When it comes to enjoying a memorable meal that seamlessly blends exquisite food, unique beverages, and a lovely outdoor ambiance, the Seacoast has a variety of options for dining al fresco! Whether you prefer a city patio surrounded by lush gardens or crave waterfront views, there’s no shortage of outdoor dining here on the Seacoast! Here are a few spots we love during the warmer months…

Outdoor Dining in Portsmouth, NH

Raleigh Wine Bar | Portsmouth, NH

A newcomer to the Seacoast, Raleigh Wine Bar is an upscale destination in which to enjoy an entire meal or a few glasses of wine with friends! With a spacious patio set atop the bricks of Portsmouth, Raleigh’s outdoor area is close to Prescott Park Arts Festival, Strawbery Banke Museum, and our beloved Memorial Bridge. 

Sit back, relax, and enjoy a beautiful summer sunset over the Piscataqua River as you watch people pass by. Stay tuned on social media for menu updates, happy hour, and special events! 

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ADDRESS: 67 State Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801

PHONE: (603) 427-8459

HOURS: Tue-Thu: 4-10pm | Fri: 4-11pm

Sat: 10:30am-11pm | Sun: 10:30am-9pm

RESERVATIONS: Yes

PRIVATE EVENTS: Yes

HAPPY HOUR: Yes, 4-6pm daily: discounted wine, beer, and snacks

PARKING: Metered on-street parking

BOAT ACCESS: No


Row 34 | Portsmouth, NH

When one of Boston’s hip foodie restaurants looks to Portsmouth, New Hampshire for the location for their second restaurant, you take it as a huge compliment. A new staple in Portsmouth’s dining scene, this casual yet refined seafood restaurant is a lovely option for an outdoor dining experience. Seating may be limited here, but if you snag a spot on Row 34’s brick pathway, you’ll enjoy a beautiful Portsmouth evening, tucked away from the business of Market Square!

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ADDRESS: 5 Portwalk Place, Portsmouth, NH 03801

PHONE: (603) 319-5011

HOURS

Lunch Mon-Sat: 11:30am-5pm 

Brunch Sun: 10:30am-4pm 

Dinner Sun: 4-10pm, Mon-Thu: 5-10pm, Fri & Sat: 5-11pm

Bar until whenever

RESERVATIONS: Yes

PRIVATE EVENTS: Yes

HAPPY HOUR: Mon-Fri 5-7pm: rotating draft beer, cocktail and wine specials, in the bar and lounge only. Plus, $1 oysters featured daily, until 5pm

PARKING: Valet at Hampton Inn, Metered On-street, Hanover Street Parking Garage

BOAT ACCESS: No


Cava Tapas & Wine Bar | Portsmouth, NH

Tucked away from the action, on a brick-lined alleyway in downtown Portsmouth, Cava offers a lovely outdoor dining experience. With greenery surrounding the outdoor terrace, and twinkle lights shining as the sun sets, don’t be surprised if you feel like your dining on the side streets of Spain! Here at Cava, guests can enjoy a glass of wine from the restaurant’s extensive wine list, as well as a variety of unique and flavorful tapas and sweet bites seven days a week! Sit back and relax on a cool summer evening—Cava is open until 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights!

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ADDRESS: 10 Commercial Alley, Portsmouth, NH 03801

PHONE: (603) 319-1575

HOURS: Sun-Thu: 5-9pm | Fri: 5-10pm | Sat: 2-10pm

RESERVATIONS: Yes, for four or more in the main restaurant, for two at the chef’s counter

PRIVATE EVENTS: Yes

HAPPY HOUR: No

PARKING: Metered on-street parking

BOAT ACCESS: No


STREET 360 | Portsmouth, NH

If you want to go to the locals’ hangout, mosey right over to STREET in Portsmouth’s trendy West End neighborhood! This international-inspired eatery is open year-round (it’s known for its amazing Sunday brunch), and the patio is always bustling during the summer months. 

The atmosphere here is a bit grungy on purpose (think graffiti on the walls, big comfy booths, and local artwork) and the outdoor patio looks out onto a parking lot. But don’t let the vibe fool you as the award-worthy food, colorful umbrellas, tea lights, and lively local buzz makeup for the parking lot views. 

