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Where to Eat, on the Cheap, in Southern Maine

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If it’s great food you’re looking for, an atmosphere to match AND a great bargain, Portsmouth, NH is your town. Check out our post Where to Eat and Drink on a Budget in #PortsmouthNH!

But come summer time, the Port City can get quite busy! Which is why so many locals and visitors alike rejoiced when construction on the Memorial Bridge commenced in 2013, re-opening the gateway to Southern Maine and all its culinary glory.

Southern Maine towns such as Kittery, York and South Berwick offer some of the best dining deals in the Seacoast area — and what is perhaps even better, you can typically find parking without a problem (summer season the possible exception for a few on our list).

If you’re looking for a bargain bite or beverage in beautiful Southern Maine, there are tons of options! Below we break down all the deals.

Kittery, ME

Weathervane

Want a great deal every night of the week? Make your way straight to Weathervane in Kittery. And if you have kids, pencil in Wednesday night as Weathervane night — when they offer $1.99 kids meals and $5 burgers. Weathervane specializes in seafood that they source from local fisheries and farms and will even ship lobsters straight to your door if you don’t feel like making the trip to one of their six locations.

What’s the Deal?

Happy Hour from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Monday – Friday)

  • $1 off all alcoholic beverages
  • ½ price appetizers
  • $1 oysters

PLUS, different deals every night of the week!

  • Monday: 50 cent wings (sold in set of 6) and wicked cheap draft beers. Diners in the restaurant industry receive 20% off their entire bill.
  • Tuesday: $3 tacos, $4 margaritas on the rocks, $3 corona bottles
  • Wednesday: $5 burgers and $1.99 kid’s meals, wicked cheap domestic beers
  • Thursday: Wicked cheap twin lobster dinners and double stuffed lobster rolls, ½ priced bottles of wine
  • Friday: Discounted haddock dinners
  • Saturday: Discounted catch of the day, $5 mimosas
  • Sunday: $5 bloody mary, $5 mimosas

Address
306 US Route 1
Kittery, ME 03904
Take me there!

Maine Beer Café

If beer is your thing, then Maine Beer Café is your place. They opened their doors in 2017 and offer beer enthusiasts a rotating menu of over 60 beers and wines. Although not as extensive as the beer menu, the food menu is a perfect complement with affordable, yet tasty options that the entire family will love (think hot dogs, nachos, subs and soft pretzels). They have fun events almost every night of the week from team trivia to open mic night and live music! And they’ve put a fun spin on happy hour, with their “beat the clock” deal.

What’s the Deal?

Happy Hour from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Tuesday – Friday)

  • Beat the Clock Happy Hour (All taps and wine pours)
    • 3:00 p.m. = $3
    • 4:00 p.m. = $4
    • 5:00 p.m. = $5

Tuesdays

  • Buy 1 flatbread, get 1 free

Address
436 US Rt. 1
Kittery, ME 03904
Take me there!

When Pigs Fly Pizzeria

You may know them for their bread, but did you know they also have a 160-seat wood fired pizzeria? With its wide open concept dining room, When Pigs Fly Pizzeria is a great place to meet friends or bring your entire family any night of the week. Plenty of parking and a full menu including their delicious wood fired pizzas and craft beers, make When Pigs Fly a sure bet. 

What’s the Deal?

Happy Hour from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Monday – Friday)

  • All wines on draft ½ off
  • All $7 or less priced beers ½ off

Wednesday (September through May)

  • $5 pizzas

Address
460 US Rt. 1
Kittery, ME 03904
Take me there!

Blind Pig Provisions

As Blind Pig so aptly puts it, they are snuggled in between Kittery Foreside and downtown Portsmouth, in the Badger Island neighborhood. At Blind Pig, you’ll find a menu of mouthwatering meals and unique snacks, such as the duck fat toast, chicken & waffles and brisket grilled cheese.

Sound good? Well it gets better. Blind Pig Provisions offers drink deals from noon to 5 p.m. every day of the workweek. So, saddle up to the bar or settle into an outdoor Adirondack chair and take in a breathtaking view of the Piscataqua while dining on some hearty nosh.

 What’s the Deal?

Happy Hour from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Monday – Friday)

  • $3 cans of beer
  • $5 drafts
  • $6 well drinks

Monday

  • 50 cent wings (5 p.m. – 9 p.m.)

Address
2 Badgers Island W
Kittery, ME 03904
Take me there!

The Farm Bar & Grille

 Large portions at a reasonable price and an extensive menu have made The Farm a favorite for many, especially families. Their happy hour is also pretty sweet, with a different offer almost every night of the week.

