This post was contributed by Topside Inn, a Boothbay Harbor bed and breakfast.
If there’s one thing Boothbay Harbor, Maine is known for, it’s the seafood. The tourist destination has been a fishing center since the mid-1800s. Local seafood markets can be spotted up and down the streets of Boothbay Harbor and locals and tourists alike can enjoy fresh seafood at one of the many local restaurants.
If you’re looking for a quick bite, Shannon’s Unshelled serves tasty fresh, whole unshelled lobster. It’s served on a buttered bun with a side of sea-salted butter. Shannon’s receives fresh lobster meat daily. The lobster roll is their signature item, but guests can also pair it with a Bag O’ Chips, some fresh water, and MaineRoot Sodas (certified fair trade organic soda).
Boathouse Bistro offers a casual seafood dining experience on a rooftop deck with a view. The atmosphere is relaxed and unhurried. You can choose from a variety of menu items on their seasonal menu, including items like Seared Yellofin Tuna, Steak Madagascar, Chicken Empanadas, Shrimp and Cheese Grits, and much more!
At The Lobster Dock, of course you can expect to choose from fresh lobster meat paired with sides like corn, biscuit and butter, but there are plenty more seafood dishes to try! Fried clams, calamari, and shrimp cocktail are a few things worth trying while you enjoy the beautiful views of Boothbay Harbor.
Looking for something cheap with a whole lot of food? Bet’s Famous Fish Fry is a walk-up stand serving large portions of fish and chips and the best fresh fried haddock. Locals recommend Bet’s not only because tourists will love the convenience and price, but the fish is delicious.
This waterfront restaurant is a working Maine lobster pound where guests can watch all the steps if takes to handle lobsters. You can pick your own lobster from the salt water tanks, add a side of corn or chowder, and enjoy the wonderful harbor views while enjoying a buttered lobster dish.