Mabel’s Lobster Claw

Lobster Pound | Seafood | Small Town Café
One of the best

Shore dinner’s ancestors are Algonquin clambakes in which clams and corn were layered in seaweed over hot stones; the modern version is built around lobster and clams. Mabel’s is a good place to enjoy it. Start by spooning into creamy chowder crowded with pieces of clam and potato, then tackle a good-size lobster perched atop a pile of steamers and accompanied by broth and butter. Corn, potatoes, and beets are available on the side. If fudge cake is available, it’s top priority dessert; but even more essential is peanut butter ice cream pie.

Mabel’s lobster roll is served with fries and slaw on an actual, non-disposable plate. The meat in the roll, glazed with a thin film of mayo, is juicy, fresh, and copious, some chunks so large that you feel a little embarrassed picking it up and eating it out of hand; a knife and fork seem more suited to the task. And the lobster stew, generously apportioned with double-bite size pieces of claw and knuckle meat, is legendary.

The ambiance at Mabel’s is old-fashioned, summer-resort serene. Wood-paneled walls are decorated with autographed pictures of the many celebrities who have visited here, including local householders George and Barbara Bush (he likes baked stuffed lobster; she goes for eggplant Parmesan). But you don’t have to be a big name to feel right at home in this comfy shoreline dining room where paper place mats explain how to eat a lobster and the staff of swift waitresses just naturally suggest that any piece of pie you order ought to be had à la mode.

What to Eat
Mabel’s Lobster Claw, Shore Dinner
Shore Dinner
Coastal New England's signature summer dish: a shore dinner. Pictured here are the lobster and a heap of steamer clams with a bowl of broth for dunking. Of course, you'll also want chowder, potatoes, corn, and a slice of Mabel's peanut butter ice cream pie.
Mabel’s Lobster Claw, Chowder
Clam chowder, Yankee style, is thick and creamy.
Mabel’s Lobster Claw, Lobster Roll
Lobster Roll
There are so many enticing dishes on Mabel's menu, but you can't go wrong sticking with the lobster roll.
Mabel’s Lobster Claw, Blueberry Pie
Blueberry Pie
Even for Maine's lofty standards, this was an excellent blueberry pie.
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday11:30am - 8:30pm
Monday11:30am - 8:30pm
Wednesday11:30am - 8:30pm
Thursday11:30am - 8:30pm
Friday11:30am - 8:30pm
Saturday11:30am - 8:30pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
9 stops | 438 MILES | 8 hr 29 min

The northeast has four main kinds of clam chowder. Manhattan is tomato-red and full of vegetables, rarely served northeast of New York City. South Coast, a specialty of Connecticut and Rhode Island, has neither tomatoes nor cream, but is clear and brothy with salt-pork savor and potatoes. Rhode Island (a rarity these days) is light…

Summer, Fall, Spring
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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