Sea Basket

Clam Shack | Lobster Pound | Seafood
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Sea Basket lobster stew is exquisite. Milk-rich but not thickened or heavy, it is loaded with hunks of knuckle, and claw meat and has a glistening butter slick on top. It is the sort of rich, refined dish you’d expect to eat from a Staffordshire china bowl with a silver spoon, but the bowl here is Styrofoam and the spoon is plastic.

Fish and clam chowder are similarly excellent; and the baskets of fried shrimp, clams, and haddock are all fresh and crisp. Sea Basket scallops are especially delicious – sweet, tender, and veiled in a crust that virtually melts when bitten. We also like the lobster roll, which is filled with never-frozen pieces of tail, claw, and knuckle meat bound in just enough mayonnaise, but is made, oddly enough, in a sturdy bun similar to what you’d use for a hero sandwich. In our opinion, the bread is too much a presence, its substance detracting from the delicate taste and texture of the lobster it contains.

The Sea Basket offers a broad selection of whoopie pies — thick, soft chocolate cakes surrounding white sugar filling, as well as such variations as raspberry crème whoopie pies made with white cookies, peanut butter cream whoopie pies, and thin-mint whoopie pies (“tastes just like one!” a sign boasts).

Sea Basket is a neat and tidy functional roadside café, outfitted with laminate booths and tile walls. Service is eat-in-the-rough style: 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 with 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.

What to Eat
Sea Basket, Lobster Roll
Lobster Roll
Must-Try
Here is one instance where a high-quality bun actually detracts from the goodness of a sandwich. The lobster salad inside the bun is excellent, but the muscular character of the good roll in which it is served overwhelms the delicacy of what's inside. Still, the quality of the lobster is beyond reproach.
Sea Basket, Lobster Stew (bowl)
Lobster Stew (bowl)
Must-Try
Don't let that cheap Styrofoam cup fool you: this is a high-class bowl of lobster stew, rich as Rockefeller.
Sea Basket, Whoopie Pie
Whoopie Pie
Must-Try
Sea Basket offers three different flavors of whoopie pies: raspberry cream, peanut butter, and the standard devil's food cake and marshmallow like this one.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11am - 7pm
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday11am - 7pm
Thursday11am - 7pm
Friday11am - 8pm
Saturday11am - 8pm
Roadtrips
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…

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…

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Price
$$
Seasons
Summer, Fall, Spring
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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