Wharf Gallery & Grill – Fresh From the Lobsterman Who Owns the Shack!

From Trap to Plate

The Wharf Gallery & Grill is located in beautiful Corea, Maine, and is owned by sixth generation Mainer and lobsterman Joe Young. Here you’ll find a place that time forgot and enjoy a freshly prepared lobster roll on Joe’s wharf where you can take in the working harbor and all of its sights and sounds. Once you’ve located Corea a short 10 minute jaunt from Route 1, you’ll pass the Corea post office and only intersection where you can find the village’s only stop sign. Drive past the post office and you’ll find our open flag and Maine Gifford’s ice cream sign on the left where you can park along Gibbs Lane.

As you approach the Wharf Gallery & Grill, you will be met by the sight of rope rugs, a cool breeze, and  friendly staff. Favorites from the menu include lobster rolls, boiled lobster dinner, crab claws, steak and cheese, sausage with green peppers and onions, and our very own lobster grilled cheese (imitated but never duplicated). You won’t want to leave the picnic tables that have perfect views of the harbor, so save room for a piece of blueberry pie, a whoopie pie, or some Maine Gifford’s ice cream.  This lobster shack may be off the beaten path, but Joe prefers it that way. You won’t be disappointed!

Why we love it:  This place is pure Maine.  Plus, enjoy photographs of Downeast and Acadia of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s!

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Iggy’s – Dine or Take Out in Warwick

You’ll Need a Lobster Bib at the Boardwalk!

Iggy’s Doughboys and Chowder House with its new Boardwalk Clam and Lobster Bar on Oakland Beach,  serve over 50 menu items from juicy burgers to mouthwatering lobster rolls, boiled lobster with drawn butter and more!   Here, there’s something for everyone.  Stroll over to the Gazebo Bar and enjoy incredible views of Narragansett Bay and the Jamestown and Newport Bridges.  Dine in or take out, Iggy’s offers the perfect spot to relax on the shore and enjoy lunch or sit on the patio or in the dining room for dinner.  The sunsets are gorgeous!

Why we love it:   The doughboys ( delicious donut holes ) are soooo good.  Order a dozen to go with your lobster roll lunch! 


Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale – Madison Location!

Award Winning Lobster Rolls and More

It all started in 1979 with small road side clam shack with a few picnic tables and a promise to serve only the finest, freshest seafood available, to give generous portions, to provide prompt and friendly service and to keep prices reasonable.  Today, Lenny & Joe still live up to that commitment touting three casual and friendly restaurants in Westbrook, Madison and New Haven!

Lobster lovers – try the Connecticut classic hot buttered lobster roll or the cold roll with mayo!
Stuffed with over a pound of lobster meat, you’ll enjoy every morsel of this meal.   And, kids – visit the Madison location and ride the Carousel with proceeds supporting the community!

Why we love it:  Tons of outdoor picnic table seats here!

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  • Open Year Round – 7 Days a Week
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • 301 Boston Post Road, Madison, Connecticut 06443
  • (203) 245-7289
  • ljfishtalem@gmail.com
  • www.ljfishtale.com

Rye Harbor Lobster Pound – A Seacoast Favorite

By the Town Dock on Scenic Rye Harbor

Enter and behold!   Rye Harbor Lobster Pound offers award-winning, mouth watering, hot buttered lobster rolls just waiting to be inhaled.   The cold ones are outstanding too – prepared with just the right amount of mayo and chopped celery.   Take your rolls to go and head to the beach for a picnic lunch or sit outdoors at one of the picnic tables.

An authentic Seacoast gem with friendly owners, Rye Harbor Lobster Pound offers fresh lobster and fair prices. Bring a cooler with you and fill it with “right off the boat” live lobsters that you can cook at home!

Why we love it:   It’s a tiny shack packed with sweet meat!  Lots of lobster choices including Steamed with drawn butter!

