Opening for the 2023 season Friday, April 7th.
Open 7 Days a Week. Open on Easter Sunday
Welcome to McLaughlin’s Lobster Shack, a family-owned seafood restaurant located on picturesque Lincolnville Beach in Lincolnville, Maine.
Four generations of the McLaughlin family have been proudly serving authentic and traditional seafood from our oceanside restaurant since 1956 – and six family members across three generations continue to serve our community today.
We work a bit differently than what you may expect, with a unique counter-pickup style ordering experience, and a convenient outdoor pickup window, so you can quickly grab a bite to eat without ever leaving the beautiful beach. We also provide curbside pickup and service.
Inside, find a counter-pickup style ordering experience. We also offer outdoor seating, just feet away from the water, where you can watch the boats that catch your fish and shellfish.
Our newest addition is the Wheel House Beach Bar, a full-service bar housed in a converted wheel house of an old sardine carrier boat.
Offering cocktails, tropical drinks, local ales, and fine wines, as well as a paired-down version of the full menu including lobster, crab, tacos, burgers, and local Maine oysters, the Wheel House Beach Bar is an exciting addition to the McLaughlin’s family, and offers an experience unlike any other in the area.
Our goal is to offer the highest quality, locally-sourced lobster, fish, shellfish and chicken, and to prepare food in the purest way possible: using only cooking methods and ingredients that enhance and showcase the natural flavors of Maine’s amazing selection of seafood.
All of our seafood meets high standards set by years of experience – we know what makes good seafood, and we won’t settle for anything but the best. All entrees start raw (nothing precooked!), are unprocessed, and are cooked fresh to order. We use only local butcher hamburger, and unprocessed chicken.
Our seafood chowders and lobster stews are prepared on-site, and start with live shellfish and lobster. Our lobsters are kept live, on-site in tanks, and you can see us preparing your boiled lobster dinner as you wait. Our famous Maine lobster rolls contain all meat – no fillers! – and the meat is cooked and shelled fresh the same day it’s served.
We take the same pride on our traditional fried seafood baskets, filed high with your choice of scallops, clams, haddock, shrimp, chicken, mushrooms, or our hand-cut onion rings and fries. Everything is lightly hand-breaded, and golden fried to perfection.
We’re also proud to offer local Maine favorites: Gifford’s Ice Cream, as well as a selection of local Maine craft ale, and wine.