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Captains Fresh Idea

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3515 Atlantic Hwy, Waldoboro, ME 04572
+1 207-832-4880
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Experience where the locals eat! Captain's Fresh Idea Restaurant was...
Experience where the locals eat! Captain's Fresh Idea Restaurant was founded in 1987 with the goal in mind to serve fresh food good enough to be called "Wicked Good." Customers are welcome to come in and be seated in our comfortable dining room or our new screened-in deck. We also have a speedy take-out window if you would like to take your meal to go, or would like to sit outside on one of our picnic tables. Our takeout window also has a stocked ice cream/dairy bar where you can be sure to find something sweet. We offer a wide selection of food. From juicy burgers and fries to fresh steamed lobsters and clams. We also have a wide selection of specialty salads and scrumptious fried starters. But our lobster rolls are our area of expertise! If you are in the mood for some fresh seafood consider this the place to eat! You can have clams, scallops, haddock, or shrimp. We pride ourselves in hand breading all our seafood and serving it crispy hot to our customers. If you still have the room after eating our generous portions of food you may want to consider polishing off the meal with a homemade dessert. Choose from the homemade blueberry crumb cake, gingerbread, strawberry shortcake, or fruit pies. Captain's Fresh Idea is a family restaurant so kids are welcome to come and eat from our children's menu. So come on in, stop by, and say hi! We're easy to find on Route 1, Waldoboro ME. Look for the Red Roof!
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
No waiting and best lobster rolls in Maine!

This is a Maine tradition of the roadside clam and lobster shack. Family owned and operated for over 25 years. Everything is always fresh and delicious. We love the fried green beans. Their Lobster Club is big enough for two and just the way we like it. They also do the "bare naked Lobster... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
Jan G
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Spruce Head, Maine
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Spruce Head, Maine
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This is a Maine tradition of the roadside clam and lobster shack. Family owned and operated for over 25 years. Everything is always fresh and delicious. We love the fried green beans. Their Lobster Club is big enough for two and just the way we like it. They also do the "bare naked Lobster roll"! We make this a regular... More 

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Rebecca H, Owner at Captains Fresh Idea, responded to this review

Flattered to see our lobster rolls are the best in Maine, Jan! It's great to know our family could deliver such a great meal to yours, and we really appreciate the loyal support. Can't wait to see you in again next time you're on Route 1! Best, Becky, Captains Fresh Idea More 

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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

To be honest, when we drove by, we were not sure we wanted to stop. Boy, were we glad we did! The lobster roll was everything advertised. I don't care for the full belly clams and was overjoyed when they had just clam strips. They were so tasty, and we could get tater tots. Another great thing was the fresh... More 

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Rebecca H, Owner at Captains Fresh Idea, responded to this review

I'm so glad you decided to stop by, too, Carol! Great to see the lobster roll was exactly what you were hoping for, especially with an ice cold lemonade on the side. The whole team will love hearing how taken care of you felt, as well, so I'll be sure to pass along the compliments. Hope we'll have the pleasure... More 

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102 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015 via mobile

As the title says, the fish tacos were divine. We never expected such a wonderful combination of flavors coming from a roadside restaurant. Service was very quick. Just a bit pricey.

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Rebecca H, Owner at Captains Fresh Idea, responded to this review

It's great to hear you're a fan of our place. Can't beat those fish tacos! Hope to see you back again soon! All the best, Becky, Captains Fresh Idea More 

Stow, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Incredible lobster roll, home made salads, all with exceptionally good service. Loved the blueberry soda, on tap no less. Simply first rate in every way! It's obvious the owners love what they do because they are good at it!

