The “Rudder” as the locals call it, has been serving guests since 1976 and has evolved into one of the most popular destinations for fresh seafood in Maine. Enjoy lunch, dinner or a weekend brunch in our restaurant while you enjoy river views. Our convenient location is ideal when you need a break from shopping in Freeport. Sip a drink at our bar or just enjoy a delicious dessert after a movie. Just past the Big Freeport Indian heading South on Route 1. View our menu here!

Legend has it, that many years ago, the tugboat, Portland slowly wound its way up the nearby Cousins River. Its destination was Yarmouth, and its purpose was to provide a place for good food, drink, and hospitality. A harsh nor’easter besieged the boat at its mooring and strong winds grounded and overturned her here.

Although the Portland is gone, its spirit lives on in the historic spot as we continue to provide our guests with great food, drink and, sometimes at low tide, a glimpse of the hearty old tugboat cabin itself. See our Award Winning menu for more history of our area.

Planning a special event or function can be very stressful. Choosing the correct venue to make a lasting impression is one of the most important decisions to make your event both memorable and enjoyable. We’ve held a wide array of special events at “The Rudder” from garden hors d’oeuvre parties to wedding receptions, baby showers, birthday parties, anniversaries, board meetings and the list goes on! We tailor each event to your specific needs even if that means catering your event off premise! Find out more about catering.