Young’s Lobster Pound

Review by: Michael Stern

Young’s is huge waterside barn with seating for 500 and tanks that hold literally tens of thousands of live lobsters, mostly for the wholesale trade. Docking is available for those who arrive by boat.

Many people come equipped for a picnic, bringing just about everything except the lobster. Some even bring tablecloths, utensils, and plates (Young’s serves everything on cardboard and in Styrofoam). Steamed with Penobscot Bay saltwater to a point of perfect plumpness, served with a heap of steamer clams, and eaten off of picnic tables with a view of Belfast Harbor, this is one of Maine’s top lobsters.

The staff will pre-crack the shell for those feeling weak, or it is possible to avoid all effort by ordering a lobster roll on a round bun, lobster stew, crab, haddock, grilled scallops, or fried clams.


What To Eat

Shore Dinner


Lobster Stew


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2 Responses to “Young’s Lobster Pound”

Julie Nolan

November 20th, 2012

This is an excellent fine dining experience. The food, the view, and the price are all fine. Actually, better than fine. We were there towards the end of October, so we just about had the place to ourselves. Us… and lots of lobster! While service is “order at the counter and wait for your number to be called,” the staff were very accommodating (helpful, cracking the shells, helping to carry the order).

There is an extensive menu plus the daily specials. We both started with fish chowder, full of flavor and fish. We ordered grilled sea scallops with potato salad and coleslaw ($16.95) and a twin lobster dinner ($15.95). Wow! Big on quality, quantity, and value. There must have been around two dozen scallops, still juicy and grilled to perfection. The potato salad is terrific. And the succulent lobster… I still dream about it. It is cooked to order straight from the tank, served with plenty of napkins because you will need them.


Robin Olson

May 8th, 2007

Young’s Lobster Pound is a bustling harborside building, open from one end straight through to the other. The first floor houses tanks with a capacity of 30,000 lobsters, a take-out counter and, most likely, folks lining up to get fresh lobsters, clams and more. Buy some live lobsters to go, or have them cook some up for you right on the spot; no extra charge.

Seating is available outdoors at dockside picnic tables, boasting a tranquil view of Penobscot Bay. If weather is poor, you can enjoy your meal on the second floor indoor dining area. Either way, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy your shore dinner: 1 to 1 1/2 pound lobster, corn-on-the-cob or slaw, steamers, chowder or stew, and chips.

Young’s can accommodate up to 500 people. You can even bring your boat up to their dock, head for dry land and enjoy fresh, sweet, tender, succulent… ahhhh… dreamy lobster! They also serve crab meat, mussels, king crab legs, haddock, halibut, sole, cod and scallops. Young’s is a real slice of life in Maine; lobster, at its best. Not to be missed!


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