Waterfront Resort and Fine Dining in Maine

Vacationing in Boothbay...
The stunning view from a room at Ocean Gate Resort (Courtesy photo)

A June getaway to Boothbay Harbor...

Ocean Gate Resort

The Ocean Gate Resort is a waterfront resort on Southport Island, Maine, less than ten-minutes from downtown Boothbay Harbor. Nestled in wooded pine trees on 33-acres the resort is a modern take on the classic Maine camp experience, and features a full array of recreational amenities including an outdoor heated pool and hot tub, canoes and kayaks launched from the private dock, miniature golf course, a fire pit with Adirondack chairs, bikes to explore the area, plus tennis and basketball courts.

The resort has 65 casually comfortable guestrooms, most all have spectacular water views and a private patio. For larger families there is a 1 or 2 bedroom suite or two private cottages. All of the guest rooms have full sized refrigerators, free Wi-Fi and a desk or table with chairs. A complimentary hot breakfast which includes eggs, bacon, sausage, muffins, and fresh fruit.

The Resort is a good location for group gatherings, including weddings, family reunions or corporate meetings.

There are a number of things to do in Boothbay Harbor including boat rides around the harbor and a dozen boat excursions departing from the piers including fishing charters, a day trip to Monhegan Island, whale, seal and puffin tours

Visit the 250-acre Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. If you like hiking there are 30 miles of nature trails. Learn more about ocean life at The Maine State Aquarium. Catch a show at the historic Opera House, Carousel Music Theater or at the Boothbay Playhouse. Enjoy a round of golf at the Boothbay Harbor Country Club, a championship 18-hole course.

If you spend a month here, you wouldn't run out of activities.

Open May through October

Ocean Gate Resort

70 Ocean Gate Rd, Southport, Maine

(800) 221-5924, oceangateresort.com

Since the resort does not have a restaurant other than for breakfast on the property.  We had dinner at the following three locations:


Paul's Steak House

A fine dining steak and seafood restaurant located in Boothbay is Paul’s Steak House, a five-star restaurant which has already won many awards, It is located the Boothbay Harbor Country Club's formal dining room.  

Executive Sous Chef Nathaniel Adam serves hand-cut steak that is selected from the best cattle. The menu also includes fresh Maine lobster, scallops, oysters, and local ingredients. 

The elegant formal 62 seat dining room with chandeliers, crisp white table cloths and napkins, with a lovely fresh cut white rose has a combination of tables and chairs and cozy booths. 

 A large fancy fireplace graces the far end of the room.

While jackets are not required, proper country club attire is welcomed. 

Our server, Matt, brisk, efficient, and attentive helped us navigate the daily specials and the extensive wine list.

After cocktails we started with appetizers.  I had my favorite, the Foie Gras ($24).  The perfectly cooked slices of delicate liver rested on top of smears of torchon, rhubarb syrup, grilled onion, poached mushroom, creme fraiche, pumpernickel dust and wild flower. This is about as good as foie gras gets. 

My husband's appetizer was the Caesar Salad ($16) The Romaine hearts were lightly tossed with house made Caesar dressing, pecorino Romano cheese and toasted croutons.  The additional white anchovies ($3) added a nice touch.

For an entree I ordered the 16 oz. bone-in filet ($66) At our server's suggestion I added the horseradish bordelaise sauce.  Side dishes were extra so I had the chive mashed potatoes ($6) and delicious onions and mushrooms ($8).

The fork tender filet was cooked medium rare as ordered. It tasted earthy and rich and on par with the best major city high-end steakhouses.

My husband was glad he chose the Veal Oscar ($39) Veal filet with a generous helping of local Maine crab served with charred asparagus, poached mushroom, pearl onions with a hunter's sauce. The tender veal was lightly breaded, fried, and accompanied with a flavorful and smooth Bearnaise that made this dish memorable.

As full as we may have been, we couldn't pass up dessert that the French pastry chef Alex Tallen prepared. We both shared the Apricot Tarte and the creme brulee. Not to be missed.

The wonderful meal, impeccable service and beautiful views overlooking the golf green made this a truly lovely evening.

If You Go

Dinner 5pm-9pm, Monday through Saturday

Sunday Brunch 10am-2pm

Paul's Steak House

Boothbay Harbor Country Club

50 Sugar Maple Lane,

Boothbay, Maine (207) 633-3673  Ext. 2

(207) 633-3673  Ext. 2  pauls-steakhouse.com


The Thistle Inn Restaurant

The Thistle Inn, built in 1861 as the home of a prominent Sea Captain and located at the entrance to Boothbay Harbor.  The Inn has four small, intimate dining rooms with low lighting and lots of atmosphere. Anya and Dick Reid are new owners.

We were greeted by Josh who seated us in a booth by a window.

The summer menu is served in the restaurant as well as under a canopy of trees and white lights on the porch. 

