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Abel's Lobster Pound

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13 Abels Ln, Route 198, Mount Desert, Mount Desert Island, ME 04660-6643
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Columbia, South Carolina
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Most lobster pounds are ramshackle, roadside affairs with no atmosphere. We sat outside in a beautiful setting on the edge of the woods, overlooking a small harbor. While excellent, the lobsters are a little pricey. The 20 minute drive is well worth it to get away from the tourist bustle of Bar Harbor.

Thank William S
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Good food.....great views. Spectacular location on the sound with friendly staff. Many ways to get lobster and surprisingly nice prime rib.

Thank gcl00001
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My family and I ate at Abel's primarily for nostalgic reasons as we grew up in Maine and had fond memories of lobster dinners as children. We ate outside at a picnic table and it is certainly a lovely setting with the water right there and boats on the sound. We all had lobster, potatoes, corn on the cob and... More 

Thank Margaret B
Yorktown Heights, New York
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Overheard a group at dinner comparing Abel's to another lobster pound so decided to try it out. Sat outdoors, overlooking the dock. The staff was attentive. Lobster club wrap was amazing. Would definitely go back.

Thank Terry D
Edison, New Jersey
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here with a large group (8 of us) for a birthday dinner. We sat outside, which is basically just picnic tables on the grass, but right near the water which is nice. The menu is limited to lobster and prime rib/steak choices. The prime rib was excellent.

Thank randjsmom2106
Littleton, New Hampshire
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The harbor view is nice but at Able's that's where the fun stops. Over cooked Lobster that had been purged of its flavor and tossed on a plate, watery drinks and pitiful excuse for a blueberry pie make this place a never again for me. The menu is limited and salad sad. We were looking for a splash -out instead... More 

Thank Mike D
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32 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, Abel's is expensive. Yes, Abel's has a very short season (late June through early September). Yes, Abel's dining room decor seems outdated. Yes, the oceanfront picnic tables and stunning sunset views are weather dependent. But Abel's is excellent at what they do (lobster everything) and clearly one of the best dining experiences on Mount Desert Island! Make your reservations... More 

Thank mainefool
Greenville, South Carolina
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42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic lobster pound well away from touristy Bar Harbor in an idyllic harbor side location. Watch the lobster boats come in and out of the harbor as yours is steamed nearby over a wood burning fire. Perfectly casual and the lobsters were awesome!

Thank gogators8993
Pensacola Beach, Florida
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48 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Dining at Abel's Lobster Pound is a unique and thoroughly enjoyable dining experience. Both inside and outside seating is available. My wife and I chose outdoor seating at a picnic table under large shade trees overlooking Somes Sound at Northeast Harbor. We thought the lobster rolls and whole lobsters were rather pricey when compared to what we paid at other... More 

Thank Laurentcroissant
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87 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We always come here for the lobster, but also for the great experience of eating outdoors at a picnic table by Somes Sound. The lobster is fresh and the service attentive.

Thank Leicadoc

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$14 - $53
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 13 Abels Ln, Route 198, Mount Desert, Mount Desert Island, ME 04660-6643
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Mount Desert
  • Phone Number: 12072765827

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?