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“WISH THIS COULD HAVE BEEN AN EXCELLENT RATING” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mike's Clam Shack

Mike's Clam Shack
1150 Post Rd, Wells, ME 04090-4502
(207) 646-5999
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Ranked #17 of 62 Restaurants in Wells
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Bristol, Rhode Island
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49 restaurant reviews
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“WISH THIS COULD HAVE BEEN AN EXCELLENT RATING”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We have been to Mike's Clam Shack several times as we make several trips a year between RI and ME and always look forward to a stop here. Our meals have always been delicious. We travel with family members so we do have the opinion of at least 4 people per visit. I admit our choice is usually fried (clams and fish); yes, an indulgence, but it's a "treat" for us.
On this visit, we soooooooo looked forward to a lobster roll and this is where they fell flat on their face. It was a skimpy serving of lobster so skimpy that we could see the roll on the INSIDE. Especially that lobster prices (at markets) were so low we thought it would be a very generous serving, but it was pitifully small. It will be a long time before we consider going back--too bad.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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47 reviews 47 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

It's always good at Mikes! The steaks are very good as is the lobster. Friendly and cozy. Would go back again. Plenty of parking. Gets crowded.

Visited August 2013
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Brighton, Michigan
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
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“Local eats”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The restaurant is nothing fancy but it's a must stop for the clam chowder. We brought 2 cases back to Michigan with us. We had lunch one day at the outside walkup and the next day lunch inside. Lobster was good at a reasonable price. It's hard to get a bad one when they are fresh. The staff was attentive and friendly even though it was busy. The thing that separates this place from the crowd is definitely the clam chowder. MMMM MMMM good !!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Rotterdam, New York
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“This Lobster missed the boat!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We went to Mike's Clam shack on the recommendation of some friends. They said it was where all the locals eat. I ordered the lobster roll and my husband got chowder. The lobster roll was just that -- lobster meat in a roll. No mayo, celery, onion, or seasonings. Just pieces of lobster meat in a pretty small frankfurter roll. There were a decent size portion of french fries which were nothing special either. No cole slaw, pickles, etc., accompanied the meal. I had a much better lobster roll in Kittery at the Weathervane. Since we were only in Maine for a few days I was disappointed that I spent one of my evenings at a not so great restaurant. When the waiter asked how my meal was I told him honestly, "It's nothing special." I could tell he wasn't happy with my response and promptly left. I certainly won't be recommending Mike's to my friends.

Visited August 2013
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Wells, Maine
1 review
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“Mike's”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

9/2/2013
Just got back from dinner at Mike's. We've been going there for many years. We first found The Clam Shack when it was south on rte1 where the Clam Shanty is now, We have always loved the food and the friendly service in both locations and have returned time and time again, Tonight however, was our first bad experience and I hope it was just an " off night". I ordered baked stuffed haddock with "Shack potato", the potato was described as potato with bits of onion, peppers, sour cream. I received a side dish of mushy cubes of potato with nothing in it. Very bland with no flavor and not appetizing at all. The stuffing on the haddock was a splotch of wet bread stuff plopped in the middle of a casserole with the haddock floating in moisture. So disappointing and not at all like I've had there many times before. Couldn't eat it in spite of asking for tartar sauce (after finally standing up and getting the attention of the overworked waitress). I think they are trying to feed so many people now, that the quality of the food has suffered. This restaraunt is always very very crowded and popular. So sorry to have to post this honest evaluation.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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