Maine is a state known for its wonderful seafood season. From Edmonton to Rochester, here is a list of our top seafood picks in the state just in time for the season to begin.

Get The Best Seafood In Maine At These 7 Places

1. Barnacle Billy’s, Ogunquit

Billy’s has been a landmark in Maine for many years. This restaurant includes both indoor and outdoor seating, with both an outdoor terrace and a second story overlook that give you the perfect view of Perkins Cove and the ocean. The seafood is cooked fresh, and they even feature valet parking. If you’re coming by for a drink with friends, the rum punch is highly recommended. Come by and enjoy a nice meal Oceanside, or pick up food to go—Billy’s is a great ‘come as you are’ restaurant for the whole family.

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2. The Breeze & Castine Variety, Castine

Castine Variety offers quite the variety of foods. From seafood to sub sandwiches to all day breakfast, this restaurant has it all. The restaurant also sits oceanfront, so you’re guaranteed a beautiful view of the coast. When you arrive, be sure to order this restaurant’s version of a New England lobster roll: chilled meat in a buttered, toasted split-top bun. Planning on enjoying the view? Take your food to go and eat your meal out over the harbor.

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3. Cook’s Lobster and Ale House, Bailey Island

This newly renovated lobster joint has been serving up seafood favorites since 1955. With fresh seafood being caught daily in the surrounding waters and a great selection of craft beers, Cook’s has long been a staple place when it comes to food. But at Cook’s it’s not just about the food, it’s about the experience. Pick seashells off the beach while you wait for your meal, or simply look around and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding Casco Bay area. On the weekends you can even enjoy live entertainment on the deck!

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4. Fisherman’s Catch, Wells

Fisherman’s Catch has been serving fresh Maine seafood for 30 years. With their signature rustic style and beautiful views of the marshes, this friendly restaurant is the perfect place to stop for a great fish sandwich. Be sure to try the fresh haddock sandwich, and wipe your hands with one of the many paper towels hanging from the ceiling inside. Don’t feel like waiting to eat? Order your meal to go and wait outside at one of the picnic tables while you enjoy the same views as you would at the restaurant.

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5. J’s Oyster, Portland

J’s Oyster is known around the state as the go-to oyster joint. Serving freshly caught seafood daily; J’s prides themselves in providing delicious food and drinks to people both from and visiting the Portland area. Stop by for dinner with the family, or enjoy a quick lunch on the outdoor patio. There’s also a full-service bar and a beautiful view of the ocean. Order yourself a bucket of ‘steamers’ and enjoy the scenery of Portland’s cobblestone-street historic district. Don’t forget to try the lobster rolls either!

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6. The Lobster Shack at Two Lights, Cape Elizabeth

The Lobster Shack has been around southern Maine since the 1920s, and has gained a lot of public attention over the years. From their vast amount of awards to their feature on Food Network’s “Man vs. Food”, there isn’t a restaurant quite like The Shack anywhere else in southern Maine. Stop by and enjoy a nice seafood meal at the outdoor picnic tables by the ocean and the lighthouse, or opt for a cozy seat inside and watch ships enter the Portland Harbor.

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7. Shaw’s Fish & Lobster Wharf Restaurant, New Harbor

Shaw’s is a great place for a vast amount of different seafood. From their steamed clams to their fresh lobsters, this is a restaurant is a favorite for many New Harbor locals. While you eat you can enjoy the calming view of local fisherman waiting for that catch of the day out on the water. On the ground level of the restaurant you can check out the live lobsters, or buy a complimentary Shaw’s t-shirt. Shaw’s is the perfect place to stop for a nice summer lunch.

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This article was written by Kellyn Nettles.