Visiting the Maine seacoast without cracking into one of our legendary Maine lobsters might be considered a vacation crime. Just ask your family. Caught daily off our shores, and prepared fresh, this iconic shellfish is considered a true Maine dining experience. Lobsters and Maine. They just naturally go together. But picking the best lobster shacks in Ogunquit isn’t easy. There are plenty of places to choose from. … specializing in everything from stew to the renowned full lobster dinner and the classic Maine lobster roll. To make it easier on you, the staff here at Dunes has put together their own list of the six best places to grab your bib and get crackin’.
Ogunquit Lobster Pound
Deemed Maine’s oldest original lobster pound, this guest and Perkin’s family favorite has been serving up fresh lobster daily since 1931. Conveniently located just down the road on Main Street, the Ogunquit Lobster Pound remains true to its longstanding tradition: diners head outside to the pound where they choose their own live lobster and then watch it cook in fresh seawater right on the spot. A lobster dinner doesn’t get any fresher than that. In addition to boiled, lobster is also served in stew, bisque, rolls and pie form. And then there’s the pound’s clam chowder, mussels, scallops, steamers and a variety of fish and seafood pasta entrees.
Beach Plum Lobster
Our general manager Katie’s fave – Beach Plum Lobster – comes in a strong second on our list. While many visitors tend to set their sights squarely on sit-down dining, BPL offers dine in and dine out entrees. With an upper Main Street location that’s about a five-minute walk from The Dunes, our guests can easily head to this lobster stop and enjoy some of the freshest lobster takeout around. In fact, it’s the quick and easy way to sample some of the region’s finest lobster right in the comfort of your own cottage. Whether you’re dining on or off premise, this spot is ideal w henyou’re looking for a simple, perfectly cooked lobster dinner.
Number three on our list is our staff’s favorite. 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.
Located right around the corner in the seaside hamlet of Perkins Cove, this Ogunquit mainstay is entering its 59th season and is still among the best places to find a true lobster dinner in the area. In addition to its lobster offerings, Barnacle Billy’s is widely known for some of the area’s most magnificent harborside views. It offers extensive indoor seating as well as an outdoor sun deck with panoramic vistas. Possibly even more popular than the classic lobster dinner is their homemade lobster roll and stew. If lobster isn’t your thing, choose from the array of other summer classics like barbecue chicken and creamy clam chowder.
Beach Lobster House
Take the bridge over to the beach and stop by the Beach Lobster House. Open year-round for both dine-in and to-go meals; BLH also boasts a seasonal take-out window that puts succulent Maine lobster just footsteps from the beach and bridge. Gather with friends every day at the community table or choose a more private spot. Select one of the decks for cool drinks, savory food choices, and relaxation over the water. The menu combines the traditional and the outside-the-box: Go for the fish and chips or the Maine Shore Dinner (lobster accompanied by steamers, corn on the cob, and pie).
The Lobster Shack
Another guest favorite – The Lobster Shack – is also located in Perkins Cove. In fact, it 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. All of this is served in an intimate, rustic setting that’s guaranteed to provide you with the full Maine experience.
And there you have it. Six of the region’s finest lobster spots. Take your pick. There’s one for any taste … and any mood. For more information on our iconic Maine locales, contact our staff anytime.