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Petey’s Summertime Seafood & Bar – On the Coast

They Catch Their Own Lobsters!

Voted  “Best Seafood” and “Best Lobster Rolls” from Taste of the Seacoast Magazine, Petey’s Summertime Seafood & Bar, is the place to go for succulent seafood all year long!   Located 5 miles south of Portsmouth on Route 1A, Petey’s is a “must go to” spot for lunch or dinner. With indoor and outdoor seating, live entertainment, cocktails and nice water views – you’ll enjoy this popular hot spot!

Situated across from an old shipwreck and just down the street from their own lobster pound, Petey’s offers a ton of seafood menu items including lobster rolls, baked stuffed, lazyman’s lobster, 1 to 4 pound steamed and more!   Landlubbers and kids – there is plenty for you too including ice-cream take-out.

Why we love it:  Cool and casual.  And, they serve Award Winning onions rings!   

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Lobster Landing – Popular Lobster Shack in Clinton

Fresh Lobster Rolls and Live Lobsters To Go

Located off Route 95 on some pilings overlooking the Long Island Sound, Lobster Landing has been serving fresh lobster rolls to hungry lobster lovers for decades.  During it’s 100-year history, this rough and ready shack has been knocked down twice by hurricanes and put back together!

With a very limited menu of just three items  –  Sausage, Peppers and Onions on a Roll, Hot Dog with American Cheese and the ever popular Hot Lobster Roll packed with 1/4 pound of freshly picked lobster meat on a toasted sub roll with lemon and melted butter –  Lobster Landing does not disappoint.  With a small retail market up front, live lobsters are available for your lobster bake at home!

Why we love it:   Don’t let the appearance of this weather-worn shanty’s scare you away, the Lobster Rolls are delicious! 

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The Lobster Shack – Not Your Typical Lobster Eatery!

A Fancy Food Truck By the Water

If you’re a lobster lover on a mission to find a really good hot lobster roll, you’re taste buds will jump for joy at The Lobster Shack in Branford.   Located on the water at the Birbarie Marina, this lobster eatery isn’t a shack at all – it’s a food truck loaded up with sweet, succulent lobster meat!    With plenty of outdoor seating by the water, this seasonal sensation offers a delicious Connecticut lobster roll –  lobster meat drizzled with butter stuffed in a toasted bun and blessed with quick squeeze of lemon juice.  For a heartier appetite, go with the “Whaler” Lobster Roll.  It’s a hot roll packed with 8 ounces of lobster meat.  Now, that’s a biggie!

Why we love it:   This is a low frills/high thrills kind of place.  The lobster rolls are delicious!

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Bob’s Clam Hut – Maine Comfort Food Ordered at a Window

Long Running Pit Stop for Fried Clams and Lobster Rolls

Established in 1956 on busy Route One long before that stretch became bustling and busy with Kittery’s outlet shops.  Bob’s has been locals’ golden fried standard for decades!  Now entering it’s 60th year, Bob’s is a favorite spot for locals and travelers alike.

Guests are quick to say “No trip to the area” is complete without a meal at Bob’s Clam Hut.  Bob’s is committed to serving traditional Maine fried seafood with straightforward simplicity.  They follow Bob’s original recipes, including famous tartar sauce.  Customer favorites include Bob’s New England Clam Chowder, Lobster Stew, Lobster Roll, traditional fried clams and the Lillian fried clams.

Why we love it:  Bob’s appeared on Food Network’s Diner’s, Drive-Ins and Dives

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Holbrook’s Snack Bar – Right on the Wharf

Watch Cundy’s Harbor Fishermen at Work

Open daily, this little gem offers great food while you watch Cundy’s Harbor fishermen at work. Operated by Gilmore’s Seafood and Take Out from Bath bringing years of experience in providing delicious fresh seafood to the public.

With plenty of coastal charm, it’s fun that this restaurant is located right on the wharf.  Of course there are great views!  They will also offer Lobster and Clam Bakes by reservation for parties of 10 or more.

