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“Best Lobster and Clam Rolls at a Reasonable Price” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cape Porpoise Chowder House

Cape Porpoise Chowder House
79 Pier Road, (at the end of the Pier Road), Cape Porpoise, Kennebunks, ME
207-967-0123
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Seafood
Description: This place has been around for 40 years at the end of Pier Roiad in Cape Porpoise , Maine
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Description: This place has been around for 40 years at the end of Pier Roiad in Cape Porpoise , Maine
Brockton, Massachusetts
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Best Lobster and Clam Rolls at a Reasonable Price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This was our first trip to Maine. We wanted to go to the Ramp because of the reviews, but we couldn't get in. Lucky for us! We went to the Cape Pier Chowder House right next door. This place has the best clam rolls and lobster rolls we've ever had, and we're from New England!

The fried clams were sweet and tender with no dark oil or grit, and the batter was fresh and light. They were outstanding! The lobster roll was delicious, large, and at $12.99 less than half the prices of places like David's KPT (where we got a miniscule lobster roll there for $31).

Others in our party of eight ordered the seafood chowder,steamers, the fish sandwich, the fried haddock plate, and the scallop roll. All were delicious.

We loved this place so much we came back the next day! We were treated to more of the same fantastic food.

At times, things just work out! We were so lucky to have found the Chowder House!

Our hope is that you will go to the Chowder House at Cape Porpoise, Maine.
I have no connection to this restaurant, but I want others to get the best value for their money!

Sincerely,

Jane Cappiello

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cincinnati
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226 reviews 226 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 65 cities Reviews in 65 cities
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
“Good Lobster Stew. Can't get more casual!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

This place is about as casual and plane as you can get. Tiny kitchen puts out lobster and chowders and more. As far from elegant as you will find. It's literally on a working lobsterman pier next to The Ramp (a very nice restaurant). Except for a few laminate tables inside, the dining is carry out or on the deck overlooking Cape Porpoise and all of the anchored working lobster boats. I had lobster stew. Very meaty and well seasoned. Beware that they close at 8pm, and they mean 8pm.

Visited July 2014
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Andover, Massachusetts
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31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Best fish and chips and you can't beat the view!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We come here at least a few times each summer and CPCH never disappoints! My kids wait all year to have the fish and chips - it the only place where they barely eat the "chips". Sometimes we have the lobster roll or sometimes lobster on a salad. Always fresh and delicious - not fancy. Most people eat outdoors overlooking the pier and cove - there are umbrellas at nearly every picnic table. Also, there is usually a nice breeze so the mosquitos don't bother you. Gorgeous sunsets. CPCH can get very crowded on the weekends, though. - I guess that is a good problem for the owners to have!!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Tolland, Connecticut, United States
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Must Visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Reasonable prices, great food, fantastic location! My family and I eat at Cape Porpoise Chowder House every time we visit Maine.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sterling Heights, Michigan
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“A Treasure By The Sea”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is the reason we came to beautiful Maine. LOBSTER. Although we went to a nice restaurant, The Lobster Pound in Ogunquit, it wasn’t quite what we were hoping to find. What we wanted was a simple, off the pier, real sea ambience, no frills and that is exactly what Cape Pier Chowder House offers. We liked it so much that we went back almost every day during our southern Maine vacation. The ladies who handle the ‘restaurant’ are true lobster gals. You watch your lobster being pulled out of their pool, checked for the males we requested and weighed. Sometimes the bands slipped off and they snapped their claws. One got hold of the weight chain and was not letting go. The cook got that one loose, the lobster lost! When you place your order, they give you a number placard, either go out to the picnic tables by pier overlooking the lobster boats, or you can wait inside. They serve soft drinks but also local beer and wine. We waited outside for our lobster. Didn’t take longer than 10 minutes. You get the sweetest corn on the cob and out of this world coleslaw with your lobster. The prices per pound for the lobster are lower than the nice restaurants in the city. You are not paying for all that overhead. By the end of the week, the place was getting crowded. People definitely found out about this little treasure by the sea. The scenery along the sea line is astounding. The lobster boats make for cool pictures. Just trying to imagine the hard work these men/women do at sea. This is Maine at its best!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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