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Vinalhaven, Vinalhaven, ME
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Description: Telephone 207-863-9365

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Traditional fare done well

Gawker is the opposite of fancy. There is no table service and food comes in a plastic basket. Had a cup of clam chowder which was great. Wished I had just had the bowl for lunch. Then the fried shrimp roll which was ok. My dining companions had the lobster rolls and were really... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2014
MikeBirdman
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Acton, Massachusetts
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Acton, Massachusetts
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269 reviews 269 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Gawker is the opposite of fancy. There is no table service and food comes in a plastic basket. Had a cup of clam chowder which was great. Wished I had just had the bowl for lunch. Then the fried shrimp roll which was ok. My dining companions had the lobster rolls and were really enthusiastic although they are a bit... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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54 reviews 54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

These are real New England Fried clams. Well cooked, generous portions and really tasty. Just great!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I returned to the counter to see if they could to do anything with the very slimy and greasy portion of scallops I had just ordered. Within thirty seconds, I had four staff members on the other side of the counter- not trying to help, but yelling at me, telling me that they have never had a complaint (ever!) and... More 

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Lonnie M, Owner at The Harbor Gawker, responded to this review

In response to this review the above came and said that e bought seafood chowder two days earlier and there was no seafood in it s with no questions asked we credited the 6.99 he paid toward his order. He then proceeded to our icecream window where he purchased a rootbeer float saying his daughter had bought earlier in the... More 

stoughton, ma
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318 reviews 318 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

The fisherman's platter is huge and not greasy at all. Too few scallops, but every other kind of fish you can want. It is more than enough for a family. Pay the extra 75c and get the onion rings instead of fry's, we did and it was worth.it. The lobster stew is not a stew at all, good amount of... More 

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Portland, Maine
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159 restaurant reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Lunch for our group of 4 on the 19th was just right. The crabmeat rolls were excellent and I really enjoyed my seafood chowder. The onion rings and fries were really good too. A thumbs up on the coffee and the whoopie pie we took home was very good. Excellent friendly counter service and you cannot beat the view of... More 

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Bordentown
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

When I was a kid the Harbor Gawker (pronounced 'habba gah-cka') was just a hole in the wall, serving mostly ice cream. Everyone knew everyone. It has obviously expanded into a full sized restaurant - with a VERY casual touch. There are no wait staff. You help yourself at the counter and return your empties to the designated bins. But... More 

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Belmont, New Hampshire
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Best haddock sandwich we have ever had, ever! Great lobstah rolls, and we loved the french fries! The Seafood Chowder is incredible, You have to bus your own table but the food is so good you don't care! This is an island staple and if you eat there once, you will definitely come back for more!!

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16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

My daughter and I moved to Maine last year and were lucky enough to reside in Vinalhaven for several months. Our first restaurant experience on the island was the Harbor Gawker where the owner took the time to come over and with grace and genuine smiles, showed my son how to eat a lobster. During our time on Vinalhaven, this... More 

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Franklin, New Hampshire
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60 reviews 60 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

The food here was excellent. Good flavor and unbelievably fresh. The portions were very large. They have an enormous menu. It would take you all summer to try everything. Charming facility with quaint seaside restaurant feel. View of the pond and it's raising and falling tide controlled waters. Casual everything. You order up front and go get your food when... More 

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Hilton, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

Enjoyed the views and most of all the food . food was served fast , portions were large , and the seafood excellent !! Could not ask for a better place to eat on the island .The coleslaw was great and the deep fried scallops the best I have ever had !! . Very nice place to take the family... More 

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Restaurant Details

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  • Address: Vinalhaven, Vinalhaven, ME
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Vinalhaven

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Description

Telephone 207-863-9365

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