21 Old Orchard Beach Restaurants That Will Make You Say “Why Haven’t We Eaten Here Yet?!”

There’s a lot of really great places to eat in OOB, but we narrowed it down to the top twenty-one rated by Yelp users.

  1. The Shack (27 West Grand Avenue)                                              

Lucky Lemonade (photo: Sara D.)

4 minute walk OR 1 minute drive

“Came here three times in three days during my summer vacation this past July and the lobster roll was just as amazing each time! The cocktails were fresh and fruity (I may have enjoyed quite a few piña coladas) while my boyfriend enjoyed the cold craft beer from local breweries.” – Nicole B.

“Most recently I tried a Caesar salad with locally sourced chicken and it was perfect. I’ve also had several other entrees here that were top notch. Some of the rum cocktails come with the option to add a floater. Do it! They are super cute and a nice extra kick.” – Renee G.

“The Maine lobster roll was amazing and so were the fish tacos my wife got!” – Aaron R.

 

  1. The Landmark (28 East Grand Avenue)

Seafood bake with mashed potatoes and veggies (photo: Brittany G.)

11 minute walk OR 3 minute drive

“We had mahi mahi, the mix grill, and baked haddock. Also French onion soup and baked goat cheese and we had absolutely zero complaints.” – Sydney K.

“I got the Tuscan chicken, which was delicious. The creamy sauce was unreal! Our waitress made me a delicious extra dirty vodka martini.” – Brenda D.

“I had the half chicken and my husband had the ribs. The chicken was very moist and the ribs fell off the bone. We also loved the cornbread with blueberries in it!” – Melanie C.

 

  1. Cobblestone Grille (8 Heath Street)

Photo: Cyndi L.

11 minute walk OR 2 minute drive

“Every single dish we had was fantastic! Stuffed shells and chicken Parmesan and eggplant Parmesan. Garlic bread and salads. And to finish the night, a slice of peanut butter fudge cake that was absolutely delectable.” – Eric N.

Crab cakes, clam chowder, lobster ravioli all rich & delicious.” – Joanna S.

“We got pizza and it was amazing and then we went back for dinner twice – it was outstanding from service to portion and price.” – Karen H.

 

  1. Joseph’s by the Sea (55 West Grand Avenue)

Rosé (photo: Gerald N.)

1 minute walk OR 1 minute drive

“This place is crazy delicious. I happy cried taking bites of everything. I also had a Painkiller from the cocktail menu and it was SO balanced and smooth!” – Michelle G.

“Best breakfast I have EVER had – banana pecan waffle was incredible!” – Donna D.

“I started off getting the summer corn chowder which was absolutely delicious.” – Alicia E.

 

  1. Big Daddy’s Bar & Grill (2 West Grand Avenue)

Lobster BLT (photo: Candace P.)

7 minute walk OR 2 minute drive 

Burgers and the salt and vinegar fries are always my favorite!! Also try their breakfast menu!” – Angela F.

“Their Bloody Mary drinks include a piece of bacon and shrimp….You can also order them spicy or regular. I went for spicy and it was just the right amount of kick. The eggs Benedict I had is my most favorite of any restaurant, the Hollandaise sauce was on point and I am a big critic of this. My husband had the blueberry French toast which was amazing as well.” – Kelsey R.

“Our party of 8 ordered crab cakes, French onion soup, Manhattan clam chowder, ribs, salad with grilled chicken, two orders of fish and chips, potatoes/French fries, and an array of drinks. We topped it off with a slice of caramel cheesecake and chocolate mousse. Everything was amazing. The French onion soup was perfect. The broth was light and not too salty with full-body flavor. The ribs were sticky tasty – wish I could have ordered another plate of them. Two crab cakes came out full of meat and not filling. Oh and we also got bacon-wrapped scallops….wish I could have ordered another plate of them.” – Skye G.

 

  1. Mainely Lobster Cafe (16 Old Orchard Street)

Photo: Jesse F

8 minute walk OR 2 minute drive

“The lobster rolls were made with claw and knuckle meat and the lobster quality was Grade A for amazing. The house aioli was something I wanted to take home and put on every food ever. SO. GOOD.” – Kayla S.

My wife and I both had lobster rolls and I had a cup of bisque as well. The chef recommended the aioli on the roll and even though I was hesitant to mask the flavor of the lobster, I was thrilled when I took my first bite to realize the house-made aioli is subtle and a perfect complement to the lobster meat. And man, there’s a lot of lobster meat. The bisque was also delicious and very, very fresh.” – Brian M.