What’s the Deal?

Happy Hour from 3 p.m. — 5 p.m. (Monday – Friday)

  • Half priced apps,
  • $1 off draft beer

Weekly specials all day!

  • Monday: Kids eat free
  • Tuesday: Taco Tuesday
  • Wednesday: $5.99 ½ pound fresh burgers
  • Thursday: Team trivia and 50 cent wings
  • Sunday: $5.99 pulled pork w/hand-cut fries

Address
57 State Road
Kittery, ME 03904
Take me there!

Tulsi

Add it to the list of Wallingford Square restaurants not to miss, Tulsi is an Indian restaurant serving delicious ethnic cuisine in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Tulsi has a popular Sunday buffet from 11:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and is a great choice if you are looking for a gluten free dining option.

What’s the Deal?

Happy Hour from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Wednesday – Friday)

  • $10.99 -$16 Thalis (small plates)
  • $3.75 beers
  • $5-6 wines
  • $5 liquor drinks

Address
20 Walker Street
Kittery, ME 03904
Take me there!

Loco Coco’s Tacos

You won’t have to shell out too many pesos for this place. With affordable prices and a casual atmosphere, plus ample parking, Loco Coco’s is a definite favorite. Sit inside or grab a table in the screened in porch. Wherever you land, you’ll be muy contento, especially once you get a look at their happy hour deals.

What’s the Deal?

Happy Hour from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Monday – Friday)

  • $5 house margs
  • $3 Mexican beers
  • $1 off select drafts
  • $5 nachos
  • $5 chili cheese fries
  • $3 bean dip
  • $3 fried ravioli

 Mondays

  • 20% off for those in the restaurant industry

Address
36 Walker Street
Kittery, ME 03904
Take me there!

Robert’s Maine Grill

Situated on Spruce Creek, amongst the hustle and bustle of the Kittery Outlets, Roberts Maine Grill offers locally-sourced Maine cuisine that receives rave reviews on Google, Yelp and TripAdvisor. Seafood is the focus at Roberts, but you’ll also find plenty of other options including chicken, pulled pork, salads and burgers.

If you’re looking to snag some deals at the outlets and then grab a great meal with a view to match, Roberts is your jam. Hit them up on a Sunday and you can get half priced bottles of wine.

What’s the Deal?

Sunday

  • Half priced wine bottles

Address
326 US Route 1
Kittery, ME 03904
Take me there!

Anneke Jans

Anneke Jans offers an upscale, cosmopolitan feel with prices to match. But if you get there between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., Thursday-Sunday, you’ll get half off any drink on the menu! Located in Wallingford Square, Anneke Jans is in the heart of downtown Kittery, making it an easy walk over the Memorial Bridge to or from Portsmouth.

What’s the Deal?

Happy Hour from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Thursday – Saturday)

  • Half-off any drink

Address
60 Wallingford Square
Kittery, ME 03904
Take me there!

York, ME

Burrito Betty’s Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar

Burrito Betty’s Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar is a new Mexican restaurant in York with a causal atmosphere and a menu with the mouth watering Mexican classics including tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, chimichangas, chicken strips, salads and of course burritos. They have a great happy hour menu with free homemade chips and salsa, ½ price apps and cheap drinks! So, if you’re in York and have a hankering for Mexican, try out Burrito Betty’s! And let us know what you think!

What’s the Deal?

Happy Hour from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Tuesday – Friday)

  • $5 house margaritas
  • Daily beer specials
  • Free chips & salsa
  • ½ price tasty apps

Address
2 US Route 1
York, ME 03909
Take me there!

The York River Landing

Sit on the patio overlooking the York River or grab a seat inside this large, yet cozy establishment that offers tons of parking and a straightforward menu. Or if you’re more in the mood for takeout, try their Lobsters by the River at the York Landing, right next door (they serve ice cream too!).

What’s the Deal?

Happy Hour from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Monday – Friday)

  • $2 off draft beer and wine

Address
150 US Route 1
York, ME 03909
Take me there!

Lobster Cove  

Maine is all about lobster. If you’re visiting the state or are just in the mood for one of these tasty crustaceans, make a stop at Lobster Cove. No frills, tasty seafood, affordable prices and a killer view make Lobster Cove a great option if you’re in the mood for seafood. It’s located right on the Atlantic Ocean, just down the road from the Nubble Lighthouse at Long Sands Beach in York Harbor.

What’s the Deal?

