Lookin' for Lobster Shacks in Kennebunkport Maine

If there’s one thing I am asked every day, it is where to find the best lobster shacks in Kennebunkport Maine – and luckily for us (and for you) we have three that are just great!  So while I would never attempt to rank them or label one as the “best”, each one has something to make it unique.  Just around the corner from our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast is The Clam Shack, which sits on the bridge dividing Kennebunkport from the town of Kennebunk.  It certainly has top scores for convenience, but doesn’t have

A view from Cape Pier, a Kennebunkport lobster shack
A view from Cape Pier

parking, which can be a drawback for many.  Granted, I would definitely suggest walking because a) it’s super close and b) it would take you longer to find a parking spot than it would to hoof it.  Plus, it’s an extra excuse to pile on the butter!

Sometimes, though, a picturesque water view is the top priority, in which case I recommend Cape Pier Chowder House, located at the end of Pier Road in Cape Porpoise.  Known as the original fishing district of Kennebunkport, Cape Pier sits directly adjacent to a working fish pier.  With nearly 360 degree water views, the setting is about as good as they get, more than making up for what they lack in decor.  Yes, there are only about three tables (and a dozen large picnic tables), and the menu is walk-up-and-take-a-number style.  But the food is fresh, the portions are large, and you can’t beat the sights.

When it comes to straight up lobster, no one has more experience than the folks at Nunan’s Lobster Hut.  They’ve been doing it for generations, and that means laying and pulling the traps themselves as well.  The only downside to Nunan’s is that they’re not open for lunch, but when being unavailable means making sure you’ve got the freshest lobsters on your plate this evening, I think I can keep my disappointment in check.  But no matter your mood, you’re sure to find the perfect lobster shack for your needs not far from the Maine Stay Inn.

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