Details for Islesford Dock Restaurant

Islesford Dock Restaurant

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Average rating 4.0 stars from 9 reviews

Address PO Box 56, Little Cranberry Island
Islesford, ME 04646


After hours contact


Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO


VHF channel


Email contact;

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: Closes sometime after Labor day.






Tide & current additional info


Approach: 20
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: 12

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - NO
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info: There is a floating dock for maybe two or three boats 30 feet or under. There is a good dinghy dock in front of the restaurant.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Only moorings available for overnight. Some are guest (free), some are $20 per night.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - NO
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeNo

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service


Pump out










No - The Post Office general store is no longer stocking groceries.



Yes - Locally, The Islesford Dock Restaurant is called Puddles. It is a classic place on the coast, and pretty good for lunches and dinners. Only open during the summer.


Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Boat ramp availability


Yes - The island is serviced by the Island Ferry. It runs frequently from the adjacent commercial dock in Islesford to Southwest Harbor and Northeast Harbor.

Other services


Reviews for Islesford Dock Restaurant
Doesn't Live up to its Hype, 2015-07-26
Captain: , St. Augustine, FL (4015)

There are only 2 town guest moorings, and one was occupied by a floating dock stacked with lobster traps. The food was average at best. People at a neighboring table ordered lobster rolls and they were made with miniture hot dog buns. The young staff members were sweet, but untrained, inattentive, and inefficient. The nearby shops do not have anything you wouldn't find in other towns.

They are really set up for and cater to the land-based tourists who arrive from MDI by ferry. Such visitors are more impressed with a view of a harbor than those who are actually in the harbor.

It is a working harbor with a lobster co-op, where the lobstermen brought in 1.4 million pounds of lobster in 2014. They are busy and do not have time to enter the harbor at no or low wake speed.

A positive factor is the museum, just up the road. Two rooms are dedicated to the history of Islesford and one room to the fishing/lobster industry. The displays are professionally done, interesting, and informative.

There are many Maine towns with better restaurants, more interesting shops, and more welcoming attitude toward cruising boaters.

Great Food and Yarn, 2012-10-06
Captain: , New York (30)

We came here in August 2012 and easily picked up one of the free town guest moorings. We were excited to dingy ashore for dinner, having heard rave reviews of the little restaurant on the dock from local friends. We hopped on the T/T Sweetwater at 7 prompt as we were - of course -hungry. Vis was about 3 meters. Tops. If it wasn't for my iPhone we would have been eating dinner (the next night) in Halifax. Seems the wind had shifted 180 during the short trip to the dock and it took a little effort from AT&T to help me figure out we were headed off course.

My son ate 2x helpings of mussels and shared some with dad, for which I was very happy. I had the lobster and local greens which added to my cheer. Conditions remained soupy but darkness had fallen and we were able to navigate via the dock light back to our bunks. We were religious about our screens as we'd heard nasty things about the bugs here, and as a result were very comfortable. Great breeze from the south kept things cool and comfortable.

Good food but watch the mos, 2012-06-30
Captain: , Southwest Harbor (100)

Town guest moorings are in the outer harbor, you need your boat hook to pick up. Great restaurant and great views but the mosquitos are something else - take a breath and you've a mouthful.

Wonderful meal; wonderful sunset, 2011-08-24
Captain: , Portsmouth (372)

Had the pleasure of dining here for the first time yesterday evening. Reservations essential. The view toward Mt. Desert from our window-side table was terrific and we were fortunate to be treated to a particularly nice sunset.

Among the dishes tried were mussels, halibut over white beans, the porterhouse steak and the dock burger. The food was terrific. Our party of six was unanimous on that count. Service was not better than good.

Definitely worth the cruise to Little Cranberry.

Call ahead for reservations, 2011-08-13
Captain: , Cassiopea A (507)

The restaurant is quite popular with the residents of MDI, so call ahead (207-244-7494) to make reservations.

Little Cranberry is a charming place to take a walk and the view of the hills on Mount Desert is spectacular.

Summer Highlight, 2011-03-23
Captain: , Rye, NY (113)

We have been coming here for years and the food is great, particularly if you 'eat local'. Ask the staff what is fresh/recommended and you shouldn't be dissapointed; the fresh halibut, when available, is particularly good. This is a seasonal restaurant and they often lose staff towards the end of the summer (primarily returning to college) so service can be slow. However, they are so laid back that you can walk in without shoes!

Most patrons arrive by boat and the dock can get crowded, many times with impecably maintained Hinckely's, Wilburs', Ellis's, Morrris's, etc. However. most boaters are understanding about tieing up to other boars, as long as there are plenty of fenders.

One of the great Maine experiences!

One great dock, 2011-02-10
Captain: , Camden, Maine (741)

The restaurant's "Chilled Cantaloupe Gazpacho with prosciutto and freshly picked lobster" was divine, and it was really fun to sit on the little deck and watch all the small yachts come and go from the floats. I also enjoyed the gallery, the crafts shop, and the pottery shop, and I'm not generally a shopper. The whole dock is a classy operation, but not pretentious.

Picturesque Views, 2010-10-24
Captain: , Rye, NY (10)

Dan & Cynthia are most gracious hosts, and the fare they server is easlily worth a side trip to visit. Especially the clam chowder and Sunday brunches. Great views back to Acadia and the working harbor.

Islesford Dock, 2007-11-13
Captain: , New York (153)

A convivial and popular place with a reasonable wine list and local seafood. Row in from nearby rental moorings or possibly get a tieup (I did once). THe sunset over MDI is exceptional in September

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