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Alluring Culinary Escapes - Top Romantic Restaurants in Southern Maine


Valentine's Day is almost here! Come with us and indulge in a journey of romance and culinary delight as we present our curated suggestions of the most enchanting and intimate romantic restaurants in southern Maine. These dining establishments offer not only great cuisine but also an atmosphere that is tailor-made for lovers who are seeking a magical dining experience.


In a world where moments of connection are cherished, these romantic restaurants stand out as havens for those who want to celebrate love over delectable meals, delicious beverages and intimate settings. From charming candlelit tables to breathtaking views, each of these venues can provide the perfect backdrop for special occasions, anniversaries, or simply a spontaneous date night. 


Immerse yourself in the allure of these romantic restaurants in Maine, where every moment is a celebration of love and every meal is a masterpiece. Get ready to pop a cork on a bottle of champagne, or pop the question!


White Barn Inn Restaurant  |  Kennebunk, ME



Celebrating its 50th year, White Barn Inn Restaurant joins a select few fine dining establishments that share the rare accolade of being awarded both AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star endorsement. Come here to savor a taste of New England in each inspired dish, all beautifully presented in an atmospheric dining room that epitomizes rustic elegance. With a double-height ceiling, original wide-plank pine flooring, and dramatic picture window, the one-of-a-kind dining room leaves a lasting impression for years to come.


Clay Hill Farm | Cape Neddick, ME


Originally built in 1780 as a working farm, Clay Hill Farm is now a 200-seat restaurant and special occasion venue nestled amidst 11 private acres of rolling lawns, protected woodlands, and colorful gardens. It was the first restaurant in the country to be certified as a wildlife habitat and bird sanctuary.


The healing gardens, tranquility waterfalls, meditative labyrinth, garden paths, and picture-perfect gazebo, accent the traditional natural beauty of this original working Maine Farm - complete with an iconic red barn. Clay Hill Farm has won numerous local, regional and national awards for food, ambiance and service, including #1 in the Seacoast's Best of the Best for Weddings & Romantic Dining. Wonderful live music and theatrical events throughout the year!


M.C. Perkins Cove |  Ogunquit, ME



It's hard to improve on these words from Food & Wine:

"If the epic views of Oarweed Cove from M.C. Perkins Cove’s floor-to-ceiling windows don’t put you in a romantic mood, then surely its extensive raw bar options will.”

A wonderful aspect of M.C. Perkins Cove is that it's located at one end of Ogunquit's famed Marginal Way, a scenic 1.5 mile cliff walk along the Atlantic Ocean. A stroll along the Marginal Way either before or after dinner makes the day even more memorable.


Earth at Hidden Pond | Kennebunkport, ME



Unique, natural décor, dramatic candles, calming tones, solid wood, and meticulous, but subtly striking details create an unforgettable atmosphere at Earth at Hidden Pond.


Earth, nestled amid balsam trees and birch forests, was inspired by a concept that promotes community and links the world of great food to the farmers and foragers who source the ingredients. The creative, simple cuisine emphasizes “farm to fork” freshness. A restored apple tree with small ivory lights hangs over the cement floor as the dining room's main chandelier. A nightly outdoor campfire adds fire to your dining experience overlooking the pond, and dramatic candlelight produces a lovely glow.


Bonus: Earth offers private dining 'sheds' for a truly intimate experience!


Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier & Morrison's Lobsters | Kittery, ME



Some find romance in simplicity. The tide slowly rolling in and out, close enough to touch. Red and white checked tablecloths, a wooden pier, the warm sun or breeze on your face or the sparkle of moonlight on the river, while you relax in the bliss of a simple menu of Maine's never-equaled iconic dish of the freshest lobster and seafood.


If this sounds like your idea of a heaven that you need to share these sweet spots with your sweetie, both Chauncey Creek & Morrisons are ideal. Each of these fair-weather only locations has seen its share of proposals, engagements, small weddings, and romantic moments over the years. Could the next one be yours?








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