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Last Updated September 2020 (Just started, well be working on more!) We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and ice cream shops in Maine that are friendly to dairy-free diners. It’s a collection based on research and reader recommendations (send yours!), that’s divided into local restaurants (first) and chains (second).

Note: You can ignore the date on this post going forward. We’ll update the information below whenever we’re alerted to a new restaurant recommendation, change, or closure. 

Local Maine Restaurants Recommended for Dairy-Free Eats

We’ve listed these recommendations alphabetically by city, and then by the restaurant or shop name.

⭐️ = Restaurant is either dairy-free, has a dairy-free menu, has dairy-free labels on their menu(s), or lists top allergens with menu items. (At the time of our last review.)

Auburn

  • Ahimsa Custom Cakes – This isn’t a storefront, but rather a vegan custom cake and cookie shop by order or appointment only. They make wedding, other celebratory, and 3D cakes as well as custom designed cookies – all without dairy or eggs!

Bangor

Bar Harbor

  • CJ’s Big Dipper – This is a seasonal town, but when it’s in full swing, this is the spot for dairy-free ice cream. They have almond milk soft serve, and several vegan scoop flavors made with soymilk or almond milk. You can even order them in a cone!
  • Mount Desert Island Ice Cream – They offer a couple creamy vegan ice cream flavors, like pumpkin and cereal milk, serve non-dairy sorbets, and also make dairy-free shakes with oat milk. They have a couple locations in Bar Harbor, but they are seasonal.

Kittery

  • Mrs & Me Ice Cream Shop – This seasonal little ice cream shop scoops sorbet and a couple creamy dairy-free ice cream flavors (like Coffee Oreo), which are made in house. Their servings are reportedly generous, too.

Portland

  • Flatbread Company – This gourmet flatbread pizza chain supports local and organic farming, and is special diet friendly. They offer dairy-free cheese, have vegan pizza on the menu, and can make many of their pizzas dairy free. They also offer a gluten-free vegan pizza crust, and we’ve been told that their regular house dough and most of their toppings are dairy-free. They also have build-your-own salad options.
  • Green Elephant Vegetarian Bistro – You won’t find any fish sauce, oyster sauce, or dairy (yes, it happens a lot!) at this Thai restaurant. Most of their dishes are vegan, but a few can be ordered with or without egg. And their menu is far more innovative than most, with a carefully created array of appetizers, steamed dishes, stir fries, noodles, curries, and more.
  • Mount Desert Island Ice Cream – This seasonal shop offers a couple creamy vegan ice cream flavors, like pumpkin and cereal milk, serves non-dairy sorbets, and can also make dairy-free shakes.
  • The Works Café – Their counter-serve menu offers some dairy-free breakfast items, bowls, salads, sandwiches, and smoothies, either as is, or with a simple special order. They also have an array of bagels that you can order with dairy-free Tofutti cream cheese.
  • Uno Pizzeria & Grill – This national Italian-American restaurant chain has one location in this city. See our Uno Dairy-Free Menu Guide for details.

Rockport

  • Flatbread Company – This gourmet flatbread pizza chain supports local and organic farming, and is special diet friendly. They offer dairy-free cheese, have vegan pizza on the menu, and can make many of their pizzas dairy free. They also offer a gluten-free vegan pizza crust, and we’ve been told that their regular house dough and most of their toppings are dairy-free. They also have build-your-own salad options.

Woolwich

  • Taste of Maine – Their menu is more like a smorgasbord than a “taste.” It’s a diverse range of seafood, steak, pasta, sandwiches, and anything else you can think of. And they have a vegan menu! It’s a fun selection with pizza, nachos, ravioli, and more. Many of their omnivorous dishes can also be ordered dairy free, including the pizzas. And they do cater to gluten-free guests.

Most Popular Chains in Maine for Dairy-Free Diners

There are many more chains in this state, but these are the ones we recommend most for dairy-free options.

This Guide is Continuously Updated with Recommendations

We welcome you to recommend other dairy-free friendly restaurants. Leave a comment or contact us and tell us why you like a certain restaurant. Restaurant owners and employees are also invited to reach out and let us know how you welcome dairy-free customers.

Please kindly let us know in the comments if any of these restaurants close. We want to keep this list current for you, but aren’t always notified when a restaurant closes. Let us know and we will quickly update!

This Guide is for Informational Purposes Only

Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, and restaurants are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure that they can accommodate your situation.

There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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