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Warren's Lobster House in Kittery, Maine Features Fresh Maine Lobster, Incredible 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 Maine lobster have sold out and become empty shells of themselves through the years, but not Warren's Lobster House in Kittery, Maine.

Going 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, candy store and terrific views of the Piscataqua River at the Kittery- Portsmouth, N.H. line.

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 Maine 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!

Maine Lobster, Huge Salad Bar and Beyond

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 Maine lobsters, thus ensuring freshness of this delicacy! Obviously, 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 Maine 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 (which is back, following strict State of Maine guidelines during the pandemic) 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 -- that is, eat Maine lobster!

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
Maine Lobster roll from Warren's Lobster House in Kittery.

One of my favorite dishes is the Lobster Stuffed Haddock. The haddock is tender, loaded with lobster meat stuffing and topped with Hollandaise sauce. Absolutely delicious!

Lobster tuffed haddock from Warren's Lobster House in Kittery, Maine
Lobster stuffed haddock from Warren's Lobster House in Kittery.

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.

Simple Math: Affordable Seafood Brings in the Crowds

Talk about great value! Many of the main entrée 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 or salad bar 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. Those in the Kittery area come to Warren's as a go-to place as do myriad travelers , especially in the summer.


Lobster roll from Warren's Lobster House in Kittery, Maine
Water views at Warren's..

The southern Maine coast and New Hampshire seacoast, as they like to call it, features what seems like an endless choice of seafood restaurants. Many of them do not disappoint and definitely worth the drive. With that said, however, Warren's Lobster House ranks at the top of the seafood chain -- as opposed to seafood chain restaurants -- simply because they have their own lobster facility for fresh Maine lobster, delicious seafood, the big salad bar, plenty of dining space to eat, water views, a pleasant dining environment with some water views and a warm and professional staff. Additionally, Kittery, Maine is well-known for its outlets so shoppers would be well-advised to drive the few extra miles from the shops to arrive at Warren's (many do). Local summer beachgoers and general lovers of the area also regard Warren's as a household name restaurant. It's almost like Warren's Lobster House alongside the outlets, the ocean views and a trending downtown first come to mind when thinking of Kittery, Maine. A long-established restaurant often has that effect on a community, but Warren's truly deserves that status. Ultimately, people come for the fresh, local seafood -- especially the Maine lobster -- and that's what Warren's does so exceptionally well.

Warren's Lobster House, Water St., Kittery, Maine. Tel. (207) 439-1630
. Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook/WLHKittery.

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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