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“Good food but rough service...” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Spruce Point Inn

Spruce Point Inn
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$95
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Linekin Road
Description: Food & Wine Magazine came up with the idea of “Collaboration Nation” to describe chefs working with customers, vendors and each other to bring the best flavors and experiences to those who love food. The principles of Chefs Stiles and Weinerth are sourcing, preperation, and enhancement.Here at Spruce Point Inn in Boothbay Harbor, Chefs Stiles and Weinerth have operated on these principles from the beginning, sourcing the locally fished, farmed and harvested ingredients from the best seasonal farms and producers in Maine. They then prepare the menu with cooking techniques that preserve the foods integrity and nutrition. The final product is enhanced by optimizing nutritional value via product combination and menu diversity.Midcoast Maine is the beneficiary of a cornucopia of retired/relocated professionals who have left banking or IT to go back to the land and Chef Stiles – who grew up on a farm in local Lincolnville, just up the road -- has built relationships with local farms and other food purveyors, sourcing ingredients like the fresh Aroostook beets and lavender-honey chevre from Tourmaline Hill Farm, greens from the hothouse built by a drummer from the band Phish and cheese from the State of Maine Cheese Company, a business created by a Manhattan banker in Rockland.It's an exciting time to be in the restaurant business and especially exciting to be part of what’s happening here, says Chef Stiles.
St. Louis, MO
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115 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Good food but rough service...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2013

Nice ambiance and good food but the dinner was marred by countless service blunders. The entire staff was trying way to hard to be up scale and unfortunately missed that mark by a wide margin. My wife and I actually had some quiet laughs while trying to figure out what was going to go wrong next. The staff could really use some training on basics, i.e., proper description of items and their preparation, who gets what entrée, coffee refills, etc.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank SilverfoxStLouis
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Sturbridge, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Best restaurant in Boothbay Harbor!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2013

The raves are really earned. This is clearly the best restaurant choice available in the Boothbay area. We liked their menu, the service, the food, and moderate pricing of this restaurant. Service started with a complimentary glass of champagne and ended with a complimentary muffin to take home for the next day's breakfast. Every item ordered was served well prepared and served with thought given to presentation of the dish. All in all, the best.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank alba1934
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Boston, Massachusetts
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43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Bogies & 88”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2013

We enjoyed breakfast at Bogies and dinner at 88 while staying at the Inn - both were enjoyable, generous portions, great service and reasonably priced.

Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Kellyem
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107 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“A typical Maine Inn”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2013

This is a first class inn, as you used to find them prevalent in Maine. It is not for the tee shirt crowd, but a nice polo shirt will do. The steamed lobster was really steamed and was excellent. It must have been just under two pounds and was beautifully prepared. An interesting note, the lobster was the most expensive item on the menu, but they took $10.00 off the price without saying anything, because the price of lobster had gone down since the menu was printed. Honest people! This is not an expensive restaurant, and the ambiance is outstanding. Did not give it five stars, because my wife said her Haddock was good, but a little dry. Probably, on any other night it would have earned five stars.

If you want to have a first class meal, this is the place

Visited August 2013
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Thank Clarence K
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ct
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“88 Grandview at Spruce Point Inn - terrific as usual, only better”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2013

Once again our annual dinner at 88 Grandview was superb! Having a summer home nearby we try to eat here every year. This year our dinning experience was terrific as usual, just a little more so...
The menu now changes seasonally, for spring, summer and fall, although I tend to only be there midsummer.
Some nice added touches were the free champagne upon arrival, the cucumber mint gazpacho amuse bouche (also a chef's gift), and the breakfast muffin, packed oh so beautifully, which we were each given upon exit for breakfast the following morning (another gift!!!). The meal was wonderful as usual. The diver scallops are always phenomenal, and the wild mushroom appetizer is a must. If you like your sweets, the warm Brownie Sundae, topped with ice cream and homemade hot fudge, is AMAZINGLY good. Just don't try to eat it yourself, as it is plenty for two.
88 also has a higher-end wine list for those who enjoy that.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank luv2travelCt
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