Eat & Drink
A Perkins Cove landmark, “The Oarweed,” perched on the edge of Oarweed Cove at the start of the Marginal Way, has been serving fresh Maine seafood for more than half a century. Generations of families return each year for classic New England coastal fare, and for that spectacular view.
The classics are served with one of the most photographed views of the mighty Atlantic in Southern Maine. Menu favorites include hearty clam or indulgent seafood chowder, steamed Maine lobster, classic shore dinners, Maine blueberry pie, wine, beer, and craft cocktails "The 'Weed," as it is known to regulars, offers indoor, porch, and patio dining all with a magnificent view of the Atlantic ocean where diners can enjoy the briny sea breeze and where they say, "the allure of the rocky coast and the surf of a quickened Atlantic are the draw."
A landmark eatery for more than 60 years
Boiled lobster with drawn butter has been Barnacle Billy's calling card since they opened their doors in 1961. Generations of Ogunquit and Perkins Cove visitors have returned year after year making this landmark their touchstone for quintessential Maine coastal fare. So much so it is kind of a rite of passage, “I ate my first “Billy's” lobster when I turned four!” Run by generations of the Tower family, founded by the cove legend, the late Billy Tower and his wife Bunny, and then by their children and their own children.
Rich clam chowder, Maine lobster rolls, hot lobster sauté, steamed clams, crab salad rolls or plates, burgers, salads, and hot dogs are ever-popular lunch and dinner favorites. Billy’s signature beverage? Their Rum Punch, of course. Speaking of punch, a Myers rum floater is an optional add-on for those in a festive spirit!
Home of Billy's Rum Punch
Their sister location, Barnacle Billy's Etc. is next door
A wide deck overlooking the cove offers views of all the cove happenings.
More "Billy's" to love
The companion restaurant to the original Barnacle Billy’s in Perkins Cove, Barnacle Billy’s Etc. is a perennial favorite of Ogunquit visitors. Described as, “truly a down east experience,” “Barnacle Billy’s Etc. offers beautiful views of the back of Perkins Cove so diners can enjoy watching sloops, fishing vessels, and tour boats return to their moorings from sea. Beautiful heirloom gardens and a sweeping lawn surround the outdoor patio. Indoors a large stone hearth crackles and pops as the fire warms the dining room on cooler days and evenings.
This location offers full table service for a more leisurely dining experience. While seafood lovers can indulge on classic Atlantic fare, such as steamed mussels, creamy fish chowder with chunks of fresh haddock, fried clams, fried scallops, surf & turf, and Atlantic swordfish, landlubbers can enjoy chargrilled steaks, grilled chicken, and burgers. Desserts include homemade whoopie pies, Maine blueberry pie, and decadent fudge cake. Visitors can take home cool “Billy’s” swag that is sure to be recognized all over the country.
New to Perkins Cove in 2022, The Juice Jar is a juice lover's delight. This locally owned juice bar serves cold pressed juices, smoothies, coffee drinks, and acai bowls with combinations that are fresh and inspired.
Hot coffee beverages include favorites like lattes, matcha latte, hot chocolate, and shaken espresso. Smoothies are enticing with flavor combinations like Cashew Crunch, Blueberry Blast and Mango Tango. Juice combos are fresh and inviting; think “Sunset” with beets, apple carrot and lemon, or imagine a “Spicy Life" made from carrot, orange, and ginger. Heartier offerings include acai bowls with fresh fruits and toppings like peanut butter, banana, and chocolate.
The Juice Jar is tucked in the lower level of some Perkins Cove shops and is so deliciously worth the few steps down the stairs.
Lobster fresh off the boat
Footbridge Lobster's is a bright red lobster shanty in Perkins Cove. Tucked in just across from the famed wooden drawbridge, they offer delicious take away lobster and seafood eats that scream “Maine.” In fact, the founder, Chris Eager, is a lobsterman right out of Badger's Island in Kittery, Maine. They sell a lobster that is guaranteed to be “right off the boat,” and always fresh, never frozen.
The favorite is their mouthwatering grande 5-ounce Maine lobster roll, served plain, with mayo or with melted butter. Other lobster specialties like their Maine Lobster BLT, Lobster Grilled Cheese, Lobster Egg And Cheese Sandwich, and Lobster Cocktail ensure you can get your fix while meandering throughout Perkins Cove, over the drawbridge or along The Marginal Way. If fried seafood makes your mouth water, Footbridge Lobster also offers classics like fried haddock, fried clams, fried scallops and shrimp ― ooh la la. And hearty burgers, grilled cheese sammies, and grilled hot dogs will delight the landlubber in the group.
Seafood dining at the ocean’s edge
Stunning ocean views and inviting patio or indoor ocean view dining make Jackie’s Too in Perkins Cove 03907 a popular lunch and dinner destination.
Seafood and lobster specialties are abundant. Grilled swordfish, twin steamed lobsters, crab cakes with spicy remoulade, and fried Cajun shrimp. Coastal Maine classics include fried haddock sandwiches, New England clam chowder, fried shrimp, Maine Mussels, and lobster bisque. Shore fare like burgers and chicken tenders and salads ensure there is something for everyone in your hungry crowd.
The welcoming bar is a popular spot to sip and chill after a morning exploring Perkins Cove. Cocktails, beer, and wine selections are diverse and inspired. Their refreshing Basil Lemonade made with Tito’s handcrafted vodka, elderflower liquor, fresh basil and lemonade, Salty Dog, and Ogunquit Painkillers are Jackie’s Too customer favorites. Craft and domestic beers and imported and California wine selections are ample, and their Red Sangria is a delight to be savored listening to the waves roll in over the rocks.
M.C. Perkins Cove offers some of the sweetest views in Perkins Cove 03907.
Imagine eating a meal that offers amazing flavors in every single bite. Now imagine that same meal taking place while watching the waves of the Atlantic Ocean softly crash on the coast all in an intimate and cozy atmosphere. This is what M.C. Perkins Cove offers its diners every time they visit.
M.C. Perkins Cove offers a unique upscale, yet casual atmosphere that makes for a great intimate setting for those on a date or a relaxing dinner for those visiting the Ogunquit area. They offer fresh, delicious, and unique cuisine that they promise will take your taste buds on a journey from first to last bite. All of the dishes are made with only the freshest and highest quality ingredients. M.C. Perkins Cove features a raw bar, lounge, two bars, two beautiful dining rooms, and a private dining room all overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
Photo: James Gauselman