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Our Seven Favorite Destinations for a Maine Lobster Roll

May 27, 2018   //   by Paul O'Meara   //   Downeaster Packages Travel Blog

Maine Lobster RollThe Maine Lobster. Once offered up to servants as “poor man’s food” hundreds of years ago – sweet Maine lobster is now desired all over the world. The ocean delicacy is perfect steamed, sauteed, grilled, fried, baked and stuffed. Or, simply served up chilled on a roll with a little mayo and some chips – or warm with butter? Can’t you taste it? 

It got us thinking…what are some of our favorite spots in Maine to grab a simple, beautiful, delicious lobster roll? Opinions vary but here are seven of our favorite local joints to grab one this summer.


1. Red’s Eats, Wiscasset

Red's Eats Lobster Roll

Probably the most popular lobster roll outpost in all of Maine thanks to various appearances on national television, Red’s is worth the reputation. While we are generally against a possible hour-long wait for anything, tens of thousands of locals and tourists can’t be wrong. Red’s is now celebrating its 80th year in business and is a must-visit at least once a summer. 

2. The Lobster Shack at Two Lights, Cape Elizabeth

Lobster Shack at Two Lights

Maybe the most scenic of our choices – with 180-degree views along the opening of Casco Bay. There are plenty of picnic tables to enjoy the views of the bay and neighboring lighthouses – one of which is now a private home. You know it’s going to be fresh when they pluck the lobster right from the tank in front of you before steaming, shelling and piling high for you to devour.

3. Bob’s Clam Hut, Kittery

Bob's Clam Hut Lobster Roll

Shopping and lobster rolls – what is more Maine than that? Situated right in the middle of the bustling Kittery Outlets, Bob’s offers a great pitstop to refuel on the local crustacean. If you’re looking for something a little less road-side stand and little more Maine chic, check out Robert’s Maine Grill – just across Route 1, and owned by the same family.

4. The Clam Shack, Kennebunk

Clam Shack Kennebunk Lobster Roll

Like many spots along the Maine coast, Kennebunkport can get extremely crowded – especially around Dock Square and The Clam Shack. Pack your patience on warm summer days – but we promise, it’s worth it! The hamburger bun is a little surprising, but huge chunks of lobster meat will make you forget about the shape of the bun.

5. Boothbay Lobster Wharf, Boothbay Harbor

We’re pretty sure that the location of the restaurant certainly adds to the taste of the food. Nowhere is that more evident than Boothbay Harbor. Many folks simply dock at local marinas before enjoying an afternoon at the Wharf – and it helps that the spot is a real, working lobster wharf. Doesn’t get fresher than that.

6. Cook’s Lobster & Ale House, Bailey Island

Cook's Lobster & Ale House

This spot is quintessential Maine. Situated on scenic Bailey Island, Cook’s has its own ferry stop right outside the restaurant. When the crowds descend of Portland during the summer months, why not enjoy a cruise around Casco Bay with lunch at Cook’s? Ask for the Lobster BLT, you can thank us later.

7. Eventide Oyster Co., Portland

Eventide Lobster Roll

It is so tough to compare Eventide to any other spot on this list – mainly because the brown-butter lobster rolls are so unique. Situated just a couple of blocks from the Old Port in Portland, we guess you’ll just have to try them for yourself!

There you have it! We’re sure you have your own choices, so let us know in the comments. With so many awesome spots to enjoy a lobster roll in Maine this summer, maybe we’ll have to “research” any newly recommended spots.




1 Comment

  • There are so many, but a few others worth mentioning:

    Robinson’s Wharf in Boothbay Area is a great restaurant located on the water with lobster boats coming in and out. They fresh pick their lobster! That is one of the keys to a great lobster roll.

    Port Lobster Co. in Kennebunkport – This is a hidden gem. It’s basically a seafood market with 3 main things on the menu. Lobster Roll, Crab Roll, Tuna Roll and clam chowder. Large lobster roll, great price! Next door to Mabel’s Restaurant. You won’t even know they sell lobster rolls.

    McLaughlin’s Lobster Shack in Lincolnville, ME just north of Camden. Located on the water with indoor or outdoor seating. Beautiful setting. Can get busy in high season but they make a lobster roll correctly.

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