“I’ve also had the lobster crab cakes with house aioli! These I can not get enough of!! So yummy! Perfect grilled cakes with fresh finely diced veggies blended in and a special aioli topping. I could eat the aioli by the spoonful. The lobster bisque was the real star for me. Wonderfully creamy, but not too heavy or laden with butter. And a nice mix of lobster chunks. Get the bowl – you’ll be sad if you only get a cup. My friend tried the lobster quesadilla and said it was delicious. She was also impressed that it was gluten-free. Oh – I also stopped for breakfast one morning had the most lovely chocolate buttery croissant! Hot out of the oven!” – Kristi M.

 

  1. Chrys’s Restaurant (6 East Grand Avenue)

Baked lamb (Saeed D.)

8 minute walk OR 2 minute drive

“I really love this little hidden gem. The food is fantastic and love the pasta dishes. The big surprise for me is the tuna on a warm delicious pita.” – T.A.

“I ordered the cinnamon French toast….it was perfect. Tasted great. And I like my home fries crispy and they did that for me, was awesome breakfast.” – Vickie M.

“Breakfast was really great and fast and my husband liked the Greek sausage they had. The coffee was strong but I liked it. A solid spot for breakfast.” – Kitty C.

 

  1. Tami Lyn’s Place (126 West Grand Avenue)

Breakfast sandwich (photo: Amy N.)

6 minute walk OR 1 minute drive

“Went there for breakfast, I had coffee and lobster roll; what a great way to start the day!!! Lobster was delicious.” – Peter I.

“My son had a BLT and onion rings and enjoyed them both.  Friendly and fast service. Reasonable prices. Very casual with a good variety of menu choices.” – Karen M.

“My family has raved about the breakfast sandwiches all summer. Breakfast was over but they specially made me a breakfast sandwich today at lunch time. This was after breakfast was all cleaned up and put away. They did it happily and with smiles. The sandwich was awesome!” – Stephen H.

 

  1. JJ’s Eatery (12B Old Orchard Street)

Spinach and feta scramble (photo: Lisa W.)

8 minute walk OR 2 minute drive

“I had a giant bowl of steamers that were probably in the mud that morning. My friend had a lobster club which we’d never seen before. Both were amazingly delicious!” – Robert M.

“The vegetable risotto was sooo yummy and fresh! Drinks were amazing and the exceptionally welcoming atmosphere topped it all! Jilly was beyond amazing and her homemade mudslide pudding shot was quite the little decadent adult dessert!” – Kerrie D.

“Linda the bartender makes great rum punches. A must stop on a trip to the strip.” – Steven S.

 

  1. Cafe 64 (64 Saco Avenue)

Photo: Cafe 64

12 minute walk OR 3 minute drive 

“Great coffee, the kids who work here are so nice, awesome cinnamon buns, super clean.” – Alison F.

“Stop here for delicious pastries and sandwiches (and more)! This is now a must-stop for us on any trip to the beach!” – Katrina M.

Latte was delicious. I also had an açai bowl which was huge and had great quality açai. Also got some fresh muffins and an apple turnover which were tasty.” – Liz D.

 

  1. Butcher Burger (8 West Grand Avenue)

Photo: Benedict K.

6 minute walk OR 2 minute drive

“The burgers were cooked perfectly, and they came out very quick. Really nailed the meat-to-bun-to-veggie-to-sauce ratio. I think they made their own pickles, they were certainly hand-battered, and humongous.” – Patrick B.

“The burgers are juicy and tasty….the chicken sandwiches are amazing. Large portions and flavorful – so good. The fries are thick-cut homemade and fantastic!” – Kara W.

“Great cheese fries and fish burger.” – Louis T.

 

  1. Up Town O’Leary’s Tap (41 Old Orchard Street)

Shrimp po’ boy (photo: Nathan D)

11 minute walk OR 3 minute drive

“This is a great neighborhood bar that’s open year-round. Good food, good burgers, great atmosphere.” – Rich B.

“This bar is perfect. Cozy neighborhood bar.” – Nathan D.

“This bar is a gem in the rough of bars in Old Orchard Beach. [The owner] anticipates your need for another drink before you ask, and welcomes you into his bar unlike any bar back home.” – Mackenzie K.

 

  1. Good Thyme Cafe (2 Cascade Road)

Photo: Icky Love B.

18 minute walk OR 4 minute drive

“Big pancakes, great hash, great breakfast sandwich.” – Marc L.

“The pancakes and french toast were very good. My omelette was big with plenty of cheese and ham. The menu also has sandwiches and non-breakfast items.” – Louise F.

“I ordered an omelette and it was cooked just perfect. It came with a side of home fries and they were so delicious, and also some raisin toast.” – Alexa S.

 

  1. Sunset Bar & Grill (6 Fernald Street)

Margarita and Sam Summer (photo: Valerie T.)

3 minute walk OR 2 minute drive

“Probably the best fish sandwich I have ever had!  The staff is lovely and so are the drinks!! Rum and pineapple!” – Nicole M.

