A handful of the choices are obvious — the unparalleled summer vibe at The Lobster Pool in Rockport, Mass., the energy at the Beachcomber in Wellfleet, Mass., wherever your scents may lead you during a weeknight stroll within Boston’s vibrant Seaport District, or even an island oasis such as the Beachhead on Block Island or Brant Point Grille on Nantucket.
But when it comes to the plentiful choices for waterfront dining to enjoy this summer throughout New England, you might be missing what others consider a jewel in the Nile, an underappreciated gem that promises to provide its guests a special experience along either the Atlantic coast or the shoreline of a local pond, river or lake.
Nebo Lodge, North Haven, Maine
Only open beginning Memorial Day weekend through Oct. 6, Nebo Lodge is, indeed, a summer-specific destination. The small inn and restaurant is surrounded by water, located on the island of North Haven in the midst of the majestic Penobscot Bay, providing its guests with a cozy, quiet and scrumptious atmosphere all in one. The menu features Atlantic swordfish, organic ribeye, and, of course it being in Maine, a lobster dish with spring onion, cognac, cream and a crusty baguette. Round-trip dinner cruises from nearby Rockland are available each night, promptly leaving at 4 p.m. for a 5 p.m. arrival, and departing after your meal for a moonlit, 9 p.m. arrival time ($25). 11 Mullins Lane, North Haven, Maine, 207-867-2007, www.nebolodge.com.
The Eastside Restaurant and Pub, Newport, Vt.
Just a stone’s throw from Jay Peak Resort, this Newport institution has long been known for its generous portions and the soothing vibe on the shore of Lake Memphremagog. The Eastside serves lunch and dinner in a family-friendly environment with classic dishes such as chicken and biscuits, stuffed haddock and maple-baked sea scallops. There’s breakfast on the weekends, too, on Sundays, a breakfast buffet, served up at outside dining adjacent to the lively boat docks. If you’re out for a day on the lake, park your vessel and walk on up to Eastside for comfort food in a nautical environment, Vermont style. 47 Landing St., Newport, Vt., 802-334-2340, www.eastsiderestaurant.net.