Happy Hour from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Monday – Friday)

  • $2 off draft beers
  • $1 off draft wines
  • $3 off appetizers

Address
756 York Street
York, ME 03909
Take me there!

Ship’s Cellar Pub at the York Harbor Inn

The Ship’s Cellar Pub is located on the bottom level of the York Harbor Inn, directly across from the Atlantic Ocean and the scenic Cliff Walk. In tune with its name, the pub mimics the interior of a ship, with dark mahogany wood and an all-around nautical feel. They have live entertainment many nights throughout the week and a Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

What’s the Deal?

Happy Hour from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Monday – Friday)

  • $5 draft beers
  • $6 sangria and rum punch
  • $7 house cabernet, merlot and chardonnay
  • Free hors d’oeuvres

Address
480 York Street
York Harbor, ME 03911
Take me there!

Ruby’s Wood Grill 

Ruby’s Wood Grill is a relaxed family and sports pub style restaurant in York, ME. With large portions and a comfortable atmosphere, not to mention one hell of a happy hour (runs all day on Thursday!), Ruby’s makes our list for a great place to find a cheap bite.

What’s the Deal?

Happy Hour from 4 p.m. — 6 p.m. (Monday – Friday) (All Day on Thursdays!) 

  • $1 off draft beers
  • $3 house margaritas
  • ½ off appetizers

New England Sports Specials

  • $2.50 Miller Lite or Coors Light drafts during Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics games
  • Order a pitcher and get an order of free wings or fingers

Sunday Funday

  • $2.50 Miller Lite or Coors Light drafts

Address
433 US-1
York, ME 03909
Take me there!

The Union Grill and The Bluff Pub at the Union Bluff Hotel

The Union Bluff Hotel situated on beautiful Short Sands Beach, offers visitors and guests two dining options with breathtaking views — The Union Grill and The Bluff Pub.

What’s the Deal?

The Union Grill

Friday & Saturday

  • $5 martinis, red and white wine

The Bluff Pub

Happy Hour from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Monday – Friday)

  • Beer and drink specials
  • Draft specials during all Boston sports games 

Address
8 Beach Street
York Beach, ME 03910
Take me there!

Sun and Surf

 Getting hungry, but don’t want to leave the beach? Sun and Surf is located directly on Long Sands Beach, making it the perfect place to grab a cocktail or a meal after a long day in the sun. 

What’s the Deal?

Happy Hour from 3 p.m. — 5 p.m. (Monday – Friday)

  • Half priced select appetizers, soups, salads and drink specials

Address
64 Long Beach Ave
York Beach, ME 03910
Take me there!

South Berwick, ME

Isidore on the Rocks

South Berwick isn’t exactly known for its busy downtown and abundance of restaurants. Isidore on the Rocks, however, found its home in this suburban landscape and has been delighting locals with great food, ambiance and week day deals!

What’s the Deal?

  • Sunday: Kids Eat Free
  • Monday: $10 Flatbreads
  • Tuesday: Purchase any Entrée Get the Other Half Off
  • Wednesday: $8 Burgers
  • Thursday: .50 cent Sauce Your Own Wings

Address
18 Portland Street
South Berwick, ME 03908
Take me there!

Thistle Pig

Thistle Pig is a farm to table restaurant that opened its doors in downtown South Berwick in 2014. With an emphasis on seasonal, fresh and local food, the menu at Thistle Pig is constantly changing to mirror nature’s bounty. They source their ingredients from local farms, including the owner’s family farm, Breezy Hill Farm. As far as we can tell they only offer one day of deals — but it’s a pretty sweet deal, especially when you consider you’re getting some of the freshest meat and greens around.

What’s the Deal?

Monday

  • Moo and Brew! $12 for a 4oz grass-fed burger, fried potatoes & greens paired with a draft beer

Address
279 Main Street
South Berwick, ME 03908
Take me there!

The Links at Outlook Tavern and Restaurant

Open year round, the Outlook Tavern and Patio offers dining with a view and live music to boot. In the warmer months, you can hit a bucket of balls or play the full 18 and then relax on the patio. Once the winter rolls around cross country ski or snow shoe across The Link’s grounds and then relax by the fire for discounted drinks and apps and a warm meal.

What’s the Deal?

Happy Hour from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Wednesday – Sunday) (September through March Only)

  • $ 1 off drafts
  • $2 can beer special

Address
310 Portland Street
South Berwick, ME 03908
Take me there!

