DINE IN NATURE'S BACKYARD
Originally built in 1780 as a working farm, Clay Hill Farm is now a 200-seat restaurant and special occasion venue nestled amidst 11 private acres of rolling lawns, protected woodlands, and colorful gardens. The first restaurant in the country to be certified as a wildlife habitat and bird sanctuary, Clay Hill Farm is a must-visit for nature enthusiasts! The healing gardens, tranquility waterfalls, meditative labyrinth, garden paths, and picture-perfect gazebo, accent the traditional natural beauty of this original working Maine Farm- complete with an iconic red barn. Locally-sourced food, live music, theatrical dining, and a local artist outreach gallery reflect our passion for community and the arts. Family-owned operated, and in a classic setting, Clay Hill Farm has become a popular dining destination in a country escape just 2 miles West of Ogunquit village. Clay Hill Farm has won numerous local, regional and national awards for food, ambiance and service, including #1 in the Seacoast's Best of the Best for Weddings & Romantic Dining.
Family-owned & operated since 1986
CELEBRATING BEAUTY IN ALL SHADES OF GREEN
Since our Environmental Leader certification by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection in March of 2008, Clay Hill Farm has been active in community outreach to raise environmental awareness. Before COVID, our annual calendar of events included several projects to engage the public in celebrating the importance of ecological responsibility. The goal of our outreach at Clay Hill Farm is to encourage green connectedness at all levels by empowering individuals to make a difference through small steps leading to a collective change in environmental impact reduction.
Escape to Clay Hill Farm
Surrounded by eleven private acres of rolling lawns, colorful gardens and our tree farm's protected woodlands, let the stress of everyday life slip away and find yourself enveloped in tranquility. Get peace of mind in a calm retreat while enjoying award-winning food and service exemplifying the lavishness of New England.
History Of Clay Hill Farm
The original small farmhouse on the site of what is now Clay Hill Farm was built in 1780. The working family farm changed hands many times over the years, each new owner probably adding a room here and an outbuilding there.
In 1975, the gracious renovations complete, The Tavern at Clay Hill Farm opened its doors. People quickly heard of this jewel tucked away in the woods, and the restaurant was an instant hit. Expansion followed with the Veranda Room being added in 1977, and what is now the Foyer and Lounge enclosed in 1978. When the property was sold in 1983, new owners added the cozy Fireside Room.
Nestled on a portion of what has developed over the years into a 11-acre tree farm, Clay Hill Farm is the first restaurant, ever, to be cited for its conservation efforts by the National Wildlife Federation as a bird sanctuary and wildlife refuge.
As we continue on through our 30th year of ownership, our goal to offer the finest food and service- in the most elegant country setting on the seacoast, remains strong.
CLAY HILL FARM WAS AN ORIGINAL WORKING FARM
Built in 1780 and converted to a restaurant in the mid-'70s, the Tavern at Clay Hill Farm, as it was originally known, consisted of the current Main Dining Room and the bar/lounge. The iconic Clay Hill Farm red barn is the original structure, and the 18th-century farmhouse was what is now the foyer, the lounge, and part of the kitchen. The Veranda Room was added in the late ’70s by the original proprietor, and the Fireside added in the early ’80s by the second ownership. The current owners, the Lewis family, bought the property in December of 1986, and continue to operate the business with subsequent generations. Many staff members have been with Clay Hill Farm since that day in December of 1986, redefining the ‘Clay Hill Farm family’ to include the valuable employees that have helped make Clay Hill Farm what it is today.
In 1991, Clay Hill Farm became the first restaurant in the country to be certified as a natural wildlife habitat and bird sanctuary. Committed to preserving the natural beauty and resources of Maine, Clay Hill Farm continues to sustain and implement land care practices designed to honor the environment. Nature trails surround the pond across the driveway, and over 100 birdhouses accent the property and garden paths. Backyard growing gardens provide the chef with herbs and vegetable accents for the restaurant, and the cutting gardens provide the dining rooms with 3-seasons of color. Both gardens benefit from several rain barrels and composting stations around the farm.
With service as its hallmark, environmental preservation in its roots, and locally-sourced food as its passion, Clay Hill Farm is proud to offer a unique dining experience that reflects the quaint and natural beauty of Maine. From our family to yours...Welcome! We’re glad you’re here.
Awards & Accolades
First Place in Ogunquit's Chowder Fest: People's Choice: Lobster Bisque
BEST OF WEDDINGS The Knot
National DiRoNA award
Nine-time recipient for dining excellence
Certified wildlife habitat and bird sanctuary by the National Wildlife Federation-First restaurant in the country
Maine state Environmental Leader-one of the first businesses in Southern Maine
Wine Spectator award of excellence
Voted #1 in York County’s BEST of the BEST Weddings, Catering & Romantic Dining
Recognized as Best Restaurant in America by Bon Appetit Magazine 2008
One of the Five finest and reliable restaurants in Southern Maine – Down East Magazine
2012- Present: Trip Advisor Award of Excellence (2020 not released yet)
2011- Present: Open Table Diners Choice Award