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While in Old Port, which is downtown Portland, Maine, we stopped in DiMillo’s On the Water, which is a floating restaurant on a large ship. Since the ship is so large, we didn’t feel any sort of rocking at all, which is good! There was a long wait for a table out on the deck, but there’s a lovely indoor area which is first come, first serve so we luckily snagged a table right away. Read on to hear about our experience here.
They really ran with the nautical theme here – captain’s wheels on the ceiling, deep sea diving uniforms in the lobby, etc. We got the feeling that it was a bit of a tourist’s trap – good food, albeit a bit overpriced, and more about the atmosphere of eating on a ship in the Portland harbor.
The caesar salad was good and came with delicious anchovies. I used to actually not like anchovies on my caesar salads, but now I can’t imagine one without them!
We ordered the Lazy Lobster, which is out of the shell and sauteed in butter. It was delicious but not worth $28 each in my opinion – there just wasn’t enough on the plate to fill you up! Our bill came out to upwards of $80, while Portland Lobster Company’s total bill ran us about $32 total and offered significantly more food.
DiMillo’s does have a fun nautical ambiance, so I’d say come here if that interests you and if you have some money to burn.
Be sure to check out our other adventures in Portland, such asour tapas feast in Old Port’s Central Provisions, as well as our adventure to Maine’s oldest lighthouse (over 200 years) at the beautiful Cape Elizabeth!
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