Where's the best lobster in the Portland, Maine area?

Portland's Best Lobster

Maine is lobster heaven. But in Portland, where should you be looking?

And double yum.

By Susan Hanson
Originally appeared in October 2015 issue of Virtuoso Traveler

D.H. Lawrence once quipped: “Europe’s the mayonnaise, but America supplies the good old lobster.” For the best tails, Virtuoso travel advisor Rachel Morrell of Carmel, Indiana, recommends Portland’s downtown district. “Ambling the cobblestoned streets of historic Old Port, you’ll feel like you’re in a mini Boston.” For larger groups, she suggests chartering a boat for a classic lobster bake on Peaks Island. 

Where Are The Best Places To Get Lobster In The Portland Area?

Fishermen’s Grill: What it lacks in ambience and ample seating (there are just four picnic tables), this take-out shack makes up for with the freshest, cooked-to-order crustaceans. Save room for clam chowdah. (849 Forest Avenue)

Old Port Tavern: This dark, moody bar/restaurant adds a touch of tarragon to its mayo-slathered rolls and a splash of sherry to its lobster bisque. (11 Moulton Street)

J’s Oyster: Crammed with sticky tables and locals on stools at the wood-paneled bar, J’s helped convert Anthony Bourdain with its classic roll piled high with sweet meat. (5 Portland Pier)

Where Should You Stay In Portland?

A short drive from Portland, Cape Elizabeth’s 61-room Inn by the Sea serves lobster shrimp dumplings in its Sea Glass Restaurant and hosts summer lobster bakes overlooking Crescent Beach. “It’s my favorite property in all of New England,” says Morrell. Doubles from $219; Virtuoso amenities include breakfast daily and a $100 spa credit.

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