This is a revised and updated version of my previous Blog about my personal recommendations for the Top 5 Kennebunkport Maine Lobster Pounds as recommended by the owner/innkeeper of the #2 TripAdvisor-rated Kennebunkport bed and breakfast.
1. The most famous of Kennebunkport’s lobster pounds is Nunan’s Lobster Hut, founded in 1932. This is the ultimate lobster pound-type place; it has long tables, bench seats, communal seating and serves only lobster; but it serves the best blueberry pie (my opinion) in Maine. Nunan’s does not take reservations and there is usually a wait for seating in peak season.
2. Mabel’s Lobster Claw Restaurant is one of Bev’s and my personal favorites, as well as many of our guests. Red-checkered table cloths, cozy booths and great lobster dishes are found here. This restaurant opens in early April and stays open through late October. Bev’s dad loved their baked-stuffed lobster which is stuffed with shrimp, scollops and a delicious seasoned breading.
3. The Captain’s Restaurant is located in Cape Porpoise (part of Kennebunkport) just around the corner from Nunan’s. The Captain’s is more of a regular-style restaurant with individual tables and chairs, but ultra casual. However, the lobster and other seafood dishes are fabulous. I love going here after a long day at the inn and just relaxing over a beer and a freshly-steamed lobster.
4. The Cape Pier Chowder House is located right on the pier in Cape Porpoise and it is just the place for freshly-steamed lobsters for lunch. Choose your live lobster out of their tank and then enjoy your meal while gazing over the Cape Porpoise Harbor. Watch the lobster boats come and go and listen to the squawk of seagulls in the distance. It is quintessential Maine.
5. The Clam Shack, which is located on the bridge in Dock Square, is not really a “lobster pound”; however, it has the best fried clams in the town. It is located adjacent to a seafood market where you can purchase live lobsters to go. Beware of low flying seagulls which will snatch your french fries!
Any of these restaurants will provide you with a terrific lobster meal. Why not spend several days at the Captain Lord Mansion and try them all? Your innkeeper, Rick Litchfield