Why we love it: A fun place to visit and enjoy a lobster roll.  

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Nunan’s Lobster Hut – A Family Tradition

Lobsters In the Rough!

This small but mighty famous lobster venue has an interesting history. In 1932, Captain George Nunan, after years of Grand Banks schooner fishing, returned home to Cape Porpoise, Maine to pursue lobster and mackerel fishing. In 1951, George placed a cooking kettle under the elm tree in his front yard to sell cooked lobsters. He would sell the first one for $1.25, and then .80 cents for every one after that.  With business booming more than his small kettle could handle, in 1953 he converted his workshop into the same kitchen used today.

With delights such as lobster stew this cutey offers a great location.  Please note cash only and offers beer and wine.

Why we love it:  The lobster and pies made from scratch!

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Estes Lobster House – Seafood with a View!

Popular Lobster Restaurant

Situated in a tranquil part of Maine, Estes Lobster House is a 200 seat family style seafood restaurant with beautiful ocean views from every seat!  They boast an outside sunset patio with fire pit and granite steps to the ocean. Heaven!

Serving lobsters, seafood, chicken, chowders, sandwiches and salads for over 60 years and appearing on many favorite lists (local and visitors alike.)

Why we love it: Has a Lobster Mac & Cheese featured on “Throwdown! with Bobby Flay” on The Food Network.

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  • Seasonal
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Route 123 1906 Harpswell Neck Road, South Harpswell, Maine
  • (207) 833-6340
  • esteslobster@gmail.com
  • www.esteslobsterhouse.com

Cape Pier Chowder House – Spectacular Views

Offering Great Food with Views of Lobster Boats!

Open seasonally, Cape Pier Restaurant serves a variety of meals to satisfy any appetite, including fresh caught lobster, shrimp, and scallops, all in a relaxing and casual atmosphere.  Situated at the end of Pier Road next to the town pier and alongside the beautiful Maine coast, the restaurant directly overlooks the water, providing diners with a view of local lobster boats in the harbor. Seating is available either inside the restaurant or outside on the deck.
Cape Pier Restaurant also holds private parties and Lobster Bakes on the Chowder House deck. Host a party for up to 100 people and let Cape Pier Restaurant do the cooking!

Why we love it: The eye candy surrounding the restaurant.  

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Robinson’s Wharf – Watch Lobster Boats from The Deck

A Special Lobster Lover’s Menu. YUM!

Robinson’s Wharf Tug’s Pub & Seafood Market is located in a very interesting spot in Maine. Southport, an island jutting five miles long and two miles wide into the Atlantic Ocean, is located in Midcoast Maine at the end of the Boothbay Peninsula; ninety minutes drive north of Portland. The Island is connected to the mainland by a swing bridge erected in the 1939.  The bridge swings open every half-hour during the warmer months of the year, from April 30 until September 29.

This gem offers indoor and outdoor seating but try for the upper deck and best views of the busiest and picturesque waterways in midcoast Maine.   Offers an amazing menu for lobster lovers like lobster tacos, lobster BLT, lazy lobster and of course the lobster roll.

Why we love it:  This scenic restaurant shares the wharf with the lobster fishermen that catch their lobster menu.  

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Chauncey Creek Lobster Pier- What a View!

Scenic Lobster Experience In the Rough

What a scenic location!  Established in 1948 this is a lovely “dining in the rough’ destination.  You dock at the pier and enjoy your meal overlooking the beautiful Chauncey Creek River.

Offering a wonderful menu complete with lobster bakes, lobster rolls, boiled lobster dinner and other seafood and land lovers delights.  Offering indoor and outdoor seating, our favorite is the deck with the brightly painted picnic tables!