The cuisine at STREET is unique and eclectic, and featuring dishes from a variety of countries. Enjoy the famous Bibimbap or cemita burgers, while your foodie friend nibbles on a lamb schwarma or Korean fried chicken!

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ADDRESS: 801 Islington Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801

PHONE: (603) 436-0860

HOURS: Mon-Sat: 11:30am-9pm | Sun: 9:30am–3pm (Brunch) 4–9pm (Dinner)

RESERVATIONS: No

PRIVATE EVENTS: Yes

HAPPY HOUR: No

PARKING: Free parking lot

BOAT ACCESS: No


Wrap Shack | Portsmouth, NH

We could not be more excited about Portsmouth’s newest food truck! Parked at the old Getty gas station on Islington Street, this is THE spot to grab a delicious, inexpensive breakfast, lunch, or early dinner! Grab a seat on their benches or picnic tables, or take your food to-go and head over to Prescott Park for an al fresco dinner, while enjoying a summer play or outdoor concert!

Must trys: chicken caesar wrap, Ben’s burrito, fish tacos, sweet potato fries (might be the best we’ve ever had!). Wrap Shack’s hours change every now and then due to off-site events, but they’re great about posting to Instagram to announce when they’re open and what’s on the menu that day! 

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ADDRESS: 361 Islington Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801

PHONE: N/A

HOURS: Mon: Closed | Tue: 11am-4pm | Wed: 11am-7pm

Thur-Sat: 11am-8pm | Sun: 11am-3pm

RESERVATIONS: No

PRIVATE EVENTS: Yes, hire the food truck for your off-site event!

HAPPY HOUR: No

PARKING: Free parking lot

BOAT ACCESS: No


Cornerstone Pizza | Portsmouth, NH

Calling all pizza lovers!!! 

There’s a very hip spot new to Portsmouth’s West End that blends tasty pies and local flavor with an upscale warehouse vibe. You may be familiar with this local pizza paradise as Cornerstone also has a location in Ogunquit, Maine—the original! 

Known for its pizza, Cornerstone also offers a well-curated beer list as well as non-pizza related items like sandwiches and salads! 

Enjoy the beautiful atmosphere indoors and out, or take your pizza on the go for a picnic in the park! 

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ADDRESS: 110 Brewery Lane, Portsmouth, NH 03801

PHONE: (603) 294-0965

HOURS: Sun-Thu: 11:30am-9pm | Fri & Sat: 11:30am-10pm

RESERVATIONS: Yes

PRIVATE EVENTS: Yes

HAPPY HOUR: Yes, Sun-Thur 3-6pm, $2 off draft beer, wine, and house cocktails, $2 off appetizers

PARKING: Free parking in either of the lots in the complex

BOAT ACCESS: No


Botanica Restaurant & Gin Bar | Portsmouth, NH

One of Portsmouth’s newest restaurants, Botanica has been a popular spot since the day it first opened its doors in the spring of 2019. 

Created by Chef Brendan Vesey of The Joinery in Newmarket, New Hampshire, this West End establishment offers a different flare—it’s a French-inspired restaurant and gin bar! The menu at Botanica showcases well-known French dishes like duck confit and steak frites, as well as tasty desserts like the Enna Chocolate Souffle—our mouths are just watering as we type! 

While Botanica has a stunning bar area, and known for their extensive selection of gin, the restaurant also offers a beautiful array of wines, and other creative cocktails. 

Botanica’s outdoor patio is brand new this season and it’s as cute as can be! 

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ADDRESS: 110 Brewery Lane, Suite 105, Portsmouth, NH 03801

PHONE: (603) 373-0979

HOURS: Tue-Sat: 4pm-close

RESERVATIONS: Yes

PRIVATE EVENTS: Yes, full restaurant buyouts only

HAPPY HOUR: 4-6pm daily, half price on frites

PARKING: Free parking in either of the lots in the complex

BOAT ACCESS: No


Outdoor Dining in Southern Maine

The Black Birch | Kittery, ME

One of the best restaurants in the Seacoast—hands down. Come summertime, it gets even better with their lovely patio opening up. It’s the perfect spot for a pint and a snack at 3:30pm after a day at the beach, or a full on leisurely dinner. Honestly—the food, the drinks, the service—this is the home away from home you’re looking for. 

