Press & Reviews


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pdf December 1, 2010 – Damariscotta River Grill to Kick off Exhibit With Holiday Gifts and Edible Art.

pdf October 13, 2010 – Damariscotta River Grill to Launch Winter “Art at The Grill” Exhibit with November 4th Artists’ Reception.

pdf September 14, 2010 – Artists’ Reception To Launch Damariscotta River Grill’s Fall “Art at The Grill” Exhibit.

pdf August 4, 2010 – Damariscotta River Grill Earns Third Consecutive Wine Spectator “Award Of Excellence”.

pdf July 28, 2010 – Damariscotta River Grill Hosts Artists’ Reception To Kick Off Late Summer “Art At The Grill” Exhibit.

pdf June 16, 2010 – Damariscotta River Grill’s “Art At The Grill” To Feature Nine Artists In “Painting Maine” Exhibit.

pdf June 1, 2010 – Damariscotta River Grill to host special “Babette’s Feast” movie screening and companion dinner event.

pdf May 6, 2010 – Damariscotta River Grill’s “Art at the Grill” exhibit to feature multi-generation family talent.

pdf March 22, 2010 – Damariscotta River Grill to showcase talent of four local painters at restaurant’s April 8 “Art at the Grill” Artists’ Reception.

pdf February 11, 2010 – Damariscotta River Grill’s “Art At The Grill” Series to recognize talented teacher and students.

pdf January 26, 2010 – Damariscotta River Grill’s Chef/Owner Rick Hirsch named “Chef of the Year” by the Maine Restaurant Association.

pdf January 4, 2010 – Damariscotta River Grill Announces First Exhibit in 2010 “Art At The Grill” Series.

pdf November 16, 2009 – Damariscotta River Grill’s “Art at the Grill” Series to Showcase Talent of Family and Friends in December/January Exhibit.

pdf June 12, 2009 – Damariscotta River Grill Opens Monhegan Perspectives II Art Show With Public Reception Wednesday, June 24

pdf February 2, 2009 – Damariscotta River Grill Announces Full Schedule of Winter Dinners, Shows and Events

pdf January 13, 2009 – Damariscotta River Grill Welcomes Michael Honig, President of Honig Vineyard and Winery

pdf January 5, 2009 – Damariscotta River Grill’s Popular “Art at the Grill” Series Kicks off 2009 with a New Batch of Talented, Local Artists

pdf November 24, 2008 – The Latest Installment of Damariscotta River Grill’s “Art at the Grill” Series Features Therapeutic Art and Creative Jewelry from Local Artists

pdf November 14, 2008 – Damariscotta River Grill Hosts Riedel Glassware and Wine Tasting for Final Wine Event of the Year

pdf December, 2008 – Primo Holiday Gift Ideas from Maine: Food, Wine and Entertainment Ideas for Festive Gift-Giving

pdf October 29, 2008 – Fourth Annual Harvest Dinner and Community Supper to Benefit Maine Schools Held at Damasriscotta River Grill

pdf October 17, 2008 – Damariscotta River Grill Exhibits Local Artists’ Jewelry, Watercolors, Pastels, and Tiles

pdf August 26, 2008 – Damariscotta River Grill Earns National Restaurant Association’s “Restaurant Neighbor Award”

pdf August 1, 2008 – Damariscotta River Grill Earns Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence” and Slot in Magazine’s “Best Wine Lists of 2008” Feature

pdf July 24, 2008 – Damariscotta River Grill’s latest “Art at the Grill” series conveys Maine landscape through different forms

pdf June 12, 2008 – Damariscotta River Grill Opens Monhegan Perspectives Show with Public Reception on June 26th

pdf March 14, 2008 – Pirates Coming to Dinner at Damariscotta River Grill

pdf March 7, 2008 – Damariscotta River Grill Wine. Club Welcomes Master Sommelier Ken Scrup

pdf February 22, 2008 – Damariscotta River Grill to Host “Taste the World” Dinner on February 28

pdf January 14, 2008 – Damariscotta River Grill Announces Full Slate of Exciting January Events

pdf October 26, 2007 – Damariscotta River Grill to Host “Third Annual Harvest Dinner”

pdf October 12, 2007 – Damariscotta River Grill Wine Club to Feature “Best of Class” Spann Vineyards at 4-Course Wine Dinner

pdf September 5, 2007 – Work of Area Artists Showcased at Damariscotta River Grill

pdf August 30, 2007 – Damariscotta River Grill Sponsors Community Supper to Benefit FARMS Project

pdf June 22, 2007 – Anchor Inn Restaurant, Sister Restaurant to Damariscotta River Grill, to Celebrate July 4th with Traditional Maine BBQ

pdf May 31, 2007 – Damariscotta River Grill to Hold Special “Babettes’s Feast” Movie Screening and Companion Dinner Event

pdf May 17, 2007 – Damariscotta River Grill Wine Club to Host Australian Wine Delegation at May 17th Wine Tasting Event


The owners of the Anchor Inn now own Damariscotta River Grill, and their classics from that Round Pond summer standby can be enjoyed in the dead of winter, in the downtown of this charming town…Seafood dishes here are cooked with skill. Italian Seafood Stew ($16.53) is a classic of the Anchor Inn, as the menu proclaims, and also a favorite of diners in the know, that I hit on by the happy accident of liking the stuff.

There is lots of good wine, and rich desserts to finish the meal…savor the oysters on a half shell. Fresh from the Damariscotta River, where they grow just 10 miles from Main Street, these plump lovelies can transport oyster lovers to bliss…My River Grill oysters ($10) were beautifully cooked, tender and hot and delicious, a dish that hails from another era, and tastes good all over again…My dinner, the Italian Seafood Stew ($16.53) came in a big bowl full of mussel shells, scallops, shrimp and fish. Its garlicky broth tasted fresh, and the Maine shrimp were not overcooked, a feat the kitchen can be proud of.

– Nancy English
The Portland Press Herald

Attentive service and above-average food make the Damariscotta River Grill a favorite for locals and visitors alike. The varied menu ranges from latkes (Jewish potato pancakes) to sandwiches and seafood, all freshly prepared and reasonably priced. Unusual sauces and creative presentation add interest to traditional menu selections. The atmosphere is pleasant, and tables are well spaced for privacy. We have never been disappointed at the Grill.

What a sweet, no-nonsense, romantic restaurant! I realize those adjectives don’t really go together, but I’ve never seen a place like this before. The vibe is upscale but not pretentious…What on earth was that sophisticated, amazing bread basket doing out here in the boonies? It included apparently housemade breadsticks and great fluffy Italian peasant bread (some of the best I’ve ever had…soft but chewy, with beautifully crunchy crust), and came with top-drawer olive oil for dipping. I’ve rarely seen this level of quality in top Manhattan spots!

The cider wasn’t just great and fresh; it was interesting. Someone had shown artistry in blending the apple varieties. The oysters – local Pemaquids – were sublime. Even the best oyster bars in big cities are only an echo of oysters such as these. Bread pudding was stately and thoughtful without being presumptuous or precious. It wasn’t just slammingly delicious. It had class. Perfect oysters, perfect dessert, perfect bread, perfect breadsticks, perfect olive oil, perfect ambiance, perfect service (friendly, genuine, professional).

– Jim Leff

94 out of 100
Official Score for Chef Rich Hirsch’s Damariscotta River Grill