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Van Lloyd's Bistro

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85 Parking Lot Lane, Damariscotta, ME
+1 207-563-5005
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Walnut Creek, California
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102 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was our second visit to Van Lloyd's bistro, but first since the ownership changed in the past four months. A youg couple (Meredith and Chef ?) now run and own Van Lloyd's and the improvements in the food and decor are obvious. The atmosphere has evolved from eccentric to modern eclectic, with softer and warmer tones on the walls.... More 

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Thank Tom A
Bremen, Maine
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48 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I loved the way they made healthy foods taste amazing! Very unique decorations as well. And local foods. the scallops I had were so good, and my husband's dish was great, too. We shared a bottle of wine, and found it quiet so we could talk.

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Thank Diana B
New Harbor, Maine
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

We had a delightful dinner of gumbo (perfectly balanced in spice and texture), the charcuterie board, and the cheese slate. The service was outstanding too. Note to self: go back for lunch soon.

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Thank ILike2Eat27
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Fresh local food creatively prepared. A great choice for the area. If the bignets are on the dessert menu, don't pass them up!

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Thank Janet M
Midcoast Maine
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016

The spouse and I arrived, and were not welcomed with the usual "welcome to..." statement, but instead "Do you have a reservation?", which we did not. Wasn't an issue, but set the mood as not being a laid back place for dining. Nice chilled bottle of water brought to the table, until tasting it... town water with a fluoride taste.... More 

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1 Thank mainetraveler50
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Rolls were warm but tasteless, innovative combinations like the salmon ceviche don't quite come together, gin mussels were overcooked and didn't,t seem very fresh and the seared scallops were soggy... the drinks were excellent, the waitresses very friendly. We sat on the terrace with a nice view of the sunset over the water but in the middle of a parking... More 

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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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88 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

It is a special place and a little different feel then other places in town. Oysters were great and so were the stuffed grape leaves. Got the gin and tonic mussels and they were delicious. Also got the ginger scallops and they were prepared perfectly. Did not have to chew as they melted in your mouth. Fun drink menu and... More 

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Wayne, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2016

Ok, it's Maine and you have to have the whole lobster, the lobster roll, the lobster martini, but even in Maine there's gotta be more to eating well. At this bistro, there is. Two of us had Salmon topped with thin cucumber slices. It was moist, tasty, just plain good. Two others in our party had seared lamb loin and... More 

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Thank John F
Moorestown, New Jersey
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42 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016

This small place is tucked away out of sight by a parking lot behind the main street shopping district in tiny Damariscotta. What a gem it turned out to be. Five us went for dinner on a Sunday and tried much of what the sizable menu had to offer. Everyone raved over the appetizers, the main courses and desserts. On... More 

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Thank blainep930
Durham, New Hampshire
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203 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2016

We are summer residents in the Damariscotta area for the past 30 years and know the restaurant scene well. Two trips to this bistro make me want to visit again and recommend it. Last night I went alone before a program at the Lincoln Theater and the meal was delightful. I had the special: a lobster and corn fritter with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 85 Parking Lot Lane, Damariscotta, ME
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Damariscotta
  • Phone Number: +1 207-563-5005

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?