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Warren's Lobster House in Kittery, Maine: Amazing Lobster Dishes, Even More Amazing Salad Bar

Warrens Lobster House, Kittery, Maine
Warren's Lobster House in Kittery, Maine.

by Eric Hurwitz. Article updated on 7/23/18.

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Some large, high-end New England seafood restaurants specializing in lobster have sold out and become empty shells of themselves through the years, but not Warren's Lobster House in Kittery, Maine.

Harking back to the days of those carpeted restaurants with oversized menus, a gift shop and celebrity pictures on the wall, Warren's, happily, remains a thriving business that still favors focusing on the food, value and service over anything else.

If you remember the former Yoken's Thar She Blows  in Portsmouth, N.H., and Mildred's Chowder House in Hyannis, Mass., then Warren's will strike a similar nostalgic, larger-than-life chord. Starting in 1940 as a six-stool, walk-up, clam and lobster stand, Warren's, today, seats more than 350 people, and has an open air deck, a good-sized comfy nautical-looking lounge, a 200 ft. boat dock, the Treasure Chest Gift Shop, a full-service bakery and terrific views of the Piscquatica River.

Bar area at Warren's Lobster House, Kittery, Maine
Bar at Warren's Lobster House. Photo credit: Warren's Lobster House.

The welcoming patterned green carpets, the picture of the wise old fisherman with pipe in hand located above the stone fireplace with white Christmas lights, and wall items like the 30-pound lobster and the latch hook rug showcasing more than 50 types of fisherman's knots provide a family-fun atmosphere.

Dining area at Warren's Lobster House in Kittery, Maine
Fireplaced dining area at Warren's Lobster House.
Photo credit: Warren's Lobster House.

Outside, the mammoth, familiar colorful Warren's Lobster House sign with the huge lobster drawing serves as Kittery's unofficial skyline while back inside pictures of Carol Channing, Patti Paige, local politicians, as well as positive newspaper reviews in the lobby and hallway suggest that you've come to the right place. We felt that way instantly, greeted by a smiling young hostess in a Boston Bruins shirt (that's the spirit!), an older hostess that welcomed us like family and a salt-of-the-earth, pony-tailed middle-aged waitress with a quip or two, good knowledge of the vast menu, and a talent of  being pleasant while meeting every one of her customers' needs -- and there were many!

The most crucial advantage Warren's has over other local seafood restaurants is that they have a lobster pound capable of holding 28 tons of lobsters, thus ensuring freshness of this delicacy! Obvously, the kitchen staff knows how to prepare the lobsters, too, as we can't remember ever having such tender lobsters.

Twin lobster special from Warren's Lobster House, Kittery, Maine
Twin lobster special from Warren's Lobster House.

We enjoyed the twin-boiled version for around $31.00 (of course, prices will vary depending upon the time of year and lobster availability). We also tried a succulent baked stuff sole with stuffing, topped with creamy hollandaise sauce -- excellent!  The meals also included the 60-item salad bar featuring fresh vegetables, cheeses, hummus, tabouli, beans, homemade breads and soups. The salad bar, for many, serves as a full meal, but with all due respect, we believe that when you're in Maine, you do as the Maine people do.

The huge salad bar at Warren's Lobster house in Kittery, Maine
Salad bar at Warren's Lobster House.
Photo credit: Warren's Lobster House.

With that in mind, you'll have plenty of seafood lunch and dinner choices ranging from the classics to more, modern, creative dishes (yes, they have steak, chicken and pasta dishes, too). Some of those seafood items: lobster stew, New England clam chowder, crab cakes, mussels (the most flavorful we can remember), lobster rolls (one of the best in New England),  salmon, swordfish, Mahi Mahi, fried dinners (specializing in clams and also haddock and chips --delicious with its beer batter) and sole.  In future visits, I look forward to trying the  Mahi Mahi topped with pineapple salsa and the seafood jambalaya with sea scallops, fantail shrimp & mussels sautéed in garlic butter with Italian sausage, plum tomatoes, peppers, onions and rice. 

Lobster roll from Warren's Lobster House in Kittery, Maine
Lobster roll from Warren's Lobster House.
Photo credit: Warren's Lobster House.

For fans of adult beverages,  Warren's has an extensive bar with local favorite brews like Sea Dog Blue Paws, Allagash White, Shipyard and Sebago Boat House Brown.

Talk about great value! Many of the main entree seafood items come in under $20.00 and includes the salad bar. Have you noticed lately that so many restaurants do not include a salad with the meal? For many like us, that's a reason not to return as in this bad economy we want the best value. Warren's recognizes that giving the customer the most for the money is crucial. We actually saved over $20.00 on our meal that totaled over $60.00 by using online coupons It's simply remarkable all we received for the money.

Additionally, on our last visit, hundreds of other people dined at their heart's seafood content at 1:30 p.m. . We have been to other restaurants that are nearly empty at this time. Why is this? Well, the reality is that when a restaurant refuses to let go of its successful past while continuing to update and expand to accommodate customers, then the people will come -- in this case, in large crowds.

Warren's Lobster House, Water St., Kittery, Maine. Tel. (207) 439-1630
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Plush lobster dolls for sale at Warren's Lobster House in Kittery, Maine
Plush lobster dolls for sale at Warren's Lobster House.
Photo credit: Warren's Lobster House.

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