December 11, 2018
Dock & Dine: The Lobster Dock, Boothbay Harbor, Maine
The quintessential coastal Maine town of Boothbay Harbor offers no shortage of restaurants, but visiting boaters will want to set a course for The Lobster Dock, on the east side of the harbor. Offering sweeping views from its large deck and patio, the restaurant serves up tasty seafood that’s a cut above the standard tourist fare. Text & Photos by Tom Richardson
Owners Mitch and Dawn Weiss, who have run the show since 2000, offer a menu filled with mouth-watering delights, including steamer clams gathered from nearby flats, fresh Glidden Point oysters and local lobsters. On tap is an assortment of beverages, including ice-cold ales from Portland-based Shipyard Brewery.
New England Boating TV filmed a segment at The Lobster Dock in 2015 as part of its Boothbay Harbor episode, and the crew gave it a big thumbs-up. Mitch and Dawn served a smorgasbord of dishes, starting with creative apps such as crunchy artichoke hearts, crispy calamari, crab cakes, creamy clam chowder and seasoned grilled asparagus. The king-sized entrees included the fried fish platter, seafood fra diavolo, garlicky steamed mussels and The Lobster Dock’s much-celebrated hot lobster roll. All of it was superb, including the decadent homemade chocolate chip whoopie pie Mitch delivered as we prepared to depart in our boat.
While seafood is certainly the focus here, The Lobster Dock also serves steaks, salads, sandwiches and whole lobster dinners. Best of all, boaters can visit The Lobster Dock by water, as the restaurant has a small dock with one or two slips available for boats up to 36 feet. Dinghies can also be left at the dock if that’s how you choose to get around the harbor. Either way, it’s best to call ahead to check on dock space, although the restaurant is just as easy to reach by foot, bike or car. However you get there, you’re sure to leave happy!