“We got their steamers for an appetizer….the steamers were hot & delicious! We could have eaten three more orders, they were great! We got the lobster rolls….they serve it in a hot dog bun, but oh my God it was the best one I’ve had in a very long time. It was full of chunks of lobster, basically overflowing! The lobster was so thick and flavorful, it was great!” – Stefani A.

“Favorites on the menu include the steak and cheese and fried fish sandwiches. So good!” – Marie D.

 

  1. Beach Bagels (34 Old Orchard Street)

Western omelette and coconut iced coffee (photo: Lisa W.)

10 minute walk OR 3 minute drive

“I ordered the corned beef sandwich which was very tasty (especially the mustard) and my friend had a veggie omelette and was stuffed when they left.” – Milhouse V.

“I love the bagels and fruit cups.” – John N.

“Everything I have tried here is delicious from breakfast sandwiches to salads. The Reuben sandwich is delicious, the onion rings are to die for, and the bagels are so yummy!” – Jordan N.

 

  1. Bua Thai Restaurant (194 Saco Avenue)

Duck (photo: @morefoodmorelife)

5 minute drive 

“Everything was cooked to perfection and the peanut sauce was to die for!” – Steven D.

“Ordered Tom Yum soups, pad Thai, and spicy pad Thai. Absolutely delicious! I had a Thai tea and that as well was very good. Such a lovely dinner, might be the best Thai I’ve ever had in the US.” – Mar M.

“Best pad Thai I’ve ever had.” – Bethany P.

 

  1. The Brunswick (38 West Grand Avenue)

Lobster roll (photo: Amanda G.)

4 minute walk OR 1 minute drive

“The food is great for a bar (the nachos are the best) and the beers are ice cold. The patio is the best on the beach.” – Lynda C.

“We were served ice cold Coronas with limes and koozies right away and then handed a menu with a lot of amazing menu items. We choose the haddock fingers with tartar sauce and a teriyaki chicken sandwich with waffle fries. Within 10 minutes, our plates were empty.” – Jono G.

“I love how the outdoor bar you can walk right on to the beach! I ordered a rum bucket which was pretty reasonably priced for a rum bucket and very good!!” – Jessica K.

 

  1. Bell Buoy Restaurant (24 Old Orchard Street)

Photo: Kelly S.

9 minute walk OR 2 minute drive 

“Delicious food, we had the shore dinner and seafood casserole – everything was great.” – Lynn G.

“A hidden gem in a small touristy beach town with very reasonable prices on food and drinks. Off the menu, haddock sliders and hamburger sliders are to die for. Their chowders and stews are all homemade and loaded with seafood.” – Diane R.

“I had not eaten whole fried clams before, only the strips, the waitress convinced me to try them, I fell in love. I’m a huge fried oyster fan and the bellies had a slight oyster taste. I haven’t been able to get enough of them this week.” – Melody B.

 

  1. Dolce Crema Cafe (1 East Grand Avenue)

BBQ chicken panini (photo: Andy G.)

8 minute walk OR 2 minute drive 

“Great food, great coffee, great gelato, great service!” – Chris M.

Gelato was to die for. Wish I had gotten a bigger size. Scratch that I wish I could have just crawled in into the display and had my way with all the different flavors.” – John Q.

“We actually got gelato, I got a medium-size cup with one scoop of caramel Oreo and one scoop of banana chocolate. Alli said the way the woman spread our gelato all over the sides of the cup was “very Italian” and the serving size was definitely worth the price. It was so TASTY!” – Sarah L.

 

  1. GFB Scottish Pub (32 Old Orchard Street)

Photo: Sig S.

10 minute walk OR 3 minute drive 

“I got the chicken and rice special with beans and raisins. I added some hot sauce and the taste, texture and heat were all to my liking. We also tried the haggis and Scottish eggs. We all liked them and were all also happy to be trying something refreshingly new and traditional at the same time.” – Pat S.

“The food was good and I love the Scottish eggs.  YUM!  Lots of good drinks, specials too.” – Sheila S.

“If you’re into craft beers and ethnic Scottish food, you’ll be happy. The wings are super big and fresh.” – Sig S.

 

  1. Star Struck Video Cafe (155 Saco Avenue)

Photo: David C.

19 minute walk OR 3 minute drive

“[The owner] made the best hot chocolate I’ve ever had.” – Sara J.

“I got pistachio, which was loaded with soft nuts and flavor. The rest of the crew got cookie dough, a banana split, and a fun flavor called Lobster Tracks. It was all delicious! We overheard some locals talking about the breakfast fare, especially the asiago bagel.” – Dina R.

“Amazing espresso experience mmmmmmm. The gentleman was very nice and knows his coffee. The coffee ice cubes are a great touch.” – Sara N.

 

 

 

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