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For Valentine's Day: Romantic Dining in Hallowell, Maine

Happy Valentine's DayIt’s nearly Valentine’s Day and—even during a pandemic—love is in the air at several of the most date-worthy restaurants in one of New England’s most charming, vibe-y towns: Hallowell, Maine. Named “the New Orleans of the North” by Yankee magazine, Hallowell and its romantic restaurants offer more than a meal; they offer a captivating experience. An experience that’s all about mood … first-class food and wine …engaging atmosphere … and everything else you’d desire for your perfect Valentine’s Day date. If that’s what you and your true love have your hearts set on, plan now to enjoy your own very special experience at one of the following romantic restaurants in Hallowell. (Please see COVID-19 restaurant restrictions further down.)


As you stroll arm-in-arm along Water Street in the heart of downtown, you and your sweetheart will find yourself swept up in Hallowell’s distinctive, romantic charm. Here you’ll find your first of the town’s incredibly romantic restaurant options: Slate’s. This beloved bistro dishes up creative American fare in a vibrant setting lined with local artwork. Located at 161 Water Street, Slate’s offers a cozy atmosphere highlighted by exposed-brick walls, hand-painted murals, and local artists’ displays. Choose from numerous savory entrees—many of which are the distinctive, artistic creations of the chef—all chock-full of locally sourced, natural ingredients. For dinner reservations, 
please call (207) 622-9575.

The Liberal Cup

What do you get when you bring a classic English pub to Central Maine? Answer: The Liberal Cup Public House & Brewery! Like the pubs that dot the English countryside, The Liberal Cup, located at 115 Water Street, is an inviting, cozy spot that makes for the perfect Valentine’s Day date. Without sacrificing any of the English pub ambiance, their award-winning chef has taken classic pub fare and elevated it with his haute and nouvelle cuisine creations. For dinner reservations, please call (207) 623-2739.

The Quarry Tap Room

Now featuring heated outdoor domes and social-distanced patio seating, The Quarry Tap Room dishes up a vibrant, creative menu complemented by 38 of today’s finest microbrew and domestic beers on tap. Thought of as a “modern day saloon” by its many enthusiastic patrons, this rustic watering hole offers evocative memories of yesteryear, where old-time Mainers enjoyed their cheer. For reservations, please call 207-213-6173.

A Romantic Meal At Home

If Valentine’s Day finds you perfectly fine with staying home and dining in, no worries! You still can enjoy a savory, romantic meal that you can order for take-out or home delivery. Two great Asian options, for example, are Café De Bangkok - offering wonderful Thai/sushi cuisine in take out and home delivery, and Lucky Garden Chinese Restaurant - a delicious variety of Asian dishes available with home delivery from DoorDash.

SPECIAL NOTE:  Maine Restaurant Restrictions During COVID-19
Although these Hallowell restaurants are open and serving, please be aware that they are doing so while adhering to the restaurant restrictions currently in place in the state of Maine. These include doing the following things to minimize health and safety risks to customers and employees: physical distancing, occupancy limits, facial coverings, hand hygiene, and cleaning and disinfecting. The restaurants are also taking special precautions to prevent the mingling and congregating of customers. For more information about current COVID-19 restrictions in Maine restaurants, please visit here.

And no matter whether you’re dating, married, or planning to be married, Hallowell and all of central Maine offer a wonderful place to live and love. If you are looking for friendly, professional real estate assistance when buying or selling a home in the area, we invite you to contact us today.

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