Yet another wonderful spot for out-of-town happy hour, Royal River Grill House is a nice way to escape Portland on First Friday. Located, you guessed it, on the Royal River, in Yarmouth, Maine it is far enough to be “getting away”, but close enough to make the drive after work. Happy hour starts at 3:00 and goes until 6:00pm. Specials include 20% off well drinks, $5 beers and $2 select wines. While there are no food specials, there is a bar menu with small plates and appetizers to share.
The space at Royal River Grill House is gorgeous! The views of the river and the marina are so Maine and wonderful and the decor on the inside is the prefect upscale match for the outside space. The bar area is set slightly apart from the dinning room and is designed with big sturdy bar chairs and plush, comfy love-seats. There is also plenty of outside seating where the views speak for themselves. Another bonus is plenty of parking. Because it is located outside the city there is a huge parking lot available.
Along with our drinks, a Vinho Verde and an Allagash white, we had some apps and small plates. The shaved brussels sprouts were quite tasty and beautiful and the fries were amazing and generously portioned. We also enjoyed the rabbit rillettes served with pickles and mustard. In addition to our food, our neighbor at the bar shared her spinach and artichoke dip with us. We were so happy that she did. It was, hands down, no question, the best spinach and artichoke dip I have ever eaten. EVER. No kidding. It was creamy and buttery, but also held the flavor of the veggies as well. If you go there, get it!
The Royal River Grillhouse was a great place for happy hour. If you are in the area you should definitely check out out. Great drinks, delicious food in generous portions, and great ambiance make it an experience you shouldn’t miss.