The chef uses farm fresh produce available in Maine along with locally sourced fish, shellfish and proteins. 

The kitchen offers nightly specials on the regular menu and the Dory Pub menu provides additional options. 

A wonderful wine list offers both old and new world wines, with relatively reasonable prices by the bottle and glass.

While enjoying the tasty Lavender Lemon Drop cocktail ($10) we looked over the appetizer options.

My husband started with Crab Cakes ($14) - two tender patties stuffed with fresh crab meat topped with a spicy remoulade and a julienne cucumber salad. Both sides were pan seared to a golden brown while the center held its softness. They were loaded with crab and had a delicate structure that a good crab cake should possess.

For an appetizer my choice was the Tuna Tartare ($15) - Yellow fin tuna with a hoisin-soy glaze, wakame (an edible brown seaweed), fried won-ton, wasabi aioli and pickled ginger.

Despite the bevvy of ingredients, this tartare is clean, classic, dressed-down and delicious. 

My main dish option was the Lazy Lobster ($32 market price the night we were there).  It was served with a very flavorful lemon zest risotto, crisp asparagus, in a lemon port reduction.  If you don't want the bibs and the crackers and the messy experience of shucking and cracking the shells, this is the dish to try.  The tender and sweet texture of the lobster made this a delightful meal.

My husband chose the Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb ($32).  This intensely sauced dish with a nice herb mixture came with smashed red potato, sauteed carrots, zucchini and summer squash with a mustard glaze. It was well presented, tender and perfectly browned outside and pink within. Cooked to perfection.  

The desserts that followed this meal were hard to resist. We tasted the Chocolate Torte ($9), a rich, dense and moist dish served with a drizzle of chocolate and topped with blueberries. The Creamy NY style Cheese cake ($9) was light and fluffy topped with fresh berries.

We had a nice chat with the new owners who stopped by our table

Our experienced server, Ben, complimented the kitchen. Fine dining it is, but without pretension.  

We'll be back soon!

If You Go

The Thistle Inn Restaurant

Dinner 7 Days 4pm-9pm

Happy Hour 4 pm-5pm

Reservations (207) 633-3541 thethistleinn.com/restaurant



Coastal Prime is Boothbay Harbor’s new restaurant and bar, formerly The Rocktide Inn, which is one of now many properties owned by former White Rock Distillery CEO Paul Coulombe.

The awesome ocean views make this the perfect place to watch the setting sun and boats passing along the harbor side.

The elegant dining room with white table linens, fresh flowers and live piano music opens up to a heated deck.  Seating is either indoors or out on the deck for romantic dinners, family gatherings, meetings or celebrations.  

Executive Chef, George Schimert's menu is designed around local fare showcasing choices of lobster, seafood, shell fish chowder and prime beef. Executive Sous Chef Eric Rice curates the artful product served at your table.

While watching the sunset we ordered a couple drinks from the list of craft cocktails and wine.

Our server, Kevin, arrived with delicious bread and made suggestions from the menu.

I started with an appetizer from the fairly large sushi menu.  The Avocado Bomb ($19) The spicy tuna was hidden inside the avocado and included tobiko, yuzu aioli with sweet soy and miri. It was expertly prepared and artfully presented by their sushi chef Ms. Somjit. Highly suggested!

My husband's appetizer choice was the Boothbay Brand Oysters Rockefeller ($27). Eight glistening oysters with chopped bacon, creamy spinach, fennel, shallots and lemon came together on each shell. The luxurious texture added to his pleasure.

For entrees I was intrigued by the menu offer of Lobster and Grits ($39) but opted for the Baked Scallops ($39). The four large golden scallops placed on top of buttery whipped potatoes and seasoned with herbs, white wine, Benton bacon and topped with bread crumbs. So wonderfully seasoned and satisfying. Vegetables were offered as side dishes so I chose the Jumbo Asparagus ($9). Grilled to perfection!

My husband was pleased with his entree selection of Butter poached Halibut ($40) with a side of asparagus ($9), The fish was topped with hollandaise sauce and served with Carolina Gold risotto. The Halibut was cooked perfectly, juicy and soft on the inside. The light hollandaise sauce complimented rather than over-powering the fish.  

On the sweet side, the restaurant’s charms ran through dessert offerings. We saved room for the Very Berry Cobbler alamode ($9) The warm cobbler included blueberries, raspberries and strawberries and was baked with a streusel topping and a side of vanilla ice cream. We also shared the Green Apple Tart ($9) The apples served in a puff pastry with a caramel sauce and vanilla bean ice cream were two good choices. 

Delicious food! Great friendly service and outstanding views sums up a memorable evening.

This is a great place for a date or a nice evening with your significant other! 

If You Go

Coastal Prime Seaside Dining

35 Atlantic Avenue

Boothbay Harbor, Maine

207-633-4455  boothbayharboroceansideresort.com/coastal-prime/

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