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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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Graffam Bros. Seafood Shack – Pure Maine Lobster!

Lobsters To Go Since 1946

Located in Rockland, Maine  just minutes from the historic harbor, Graffam Bros. Seafood Shack is a roadside gem serving sandwiches, salads and fried seafood favorites such as haddock, clams, scallops, shrimp and more!   Indulge in the steamed lobster with the melted butter or enjoy lobster rolls overflowing with locally sourced lobster meat dressed in mayonnaise and served on a toasted bun. Order at the window and dine at one of the outdoor tables – or take your summer seafood to go!  Situated across from the Graffam Bros. Seafood Market which is open year round, the shack is open in the warmer months only. Yum!

Why we love it:  This place is fast, easy and worth the visit!

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  • Seasonal (May – October)
  • Lunch, Dinner (Hours Vary. Call Ahead)
  • 211 Union Street, Rockport, Maine
  • (207) 236-8391
  • www.lobsterstogo.com

 

 

Robert’s Maine Grill – Emphasizes Local Ingredients and Craft Beer

Contemporary Take on the Classic Maine-Seafood Eatery 

At Robert’s Maine Grill, the mission is to take the best local ingredients, prepare them with traditional Maine influence and serve them to guests with attention and care.  This eatery is a favorite among locals and travelers from near and far.

Their menu items represent the best of traditional New England seafood prepared with modern flair and attention to detail.  Their chefs source products locally and have numerous relationships with many nearby organic farms.  Try the classics, like the table side New England Clambake or beer battered fish and chips, or sample the much loved onion rings and lobster sliders!  Robert’s Maine Grill serves some of the best micro brewed beer from around the state of Maine.  They also offer a carefully chosen wine list and finely-crafted cocktails.

Why we love it:  They’re right across from the shopping outlets.  Try the mouthwatering lobster rolls!

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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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Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster Company – On Many Favorite Lists

A Charmer and Fantastic Food

Located on the wharf at the end of Main Street in South Freeport, Maine just three miles from L.L. Bean. Come and enjoy the beautiful South Freeport Harbor in the dining room or at the picnic tables under the awning, all at the water’s edge.

Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster has been featured on TV shows like Rachel Ray, numerous articles in papers from Massachusetts and New York, Downeast Magazine, New England Magazine, Favorite Lobster shacks, etc. The lobster pound is conveniently attached to the dining room with outside service windows across the walkway over the water.  This is cash only and BYOB.

Why we love it: Featured on TV and many print articles, this is a cult favorite!  

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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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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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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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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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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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The Landings Restaurant – Overlooking the Ocean

Cool and Casual

Reborn in 2013 when the Miller family took over, the Landings Restaurant offers fresh lobster entrees with a view!

One of three restaurants overlooking the bay, this casual eatery is open for lunch and dinner.   Offering lobster risotto, roasted lobster pie, lobster rolls with mayo and a hint of lemon and an incredible lobster BLT with a slab of (house-made, no preservatives) bacon, The Landings is a must stop when while visiting Rockland.

Why we love it:   Fresh lobster with a view!

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Joe Lane Lobsterman – Yes, a Lobster Cone!

Must Meals in the Summer

As you visit the Damariscotta region of Maine this summer, be sure to stop at Joe Lane Lobsterman for scrumptious lobster that’s sure to please!   A lobster food truck located on Elm Street, Joe Lane serves fresh lobster meat, lobster rolls, lobster BLTs, lobster tacos, lobster melts – and, yes, lobster cones!

Having nothing to do with ice cream, these lobster cones are a big hit! Joe Lane (a multi-generation lobsterman) makes each and every cone with the sweet and succulent meat of 1 1/2 local lobsters.  He loads chunks of lobster into his uniquely shaped paper cones and then adds packets of butter, mayo or even one of his dipping sauces in the side pockets.  He includes a few sea salt pita chips around the lobster – and there you have it!  The perfect low carb meal.

Why we love it:  Joe offers a massive 2 foot long lobster roll that won’t break the bank!

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  • Open Daily in the Summer; 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • 93 Elm Street, Damariscotta, Maine (near the back entrance to Skidompha Public Library)
  • (207) 208-9418
  • www.facebook.com/JoeLaneLobsterman 

 

 

Waterman’s Beach Lobster – True Maine

It’s All About Lobster!

