October 7th will probably be the last weekend for some of the lobster pounds. The place where I think you can get a great big lobster and enjoy an awesome view is Thurston's Lobster Pound in Bernard (on the island about 25 minutes from Acadia near Bass Harbor lighthouse).
Although, of course, every restaurant in Bar Harbor serves lobster in one form or another.
I don't think there is any "best" restaurant to eat lobster in Bar Harbor. In fact, the better restaurants in the area don't even serve anything as mundane as a whole lobster. They do more creative things with lobster. Lobster is lobster is lobster. It's all fresh and all tasty. Your choice is really only what kind of setting that you want to eat your lobster: outside on a picnic bench, inside with a white tablecloth, or something in between.
Possibly the most scenic place to eat lobster in town is Stewman's: http://www.stewmanslobsterpound.com/
Thurston's is definitely good, but it is a bit of a drive: http://thurstonslobster.com/
Yes. Lobster is everywhere and it *will* be all about the ambience. Lobster pounds tend to be more 'rustic' and outdoorsy than restaurants. Thurston's is great and the view of Bass Harbor is terrific - you will probably drive around the Island anyway. Lobster pounds will be closing after Columbus Day which is October 14, late in the season, so your timing is perfect. Have a nice trip.
Also from Australia and desperate to try New England lobster. we are travelling from VT and not arriving in Bar Harbour until approx Oct 14. Will we be too late and miss out? We are travelling on to New Brunswick and PEI.
please tell me we will find lobster somewhere along the way!!!
Only the restaurants that serve lobster outdoors, on picnic tables, will close in early October. It's just too cold outside in the evenings to eat lobster at a lobster pound. But all the other restaurants in Maine will still have whole lobster on their menus. Not too worry. Not sure about New Brunswick and PEI.
Thanks heaps. I can relax and look forward to it now.
I second loving barharbor, Trenton Bridge, Thurstons, and I would add Beal's out by the coast guard station, maybe Southwest Harbor?? Those are the one's that we must visit when in Bar Harbor. Be sure to pick up one of the maps they have all over town, it will have all of the one's we've mentioned.
The lobster in my profile picture was in fact taken at Trenton Bridge!Edited: 2:29 pm, April 03, 2013
Thank you for that. I can hardly wait.