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Gateway Lobster Pound

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Rte 3, Ellsworth, ME 04605
+1 207-667-2620
10:30 - 20:30
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Ossipee, New Hampshire, United States
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We had driven by several times and every time this place was packed we just knew it had to be good! And boy was it. The lobster stew was the best I've ever had and the steamers my husband had were sweet and not gritty. I got the haddock diner which was very good and my husband got lobster which... More 

Thank Gabbi32
Lake Charles, Louisiana
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71 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016 via mobile

The lobster here is delicious, but the hamburger...not so much. One member of our party was tired of seafood and wanted something different, it was just ok. Again, the lobster was good and reasonably priced. I liked the fact that you could just get a lobster without all the other sides.

Thank EmilyandBill
Bellingham, Washington
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291 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015 via mobile

Stopped here on the way out of bar harbor looking for one last roll. The place was packed and very busy. Staff were family of all generations and friendly. Ordered the lobster rolls which came with a fair amount of meat on hot dog buns. The meat wasn't as flavorful as other places so it might have been cooked a... More 

Thank Donald J
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128 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2015

The address for this is 1133 Bar Harbor Road, Trenton, Maine This is not in Ellsworth, Maine Some reviewer put the wrong address.

1 Thank MaineFlatlander
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2014

we go every year,, owner remembers our name after not being there for an entire year,, best sit down lobster pound,, doors close at 7:30,,, best thin onion rings

Thank Dmytro S
San Francisco, California
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178 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014 via mobile

A great pound that has an extensive menu. The fried clams are great. Even better with a good slaw. The lobster is good. Not over cooked. The service is good and friendly.

Thank BrentJensen
Riverside, California, United States
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2014

My wife and visited here on May 7 for the first time. We ordered a Haddock burger, Lobster Roll (cold) and French Fries. The fries were excellent, the Haddock burger was good but the Lobster roll was tasteless and very tough. When we said something the owner said "it is impossible to overcook lobster." Well it is possible and they... More 

1 Thank Randy L
Madison, Wisconsin
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2013

We stopped at Gateway while vacationing in Maine because of the sign they had advertising Lobster Mac & Cheese. It was one of the things on my list that I felt I had to try. BAD idea!! My sister and I both ordered it and my husband ordered a fish sandwich. The Mac & Cheese had maybe a quarter cup... More 

1 Thank sherrb37
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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79 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2013

We ate here three times between 08-13-2013 and 08-17-2013. This is an outstanding place for freshly prepared lobster. We visited from Key Largo FL. On Saturday 08-17-2013 we got the four pound soft shelled lobster. It was to die for!!!!!! Fresh, perfect, awesome, excellent!!! Every staff person that we encountered was friendly, cordial, caring, polite and willing to go the... More 

2 Thank zebraroo
Broomfield, Colorado
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2013

I had the lobster dinner and my wife had the crab cakes. She finished well before me, so had the tollhouse pie. She loved them both. The wait staff was very friendly and this seemed to rub off on the customers. Enjoyable evening.

1 Thank rjsteinborn

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 - 20:30
10:30 - 20:30
10:30 - 20:30
10:30 - 20:30
10:30 - 20:30
10:30 - 20:30
10:30 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rte 3, Ellsworth, ME 04605
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Ellsworth
  • Phone Number: +1 207-667-2620

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