A family-owned lobster shack serving lobster (fresh from the day’s catch), clams, homemade ice cream and pies, Waterman’s Beach Lobster is the real deal!    Enjoy your lobster overlooking Muscle Ridge Channel. If you bring your binoculars, you’ll be able to look out onto the islands and see lobstermen hauling hauling their traps!

For all you foodies  – the James Beard Foundation awarded Waterman’s Lobster with America’s Regional Classics Award in 2001 – a great honor for sure. As the James Beard Award proclaimed, “This restaurant is the quintessential Maine experience.”   Also featured on the Food Network in 2014. Enough said!

Why we love it.   Lobster – pure and simple.   You’ll need lots of napkins!  

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Lunt’s Dockside Deli – Enjoy Lobster on an Off Shore Island

Homemade and Delicious!

Lunt’s Dockside Deli is the lone surviving food establishment on the off shore island of Frenchboro.  It is a  favorite stop for sail boaters and day trippers alike. Enjoy the varied menu while seated in open air or under the covered area on the working dock.  Lunt’s menu includes expertly steamed lobster, lobster items, burgers, pizza, and hot and cold sandwiches.  What’s more, they feature scratch made desserts, including their legendary blueberry pie!

Why we love it:    It’s pure Maine!

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Stewman’s Lobster Pounds – Two Oceanfront Locations

Local and Fresh

With two great locations in Bar Harbor, Maine – one downtown and the other at the Bar Harbor Regency hotel, Stewman’s Lobster Pound boasts the only authentic oceanfront lobster pounds in Bar Harbor. Enjoy steamed lobster, a lobster roll or a Downeast lobster bake in a relaxed atmosphere at either of the two ocean-side lobster pounds. All of the traditional ingredients include lobsters, steamers, mussels, clam chowder, corn on the cob, and fresh blueberry pie for dessert!

Interested in having a Downeast lobster bake catered for your special event? Stewman’s Lobster Pound provides a beautiful, unique setting with both indoor/outdoor seating and cocktail reception options for groups of 25 to 100!

Why we love it:  It’s so Maine!  Great seafood with salads and burgers, too.

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Bar Harbor Lobster Bakes – Your Place or Theirs

For a Party of 25 or 500!

For an authentic Downeast lobster bake, turn to Bar Harbor Lobster Bakes.   They come to you – or you can go to them with your special event!   Whether you’re hosting a party for 25 or 500 guests in your backyard or seaside estate, Bar Harbor Lobster Bakes takes care of all the details for you.

Serving only the freshest seafood since 1976, Bar Harbor Lobster Bakes offers a dining room that seat up to 150 people with additional 42 seats on the deck overlooking a large stony beach on Hulls Cove, which opens up into Frenchman’s Bay.  Just minutes from Bar Harbor, Bar Harbor Lobster Bakes offers full-service bar service for groups who would like to have a cocktail hour.

Why we love it:   Authentic Maine experience with friends!  No clean-up.

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Portland Lobster Company – A Shack Like No Other!

Perfect Old Port Location 

Located on Commercial Street, right on a dock, Portland Lobster Company is the epitome of a perfect Maine lobster shack – fresh seafood, great views and plenty of salty air!    Open for lunch and dinner, Portland Lobster Company offers a full restaurant and take-out menu with live entertainment every day in the summer.   You simply order your lobster meal at the window and choose your seating – indoors or outdoors at the picnic tables shaded by red umbrellas.

Interested in a lobster roll, perhaps?  Portland Lobster Roll Company offers a giant lobster roll made with fresh picked meat from a one pound lobster, brushed with sweet butter and served on a toasted roll with both mayonnaise and lemon on the side.   With locally caught lobsters delivered twice a day, Portland Lobster Company offers steamed lobsters, too.  Ask for the 2 pounders!     Children’s menus are available complete with all natural chicken fingers, grilled cheese and haddock bites. Get crackin!

Why we love it:   The menu, the location and the local brews!  A triple play. 

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Aragosta – Overlooking Beautiful Stonington Harbor

A Fine Sea to Table Restaurant

Located in Stonington, one of Maine’s most scenic lobster towns, Aragosta offers a superb fining dining experience to those with a discerning palate. After traveling to Italy and Spain to learn about regional techniques to apply to her New England menus, Chef Devin Finigan opened Aragosta in June, 2013.

Cultivating relationships with the area’s farmers and fishermen, Chef Devin uses the freshest, locally sourced ingredients for her dishes.  Her butter-poached lobster ravioli are expertly prepared with house pasta featuring four season farm eggs, citrus beurre blanc, lemon confit and farm greens. Aragosta – which means “lobster” in Italian, is an earth and sea to table restaurant with a thoughtfully selected wine list to complement Chef Devin’s culinary creations.

