Best Restaurants Western Maine Lakes Region

What are the best restaurants in Maine around the Wolf Cove Inn, a bed and breakfast in Maine?  That is one of the most frequent questions Sue and I get from our guests.  Before answering we generally will try to narrow things down to the type of food and then we are happy to tell them what we think is the best restaurant in that category.  So without further ado, here are what we think are the best restaurants Western Maine Lakes Region based on our personal dining experiences.

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Salmon dinner at Fishbones Restaurant - A Wolf Cove Inn favorite.

Salmon Entree At Fishbones

We Think These Are The Best Restaurants In Western Maine

For Romance

76 Pleasant Street, Norway – Set on the first floor of a former Bed and Breakfast, 76 Pleasant Street is the place to go for that special occasion with that special person.  The menu offers something for everyone and each dish is expertly prepared.  The Skate Schnitzel is excellent.  We recommend you call Amy for reservations and ask for a table in the front for the most romance.

Clam Shack

Mac’s Downeast Seafood, Auburn – I’ve eaten a lot of fried clams in my day and Mac’s recipe is right up there and for sure the best I’ve had in the Central Maine Lakes Region.  The clams are plump, juicy and crispy with excellent flavor.  I also highly recommend the fish chowder and the lobster roll.


Cyndi’s Dockside, Poland Spring – Located lakeside less than ten minutes from the Wolf Cove Inn, Cyndi’s Dockside has long been a favorite of guests of the Wolf Cove Inn.  The focus at Cyndi’s is seafood.  The pan-seared haddock sandwich is delicious.  Just the other day one of our guests raved about the Pan Seared Scallops.  And it wouldn’t be a complete trip to Maine without a lobster which they serve with a blueberry muffin (you are in Maine!)


Mac’s Grill, Auburn – Mac’s offers a full menu but the specialty is steak.  You can get your hand cut sirloin in many sizes from a 6 oz Wrangler Cut to a whopping 22 oz Grill Cut.  Ask for the rub/sauce sampler tray to try them all before selecting what you’d like on your steak.  Roy’s fav – the Tumbleweed rub.  For an appetizer, definitely try the Garlicky Mussels.


Fish Bones American Grill, Lewiston – Not to be confused with the chain Bonefish Grill, Fish Bones is set in the renovated Bates Mill complex and offers casual upscale dining.  It has great atmosphere and the seafood dishes are varied and excellently prepared.  The Portuguese Fish Stew is spicy and really yummy.

French Cuisine

At Maurice Restaurant Francais you’ll find classic French dishes along with Maine comfort food. They also have an extensive wine list covering all regions, but with plenty of French wine offerings.

Italian Cuisine

DaVinci’s Eatery, Lewiston – Also set in an old mill building in the Bates Mill complex, DaVinci’s Eatery is a local favorite with some interesting decor (there are bicycle’s and motorcycles here and there.)  They offer a traditional Italian menu covering all the bases.  If I can’t decide on something different I fall back to my favorite – the Seafood Pomodoro.

Asian Fusion

Orchid, Lewiston – Orchid specializes in Thai, Vietnamese and Sushi dishes.  The atmosphere is eclectic and the food is very fresh and tasty.  They have an extensive artisan beer list and large selection of specialty rolls making it the best restaurant for sushi.

Pizza / Late Night

Village Pizzeria, Mechanic Falls – Located about five minutes north of the Wolf Cove Inn and open until 10PM. Village Pizzeria has you covered for pizza, subs, Italian entrees, fried seafood and other fare to bring back to the Wolf Cove Inn for lakeside dining or the late night munchies attack. They also have a full service bar. Closed on Sundays.

Best Restaurant in Maine At The Wolf Cove Inn

The Ultimate Romance Dinner In Our Boathouse Bistro

Dining At The Wolf Cove Inn

Of course, you can’t go wrong with the wonderful dining options at the Wolf Cove Inn, where we specialize in romantic getaways in Maine. We find that many of our guests, once here, just don’t want to leave. So we offer two evening dining options for guests. So stay, have your dinner here, then enjoy the spectacular sunsets over Tripp Lake.

Pizza Dinner At Wolf Cove Inn

Enjoy Our Specialty Pizza Or Build Your Own

Tripp Lake Pizzeria

The pizza crew at the Wolf Cove Inn serves up some of the finest pizza in western Maine. Enjoy our specialty pizza or build your own pizza to order. Read more of our pizza dinners at the Tripp Lake Pizzeria.

Romantic Dining In The Boathouse Bistro

Romantic Dining In The Boathouse Bistro

The Ultimate Romance Dinner

For those really special occasions, there is nothing like experiencing the Ultimate Romance Dinner. We prepare a gourmet four-course dinner for one seating/one couple per evening in our Boathouse Bistro. Enjoy the stunning sunsets over Tripp Lake while relishing your delish dinner. Our chef works with you in advance to design the perfect romantic dinner for you and your partner in love.

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