10 Best Outdoor Dining Spots For Enjoying True Open Air Maine Splendor

Outdoor dining in Maine is truly an experience of beauty and taste. Maine restaurants captialize on the environment in many ways. For generations, DeMillo's on the Water has offered some of the best, signature harborside dining in Portland. Patrons sit at metal framed tables and chairs on the deck of the restaurant's iconic ship, watching the mix of pleasure and working craft as they enjoy some of the best seafood in town. Similarly, J's Oyster and Portland Lobster Company (http://www.10best.com/destinations/maine/portland/all/restaurants/portland-lobster-company/) offer breathtaking views of Portland Harbor with delicate ocean breezes and the sound of gulls and other sea birds stirring the appetite. For some of the best in Maine coastline dining, locals and visitors alike turn to The Lobster Shack at Two Lights. Nothing fancy here - just good, honest sea shack dishes like lobster rolls and fried clams to enjoy. But the menu is made even more special with expansive views of the rocky shore, surf roaring against huge granite boulders. For those seeking to enjoy people watching opportunities in Portland, El Rayo Taqueria, Duckfat and Silly's offer casual but delicious patio dining. Meanwhile, Le Petite Jacqueline and Five Fifty Five take upscale outdoor dining to new heights of excellence. Finally, Bintliff's American Cafe has superior breakfast dining within one of Portland's most trendy neighborhoods.  

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Opened by the owners of Hugo's, one of Portland's choice upscale eateries, Duckfat has become a favorite with both the lunch and dinner crowd in Maine's largest city. Their much beloved specialty here are hand cut Belgian Fries cooked in, what...  Read More

Petite Jacqueline
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The fine folks at the much praised Five Fifty Five have done it again with Petite Jacqueline, their newest entry into Portland's vibrant restaurant scene. Think fun French when it comes to this exciting eatery. The atmosphere is relaxed,...  Read More



Silly's is an above average burger joint that has a surprising number of offerings for vegetarian diners. This favorite neighborhood eatery has two offerings, in particular, which are a consistent big hit with those who favor meat-free diets....  Read More

Bayside American Cafe
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Since opening its doors in 1990, Bintliff's American Caf�as become a favorite with foodies throughout Portland and beyond. Their brunch, which is served every day, brings this cuisine standard to new heights of gourmet status. Consider,...  Read More

Five Fifty Five
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Five Fifty Five's owners, Steve and Michelle Corry, bring a wealth of culinary and restaurant experience to their Portland eatery and it shows. Their expertise and passion have created one of the most distinctive and highly acclaimed restaurants...  Read More

Portland Lobster Company
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This place is the real deal for lobster lovers. Nothing fancy, just a casual, friendly place on the Portland waterfront serving up some of the best lobster and seafood available in Maine's largest city. The lobster, in particular, is a standout....  Read More

The Lobster Shack at Two Lights
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There are few places that compare to The Lobster Shack at Two Lights for both delicious seafood fare and surrounding scenery. The views from this modest, casual establishment in beautiful Cape Elizabeth are truly worth savoring with rocky...  Read More

J's Oyster
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For oyster lovers, as well as fans of local seafood specialties, J's Oyster is a little bit of heaven right in Portland. Owner Janice "J" Noyce has gone to great lengths to create an upscale eatery that is also comfortable, friendly and, most of...  Read More

DeMillo's on the Water
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For those who equate the best seafood meals with proximity to the water, then DiMillo's on the Water is the restaurant for you. This iconic Portland eatery floats atop the busy waters of Portland Harbor, offering spectacular views of Casco Bay....  Read More