225 Two Lights Rd., Cape Elizabeth | 799-1677 | lobstershacktwolights.com | $$$
At this local landmark, where the same family has been serving seafood since the late 1960s, there is no quaint fishing village or lobster boats to see — just a sweeping expanse of rocky coastline, a lighthouse and the wide open Atlantic. Chow down on the famous lobster rolls outside at picnic tables or indoors, where most tables still have a good view. BYOB.
2 Western Ave., Kennebunkport | 967-2560 | theclamshack.net | $$$
The winner of the Lobster Roll Rumble in NYC in 2012 and 2013 (among numerous other accolades), this shack specializes in more than its name would suggest. Its lobster roll is round, rather than hot-dog bun style, and fans say it is as key to the roll’s popularity as the lobster. Take-out only: eat at a few picnic tables or on the boardwalk next to the river. No alcohol.
36 Main St., South Freeport | 865-4888 | harraseeketlunchandlobster.com | $$$
Pretty South Freeport seems a world away from the consumer Mecca of Freeport. Escape the shopping crowds and tuck into a steamed lobster dinner, lobster roll or fried seafood basket while enjoying a view of the working harbor. Cash only (ATM on site). BYOB. Open from May to October.
1906 Harpswell Neck Rd., Harpswell | 833-6340 | esteslobsterhouse.com | $$$
Surrounded by water on three sides, Estes is a local haunt on the end of the picturesque Harpswell peninsula. The expansive views and a patio with a fire pit, plus wool ponchos to keep you extra warm, make this 60-plus year old icon stand out from the rest. Full bar. Open from mid-April to mid-October.
1447 Five Islands Rd., Georgetown | 371-2990 | fiveislandslobster.com | $$$
Bring a cooler of beer, order from the the “Love Nest” grill or the the lobster building and park yourself at a picnic table on one of Maine’s most picturesque harbors, looking out to the Sheepscot River. (Note: No indoor seating.) Finish up with an Annabelle’s ice cream cone. Open from May to October. BYOB.
The approximate cost of two dinner entrees (not including appetizers, drinks, tax and gratuity).
$ – $15 and under
$$ – $16 to $25
$$$ – $26 to $45
$$$$ – $46 and up