Looking For the Best Fresh Lobster You Can Find Around Bar Harbor Maine?

November 2, 2022
Holiday
jason wolfe
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Bar Harbor is a beautiful town in Maine. And it also happens to be quite the tourist spot as well with its close proximity to one of our amazing national parks. And since you ended up on this webpage, I’m gonna go ahead and guess that you are here because you are looking for some great lobster in the Bar Harbor area. And you are in luck, because today I have just the thing you are looking for. 

That’s right, this is going to be a list of all the best lobster joints you can find around Bar Harbor. I’ll be sure to give you each restaurant's address so that way you can just have your gps app take you to the front door. I’ll also include a link to each restaurant's website so that you can check out their menu and pricing options ahead of time. And on top of that, I’ll even let you know when one of these amazing seafood restaurants around Bar Harbor accept our convenient and modern digital GiftYa gift cards. 

And just like with all the posts here on GiftYa we are compelled to remind you that a GiftYa is a digital gift card that can be sent within seconds right from your phone. These gift cards can be used at a variety of locations but are particularly popular for restaurants. This is especially true if you are out traveling and don’t love to carry cash around with you. Instead you can just carry your gift cards right on your phone that you take with you everywhere already. You don’t even have to worry about keeping track of the gift cards and the balances because your phone does all of that for you. There really isn’t a more convenient option when it comes to buying gift cards and gifts for yourself or others.

1 - Thirsty Whale

Great Seafood Restaurant Near Acadia National Park

40 Cottage St | Bar Harbor | thirstywhaletavern.com

Thirsty Whale makes it to the top of my list of best places to get lobster around Bar Harbor for a couple of reasons. First of all is that they have a fantastic rating with their customers. The next reason is that the Thirsty Whale has a really well balanced menu.  Whether you want a filling lunch or an incredible seafood dinner, the Thirsty Whale is going to be able to provide exactly what you are looking for. Whether you’re looking for a lobster roll, clam chowder, or another New England seafood classic, you’ll be able to find it at the Thirsty Whale! And if somebody in your party isn’t in the mood for lobster, or seafood in general, then don’t worry, they also feature a full lunch and dinner menu with plenty of non-seafood based options to choose from.

But more than anything, I think it speaks volumes about how great the Thirsty Whale is, that it is the highest rated seafood restaurant in Bar Harbor. Which is very impressive because Bar Harbor is perfectly located to have some of the freshest seafood you can get anywhere in the country. I mean it is right on the coastline really. So the Thirsty Whale being able to stand shoulders above the very high level of competition in the local seafood restaurant scene really says a lot about how great of an establishment the Thirsty Whale is. 

“Totally worth the wait. The service was excellent and the food was amazing. Will remain on our list of "go to's" in Bar Harbor.” - Yelp Review 

2 - Parsons Lobsters

A Great Small Family Owned Lobster Joint In Bar Harbor

64 Eagle Lake Rd | Bar Harbor | facebook.com/lobstahs

Parsons Lobster makes it to number two on my list of great lobster places in Bar Harbor over some of the restaurants that are a little more established for a few reasons. First of all, they have a four star rating with their customers. Which means that even though they are a smaller restaurant than some of the other places on the list, they are still attracting and pleasing a solid amount of customers. 

And on top of that, it’s not just that they do a good job, they are also a small friendly family owned business. And as somebody who has worked for plenty of small business owners over the years, I’m always happy to give a shout out to another small business owner. After all, what makes an amazing meal more amazing than knowing the money spent on that meal went to support local businesses and local farmers. 

“Great fresh lobsters, and the friendliest people you'll ever meet. They let my kids pose with the lobsters, told them about the biology of lobsters, and even let us borrow a lobster pot so we could cook them over our campfire. I'm from Oklahoma but I'm pretty sure it's worth the drive out there to visit again.” - Yelp Review

3 - West Street Cafe

Great Lobster Included In A Balanced Menu

76 W St | Bar Harbor | weststreetcafe.com

West Street Cafe is an excellent cafe style restaurant you can find around Bar Harbor. So while you can expect to get some fantastic fresh lobster when you stop here, they also have a whole menu of fantastic other options. But no matter what you decide to go with for lunch or dinner be sure to try some of their blueberry pie. Seriously positive review after positive review mentioned how out of the world their pie was so be sure to grab a slice to take home with you even if you don’t have room after all the delicious seafood. Which comes in a variety of different classic New England styles, crab cakes, clam chowder, lobster bisque, you name and the West Street Cafe can prepare it for you with ease.

