Visiting Maine without cracking into a lobster might just be a vacation crime. Caught daily and only prepared fresh, this iconic Maine shellfish has gained a reputation and for good reason. Picking the best lobster dinner in Ogunquit comes down to personal preference: you can find everything from stew to the classic full lobster dinner. Grab your bib and get crackin’, because you can’t go wrong at these five Ogunquit lobster shacks.
Ogunquit Lobster Pound
Deemed Maine’s oldest original lobster pound and recently named Phantom Gourmet’s “best boiled lobster” in New England, Ogunquit Lobster Pound has been serving up lobster daily since 1931. Located right in our backyard, this iconic Maine restaurant has remained a favorite of visitors and locals alike. While there have been many updates over their 84 years in business, they remain true to the tradition of a lobster pound: you go outside to the pound and pick your own lobster and then watch it cook in fresh seawater right on the spot. A lobster dinner doesn’t get fresher than that.
Nestled in Perkins Cove, Barnacle Billy’s is entering it 54th year and is still among the best places for lobster dinner in Ogunquit, ME. The restaurant offers extensive indoor seating as well as an outdoor sun deck to view the harbor. Possibly even more popular than the classic lobster dinner is their homemade lobster roll and stew. A good roll needs to have plenty of meat in it, and Barnacle Billy’s delivers. If lobster isn’t your thing, choose from the array of other summer classics like barbecue chicken and creamy clam chowder.
Beach Plum Lobster Farm
Known for their no frills, no nonsense attitude, Beach Plum Lobster Farm in Ogunquit, ME, is run by a husband a wife team who serve two things: fresh steamed lobster and clams. This restaurant has quickly gained a following for perfecting the craft of serving up Maine lobster. Many visitors rave about how affordable yet consistently delicious their meals are. This spot is perfect if what you’re looking for is simply a perfectly cooked lobster dinner.
The Lobster Shack
The Lobster Shack, also located in Perkins Cove, occupies a piece of Ogunquit history — the early 1900s building was a lobsterman’s shack from the start. While it may not be filled with lobster traps and buoys anymore, one thing remains true: fresh Maine lobster comes through the doors daily. Start with their famous steamed clams before moving onto an array of lobster-filled possibilities. If you’re feeling adventurous order “The Pounder,” a lobster roll stuffed with a full pound of lobster meat.
Take a sunset drive and cruise along the Maine harbor up to Fishermen’s Catch, in Wells, ME. Known for its rustic feel and family charm, Fisherman’s Catch will easily become one of the highlights of your trip. It’s no surprise the restaurant has been featured in Coastal Living Magazine, Boston Magazine, and Yankee Magazine for its “seriously good seafood” ranging from lobster tacos to a complete lobster dinner. And no matter the time of day, your meal comes complete with picturesque views of the Wells Harbor.
Nothing rounds out the evening after a Maine lobster dinner quite like stargazing in Ogunquit — pick up some ice cream in town, come on back, and relax. Your Ogunquit cottage or guest room will be waiting.