Deals by the Day

Monday

  • Weathervane: $1 off all alcoholic beverages, ½ price appetizers, $1 oysters (from 3-6), 50 cent wings, wicked cheap draft beers. Diners in the restaurant industry receive 20% off their entire bill.
  • When Pigs Fly Pizzeria: All wines on draft ½ off, all $7 or less priced beers ½ off (from 3-6)
  • Blind Pig Provisions: $3 cans of beer, $5 drafts, $6 well drinks (from 12-5)
  • The Farm: Half priced apps, $1 off draft beer (from 3-5), Kids eat free (all day)
  • Loco Coco’s Tacos: $5 house margs, $3 Mexican beers, $1 off select drafts, $5 nachos, $5 chili cheese fries, $3 bean dip, $3 fried ravioli (from 3-5), 20% off for those in the industry
  • Lobster Cove: $2 off draft beers, $1 off draft wines, $3 off appetizers (from 3-5)
  • The Ship’s Cellar Pub: Specialty priced cocktails, free hors d’oeuvres (from 4-6)
  • Ruby’s Wood Grill: $1 off draft beers, $3 house margaritas, ½ off appetizers (from 4-6)
  • The Bluff Pub: Beer and drink specials, draft specials during all Boston sports games (from 4-6)
  • Sun and Surf: Half priced select appetizers, soups, salads and drink specials (from 3-5)
  • Isidore on the Rocks: $10 flatbreads
  • Thistle Pig: $12 for a 4oz grass-fed burger, fried potatoes & greens paired with a draft beer

Tuesday 

  • Weathervane: $1 off all alcoholic beverages, ½ price appetizers, $1 oysters, $3 tacos, $4 margaritas on the rocks, $3 corona bottles
  • Maine Beer Café: All taps and wine pours — 3 P.M. = $3, 4 P.M. = $4, 5 P.M. = $5 (from 3-6), Buy 1 flatbread, get 1 free (all day)
  • When Pigs Fly Pizzeria: All wines on draft ½ off, all $7 or less priced beers ½ off (from 3-6)
  • Blind Pig Provisions: $3 cans of beer, $5 drafts, $6 well drinks (from 12-5)
  • The Farm: Half priced apps, $1 off draft beer (from 3-5), Taco Tuesday (all day)
  • Loco Coco’s Tacos: $5 house margs, $3 Mexican beers, $1 off select drafts, $5 nachos, $5 chili cheese fries, $3 bean dip, $3 fried ravioli (from 3-5)
  • Lobster Cove: $2 off draft beers, $1 off draft wines, $3 off appetizers (from 3-5)
  • The Ship’s Cellar Pub: Specialty priced cocktails, free hors d’oeuvres (from 4-6)
  • Ruby’s Wood Grill: $1 off draft beers, $3 house margaritas, ½ off appetizers (from 4-6)
  • The Bluff Pub: Beer and drink specials, draft specials during all Boston sports games (from 4-6)
  • Sun and Surf: Half priced select appetizers, soups, salads and drink specials (from 3-5)
  • Isidore on the Rocks: Purchase any entrée, get the other half off

Wednesday

  • Weathervane: $1 off all alcoholic beverages, ½ price appetizers, $1 oysters (from 3-6), $5 burgers and $1.99 kid’s meals, wicked cheap domestic beers (all day)
  • Maine Beer Café: All taps and wine pours — 3 P.M. = $3, 4 P.M. = $4, 5 P.M. = $5 (from 3-6)
  • When Pigs Fly Pizzeria: All wines on draft ½ off, all $7 or less priced beers ½ off (from 3-6), $5 Pizzas (September-May)
  • Blind Pig Provisions: $3 cans of beer, $5 drafts, $6 well drinks (from 12-5)
  • The Farm: Half priced apps, $1 off draft beer (from 3-5), $5.99 ½ Pound Fresh Burgers (all day)
  • Loco Coco’s Tacos: $5 house margs, $3 Mexican beers, $1 off select drafts, $5 nachos, $5 chili cheese fries, $3 bean dip, $3 fried ravioli (from 3-5)
  • Lobster Cove: $2 off draft beers, $1 off draft wines, $3 off appetizers (from 3-5)
  • The Ship’s Cellar Pub: Specialty priced cocktails, free hors d’oeuvres (from 4-6)
  • Ruby’s Wood Grill: $1 off draft beers, $3 house margaritas, ½ off appetizers (from 4-6)
  • The Bluff Pub: Beer and drink specials, draft specials during all Boston sports games (from 4-6)
  • Sun and Surf: Half priced select appetizers, soups, salads and drink specials (from 3-5)
  • Isidore on the Rocks: $8 burgers

