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“The Lobsta Pound on Mt. Desert”

Thurston's Lobster Pound
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Bernard
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Takeout
Reviewed December 8, 2013

Probably THE place to have the Maine Lobsta Experience. Yes, parking can be tricky, yes the line is often long, yes there is a plethora of plastic forks and paper plates, but it's all worth it. When I see those yellow awnings - I just get happy!
The lobsta is fresh fresh fresh. The blueberry cake (locally made) is delicious. I've been so full that I took it for a snack or breakfast the next day! The corn (also local) is tender and sweet. You order and wait till they call you and it goes pretty quickly overall. There are choices for people who aren't crazy about lobsta (though I've never eaten them). The price is absolutely right.
The view of Bass Harbor - working lobsta boats, seagulls, the occasional eagle, the Swan Island Ferry coming and going - keeps your view interesting and ever changing. There may even be an artist or two painting the scene. The house from one of Steve King's movies is on this road as well as a delightful "lighthouse" covered with lobsta buoys. I've gone nearly every time I've been to Mt Desert - so 7 or 8 times - both by myself and with a large group.
If you want to avoid the line and easily find parking - go earlier in the day. Park on the road if you have to but do pay attention to the signs and be kind to people who live there. Try to find a balance between parking on someone's property and hanging the whole car out in the NARROW road.
As for the plastic forks, etc, unfortunately, given the serve-yourself/clean-up after yourself style, there aren't many choices other than constantly fishing through the trash to pick out silverware and in my observations most people aren't going to pay attention to sorting out their garbage at a restaurant.
Go, enjoy, eat, be merry!

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Reviewed November 16, 2013

Don't be scared of the line because a) it is worth it b) more importantly it takes so long because everyone is picking out their live lobster and ordering. Once that is done you can sit down and wait for some delicious fresh seafood. I hear its good to go earlier to avoid the larger crowd.

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Reviewed October 31, 2013

Great experience! The staff was friendly and explained all about choosing and eating lobster. Our meal was reasonably priced and delicious. We loved the atmosphere...open air and right on the harbor.

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Thank CSG1984
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

The B&B we were staying at recommended Thurston's. He said it had the best Lobster rolls in the area and this didn't disappoint. Bountiful chunks of lobster made the sandwich top notch. The clam chowder was good but the roll was better. The Blueberry pie was fresh baked from a local bakery which topped off the meal. The lobster men are unloading there catch on the adjacent pier which being from the Midwest was an additional treat. This is not gourmet dining but eating off picnic tables over looking the docks. Can't get lobster any fresher than this.

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Thank Dennis M
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

The prices aren't cheap and there's not much atmosphere, but the food is delicious. The fish chowder was delicious, with big chunks of cod. My friends loved the lobster.

Thank Peter L
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