England Dining Reviews >>> Warren's Lobster House, Kittery,
Maine, Dining Review
Warren's Lobster House in
Kittery, Maine, Remains a
Thriving Maine Seafood Restaurant Landmark and Destination
The famous Warren's Lobster
House sign with restaurant located down below (photo by Eric H.)
large, high-end New England seafood restaurants
in lobster have sold out and become empty shells of
themselves through the years, but not Warren's Lobster House
in Kittery, Maine.
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. The welcoming patterned green
carpets, deep red ceilings, 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. 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,
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. We enjoyed the twin-boiled
version for around $31.00. 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.
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,
cakes, mussels (the most flavorful we can remember), lobster
rolls, 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.
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
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 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.
Lobster House, Water St.,
Kittery, Maine Tel. (207) 439-1630
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