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“Great lobster roll- shorter line than Red's. IMPORTANT Have cash ready for either!!!!!”
Review of Sprague's Lobster

Sprague's Lobster
Ranked #3 of 30 Restaurants in Wiscasset
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
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Massachusetts
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Great lobster roll- shorter line than Red's. IMPORTANT Have cash ready for either!!!!!”
Reviewed August 17, 2014

BOTH PLACES TAKE ONLY CASH AND THE CLOSEST CASH MACHINE WAS OUT OF SERVICE- don't take any chances! Estimate $16-18 per lobster rolls plus drinks and sides for either and stop on your way up or home depending which direction you are moving!

Neither Red's nor Sprague's is what I would consider a 'restaurant' They are both take away joints with tables outside ONLY. Service consists of taking your order and money and giving you a number.

Driving home on Rt. 1 and got on line at Red's as it is well known, but had time to reconsider since the line was moving slooooowly and I was hungry and by myself so I did not have to consult with anyone!!!!! Decided to ask the couple in front of me to hold my place so Ii could check out what was at the window at Red's and the place across the street and compare. Never got back in the line and had my lobster roll at Sprague's for the following reasons:

They both serve what most people are there for anyway: lobster rolls. To the uninitiated both serve the lobster rolls the same, and expected in Maine at least, way: Toasted standard white bread rolls with heaps of lobster with no discernible mayonnaise or other embellishment (available on request). There are other menu items at both- chowda, fries, slaw, but Spargue's actually serves boiled lobster -just look in the window and watch it cook- and has more shaded seating. I searched the crowd for locals, and obviously if they were there they had a bias, but I was checking to see that locals actually ate there, which they did. They said that Red's just had better PR with cable food networks showcasing the place. Reds did not even post the price, which albeit is 'market price' but look, you can put it on an index card and people can see it rather than attempt to ask the staff serving a long line of people. The day I went it was $1 less at Sprague's. I looked what came out of the take out window to see the portion and the serving size looked slightly larger at Red's- for the $1 more to the naked eye, but each guaranteed 'the meat from a whole lobster plus a little' and delivered- fun idea for a scientific survey!! The one thing I can say for sure is that after eating my lobster roll and chowda at a casual pace (after I went around doing a 10 minute survey) I passed that couple holding my space over at Red's and they were just getting up to the window!

A local said they both purchased the shucked lobster meat for the rolls from the same supplier. My take is that they are both very good, but fairly generic lobster rolls and on any measure other than size probably could not be told apart. However, if you've been cooped up in a car for 3 or 4 hours and want to spend the time waiting in line at Red's , and you're there with a crowd, bring a food scale and as you approach the window, after about a 1/2 hour, send someone across the street to Sprague's and do a blind taste test!!!! I'd be interested in the results!

  • Visited August 2014
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Who needs Reds?”
Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

If you're looking for lobster in the rough in Wiscasett, Maine you can't get it at Red's Eats. Red's has a long line and famous lobster rolls but Sprague's across the street has boiled lobster like its meant to be - cooked in salt water, served with drawn butter, a view and you can BYOB which was nice. The lobster man plays some blues and jazz and the hand cut fries were outstanding.

Visited August 2014
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Jackson, Mississippi
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“Seafood without the wait”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

My husband and I ate at Sprague's this past weekend. A few days earlier we had eaten at Red's Eats (across the street, really long line), and we wanted to compare. I ordered a pound of steamers and corn and my husband ordered a lobster roll and cheese fries. The lobster roll at Sprague's is slightly more expensive than Red's (by about $1). My steamers were perfect, they didn't even need butter. My corn however, was a bit over boiled for my liking, but I ate every kernel. We were told that the lobster roll at Sprague's was very light on the mayo. My husband couldn't see or taste the mayo at all (a good thing to him). He said that with his eyes closed he couldn't have tasted the difference between Red's and Sprague's lobster roll. The cheese fries were lack-luster, but fine.

Overall, Sprague's was great. We only had to wait for our food to cook (unlike Red's where we waited over an hour in line). There is up-close parking and many umbrella-ed picnic tables to eat at.

  • Visited August 2014
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Wiscasset, Maine
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
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“Skip the line at Red's!”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

Just as good as it's famous counterpart across the street, but less expensive The fried clams are better than Red's, with crab and other menu items, and ice cream. Picnic benches available for seating on the dock next to the Sheeoscot River. Well worth the fresh food and good price!

Visited July 2014
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Myrtle Beach, SC
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“Lobster Roll!!”
Reviewed August 4, 2014

Great Lobster Roll! Lot of bang for the buck. We sat at picnic table and enjoyed the day. Took 15 minutes or so to get the food but worth the wait. Cool joint.

  • Visited July 2014
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