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Warren's Lobster House in Kittery, Maine Features Fresh Maine Lobster, Incredible Salad Bar
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
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 at Warren's Lobster House. Photo credit: Warren's Lobster
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.
Fireplaced dining area at Warren's Lobster House.
Photo credit: Warren's Lobster House.
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 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!
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.
Maine Lobster roll 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
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
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.
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. Photo
credit: Warren's Lobster House.
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