With a strong focus on locally-sourced produce, seafood, and meat, there is no surprise that you’ll find plenty of incredible places to grab a beer and some appetizers after work. From tons of choices in Portland to small cafes up the coast, Maine has a lot of delicious appetizer options available throughout the state.
With tons of fresh seafood delivered to Portland’s working waterfront every day, you’ll find plenty of seafood choices on the menu at Portland Lobster Company. Choose from starters and appetizers like lobster stew, jumbo shrimp cocktail, and crispy calamari among other tasty options.
Oysters are the ultimate appetizers and with an entire menu dedicated to these delicious salt-water bivalve mollusks, Eventide Oyster Company in Portland is the perfect place to grab a drink and some “appetizers” before heading else for dinner. Or better yet, just fill your stomach with these locally sourced oysters.
Open year-round, the Waterfront in Camden has some of the best views in town. Ingredients are locally-sourced when possible and the appetizer menu is long. Choose from options like classic clam chowder, local steamers, phyllo-wrapped baked brie, and more. For a delicious mix of starters, get the waterfront board.
The Fiddlehead Restaurant is an award-winning restaurant in the heart of downtown Bangor. The appetizer menu might be small, but it is packed with tasty local delights. The cheese plate comes with your choice of cheeses, olives, almonds, and a warm baguette. And, in true Maine tradition, you can even get a lobster roll!
When it comes to good old barbecue, you’ll want something to jump start your feast. While the brisket is still smoking, try one of the savory starters on the menu at Elsmere in South Portland. Try the slow smoked chicken wings, the chili, or even the burnt end outlaw nachos. Just make sure you save room for the main course!
You’ll want to bring a few friends with you when you head over to Orchid Thai Restaurant for some Thai food. Nothing is better than buying a bunch of different dishes and sharing them with your friends. The appetizers menu is long and you’ll see tons of great options like fresh spring rolls, Thai hot wings, and steamed butterflies.
Sometimes all you want is some hearty pub food and a local beer. Federal Jack’s in Kennebunk is local favorite with lots of great tasty options from fresh seafood to pub favorites. If you’re sharing with a few people, try the chilled seafood sampler with shrimp, crab, and lobster tail. For something more traditional, you’ll love the beef & bean chili or fried pickle chips.
Maine native, Josh Berry, who was named the Chef of the Year by the Maine Restaurant Association is leading one of Portland’s hottest restaurants. Situated in the Press Hotel, you don’t want to miss lunch, brunch, or dinner at this local fare. All the small plates are great for sharing with friends. The caramelized brussel sprouts are not to be missed!
The Run of the Mill brew pub in Saco has an extensive appetizer and small plate menu. You’ll find classic appetizers like spinach artichoke dip and veggie quesadilla, but you’ll also find some more local Maine favorites like Pepperell poutine and Maine Crab cakes. If you’re on a health kick then choose from one of their many salad options.
Side Street Café in downtown Bar Harbor has been a local and tourist favorite for almost a decade. While you wait for one of their incredible main dishes, make sure you snack on one of their delicious appetizers. Choose from nachos, hummus and olive tapenade plate, and more at Side Street Café. They have something for every taste bud.