3 Stonington, Maine Restaurants You Won’t Want to Miss (and What to Order When You Get There)

The way to a great vacation is through the stomach, are we right? Coastal Maine boasts some of the freshest and tastiest seafood on the East Coast and we have three Stonington, Maine restaurants that prove life is better Downeast. From fine dining to casual bites, the islands offer a little bit of something for everyone. 

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Your Guide to Stonington, Maine Restaurants

Experience all that Coastal Maine has to offer through some of the best restaurants in Stonington, Maine. Wake up to a gourmet breakfast, grab a quick bite before pushing out your kayak, or get dressed up for a five-star dinner out on the town. Discover it all during your next trip to Stonington.

  • Pilgrim’s Inn Dining

If you’ve stayed at our cozy, Deer Isle inn before than you know that we’ve left the boring breakfast routine in the dust. From our Maine-roasted Carrabassett Coffee Company coffee to Nervous Nellie’s Jams and Jellies to an airy Vermont cheddar cheese and apple omelet, your stomach will be begging for more. Don’t make it wait until the next morning—indulge in our guest-only dinner service

Pilgrim's PoutineThat’s right, with your stay at the inn you are exclusively invited to our premier dinner service. The menu is everchanging with the freshest seasonal ingredients and Chef Alexandria’s culinary inspiration. Here’s a couple of our favorites on the revolving menu. 

    • Pilgrim’s Poutine

Pilgrim’s Poutine combines the Northern favorite with Maine’s finest. Indulge in big chunks of local lobster, fresh Maine cheese curds, a decadent lobster gravy all piled over hand-cut Maine fries. Say it with us—yum.

    • Simply Lobster

Our restaurant prides itself on using the freshest, seasonal ingredients and simply preparing them just right. Simply Lobster is just that. Savor in a one and a quarter pound boiled whole lobster served with house-made coleslaw, sautéed potatoes with a sour cream herb sauce, and clarified butter and lemon for dipping. Be sure to order ahead to give Chef Alexandria the necessary prep time.

  • Acadia House Provisions

Acadia House Provisions is Stonington’s newest dining experience. Chef Ryan McCaskey, a Michelin two-star chef out of Chicago, opened the concept in June. Even by the most critical Maine seafood standards, Acadia House serves up unparalleled Atlantic-inspired dishes—it’s fresher than fresh. The seasonal dishes are artfully designed and sure to inspire your inner foodie. You can’t go wrong with anything on their five-star menu, but here’s a couple of our favorites. 

    • Nova Scotia Day Boat Halibut 

The flaky, mildly flavored fish is as fresh as it gets. It’s served with a local summer succotash consisting of sweet corn, crispy bacon, and smokey shiitake mushrooms alongside rock shrimp. 

    • Lobster Pot Pie

If you’re in the mood for craft comfort food (and have the appetite to boot), you’ll want to dig into AHP’s creamy lobster pot pie. The exquisite dish is made with local, buttery lobster chunks, fennel, whipped potatoes, and rich lobster bisque. It is the crème de le lobster.

  • Stonecutters Kitchen

If you’re looking for a casual spot to fill your belly before a day of exploration in Downeast Maine, look no further than Stonecutters Kitchen. Place your order at the tin-covered counter and snag a table with a harbor view. No frills are necessary at this eatery—just fresh seafood and gorgeous views.

    • Island Clam Chowder

Clam ChowderNew England prides itself on its classic clam chowder and Stonecutters’ is some of the best. The creamy chowder perfectly compliments any of the kitchen’s rolls or sandwiches. 

    • Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

If you haven’t had rhubarb in the summer in New England have you really even been? The sour, candy-colored plant is, perhaps, the North’s favorite veggie. Throw it in a crispy pie crust with some sugar, butter, and the sweetest strawberries in Downeast Maine and you’re in for a real treat. 

Unwind at Pilgrim’s Inn

room seven pilgrims innCome back to the comforts of Room Seven at Pilgrim’s Inn. The room provides a comfortable cherry wood, queen-size bed, Northwest Harbor views, and a delicious house-made breakfast each morning. 

Create your own Downeast Maine culinary tour with a chef-inspired, picnic lunch to take with you during your journey through our pristine seaside town. Want something to munch on before you embark on Stonington? Add a cheese and charcuterie platter to your stay and enjoy the best chevre, chutney, Italian meats, and house-made pickles. We can’t wait to tempt your tastebuds at Pilgrim’s Inn!