Five Islands Lobster Company

Clam Shack | Lobster Pound | Seafood
Worth driving from anywhere!

Located at a dock from which lobster boats sail, Five Islands Lobster Company might be the most scenic restaurant in Maine. Dine at picnic tables on the wooden deck overlooking blue waters and, across the waves, five small islands tufted with pine trees.

Exactly how to get a meal at Five Islands can be a little confusing, nothing like a restaurant with waiters or even an eat-in-the-rough seafood shack. The first thing to do is go into the red clapboard building where a sign above the open door says “lobsters.” In here, confer with one of the chefs about the size you want – they’ll happily hoist ones out of the seawater tank for inspection. Let them know whether you want clams, corn, or potatoes thrown into the net and boiled alongside. You can buy a soft drink or bring your own wine or beer.

After arranging for dinner, leave the red building and find a picnic table or, if too hungry to wait foodless for the 20-25 minutes it takes for everything to boil, go next door and pick up an order of fried clams that are Ipswich-good, their briny marine essence encased in microthin crust. The menu also features lobster rolls, fish and chips, crab cakes, even hamburgers and hot dogs.

Years ago, a former owner of Five Islands explained to us that the lobsters here are so good because they come from the deepest and coldest water on the coast, meaning their meat is firm and radiant with clean marine flavor. They practically burst out of the shell when squeezed with a nutcracker; and juices dripping onto corn and potatoes add saltwater radiance to the whole meal.

Tranquility reigns when you look out at the islands in the distance, even when picnic tables are crowded with happy eaters chattering with the joy of their sleeves-up meal. As Jane and I devoured our shore dinners, savoring the beautiful scene every bit as much as the food, a fishing boat glided into the harbor and tied up at the wharf a few yards from our table. We ate Maine blueberry cake while watching two lobstermen offload crates full of lobsters just trapped in the deep.

Note that Five Islands is closed on Wednesdays.

What to Eat
Five Islands Lobster Company, Shore Dinner
Shore Dinner
Maine on a tray
Five Islands Lobster Company, Blueberry Cake
Blueberry Cake
Blueberry cake is a homespun delight.
Five Islands Lobster Company, Moxie
Moxie was originally marketed as nerve tonic.
Five Islands Lobster Company, Clam Basket
Clam Basket
Fried clams are no mere afterthought.
Directions and Hours
closed now
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
8 stops | 378 MILES | 7 hr 19 min

For a mouthwatering summer road trip to sleeves-up joints surrounded by magnificent scenery, you can’t beat a seafood-eating expedition along New England's coast. At waterside picnic tables and roadside drive-ins, in diner booths and vintage shore dinner halls, the good eats include whole lobsters, lobster rolls, and lobster pie, chowders both briny-thin and cream-sweet, and clams either crisp-fried or…

Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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