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“Gotta Go!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fresh & Co.

Fresh & Co.
Ranked #1 of 47 Restaurants in Camden
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$12 - US$28
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Romantic, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: A relative newcomer to Camden's waterfront dining scene, Fresh serves innovative interpretations of classic coastal New England dishes inspired by the rich culinary traditions of the Mediterranean region. Self-described as one part neighborhood cafe, one part elegant bistro & bar, Fresh is designed around an open kitchen, where Head Chef Steve Steeves, and his Sous Chef Kyle Ruger, can be seen busily toiling over open flames preparing mouth watering and deeply satisfying dishes.Fresh works with local farmers, growers and purveyors to source products with integrity, flavor and soul, and incorporate seasonal offerings into their menus nightly. The result is food that is honest, straightforward and pays homage to the bounty of the local region of Maine we are so privileged to call home. Using ingredients in their peak and preparing them minimally and with respect allows Fresh to capture the essence of the season and bring it straight to your table.The Fresh experience is about more that just the food. A sincere effort to educate our staff on all aspects of food and wine culture is the basis for our service philosophy. The welcoming staff at Fresh goes to great lengths to make diners feel at ease, comfortable and well taken care of. Warm hues, soft lighting and an unexpected quirkiness encourage guests to settle in, get comfortable, and have a great time.
Greensboro, Vermont
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75 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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“Gotta Go!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2014

Our second visit to Fresh in as many days and both were excellent. "Fresh" is the perfect description of this restaurant - clean, newly decorated, beautifully appointed and comfortable. No doubt the owners take great pride in their business. On both occasions we tried different dishes and were pleasantly surprised with our choices. Preparations are innovated, delicious and beautifully presented. The calamari appetizer with pineapple, that's right pineapple, is a brilliant twist on an old standby that's not to be missed. Both the lobster ravioli and lobster risotto entrees were, without a doubt, the best we've ever tasted. If you're still hungry the homemade cannoli is what you want. In short, we're going back and would recommend Fresh to anyone looking for a great dinning experience in Camden.

  • Visited April 2014
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“"BRAVO" Steve and Rada”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2014

"Fresh" is just exactly that....fresh exciting ingredients ! This is not to be missed if you are visiting or living in Camden. If you haven't been there already then do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a fantastic meal served up by friendly, professional and delightful wait-staff. Be sure and meet the owners Steve and Rada you'll soon see why their business has the personality it has !!

  • Visited March 2014
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Bedford, New Hampshire
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“Fabulous Meal and Wonderful Service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2014

If you ever find yourself in Camden Maine (which you should aim to do!) Fresh is not to be missed. My husband and I arrived on a very cold rainy March night and we were warmly greeted by the hostess (who also happens to be the Chef's wife and owner). After graciously taking our dripping wet coats and umbrella we were led to a beautifully decorated dining room. This was our fist visit to Fresh but we were told it is under new ownership and has been renovated. They did a magnificent job. Even though the ceilings are low and it was a terrible grey evening, the restaurant looked and felt warm and bright.

The Chef's creative menu includes many local seafood items (when in Maine...) and dishes with a nod to his wife's Bulgarian heritage. We decided to split the vegetarian platter and Bluefin tuna entree and we could not have left happier. We fought over the crispy kale, the pickled green tomato is now on my "must try to make list" and the bluefin was cooked perfectly.

Our waiter was very helpful - particularly since we were so indecisive (it all sounded so good!) and Chef Steve stopped by our table to chat - which is always fun for foodies. Everyone we met was clearly invested in the success of the newly reopened Fresh and I wish them all the best. We will be back!

  • Visited March 2014
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Camden, Maine
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“FABULOUS!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2014

We went last night with a friend visiting from out of town to the newly-reopened Fresh, now under new management and chef-owned. Everything was wonderful, starting with the beautiful and redesigned interiors. Our server was the chef's daughter and she was warm and funny and took great care of us. We had a number of questions and a special request: not a problem at all, not even the fact that it was getting late and we were the last guests there. She also made an incredible special order gin cosmo for our friend. And the house wine was wonderful too, crisp and fresh, and what a bargain! In fact, everything on the menu was supremely affordable.

And then the food - it's fantastic! We devoured the calamari. It was buttermilk encrusted, meltingly tender, and served with a special type of aioli; and the chef's twist--to include breaded and fried pineapple--was so creative. And that's how everything was: inventive and fresh, from the forest mushroom wantons to the "Japanese Caesar" salad with ginger miso dressing to the Moroccan-spiced lentil burger with tzatziki. The menu said the burger would come with pita bread but ours came with fresh, delicious naan bread, plus a surprise side of amazingly crisp kale. Bonus. We also ordered another type of kale side dish, with roasted red peppers, and it was excellent. You just can taste that the chef loves what he is doing. And we appreciate his disbelief in minimalist portions, as well as all the Middle Eastern/ North African touches on the menu. We live in Camden and are thrilled to have this restaurant down the road from us. We plan to become regulars, and work our way through the menu! Repeatedly, we're sure.

  • Visited March 2014
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1 Thank NubbleSK
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Glen Rock, Pennsylvania
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“'Fresh' is not to be missed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2014

A very busy Saturday evening in Camden had us searching for a place for dinner without a long wait. We found our way to Fresh and waited less than 5 minutes for a table. Our server immediately appeared and presented us with menus. My daughter ordered lobster flat bread and I
chose a salad. Our meals were delicious and full of wonderful ingredients. A great place for a delicious meal when you are in Camden!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank duncan06
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