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Thurston's Lobster Pound

9 Thurston Road, Mount Desert Island, Bernard, ME 04612
+1 207-244-7600
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“blueberry cake” (105 reviews)
“lobster” (952 reviews)
“corn on the cob” (67 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
9 Thurston Road, Mount Desert Island, Bernard, ME 04612
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Years ago I visited Thurstons and there is nothing more delicious than freshly caught lobster cooked to perfection. Thank you for the delightful experience. You never disappoint.

Thank Nancy S
Reviewed 8 February 2018

Lobster was cooked tender and had a wonderful sweet flavor. Fair priced at $17 for 1.5 lb lobster. The view was terrific as looked out over water, watched boats coming/going, and scenic nature. Could have spent many hours here. We did hike near here in...More

Thank Kevin K
Reviewed 18 November 2017

Took the time to drive down to Bass Harbor and see the lighthouse. While in the area, at around sunset, found Thurstons and was not disappointed. The line moved quickly and the soft shell lobster was sweet and fresh. Overlooking the harbor, we had a...More

Thank Epicurious992015
Reviewed 10 November 2017

This place is a little drive from downtown Bar Harbor, but well worth it. The lobster was the best I've ever had. It is right on the harbor, pick your lobster and they cook it and deliver. Prices are reasonable, and we enjoyed the best...More

Thank lovestravel2
Reviewed 10 November 2017

We thought we might be crazy for driving from BAR Harbour to this place, but boy were we wrong. This is one of the BEST lobster's we had on our 2 week Maine and Nova Scotia vacation. It is well worth the drive !!!!!! One...More

Thank WVTim
Reviewed 30 October 2017

We got in the last day before Thurston's closed for the season. It was my first lobster roll in my life, although I had lobster in other ways, mostly cooked in an Asian restaurant. The lobster was definitely fresh and there was very little mayo...More

Thank Susan K
Reviewed 28 October 2017

My husband & I were on vacation in Maine recently and were driving from Bar Harbor to Camden. As it was getting to be lunch time, I told my husband that I would love to eat a lobster roll at a lobster pound that looked...More

Thank fruitfulvine
Reviewed 27 October 2017

We checked out Thurston's and enjoyed fresh lobster. Great view too. We arrived early because we heard the restaurant may have long lines. Meal was quick (order at the window) and then they bring it to you. No wait staff.

Thank Cedar123
Reviewed 17 October 2017

This place was packed on the Columbus Day weekend however don't let that stop you- the food was at our table quickly- it was very good- we had mussels and the crab roll with the dinner combo. The blueberry cake everyone raves about- was ok...we're...More

Thank Traveller-NS
Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

This was our first time trying a whole lobster and we were not disappointed. Thurston’s employees were very helpful in picking out the correct thing we wanted and they were very quick in bring the food out to us. The lobster was super fresh and...More

Thank Michele S
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Questions & Answers
8 October 2017|
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Response from Thurstons_Lobster | Property representative |
We are open 11-8 through Saturday, the 14th with the exception of Monday, the 9th!
13 July 2017|
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Response from Thurstons_Lobster | Property representative |
Our tentative closing date is October 15!
13 June 2017|
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Response from Thurstons_Lobster | Property representative |
Hi there! I'm not sure if you're the person who sent an inquiry through our website, but I just responded to that :) The only clams we serve are steamers, since we do not offer any fried foods on the menu!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards
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Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, View, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 Thurston Road, Mount Desert Island, Bernard, ME 04612
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Bernard
  • Phone Number: +1 207-244-7600
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