Due to its location on the Atlantic Ocean, Maine serves up some delicious and fresh seafood on a daily basis. People come from near and far to eat Maine lobster fresh off the boat. While Maine may be king in lobster, it is also known for its scallops, clams, haddock, and other fresh seafood caught off the coast every day. Here are the 10 best seafood restaurants in the state.
The Lobster Shack at Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth serves up one of the best lobster rolls in the state. Open seasonally from March through October, the Lobster Shack has been a local landmark since the 1920s. Lobster is certainly the staple on the menu, but you’ll find other dishes like scallops, clams, and clam cakes.
Open seasonally with panoramic views of Boothbay Harbor’s East Side Waterfront, the Lobster Dock is a favorite seafood restaurant for locals and tourists alike. Locally caught lobster is their specialty, but you’ll find other Maine flavors on the menu, too. The stews and chowders are homemade daily and the fish, clams, and mussels are purchased locally from the area fishermen.
Open in summer 2006, Robert’s Maine Grill serves up modern farm-to-table Maine cuisine in Kittery. The restaurant only uses the best local ingredients from nearby organic farms and fishermen. You’ll find everything from fish tacos to fried calamari to New England clam chowder and everything in between. Of course, no Maine seafood restaurant is complete without lobster on the menu.
Open May through October, Thurston’s Lobster Pound offers a friendly and relaxing dining experience right on the shores of Mount Desert Island’s busiest working harbors. From your seat under the covered patio, you can see the lobster boats returning with your dinner as fresh as can be. Thurston’s is all about lobster, but you’ll find other seafood dishes like crab cakes, steamed mussels, and seafood chowder on the menu.
Eventide Oyster Company, first opened in 2015, has been nominated and winning awards for the past few years. Eventide Oyster Co. offers delicious shellfish and seafood with an ever-changing array of oysters and shellfish on display in their concrete bar. You can choose from locally sources oysters from Maine or ones from “away.” If raw oysters aren’t your jam, then try their award-winning lobster roll or fish sandwich.
Located on Maine’s largest salt water marsh, the Clambake Restaurant is Maine’s largest seafood restaurant with four large dining rooms. With the ability to feed over 700 people at a time, you’ll never have to wait for a table here. The restaurant has a large menu with options like clam cakes, fried shrimp, lobster, and scallops.
Boone’s Fish House & Oyster Room is an award-winning seafood restaurant right on Commercial Street in the heart of Portland’s working waterfront. With two decks with views of the water, Boone’s offers a delicious menu by Chef Harding Lee Smith. Open for lunch and dinner, you’ll find seafood favorites like clam chowder, mussels, and lobster. If you’re looking for something unique, try the lobster poutine or oyster room meatballs. Yum!
Across the street from Maine’s famous outdoor retailer, Lind Bean’s Maine Kitchen and Topside Tavern serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. Enjoy a drink around one of the fire pits outside before grabbing a table inside for dinner. The menu contains many seafood favorites and if you’re looking for the perfect Maine dish, try the Woo-Woo Lobster Legs, a delicious mix of creamy Maine mashed potatoes mixed with lobster.
Warren’s Lobster House has been serving up lobster and seafood dishes since 1940. With lovely views of the waterfront, Warren’s has been a “destination restaurant” for years. Their extensive menu contains heaps of seafood options and the “Seacoast’s Finest Salad Bar.” Kids will love the kid menu, too.
Alisson’s Restaurant has been a locally owned independent restaurant in charming Kennebunkport for over 40 years. The dining experience is causal, comfortable, and classic New England charm. With a large menu, you’ll definitely find something to fill your belly. Popular recommendations include the Maine lobster bisque, lobster cobb salad, and seafood risotto.