Sea Basket | Maine Seafood in the Rough | Wiscasset, ME

Review by: Michael Stern

Regal Lobster Stew

If you like lobster stew, you must come to Sea Basket. Knuckle, tail, and claw meat crowd butter-glistening liquid that is milk-rich but not thickened or heavy. You’d expect to dip into a dish so rich and refined with a silver spoon out of a Staffordshire china bowl. But Sea Basket’s exquisite Maine seafood comes in a bowl that is Styrofoam with a spoon that is plastic. Fish and clam chowders also make seafood lovers very happy.

Menu Highlights

These people know how to fry. Proof: fresh, crisp baskets of fried shrimp, clams, and haddock. If you like scallops, Sea Basket will make you especially happy. A veil of crust so tender that it virtually melts when bitten envelops these silky nuggets of marine sweetness.

We highly recommend the lobster roll. Never-frozen hunks of pink meat, bound in just enough mayonnaise, come piled high. Curiously, the roll uses a sturdy bun similar to what you’d find in a hero sandwich. In our opinion, the bread steals taste buds’ attention. Its substance detracts from the delicate taste and texture of the lobster it contains.


To follow its exquisite Maine seafood, Sea Basket offers a broad selection of whoopie pies. Thick, soft chocolate cakes around white sugar filling define whoopie pie classicism. But here you also can choose from a wide creative repertoire. They make raspberry crème whoopie pies with white cookies. Peanut butter cream fills a great sweet cookie sandwich. Sea Basket boasts that its thin-mint whoopie pie “tastes just like one!”

A Roadside Treasure

Laminate booths and tile walls tell you that this neat and tidy roadside cafe does not put on airs. Eat-in-the-rough: place an order and wait for your number to be called.

Nutritional worrywarts will be happy to know that the menu includes a “Heart Smart” category. Here you find crispy chicken salad, a hot baked potato (with sour cream and butter!), and soup with a toasted garlic roll.

Note: Sea Basket closes in January and February, and it is always closed on Tuesdays.

Directions & Hours

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

What To Eat

Lobster Roll

Lobster Stew (bowl)

Whoopie Pie


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One Response to “Sea Basket | Maine Seafood in the Rough | Wiscasset, ME”

b pulsipher

July 12th, 2005

Great seafood place – reasonably priced, high quality meals served by friendly, welcoming staff. Not a fancy place – just good old-fashioned Maine seafood without the more expensive frills. Exceptionally clean place, too. Lobster stew has the freshest lobster I’ve ever had, and the crab roll is pretty decent too. I don’t care about the lack of fancy silver or china – I go there to enjoy a good meal.

I recommend it to my customers regularly as the place to go when they need fast service and prefer an indoor setting. But carry-out quality is just as good as eating in, and there are lots of nearby scenic picnic spots to enjoy this fine lunch! (For a picnic spot on a beautiful Maine day, try the Wiscasset docks on the Sheepscot River, the Sunken Garden next to Blythe House Antiques in Wiscasset – a wonderful hidden spot that hardly anyone knows about, or the Sherman Lake access north of Wiscasset about 3 miles, just for a few ideas.)


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