Here Are All of the Monhegan Island Restaurants You Need to Try

The Barnacle Cafe on Monhegan Island

Monhegan Island is a treasured retreat 10 miles off the mainland that’s full of scenery, charm, and seasonal wildlife. Before you step aboard the boat to the island, you can count on us to provide a delicious, homemade breakfast to fuel your adventures. If hunger strikes while you’re there, grab a bite at one of our favorite Monhegan Island restaurants. You can pick up tasty snacks for a picnic by the water or sit down and enjoy a wholesome meal inside. Either way, these local eateries will delight your taste buds and round out your ideal day on the island. Afterward, check out some of the top-notch restaurants in our free Boothbay Harbor Vacation Guide! Our region is quickly becoming a foodie destination, and this handy guide can help you enjoy the full taste of Midcoast Maine.

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About Monhegan Island

If you have never been to Monhegan Island before, you are in for a real treat. After a relaxing boat ride with Balmy Days Cruises, you’ll soon discover what makes this island retreat so special. The casual, laid-back vibe here makes it a popular destination for artists and nature lovers looking to immerse themselves in the remarkable local scenery. It’s home to rocky cliffs overlooking the ocean, miles of hiking trails, and a picturesque village with plenty of fun things to do.

Feel free to take advantage of our Monhegan Island Adventure package during your stay at the Topside Inn! We give you two tickets aboard the Balmy Days Cruise Line as well as a map and trail guide to make navigating the island a breeze.

Monhegan Island Restaurants

When you’re not hiking, birdwatching, or exploring local art galleries, head over to one of these Monhegan Island restaurants for a delicious meal. You can even visit Monhegan Brewing Company to sit back, relax, and enjoy the island breezes with a refreshing craft brew in hand.

1. Island Inn

The Island Inn’s Monhegan restaurant has some excellent options to satisfy your hunger. Grab a seat in their dining room and pair delicious food with stunning waterfront views. For lunch, they serve a variety of burgers, sandwiches, and salads. At 6:00 p.m. you can enjoy a mouthwatering dinner menu featuring local seafood like lobster, haddock, and scallops. Their chef even prepares a variety of vegetarian dishes as well!

2. The Barnacle

For a quick bite, you can also check out The Barnacle Cafe on Monhegan Island. It’s open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and is a fantastic resting place while exploring the area. They offer teas and coffee all day as well as a variety of drinks from their espresso machine. You can also indulge in some freshly baked treats like brownies and lemon bars. If you are looking for something more substantial, try their sandwiches and salads which can be eaten there or taken out for a quiet picnic on the island.

3. The Novelty

The Novelty is another excellent Monhegan Island restaurant serving lunch and dinner in a casual environment. It’s nestled behind the Monhegan House with a menu full of sandwiches, salads, and pizzas. Here, you can choose from a wide variety of wines and local beers and even treat yourself to some after-dinner ice cream. It’s a great way to cap off your evening before heading back to Boothbay Harbor.

4. Fish House Fish Market

For some of the freshest seafood in the area, head to the Fish House on Monhegan Island. This local fish market is one of our favorite places on the island, offering a delicious menu for seafood lovers. Stop by from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and take your pick from fish, lobsters, crabmeat rolls, and more. We recommend grabbing some lunch and then heading to their picnic tables at Fish Beach. You can’t beat the view from there!

Start Your Journey to Monhegan Island at the Topside Inn

Anytime you are thinking about coming to the Boothbay Harbor area, consider staying with us at Topside Inn. Our coastal-themed accommodations offer everything you need for a relaxing Maine getaway, including unbeatable views of the water and sunsets. After a restful night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast that our guests rave about, you can walk down to the pier and embark on your Monhegan Island adventure.

View of Room 8 at Topside Inn with paintings from Allen Bunker Fine Art

When you’re not enjoying the local beauty outside, you can step inside Room 8 and enjoy even more coastal Maine charm. We recently renovated it to bring you the best in Boothbay Harbor accommodations with original paintings, a comfortable sitting room, and a luxurious king-size bed. Plus, the private deck offers a quiet space to have your morning cup of coffee or enjoy the cool evening breezes while overlooking the harbor.

A memorable vacation awaits you in Boothbay Harbor, and we’re here to help you enjoy it to the fullest. Reserve your room today! We look forward to seeing you at Topside Inn.