Must trys: deviled eggs, duck rillette, pork schnitzel (when they’ve got it!), fish and chips!

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ADDRESS: 2 Government Street, Kittery, ME 03904

PHONE: (207) 703-2294

HOURS: Sun-Mon: Closed | Tue-Thu: 3:30-10pm | Fri & Sat: 3:30-11pm

RESERVATIONS: No

HAPPY HOUR: No

PARKING: Free parking lot, and free two-hour on-street parking

BOAT ACCESS: No


Ore Nell’s Barbecue | Kittery, ME

If you’re looking for a barbecue with a view, be sure to make a visit to Ore Nell’s in Kittery, Maine! 

Just a hop, skip, and gorgeous evening stroll over the Memorial Bridge from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Ore Nell’s is a lovely place to enjoy incredibly flavorful food and a sunset over the Piscataqua River. Select from an awning-covered table lined with tea lights, or opt for the umbrella-topped picnic tables for a larger crowd (or to bring your pup!). 

The second restaurant by local Chef David Vargas (the first being the beloved modern Mexican restaurant, Vida Cantina), Ore Nell’s offers traditional central Texas barbecue and we’re all about it! 

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ADDRESS: 2 Badgers Island West, Kittery, ME 03904

PHONE: (207) 703-2340

HOURS: Mon-Thu: 4-9pm | Fri & Sat: 11:30am-10pm | Sun: 11:30-9pm 

RESERVATIONS: Yes

PRIVATE EVENTS: Yes, for catering!

HAPPY HOUR: Yes, Mon-Fri 4-6pm, $2 off drafts and $2 off wine, plus this happy hour menu

PARKING: Free parking lot

BOAT ACCESS: No


The Pointe | Kittery, ME

Talk about dinner with a VIEW!!! 

The Pointe on Badger’s Island is situated on the Piscataqua River,  just over the Memorial Bridge that connects Portsmouth, New Hampshire to Kittery, Maine. 

Enjoy a memorable meal on the dock that jets out into the river while taking in the stunning view of Portsmouth’s waterfront as the sunsets. 

Magical is a serious understatement. 

The Pointe is a seasonal restaurant open May through September. It primarily offers outdoor seating, this seafood-inspired eatery also has some indoor options as well! 

Insider’s tip: The Pointe is a wonderful spot to enjoy Portsmouth’s July 4th fireworks which take place every year on July 3rd! 

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ADDRESS: 31 Badgers Island West, Kittery, ME 03904

PHONE: (207) 703-2987

HOURS: Wed-Mon: 4-9pm | Tue: Closed

RESERVATIONS: Yes

PRIVATE EVENTS: Yes, typically 15 people or less.

HAPPY HOUR: No

PARKING: Free parking lot

BOAT ACCESS: No


TACOCAT | Kittery, ME

Mmmmhmmm! Tacos from the Seacoast’s newest food truck, TACOCAT are simply a—meow—zing! 

The couple behind this Kittery-based food truck takes some cool cat influence from their years living in Los Angeles, and infuse it with local ingredients to create a truly memorable taco experience! 

You can most often find the TACOCAT truck at the Kittery Food Truck Pod, which is situated in a parking lot (next to Lost Coast and Nest), just before the Kittery Premium Outlets

Enjoy your tacos on the go, relax at the picnic tables before trying your luck at the many outdoor games offered in the lot, or rent the truck for your next event—they’ll surely make it the cat’s pajamas! 

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ADDRESS: Kittery Food Truck Pod, 230 State Road, Kittery, ME 03904

PHONE: N/A

HOURS: Wed-Fri: 11:30am-7pm | Sat & Sun: 12-7pm

RESERVATIONS: No

PRIVATE EVENTS: Yes, hire the food truck

HAPPY HOUR: No

PARKING: Free parking lot

BOAT ACCESS: No


Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier | Kittery Point, ME

Waterfront dining? Check! 