Why we love it: A scenic place to enjoy lobster with no frills, delicious and BYOB

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  • Seasonal
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • BYOB
  • 16 Chauncey Creek Road, Kittery Point, Maine
  • (207) 439-1030
  • www.chaunceycreek.com
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Barnacle Billy’s – Delicious and Charming!

Freshest Lobster Around

An often named favorite on lobster shack lists, this featured spot offers extensive indoor and sundeck seating where guests can enjoy both the beauty of the harbor and the ocean beyond.  Over fifty years in business, Barnacle Billy’s restaurant has been known for its luxury lobster, steamed clams, large lusty drinks, barbecued chicken, homemade clam chowder, and of course, the lobster roll and lobster stew.

With a lovely view of Perkins Cove, this is an idyllic spot.  Take time before or after your meal to linger and look over the moored boats.  It’s a charming spot and worth the trip!

Why we love it: A meal with a view.  Why not enjoy the scenic eye candy?  

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Muscongus Bay Lobster – On the Harbor

A Rustic and Cool Looking Place to Enjoy Lobster

Muscongus Bay Lobster Company is a family owned and operated, located on scenic Round Pond Harbor in Round Pond, Maine.

At the open air restaurant, you can personally select your own lobsters from the tanks. They specialize in locally farmed oysters, locally dug soft shell clams, and fresh, locally grown sweet Maine corn.  It’s also BYOB.

Why we love it: The offer a choice of white or wheat for the lobster roll!

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Young’s Lobster Pound – Overlooking Penobscot Bay

Lobster, Crabs, Clams and More Fresh Seafood

Come by car or by boat (they have a place you can tie up on the dock.)  This is the place to come for great Maine Lobster, with lovely views and service.  Overlooking beautiful Penobscot Bay, Young’s Lobster Pound offers a picnic style restaurant where you can bring your own beer or wine!  Come enjoy eating your lobster dinner outback on the deck and even watch the sun set.

Open year round, Young’s is a very large place which can hold 500 people inside and out.  No frills here with a limited menu as they specialize in shipping lobster anywhere in the U.S. through FedEx.  However, this stop is high on lobster lovers visits to Maine!

Why we love it: 30,000 gallon lobster tank.  Now that’s a lot of lobster!

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Quoddy Bay Lobster – Roll to Most Eastern Point in USA

Offering Three Sizes of Lobster Rolls. Yum!

Quoddy Bay Lobster is a family owned and operated fish market and takeout located on a working pier just off the main drag in beautiful Eastport, Maine.  This little cutie is the eastern most lobster shack in the USA and part of a quiet but quaint town.

Known  for their amazing lobster rolls – they actually offer them in three different sizes.  We vote for the biggest!  Insiders tip?  We know mayo is usually paired with lobster rolls, but don’t miss the Mustard Factory in town – it’s a fun place to stop and shop.

Why we love it: Downeast and fresh out of the ocean. Enjoy a great view!
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Bagaduce Lunch – An American Classic

An Authentic Maine Experience
Opened in 1946 and a great view overlooking the river, this dining the rough option has won a James Beard “American Classic” award.  A favorite of locals and travelers alike, this is a great stop on the way to Deer Isle.
An idyllic spot overlooking the water and islands, this long time seafood host has picnic tables with umbrellas.  Spend a wonderful hour or two in this quintessential Maine spot.

Why we love it: Pure Maine.  No fuss, no frills.  Lovely views and fabulous food.  

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Miller’s Lobster Co. – Surrounded by Water on 3 Sides

A Great Lobster and Sunset Spot

Miller’s Lobster Company is a family-owned restaurant located in the fishing village of Spruce Head along mid-coast Maine. Surrounded on three sides by water so each table has an ocean view, if you arrive for a late lunch you can enjoy watching the fishing boats tie up at the wharf to unload the day’s catch.

Owners say you can eavesdrop on the fishermen as they talk about their day at sea and make preparations for tomorrow.  We like to call it “lobster in the rough.”

