rhode Island Places to Dine by the Water

DeWolf Tavern
259 Thames St., Bristol, RI. 401-254-2005; dewolftavern.com

Sophisticated world cuisine from nationally recognized chef Sai Viswanath in a dining room framing views of busy Bristol Harbor and Colt State Park on Poppasquash Neck. Adjacent to the Bristol Harbor Inn; book a table at sunset.

41 Bowens Wharf, Newport, RI. 401-849-7778; flukewinebar.com

Overlooking Newport Harbor, the seating is tight in this three-tiered marina location, serving a Mediterranean and American menu matched with a globetrotting wine list. The twang and snap of halyards can be heard as they hit the tall masts of the big yachts in port.

Vermont Places to Dine by the Water

River Tavern
75 Billings Road (off Route 100), Plymouth, VT. 802-672-3811; hawkresort.com

Sit at the bar, which is the best vantage point from which to contemplate the bubbling Black River feeding into Amherst Lake, and the charming Edita Hartig will wine and dine you with chef Marc Scott’s fine food. At Hawk Inn & Mountain Resort.

Ruthcliffe Lodge & Restaurant
1002 Quarry Road, Isle La Motte, VT. 800-769-8162, 802-928-3200; ruthcliffe.com

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.

Connecticut Places to Dine by the Water

The Boulders (now closed)
East Shore Road (Route 45). New Preston, CT.

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. 203-661-4600; lescalerestaurant.com

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.

Where are your favorite places to dine by the water?

  • Beverlee

    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…

  • Chris

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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?????

  • 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??????

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Eleanor

    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.

  • Eleanor

    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.

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

  • 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?

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

  • 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.

  • Charles

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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…

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

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


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