Fresh local lobster? Check!

Quintessential Maine summer dining experience? Major check! 

What more do you need?? 

Welcome to Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier, a classic “lobster in the rough” destination that’s been serving generations of Seacoast seafood seekers since 1948! 

Chauncey Creek is situated on (you guessed it) Chauncey Creek! Picnic tables line the spacious dock to create a casual, family-friendly dining experience. 

When planning your visit here, don’t forget to BYOB and sides! If you want to pick up some local brews on the way, the fabulous Tributary Brewing Company is also located in Kittery, Maine and offers growlers and cans to go! 

And yes, you can also boat here—time to dock up, and eat up! 

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ADDRESS: 16 Chauncey Creek Road, Kittery Point, ME 03905

PHONE: (207) 439-1030 

HOURS: Mother’s Day to Labor Day | Open Daily: 11am-8pm

Post-Labor Day to Columbus Day | Open Tue-Sun 11am-7pm

Closed Tue after Labor Day every year

RESERVATIONS: No

PRIVATE EVENTS: No

HAPPY HOUR: No

PARKING: Free parking lot (fills up quickly)

BOAT ACCESS: Yes!


Pepperrell Cove | Kittery Point, ME

Pepperrell Cove is a pretty neat destination if you ask us because it offers not one, but two options for outdoor dining with some of the best views the Seacoast has to offer!  

Frisbee’s Wharf is set on a bed of crushed white seashells just steps away from the Piscataqua River (if you so choose, you can boat right up!). Serving classic Maine seafood dishes like lobster rolls, clams, and scallops, among a variety of other items, Frisbee’s Wharf is a quintessential Maine waterfront dining experience during the summer months! Frisbee’s is open for lunch and dinner and also offers a full bar. 

Pepperrell Cove’s “Ski Club” roof bar  is a year-round restaurant that opens its deck during the warmer months. The Ski Club offers a full dinner and beverage menu, sweeping views of the water, and also takes reservations! 

If you’re in Kittery in the morning, be sure to pop by Provisions at Pepperrell Cove—a charming market/cafe located at the heart of this working harbor. Provisions is known for its blueberry scones and we can’t blame them—they’re delicious! 

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ADDRESS: 88 Pepperrell Road (RT 103) Kittery Point, ME 03905

PHONE: (207) 703-2028

FRISBEE’S WHARF HOURS: Sun-Thu 11:30am-8:30pm, Friday & Saturday  11:30am-9pm, Open May 15 through October 15

THE SKI CLUB HOURS: Mon, Wed, Thu 4-9pm, Fri & Sat 4-10pm, Closed Tuesdays

RESERVATIONS: No, at Frisbee’s Wharf. Yes, indoors only at The Ski Club.

HAPPY HOUR: No

PARKING: Free parking lot

BOAT ACCESS: Yes!


Stone’s Throw | York, ME

Nestled along the shores of Long Sands Beach is an upscale-meets-beachy restaurant called Stone’s Throw, offering incredibly flavorful and fresh dishes with stunning ocean views. Outdoor seating is available both by the water, and in the cozy patio in the back of the restaurant, and both areas have fire lamps for those chilly Maine evenings! 

We love the laid-back coastal vibe, the frequent use of local ingredients, and the sriracha BBQ tenders! Like, YUM!

Fun Fact: Stone’s Throw is also a beachy-chic hotel!

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ADDRESS: 123 Long Beach Avenue, York, ME 03909

PHONE: (207) 361-3116

HOURS: Mon-Thu: 11:30am-9pm | Fri: 11:30am-9:30pm | Sat: 10:30am-9:30pm | Sun: 10:30am-9pm

RESERVATIONS: No

PRIVATE EVENTS: Yes

HAPPY HOUR: No

PARKING: Metered on-street parking, private spots available for guests staying the night at the hotel

BOAT ACCESS: No


M.C. Perkins Cove | Ogunquit, ME

Upscale and breathtaking, M.C. Perkins Cove offers an exquisite dining experience and leaves no detail unnoticed. This classy New England restaurant takes Maine dining to another level with luxurious interiors and sweeping views of the ocean. 