Why we love it:  Offers a waterview from each table and lovely sunsets!

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Thurston’s Lobster Pound – Five Generations

Enjoy Your Lobster Overlooking Lobster Boats

With a long and charming history, FW Thurston Company, was started in 1946 when Fred Thurston purchased property from another family member.  Since then, the dock on Bass Harbor has sold fuel, bait, and supplies to local fishermen, while serving as a space to purchase the lobsters that they haul in.

The restaurant started out as a tiny kitchen and just 12 tables under a bright yellow awning. With a simple but delicious menu, and a friendly, laid back atmosphere, Thurston’s Lobster Pound is a popular spot for the summer tourist crowd and locals alike. Fresh local lobsters served with a smile, a salty breeze, and a view of the boats that brought them in, is what Thurston’s has always been about.

Why we love it: Two sizes of lobster rolls.  Get a fork for the big one!

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The Lobster Dock – With a Panoramic View

Authentic Maine Flavors

With a very cool location history, The Lobster Dock is built at the former Reed’s Shipyard property.  This was the site of a bustling shipyard in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  Today the lobster “shack” offers a panoramic view of Boothbay Harbor’s East Side Waterfront.

A fun thing to do when you are here?  Choose your own lobster from the tank and then sit back and wait to enjoy!

Why we love it:  The lobster stew is famous!

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Lobster Hut – Lobster Enjoyed Fresh Off the Boat

Located on Historic Plymouth Harbor

For fresh seafood and succulent local lobster, Lobster Hut is the place to eat!   Located directly on the ocean, this casual eatery offers over 50 menu items from lobster bisque to fried clams, broiled salmon and more!

Lobster Roll anyone?  Choose from a big lobster salad roll and if you’ve worked up an appetite touring Plymouth – you can order an even BIGGER lobster salad roll.  Then,  take it outside and savor every bite of it as you watch the fishing boats bob up and down in the water.    Not a fancy restaurant by any means, you walk up to the counter and order to your tummy’s content!   In minutes, out comes your generous portions.   Dining with landlubbers? Lobster Hut serves burgers and chicken fingers, too.

Why we love it:   It’s fresh and fried seafood heaven! 

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  • Seasonal
  • Reopens in February
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • 25 Town Wharf, Plymouth, Massachusetts 02360
  • (508) 746-2270
  • www.lobsterhutplymouth.com






Row 34 – Urban Chic Lobster Dining

Let the Good Times Roll in Boston’s Fort Point Neighborhood

The sister restaurant of the popular Island Creek Oysters, Row 34 is a workingman’s oyster bar located in one of Boston’s coolest neighborhoods. A former steel factory, Row 34 offers a sleek decor yet friendly and inviting atmosphere.   Owned by Jeremy Sewall and Garrett Harker – both men know quality seafood.  Jeremy grew up in a multi-generational Maine-based fishing family and his cousin Mark – a lobsterman from New York – supplies the lobsters.

Open for lunch and dinner, Row 34 offers  lobster rolls  overflowing with claw, knuckle and tail meat on a deliciously buttered roll!

Why we love it:  They have an extensive draft beer list.  Great place to bring a date!

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The Lobster Shack at Two Lights – A Local Landmark!

A Place Like No Other Since 1920. 

For an authentic Maine experience just about 30 minutes south of Portland, enjoy your lobster oceanside on the picnic tables, perched just above the crashing surf, below the lighthouse and next to the fog horn! Or, you can stay in the dining room, watching the ships enter Portland Harbor and the local fishermen haul up their daily catch.

The lobster rolls are totally generous with at least 4 ounces of lobster chunks on a buttered and toasted hot dog bun.  It comes with just a small spoonful of mayo on the top or you can request hot butter to drizzle all over it.  Yum!

Why we love it:  You can climb on the rocks while you wait for your lobster!

