Summer in Maine means it's a race against time to enjoy as much fresh Maine lobster as you can. We frequently hear from our guests that their first mission after checking into our boutique hotel in Kennebunkport is to head to Dock Square for a lobster roll. Here are our three recommendations for where you can find the best lobster roll in Kennebunkport:
If you've been to Kennebunkport before, you're undoubtedly familiar with The Clam Shack. It's right on the other side of the Kennebunk River, which means it's technically in Kennebunk, and the long line of people waiting will help you find it. This roll comes on a round, buttered and griddled bun with a mix of knuckle, tail, and claw meat. Be prepared to answer how you want your roll—with melted butter, mayonnaise, or both.
This casual restaurant on Dock Square competed against victor The Clam Shack on the Food Network's Food Wars. The chefs here use only knuckle and claw meat to make a spectacularly large lobster roll. With a full menu and bar and parking out back, you can see why Allisson's is a beloved local favorite and serves one of the best lobster rolls in Kennebunkport.
Take a scenic drive out to Cape Porpoise, a small village from Dock Square, for one of the best lobster rolls in Kennebunkport. This waterfront seafood shack is located on a working fishing pier, so it has all the ambiance you need. The lobster rolls here are all about simplicity with just loads of fresh lobster meat in a split top bun.