The Deer Isle area is becoming a foodie hotspot! It’s not just lobster anymore! If you book a stay at Pilgrim’s Inn, we will provide you with more detailed information via our Pilgrim’s Inn Insider Guide, which is a link in your Confirmation Email. But, to whet your appetite for a visit to the area, here is some good info on our local favorite eats.
*Please call or visit websites to check days and times of operation, as this changes frequently in our neck of the woods. Supply chain issues and staffing are impacting every hospitality-based business heavily this season*
If the restaurant allows, please make a reservation well in advance. If you cannot get a reservation at your restaurant of choice, please consider takeout to enjoy at our picnic tables for our inn guests. Or head to the grocer to pick up some local artisan food and make your own picnic!
On Deer Isle:
The Whales Rib Tavern – Located right here at the Pilgrim’s Inn! The Whale’s Rib Tavern will be re-opening in May 2022 with new owners and a fresh new menu! Enjoy delectable Maine seafood dishes, smoked BBQ, and global cuisines. Enjoy a New England beer or wine on our outdoor patio or beer garden! Sample regional spirits with a whiskey flight at our historic tavern bar. The Whale’s Rib Tavern is a restaurant the whole family can enjoy! Open seasonally.
Fin & Fern – Nicole’s pick for Fish & Chips, Scott’s fav for short ribs. They also sell house-made pasta and sauces available online or in local stores, for cooking at home or in your cozy Coastal Cottage at Pilgrim’s Inn. We enjoyed dinner al fresco last year!
Acadia House Provisions – The most amazing outdoor dining on Deer Isle – a huge deck right over Stonington Harbor. Chef MacCaskey is a 2 star Michelin chef that grew up summering on Deer Isle. We are happy that he has started his newest outpost right here. Prepare to be wowed. The staff will take great care of you, tell them we sent you.
LDI Lobster – They nailed it in 2020 with the most iconic of all coastal Maine settings, on Little Deer Isle, in a park right next to the Bridge. Casual but high quality food. We are big fans of the Lobster BLT and the Veggie Burger. Whether you choose surf or turf, you cannot go wrong. Just 10 minutes from Pilgrim’s Inn.
44 North Coffee – Pour over coffee, teas, and fresh baked local pastries, our neighbor in Deer Isle Village.
There’s A Treat Takeout – a simple but satisfying takeout place that offers lots of options, picnic tables and a play area for the kids.
The Cockatoo Portuguese Restaurant – Tucked away on a quiet cove, offering Portuguese specialties and lots of local seafood.
Harbor Café – A sturdy Deer Isle staple, open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Stonecutter’s Kitchen – right in Stonington, stop at the Harborview Store for a quick bite, or order from Stonecutters for all things seafood, pizza, and fried.
For a high end experience, check out Aragosta at Goose Cove
A few of our favorites, on the Blue Hill Peninsula:
El El Frijoles – Sargentville, Maine Mexican, all made fresh and much local, call in advance to order as they run out and that’s all folks, a very short drive from Pilgrim’s Inn
Sandy’s Blue Hill Café – in the heart of Blue Hill, our friends, Nicole’s favorite falafels, fabulous craft cocktails, house-roasted coffee, always creative and thoughtful fare
Arborvine – a long time fine dining staple in Blue Hill
Deep Water Brewing – right next to Arborvine, great local brews and oysters
Strong Brewing– In Sedgwick, craft beers, picnic tables, a pavilion and sometimes a food truck. Occasional live music (ticketed events).
Tinder Hearth – In Brooksville, a bakery, and pizza! check their schedule and order in advance
Brooklin Candy Co. – a well-curated mélange of art, books, candy, coffee/tea, and light fare
Friar’s Brewhouse – In Bucksport with a view of the Penobscot Narrows bridge, beer and fare crafted by actual friars, lunch and dinner
Provender Kitchen/Bar – In Ellsworth, eclectic and creative, dramatic bar and dining room
We look forward to welcoming you to Pilgrim’s Inn!