Insiders Tip:   In the dining room, look for the wreath created from lobster claws that Chef Devin picked during Aragosta’s first year in business.  A gift created by her husband.

Why we love it:  Inspired by Maine’s natural bounty!

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Whitehall Inn – Rediscover Maine’s Summer Place!

Midcoast Maine’s Newest Jewel

After a thoughtful renovations, Whitehall Inn’s redesign embraces the history of the iconic inn, and brings new focus on the natural beauty of Camden — the town where “the mountains meet the sea.” The property boasts rambling front porches and a patio perfect for enjoying a glass of wine or fresh lemonade,  fire pits for late night hangouts and a new onsite restaurant –  Pig + Poet – a collaborative venture with nationally acclaimed Chef Sam Talbot of the popular Surf Lodge in Montauk, NY and the Michelin-recommended Imperial No. Nine in New York City.   Featuring Maine’s farmland, fisheries and game, Pig + Poet will offers raw bar, signature roast pork dishes and a fresh take on lobster rolls.

Why we love it:  It’s uber-chic! 

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Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound – Pick Your Own Lobster

Traditionally Tasteful

A true Downeast Maine dining experience, Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound is located just before the bridge onto Thompson’s and Mount Desert Island. It is hard to miss with the row of wood-fired cookers out front smoking away – and the big sign on the roof that says, “LOBSTERS”.

A bright and cheery exterior, Trenton Bridge offers take out, live lobsters to cook at home, or a dine in restaurant. No linen table cloths or fancy glasses! Just good, old fashioned lobster fare, crackers, picks and plenty of napkins. Select the lobster of your choice and they take care of the rest. Lobsters and clams are prepared to perfection in seawater over wood-fired cookers! Watch your lobsters being cooked or wait with your friends and family inside or out at a table of your choice.

Why we love it:   Serving lobsters in the rough! 

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Sprague’s Lobster – A Popular Roadside Gem

Enjoy Fresh Lobster Outdoors!

Family owned and operated, this lobster shack is located on U.S. Route 1 – directly across from the famous Red’s Eats. This roadside gem offers what some say is, “the best lobster roll in the world!” With ample parking, an expansive deck dining area and nice views, Sprague’s Lobster offers generous portions of lobster meat on a buttered roll. Yum!

Why we love it:  The lines move quickly and they have a deck!

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  • Seasonal
  • Cash Only
  • 22 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine 04578
  • (207) 882-1236

 

Sea Glass Restaurant – An Unsurpassed Dining Experience

Delectable Lobster Rolls and More!

Sea Glass at Inn by the Sea is open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and offers fine dining with spectacular views of Casco Bay. Using locally sourced ingredients and sustainable seafood, Executive Chef Steve Sicinski brings years of experience, creativity and passion to the table. With delectable lobster rolls, a 5 Course Lobster Tasting menu and extensive wine list and more, Sea Glass ranks high among those with a discerning palate.

Why we love it: Yes, they have their very own lobster tasting menu!

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Red’s Eats – A Summertime Legend Located on U.S. Route 1

A Long Standing Tradition 

Don’t let the long lines keep you away from Red’s Eats. Featured in publications too numerous to mention, Red’s Eats is a popular roadside take-out establishment located on U.S. Route 1 in Wiscasset. A favorite of locals and visitors alike, Red’s Eats offers lobster rolls loaded with heaping with chunks of lobster meat served with butter and mayo on the side.

Why we love it:  The wicked huge Lobstah Roll   

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  • Seasonal: May- October
  • Cash Only
  • 41 Water Street, Wiscasset, ME 04578
  • (207) 882-6128

 

Ogunquit Lobster Pound – Pick Your Lobster

Plan on a Fun and Fresh Lobster Dinner Here

Ogunquit is a lovely seaside community in Southern Maine, and maybe one of the most beautiful coastal villages in the state. Since 1931, the Ogunquit Lobster Pound Restaurant has been a Maine staple. Reasons to visit? In the heart of lobster country, this restaurant offers big steamers that ensure you a freshly cooked crustacean! The large dining room is the perfect place for a comfortable dinner. In addition to other yummy lobster items, Ogunquit Lobster Pound serves lobster stew with fresh chunks of lobster meat.

Why we love it:  You pick your own lobster from the pound!

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