Dining Room

View looking out over the harbor

Xanthus, the hotel's restaurant, is named for Xanthus Smith, a well-known landscape artist who, like many of his contemporaries, reveled in the joys of summer on the Maine coast.  To help finance his travels, he often offered to barter a painting for a few nights' lodging. The oil painting he rendered of the Claremont dates from 1885, the hotel's second year of business, and is considered one of his finest works. The painting beautifully captures the essence of the hotel as it was in the halcyon days of the late 1800s - leisurely sun-dappled days filled with outdoor activities, fine food, and spirited competition on the croquet court.  While the world has changed somewhat over the years, the spectacular setting and relaxing old-world charm of the Claremont remain intact.  The original work hangs today in the restaurant, overlooking the same landscape that captured the imagination of Xanthus Smith 125 years ago.

Each table in Xanthus boasts a view of Acadia's mountains, Somes Sound, and the outer islands of Frenchman's Bay.  A buffet breakfast and dinner are served daily when the hotel is open.

The new hotel bar, which features an atrium skylight and detailed woodwork, is a popular setting for pre- dinner cocktails. Evening dinner service includes candlelit tables, linen, fresh flowers and attentive service. The menu changes regularly and features thoughtful regional cuisine using the finest local ingredients,  fresh seafood and organic produce.

Our wine list is carefully selected and offers interesting wines from around the world, both by the bottle and the glass. In keeping with the setting, appropriate attire is requested in the evening, and while jackets are not required, they are suggested.

In July and August, a light lunch is served from noon until 2 PM, and cocktails from 5:00 to 9 PM, at the popular Boathouse restaurant.  From this water's-edge location, enjoy the afternoon's boating activity in Somes Sound or spectacular sunsets on Cadillac Mountain. 

View our sample dining menu | View our Boathouse Menu | View our Wine List

Read a review from The Portland Press Herald: http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/story.php?id=274890&ac=Food

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