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Peter Otts Fine Food and Tavern – Camden, ME

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Pleasant establishment has real Maine roots.

Peter Ott’s Fine Food & Tavern
Camden, ME
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Meal: Dinner / Weekday
Price: $40

If you drop anchor or otherwise arrive in the charming mid-coast Maine village of Camden be sure to enjoy dinner at Peter Ott’s. Although the restaurant itself was established in 1974 its namesake was a German immigrant who settled in the area in the early 1700’s. Because Peter was a fun loving individual who enjoyed food and friends he his home became a local focal point. His descendants still live in the Camden area to this very day. Your reviewer and a companion were fortunate in being able to dine at this casual and friendly establishment. Service was friendly and responsive. By way of quick summary expect to pay from $9.95 to $11.95 for pasta entrees, $18.95 to $28.95 for seafood related entrees and from $14.05 to $25.95 for meat entrees.

If you are detail oriented the menu includes seven appetizers and light fare such as Chicken Wings, Butternut Squash Ravioli priced at $7.95 and $ 7.50 respectively. A black angus Cheeseburger at $9.50 and Grilled Lime Chili Shrimp at $9.95 are also options. For salad aficionados you could consider their Original Salad Bar at $7.95, as did my companion. The salad bar is small, but still provides nice selection of greens and accompaniments including freshly baked bread. A Chef’s Caesar Salad starting at $6.95 and Salad Nicoise at $7.50 may also tempt.

There is a trio of pasta selections starting at $9.95 with Linguine and marinara sauce, Annie’s Local Tomato Fettuccini (with poached Maine shrimp in a spicy Alfredo) at $13.95 and Pasta Primavera at $11.95. Your reviewer enjoyed the Linguine marina which was al dente and enveloped in a flavorful marina.

For your primary entrees you would naturally expect an emphasis on fresh seafood-and you would be correct. Porcini dusted broiled Haddock at $18.95, the New Peter Ott’s Crab Cakes at $21.95, grilled fresh Salmon at $18.95 are among the favorites. Additionally there is steamed local Maine lobster at market price, a surf and turf combo of top Sirloin Steak and sautéed Lobster meat $28.95 make for difficult decisions.

Your reviewers company enjoyed the sautéed Bratwurst at $14.95. Other meat entrees include Chicken Marsala at $16.95, Teriyaki Frenched Pork Chops at $17.95 and a mushroom encrusted Filet Mignon at $25.95. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available. The wines ordered were “house white” and were average for that category. An added enhancement to the casual ambiance was the fact that no smoking is permitted.

Although tempted, your reviewer did not have any “spare capacity” to enjoy the dessert menu that includes cheesecake and a lemon tart. In your reviewer’s opinion the pricing for some of the entrees seemed to be a bit high bearing in mind this was not Newport RI. A small bar is available for pre or post drinks. Dinner only is served, and cash or major credit cards accepted. No reservations are taken.

Pros:

– Good dinner entrees
– Pleasant atmosphere and service

Cons:

– House wine nothing special
– Some entree pricing on the high side

Pop Pop’s Score: 3.0 Chews
★★★☆☆
Subjective rating: Worth an occasional return.

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