“A very nice oasis of calm with views of the wharf.  The whole lobster is terrific! Went quite well with a Bloody Mary. What more is there to say?!” - Yelp Review 

4 - The Barnacle

Best Lobster You Can FInd In A Pub 

112 Main St | Bar Harbor | thebarnaclebarharbor.com

So The Barnacle isn’t your traditional sit down restaurant, but it isn’t exactly your typical pub either. Instead what you will find is a great hybrid between the two. The fact of the matter is, it’s kind of the nicest pub you could hope to find. It’s quaint and charming, but still has excellent service and wonderful food. 

And while I know that this is a list of the places to get the best lobster in Bar Harbor, The Barnacle is famous not just for their amazing lobster options, but also because they apparently have out of this world oysters. I personally wouldn’t know because oysters aren’t really my cup of tea, but for those of you who do enjoy them, apparently The Barnacle has some of the best you can find anywhere.

But more than anything, The Barnacle is going to be a great spot for you to stop if you are hoping for a cold beer and a hot meal. And honestly who doesn’t want that after spending a long day exploring one of our national forests. 

“Friendly bartender, Cosmo and friendly strangers :) It's a nice intimate bar, with locals and visitors like me just there to have a good time, good food. Food was delicious, wine, beer on tap.” - Yelp Review 

5 - Bar Harbor Lobster Bakes

Best Lobster Bakes In All of Bar Harbor

10 Rte 3 | Bar Harbor | barharborlobsterbakes.com

Bar Harbor Lobster Bakes is going to feature all kinds of excellent seafood and lobster options, but they are obviously famous for their lobster bakes. But you really can’t go wrong with any of the options they offer at Bar Harbor Lobster Bakes. The only issue with this place is that it is so popular around the area that sometimes entire tour buses stop off for a meal. So just be sure to make sure they’ll have a table for you.

But if you manage to get a table at  a time when they aren’t crazy busy then you are going to be pleasantly surprised by the very friendly and attentive staff.

“The lobster roll was perfect, large pieces of fresh lobster with limited mayonnaise on a fresh roll. The blueberry pie with ice cream was delicious. Server efficient, friendly and helpful.  Could not have been better!” - Yelp Review 

6 - Bar Harbor Lobster Company

Lobster Joint and Rum Bar

297 Main Street | Bar Harbor | bhlobster.com/

If you are looking for a great lobster restaurant that really has it all then Bar Harbor Lobster Company is going to be just the spot for you. Of course they have all the fantastic lobster dishes you can expect. Everything from a lobster roll to lobster bisque is on the menu. But on top of that you can also expect a full dinner menu featuring plenty of BBQ. And if you want something to compliment your meal, they also offer a full rum bar and there are plenty of craft beers on tap as well. So no matter who is in your dining party, I’m pretty sure they will be able to find something that works for them at Bar harbor Lobster Company. And that means that you will be able to enjoy your delicious lobster dinner without having to hear anybody complain about how they don’t like this or that because they will have plenty of options they do like to choose from. 

“Best lobster roll I've had!  Loaded with lots of fresh lobster that was cooked to perfection.  I'll be back whenever we're within driving distance.” - Yelp Review 

There you have it! All the best rated lobster restaurants you can find in Bar Harbor. Bar Harbor is right on the ocean so you can expect all the amazing seafood offerings that these fine dining establishments have to be of the freshest quality you can find. 

You are definitely in the right place for great seafood if you are in the Bar Harbor area. Whether you live in Bar Harbor, or are just there to visit one of our great national parks, you have plenty of excellent options to find fresh and tasty lobster. But if you didn’t find exactly what you were looking for on this ist, be sure to check out one of our other great articles on places to eat around the Bar Harbor area!

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