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Lobster and Seafood

Maine lobster. Tender, meaty and deliciously sweet, this is one of the world’s most iconic foods, and for good reason. These prized crustaceans are 100-percent hand-harvested: hauled from the cold, clean waters of the Atlantic Ocean using age-old methods and sustainable seafood practices for a true tides-to-table dining experience. Take your pick of preparations, from the classic Maine lobster roll to an award-winning restaurant’s creative interpretation. Or celebrate our lobster legacy during August’s Maine Lobster Festival.

But lobster isn’t the only item on the menu. You’ll want to arrive at seafood restaurants hungry. There’s shellfish to savor like briny Maine oysters, sweet mussels and delectable Maine clams. There are Maine crabs to crack into and a gourmet restaurant-worthy selection of local fish to sample, from Atlantic salmon to Artic char.

While finding the best seafood in Maine or the best lobster roll in Maine may prove to be an impossible task (so vast is our selection), we encourage you to taste your way through the state’s many seafood experiences. Follow the Maine Oyster Trail to tour oyster farms and sample the raw delicacy at oyster bars. (Not into raw seafood? Smoked oysters may be for you.) Stop by a Maine lobster shack or clam shack for amazingly fresh options on the go, or enjoy a sit-down dinner overlooking the water. If it’s seafood with a side of adventure you crave, boat out to an island for an authentic New England clambake. There’s no shortage of incredible restaurants in Maine.

You can also take preparing Maine seafood into your own hands. Experience the sensory wonder that is visiting a Maine fish market, where local experts can answer your questions about the latest fresh catch that just came off the boat. Or, take a little of Maine home with you by ordering the gift of a lobster delivery.

In Maine, there’s so much to shuck, steam, smoke and savor. It’s about enjoying our seafood as much as it is about getting to know our culture. A world of flavor awaits.

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