Warren's Lobster House in Kittery, Maine: Amazing Lobster Dishes,
Even More Amazing Salad Bar
by Eric Hurwitz. Article updated on 11/01/16
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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
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. 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, 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
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
Talk about great value! Many of the main entree seafood items
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
Warren's Lobster House, Water
St., Kittery, Maine Tel. (207) 439-1630
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