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“Typical Maine seafood”

Clambake Restaurant
Ranked #8 of 89 Restaurants in Scarborough
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner
Reviewed July 24, 2013

We have eaten here for over 40 years. Much has changed over the years from the building to the recipes. Those who complain about the style of restaurant need to know or remember that this is basically a converted drive in with minimal seating and outdoor tables to what it is today. It has never been or probably will never be a sit down with waiters type of place. We ate there the other day in the rain and was glad it is no longer a stand at the order window outside type of place. Maine has always had seafood fried in either batter or crumbs. The crumbs were always too coarse for my taste, but this time the fried clams I had in crumbs were just right. The crumb batter is ground to a finer consistency and more resembled what I am used to in NH. My wife's shrimp (native) were good, but the oil must have been too cool as they were slightly greasy indicating the the frying oil wasn't hot enough. The fries were spot on and the slaw was tasty. The portion size was Large, surprisingly so, and we didn't leave still hungry.

While prices today are high for seafood, Clambake is really no pricier than the competition and based on serving size I didn't feel ripped off at all. The place was clean, the staff was smiling & friendly and the restrooms were clean. In the tradition of Maine drive ins, Clambake still serves a pretty good meal at competitive prices in an upscale drive in type diner. We WILL be back next time we are in the area.

Oh, and in all the years I have eaten there I have never seen ANY frozen seafood or lobstah!

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Reviewed July 24, 2013

Loved it, nice portions, large variety of foods, seafood, steak, pasta, chicken, everyone enjoyed the food, very clean, it is mostly self serve, cafeteria style service. Self serve is what we liked about it.

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Reviewed July 2, 2013

The place is working like a cafeteria. You order your meal in one place and go elsewhere to receive it. We ordered two lobster rolls and they were not good. We could tell (we know lobsters) that the meat had been frozen and tasted funny. This a place of fishermen and you can have fresh lobsters very easily. And the lobster rolls were less than basic. We went there many years ago and we did not remember that we had the same experience. Next time we will

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1  Thank papoutte
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

good food in a casual atmosphere. great bar-frozen drinks are super. lots of seating, the kids love eating in the back section-looks out over the marsh and lots of seagull action

1  Thank susannh55
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

We've been to The Clambake about 20 times in 20 years. During our 3 visits in June 2013, we found that not much has changed. You order, pay, and get a number, then sit down and wait for your number to be called.

The fried food is great (we had haddock and clams strips in crumbs), the shrimp roll is good (with butter or mayo), and the french fries are still bland and need to be cooked much crisper (you can ask and they will do it). The coleslaw is on the dry side, which I like. Good potato-egg salad, too.

They now have salads instead of a salad bar -- garden (the $6.95 version is huge, with iceberg lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, some carrot shreds, celery -- and it comes with its own side salads of cole slaw and potato-egg salad!; there is also a $1.95 garden salad), chef, tuna, grilled chicken, Maine crab, shrimp, lobster, etc. They have sweet potato fries and a rice pilaf, both of which are fairly new. There are many lobster, clam, scallop, haddock, and shrimp dishes (baked and fried), clam cakes, lobster roll, club sandwiches, wraps, and burgers, chicken entrees and appetizers and steak and surf 'n' turf for landlubbers. Also a children's menu with mac& cheese, grilled cheese, and applesauce. Many soups and chowders (corn, clam, haddock, shrimp, lobster, seafood), mozzarella sticks, onions rings. And a full bar! And an ice cream section!

Lots of inside (A/C) seating with large-screen TVs, and spacious back porch seating (not A/C, no TVs) overlooking the marsh, where the seagulls hang out hoping for some undercooked French fries.

Very casual, lots of food, an easy place to be with kids or a large group.

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