Midcoast Maine is known for its long narrow peninsulas that stretch out into the sea like fingers. These peninsulas, sometimes called “reaches” are home to a number of remote, rustic lobster shacks with stunning coastal views. Midcoast Maine is also home to a number of lobster festivals in the summer, fine dining restaurants that serve gourmet lobster dishes in popular tourist towns like Camden and places you can experience an authentic New England Clambake.
Where to Eat Lobster In Midcoast Maine
Midcoast Maine Lobster Shacks
Probably the most famous lobster shack in Midcoast Maine is Red’s Eats in Wiscasset. It’s more of a roadside hut than a shack but it serves lobster rolls so sublime people are willing to wait up to an hour in line for one. For rustic lobster shacks with stunning coastal views try Waterman’s Beach Lobster in South Thomaston, Shaw’s Fish and Lobster Wharf in New Harbor, Estes Lobster House, Harpswell Neck or Five Islands Lobster Co. in Georgetown (possibly the most picturesque place to enjoy a lobster dinner in Maine, period).
Fine Dining and Unique Lobster Experiences in Midcoast Maine
If you are visiting Boothbay and are looking for an authentic, historic lobster experience, try a Cabbage Island Clambake. For farm-to-table fine dining on a remote island, Nebo Lodge on North Haven offers an inventive, seasonal menu, featuring dishes such as Maine Lobster Bohemienne, with Cognac Cream Sauce, Maine Corn Pudding and Corn Muffins. Natalie’s in Camden offers a five course Lobster Tasting Menu that changes daily. Rockland is the place to be in early August when it hosts to the Maine lobster festival. Each year, over 20,000 pounds of lobster is served to hungry visitors in the form of shore dinners and lobster rolls while a plethora of lobster-themed events – from lobster crate races to a lobster cooking contest – take place. For a more low key summer festival which celebrates the Maine lobster season, check out Friendship Day in Friendship Maine. Vinal Haven and Monhegan are two beautiful islands with thriving lobster fishing communities which you can easily visit via ferry.
Buying Fresh Lobster in Midcoast Maine
If you want to purchase live Maine lobster from midcoast Maine or have it delivered to you via Fed Ex try Sea Hag Seafood in Tenants Harbor or Hancock Gourmet Lobster in Topsham. Many fishermen will also be willing to sell you fresh lobster off the docks.