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Abel's Lobster Pound

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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13 Abels Ln, Route 198, Mount Desert, Mount Desert Island, ME 04660-6643
+1 207-276-5827
12:00 - 21:00
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477 reviews
313 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

the setting for the restaurant is wonderful, and the sunsets amazing. It is a very popular place and often gets rather large parties, which can be noisy. It is a 20 minute drive from downtown Bar Harbor. We had a window table and the view was terrific. Our waitress was friendly and very helpful. None of us had lobster, but... More 

Thank daylilly50
Saint Augustine, Florida
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

This is an out of the way place from Bar Harbor but worth the drive. It is a family owned restaurant only open 11 weeks a year. The setting outside over looking a bay of lake is great. Lobster rolls are the best in the area. Bloody' are good but no extra horseradish available.

Thank DBatch69
Wilton, Connecticut
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

It,s quiet a bit mre refined that the typical Down-east lobstah pound, but still authentic. The family style service is great and the food is consistently good. Sit outside, weather and bugs permitting, for the best result.

Thank Buck B
Turin, Italy
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

The location is beautiful, right on the bay, with both indoor and outdoor tables. The steamers and lobster were both delicious. A bit pricey, but definitely worth a visit.

Thank Pete N
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
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111 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Abel's does an understandably busy business. Yes, they excel in Lobster (Freshly cooked, cooked in a number of ways and !! Don't forget to try the lobster salad (solid lobster meet) Also, peruse the rest of the menu as there are many (delicious) choices. Don't be put of by the drive down to the restaurant which is in a boat... More 

Thank Gowney
Holden, Maine
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

I had an opportunity to bring my family from out of state to experience a genuine Maine lobster dinner. While we were having dinner, we had to listen to the loud, obnoxious bartender with all the facial piercings. His vocabulary and behavior lacked proper hospitality etiquette. A very unpleasant experience. This is NO place to bring your elderly parents or... More 

1 Thank Tarabel2
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Best lobster anywhere. Period. Great blueberry pie. Although they offer seating on the lawn, indoors is better. Have i mentioned that it has the *best* lobster?

Thank Michael G
Columbia, South Carolina
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Most lobster pounds are ramshackle, roadside affairs with no atmosphere. We sat outside in a beautiful setting on the edge of the woods, overlooking a small harbor. While excellent, the lobsters are a little pricey. The 20 minute drive is well worth it to get away from the tourist bustle of Bar Harbor.

Thank William S
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Good food.....great views. Spectacular location on the sound with friendly staff. Many ways to get lobster and surprisingly nice prime rib.

Thank gcl00001
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

My family and I ate at Abel's primarily for nostalgic reasons as we grew up in Maine and had fond memories of lobster dinners as children. We ate outside at a picnic table and it is certainly a lovely setting with the water right there and boats on the sound. We all had lobster, potatoes, corn on the cob and... More 

Thank Margaret B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 14 - USD 53
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Reservations, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
View, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 13 Abels Ln, Route 198, Mount Desert, Mount Desert Island, ME 04660-6643
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Mount Desert Island  >  Mount Desert
  • Phone Number: +1 207-276-5827

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