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Cape Porpoise Chowder House

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79 Pier Road, (at the end of the Pier Road), Cape Porpoise, Kennebunks, ME
207-967-0123
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Description: This place has been around for 40 years at the end of Pier Roiad in Cape...
This place has been around for 40 years at the end of Pier Roiad in Cape Porpoise , Maine
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  • 73
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 3
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent Fried Seafood, Reasonable Price

A pleasant surprise at the end of the pier! Food quality, preparation, and ambience were all first-rate. My clam roll may have been the best I've ever eaten -- a perfectly grilled and buttered roll, a generous portion of nicely fried clams, and a homemade tartar sauce that complemented rather... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
Bill W
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Brattleboro, Vermont
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Brattleboro, Vermont
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

A pleasant surprise at the end of the pier! Food quality, preparation, and ambience were all first-rate. My clam roll may have been the best I've ever eaten -- a perfectly grilled and buttered roll, a generous portion of nicely fried clams, and a homemade tartar sauce that complemented rather than overpowering the seafood. My partner's scallop roll was similarly... More 

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Darlington, England, United Kingdom
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42 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

A slightly misty day, paring not easy, But despite the fact you have to queue for your food and find a table, best outside, but be aware this is a working fish market, noisy and loud, very busy but fascinating, the food was good, a mixture of fried cockles and said. Would go again

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38 reviews 38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 via mobile

The best thing about this place is the view! If you go at dinner be sure to time it to coincide with sunset because it is absolutely one of the finest you will ever see. The food is good, especially if you like a fried fisherman's platter with everything. The steamed lobster is great. Beer and wine at reasonable prices... More 

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East Texas
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71 reviews 71 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

As stated in other reviews, this is located in a beautiful spot. The deck area does smell. It is on a working pier, so you'd expect that. There is lots of outdoor seating. I stood in line at the register to place my order and was not impressed with the food coming out, so I ordered lobster stew to go,... More 

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Dracut, Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Great Seafood. Very casual Dining. But great food. Good prices. Beautiful view of the harbor. Very friendly staff.

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

very casual, excellent chowdha, fresh fish. Best onion rings ever. No frills but worth the trip. You can eat inside or out. Right on the water. You eat off plastic utensils but it doesn't take away from the food.

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Seacoast NH
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We eat here four or five times each summer and have for years. This place has great servers (very New England...don't expect them to slobber all over you, but they are professional and get the job done). All the food here is good, but I especially like the fried lobster. Parking can be tough...get here early for lunch or be... More 

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Woolwine, Virginia
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86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014 via mobile

Want to sit outdoors over looking a bay full of lobster boats and have some really good lobster? This is it. The price here is about half that in Kennebunkport and I cannot imagine having a lobster better prepared. I subbed the home made onion rings for the fries. It was a good choice as the onion rings were in... More 

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Brewster, Massachusetts
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33 reviews 33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

At the tip of Cape Porpoise is quintessential seaside Maine; just beautiful! But the Chowder House rather spoiled it for us. The outside seating has great views but flies and the sour smell of the seafood shack. For a place that sells lobster, the lobster roll was good, but presented in a miniature hot dog roll. The fried clams were... More 

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Anderson, South Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Our third year stopping by this place, it never disappoints. Great atmosphere, good seafood and cold beer. If you are in the Kennebunkport area, this place is worth the effort.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 79 Pier Road, (at the end of the Pier Road), Cape Porpoise, Kennebunks, ME
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Kennebunks  >  Cape Porpoise
  • Phone Number: 207-967-0123

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Description

This place has been around for 40 years at the end of Pier Roiad in Cape Porpoise , Maine

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