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Thurston's Lobster Pound

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Chowder, Seafood, Soups
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9 Thurston Road, Bernard, ME 04612
+1 207-244-7600
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • 360
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    Very good
  • 63
    Average
  • 26
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  • 16
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fantastic and excellent, need I say more?!?

If you want lobster or clams or oysters, look no further, Thurston's is the go to place. Maine is one of my favorite places to visit and we always head to Thurston's when in the area.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
wyatt s
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Madison, Wisconsin
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  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Madison, Wisconsin
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

If you want lobster or clams or oysters, look no further, Thurston's is the go to place. Maine is one of my favorite places to visit and we always head to Thurston's when in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Stopped in for a birthday dinner and not a single compliant. Next trip to Bar Harbor we'll be stopping! Try the lobster appetizer dip too...perfect portion for two.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

First time here, recommended by a friend who visits every year. A bit of a long wait to get a table but well worth it. The dinner was excellent, the location stunning. Will definitely visit again.

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Augusta, Maine
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Been coming here for years. Great atmosphere with the addition of the new bar area. Great views and the best lobster in Maine.

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Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Best lobster on our trip! You pick out your lobster, order sides and drinks then find a seat. When your lobster is cooked, they deliver it to your table. So not fancy -- just plain good food! Lovely setting overlooking Bass Harbor.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Was there 4 years ago. First trip back to Maine since then. The food and service was great. Worth going out of the way for.

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New England
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Perfect hard-shell lobster. Although the perfect month(s) for eating them are Sept. & October, the one I had in July was indeed full of meat, bursting to the point that removal was difficult! That's a good thing. The market price was 15$. Quite reasonable. Here is a separate bar area too. Thurstons is "on the dock" picnic style with plastic... More 

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West Chester, PA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We spent a week in Southwest Harbor (first time here) and didn't find Thurston's until the last day, what a shame. The place is quintesential Maine. The lobster was fresh and flavorful. The mussels were plentiful, meaty and properly prepared. The beer was cold and the prices were spot on! Then the view across the harbor to Bass Harbor (sit... More 

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Milford, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The lobster was good but I did not find it any better than what I get locally. The restaurant is VERY casual. Don't t be misled by the long line waiting at the door -- you place your order right inside the door and then pick your table, so that accounts for the people waiting outside. The food you order... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Best lobster pound on MDI! The soft shells had just come into season. One of the best lobsters I have ever had. Definitely recommend getting there before 6PM, if you don't want to wait in line.

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Additional Information about Thurston's Lobster Pound

Address: 9 Thurston Road, Bernard, ME 04612
Phone Number: +1 207-244-7600
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Bernard
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: Chowder, Seafood, Soups

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 9 Thurston Road, Bernard, ME 04612
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Bernard
  • Phone Number: +1 207-244-7600

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chowder, Seafood, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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