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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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11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: 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
Good for: Families with children
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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  • 12
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
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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
Great value and excellent lobster rolls!

My daughter and I went on a mission a couple of years ago, to test the best lobster rolls in Maine. The Captain's Fresh Idea is definitely in the running for the top two BEST! Don't overlook the humble facade, these people know how to make excellent seafood! They don't mess with lettuce or tons... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 10, 2015
Sonia T
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Hope, Maine
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Hope, Maine
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56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

My daughter and I went on a mission a couple of years ago, to test the best lobster rolls in Maine. The Captain's Fresh Idea is definitely in the running for the top two BEST! Don't overlook the humble facade, these people know how to make excellent seafood! They don't mess with lettuce or tons of mayo on the roll,... More 

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Thank Sonia T
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

My husband and I were in Maine for 9 days, and the food we had at this simple, little road-side cafe was the BEST food we had! I ordered the lobster roll...unbelievable! My husband had a burger, and we had blueberry pie and ice cream for dessert! I HIGHLY recommend this place! Reasonable prices and great, friendly service! Excellent!

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3 Thank Sandy H
Rebecca H, Manager at Captains Fresh Idea, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! Thanks for stopping so glad you liked our restaurant hope to see you the next time you come to Maine. More 

St. John
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

For someone who has a shellfish license in Maine and rakes their own to say the steamers are the best ones to have out is saying something. Give them a try. The owner likes to circulate so when you see her let her know!

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

Thanks for taking time to write a great review. More 

Virginia
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 via mobile

Stopped here for lunch thanks to TA recommendations and was thoroughly pleased..my husband and I each had the 4oz. Lobster roll with cup of clam chowder.. Roll was perfectly toasted and just enough mayo (but you can have it naked with butter on the side.) This is a quaint little diner and friendly hostess/staff..no long lines/long wait. This is exactly... More 

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

Thanks for stopping. Thanks for writing a review. Thanks for coming to Maine. More 

York, Maine
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Best lobster roll I've ever had! Choice of mayo or melted butter. The roll was crisp on the outside and tasted like fresh yeast bread. The salad sides were homemade. The portions were just right. Lemonade - homemade. What more can you ask for?

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

Thanks so much for stopping by. So happy that you took the time to let us know that you enjoy your meal. More 

NH
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

We saw this top rated restaurant on Trip Advisor and it was just what we were looking for. Though we went by it the first time as the the big letters on the sign say Wicked Good Restaurant and underneath it says Captains Fresh Idea. The extensive menu has so many good choices. If you want lobster, you can get... More 

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

Thanks for stopping in. I'm glad that you loved your lunch, and the blueberry crumb cake. More 

Spruce Head, Maine
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

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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Thank Jan G
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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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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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Thank Carol J
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 

NY
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112 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 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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Thank BobMyr
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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3 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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Thank Mark L
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 

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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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