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Captains Fresh Idea Restaurant

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3515 Atlantic Hwy, Waldoboro, ME 04572-6026
+1 207-832-4880
11:00 - 20:00
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Milford, New Hampshire
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016

Whenever we travel to the Camden area, or beyond, we always make sure we stop at the Captains Fresh Idea on Route 1. They have the best seafood I have ever eaten. They are the benchmark by which I judge all other seafood. Their fried clams alone are worth the trip. Nutty, sweet, and cooked to perfection. My wife says... More 

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Rebecca H, Owner at Captains Fresh Idea Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for the nice review it is nice to hear, thanks:) Becky More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Traveling between Acadia & Mid-coast Maine we stopped for a late lunch. We had lots of trouble making up our minds, but our waitress was very patient. We finally decided on a lobster roll and a haddock sandwich with cucumber salad & coleslaw. The lobster roll was wonderful. It came on buttered toasted French bread. The haddock sandwich was so... More 

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Watertown, New York
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Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

On our way to Lincolnville, we passed by the iconic Red's. Assessing the line, traffic and weather... my husband and I decided to skip this bucket list item. It was late in the afternoon, we were both getting "hangry" (just the drive on A1A is enough to push anyone over the edge). I already felt bad that I nixed every... More 

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Rebecca H, Owner at Captains Fresh Idea Restaurant, responded to this review

Having customer like you and your husband make our work well worth it thanks so much for writing a lovely review:) Becky and Gary More 

Rockaway, New Jersey
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

Excellent food and service! We travel to Maine about twice a year and we always make sure we stop in for a few meals during our visit. Been going here since they opened. Becky and Gary, the owners/operators, are there every day cooking and taking care of customers. They treat you like family! The food is always fresh and delicious.... More 

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Rebecca H, Owner at Captains Fresh Idea Restaurant, responded to this review

Oh! Thanks so much it is so nice to hear good things. you have a good winter! See you next year:) Becky More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Stopped here for lunch on our way to southwest harbor. Cute little place with very friendly staff! Ordered the naked lobster roll with butter on the side. Omg! So delicious! Could eat here everyday. If you are in the area don't miss this place!

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Rebecca H, Owner at Captains Fresh Idea Restaurant, responded to this review

Omg! Thanks for writing such a nice review, and coming to Maine. Becky:) More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

We ate here for lunch and loved it. The lobster roll was best ever. Chowder was very good. Woopie pies were best ever. Reasonable prices. Good service. Highly recommended.

Thank JHHboat
Rebecca H, Owner at Captains Fresh Idea Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank for stopping and writing a nice review, thanks for coming to Maine! Becky :) More 

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Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Took a little detour and drove past this place and was so glad I'd stopped. Family owned business, staff was friendly and great. Food was amazing. Best lobster roll I had in maine. The lobster was so tender and sweet. The butter that went with it was even delicious. By far the best lobster I've had. Definitely stop there again... More 

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Rebecca H, Owner at Captains Fresh Idea Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping and taking the time to write a nice review. More 

Loudon, New Hampshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

Well there might be a more iconic Maine restaurant just down Route 1 from Captain's Fresh Idea but you will not find the owner coming out and asking you how your meal was? You could almost drive right past Captains Fresh Idea if you where not looking for it or looking at the sign for the toy museum across the... More 

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Rebecca H, Owner at Captains Fresh Idea Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank so much for writing such a nice review it's great to hear nice things because we do work very hard at the restaurant. Becky More 

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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132 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2016

Hillary ("Hilly") was working there during the summer helping out her mom Betty in this absolutely delightful spot. We could have just gotten ice cream cones at the take-out window outside, but are so glad we found the front door and ambled on inside. Wow! What a happy, friendly greeting we got, and were instantly made comfortable. This place has... More 

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Rebecca H, Owner at Captains Fresh Idea Restaurant, responded to this review

thanks for taking the time to writing such a nice review. It is nice to hear nice things about our restaurant. Becky More 

coral gables
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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2016

Lobster, corn on the cob, and blueberries - the three Maine food groups - are all present, accounted for and well-prepared and delicious. They're not open in the colder months (so call ahead), but your meal will be worth the stop. As a bonus, across the street is the Maine Toy Museum. Enjoy it, too, as either an appetizer or... More 

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Thanks for taking the time to write a nice review. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 4 - USD 20
American, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3515 Atlantic Hwy, Waldoboro, ME 04572-6026
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Mid Coast Maine  >  Waldoboro
  • Phone Number: +1 207-832-4880
Experience where the locals eat! Captain's Fresh Idea Restaurant was founded in 1987 with the goal in mind to serve fresh food good enough to be called "Wicked Good." Customers are welcome to come in and be seated in our comfortable dining room or our new screened-in deck. We also have a speedy take-out window if you would like to take your meal to go, or would like to sit outside on one of our picnic tables. Our takeout window also has a stocked ice cream/dairy bar where you can be sure to find something sweet.

We offer a wide selection of food. From juicy burgers and fries to fresh steamed lobsters and clams. We also have a wide selection of specialty salads and scrumptious fried starters. But our lobster rolls are our area of expertise!

If you are in the mood for some fresh seafood consider this the place to eat! You can have clams, scallops, haddock, or shrimp. We pride ourselves in hand breading all our seafood and serving it crispy hot to our customers.

If you still have the room after eating our generous portions of food you may want to consider polishing off the meal with a homemade dessert. Choose from the homemade blueberry crumb cake, gingerbread, strawberry shortcake, or fruit pies.

Captain's Fresh Idea is a family restaurant so kids are welcome to come and eat from our children's menu.

So come on in, stop by, and say hi! We're easy to find on Route 1, Waldoboro ME. Look for the Red Roof!

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