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The Harbor Gawker

Vinalhaven, Vinalhaven, ME
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Ranked #1 of 11 restaurants in Vinalhaven
Cuisines: Seafood
Description: Telephone 207-863-9365
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Description: Telephone 207-863-9365
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17 reviews from our community

82% Recommend
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English first
Portland, Maine
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167 reviews 167 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
1 review
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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Mears, Michigan
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Great food! We were there for 4 days this past October and I think we ate here every night! It's literally located right across the road from the Tidewater! We showed up with 20 rowdy people one night and they didn't even blink an eye. They were very welcoming! I recommend the lobster dinner and the lobster stew! Both are... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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64 reviews 64 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Your taste buds will never forgive you if you do not order the crab reuben, one of the most unique sandwiches I've ever had, but amazing. All the other food is solid but rather typical for a lunch spot. Great for a tiny island, however.

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Salem, Virginia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

We took ferry from Rockland to Vinalhaven on a lovely Sept day.What a wonderful trip. Vinalhaven is a lobstering community with many unique shops. After taking a walking tour we ate at Harbor Gawker. The lobster stew was best I have ever eaten.

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Fairport, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

Not only was the ferry boat ride over to Vinalhaven an adventure, but the island itself was - quaint lobstering community, many interesting sites on the island. We watched lobsters and fish brought in on the boats and then watched the whole process. Topping things off was a wonderful lunch at The Harbor Gawker. Everyone we met while in Maine... More

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