Created by well-known New England chefs Mark and Clark (formerly of Arrows), the food at M.C. Perkins Cove is second to none. Dine indoors year-round (we love the Sunday Jazz Brunch!) enjoy a beautiful meal on the outdoor patio upstairs, or sip on a handcrafted beverage at the charming bar. 

Before or after your meal, be sure to allow some extra time to stroll along the Perkins Cove drawbridge, pop into local shops in the cove, or stroll along the Marginal Way Cliff Walk! 

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ADDRESS: 111 Perkins Cove Road, Ogunquit, ME 03907

PHONE: (207) 646-6263

HOURS: Open Daily for Lunch: 11:30-3:30pm

Dinner | Sun-Thu: 5-8:30pm | Fri & Sat: 5-9pm

RESERVATIONS: Yes

PRIVATE EVENTS: Yes

HAPPY HOUR: No

PARKING: On-street parking and nearby lots

BOAT ACCESS: No


Cornerstone Pizza | Ogunquit, ME

Enjoy a little slice of Maine at Cornerstone—a classic pizza spot located in the heart of Ogunquit, Maine! 

This local restaurant has been a staple in the heart of downtown Ogunquit for many years and offers a beautiful outdoor dining experience with plenty of umbrellas for sunny summer days. 

Cornerstone is open seven days a week starting at 11:30 am, and stays open late (until 11pm!) on Friday and Saturdays! If you are in the Portsmouth area, be sure to check out Cornerstone Pizza’s second location in the West End! 

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ADDRESS: 228 Main Street, Ogunquit, ME 03907

PHONE: (207) 646-4118

HOURS: Sun-Thur 11:30am-10pm, Fri & Sat 11:30am-11pm  

RESERVATIONS: Yes, only for parties of 7-18, under awning area

PRIVATE EVENTS: Yes, only during the off-season

HAPPY HOUR: No

PARKING: Metered on-street parking

BOAT ACCESS: No


Old Vines Wine Bar | Kennebunk, ME

There’s no doubt this local spot is all about good times, good food, and a whole lot of year-round fun!

Located just steps from the hustle and bustle of Kennebunkport’s Dock Square, Old Vines Wine Bar calls a historic house in Kennebunk home. The cuisine here leans more European with small plates ranging from a hummus platter to a fresh burrata salad and many tasty dishes in between! 

Almost every night of the week, Old Vines Wine Bar offers happy hour, live music, and other forms of entertainment. Check out the schedule of happenings!

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ADDRESS: 173 Port Road, Kennebunk, ME 04043

PHONE: (207) 967-2310

HOURS: Sun, Tue-Thu: 4-10pm | Mon, Fri & Sat: 4-11pm

RESERVATIONS: Yes

PRIVATE EVENTS: Yes

HAPPY HOUR: Daily 4-5pm

PARKING: Parking lot behind building, on-street parking, and a private lot directly across the street

BOAT ACCESS: No


The Boathouse | Kennebunkport, ME

Dine in luxury at The Boathouse in the heart of Kennebunkport, Maine where beautiful boats and river views can be seen at every turn! 

The deck at The Boathouse is sprinkled with booths, and tables, with a yellow and white striped nautical feel for the décor. Inside, the atmosphere mimics that of a yacht with big windows looking out to the water, and coastal accents throughout. Inside and out, The Boathouse is inviting, and welcoming, and makes you never want to leave—no matter the season!

The food here is really tasty—we give the lobster rolls and pina coladas two thumbs up! 

Fun Fact: The Boathouse also offers chic guest rooms for a little getaway!

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ADDRESS: 21 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine 04046

PHONE: (877) 266-1304

HOURS: Daily 11am-9pm for Lunch + Dinner 

RESERVATIONS: No

PRIVATE EVENTS: Yes

HAPPY HOUR: Yes, Mon-Fri 3-6pm, all day Sunday at the bar, plus late night bites and drinks 9-10pm

PARKING: Free parking lot and valet

BOAT ACCESS: No


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