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Van Lloyd's Bistro

85 Parking Lot Lane, Damariscotta, ME
+1 207-563-5005
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good28%
  • Average4%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“scallops” (14 reviews)
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Seafood, American, Cajun & Creole, Contemporary
$$ - $$$
85 Parking Lot Lane, Damariscotta, ME
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While we knew the place was here we never really tried it until now and we loved everything about it. The menu is interesting and inventive, there’s a full bar and a wine list, service is as friendly as it gets, so we highly recommend...More

Thank 11,542
Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

A lovely little spot. I ate on the deck and enjoyed a delicious cocktail and dinner. Great wait staff.

Thank BarbaraAnn221
Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

Excellent craft cocktails, small plates, appetizers, we had an excellent main dish of scallops with spaghetti squash and snow peas.

Thank Sherry Y
Reviewed 1 August 2018

A funky little place in the parking lot behind main street in Damariscotta. Clean, good service, no AC. They leave the door open on a nice night and an occasional mosquito comes in but not bad. Prices are reasonable. Everything is cooked to order so...More

Thank gardner34285
Reviewed 30 July 2018

Loved everything about this quaint little bistro. First of all, this wasn't just another Maine restaurant serving the standard fare of lobsters and clams and crab, the menu is much more sophisticated than that, and we weren't expected to eat at picnic tables. Absolutely loved...More

Thank chrisooo
Reviewed 28 July 2018

We had been meaning to try Van Lloyd's for awhile, but we will not be returning. The menu though small, sounded interesting but was disappointing. The charcuterie board was uninteresting with just three types of sausage and no chutney as listed. It was a huge...More

Thank Elaine & Jeff M
Reviewed 10 July 2018 via mobile

On a very brief visit to Damariscotta (to see a friend in a play) and having had a late lunch on the road, we were looking for somewhere for a good drink and a tasty light bite. We found both in this delightful little Bistro...More

Thank VirginiaThespian
Meredith K, Owner at Van Lloyd's Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2018

I’m so glad to hear you had a great experience with us! It was lovely chatting with you, and we’re looking forward to seeing you again in the future! -Meredith

Reviewed 25 May 2018

We enjoyed a fine dinner with helpful service and attitude. Creative dishes beyond the traditional seafood. Worth a visit

Reviewed 29 December 2017

Great, friendly, unobtrusive service. Very good food. I had the gravlaks serve on a slate. My fabulous companion had the corn chowder, greek salad, and matcha creme brulee. Lovely, eclectic decor, including finds from Guatemala, and pews from an old church. We booked again for...More

Thank mightyhomo
Reviewed 9 October 2017

Pumpkinfest weekend can make getting dinner in the area a challenge. Van Loyd's had plenty of open tables early in the evening, and we decided to give it a chance. First, the wait was far too long. I appreciated long drawn-out dinners, but we were...More

Thank bostonrelaxed
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
USD 5 - USD 40
Seafood, American, Cajun & Creole, Contemporary
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
3:30 pm - 9:00 pm
3:30 pm - 9:00 pm
3:30 pm - 9:00 pm
3:00 pm - 9:30 pm
3:00 pm - 9:30 pm
10:30 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 85 Parking Lot Lane, Damariscotta, ME
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Damariscotta
  • Phone Number: +1 207-563-5005
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Van Lloyd's is a small, quaint bistro on the banks of the Damariscotta River. The focus is on providing as many items as absolutely possible from scratch, in-house, with local, organic ingredients in a warm, casual & inviting atmosphere. Craft cocktails, wine, local beer as well as mocktails, tea, & locally roasted espresso & coffee. The owner's previous time spent living in southern Louisiana is revealed in southern influenced menu items, but is especially apparent in the weekend brunch menu. Menus change every few months in order to make full use of the wonderful seasonal ingredients Maine has to offer. Enjoy a completely hand-crafted meal, a unique & flavorful cocktail, or a decadent dessert from one of two restaurant decks in Damariscotta with a full river view.
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