We know, we know. When you arrive in Maine, you’ve got one big question on your mind, where's the lobster? (And, yes, some Mainers actually do call it “lobstah”). The Maine Midcoast area is chock full of these fresh and tasty crustaceans, and you are sure to get your delicious share of them during your stay. If you're looking to start your lobster hunting tour in Lincolnville, you’re in luck. Let's get started!
2521 Atlantic Hwy,
Lincolnville, ME 04849
People visiting Lincolnville for the first time are in for a special treat with the addition of Andy’s Brew Pub at Dick McLaughlin’s landmark restaurant on Lincolnville Beach. The Lobster Pound maintains the classic feel of a Maine seafood restaurant, serving up specialty Newburg-style seafood dishes, surf and turf entrees, steaks, shore dinners, baked haddock, and classic boiled lobsters. Classic seafood dishes that people have ordered – and loved – for decades, in a classic seaside setting.
Make a left turn after entering the building, and Andy’s Brew Pub is serving up fresh, cold Andrew’s Brewing Company ales on tap along with apps like Buffalo wings, Irish nachos (sweet potato wedges with jack and cheddar) onion rings, and more. In addition to the mouth watering pub fare and locally brewed thirst-quenching English style ales and IPAs, Andy’s offers a range of comfort food themed entrées from drunken pork chops and baked chicken, to chicken pot pie, roasted turkey and more.
These restaurants have full bars and complement each other well. The Lobster Pound and Andy’s Brew Pub offer locals and tourists alike the opportunity enjoy great lobster and waterfront views, have a cold adult beverage with friends, and share a few laughs on a summer day in Maine. Life is good!
Hours, complete menus, and other information is on their website.
Corner of Route One and Mckay Road (12 McKay Rd.)
Using one of Maine’s most famous expressions, this little beach shack says that they offer “wicked fresh seafood and boiled lobsters” served right at Lincolnville Beach. On warm summer days, you can sit outside on their picnic tables. On cooler afternoons (as summer transitions into fall), you can eat inside and cozy up next to the warm wood fire.
Rick McLaughlin has owned and operated this summer icon since 1980. He and his team serve up mouth-watering dishes from April to October including crowd-pleasing favorites like their famous lobster rolls that are all meat with no fillers, traditional fried seafood baskets (like haddock fish n’ chips), and boiled lobsters that go right from the tank and onto your plate; you can even watch them prepare it!
Also available is fresh cooked and shelled “lazy lobster “- a real treat with French fries, homemade cornbread, and corn on the cobb. All seafood chowders and lobster stews are made fresh on site (McLaughlin's never uses any pre-prepared products). For the sweet tooth, the family-owned restaurant serves up 14 flavors of ice cream to put the perfect exclamation mark on your outside beach picnic!
The Lobster Shack is also host to the annual Blueberry Wing Ding event. This popular Lincolnville celebration kicks off blueberry season in Midcoast Maine with a pancake breakfast and a ton of blueberry items like jellies, baked goods, and other handmade items. Be sure to check the town calendar for the August date.
For more information on McLaughlin's Lobster Shack, please visit their website and Facebook page for menus, seasonal hours, and the latest happenings.
2530 Atlantic Hwy
Lincolnville Beach, ME 04849
Word on the street is that local lobstermen recommend Chez Michel for a hearty bowl of seafood chowder loaded with shrimp, haddock, and clams. Chef/owner Jean Michel Hetuin, recently voted best chef in Waldo County, is in charge of the kitchen, chef/owner Lillian Amborn manages the dining room and “makes the best desserts in the area”.
Made with the freshest ingredients around and the greatest attention to detail, Chez Michel Restaurant serves up local favorites that keep diners coming back for more. One of the dishes posted on Chez Michel’s featured a Seafood Brochette; swordfish, scallops, gulf shrimp, salmon & 1/2 a lobster tail.
Chez Michel bills itself as a “French Restaurant, Seafood Restaurant and Steakhouse” so you are sure to find something to please your palate.
For more information, hours, and the latest happenings, please visit their Facebook page.
581 Youngtown Road (Route 52 & Youngtown Road)
Lincolnville, ME 04849
If you want a special meal for your lobster craving, make your reservation at the Youngtown Inn Restaurant. This inn is not just a romantic lodging destination; it’s also home to a 70-seat French restaurant run by award winning chef, Manuel Mercier.
His French heritage and European training is the inspiration behind every meal - fueling his decadent lobster creations like his lobster ravioli. Mercier changes the dinner menu around local seasonal offerings, and features fresh ingredients as the star of his delightful creations.
Exquisite wines, unbelievable food, and mouthwatering desserts complete this Parisian meal that you’ll never forget.
Reservations, made well in advance of your visit, are required. Please call the restaurant to reserve your spot for this unforgettable culinary experience.
If you are celebrating a family reunion, wedding, or another special occasion, you might want to a consider a catered lobster bake. This is a fantastic way for you and your family or friends to celebrate your visit to the Maine Midcoast!
551 Atlantic Highway
Northport, Maine 04849
Want to impress your small army? Coastal Critters Clambakes & Catering can help you put on an “official clambake” with Maine Lobsters, clams, local seafood, and all the fixins for you and your guests at any Midcoast Maine location of your choice!
Coastal Critters Clambakes has won first prize in Maine and New England seafood recipe contests, and second prize in Memphis, Tennessee at the National Cook-offs – with several recipes published in the New York Times Inn Cookbook. This company is even in the Guinness Book of World Records for making the World's Longest Lobster Roll. (Maybe you don’t need that much lobster after all...)
Coastal Critters Clambakes is great for any occasion – from casual to upscale. Call them directly to plan your event or inquire about more information.
From McLaughlin's Lobster Shack
As part of McLaughlin's Lobster Shack, Islands and Hills Catering serves the Midcoast and central Maine region year-round – offering lobster and clam boils, buffets, dinner parties, cocktail and hors d'oeuvres, picnic lunches. Specializing in seafood, this place has on site and off site catering. Their Oceanside facility has a sand beach, a seaside lawn, a tent, and a fifty-seat dining room – absolutely ideal for your special event. Call them directly to plan yours!
Lobster bakes at Maine weddings are like peanut butter and jelly - especially for the rehearsal dinner. If you are planning your own wedding here in Maine, talk to your venue about putting this together. Your guests will be more than happy to throw their lobster bib over their fancy party clothes!
638 Beach Road,
Lincolnville, ME 04849
Of course, one of the tried-and-true best ways to enjoying real Maine lobsters is finding a local lobsterman who catches and sells them. Meet Captain Mike Hutchings, the Lincolnville Harbor Master and go-to source for your seafood cravings when you’re in town.
As the Harbor Master here in Lincolnville, Mike is responsible for enforcing the Town of Lincolnville Harbor Ordinance and the statutes of the State of Maine. As the principal of M&L seafood, Mike sells fresh lobster, fresh crabmeat, clams, and scallops (only in season) from his home, all caught fresh daily off his boat.
You won’t find a website, Facebook page, or any advertising. But trust us – Mike has the goods! Call him or head to M&L Seafood, located three miles from Route 1 at 638 Beach Road, open October through May.
True to Maine directions, look for the lobster sign and buoy tree. That’s when you know you’ve arrived. And yes, you can get there from here.