Thursday

  • Weathervane: $1 off all alcoholic beverages, ½ price appetizers, $1 oysters (from 3-6), Wicked cheap twin lobster dinners and double stuffed lobster rolls, ½ priced bottles of wine (all day)
  • Maine Beer Café: All taps and wine pours — 3 P.M. = $3, 4 P.M. = $4, 5 P.M. = $5 (from 3-6)
  • When Pigs Fly Pizzeria: All wines on draft ½ off, all $7 or less priced beers ½ off (from 3-6)
  • Blind Pig Provisions: $3 Cans of Beer, $5 Drafts, $6 Well Drinks (from 12-5)
  • The Farm: Half priced apps, $1 off draft beer (from 3-5), 50 cent wings (all day)
  • Loco Coco’s Tacos: $5 house margs, $3 Mexican beers, $1 off select drafts, $5 nachos, $5 chili cheese fries, $3 bean dip, $3 fried ravioli (from 3-5)
  • Anneke Jans: Half-Off Any Drink (from 5-6)
  • Lobster Cove: $2 off draft beers, $1 off draft wines, $3 off appetizers (from 3-5)
  • The Ship’s Cellar Pub: Specialty priced cocktails, free hors d’oeuvres (from 4-6)
  • Ruby’s Wood Grill: $1 off draft beers, $3 house margaritas, ½ off appetizers (all day!)
  • The Bluff Pub: Beer and drink specials, draft specials during all Boston sports games (from 4-6)
  • Sun and Surf: Half priced select appetizers, soups, salads and drink specials (from 3-5)
  • Isidore on the Rocks: Purchase any entrée, get the other half off (all day!)

Friday

  • Weathervane: $1 off all alcoholic beverages, ½ price appetizers, $1 oysters (from 3-6), Discounted haddock dinners (all day)
  • Maine Beer Café: All taps and wine pours — 3 P.M. = $3, 4 P.M. = $4, 5 P.M. = $5 (from 3-6)
  • When Pigs Fly Pizzeria: All wines on draft ½ off, all $7 or less priced beers ½ off (from 3-6)
  • Blind Pig Provisions: $3 Cans of Beer, $5 Drafts, $6 Well Drinks (from 12-5)
  • The Farm: Half priced apps, $1 off draft beer (from 3-5)
  • Loco Coco’s Tacos: $5 house margs, $3 Mexican beers, $1 off select drafts, $5 nachos, $5 chili cheese fries, $3 bean dip, $3 fried ravioli (from 3-5)
  • Anneke Jans: Half-Off Any Drink (from 5-6)
  • Lobster Cove: $2 off draft beers, $1 off draft wines, $3 off appetizers (from 3-5)
  • The Ship’s Cellar Pub: Specialty priced cocktails, free hors d’oeuvres (from 4-6)
  • Ruby’s Wood Grill: $1 off draft beers, $3 house margaritas, ½ off appetizers (from 4-6)
  • The Union Grill: Discounted appetizer and drink specials
  • The Bluff Pub: Beer and drink specials, draft specials during all Boston sports games (from 4-6)
  • Sun and Surf: Half priced select appetizers, soups, salads and drink specials (from 3-5)

 Saturday

  • Weathervane: Discounted catch of the day, $5 mimosas
  • Anneke Jans: Half-off any drink (from 5-6)
  • The Union Grill: Discounted appetizer and drink specials

Sunday

  • Weathervane: $5 bloody mary, $5 mimosas
  • The Farm: $5.99 pulled pork w/hand-cut fries
  • Roberts Maine Grill: Half priced wine bottles
  • Ruby’s Wood Grill: $2.50 Miller Lite or Coors Light Drafts
  • Isidore on the Rocks: Kids eat free 

Hungry yet?! We sure are. Hopefully this rundown of all the best happy hour deals in southern Maine has been helpful. Now get going, before the deals of the day are over!

P.S. – Know of a great deal not on the list? Let us know and we’ll add it.

P.S.S/Disclaimer – All of these deals were sourced from individual Facebook pages and/or the websites of each restaurant. If there is an error, we apologize and we’ll gladly make the necessary changes. If you are a restaurant that needs help updating your social media pages and/or website to feature the correct deals, we can help with that too.

At Vital, when we’re not exploring the many great restaurants (and snagging all the best deals) along the Seacoast and throughout southern Maine, we spend our time building beautiful websites and helping businesses attract more leads through inbound marketing strategies.

If you’re hungry for more clients, drop us a line and we’ll talk — preferably over a brew or an app.

 

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