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“Go for the view. Return for the great food & friendly service.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Robinson's Wharf

Robinson's Wharf
20 Hendricks Hill Road, Southport, Southport Island, ME 04576
207-633-3830
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Ranked #1 of 4 Restaurants in Southport
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dover, New Hampshire
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
“Go for the view. Return for the great food & friendly service.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2011

Robinson's Wharf overlooks a small, working harbor and the view is incredible. It's a big place with plenty of indoor & outdoor-deck seating, and there's even a little gift shop next door. Its waterfront location at the head of Southport Island, just down from the swing bridge and a mile outside of the touristy Boothbay Harbor, is perfect. I truly think they could serve baskets of fried cardboard and still have customers. Thankfully, they don't.

There are fresh, local, Glidden Point oysters, coconut-milk-&-curry mussels, sesame-seared tuna, and lobster fondue. They also serve very good pasta, fried seafood, & burgers. I've been there on several occasions and the food has always been great.

In addition to the food and the location, some great, local musicians play upstairs in the bar. Each time we've gone, they've been in residence playing Americana, rock, blues, etc. on mostly acoustic instuments. And I'm talking original music in addition to cover songs. The band is great.

Finally, there's the friendly attitude and great service at Robinson's. A large group of us had come up for a weekend of kayaking. I made a reservation for a party of 12 to 15 for a Friday night. During dinner, our number swelled to 21 as people arrived at different times. The staff made every attempt to seat us together and accommodate our varying needs as best they could. Everyone was pleased with the food & service - so pleased in fact that after driving around Boothbay trying to find another restaurant that could handle 21 of us, we decided we would just head back to Robinson's on Saturday evening as well. Most of the other restaurants balked at accommodating our group or wanted to shunt us off in a less-than-optimal seating area. In contrast, Robinson's welcomed us gladly, served everyone efficiently, and even moved us inside when the temperature dropped outside on the deck. (Our only complaint was the scuffle that ensued in our group over the last piece of blueberry pie. It sat in the middle of our large table for long minutes until the server brought out a dozen or more forks. It was devoured in seconds and unfortunately, not everyone got a piece of it... More pie next time, please!)

I really can't say enough about this wonderful restaurant. The location, the food, the music, and especially the staff all make this a remarkable place.

  • Visited June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Maryland
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56 reviews 56 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
“This place is actually in Southport...but worth the short drive south!!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

Lovely dock view of harbor. Decent service, prices about average for the area. Nice change from the touristy feel of downtown Boothbay.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Crystal River, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great for a lobster roll”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2011

We have not eaten dinner here but twice now had a lunch lobster roll out on the deck overlooking the water. It is a quiet peaceful place to eat, the lobster roll was excellent and competively priced ... our daughter had a hamberger which she said was good ... so much nicer than sitting an inside resturant in town. A drive but no big deal.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Columbus, Ohio
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great view of bay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

Quintessential Maine setting nestled on the water. We sat outside and enjoyed the view. The kids loved seeing the lobsters. Good service and food.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Portland, OR
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208 helpful votes 208 helpful votes
“Really, Really Good Lobster”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2011

We went here this afternoon, on the advice of a gallery owner. He said this is where the locals go. it is about 5 miles from Boothbay Harbor, at Southport. Most of the lobster served in the seafood restaurants comes from here. I watched maybe 500 lobster be winched in, and ordered the biggest lobster they had; a three pounder! It was just off the boat, a real hard shell, and absolutely wonderful! We sat on the dock, drinking beer (for me) and wine (for my bride), an ear of corn and the lobster (1 1/2 lb for her and my 3 pounder! I can't say enough good things about the lobster there, but don't know about anything else on the menu, except the steamers (wonderful) and chilled local oysters (also terrific). I don't know why this isn't rated higher. GO!

  • Visited July 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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