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Jul 3, 2007 05:36 AM

Lobster Pound rec near Camden/Bar Harbor?

So the Lincolnville lobster pound got dissed a bit below. Where's a good place for two first-time Maine visitors to go for a lobster pound experience? We eat a lot of seafood and have good reservations lined up for whole vacation. If we wanted to take a night off from fine dining where should we do it?


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  1. Young's just outside of Belfast. 1/2 hour from Camden.

    1. Waterman's in S Thomanston and our personal favorite, Tidal Falls Lobster Pound in Hancock, BYOB and profits go to the Frenchman's Bay Conservancy to purchase private land and open it to the public. Beautiful site too. Sounds like a no brainer to me.

      1. This might be too far a drive (30 to 45 mins from Ellsworth) but one of my favorites is Eaton's Lobster Pound on Little Deer Isle. There's a deck over the water in the back, the lobster's very good, and the view is great.

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        1. re: rufustfi


          I heard that Eaton's closed. That is a great loss. I have been going there for 30 years.

          1. re: vbmontana

            How true. For sale for big bucks. More evidence of the Massification of the Maine coast.

            1. re: Passadumkeg

              What's that then, one level below NuYawkification?

              1. re: Harp00n

                Horrible news about Eaton's! I'm glad I found out before driving all the way down there. By the way, I think there's some confusion (on the part of the oringal poster) regarding the Lincolnville Lobster Pound. The sit-down restaurant should be avoided, in my opinion. The place next door (run by the same people, I assume) with the picnic tables has always seemed perfectly fine. Probably has a slightly different name but I don't know what it is.

                1. re: Harp00n

                  Sorry, it is an established phrase. Remember Cape Cod in the mid-sixties? And now? Read The Lobster Coast. It could be worse, however. How about New Joisseyification?
                  Married to a Framinghammer.
                  Markie the Greenie

          2. And I woudn't rule out Lincolnville Lobster! I've always had good experiences there.

            1. Thurston's Lobster Pound in, I believe West Tremont. On the opposite side of the Island from Bar Harbor. It's pefect.

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              1. re: berkleybabe

                We used to love it when we lived in SWH, but we feel it has been ruined by its own success. There is a short scene in the movie Cider House Rules fiilmed at the dock.

                1. re: Passadumkeg

                  I've also heard bad things recently about Thurston's, which is in Bernhard between Tremont and Bass Harbor.

                  Beals in Southwest Harbor is touristy, view is so-so due to the buildings close by, but the lobsters are excellent, a bit on the pricey side.