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Clarke and Cooke House – On Bannister’s Wharf

Fresh Seafood, Creative Cuisine

Located right on historic  Bannister’s Wharf – a 30 slip deep water marina with floating docks and a fixed pier lined with stores, boutiques and art galleries, Clarke and Cooke House is an excellent choice for native lobster and good cheer!  A favorite among the Newport sailing crowd, Clarke and Cooke House is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch throughout the year!

With casual fare on the wharf level at the Candy Store and Bistro and finer seafood dining on the Porch and SkyBar – a romantic and elegant setting suspended over the ocean, it’s no wonder that Zagat Boston Guide says this restaurant is, “The Essence of Newport…”  

Why we love it:    It’s quintessential Newport!  Nice place to bring a date or to hang with friends.  

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  • Open Year Round
  • Lunch, Dinner and Sunday Brunch
  • Reservations Suggested
  • Proper Dress for Upstairs Dining
  • Private Dining Available
  • PO Box 249, Bannister’s Wharf, Newport, Rhode Island 02840
  • (401) 849-2900
  • cookehouse@clarkecooke.com
  • www.clarkecooke.com

Trafford – Fresh Seafood, Nice Views

Lobster Rolls Creatively Prepared!

Located in Warren’s historic district overlooking the water, Trafford believes that the outstanding view is part of the superb dining experience.   Featuring an upstairs and downstairs dining room with lots of windows that allow the sunlight to  wash over the modernly decorated interior, Trafford offers a creative menu that will make you come back for more.
A favorite is the Lobster Roll deliciously prepared with fresh lobster meat and lemon chive aioli served on a Brioche roll.

Why we love it:  The decking dining!   Enjoy a lobster roll and specialty drink as you watch the sunset.

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Quito’s Seafood Restaurant & Bar – A Bristol Tradition

Fresh and Flavorful Lobster in Bristol

It all started in 1954 with a fish market.   Now, Quito’s is a popular, family-owned seafood restaurant with more than just a few tables and chairs.   It includes a casual and cozy dining room with a fireplace that warms the place up during the cooler months and a patio that opens up to beautiful views of Bristol Harbor during the summer.

Open from March – November for lunch and dinner, Quito’s secret to success is to serve simple, fresh, local seafood.  Period.   Choose from Baked Stuffed, Grilled Tails, Steamed Lobster and the famous Lobster Roll.  Yum!

Why we love it:   Choose your lobster roll.  Cold meat with mayo and dill or warmed with melted butter.  Either way – pure bliss!

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Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough – An OMG Lobster Roll in CT

Abbott’s Lobster in the Rough

Abbott’s Lobster was founded in 1947.  Right on the water, they offer great views and a Connecticut style lobster roll.  This roll is made with a quarter pound of lobster, drenched in butter and served warm.

You’ll love their steamers, stuffed clams, clam chowder — acclaimed by food writers and reporters worldwide. Clams and oysters on the half shell, mussels, shrimp, crab, corn on the cob and a great New England seafood feast!  While they do not serve alcoholic beverages, feel free to bring your own wine or beer.

Why we love it: Legendary Seaside Restaurant On The Mystic River

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Shaw’s Fish and Lobster Wharf – In New Harbor

Rustic and Real 

Visit Shaw’s Wharf and you’re in for a true Maine experience.  Located just a little off the beaten path 60 miles north of Portland on the Pemaquid Peninsula, Shaw’s Wharf is in New Harbor – the scenic lobster village where Paul Newman and Kevin Costner filmed “Message in a Bottle”.

A rustic, salty lobster shack overlooking a working waterfront, Shaw’s Wharf offers the freshest lobster around.  Climb up to the second story deck, and watch local lobster fishermen unload their catch !   Shaw’s Wharf offers yummy lobster rolls made with “right off the boat” lobster meat, a hint of mayo and lemon. Worth the trip!

Why we love it:  Pull up a picnic table and enjoy steamed lobsters, clams and corn in the rough!

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