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Rebecca H, Owner at Captains Fresh Idea, responded to this review

We're happy to hear about your experience at our place, Mark! Can't beat that lobster roll! Hope to see you again soon for a bite! All the best, Becky, Captains Fresh Idea More 

Coral Gables, Florida
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

The roadside sign advertises "Wicked Good Food" and that's how we think of it - not by its official moniker "Captains Fresh Idea." Mainly, because the food is indeed wicked good. Not a tourist trap - although on the main Maine vacationland road, the local characters tend to dine here. Lobster rolls, tacos and quesadillas are all fine; the blue... More 

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Rebecca H, Owner at Captains Fresh Idea, responded to this review

It's great to hear you're a fan of our place! We're so glad you believe in our wicked good food! We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon! All the best, Becky, Captains Fresh Idea More 

oakenk
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65 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We stopped by here for dinner one night on our way to our campground. The lobster roll was wonderful. It didn't take long for it to arrive either. The service was excellent.

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Rebecca H, Owner at Captains Fresh Idea, responded to this review

It's great to hear you're a fan of our place! Thanks for stopping by for dinner -- can't beat that lobster roll! Hope to see you again the next time you're in town! All the best, Becky, Captains Fresh Idea More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

No trip to coastal Maine is complete without stopping here on the way up and back. Lobster rolls, lobster tacos, cucumber salad, lobster stew, fresh lemonade, all fantastic. We'd love to try the blueberry pie but haven't had room for desert.

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Rebecca H, Owner at Captains Fresh Idea, responded to this review

It's great to hear you're a fan of our place, Steve! Can't beat that lobster roll and tacos! We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon! All the best, Becky, Captains Fresh Idea More 

Walpole, New Hampshire
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1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

A friend and I stopped here while en route to Bangor from New Hampshire. The lobster rolls we had were absolutely terrific: nice large chunks of real lobster, without all the extra mayo & other ingredients added at other places. The best lobster roll in New England for a good price! The service was friendly and personable, and the woman... More 

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Rebecca H, Owner at Captains Fresh Idea, responded to this review

It's great to hear you're a fan of our place! Can't beat those lobster rolls! We appreciate your support and hope to see you back again soon! All the best, Becky, Captains Fresh Idea More 

Rockport, Maine
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We stopped at Captain's Fresh Idea for dinner last night and were not disappointed. We hadn't been there since last year, but the food was just as delicious as we'd remembered. This visit, we chose a fried clam and haddock basket, a lobster roll, and chowder. I don't think I've ever had better fried clams. Captain's batter is outstanding and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Rebecca H, Owner at Captains Fresh Idea, responded to this review

It's great to hear you're a fan of our place! We're so glad you stopped by -- can't beat that lobster roll! Looking forward to having you back again soon! All the best, Becky, Captains Fresh Idea More 

Spruce Head, Maine
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We eat here a lot. I love the lobster roll dressed so lightly with mayo, just right. Husband loves the bare naked, warm with melted butter. Delish fresh lemonade. Everything is great and fresh here.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3515 Atlantic Hwy, Waldoboro, ME 04572
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Waldoboro
  • Phone Number: +1 207-832-4880

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 20
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Description

Experience where the locals eat! Captain's Fresh Idea Restaurant was founded in 1987 with the goal in mind to serve fresh food good enough to be called "Wicked Good." Customers are welcome to come in and be seated in our comfortable dining room or our new screened-in deck. We also have a speedy take-out window if you would like to take your meal to go, or would like to sit outside on one of our picnic tables. Our takeout window also has a stocked ice cream/dairy bar where you can be sure to find something sweet. We offer a wide selection of food. From juicy burgers and fries to fresh steamed lobsters and clams. We also have a wide selection of specialty salads and scrumptious fried starters. But our lobster rolls are our area of expertise! If you are in the mood for some fresh seafood consider this the place to eat! You can have clams, scallops, haddock, or shrimp. We pride ourselves in hand breading all our seafood and serving it crispy hot to our customers. If you still have the room after eating our generous portions of food you may want to consider polishing off the meal with a homemade dessert. Choose from the homemade blueberry crumb cake, gingerbread, strawberry shortcake, or fruit pies. Captain's Fresh Idea is a family restaurant so kids are welcome to come and eat from our children's menu. So come on in, stop by, and say hi! We're easy to find on Route 1, Waldoboro ME. Look for the Red Roof!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm

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